Music: Name Your Top 6 American Bands

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  1. Jack Straw

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    I’m not sure what you’re referring to with respect to blues. I’m talking about people like John Lee Hooker, Albert King, BB King, Muddy Waters, etc... There were so many great blues artists from the US, far more than the UK. And you’re ignoring all the great soul and R&B bands from the US.
     
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    kihei is pointing out that the British bands made the American Blues that influenced them more popular. Without the Stones, Zep, and other bluesy British rock bands, would American Blues have become as popular? I doubt it.
     
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    There’s a difference between how popular an artist or genre is, and the quality of that artist or genre. I’m talking about the quality. Yes, Clapton made blues more popular. But the best blues bands were (imo) from the US. It wasn’t their fault that they weren’t widely marketed.
     
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    It's not just marketing. The Brits saying how great the American Blues were and how they influenced them, made Americans more open minded and interested in listening to them.
     
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    Well, that’s still marketing. Just from a different source. But again, khei was expressing surprise that the US, having “invented” rock and roll, hadn’t produced as many great bands as expected. My point is that, given the origins of R&R, it doesn’t make sense to limit that assessment to only bands identified as R&R bands. You should also consider all the blues, soul, R&B, and even country bands. There has been a tremendous amout of great music from American artists since I was growing up in the ‘60s. Some of it falls in the rock category, but a lot of it doesn’t.

    And let’s face it- there is a demographic component here too. If you ask this question on say, a basketball website, I suspect the results would be pretty different.
     
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    I see no differences in opinion between the 3 of us, but keep going if you want.

    I lived in Britain and it is true that Britain is a small country with only one major city that has produced more good new wave, pop, punk, and rock bands per capita since the Beatles than the US has. You and I may not love the post-80s bands such as Radiohead, the Smiths, etc., but we're old and many critics and young people in both countries do. Have a great weekend! I'm out.
     
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    Honestly, America's contribution to Jazz blows me away more than UK's contribution to rock. To me, they're equally rewarding genres, but almost ALL of the Jazz that I've gotten into seems to turn out to be American, whereas the rock I love most seems to be split between UK, America, and Germany.

    I think it makes plenty of sense to do that. The fact that the root genre and tangentially related genres make up the difference do not make the point that it's surprising that the country hasn't kept up in terms of the specific genre that blew up misleading. It wasn't a comment on America's contribution to blues-inspired music as a whole-- only then would it be unfair.

    Your objection seems to be that a completely different point wasn't made.
     
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    Dinosaur Jr or CCR

    Those are the ones I listen to most anyway
     
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    Captain Beefheart and His Magic Band
    James Brown's late '60s band
    Duke Ellington's Blanton-Webster band
    Howlin Wolf's early '60s band
    John Coltrane's famous quartet
    Parliament/Funkadelic
     
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    Once again, in no particular order:

    Fleet Foxes
    The Everly Brothers
    Bruce Springsteen
    Johnny Cash
    Bob Dylan
    The Doors
    The Velvet Underground
    The Beach Boys
    Nirvana

    Tough to eliminate someone here yet again. First six are probably the answer though. One thing of note with these lists is that they evolve over time. Ten years ago I wouldn't have had The Everly Brothers here. Twenty years ago no Johnny Cash. I hate to admit that, but it's true.
     
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    Oh man, I completely forgot about Television.

    1. The Velvet Underground
    2. Captain Beefheart
    3. Pere Ubu
    4. Television
    5. Jefferson Airplane
    6. Talking Heads
    7. The Mothers of Invention
     
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    Journey
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    I'd put Springsteen and the E Street in there but that, in my mind, is more of a solo act.

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