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wilbeer

Mountain climber
Terence Wilson greeneck alleghenys,ny,
Dec 6, 2018 - 03:36pm PT
Stillwater

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.


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.
AntiChrist

Gym climber
Urth
Dec 6, 2018 - 06:11pm PT
Brandon, just copy the choss to the right of the last / and paste it in the "video" dialog. Why they do that rather than the full youtube address is absurd given the abundance of phone posters, but whatever... wouldn't want to change a single line of code!


Bands with all merkin members that don't suck and reflect the culture at the time? Fugazi, Pixies, Nirvana. Game over.





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


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.


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


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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