American Rock and Roll Bands

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    American Rock and Roll Bands

    Let's cut this discussion to RnR bands from the USA only and leave the Brits and others out of it. There are quite a few American bands who are part of the immortals club. So I have three questions:

    Which American Band was the most important?
    Which American Band was the best?
    Which American Band is your favorite?

    Remember, important, best annd favorite do not always have to agree. So try and be as objective as you can with the first two and with favorite, be as subjective as you want.

    Without revealing my actual list, I will give you some bands to ponder:

    Beach Boys
    Buddy Holly and the Crickets
    Jimi Hendrix Experience
    The Rascals
    Lovin Spoonful
    The Doors
    The Mothers of Invention
    The Velvet Underground
    The Stooges
    Alice Cooper Band
    Aerosmith
    KISS
    The Ramones
    Metallica
    Guns and Roses
    Nirvana

    There are so many others. I cannot wait to see what you all will list.

    I did not list solo artists such as Elvis, Dylan Joni Mitchell or singing groups such as the Temptations or 4 Tops. I only want your thoughts on those bands which are completely self-contained.
     
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    Not to step on any toes, but Radiohead is not an American band.

    Smile
     
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    I'll go first. This is harder than I thought, I might even change my mind but here you go!

    Most Important band: Nirvana

    Best band: The Eagles

    Favorite band: REM, Guns and Roses, Dave Matthews Band


    Almost went Beach Boys most important. I feel the two changed the landscape the most.
     
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    Most Important : The Doors
                              Jefferson Airplane
                              Velvet Underground
                              The Byrds
     These band shaped the '60s and almost every band in the rock era that followed for the next ten years after them,  They changed the way music was interpreted and gave it a more mature theme and purpose.

    Best Band: That's easy Allman Brothers Band

    My Fav Band : Grateful Dead, followed distantly by Wilco

    Not to be a purest but Jimi came back to America by way of England (with 2 British members of the band) This also would keep CSN&Y from the list because of Graham Nash being English
     
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    Buffalo Springfield were important just for the fact that their members went on to start CSN&Y plus Stills and Young solo carriers, Poco, Loggins And Messina and brought Jack Nitzsche in to the limelight as a producer



    The Pixies ... They invented "loud quite loud" and without them there would not have been a '90s grunge scene
     
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    Does it have to be bands? I think of Buddy Holly as a solo performer even though his band had a name. I just can't think of American Rock and Roll without the roll call of the founders such as Chuck Berry, Elvis Presley, Little Richard, Jerry Lee Lewis, Bo Diddley, Fats Domino, etc., etc. These are the ones who laid down the basic riffs, beats, lyrics; the utter foundation of all rock that has followed.
     
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    Does it have to be bands? I think of Buddy Holly as a solo performer even though his band had a name. I just can't think of American Rock and Roll without the roll call of the founders such as Chuck Berry, Elvis Presley, Little Richard, Jerry Lee Lewis, Bo Diddley, Fats Domino, etc., etc. These are the ones who laid down the basic riffs, beats, lyrics; the utter foundation of all rock that has followed.
    Posted by devildavid


    I concur
     
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    Re: American Rock and Roll Bands

    Adding:

    Creedence
    Blue Oyster Cult
     
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    In Response to Re: American Rock and Roll Bands:
    Not to step on any toes, but Radiohead is not an American band.
    Posted by chazz508


    Thanks chazz. I didn't they were but I didn't want to avoid that specific genre. I should have checked before I pput their name on the list.

    I feel foolish - sorry. I really have lost touch with the music scene of these last two generations.
     
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    In Response to Re: American Rock and Roll Bands:
    Does it have to be bands? I think of Buddy Holly as a solo performer even though his band had a name. I just can't think of American Rock and Roll without the roll call of the founders such as Chuck Berry, Elvis Presley, Little Richard, Jerry Lee Lewis, Bo Diddley, Fats Domino, etc., etc. These are the ones who laid down the basic riffs, beats, lyrics; the utter foundation of all rock that has followed.
    Posted by devildavid


    That is why I labeled the thread specifically bands and not artists.
     
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    In Response to Re: American Rock and Roll Bands:
    Most Important : The Doors                           Jefferson Airplane                           Velvet Underground                           The Byrds  These band shaped the '60s and almost every band in the rock era that followed for the next ten years after them,  They changed the way music was interpreted and gave it a more mature theme and purpose. Best Band: That's easy Allman Brothers Band My Fav Band : Grateful Dead, followed distantly by Wilco Not to be a purest but Jimi came back to America by way of England (with 2 British members of the band) This also would keep CSN&Y from the list because of Graham Nash being English
    Posted by jkjband


    jkj - absolutely correct and I was hesitant about putting the Experience in, but wasn't sure about the backlash. Okay - let's pull them out of the equateion, just like CSN & Y.
     
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    For me - the most important was Buddy Holly and the Crickets

    The Best - If I just count the 70's, then it would be Aerosmith hands down.

    My favorite - The Alice Cooper Band
     
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    Most Important - Lynyrd Skynyrd
    Best - Eagles
    Favorite - Metallica

     
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    phish

     
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    Here's my top ten list in terms of importance, in chrono order:

    Buddy Holly & The Crickets (most important)
    The Beach Boys
    The Byrds
    Velvet Underground (best)
    Jimi Hendrix
    The Band
    Grateful Dead (favorite)
    Allman Brothers Band
    Aerosmith
    Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers

    Honorable Mention (importance, chrono): The Doors, Chicago, Steely Dan, J. Geils Band, Ramones, Talking Heads, Van Halen, Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double Trouble, Pearl Jam, The Strokes

     
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    For the top level list as some of the USA's finest, who rate an honorable mention:
    Boston
    Mamas & the Papas
    Pearl Jam
    Journey     :)

    and: Simon and Garfunkel (do they count?) -- they're a duo, self-contained, hard to categorize as a "band" --- highly influential, and one of America's finest, right out of the great state of New York. 
     
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    For Important American Bands

    Jonathan Richman and the Modern Lovers .... they stuck a knife in the '60s and laid the foundation for punk. Many bands gave a nod to the Lovers as their inspiration.  They were huge in Europe, especially Great Britain ..... Two members went on to very influential bands from the '80s the Cars & The Talking Heads.
     
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    Also Important American Bands

    Sonic Youth ... Listen to Radiohead or The Flaming Lips and you can hear Sonic Youth

    Patti Smith Group Influenced everyone from U2 to The Talking Heads

    Wire

    Sly And The Family Stone ... no Sly.. No Prince, no Funkadelic

    Blondie ... They were the first band to include a "rap" song on a national label.
     
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    Also Important American Bands Sonic Youth ... Listen to Radiohead or The Flaming Lips and you can hear Sonic Youth Patti Smith Group Influenced everyone from U2 to The Talking Heads Wire Sly And The Family Stone ... no Sly.. No Prince, no Funkadelic Blondie ... They were the first band to include a "rap" song on a national label.
    Posted by jkjband


    No jkj - please say you didn't list that catterwalling, scarecrow faced, heroin nodding Patti Smith.

    IMO - the most overhyped, talentless person to ever grace a RnR stage. And I have seen her enough times to give an honest answer on that.
     
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    Then I must say that we agree to disagree.
     
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    So what is the best album by an American rock band?  I think it might be this one, and another contributor here (Carnie) agrees.


     
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    Hfx, I was debating between CCR and Skynyrd.
     
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    I'm just going to list my 10 favorite bands alphabetically.  I find picking the 'best' or 'most important' one too hard on the head. 

    Alice Cooper
    Blue Oyster Cult
    Byrds
    Creedence
    Doors
    Eagles
    Guns N Roses
    Lynyrd Skynyrd
    Steely Dan
    Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double Trouble

    It feels a little sacrilegious to leave Aerosmith off.  I did love them in the early days.  But I dislike their later material so much that it has really soured me on them.
     
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    the pixies...
     
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    In Response to Re: American Rock and Roll Bands:
    So what is the best album by an American rock band?  I think it might be this one, and another contributor here (Carnie) agrees.
    Posted by Hfxsoxnut


    I'd have to disagree, jessey....not counting dylan, I'd have to go with:




     
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