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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 8:34 pm
 

The Greatest American Rock and Roll Band

Hey johnny. I also had a nomination of Styx back on page 2.

Sorry I overlooked that Mark.



Since: Nov 21, 2006
Posted on: December 30, 2008 8:29 pm
 

The Greatest American Rock and Roll Band

5 bands that are gone & 5 that still record

1. Blue Oyster Cult- Very Under-appreciated band.

2. Guns N' Roses- Gone as far as I'm concerned.  Now it's just Axl Rose, but he was unbelieveable with Slash and Izzy at his side.

3. Journey- One of the best ballad bands ever.

4. Nirvana- Very talented group.  All members became very successful and well known.

5. Soundgarden- Cornell's first success was his greatest

6. REM- 20 years later, and they're still making quality music.

7. Matchbox Twenty- Some will say that they're too new, but they consistantly come out with good music w/out much radio attention.

8. The Killers- Same as Matchbox.  After a while, the radio dropped them, but people who listen to their music continue to respect them.

9. Metallica- What can be said about them that already hasn't been said?

10. Weezer- Most people only know them from "Beverly Hills," but their work from the 90's and even their newer album show the longevity that they have.

Honerable mentions: Bon Jovi, 3 Doors Down, Green Day, Foo Fighters, Aerosmith



Since: Mar 8, 2007
Posted on: December 30, 2008 8:27 pm
 

The Greatest American Rock and Roll Band

That was jonny. My bad.  Been a long day.



Since: Mar 8, 2007
Posted on: December 30, 2008 8:24 pm
 

The Greatest American Rock and Roll Band

Hey johnny. I also had a nomination of Styx back on page 2. Great band. Got to see them in college and had a fine time. These lists are great. So many great bands. And the list keeps growing.



Since: Jan 3, 2007
Posted on: December 30, 2008 8:15 pm
 

The Greatest American Rock and Roll Band

IDP there are many ZZ Top and Billy Gibbons fans around here.  If you want to come up with 9 more american bands to round out your top 10 I'd love to include them in this "contest."



Since: Oct 7, 2007
Posted on: December 30, 2008 8:05 pm
 

The Greatest American Rock and Roll Band

Billy Gibbons and ZZ Top  no contest.

He is  the beyond compaire to anyone




Since: Oct 29, 2007
Posted on: December 30, 2008 7:58 pm
 

The Greatest American Rock and Roll Band

-I've really had some fun reading these lists!

-Great to see Wyo drop by-  been a dog's age, my good man!  Good call on the Mothers, too!   I'm a big Zappa fan myself (as some may be aware).  I also thought about Steely Dan, but beyond the nucleus of Walter Becker & Donald Fagan, I couldn't really see them as a "band" in the usual sense, but more as a kind of duo...

-I was also tempted to mention Fleetwood Mac's being mostly British even in their popular hey-day before I saw that jonny called it.  For those who enjoy British blues, though, and who aren't familiar with their early stuff (late 60s) with Peter Green at the helm, check it out- you won't be disappointed!

-Thanks again, jonny!  Almost as much fun for me so far as the "Greatest Guitarist" blog, but without all the "work", lol...




Since: Jan 3, 2007
Posted on: December 30, 2008 6:15 pm
 

The Greatest American Rock and Roll Band

Hey rolltide.  Thanks for contributing.  First mentions for Blink 182 and Dave Matthews Band.  I'm surprised it took so long.  Also fist mention for Counting Crows, a really good band.  Some of your picks are not american (floyd and Zep are Brit bands while AC/DC is Australian).  If you want to resubmit picks to substitute, be my guest. 



Since: Nov 23, 2008
Posted on: December 30, 2008 5:55 pm
 

The Greatest American Rock and Roll Band

In no particular order: Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Blink 182, Bob Dylan, Led Zeppelin, Lynard Skynard, Dave Matthews Band, Pink Floyd, ACDC, Counting Crows, and my all time favorite Huff 'n Doback with Boats and Hoes!!



Since: Jan 3, 2007
Posted on: December 30, 2008 5:42 pm
 

The Greatest American Rock and Roll Band

Thanks for your contribution Brutus.  Please don't be too upset with those who included non-american bands.  My instructions were quite lengthy, and I don't blame anyone for not reading them all.  In addition it is possible in this day and age that some younger folks don't know the history of those classic rock bands.  Without liner notes from albums and cds it's not so easy to tell.

Your nomination of Styx is a first.  I'm a closet Styx fan. 

For the purposes of this contest Fleetwood Mac is considered a non-american band.  While they achieved their greatest commercial success with americans Stevie Nicks and Lindsay Buckingham, the band originated in england as a spin-off of John Mayall's Blues Breakers (both Mick Fleetwood and John McVie and original guitarist Peter Green all played with Mayall).  The line-up that featured Nicks and Buckingham was only 40% american when you include Chistie McVie. 

If you want to submit another choice, feel free. 


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