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The Greatest American Rock and Roll Band

Posted on: December 29, 2008 3:21 pm
 
Firstly, I would like to thank everyone who contributed to the original blog post.  There was sufficient interest to get the ball rolling.  So here are the requirements:

1. Nominate 10 American Rock and Roll bands that you believe are worthy of being in the discussion of The Greatest American Rock and Roll Band.  I know musical taste is subjective, but please keep the following in mind when nominating a band: musicianship, innovation, influence on other musicians/pop culture, popularity, and commercial success

2.  Keep nominations to American Bands, no solo acts please.  As it pertains to this contest, an American Band will be considered any band that has a minimum of 51% American-born musicians at the time the band was formed.  In addition, the band needs to have been formed in the US.   Any nomination of a band that does not meet this requirement will be invalidated.  Nominations for bands like The E Street Band and The Heartbreakers will be accepted.

3.  Depending on the results the bands receiving the the most nominations will be placed in brackets based on the time period in which their first official release was issued.  (60s, 70s, 80s, 90s and beyond).  In the event that some bands need to be moved to a different bracket to balance them out, I will try to move bands into a bracket that contains bands similar in genre.  Bands receiving more votes will get higher seedings. 

4.  The initial voting period will end on January 4th.  I will then need some time to get the brackets set up. 
5.  Feel free to add commentary to your choices. 
6.  Respect is important.  We won't all agree on the choices, but be respectful of other people's musical taste.  No flaming please. 

Have fun and check back often.

Jonnyteach
Comments

Since: Nov 19, 2008
Posted on: January 7, 2009 12:54 pm
 

The Greatest American Rock and Roll Band

Sorry I missed the voting, but I thought I would add my two cents anyway.  My list of ten:

The Grateful Dead

Steely Dan

Lynnard Skynnard

The Ramones

The New York Dolls

Kiss

Steve Miller Band

Nirvana

The Red Hot Chili Peppers

REM




Since: Aug 13, 2007
Posted on: January 7, 2009 11:31 am
 

The Greatest American Rock and Roll Band

I'm with you.  Often genius is not fully recognized by the masses. Not just the masses but the record companies who fail to adequately promote a band. Spending money hyping a band that they think will have more commercial success at the expense of more talented bands.



Since: Jan 3, 2007
Posted on: January 7, 2009 11:19 am
 

The Greatest American Rock and Roll Band

it seems hard to believe that they didn't catch on more with the mainstream audience...  Or does it...

 

I'm with you.  Often genius is not fully recognized by the masses. 



Since: Oct 29, 2007
Posted on: January 7, 2009 10:09 am
 

The Greatest American Rock and Roll Band

Hard to believe that they seem to be so obscure for many-

DaFan, you know I share your affinity for the feat.  While they were/are a phenomenally talented and exciting band, they never had large commercial appeal.  While I wasn't old enough to appreciate them when I was younger, it wasn't until the late 80's with Let It Roll did Little Feat break through with a big commercial hit. 


-I guess a better way to put it, jonny, is that given the fact that they were/are so good (and are also very musically accessable), it seems hard to believe that they didn't catch on more with the mainstream audience...  Or does it...

 




Since: Aug 15, 2006
Posted on: January 7, 2009 12:25 am
 

The Greatest American Rock and Roll Band

Thanks JT,

Please sub Chicago for the Supremes




Since: Sep 15, 2008
Posted on: January 6, 2009 8:08 pm
 

The Greatest American Rock and Roll Band

I've been keeping up on this posy for quite awhile now.

Best "ROCK AND ROLL" band.

Sorry Metallica not rock and roll.

Nirvana, not roll

DIO, not roll

REM,not roll.

Rock and Roll bands make you stomp your feet with every song, 4/4 time, the lead guitar strums and doesn't pick. For example,  REO Speedwagon, Most GNR, Bob Seger and the SBB, Mr Springsteen, etc.

There are lots of quality bands being listed, Hey Metalica kicks, but, they are "Metal" not Rock and Roll.  Nirvana, Grunge/Garage.

You get my point. How many of the bands listed make you stomp your feet on every song.

Just stating my case

REO Speedwagon, Keep on Rollin.




Since: Dec 22, 2006
Posted on: January 6, 2009 11:34 am
 

The Greatest American Rock and Roll Band

No particuliar order:

 

Metallica

Dio (American Born) \m/

GNR

Aerosmith

Lynyrd Skynrd

VH

Motley Crue

ZZ Top

Journey

Kiss

 




Since: Jan 3, 2007
Posted on: January 6, 2009 7:14 am
 

The Greatest American Rock and Roll Band

Hard to believe that they seem to be so obscure for many-

DaFan, you know I share your affinity for the feat.  While they were/are a phenomenally talented and exciting band, they never had large commercial appeal.  While I wasn't old enough to appreciate them when I was younger, it wasn't until the late 80's with Let It Roll did Little Feat break through with a big commercial hit. 



Since: Oct 29, 2007
Posted on: January 5, 2009 10:22 pm
 

The Greatest American Rock and Roll Band

The Jimi Hendrix Experience.

  • Little Feet

-Nice sub there, Minder.  I think that along with myself, Bricktop, and Skydog, we're the only ones to have mentioned Little Feat.  Hard to believe that they seem to be so obscure for many- but then my view's a tad skewed since I've been a fan of their's for a long time.  Doesn't look so good for them making the initial brackets, though...




Since: Jan 3, 2007
Posted on: January 5, 2009 1:14 pm
 

The Greatest American Rock and Roll Band

Very good list Mad.  It is diverse and all different periods are represented.


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