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Flip Flop

Trad climber
Truckee, CA
Topic Author's Original Post - Dec 5, 2014 - 10:18pm PT
This is a great topic. Not easy. Maybe you can nominate one band. I offer my nomination. They don't have the highest album sales, but are close.
For me, this band represents the finest that America has ever done. Soulful hits, extreme talent, unique artistry, worldwide appeal, positive vibrations, american melting pot at its highest ideal.

My nomination
Santana

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The Larry

climber
Moab, UT
Dec 5, 2014 - 10:21pm PT
bergbryce

climber
East Bay, CA
Dec 5, 2014 - 10:22pm PT
GWARGWARGWARGWAR
coolrockclimberguy69

climber
Dec 5, 2014 - 10:24pm PT
Flip Flop

Trad climber
Truckee, CA
Topic Author's Reply - Dec 5, 2014 - 10:28pm PT
The ol' U S of A. No Rush, Queen, Zep etc.

Props for NWA.

Larry , who is that?
Flip Flop

Trad climber
Truckee, CA
Topic Author's Reply - Dec 5, 2014 - 10:44pm PT
Pick one. Aerosmith has the highest sales and have been around almost as long. Then again it's soundtracks and they don't have the worldwide appeal. Or would you prefer Creedence?Not my choices for personal tastes. But I'm here to listen to opinions,
tuolumne_tradster

Trad climber
Leading Edge of North American Plate
Dec 5, 2014 - 10:53pm PT
Todd Eastman

climber
Bellingham, WA
Dec 5, 2014 - 10:54pm PT
Best American band was mostly Canadian, why of course The Band!
Flip Flop

Trad climber
Truckee, CA
Topic Author's Reply - Dec 5, 2014 - 10:59pm PT
Tuolumne Tradster. You're a man of my tastes with that nomination. The Allmans tied for #2 for me with Skynyrd. The Allman's are better but I couldn't bet against Freebird. And my roots are in Bama.
The answers show a regional preference I think. Mine do.
apogee

climber
Technically expert, safe belayer, can lead if easy
Dec 5, 2014 - 11:20pm PT
"Larry , who is that?"

Loverboy. Ron's got their poster on his ceiling.

(They're Canadian...disqualified from this thread)
tuolumne_tradster

Trad climber
Leading Edge of North American Plate
Dec 5, 2014 - 11:26pm PT
Flip Flop: I'm a Cali native, so Allman Bros is not a regional preference for me. I just luved the hard drivin' double drummers and incredible guitar playing by Duane & Dickey Betts. Saw them live at Fillmore SF in 1971. Believe it or not, they were not the top bill that night...Mark Almond Band was. In memory of Elizabeth Reed, Blue Sky, and Whippin' Post to name a few of my favorite tunes.

Here's a local SF Bay Area band that I listened to in my formative years. Anybody remember these guys?

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pud

climber
Sportbikeville & Yucca brevifolia
Dec 6, 2014 - 06:45am PT
Easy.

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anita514

Gym climber
Great White North
Dec 6, 2014 - 06:47am PT
Mr Mister
Fat Dad

Trad climber
Los Angeles, CA
Dec 6, 2014 - 07:20am PT
Has everyone forgotten about a dude named Hendrix?

Apart from him there's CCR, the Eagles. Aerosmith was solid early then descended into deep schmalz.
k-man

Gym climber
SCruz
Dec 6, 2014 - 07:44am PT
While Hendrix was born in Seattle, he the Experience was from England. But Band of Gypsies was, of course, all American.

Picking the best band is kinda like picking the best rock climber--I've seen a bunch of bands hit "10." Some folks are gonna say Michael Jackson, others will say The Grateful Dead. Is anybody right, or wrong?

But those guys, well they're dead.

So how about something we can act upon, like Your Favorite Current American Rock Band.





One of the best shows I've seen was Lucinda Williams.

And don't forget moe.

this just in

climber
north fork
Dec 6, 2014 - 07:53am PT
Still going with Tool.
Though Primus is up there.
Gearhead

Trad climber
Novato Ca
Dec 6, 2014 - 07:59am PT
R.A.M.O.N.E.S RAMONES!!!!
donini

Trad climber
Ouray, Colorado
Dec 6, 2014 - 08:02am PT
The best American rock bands that I'm aware of are the pegmatite dikes in the Black Canyon. Usually spicy gear there that keeps you focused.
Vitaliy M.

Mountain climber
San Francisco
Dec 6, 2014 - 08:06am PT
Metallica and it is not even close.
Buck Wilde

Boulder climber
Oregon
Dec 6, 2014 - 08:36am PT
Steely Dan.


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the Fet

climber
Tu-Tok-A-Nu-La
Dec 6, 2014 - 09:02am PT
One of my faves not mentioned Van Halen.
Norton

Social climber
quitcherbellyachin
Dec 6, 2014 - 09:07am PT
The Usual Suspects
The Larry

climber
Moab, UT
Dec 6, 2014 - 09:15am PT
aleyska-

climber
Dec 6, 2014 - 12:56pm PT
Marlow

Sport climber
OSLO
Dec 6, 2014 - 01:03pm PT

Guns N' Roses

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Nightrain

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Paradise City
Studly

Trad climber
WA
Dec 6, 2014 - 01:10pm PT


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zBrown

Ice climber
Brujň de la Playa
Dec 6, 2014 - 01:14pm PT
Carlos Santana is from Mexico.

The Band, but too many Canadians?

The Cars

Velvet Underground

Allman Bros.

Doors

but, best

Grateful Dead

Most impactful:

Bob Dylan & The Band
Neil Young & Crazy Horse








tuolumne_tradster

Trad climber
Leading Edge of North American Plate
Dec 6, 2014 - 01:41pm PT
Donini got me thinking...


Gnome Ofthe Diabase

climber
Out Of Bed
Dec 6, 2014 - 03:17pm PT
millbrook mnt in the Gunks is right up there with any band of Rock!,
stones suck but have persevered.
The kinks do they get a nod or not 'merican so no
Jerry and the boys but are they Rock? Gratefully not
Scorpions?
Slayer?
Ted nugent
Molly Hatchett?
Skynnard?
zz Top?
Allman brothers band ... is again soft rock?
Frank Zappa!,
The Larry

climber
Moab, UT
Dec 6, 2014 - 03:36pm PT
Norton

Social climber
quitcherbellyachin
Dec 6, 2014 - 03:36pm PT
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Gnome Ofthe Diabase

climber
Out Of Bed
Dec 6, 2014 - 03:44pm PT
yes I am weak sauce in the great hard hard rock bands but Stevie ...^ ^ ^!!
I should have said that
George Thurogood and The Destroyers?
man it is just not
German death metal enough
if I could go Punk?
Bad Brains,
Stimulators
Spring House,
Ramones ((hmmm, I sort a think of them as Hard Core but... Wanna Be Sedated?))
punk is ...LOUD FAST RULES! no rules or style play and die at the same time
Rock is the fusion of various styles, with melody, lyrics and STYLE.(Panache')

MH2 ?? you have not weighed in?!




oh yeah I forgot
kill this st00pid no climbing thread!
tuolumne_tradster

Trad climber
Leading Edge of North American Plate
Dec 6, 2014 - 05:24pm PT
Shiprock is a lamprophyre, so that
radial dike is definitely a hard
rock band
FRUMY

Trad climber
Bishop,CA
Dec 6, 2014 - 05:35pm PT
The Mother of invention
Then anything SRV was in.
skitch

climber
East of Heaven
Dec 6, 2014 - 05:47pm PT
R! A! M! O! N! E! S!
wbw

Trad climber
'cross the great divide
Dec 6, 2014 - 05:56pm PT
Steve Ray . . what a badass.
tuolumne_tradster

Trad climber
Leading Edge of North American Plate
Dec 6, 2014 - 05:57pm PT
Saw Zappa at the circle star theater in San Mateo back in the 70s. A truely
remarkable performance. It was early rock jazz fusion.
MisterE

Gym climber
Bishop, CA
Dec 6, 2014 - 05:59pm PT
There is no one right answer to this question.

Except The Melvins.
Ezra Ellis

Trad climber
North wet, and Da souf
Dec 6, 2014 - 06:37pm PT
Always liked Bruce Springsteen,
Although jimmy Hendrix was the most talented, imo!
tuolumne_tradster

Trad climber
Leading Edge of North American Plate
Dec 6, 2014 - 08:34pm PT
How about a dose of East Bay Grease? Tower of Power

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Flip Flop

Trad climber
Truckee, CA
Topic Author's Reply - Dec 6, 2014 - 10:07pm PT
Clarifications:

1. Band not Rockstar. So Hendrix, Stevie Ray and Bruce are out. Bruce is way out.

2. Santana is a band formed in California.

3. Scorpions are from Germany.

4. Metallica sucks while sucking at sucking. F*#k those guys and their pouty pouts. Larger pussies have never been seen. They should be german scheisse porn slaves.
Maybe they rock but they got no Roll.

5. Los Lobos is a strong wildcard.

6. Who is Tool?
zBrown

Ice climber
Brujň de la Playa
Dec 6, 2014 - 10:18pm PT
Carlos Santana was actually formed deep in Mexico and The Santana Blues Band was formed in California somewhere near San Francisco sometime near 1966. When and where the name was changed is still a matter of speculation.

So Blue Cheer takes it by a nod.
tuolumne_tradster

Trad climber
Leading Edge of North American Plate
Dec 6, 2014 - 11:02pm PT
Oh yeahh...Janis' performance at the Monterey Pop in 1967 blew everyone away. Just check out Mama Cass completely stunned in the audience watching Janis.

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apogee

climber
Technically expert, safe belayer, can lead if easy
Dec 6, 2014 - 11:03pm PT
Ezra Ellis

Trad climber
North wet, and Da souf
Dec 7, 2014 - 03:50am PT
allright then, Bruce Springsteen and the E street band???
😆
The Mayor

Social climber
Billings, Montana USA
Dec 7, 2014 - 05:57am PT
rmuir

Social climber
From the Time Before the Rocks Cooled.
Dec 7, 2014 - 06:41am PT
apogee

climber
Technically expert, safe belayer, can lead if easy
Dec 7, 2014 - 07:24am PT
The Mayor

Social climber
Billings, Montana USA
Dec 7, 2014 - 07:56am PT
SicMic

climber
across the street from Marshall
Dec 7, 2014 - 11:14am PT


The Tubes.

Wayno

Big Wall climber
Seattle, WA
Dec 7, 2014 - 11:32am PT
Frank Sinatra.
zBrown

Ice climber
Brujň de la Playa
Dec 7, 2014 - 12:54pm PT
Musicians all:

Booker T. and th MG's
Hank Ballard & The Midnighters
Duane Eddy & The (Phil Spector) Wrecking Crew
King Curtis (though he played with just about everybody in early rock'n'roll) and The Kingpins

Honorable mention:

Love
The Seeds

zBrown

Ice climber
Brujň de la Playa
Dec 7, 2014 - 01:14pm PT
So too did The Monkees

kpinwalla2

Social climber
WA
Dec 7, 2014 - 06:02pm PT
Flip Flop

Trad climber
Truckee, CA
Topic Author's Reply - Dec 7, 2014 - 08:28pm PT
Is it safe to say that America can do better?

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P.s. Someone accused me of promoting whitey. First of all, Santana is the most diverse band on the list. Second, if you want to nominate the JB's or PFunk or NWA or the Commodores or the Funk Brothers then don't let me stop you.

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ms55401

Trad climber
minneapolis, mn
Dec 8, 2014 - 04:56pm PT
best American band?

1. Frank Zappa's band, circa 1979
2. Frank Zappa's band, circa 1980-81
3. Frank Zappa's band, circa 1981-82
4. Frank Zappa's band, circa 1977-78
5. Frank Zappa's band's guitar and drum technicians, anytime
6. Frank Zappa's band's roadies, Tinseltown Rebellion tour (European leg)

seriously. if you think [insert band X here] is the "better" American band, you're crazy. Any Frank Zappa band would destroy [band X] in a battle of the bands, playing Band X's own songs.
Gary

Social climber
Desolation Basin, Calif.
Dec 8, 2014 - 06:28pm PT
best American band?

1. Frank Zappa's band, circa 1979
2. Frank Zappa's band, circa 1980-81
3. Frank Zappa's band, circa 1981-82
4. Frank Zappa's band, circa 1977-78
5. Frank Zappa's band's guitar and drum technicians, anytime
6. Frank Zappa's band's roadies, Tinseltown Rebellion tour (European leg)

Um...you forgot Zappa's best band: The Mothers of Invention
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Back on topic, the best American Rock Band is...
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yanqui

climber
Balcarce, Argentina
Dec 8, 2014 - 06:35pm PT
Certainly without the musical prowess of Frank Zappa, or Stevie Ray or Jimi H or even Santana (isn't Carlos Mexican?), however there is something about this band that really seemed to capture an era.

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Gary

Social climber
Desolation Basin, Calif.
Dec 8, 2014 - 06:35pm PT
Or is it The Fugs:
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StahlBro

Trad climber
San Diego, CA
Dec 8, 2014 - 06:45pm PT
Ramones...

But these guys weren't bad

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apogee

climber
Technically expert, safe belayer, can lead if easy
Dec 8, 2014 - 10:44pm PT
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This is much, much better.
tuolumne_tradster

Trad climber
Leading Edge of North American Plate
Dec 8, 2014 - 11:01pm PT
Youngbloods really captured the spirit of the times with these songs...

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Buffalo Sprignfield (all American but 1) with this classic...

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Neil Young's Southern Man...

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The Doors' the END
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tornado

climber
lawrence kansas
Dec 9, 2014 - 01:07pm PT
Geez...Everybody knows it the Monkees.

No seriously....The Beach Boys.

ZZ Top?

Alice Cooper?
wbw

Trad climber
'cross the great divide
Dec 9, 2014 - 01:53pm PT
Carry out this thought experiment if you believe Stevie Ray Vaughn did not play in a band (that may or not be the best American Rock band):

Imagine those searing riffs Stevie was so good at playing on his guitar, while his voice is riffing in that nothing-but-honest way, while he is accompanied by the Bee Gees. Compare those results with the way STEVIE RAY VAUGHN AND DOUBLE TROUBLE actually sounded.

Now tell me (sincerely) that Stevie Ray Vaughn was not a member of a band.

This is being posted for those that believe Jethro Tull was the best English singer.
Barbarian

climber
Dec 9, 2014 - 02:35pm PT
Bread
Inner City

Trad climber
East Bay
Dec 9, 2014 - 02:51pm PT
Duke Ellington's Band deserves consideration and maybe Louie Armstrong's??
Elcapinyoazz

Social climber
Joshua Tree
Dec 9, 2014 - 03:12pm PT
I'll offer up a few, kind of a tossup in my book:

Steely Dan circa the Royal Scam album. Some of the sickest guitar solos ever put on tape, great writing, an all star cast of studio session players bringing Fagan/Becker's vision alive. Basically Don and Walt, half the Doobie Bros (both their guitarists and the keyboard/vocalist), and other standout session players like Mr. 335, Larry Carlton. Don't Take me Alive and Kid Charlamange, both with Larry Carlton on guitar, are easily in my Top 5 tasty guitar solos. And to think he did it all with a 335, a single stompbox (MXR distortion plus), and a cranked Fender tweed era Deluxe....tone is in your fingers, man!

Allman Bros, original lineup circa Fillmore East. My single favorite guitar player, and the best live album I've ever heard...better than Frampton Comes Alive, the perennial favorite for any best live list.

Phish. Scary amount of virtuosity without transending into gratuitious wankery and noodling (mos of the time, anyway), these dudes can (and do) play anything and everything, from bluegrass to barbershop quartet to punk. BUt they are essentially a rock band with a jazz geek bent. The YEM and Antelope guitar parts, especially in the jams and circa mid 90s...holy s@#!

Velvet Underground. Not my personal favorite, but as an influence on those who followed, they were huge.

Stooges/Iggy and the Stooges. Eff the Ramones, bunch of poser clowns, frontman was an ex-miltary school kid and they generally sucked. Stooges, otoh, were the real deal. With thick, huge, thunderous, screaming sound and attitude to match, and songwriting that was miles better than anything coming out of the Ramones or NYC birth-of-punk scene in general. Raw Power is still one of my favorite albums.

Metallica is a strong contender. If their early albums weren't mixed so shitty with so little bass guitar (well, the last one too, "Death Magnetic" was horribly recorded and mastered. Levels are way up, and it's super compressed). The lack of good production and general "newness" (yeah, formed in the early 80s and they are "new"?..guess I'm getting old) rules them out. Still, the first 4 albums are still some of my very favorites to this day.
skcreidc

Social climber
SD, CA
Dec 9, 2014 - 03:41pm PT
Allman Bros, original lineup circa Fillmore East. My single favorite guitar player, and the best live album I've ever heard...better than Frampton Comes Alive, the perennial favorite for any best live list.

Knew I got a good vibe from you for a reason Elcap

I'd have to agree with that 100%. With Duane Allman in the drivers seat, that was a band to be reckoned with. When Tom Dowd first heard them practicing, he asked who they were and said send them over to me; they are ready to record. He likened them more to a jazz band in that everyone would go off on their own time (but it would sound good), then all come back to whatever time the song was in at the same time. The communication among the members was that good. Stormy Monday 1971 at Filmore East version. After Duane died, the band put out one last effort (Brothers and Sisters). But it was pretty much over.

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Nibs

Trad climber
Humboldt, CA
Dec 9, 2014 - 06:35pm PT
BEAT FARMERS!
That was a rock band.
LuckyPink

climber
the last bivy
Dec 9, 2014 - 08:07pm PT
ALLMAN Brothers

the best.. the most influential in every garage band across america..

NIRVANA
no words match Colbain's strings, which will lead you to Foo Fighters formed by the drummer from Nirvana

I agree with Santana and include the San Francisco band that spun from musicians in Santana's band JOURNEY

To be the best american rock band there must be staying power in musical creativity so you better go see Widespread Panic and the supergroup Hard Working Americans Dave Schools plays in both and you might recognize Duane Trucks, younger brother to Derek Trucks.

My musical crush is for Marshall Crenshaw who has set up shop after 30 years of musical genius in NYC offering music by subscription only, cutting out the middle man record company in another revolutionary act of independence.

and my favorite all time american band? have to say.. Robert Cray
because the blues in your rock and roll is truly american music



Gary

Social climber
Desolation Basin, Calif.
Dec 10, 2014 - 02:11pm PT
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Bill Mc Kirgan

Trad climber
Cedar Rapids, Iowa
Dec 10, 2014 - 02:36pm PT
East Rampart at Devils Lake is America's best rock band.
survival

Big Wall climber
Terrapin Station
Dec 10, 2014 - 03:46pm PT
You really must separate technical music from 4 beat dance music.



I prefer technical.


Zappa.
Zappa.
Zappa.
Zappa.
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Zappa.
Zappa.
Zappa.
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And that's without even considering Frank.....








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stevep

Boulder climber
Salt Lake, UT
Dec 10, 2014 - 04:34pm PT
I'm probably in the Springsteen/E Street camp. Some serious guitar talent with Nils Lofgren and Lil Steven and then solid across a wide range of other instruments. And nearly unbeatable songwriting.
Psilocyborg

climber
Dec 10, 2014 - 04:57pm PT
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Srbphoto

climber
Kennewick wa
Dec 10, 2014 - 06:01pm PT
Eric Clapton :)
lars johansen

Trad climber
West Marin, CA
Dec 10, 2014 - 06:07pm PT
I believe EC is a Brit.

lars
BuddhaStalin

climber
Truckee, CA
Dec 10, 2014 - 06:09pm PT
Ghhhhwwwwwaaaaarrrrr!
Srbphoto

climber
Kennewick wa
Dec 10, 2014 - 06:26pm PT
Musically, Clapton is about as British as a Ford.
Flip Flop

Trad climber
Truckee, CA
Topic Author's Reply - Dec 10, 2014 - 07:05pm PT
Locker is right. It's the Greatful Dead.
zBrown

Ice climber
Brujň de la Playa
Dec 10, 2014 - 07:10pm PT
"Greatful Dead" actually played in Berkeley around 1964 - I have it on poster.

Mike Bloomfield & The Electric Flag (directly from my friend Pat Ament).


Who is gonna argue with a band that shared the stage with

Jimi
Blue Cheer
Soft Machine

??????



Flip Flop

Trad climber
Truckee, CA
Topic Author's Reply - Dec 10, 2014 - 07:14pm PT
I always get that wrong. I'm sorry. Grateful Dead. They are hard to top.

My first dead show was on my 18th birthday. My second was with Santana. Third with Dylan. I didn't know who they were. I went to Laguna Seca to see Bruce Hornsby because I had free tickets. Good times.
zBrown

Ice climber
Brujň de la Playa
Dec 10, 2014 - 07:18pm PT
Like I said, Berkeley - be there or be square, May, 1966 but who is going to argue at $1.99.


zBrown

Ice climber
Brujň de la Playa
Dec 10, 2014 - 07:29pm PT
The Dead are dead and so is Bloomfield. If we're talking about living American Bands, then it's The White Stripes, hands down

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NutAgain!

Trad climber
South Pasadena, CA
Dec 12, 2014 - 03:08am PT
I never paid much attention to Frank Zappa, but thanks to Survival I've been checking out Zappa stuff while working on something else, and I can't believe how many climb names I recognize from his song titles.

And apparently Russ didn't come up with Poofter's Froth Wyoming.
yanqui

climber
Balcarce, Argentina
Dec 12, 2014 - 04:05am PT
While I do think CCR is a (the?) definitive Vietnam-War-protest-era band (what a mouthfull) I can't say they are (or were) the best. In fact, I can't come close to saying who is best, there are so many good ones, who are good for so many different reasons. But I decided I do have a personal all-time-favorite:


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pocoloco1

Social climber
The Chihuahua Desert
Dec 12, 2014 - 05:50pm PT
Best?,who knows.
Mark,Don &Mel should be on the list.

http://youtu.be/rwsgznR_T-g


ms55401

Trad climber
minneapolis, mn
Dec 12, 2014 - 07:09pm PT
Zappa = snarky music with no beauty or power

I see it differently. Zappa's canon has some really pretty stuff and some incredibly powerful material. If that's obscured by "snark", well, that's 80 percent on you and 20 percent on him.
wilbeer

Mountain climber
Terence Wilson greeneck alleghenys,ny,
Dec 12, 2014 - 07:36pm PT
Respect all choices.

Right now ,the best American band ,imo,is CRACKER.

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Synchronicity

Trad climber
British Columbia, Canada
Dec 12, 2014 - 10:39pm PT
Although they changed lineups several times, I'd say Iron Butterfly circa Metamorphosis era, Mike Pinera, Lee Dorman, Doug Ingle, Larry "Rhino" Reinhardt, Ron bushy...

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Synchronicity

Trad climber
British Columbia, Canada
Dec 12, 2014 - 10:47pm PT
Another band worth a mention is Rare Earth
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shushamouf

Ice climber
Salt Lake City
Dec 13, 2014 - 09:14am PT
I can't believe for a forum full of climbers, there's not more mention of rockers who climb. Pearl Jam can more than hold their own in the best band argument, and it looks like Vedder is pretty much good for 5.9R off the couch.

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tuolumne_tradster

Trad climber
Leading Edge of North American Plate
Dec 14, 2014 - 03:04pm PT

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Off White

climber
Tenino, WA
Dec 15, 2014 - 10:23am PT
I've got a soft spot for The Hold Steady. Recurrent characters, long form stories on the lives of down and outers, and a fine hand with literary alliterative lyrics.[Click to View YouTube Video]
ydpl8s

Trad climber
Santa Monica, California
Dec 15, 2014 - 10:45am PT
When it comes to "Rock" these guys are right up there for me.

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Off White

climber
Tenino, WA
Dec 15, 2014 - 10:51am PT
Have you seen them in recent years? Would you recommend it?
ydpl8s

Trad climber
Santa Monica, California
Dec 15, 2014 - 10:53am PT
I think one of the majors in the band died a few years ago.
TGT

Social climber
So Cal
Dec 26, 2014 - 03:40pm PT
Early Frank Zappa

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Snarky from the start.
StahlBro

Trad climber
San Diego, CA
Dec 26, 2014 - 03:46pm PT
+1 for the Smithereens
Jon Beck

Trad climber
Oceanside
Dec 26, 2014 - 04:19pm PT
Gotta plug the Dillards, highly influential bluegrass

from wikipedia

The Dillards are notable for being among the first bluegrass groups to have electrified their instruments in the mid-1960s.[3] They are considered to be one of the pioneers of the burgeoning southern California folk rock, country rock and progressive bluegrass genres, and are known to have directly or indirectly influenced artists such as The Eagles, The Byrds, and Elton John.[4] In 1972, The Dillards joined Elton John on his first American tour.[1]
Da-Veed

Big Wall climber
Bigfork
Dec 26, 2014 - 05:42pm PT

Duh.
coolrockclimberguy69

climber
Dec 26, 2014 - 05:58pm PT
Children by the millions sing for Alex Chilton

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zBrown

Ice climber
Brujň de la Playa
Dec 26, 2014 - 07:49pm PT
DP&B


or Diddley Penniman Berry & Dixon. They didn't play at Woodstack.


Risk

Mountain climber
Olympia, WA
Dec 26, 2014 - 08:15pm PT
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Gnome Ofthe Diabase

climber
Out Of Bed
Dec 6, 2018 - 06:31am PT
ha! Risk !
you stole my thunder
besides, how can you pick
there is great music & great music makers
at any given time there are too many greatest American bands
to pick just one

a way to tie in with Bruce

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And all that juice

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If part of the criteria has to be staying power
& still having fun, Bruce & E-Street are getting it done
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there is just no way to say whos number . . . . whatever
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Todd Gordon

Trad climber
Joshua Tree, Cal
Dec 6, 2018 - 07:11am PT
Warren zevon
Gnome Ofthe Diabase

climber
Out Of Bed
Dec 6, 2018 - 07:27am PT
For you Gordo!
Mr Mayor, It has to be'81 or '84 when we 1st hung out?
Hope your smile is still swell,[Click to View YouTube Video] give Ms Hill a ringy just cause ?! [Click to View YouTube Video]be well merry solstice Christmas & whatever [Click to View YouTube Video]
d-know

Trad climber
electric lady land
Dec 6, 2018 - 07:34am PT
Tool.
Flip Flop

climber
Earth Planet, Universe
Topic Author's Reply - Dec 6, 2018 - 07:43am PT
Tool has 4 studio albums
Just okay record sales
No sex appeal

Metal is not Rock n Roll. Zero sex, Zero roll. There is no sex, love or dancing in Metal. Just uptight angry white people music. Like Metallica. Good for little agro punks with lots of dude friends.
Farzin

climber
San Diego, CA
Dec 6, 2018 - 08:43am PT
I can't believe nobody mentioned CCR.
FRUMY

Trad climber
Bishop,CA
Dec 6, 2018 - 08:47am PT
Mothers of Invention
Reilly

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Dec 6, 2018 - 08:49am PT
Weird Al Yankovich!
Caveman

climber
Cumberland Plateau
Dec 6, 2018 - 09:00am PT
Lots of great bands. I'll go with Zappa and the Mothers.
Gnome Ofthe Diabase

climber
Out Of Bed
Dec 6, 2018 - 09:00am PT
the idea was quality, lasting listenability and still reasonably main Stream,
Mothers Of invention, I looked for a cut, they might just make the grade.
As for Tool, ? well As good as Ween
but only a flash in the pan band with skills but. . .
I have looked, Actually seen their start, H Rollins ? that rapist? I don't think his opinion should count
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Live version , (not Woodstock)

https://youtu.be/20i7ycToA9g

WBraun

climber
Dec 6, 2018 - 09:05am PT
Best American Rock Band?

Huh???

None of these guys know how to climb.

They're just monkeys pounding on drums and strings while screaming into the void.

Stonemasters were the real rock band .......
Marlow

Sport climber
OSLO
Dec 6, 2018 - 09:27am PT

David Lee Roth, the frontman and singer from past and present for Van Halen, a heavy metal California band, has also done a bit of rock climbing. Any rocker who’s a metal freak has listened to Roth’s classic second album Skyscraper, a solo disc that came out in 1988 and features the hit single “Just Like Paradise.”

The album’s cover features Roth aid climbing on Half Dome, an iconic Yosemite Valley formation. If you look on-line you’ll find all kinds of stuff about David Lee Roth and rock climbing. But for the real story about the cover photo you have to go to the Forum on SuperTopo and read the tale by Werner Braun.

Werner Braun Tells Story of Cover Shoot

Werner Braun, a long-time Yosemite climber and member of the Yosemite Search and Rescue (YOSAR), tells the story about the album cover on Supertopo in 2005. The cover was shot by the great adventure photographer Galen Rowell.

Braun and Ron Kauk, another Yosemite climbing legend, were hired to work as riggers for the photo shoot on the top of Half Dome.

Ron Kauk and Braun Ride Roth’s Horse

The production group, including Roth, Rowell, Braun, and Kauk, went up the day before and camped at the saddle behind Half Dome. Werner Braun recalls, “His (Roth) production people got him a horse to ride to Half Dome along with all of the other equipment for this shoot. David decided he wanted to walk…so I asked if I could ride it. ‘Sure, go ahead,” he says. “I want to walk.” Kauk, running late, passed the group slogging up the trail and asked where Werner was. He’s riding David’s horse they said. So Kauk jogs up and jumps on the horse too. “As we approach towards the saddle, the horse became more and more tired, somehow it made it.”

Photographer Galen Rowell Finds Photo Location

The next day they all scrambled up to the summit for the album cover photo shoot. Werner recalls, “Galen is running around with his camera trying to figure out the best location. He spots his ace in the hole and tells Ron and me to set up David at the spot you see on that cover.” The site turns out to be “no-man’s land with very little features for anything that’ll hold. “I go, ‘WTF Galen, there’s nothing out there’ and he tells us to do the best we can. Ok man, whatever.”

Roth Scared by Bad Aid Placements

Ron Kauk lowers down and places a bunch of A4 pitons with the final piton a long medium Lost Arrow piton that sticks out about three-quarters of its length. “Ron tells me he hopes it holds David’s ass. Ha ha ha ha.” They get David Lee Roth on a rope and have him rappel down to the last piton. “He takes one look at that thing and says F*@%! I’m not hanging off that thing. It’ll pull out and I’ll die. He is now visibly shaking real bad and scared s—less.” Roth doesn’t know what to think since he has virtually no experience aid climbing.

Braun Tells Roth to “Have Faith”

Werner tells Roth that he has to have “faith in the rigger and the rigger will never lie to you.” He then tells Roth that the piton is one foot long and that seven inches of the Lost Arrow ”he’s looking at is buried in that horizontal crack to his total disbelief.” Ron, listening to the dialogue, rolled his eyes while Galen waited impatiently to start burning film. Finally David Lee Roth “gets on that thing shaking like s—.”

Roth Gives Braun and Kauk Gold-Plated Carabiners

Werner Braun remembers, “The shoot is on! David does his Hollywood mode. Smiles and all in between bouts of shakes and deep breaths. Galen shoots off his 20 or so rolls in record time and David gets his rope back from above and jugs out. I clean the piton he was on with one jerk of my hand. Kauk’s eyes roll again and we’re out of there.” After the shoot, Roth gave Kauk and Braun a gold-plated carabiner engraved with “Diamond Dave.”

Crazy and funny story. You just can’t make that stuff up! Thanks for sharing Werner Braun. – Stewart Green/climbing.about.com
Donny... the OHHH!- Riginal

Sport climber
C:porn
Dec 6, 2018 - 09:58am PT
I'm sure we can all agree on "Fallout Boy"...the question is, who is the SECOND best American rock band?
bit'er ol' guy

climber
the past
Dec 6, 2018 - 10:22am PT
Col "finger pickin' good" Sanders. Eddie Money and Black Flag.
the Fet

climber
Tu-Tok-A-Nu-La
Dec 6, 2018 - 11:28am PT
Imagine Dragons is putting out a lot of rocks songs with good song writing. Can't quite compare with the old stuff, but still nice to know some youngin's still like to rock.

Greta Van Fleet is almost a Zep clone, but damn it still sounds good.



Reading this thread thru... rmuir for the win with the Grey Bands. That would be a good name for a band actually.. The Grey Band.

And I'm glad to see thoughts have evolved towards appreciating the Grateful Dead. I guess like most bands they weren't strictly rock though. Pure Rock I'd have to say Aerosmith or Van Halen. But best American band... Eagles based on popularity, song writing, musicianship, included country an other sounds. The Dead included country, psychedelia, folk, etc. But what other American band was around and important from the 60s to the 90s? They never had the mainstream popularity, record sales, or radio airplay, but they were always breaking new ground and doing their own thing successfully for decades. For years one of the most successful touring acts.
Gnome Ofthe Diabase

climber
Out Of Bed
Dec 6, 2018 - 11:32am PT
STUDIO[Click to View YouTube Video]


LIVE[Click to View YouTube Video]



MAYBE SOME OF YOU WERE ON THE ROCK?[Click to View YouTube Video]

aS TIRED AS IT MIGHT SEEM TO HAVE BEEN, THE END WAS STILL NOT IN SIGHT[Click to View YouTube Video]

THIS WAS POSTED 3 DAYS AGO! A WHOLE SHOWS WILL BE WAY TO MUCH FOR MANY, SO SCROLL TO THE LAST QUARTER, LISTEN FOR 3 MINUTES,[Click to View YouTube Video] THE RIGHT LENGTH OF TIME TO TAKE IT IN DON'T WORRY YOUR SMALLER NOT EXPERIENCED EARS WON'T BLEED


Scorpians
Slayer
Judas Priest
Van Halen
Pantera
Primus
And All the other crap bands
grinding out noise trying to be
The Stimulators or the Bad Brains are pathetic !
(warning turn down the volume & put the dog in another room if you have one)
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That just posted, again, 3 months ago,

&
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sween345

climber
back east
Dec 6, 2018 - 12:03pm PT

What! You never heard of Stillwater?

Gnome Ofthe Diabase

climber
Out Of Bed
Dec 6, 2018 - 12:31pm PT
No never heard them is that that movie?

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Marlow

Sport climber
OSLO
Dec 6, 2018 - 01:41pm PT

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the Fet

climber
Tu-Tok-A-Nu-La
Dec 6, 2018 - 02:03pm PT
The Steve Miller Band. Hey it's got band in the title! Living in the USA 1968, hits through 1982.

Boston is boss.

Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers. In the same bucket band/front man wise as Steve Miller I'd rekon.

STP had some great songs IMO.

the Fet

climber
Tu-Tok-A-Nu-La
Dec 6, 2018 - 02:06pm PT
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StahlBro

Trad climber
San Diego, CA
Dec 6, 2018 - 02:54pm PT
Talking Heads
Brandon-

climber
The Granite State.
Dec 6, 2018 - 03:05pm PT
Talking heads and the Dead FTW. David Byrne is a genius and Jerry was a master.

Edit, heard a song on the radio today that was a mashup of Talking Heads ‘Life in Wartime’ and Bob Marleys Exodus. Not DJ stuff, but a band. It was super cool. I’ll try to find it and post it. Very worth a listen.
wilbeer

Mountain climber
Terence Wilson greeneck alleghenys,ny,
Dec 6, 2018 - 03:36pm PT
Stillwater[Click to View YouTube Video]
Saw them open for a young 38 special ,back in the day when opening bands blew the headliners away,they did. 38 was so flustered they couldn’t stay in tune.

Supersuckers ,for sure. [Click to View YouTube Video]

Scole

Trad climber
Zapopan
Dec 6, 2018 - 04:14pm PT
Rage against the Machine
Mike Friedrichs

Sport climber
City of Salt
Dec 6, 2018 - 04:22pm PT
Camper Van Beethoven.

Best non-American band - Midnight Choir (Norway)
Brandon-

climber
The Granite State.
Dec 6, 2018 - 04:25pm PT
Gretta Von Fleek is killing it as well, not great yet though.
ecdh

climber
the east
Dec 6, 2018 - 06:29pm PT
Stooges.
wilbeer

Mountain climber
Terence Wilson greeneck alleghenys,ny,
Dec 6, 2018 - 07:09pm PT
Cracker could be the only band to write this [Click to View YouTube Video]

They get no respect.
Minerals

Social climber
The Deli
Dec 6, 2018 - 07:46pm PT

What is, and how do you define best? What are the criteria by which we can judge what is “best,” compared to that which is less than “best”?

If something sounds great, how do you define “great”? Why is it “great,” and what makes it “great”?

Most Popular American Rock Band or Your Favorite American Rock Band would be a much more appropriate title for this thread. There is no “best.” Declaring which band is the “best” is like walking into an art museum and asking which piece in the museum is the best. Music is art, a form of human expression, and we all have different tastes and preferences, and our own opinions. It’s quite obvious that what may sound good to one person may sound horrible to another, just as a painting may be considered to be beautiful by one person, and an eyesore to another. It’s totally subjective.

We can look at numbers, such as a list of best-selling albums of all time, which is currently topped by The Eagles, but all that means is they’ve won a popularity contest amongst those who buy music albums. If it’s simply about a popularity contest, then all we need to do is turn on our local classic rock radio station, and listen to the same old stuff over, and over, and over again, because that’s what’s “popular,” and what the masses want to hear (and where the $$$ is). Does this mean that the bands that we hear on the radio are made up of the “best” musicians out there? Maybe, or maybe not. There’s no doubt that some bands have become popular because of their “sound,” or “attitude and appearance,” and certainly not because of an abundance of talent or skill, as some clearly haven’t quite adapted to their instrument, or refined their vocal ability. I think we can come to some sort of consensus on the qualities that make a musician great, but to name a specific musician as the “best” simply goes right back to the realm of that which is subjective; we will never all agree.

Is the fastest guitar player the “best” – the one who can play Flight of the Bumblebee at the highest tempo? Is the “best” guitar player the one who bends notes with the utmost display of emotion, and with a saturation of heartfelt vibrato? And how about tone; what is good tone and what makes tone awesome? Or is the “best” guitarist the one who can play the most diverse array of styles, from that which is as light and mellow as hydrogen, to that which lies at the bottom of the periodic table? Is one style of music better than another style of music? What is good songwriting and what is bad songwriting? Is there a “best” songwriter, or songwriting at its “best”?

We can certainly separate those with advanced technical ability from those without, and those with an obvious working knowledge of music theory from those without. And we can point to those who have been successful, as the ones that we repeatedly hear on the radio, in contrast to the esoteric subsurface bands that we may have never heard of. But in the end, it just comes down to the fact that “we like what we like,” and we each know what sounds pleasing to us and what doesn’t. There is no best.

wilbeer

Mountain climber
Terence Wilson greeneck alleghenys,ny,
Dec 6, 2018 - 07:49pm PT
Everything in life is subjective.
ecdh

climber
the east
Dec 6, 2018 - 07:58pm PT
Best, the one who made the biggest impact relative to the odds stacked against their success. Hence the Stooges.

No private planes, no light shows, no hit singles, no beautiful girls, no scene, no stereotypes, but they shifted the course of modern music.
As Jim Jarmusch said, 'they were only guys of their time not trying to be the rolling stones'.
Gary

Social climber
Desolation Basin, Calif.
Dec 6, 2018 - 07:58pm PT
The Greatest American Band is any band that has Artie Tripp.
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the Fet

climber
Tu-Tok-A-Nu-La
Dec 6, 2018 - 08:09pm PT
Of course you're right Minerals but that doesn't stop it from happening all the time, e.g. Rolling Stone's 500 Greatest Albums. Of which some tops ones are crap.

I think in this context "Best" is who do you consider the "Best" band, not your "favorite".

Of course it's subjective and I think the best band is one that has had some combination of longevity, popularity (a degree of, not necessarily the most popular), a significant body of work, very good musicianship and vocals, good song writing, influential, good live performances, etc. And even then I'd say I could maybe come up with a top ten but it would be hard to rank them.
the Fet

climber
Tu-Tok-A-Nu-La
Dec 6, 2018 - 08:27pm PT
Fleetwood Mac, British-American though.
JC Marin

Trad climber
CA
Dec 6, 2018 - 10:48pm PT
wilco
Reilly

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Dec 6, 2018 - 10:54pm PT
Yeah, it’s been pretty much downhill since Beefheart.
I swear there were some Scriabin riffs in that first one!
ß Î Ř T Ç H

Boulder climber
ne'er–do–well
Dec 7, 2018 - 12:28am PT


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ecdh

climber
the east
Dec 7, 2018 - 02:59pm PT
Good call on beefheart.

Butthole surfers?
SuperSpud

Trad climber
Cayucos, CA
Dec 7, 2018 - 03:09pm PT
Best "Can't Possibly Stop From Dancing When They Play" : Beat Farmers

Best "Highest Musical Bandwidth" : 1974 or 1984 incarnation of the Mothers of Invention
Donny... the OHHH!- Riginal

Sport climber
C:porn
Dec 7, 2018 - 03:13pm PT
Well...at least no one non-ironically suggested Springsteen.
Brandon-

climber
The Granite State.
Dec 7, 2018 - 03:31pm PT
Tool?
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