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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: Jan 3, 2007
Posted on: December 30, 2008 2:26 pm
 

The Greatest American Rock and Roll Band

Mothers of Invention, Velvet Underground, Grateful Dead, CCR, Aerosmith, The Byrds, The Doors, The Ramones, ZZ Top, & Metallica.

Hey Wyo.  Great to see you.  I knew I could count on you for getting The Byrds on the list.  Great additions with The Mothers of Invention and VU. 



Since: Jan 3, 2007
Posted on: December 30, 2008 2:24 pm
 

The Greatest American Rock and Roll Band

Elvis Presley and the Jordanaires (stretching the solo act/band rule I know, I'll make up for it by not including Buddy Holly and the Crickets)


thotwock, great list.  Elvis's backing bands were always great.  If Bruce and Tom Petty are allowed, than Elvis and the Jordanires are as well. 



Since: Jan 3, 2007
Posted on: December 30, 2008 2:22 pm
 

The Greatest American Rock and Roll Band

Great list t-rock-atx.  You got the first mention of Parliament. 



Since: Jan 3, 2007
Posted on: December 30, 2008 2:20 pm
 

The Greatest American Rock and Roll Band

Titan,
Thanks for stopping by.  Check out choices 1, 3, and 5.  They are all great bands, but definitely not American.  If you want to resubmit 3 other choices you are more than welcome. 



Since: Jan 3, 2007
Posted on: December 30, 2008 2:18 pm
 

The Greatest American Rock and Roll Band

Johnny, your right on the Temptations as a vocal group not a band,  wasn't thinking.  So I'll go with the following:

Heart - A Hard Rocking Female band with the uniqueness of a lead gutiar player being female. 


No problem Mikey.  Heart is climbing up the list. 



Since: Apr 21, 2007
Posted on: December 30, 2008 1:47 pm
 

The Greatest American Rock and Roll Band

The best "American" band is Hot Rize.  A straight up throw down bluegrass band in which all four could have played any of the other instrments almost as good as the others.  Since the only true American insterment is a 5 string Banjo there is no way a bluegrass band shouldn't be on the list.  Special mention goes out to Newgrass Revival.

 

I sure wish we could edit these posts.




Since: Apr 21, 2007
Posted on: December 30, 2008 1:42 pm
 

The Greatest American Rock and Roll Band

The best "American" band is Hot Rize.  A straight up throw down blue grass band all four could have played in of the other insturments almost as good as the others.  Since the only true American insterment is a 5 string Banjo there is no way a bluegrass band should be on the list.  Special mention goes out to Newgrass Revival.




Since: Jan 22, 2008
Posted on: December 30, 2008 1:24 pm
 

The Greatest American Rock and Roll Band

Sorry Jonny, Let me whittle it down to 10....

The Beach Boys

Aerosmith

Alice In Chains

Guns N' Roses

Metallica

Huey Lewis & The News

Nirvana

Pantera

White Zombie

Marilyn Manson




Since: Apr 21, 2007
Posted on: December 30, 2008 1:09 pm
 

The Greatest American Rock and Roll Band

I see that a few people have included my one of my all time favorites The Band.  Unfortunately<o:p></o:p> the majority of that group is Canadian. Levon Helms is the only American and he is from Arkansas.  The are known for playing Americana roots music but thats due to the blues and folk scene in Toronto back in the mid sixties. Just thought you should know.



Since: Jan 2, 2008
Posted on: December 30, 2008 1:04 pm
 

The Greatest American Rock and Roll Band

Good morning Jonny and the rest of you musical savants. I have enjoyed reading the posts already up. Boy, there are going to be some interesting brackets! My list would go as follows:

Mothers of Invention, Velvet Underground, Grateful Dead, CCR, Aerosmith, The Byrds, The Doors, The Ramones, ZZ Top, & Metallica.



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