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Scott Piatkowski
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posted 15 August 2003 01:09 PM      Profile for Scott Piatkowski   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
I'm tired of talking about whether Boston was worse than Journey. Any nominations for the best (or the fifty best) of all time?
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kuba walda
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posted 15 August 2003 01:14 PM      Profile for kuba walda        Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
The Beatles
The Stones
Blondie
Men Without Hats
....... just a start

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posted 15 August 2003 01:15 PM      Profile for BleedingHeart   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
1. The Band
2. The Beatles
3. The Who
4. Cream
5. Stones
6. Neil Young and Crazy Horse
7. U2
8. Fleetwood Mac
9. Eagles

Shows my generational bias. Some of these bands did produce bad music and some like only produced good music for a short period of time. Some produced better than average music over a long time.


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posted 15 August 2003 01:17 PM      Profile for 'lance     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
I can see where this thread could quickly become even more acrimonious than the other.
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posted 15 August 2003 01:23 PM      Profile for Tommy_Paine     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Accrimony? It's so subjective, I hope no one takes anyone serious here. I'm not even taking myself serious on this subject. It's like sports.

Best band?

Hmm. That's really tough.

But Niel Young couldn't carry the lunch bag of the guy who carries the lunch bag of the guy who carries the lunch bag of the guy who carries the lunch bag of one of the guys in the best band ever.


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posted 15 August 2003 01:24 PM      Profile for mighty brutus     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Agree with 'most' of BleedingHeart's choices, (esp. the Band!), & would add just for starters:

Creedence Clearwater Revival
Traffic
The Beach Boys
The Clash
The Stranglers
Devo

Acrimony??? Never heard of 'em. What did they record?

[ 15 August 2003: Message edited by: mighty brutus ]


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posted 15 August 2003 01:30 PM      Profile for Willowdale Wizard   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
you mean other than the rheostatics? well, other than the rheos, i'm partial to REM from 1984 to 1995.
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posted 15 August 2003 01:37 PM      Profile for NP   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
For what it's worth, here is my top ten (all styles included). I really wish this was a top ten recording artists list, because limiting it to bands means I have to eliminate Liz Phair circa 1993.

1.Rolling Stones (1968-1974)
2.The Clash
3.Beatles
4.Blue Rodeo
5.Tragically Hip (prior to 2000)
6.Guess Who circa 1971.
7.Alice in Chains


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posted 15 August 2003 01:38 PM      Profile for josh     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Ahhh! Now Neil Young is being attacked! Is there nothing sacred?

My list:

The Beatles
The Stones (1968-1972)
Neil Young and Crazy Horse
The Band
The Allman Brothers
Steely Dan
The Beach Boys


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kuba walda
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posted 15 August 2003 01:52 PM      Profile for kuba walda        Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Elton John except for the dead blonde songs

[ 15 August 2003: Message edited by: kuba walda ]


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candle
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posted 15 August 2003 01:53 PM      Profile for candle     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
At the Drive-In/The Mars Volta/Sparta
Sonic Youth
Nirvana
Shotmaker
The Clash
The Ramones
Minor Threat/Fugazi
Joni Mitchell
Prince and the Revolution
The Minutemen/fIREHOSE/Mike Watt
Superchunk
The Kinks
Credence Clearwater Revival
The Funk Brothers (Motown House Band)
Booker T and the MGs (Stax House Band)

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posted 15 August 2003 01:56 PM      Profile for Black Dog   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Top 25 bands and artists
1. The Beatles
2. The Clash
3. Bob Dylan
4. Hank Williams
5. The Rolling Stones
6. The Velvet Underground
7. the Ramones
8. The Stooges
9. Nirvana
10. Public Enemy
11. Johnny Cash
12. Pixies
13. Joy Division
14. Wilco
15. Radiohead
16. the Beastie Boys
17. Robert Johnson
18. The White Stripes
19. The Sex Pistols
20. AC/DC
21. KISS
22. James Brown
23. The Who
24. The Strokes
25. Beach Boys

Top 5 Most Overrated

1. David Bowie
2. Led Zeppelin
3. the Eagles
4. Pink Floyd
5. Neil Young


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cynic
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posted 15 August 2003 02:05 PM      Profile for cynic     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Top 5 acts that should have died young and left good-looking corpses:

1. Madonna
2. Rolling Stones
3. U2
4. Michael Jackson
5. Tragically Hip


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posted 15 August 2003 02:17 PM      Profile for Courage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
In no particular order:

The Jam
James Brown (various incarnations)
Miles Davis' Mid-50's Quintet
John Coltrane Quartet
Parliament Funkadelic
The Who
The Clash
Dead Kennedys
The Police
Public Enemy
Crass
The Specials
The English Beat
Black Flag
Johnny Cash
Woody Guthrie

Oh yeah, and ditto on 'candle' adding Fugazi/Minor Threat and Sonic Youth...

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kuba walda
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posted 15 August 2003 02:21 PM      Profile for kuba walda        Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
quote:
Top 5 acts that should have died young and left good-looking corpses
4. Michael Jackson

Its far too late for that now.


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cynic
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posted 15 August 2003 03:13 PM      Profile for cynic     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
quote:
Originally posted by kuba walda:

Its far too late for that now.


Yes, hence the "should have", as in "should have disappeared in a bizarre monkey-related mishap right after the release of 'Thriller'".


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Black Dog
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posted 15 August 2003 03:44 PM      Profile for Black Dog   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
quote:
Top 5 acts that should have died young and left good-looking corpses:

Add Liz Phair to that list.

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NP
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posted 15 August 2003 03:49 PM      Profile for NP   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
quote:
Originally posted by black_dog:

Add Liz Phair to that list.

True dat.


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posted 15 August 2003 05:11 PM      Profile for Catchfire   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
So many lists, so many terrible, terrible bands...

Here's the real list...

(In no particular order, lest I drive myself insane)

The Velvet Underground
The Rolling Stones
The Beatles
The Clash
The Jesus and Mary Chain
The Stooges
My Bloody Valentine
Spaceman 3/Spiritualized
Primal Scream
Bob Dylan
The Beastie Boys
Galaxie 500/Luna
Brian Jonestown Massacre
The Buzzcocks
Olivia Tremor Control/Elephant Six Collective
Pavement

Props to whoever listed Fugazi and At the Drive-In. Up there, but they need to prove it to me.

Ahh! I forgot Joy Division/New Order, The Pixies, and the Beach Boys! (Brian Wilson only, please, keep Dennis to the surfer chicks)

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al-Qa'bong
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posted 15 August 2003 07:56 PM      Profile for al-Qa'bong   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
New York Dolls
Sex Pistols
Duke Ellington's Jungle Band
The Mothers of Invention
Gramercy Five
The Bob Cats
Word, Sound and Power
The Quintet of the Hot Club of France

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posted 16 August 2003 02:28 AM      Profile for beluga2     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
ABBA!!! No one's mentioned ABBA!!!

Nor any of these:

Roxy Music
Louis Armstrong's Hot Fives/Sevens
Elvis Costello and the Attractions
Bob Marley and the Wailers
The Smiths
Mott the Hoople
Captain Beefheart and the Magic Band
Talking Heads
Elvis, Scotty & Bill
Kraftwerk
The Wu-Tang Clan
Big Star
Metallica
Miles Davis' Bitches Brew band
Husker Du
King Sunny Ade's African Beats


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posted 16 August 2003 03:24 AM      Profile for West Coast Lefty     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Word to Belgua2 on ABBA (you know you love them despite yourself) and Elvis Costello and the Attractions.

Other great bands:

Beach Boys (Brian Wilson is the greatest musical genius of the 20th century)
The Kinks (invented heavy metal, punk rock and Britpop!)
Van Halen (David Lee Roth era ONLY)
Smokey Robinson and the Miracles
Oasis
Weezer
Cheap Trick
The Supremes
REM


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posted 16 August 2003 07:55 AM      Profile for Tommy_Paine     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
quote:
The Kinks (invented heavy metal, punk rock and Britpop!)

I watched part of a show about Ozzie, where some fan went on and on about how Black Sabbath invented, well, everything.

I thought it was pretty funny.

I've seen some try to measure "The Best Band Ever" by the cirteria of which bands had the most historical influence.

Then, you start going backwards and backwards in time, until you come to guys like Muddy Waters or Willie Dixon, who only come off as the font of rock because they're smart enough to keep their mouths shut about who they stole their riffs from.

Interesting that CCR was mentioned a couple of times. I was into CCR when I was about ten or so, I think, and first heard "Up Around the Bend" on the radio. Just had to have it. "Cosmos Factory" was the first album I ever bought. I think it was $4.50 or so.

Played it so much, I had to improvise a bottle cap, taped to my stylus, so I could add pennies for wieght.

Anyway, when I got "Napster", I downloaded some old tunes from CCR, just to see if what it sounded like to me now. Pretty amatuerish stuff, and in tunes like "Heard it Through the Grape Vine" and "Ramble Tamble", the repitition is, well, embarassing.

But, you have to remember the context. Fogarty was young and evolving, like rock was, like I was.

I'm really not as absolute in my tastes as I let on. I like Niel Young when he's pissed off about something, and just lets his vitriole scream from his guitar. Hate him when he gets folky or artsy.

I think you have to frame your opinion first on what your expectations are from music. I don't listen to rock the same way I listen to classical music, I have different expectations from both.

I've always expected rock to be a kind of drug that lets me put my troubles away for just a moment, to give me a momentary thrill. So, I am suseptible to simplistic hooks, like the opening and guitar break to "Up Around the Bend", or the visceral whining of Johnny Rotten singing "She was a girl from Birminghhamm.......". So I like them all like that.

They're all the "best band ever" at those moments.

But for now, there's a place up ahead where I'm goin........

Always.


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posted 16 August 2003 03:01 PM      Profile for candle     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
I had CCR on my list but I agree with you about their version of "I Heard It Through the Grapevine" - it really is way too long. However, every artist no matter how good has self indulgent missteps - this was Fogarty's. But having written and performed "Fortunate Son", "Green River" "Run Through the Jungle" "Who'll Stop the Rain" and "Proud Mary" I'll give him the benefit of the doubt. It's just too bad that he lost a decade of his career to litigation.

Speaking of Grapevine though i guess I should add Marvin Gaye to my list.

Others that should have been on there are Chuck Berry, Buddy Holly, Ornette Coleman, John Coltrane, The Velvet Underground, the Pretenders, and Sloan. Whoever said My Bloody Valentine was right also.


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The Beach Boys (aka the Bleached Grandads)!!! You gotta be kidding. Brian Wilson is either a robot or a puppet. Glad to see the Clash make most lists. This list thing proves that rampant subjectivity and diversity beyond measure exist even on Babble! I like bands I can dance to. Thus, the Specials, Madness, the English Beat, Selecter, even Jimmy Cliff and whoever did Pressure Drop. Now, what about the really danceable R and B stuff from the early '60s? Does Sam Cook count as a band? I personally can't stand the Guess Who? But .... whatever turns you on. Who WERE those guys, anyway? And how could one country produce both them and Loverboy?
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posted 16 August 2003 03:28 PM      Profile for josh     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Don't forget CCR's remake of Suzie Q. Worth every minute.

And I must come to the defense of the Beach Boys and Brian Wilson. They are easy to dismiss out of hand. But how many "bands" have actually come up with a style of music and sound all their own? There is complexity and beauty behind the apparent simplicity.


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posted 16 August 2003 04:07 PM      Profile for beluga2     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Defending the Beach Boys is easy. Two words: Pet Sounds. Inspiration for Sgt. Pepper, and considerably better, in my view.
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posted 16 August 2003 07:23 PM      Profile for Catchfire   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Brian Wilson deserves his place on the list for one single only. Good Vibrations. That's all you need. He took rock and roll and made it crafted. And then Pet Sounds, of course which is a masterpiece even if you hate their music.

Marvin Gaye certainly belongs. What a genius.

CCR is unfortunate at best, and the Sex Pistols were a boy band in safety pins.

I think I forgot Nirvana earlier, as well. They are, of course, amazing.

As for 'historical significancee' you can certainly judge a band for that. No one came up with something entirely new, but the bands that took something old and added fresh flavour became brilliant. There's a handful of those, and their on my list. Most influential band of all time? I'd have to say Velvet Underground, but ask me tomorrow, and my answer will probably be different.


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posted 16 August 2003 07:43 PM      Profile for redshift     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
cause i couldn't think where else to put it, and to cast adrift a thread, just heard lyn st.john on her new cg,"gulag 2" i believe.very nice
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posted 16 August 2003 09:20 PM      Profile for al-Qa'bong   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Hey Tommy, "Ramble Tamble" used to be my favourite tune.

Toots and the Maytals did "Pressure Drop" before the Clash. Check out their "Live" record if you can find it. The Clash's "Pressure Drop" stands on its own, and their version of Junior Murvin's "Police and Thieves" is far better than the original..or maybe I just don't like falsetto singing.

And Beluga, I was part of the great Sunny Adé bandwagon of '83, although I like other African artists, such as Samba Mapangala and his Virunga Orchestra, and Juluka, better. You'll be pleased to know that Mother Jones did an article on Sunny Adé in '83, in which the writer said that in Nigeria, King Sunny's music was just as commercial as that of...Journey.


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That's fine by me. Journey's always been a guilty pleasure of mine. I can't help but crank it up and sing along whenever "Open Arms" comes on the radio.

Speaking of Nigerian artists, I can't believe I forgot to mention Fela Kuti, the King of Afrobeat!


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I think I posted this on the other thread, beluga2, but have you read the interpretation of Brother Perry's considered wisdom distributed under the title What Would Journey Do?
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posted 17 August 2003 01:16 AM      Profile for oldgoat     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
The Beatles
The Allman Brothers (when Duane was still alive of course)
Lou Reed
I have a soft spot for Procul Harem
Frank Zappa and captain Beefheart had a great one album collaberation.

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posted 17 August 2003 01:57 AM      Profile for Michelle   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
That's the problem with coming to the thread late. (Thanks, Ontario Hydro!) Everyone already said mine. So let's see:

quote:
The Beatles
Blondie

quote:
1. The Band
8. Fleetwood Mac
9. Eagles

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But Niel Young couldn't carry the lunch bag of the guy who carries the lunch bag of the guy who carries the lunch bag of the guy who carries the lunch bag of one of the guys in the best band ever.

How right you are! Shall we have a Neil Young kareoke contest? Person most whiny and off-key wins! "Because I'm still in love with yoooooooou! On this harvest mooooooooon!" There are a couple of his songs that are okay, but could use a different singer. Strange that I would like Dylan and dislike Young though.

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Creedence Clearwater Revival

It's true that the musicianship wasn't "deep" and some of their songs sounded alike. But then, so is BTO, but I crank "Takin' Care of Business" full blast when I hear it on the radio (as I did tonight), so in that case I guess CCR and BTO are "guilty pleasures" of mine.

quote:
4.Blue Rodeo

quote:
Steely Dan

Yes! Yes! Yes! (as the woman on the Herbal Essences commercial would say...)

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The Stones (1968-1972)

With the qualifier in parentheses, yes.

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Elton John except for the dead blonde songs

Absolutely. And the Disney Sell Out Crap. Speaking of Disney Sell Out Crap, what the hell is Phil Collins now, the Disney House Band?

quote:
Prince and the Revolution

Yeah, baby! Haven't kept up with him since the late 80's, but I love his stuff from then (up till his "lovesexy" album). I particularly like a few of the B tunes from his Cherry Moon album, too. "Sometimes it Snows in April", etc.

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3. Bob Dylan
9. Nirvana
21. KISS
22. James Brown

KISS! Yes! One of those they-have-such-misogynistic-lyrics-and-I-love-them-anyway bands.

quote:
Top 5 Most Overrated
1. David Bowie

Bite your tongue! (fingers?)

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Word to Belgua2 on ABBA (you know you love them despite yourself)

*blush*

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The Beach Boys

I've been thinking about this while composing this message and yeah, it's not my favorite band, but I've always liked their stuff, they're distinctive, etc. Okay.

quote:
Marvin Gaye certainly belongs.

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Journey's always been a guilty pleasure of mine. I can't help but crank it up and sing along whenever "Open Arms" comes on the radio.

*blush2*

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Frank Zappa

Love it! I can (and do) sing "The Dangerous Kitchen" from beginning to end.

A few I haven't seen listed:

Joe Cocker (cry me a river, baby!)
Glenn Miller Orchestra (well, they were a band, right?)
Janis Joplin

...probably more I'm not thinking of right now...


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Janis Joplin! Of course, how could I have forgotten. May as well throw in the Paul Butterfield Blues Band and Jimmy Hendrix.

And Alvin Lee, wherever he may bee


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posted 17 August 2003 04:35 AM      Profile for Michelle   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
I really like Lenny Kravitz too, although I've never bought one of his recordings. But then, I hardly ever shop for music anymore. Used to do it a lot more as a teenager than now.
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Yikes! I guess I should become a more..regular poster here I couldn't pass up posting on a "name the best bands" thread, hehe

I dont think a band I like has been listed, other than Kraftwerk and Steely Dan unforunately...I'll agree with Steely Dan, not exactly my sort of tunes but they sure as hell sound good.

So i'll pop out a few

Skinny Puppy (and OhGr, of course)
Tool
Faith No More (and other Mike Patton stuffs)
Foetus (and other Jim G. Thirlwell stuffs)

I'll stop there 8)


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posted 17 August 2003 12:34 PM      Profile for janew     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
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Steely Dan
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Yes! Yes! Yes! (as the woman on the Herbal Essences commercial would say...)


Very appropriate. Since (as you probably know), the band is named after a dildo.


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I'm gonna try a few more just for argument's sake. dliest 'best bands ever' discussion I've ever seen. Almost 40 posts and no one's crying. Amazing.

The 13th Floor Elevators (Best Electric Jug Player of all time. And plus, their lead singer is insane. Always a plus. Think Syd Barett, Arthur Lee)

Speaking of insane, Has anyone mentioned Pink Floyd yet? If not, why not? Darkside is sublime.

And Speaking of Arthur Lee, as I was, what about 'Love'? Psychedelically Stupendous.

Stevie? Is Li'l Stevie Wonder on our list yet? Man, at 11 years old that guy had more rhythm, music and talent in his 'Fingertips' then the entire nu-metal scene. And why can't they spell 'new' correctly? Anyways, Stevie Wonder is awesome. Awe-some.

I'm also gonna list Spaceman 3/Spiritualized because they consistantly rock my world. 'Ladies and Gentlemen we are Floating in Space' is an unqualified masterpiece. Jesus.

Oh, and how about Massive Attack? Their first three albums defined the crap that is now known stupidly as 'Trip-hop.' Who came up with that name anyways? Are the writers of the Cosmopolitan naming our music genres now? Probably, so that doesn't really help me...

Anyways, that's enough ramblling for now...


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I understood this was about best "bands", but since everyone's including solo artists, here's a few no one's mentioned:

Van Morrison
Beck
Bruce Springsteen
Stevie Ray Vaughan
Tom Waits
Bjork
Frank Sinatra
Lucinda Williams
Tricky
PJ Harvey
Brian Eno
Peter Gabriel
Peter Tosh

Plus some blues greats: Bessie Smith, John Lee Hooker, Lightnin' Hopkins, B.B. King, Leadbelly

Country greats: George Jones, Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings, Patsy Cline, Emmylou Harris, Jimmie Dale Gilmore

Soul greats: Ray Charles, Otis Redding, Aretha Franklin, Al Green, Curtis Mayfield

Great rappers whose talents shine thru despite their often-disturbing lyrics: Ice Cube, Ice-T, 2Pac, Biggie Smalls, Eminem

A few jazz genii: Charles Mingus, Thelonius Monk, Sonny Rollins, Art Blakey, Bird, Diz

(BTW, why is everyone putting CCR under "guilty pleasures"? Great singles bands are hard to come by, and not to be sneezed at!)


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speaking of solo artists: Billy Bragg, Jean Leloup, Eleni Mandell, Paul Cargnello, and of course ELVIS COSTELLO
speaking of hip hop acts: Digable Planets, Tribe Called Quest, the Coup, the Roots, Spearhead, Black Moon.
other grreat bands: LOS LOBOS, the Cramps, the Ramones

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posted 17 August 2003 09:32 PM      Profile for Sara Mayo     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Lots of good nominations so far...
Three of my all time faves: Jean Leloup, Jean Leloup and Jean Leloup!
As well, Steve Earle, Fred Eaglesmith, Fela Kuti (Femi, too!), Indigo Girls. I am partial to Daft Punk too, but I haven't heard all their albums. A few years ago, I would have said Sarah McLachlan (esp. Fumbling towards Ecstasy), but now that she's constantly played on EZ-listening radio, I question my judgement. Most of my friends would add Ani DiFranco, but I was never her biggest fan.
Be good tanyas only have two albums, but on the merits of those albums alone they deserve a nomination.
Let's not forget the classics: Pete Seeger and Stan Rogers.

[ 17 August 2003: Message edited by: Sara Mayo ]


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Frank Zappa and many of his various bands. I wish he were alive today.
Judas Priest, however not everyones cup of tea.

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posted 17 August 2003 10:31 PM      Profile for yankeebythesea        Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
John Prine
Bruce Springsteen
Neil Young

John Prine - he is an incredible songwriter.

Visit www.jpshrine.org

Bruce and Neil - one American, one Canadian..but both have written songs that rang true to my heart, soul, and mind.


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Your link scared me, Yankee! When I saw "John Prine Shrine" I thought maybe he'd died!

A great talent.


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Since solo artists are in vogue, can I ask why no one has mentioned Roy Orbison? Certainly one of the greatest voices of popular music.
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quote:
Maybe tomorrow...a new romance
No-o-o more sorrow... but that’s the chance
Youuuuuuuuuuuuuu... goootta... ta-a-a-aaaaaaaaake.......
(silence)
When your lonely heart breaks
Only the lonely (Dum-dum-dum-dum-be-doo-wahhhh)

Gives me goosebumps every time.


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posted 18 August 2003 02:48 AM      Profile for Southside Red   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Bands and individual acts with great lyrics are my favorites, like:

John Hiatt,Randy Newman,Tragically Hip,Phil Ochs,Arlo Guthrie,Howlin' Wolf,U2, Tori Amos, Pink Floyd, Fleetwood Mac, Coldplay, The Pogues, Radiohead, Counting Crows, Tom Waits, Billie Holiday, John Prine, Dwight Yoakum, Alanis Morrissette, Allison Moorer, Jonny Lang, Dire Straits

and a kazillion others - depends on my mood.

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posted 18 August 2003 09:22 AM      Profile for Catchfire   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Belle & Sebastian, Lou Reed and Bob Dylan for clever lyric writing. And let's not forget überhipster Stephen Malkmus, who earns his place for this gem alone:
quote:
And what about the voice of Geddy Lee?
How did it get so high?
I wonder if he speaks like an ordinary guy.
(I know him, and he does!)
And you're my fact-checking cuz

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posted 20 August 2003 02:14 AM      Profile for Scott Piatkowski   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
My top 50, in alphabetical order (so as not to offend any of my favourite artists who secretly lurk on babble)...

TORI AMOS
BARENAKED LADIES
THE BEATLES
BLUE RODEO
BILLY BRAGG
JACKSON BROWNE
KATE BUSH
HARRY CHAPIN
TRACY CHAPMAN
THE CLASH
BRUCE COCKBURN
SAM COOKE
ELVIS COSTELLO
CROSBY, STILLS, AND NASH (AND YOUNG)
ANI DIFRANCO
BOB DYLAN
STEVE EARLE
STEPHEN FEARING
NEIL FINN / CROWDED HOUSE / SPLIT ENZ
PETER GABRIEL
MARVIN GAYE
JOHN WESLEY HARDING
INDIGO GIRLS
JOE JACKSON
THE JAM / THE STYLE COUNCIL / PAUL WELLER
LOREENA McKENNITT
SARAH McLACHLAN
DON McLEAN
MAMAS AND PAPAS
AIMEE MANN
BOB MARLEY
SCOTT MERRITT
MIDNIGHT OIL
JONI MITCHELL
VAN MORRISON
PHIL OCHS
THE POLICE / STING
THE PRETENDERS
R.E.M.
PETE SEEGER
RON SEXSMITH
SIMON AND GARFUNKEL
SPIRIT OF THE WEST
BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN
CAT STEVENS
TALKING HEADS
TOAD THE WET SPROCKET / GLEN PHILLIPS
U2
THE WATERBOYS
NEIL YOUNG


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posted 20 August 2003 05:06 AM      Profile for Willowdale Wizard   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
quote:
MIDNIGHT OIL

do you mean the "breakfast club twisting of fingers in cheeks -- earth and sun and moooooon phase" or the "only the strong -- keep us radioactive free / Strike a bell in Hiroshima park hercules" phase?


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Might as well throw some from my list that I haven't seen mentioned (in the order that they bubble to the surface of the cerebral swamp):

Little Feat
Neville Brothers
Genesis (with Peter Gabriel)
All Muddy Water's Bands (esp with Little Walter and James Cotton)
Louis Jordan
Red Hot Chili Peppers
Sly and the Family Stone
Miles Davis' Kind of Blue band
Guy Clark
Flatt and Scruggs
Asleep at the Wheel
Nitty Gritty Dirt Band
Paul Simon with and without Art Garfunkel
Loggins and Messina (as solo artists they might make the WORST 50)
Dire Straits
Bela Fleck and the Flecktones (when they had Howard Levy)
Black Sabbath (1970-1975)
Santana


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In no particular order and definitely not all-inclusive:

Disposable Heroes (of Hiphoprisy)
MC Solaar
Joy Division
Nine Inch Nails
Sex Pistols and PIL
Gang of Four
Stranglers
Consolidated
Moby
Buzzcocks
Peter Gabriel
Michelle Shocked
Black Flag
Henry Rollins Band
Tricky/Massive Attack
Jello Biafra/Dead Kennedys
Laurie Anderson
Ian Anderson
Patti Smith Group
Talking Heads
The Clash
Lou Reed/Velvet Underground
God Lives Underwater
Chemical Bros.
Genesis
Sinead O'Connor

etc., etc., etc.

Edited to add: Radiohead!

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quote:
Originally posted by Sisyphus:

Nitty Gritty Dirt Band

hehe mucho props for throwing in one of the best country acts of the late 1980s.

I betcha I'll have "fishin in the dark" going through my head all day. I'm not sure if that's a good thing.


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posted 21 August 2003 01:31 AM      Profile for Scott Piatkowski   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
quote:
Originally posted by Willowdale Wizard:

do you mean the "breakfast club twisting of fingers in cheeks -- earth and sun and moooooon phase" or the "only the strong -- keep us radioactive free / Strike a bell in Hiroshima park hercules" phase?


All of the above. Their late 80s popularity was a bit of an aberation and I never felt that they had sold out to achieve it.


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Can somebody explain why everyone (including me) has neglected to name the Replacements?

That's just not right.


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a band that noon gives much credit to (and i don't think were mentioned here) but who are just deliciously lush: BLIND MELON

and fun although you have to be in the mood: cake

and goddamn, but what about JEFF BUCKLEY?

i'm also semi obsessed with jack johnson right now.

system of a down rock my world.
honey is cool are pretty awesome.

has anyone said jane's addiction?

already mentioned, but tool, radiohead, weezer, tom waits, bjork (new album coming out soon, woo!) all make me happy.

my can con list, mostly made up of toronto talent:

oh and i'm not sure whether to put them on the best or worst band list because my opinion changes every time i hear a different one of their songs -- ween


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In no particular order...

Neutral Milk Hotel
Le Tigre
Bob Dylan
Fleetwood Mac/Stevie Nicks
Tracy Chapman
Bouncing Souls
Bad Religion
Sublime
Modest Mouse
Sinnéad O'Connor
The Smiths
Bruce Cockburn
Weeping Tile/Sarah Harmer
The (International) Noise Conspiracy
Billy Bragg
Wilco
Janis Joplin


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Gotta add the "band" Leonard Cohen here. Also think Sophie B. Hawkins deserves a mention.
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OK, here's my 50, in no particular order past the first dozen or so:
Elvis Costello and the Attractions
Bob Marley and the Wailers
Ian Dury & the Blockheads
The Clash
Talking Heads
The Rolling Stones
The Stranglers
Teenage Head (briefly the best live act in the world)
The English Beat
B52s
Tragically Hip
The Pursuit of Happiness
Joe Jackson Band
Kinks
Sex Pistols
The Band
The Beatles
Prince and the NPG
Parliament/Funkadelic
CSNY
Neil Young & Crazy Horse
U2
Led Zepplin
Dread Zepplin
The Boomers
Todd Rundgren & Utopia
Blue Rodeo
The Spice Girls ('cause it was time for pop music to get silly again)
M with Robin Scott
Thomas Dolby
Nirvana
The Ramones
The Dead Boys
Viletones
Sloan
New York Dolls
The Odds
Blondie
Jackson 5
The Jam
The Who
The Specials
Iggy Pop (post Stooges, with the Sales bros.)
David Bowie & the Spiders from Mars
Velvet Underground
Madness
Pretenders
Gang of Four
Pop will eat itself
Mott the Hoople

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posted 30 August 2003 05:11 PM      Profile for Bill Haydon     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Since nobody asked... my top 50 in no particular order

The Stooges
Curtis Mayfield
The Clash
The Pixies
Black Flag
Bad Religion
NoMeansNo
Peter Tosh
Prince
Dead Kennedys
Nirvana
Mudhoney
The Smiths
My Bloody Valentine
DOA
Urge Overkill
Slayer
Bob Marley and the Wailers
Bad Brains
Leonard Cohen
Cocteau Twins
Massive Attack
Beastie Boys
Red Hot Chili Peppers
Underworld
Jimi Hendrix
Public Enemy
Erik B. and Rakim
AFI
Helmet
Ramones
Fishbone
Sonic Youth
Fugazi
Girls Against Boys
Soundgarden
SNFU
Weakerthans
Big Black
Ministry
Husker Du
Buzzcocks
Misfits
Primal Scream
Tricky
Skinny Puppy
Beach Boys
Rancid
Radiohead
Prett Girls Make graves


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