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Posted on Oct 6, 2011 5:50:26 AM PDT
Autonomeus says:
James -- I know the Elephant 6 bands, but not Beulah, I'll have to check them out.

Cafe Tacuba is a great Mexico City band, but the last album of theirs I bought did not have the lyrics translated into English (I guess the record company thought there wasn't enough market to justify it?), which was a serious drawback, because their lyrics are very clever.

bozokarl & R. Rolwing -- I'm with you on the DK's "Fresh Fruit." I saw them on their final tour in Chicago, and it was a great show.

Cheers, Richard

Posted on Oct 6, 2011 7:24:34 AM PDT
Oldman114 says:
After my number 1 and 2, in no particular order:

1. Pearl Jam
2. The Black Crowes
Raconteurs (wish they were still together)
Smashing Pumpkins (original with D'arcy and James)
Alice in Chains
Blind Melon
Brad
Jane's Addiction
Stone Temple Pilots
Guns N Roses

Guess what decade I was in high school/college, LOL!

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 6, 2011 9:03:19 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Oct 6, 2011 3:28:35 PM PDT
Dee Zee says:
In no particular order:

The Cars
The Byrds
Grateful Dead
The Pixies
Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers

The Band
Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young
The Raconteurs
Guadalcanal Diary
The Eagles

must add CCR and Talking Heads.

Posted on Oct 6, 2011 11:41:22 AM PDT
R. Rolwing says:
Some other good (great?) bands and artists I've thought of:
(Cue the wavy lines and harp music)

Television
Lena Lovich ("Stateless" is a terrific album)
Souixsie and the Banshees
Mission of Burma
Magazine
db's
Wall of Voodoo (Stan Ridgway solo too)

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 6, 2011 11:45:49 AM PDT
All good ones, though Magazine and Siouxsie are English, not American.

Posted on Oct 6, 2011 12:08:53 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Oct 6, 2011 12:34:31 PM PDT
1. Creedence Clearwater Revival or "CCR"

2. The Eagles

3. Lynyrd Skynyrd

4. Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers

5. John Cougar Mellencamp (and band? - I Don't know if I can count him, but man, he is pure Americana!)

6. Jimmy Buffett and the Coral Reefer Band

7. Green Day

8. Stray Cats

9. Hootie and the Blowfish

10. Van Zant (The Van Zant brothers join forces and sound awesome - Their best album IMHO is "Get Right With the Man")

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 6, 2011 12:14:11 PM PDT
R. Rolwing says:
Ahhh--you are correct sir--and I even googled those two beforehand to make sure they were American--I should actually read what I google next time.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 6, 2011 12:21:07 PM PDT
I am actually a ma'am, but I must say, you have impeccable taste in music, regardless of band nationality. =o)

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 6, 2011 1:01:18 PM PDT
R. Rolwing says:
Oh..well thank ya ma'am. I appreciate the compliment. I hope the fact that Jethro Tull is actually my favorite band doesn't dilute your assessment at all.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 6, 2011 1:20:54 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Oct 6, 2011 1:25:51 PM PDT
R. Rolwing says:
Working Man--

You're kidding right? With that name I thought sure Rush would be on your list!

Dammit! I'm an idiot--Rush is Canadian of course. Well, technically still American (North)...

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 6, 2011 2:19:01 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Oct 6, 2011 2:22:19 PM PDT
That's a bit of a surprise considering the other bands you mentioned. To each his own though, I have very diverse tastes in music as well.

Posted on Oct 6, 2011 3:22:41 PM PDT
Eddie H. says:
1-The Beach Boys
2-Creedence Clearwater Revival
3-J Geils Band
4-The Rascals
5-Paul Revere and the Raiders
6-The db's
7-Spirit
8-The Byrds
9-Fleetwood Mac(at least Stevie Nicks and Lindsey Buckingham)
10-The Raspberries
PS-not in any particular order

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 6, 2011 4:22:33 PM PDT
R. Rolwing says:
Do you have a favorite band?

Posted on Oct 6, 2011 4:36:28 PM PDT
velvet underground
doors
ramones
social distortion
jimi hendrix experience
jane's addiction
tool
big black
earth wind

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 6, 2011 5:10:29 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Oct 6, 2011 6:52:30 PM PDT
@R. Rolwing: I've never been able to pin just one down, but my top three (in no particular order) are probably David Bowie, Pink Floyd, Kate Bush. (I've posted my top 10 American bands earlier in this thread.) But I like so much music, it's tough to narrow down.

Posted on Oct 6, 2011 6:08:09 PM PDT
Rod Hansen says:
1. Ween
2. Phish
3. Red Hot Chili Peppers
4. Sly & the Family Stone
5. Camper Van Beethoven
6. Too Much Joy
7. Ed's Redeeming Qualities
8. Lunachicks
9. Paranoid Social Club
10. Morphine

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 6, 2011 7:21:52 PM PDT
I love this list!

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 6, 2011 8:40:45 PM PDT
Rod Hansen says:
Hey James E. Welton:

I'm glad you like my list, especially since I'm a big 0-for-1 on the useful votes!

All the bands I picked (except for Sly & the Family Stone) I picked because I've seen them live, and they rocked the friggin' house! I don't judge bands by history, or what the critics say is good. I judge bands by what I see in sweaty, stinking rock clubs, and who puts on a great show. True story: The first time I saw the Red Hot Chili Peppers, it was 1989 and they played a free gig at the University of New Hampshire, and about halfway through the first song everybody's jaw was on the floor. We all left saying, "These guys are gonna be HUGE!" That's great American rock'n'roll.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 6, 2011 9:14:55 PM PDT
What I really like about your list is they aren't the same old run-of-the-mill choices and many of the performers are still doing their thing. I agree that a truly great band gets their point across best in a live setting. Also, I think Too Much Joy is criminally underrated.

Posted on Oct 6, 2011 9:37:50 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Oct 6, 2011 10:09:03 PM PDT
American Females:

Fanny
Heart
5,6,7,8's
Runaways
Blondie
Smashin Punkins
Donnas
It's a Beautiful Day
Yea Yea Yeas
White Stripes
Breeders
Talking Heads
Big Brother and the Holding Company
Mother Earth

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 6, 2011 9:43:38 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Oct 6, 2011 10:41:33 PM PDT
Let's hear it for U.S. women rockers! I'd include Hot Toddies and Hot Pursuit and Cub and Go Sailor and Sleater-Kinney and ...

One thing, though. 5.6.7.8s are Japanese, are they not? And, now that I think about it, Cub were Canadian.

Posted on Oct 7, 2011 1:27:33 AM PDT
Totally, my mistake. I got carried away.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 7, 2011 2:33:21 AM PDT
Extra points for citing such a raw, bad-ass band, though.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 7, 2011 9:43:23 PM PDT
R. Rolwing says:
venus--May I be so bold as to recommend some Jethro Tull that you may not have heard on the normal mainstream radio outlets (We all know the typical handful of JT selections that make the FM rounds): Namely, if you're looking for a way to musically usher in the Fall season I've kind of made it a yearly tradition to break out the IMO pleasantly Autumn-tinged JT album "Heavy Horses" at this time of year. (Of course I guess it depends on where you live as far as to what extent there is an actual "ushering in" of the Fall season).

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 7, 2011 10:11:05 PM PDT
Supersuckers
Clutch
Southern Culture On The Skids
Off!
Dixie Dregs
Hot Tuna
Little Feat
Fear
X
Fleshtones

10 bands listed still bring it,
each and every day-
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