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greatest rock band ever?

 
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Metallica and Ramones
 
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Originally posted by Helen Thomas:
The Stranglers
Pre-Punk anthemic UK Rock group



How is it Pre Punk, when according to site I found in google their first lp was from 1977?
I would call it pre-New Wave

Another discovery I have made this weekend is "they might be giants" (this time music without cowbell). "Make a little Birdhouse in your soul" definitively rocks.
 
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Dug up from Wikipaedia: They started in 1973.

Golden Brown was a waltzing ballad in a 3/4 time signature from The Stranglers. (13/4 half of the time; every four bars it's 4/4)

"The highly conservative Radio Two, listened to by housewives up and down the UK, decided to make the record the single of the week. An unprecedented step considering the band was as notorious as The Sex Pistols only a few short years before.

Surely the good and mighty at Radio Two also failed to notice that the song was actually all about the drug heroin, although the band always claimed the song to be an aural Rorschach test and that people only heard in it what they wanted to hear. The success of this song commercially is probably the single factor that secured The Stranglers their continuing life in pop mainstream for the remainder of the 1980s."
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From fans of fave rawk god, King Kurt.
Complete Nirvana collection
"Kurt Cobain's legacy has been 10 years of moaning bedroom boys who make rock music that sounds as wretched and pained as Nirvana's best, but is in fact about the existential misery of having to clean up your room or not being allowed to borrow the car. At least Kurt was genuinely having a bad time.

His music makes a mockery of all that comes since."

"Kurt left a legacy of a brutally honest artist who opened up his most personal thoughts and exposed his self-loathing and laid them down for all to see. His music was honest, tortured and vulnerable. He gave his all for his art but it's a shame he left nothing for himself."
 
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Originally posted by Pedro Penna:
Metallica and Ramones



I second Metallica aswell.
 
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Originally posted by Joe King:
Argh! You Now you've done it. I'll never get that song out of my head.

Emergency procedures required!
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Ah, that's better. Nothing beats a good bit of Silver And Gold

Sorry about that. Everything all right now? Good...

Doctor Jones, Jones, Calling Doctor Jones
Doctor Jones, Doctor Jones, Get up now.. (Wake up now)

...Mwhaaaahahaha
 
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Originally posted by Richard Hawkes:

Sorry about that. Everything all right now? Good...

Doctor Jones, Jones, Calling Doctor Jones
Doctor Jones, Doctor Jones, Get up now.. (Wake up now)

...Mwhaaaahahaha



Right. That's just evil. I shall have to fall back on the lyrical equivalent of a tactical nuke.


Blobby, oh Mr Blobby, if humanity's a question of degree
Blobby, Mr Blobby, stay loyal to your Blobby pedigree
Blobby, oh Mr Blobby, you're the one who bears the pink and yellow crest
Blobby, Mr Blobby, you'll always prove that Blobby is the best

 
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Originally posted by Helen Thomas:

"Kurt (Cobain) left a legacy of a brutally honest artist who opened up his most personal thoughts and exposed his self-loathing and laid them down for all to see. His music was honest, tortured and vulnerable. He gave his all for his art but it's a shame he left nothing for himself."



And why, exactly, would people want to listen to that?
 
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Boston.
 
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I suppose the fascination with Kurt Cobain is that people wonder where his music would have ended if he hadn't died. His later albums (Nevermind) sound quite good.

I am not sure why Don mentions Boston. Venue of one of their concerts perhaps ?
 
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Boston was a band. They put out 2 pretty good albums in the late 70's, one so-so one in the 80s, one in the 90s and one in 2002 (those are my opinions of their albums).

I'm not sure i would say they had the longevity/library to be the "greatest ever" with only 5 ablums in 25 years.
 
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I agree that Rush has to be one of the most talented trios around. Anytime you have one guy simultaneously a) hammering on his bass with his left hand, b) playing keboards with his right hand, c) playing foot pedals with one foot, and d) singing... even if you don't like the music, that takes some serious talent.



Sounds like Lou, my bass/keyboardist/foot pedals/vocalist in my band. Oh wait, we only do Rush covers.

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I don't know what "greatest" means, but The Clash is "The only band that matters."
 
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Originally posted by Joe King:


Argh! You Now you've done it. I'll never get that song out of my head.




That happened to me the other day: someone put, of all things, Britney Spears, Toxic into my head. I can't say this emphatically enough: I am not a Britney Spears fan: but there I was, humming that little ditty.

It took almost a solid hour of Elvis Costello to get my head cleared.

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Originally posted by sunitha raghu:
Is Ma Baker starts like this
Mabaker had four sons....something like that.

mamma mabaker....
:roll:



It starts with something like this :

Freeze...This is Ma baker. Put your hands in the air and gimme all your money.

She was mean as cat... in old chicago town..
 
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I have not heard anything about Pearl Jam in there! How can you not like them, one of their greatest songs is my name!
 
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Hmmm, I'll vote with Stan (along with Helen's first post, ignoring the unconnected followups) - Queen. With Led Zep very close behind.
 
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Originally posted by Jim Yingst:
With Led Zep very close behind.



Duuuuuuuuude! Thank you!
 
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I'm surprized nobody has mentioned Jethro Tull yet.

I'd go with

Led Zepplin - later albums were a bit weak though.
Mettalica
Jethro Tull
 
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Originally posted by Ernest Friedman-Hill:


Duuuuuuuuude! Thank you!



Why, were you scared to say so yourself ? I was.
 
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[HST]: Why, were you scared to say so yourself ?

Um, did you read the previous thread? EFH seemed clear enough in his first post. Reading your posts, on the other hand, I really have no idea which band(s) you actually like best.

EFH: you're welcome. I suspect that if I heard Queen on the radio as often as I hear Led Zep, I'd have tired of it a bit more, and might've ordered them differently.
 
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Queen, with a sprinkling of rock songs that I heard on the radio which invariably were No 1s at some point.Golden Brown(The Stranglers), Nirvana. (those of dubious lyrics but catchy tunes).

The thing about the Beatles is that because they were the first they spilled into the next generation and became a legend. I'd pick John Lennon's Imagine, Woman, Give Peace a Chance, Beautiful Boy, Mother, Working Class Hero, Power to the People over the Beatles. But the topic was rock bands.
Somehow I doubt Yoko Ono would count as part of the Lennon band.

I bet you've never heard of Kajagoogoo (early teen fantasm).

I like most R&B, jazz , soul, dance music- pop,funk,disco.(Hey, what's not to like.)

I missed EFH's first post (typical of me); I thought his last sounded so relieved. I thought of posting Led Zeppelin but didn't.
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Shriek! Jim and I have similar tastes in music, ignorng the bits in between.
 
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My favorite rock group is (was) the Banana Splits. The Archies would be second.
 
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I bet you've never heard of Kajagoogoo (early teen fantasm).


"You're too Shy Shy.. Hush Hush... eye to eye"

'nuff said.
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Genesis has to get a mention!!!

From the 70's to the 00's our boys from Surrey have appeared pretty consistently on the charts.
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I've ditched my previous vote. Greatest rocker ever has to be Randy Fricke.

He writes old skool Cooper/Halen/Osbourne type rock, sells Saxon aftershave, makes guides on how to please women, gives advice on debt recovery and has his own philosophy based on Synchronicity. This dude does it all! He rulz!! Be sure to check out his mp3.

http://www.rockmusicmp3s.com/
 
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Originally posted by Richard Hawkes:
I've ditched my previous vote. Greatest rocker ever has to be Randy Fricke.



Pity singing isn't one of his strong points.
 
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Ziggy Stardust, Lynnard Skynnard, Procol Harum.

greatest for the band names.
 
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Why not Jethro Tull?
What say you?
 
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How about THE MONKEES! Ha ha! Just Kiddin!!

The first two albums by Jethro Tull are superb! The third one was very good too ("Benefit") but the 1st two will always be classics to me. Even though they changed guitarists from the first one to the second, no change was noticed in quality by me.
 
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Hello Tony ! Good to see you are well enough to post.
Don't remove any boardings just yet.
 
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Still voting for Nirvana.
Also under the mentality that sure some of these other bands were pioneers in their time (eg Beatles, Rolling Stones, Deep Purple, Jimi Hendrix etc), but that does not necessarily make them great in today's terms, there is plenty more talent around, especially if you consider other genres from Rock music too.
 
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You just need to read my signature to figure it out ....
 
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Metallica, MegaDeth, Kenny Wayne Shepherd Band
 
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Originally posted by Manjunath Subramanian:
Metallica, MegaDeth, Kenny Wayne Shepherd Band



We got a metal maniac here like me...

What about Pantera and Dream Theatre? :roll:
 
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Marilyn Manson
Nine Inch Nail
Limp Bizkit
what else.....
:roll:
 
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Originally posted by James Swan:
Still voting for Nirvana.
Also under the mentality that sure some of these other bands were pioneers in their time..., but that does not necessarily make them great in today's terms, there is plenty more talent around, especially if you consider other genres from Rock music too.



Can't this 'pioneer' logic be applied to Nirvana as well? They were a pioneer of the grunge movement, but how well will they hold up 30-40 years after their first release?

If you define 'great' = 'my favorite', i got no beef with anybody's band they've listed.

but if 'great' = 'influenced the most bands after them', bands like Nirvana (while a great band) don't have the chops compared to the Beatles. They simply haven't been around long enough.

if 'great' = 'best', again, unless we define 'best', we're back at 'favorite'.
 
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Well put Fred! I agree 100%

Helen: THE BOARDS ARE STILL UP!!! Seriously!

And thanks.
 
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You guys have got to be kidding me! Led Zeppelin is obviously the best rock band ever! Get with the picture...
 
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