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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: Oct 29, 2007
Posted on: December 29, 2008 10:37 pm
 

The Greatest American Rock and Roll Band

the electric mayhem - who didn't love the muppets house band???


-Good call, Savior!  Lol!

-Remember when they went on strike because they thought the Muppet Show theme was "too lame"?  Floyd rewrote it, and they played this hillariously discordant lurching jumble of a tune.  When Floyd afterward asked Kermit for his reaction, Kermit said it was, er, great, but he wasn't sure he understod it, to which Floyd replied something like "Oh man, I don't understand it!"




Since: Dec 22, 2007
Posted on: December 29, 2008 10:31 pm
 

The Greatest American Rock and Roll Band

Savior, in regards to your Cobain comment on the Foo's & Nirvana, you are dead on !!! My friend, Dave Grohl is probably THE most talented Rock muscian going today ! The guy can play it all, write lyrics and has a great groove and sound that energizes as the song goes on ! AMAZING SOUND !

Dang it, said I wouldn't mention the after thought's but I will throw Journey into honarable mentions ! Only because of Steve Perry's vocals !..

In July 2008, long-time fan Ross Muir, along with friend and vocalist Jason Nalu, wrote what many fans already feel may be the definitive guide to Steve Perry as regards his vocal ability and career in front of a microphone. Entitled 'One in a Million' it has been made available by the author as a free download<sup class="reference" id="cite_ref-5"></sup>. Sony Legacy will be releasing Playlist: The Very Best of Steve Perry on January 13, 2009<sup class="reference" id="cite_ref-6"></sup>.

In a recent interview with former bassist, record executive, and judge stated that "Other than Robert Plant, there's no singer in rock that even came close to Steve Perry". Jackson goes on to say "The power, the range, the tone — he created his own style. He mixed a little Motown, a little Everly Brothers, a little Zeppelin." Jackson also puts the rumors to rest about Perry's voice saying "I just saw him not long ago, and he still has the golden voice




Since: Oct 29, 2007
Posted on: December 29, 2008 10:30 pm
 

The Greatest American Rock and Roll Band

 It actually pains me not to be able to include The Band in this contest.  As I mentioned earlier, i don't think there is a better representation of "Americana". 


-Yeah, it is pretty ironic that they actually weren't an American band, tchnically, for sure...   I'm reminded of the interview in "The Last Waltz" with Robbie Robertson when he recounts signing on with Ronnie Hawkins.  After Robbie asked what the deal would be with the new gig, The Hawk replied "Well Son, you ain't gonna make much money, but you'll get more p**** than Frank Sinatra", lol...

-Thanks about Sly there, too.  I was racking my brains for a replacement when they occured to me.




Since: Jan 3, 2007
Posted on: December 29, 2008 10:25 pm
 

The Greatest American Rock and Roll Band

Savior, you've been faved on the sole basis of choice #10.  I really like your list, especially the inclusion of The Roots and The Revolution.  Who could forget Wendy and LIsa? 



Since: Jan 3, 2007
Posted on: December 29, 2008 10:22 pm
 

The Greatest American Rock and Roll Band

The song was written by Mark Hudson,

Is that the Mark Hudson from the Hudson Brothers? 

Sparty, great list too.  First mention for Grand Funk and Seger and TSBB. 

Just a side note, surprisingly no mention yet for The Byrds. 



Since: Jan 3, 2007
Posted on: December 29, 2008 10:16 pm
 

The Greatest American Rock and Roll Band

Yeah, I was aware of that, jonny, and knew that they actually met Ronnie Hawkins in Toronto, too.  I was thinking of how they were based out of New York state when they struck out on their own.  My bad for just having a cursury glance at the rules, lol...

I figured you knew.  It actually pains me not to be able to include The Band in this contest.  As I mentioned earlier, i don't think there is a better representation of "Americana". 

Great back-up by the way with Sly and The Family Stone. 



Since: Apr 1, 2008
Posted on: December 29, 2008 10:15 pm
 

The Greatest American Rock and Roll Band

great lists so far. some of mine most likely won't make the voting round and i'm probably leaving some off due to personal preference but oh well. by no means are these in any order.

1. the doors- don't even know where to start

2. the ramones - one of the first bands to get me listening to other types of music

3. aerosmith - would probably pick them over the stones any day of the week (whether i'm right or not)

4. the roots - ?uestlove is a true student of music. brought musicianship back into hip-hop (something they had lost many years before)

5. lynard skynard

6. the revolution - prince's original band after going solo, he had a remarkable gift for choosing true musicians in all of his bands imo.

7. tool - reznor has a way of putting together music that not many others would attempt and still make it sound cool (again, another opinion pick)

8. nirvana/foo fighters - i list them together because even though cobain got much of the fame, dave grohl had more influence on the music than most people think and showed it by carrying on (plus his work with other bands)

9. grateful dead - never really a big fan (was more into dylan from that era to be honest) but i could never discount what they meant to music.

10. the electric mayhem - who didn't love the muppets house band???




Since: Dec 22, 2007
Posted on: December 29, 2008 10:05 pm
 

The Greatest American Rock and Roll Band

Great job Jonny T !  Here are my pick's, no order, really, just butt kicking American Rocker's !

  • Grand Funk Railroad - Home Boy's ! Flint Michigan. Don Brewer, Mel Schacher, Max Carl, Bruce Kulick, Tim Cashion, Graig Frost, original line up. Over the years they featured - Mark Farner, Dennis Bellinger, Howard Eddy Jr., Terry Knight and Peter Frampton(KeyBoards) In 1971 they broke the " Beatles " attendance record at Shea Stadium NY. Selling out the concert in 72 hours ! Cool huh !
  • Van Halen - Anyway you heard them on vocals, they still come down to Edward Lodewijk Van Halen. Eddie's middle name is after Ludwig van Beethoven. Approrpriatley so, he named his son, Wolfgang, after yep... Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, how frickin' cool is that ! They are in my mind THE BEST PARTY BAND EVER !
  • The Doors - Jim Morrison ! That's it !
  • The Grateful Dead - So diverse. They touched ground no mortal even knew excisted !
  • Poison - The Glam Metal Gem's ! To date they sold 25 million records world wide, and 14.5 million in the U.S. alone ! Six top ten singles and one # 1 ! After 25 years their still recording and banging it out live ! Let's hear it for the boy's from Mechanicsburgh PA.
  • The Allman Brothers Band - Way back in 1969, this band was based outta Macon GA. and they formed in Jax. FL. That's about as Southern' as any GREAT American rock band has come from ..lol.. The band has been awarded 11 gold and 5 platinum albums between 1971 and 2005... They are my Fav. 60's 70's Southern rock band period !
  • The Ramones - The God Father's of the Punk revalution, world wide ! We all know the story behind each band member adopting the " Ramone"  last name for the stage. They have performed over 2,263 concerts... wow thats Dead Head numbers..lol. I always like checking out You Tube, for their X-Mas vids. great stuff live. Forest Hills, Queens NY. best punk's !
  • Bob Seger & SB Band - Another Home Boy ! Hmm, Detroit,  Home of Rock & Roll, I don't know about that, but there sure have been some good one's come down the pike !... Bob now live's in Orchard Lk.Mi. My brother in law custom designed and built a dinning room table for him...  EVERY BAR, BEER JUKE, OR DANCE HALL has a Bob Seger Song at your finger tips ! He is the original BLUE COLLAR Singer SONG WRITTER ! Oh by the way if you live in Mi. and are looking for a great re-model or custom furniture made for your house, give my brother in-law a call, his company is HSI Millwork Inc. located in Walled Lake Mi.
  • The Eagles - Wow, a true country band scourned by the Grand Ole Opry ! They smoked pot ! Hahaha... so they moved on. And what a move they made. So many great artist came out and made singles... and they still get together and record and tour today ! Truely amazing Rock band !
  • Aerosmith -- My, my , my , quite possibly the ugliest mug on a rocker, Tyler that is, but hey, it's not Hollywood, it's Rock n Roll... And that they can do ! One of my favorite Aerosmith song's ever, ring's loud and clear in these troubled times we live in today. It was recorded in 1993 by Hudson, Perry, and Tyler. Hudson wrote the song, for the 1993 " Get A Grip " Album. It was the lyrical content that hooked me !  

    The song is one of Aerosmith's most successful attempts at tackling social issues. It reflects on the sorry state of the world ("There's something wrong with the world today"), religion ("We're seeing things in a different way and God knows it ain't his"), racism ("If you can judge a wise man by the color of his skin), among other things. However, the lyrics in the song also suggest that the world is still worth living in ("We could tell 'em no, or we could let it go, but I would rather be a-hangin' on"). The lyrics also contain a reference to the song, "Mister You're a Better Man Than I".

    According to the band's autobiography , the song was inspired by the .

    The song was written by Mark Hudson, who notes that he wrote the song while strumming a guitar and thinking about what John Lennon might have said about the social issues of the day, if he were alive today.

Wow JonnyT, is that ten already, no need in making mention of honarable mentions... cause they won't count !

So there is my .10 cents worth !

Peace out Sparty




Since: Oct 29, 2007
Posted on: December 29, 2008 10:02 pm
 

The Greatest American Rock and Roll Band

One point though, while The Band might be the epitiome of American music. 4 of the 5 members are canadian and before they were known as the band, they actually went by the name of the Canadian Squires


-Yeah, I was aware of that, jonny, and knew that they actually met Ronnie Hawkins in Toronto, too.  I was thinking of how they were based out of New York state when they struck out on their own.  My bad for just having a cursury glance at the rules, lol...  Anyway, my replacement is-

  • Sly & The Family Stone  -While James Brown laid the ground work for funk with "The One" (the nickname  name for the 4/4 rhythm he favored that put the emphasis on the first beat), Sly & Co. really have to be credited with fully realizing funk both musically, and styalistically, I think, and what an absolutely huge contribution & infuence that was...

-Thanks again, jonny!




Since: Jan 3, 2007
Posted on: December 29, 2008 9:42 pm
 

The Greatest American Rock and Roll Band

Great addition to the list Mark.  Although Carlos is Mexican they are a thoroughly American band.


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