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Snaggy

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I saw a television ad that called the Eagles "the Greatest American Band". I don't think so.

Who would you describe as The Greatest American Band?

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It has got to be Bob Segar & The Silver Bullit.

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quote:
Originally posted by Ashitaka:
They did once sing the greatest song in the world.

But we've only ever heard the tribute [Frown]
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Bob Segar & The Silver Bullit.

I would disqualify them as Greatest American Band since their name contains the name of the main driving force of the band. (Likewise, Bruce Springsteen and the E street Band would also be disqualified.)

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Hard for me to say because I don't like too many American Bands. But I'll say The Minutemen. [Beard of Peter Gabriel!] [thumbsup]
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UMMM:

REM
Aerosmith
Van Halen
Journey
Guns N' Roses
The Doors
Metallica
Dave Matthews Band
Nirvana
The Beach Boys
Bon Jovi
Bruce Springsteen

Take your pic. - I say Bruce shouldn't be disqualified though - I love his song "Radio Nowhere"

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Wait... Did you just use "great" and "American" in the same sentence?

Seriously, I'm not sure there is an American band that deserves the title "greatest". When I think of great bands, the ones who deliver consistently good music for decades on end, I think of groups from the other side of the pond. Eighties hair bands? Meh. Nirvana? Flash in the pan. Emo bands? Puh-leez! Maybe Aerosmith -- they're the only non-eponymous American band I can think of that stayed reasonably popular for more than ten years. Say, wait. Speaking of Eponymous, I forgot R.E.M. Thank goodness, maybe there are more I'm not thinking of. I was afraid I was proving our cultural irrelevance!

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In my opinion the greatest American band would have have to be The Greatful Dead.

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OMG! I forgot - The Velvet Underground!
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Simply because a band carries the name of its leader or founder should not disqualify it. Particularly when America's sense of individualism is taken into account.

The Glenn Miller Orchestra is not among the greatest American Bands? I think many members of "The Greatest Generation" would contest that. I think it was a great band. It was was a bit of a phenomenon that caused people to stop dancing and just to listen.

The Temptations should be on the list.

Of course, The Greatful Dead would be on the list, as any Dead Head would tell you.

My very favorite band George Washington and the Yankee Doodle Dandies -- now those suckers kicked Limey butt!

[Wink]

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I'm going to have to say Metallica, but my musical knowledge is rather limited.

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Hmmm Colonel Panic, if you are allowed a slick but soulless 1940's danceband, I would have to nominate Duke Ellington's band, either from his early days in the '30's, or the fantastic band from the mid '50s.

If we are going to stick with more mainstream music, the American band that has had more hits and sold more records than anyone else was the house band of Motown Records, who sometimes call themselves the Funk Brothers. Their names may not have been on the records, and they only picked up a session fee, but they have a pretty strong claim nonetheless. Along similar lines I might also nominate the great Muscle Shoals and Stax studio bands. Their output might have been less, and not as commercially significant, but all those records still sound as fresh and alive as when they were made, and they were arguably a much more significant and lasting influence on American popular music.

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quote:
Originally posted by Callipygous:
Along similar lines I might also nominate the great Muscle Shoals and Stax studio bands. Their output might have been less, and not as commercially significant, but all those records still sound as fresh and alive as when they were made, and they were arguably a much more significant and lasting influence on American popular music.

[thumbsup] I'd rather hear Time Is Tight by Booker T & The MGs than Motown stuff any day. I always thought that Motown sucked up to whitey too much. No wonder that the soundtrack for a bunch of self-obssessed rich white people in The Big Chill was all Motown hits.
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I'd have to go with Aerosmith
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quote:
Originally posted by GMx:
OMG! I forgot - The Velvet Underground!

[thumbsup] [Applause] [thumbsup]

Or maybe I'll go with Lynyrd Skynyrd [Wink]

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I would also say The Greatful Dead, or perhaps Jimmi Hendrix
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Wot, no votes fer Electric Six? [Frown]

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The band I would name as the greatest American band is, oddly enough, one I just about can't stand in a genre that I rarely listen to.... and they weren't exactly a band: The Carter Family.

Still, they had a huge influence on American music.

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quote:
Originally posted by Steen:
The band I would name as the greatest American band is, oddly enough, one I just about can't stand in a genre that I rarely listen to.... and they weren't exactly a band: The Carter Family.

Still, they had a huge influence on American music.

Absolutely!

Further evidence that dear Snags does not understand the parameters of an "American Band".

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