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Best/most important American rock band

Discussion in 'Anything goes' started by Gator, Jan 7, 2019.

  1. CD Boogie

    CD Boogie Well-Known Member

    John Lydon: I don't hate Pink Floyd
  2. typefitter

    typefitter Well-Known Member

    I believe this to be true: They are the biggest band that disappeared the fastest and most completely. If REM were a movie, they'd be District 9.
  3. typefitter

    typefitter Well-Known Member

    Save one song, Automatic for the People is a great record, front to back.
  4. CD Boogie

    CD Boogie Well-Known Member

    I'm guessing you're referring to Everybody Hurts.
  5. typefitter

    typefitter Well-Known Member

    I can tolerate Everybody Hurts, although I often skip it. I don't like Ignoreland. I find it discordant.
  6. PCLoadLetter

    PCLoadLetter Well-Known Member

    Funny thing about the Chili Peppers -- my first thought is that I love the Chili Peppers but that I'm not wild about their newer stuff... and then I realize by "newer stuff" I mean anything from the past 30 years.

    I love the first four albums. "Blood Sugar Sex Magik" is OK. After that, no interest at all. Seen them live at least 5 times and the most recent show was 1989.

    I'm old.
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  7. justgladtobehere

    justgladtobehere Well-Known Member

    I was thinking something like this, but couldn't articulate it. Their influence is mostly in the fact they were one of the earliest college radio bands. Musically, they aren't as interesting or influential like other bands from the 80's. They made some good songs, but in the end they are just well crafted rock songs.
  8. PCLoadLetter

    PCLoadLetter Well-Known Member

    Given the state of rock these days I'm not even sure how you consider "influence."
  9. DanOregon

    DanOregon Well-Known Member

    Wasn't REM the first "indie" band that really hit it big? I'd never heard of "college radio" as a format before them.
  10. Hermes

    Hermes Well-Known Member

    I guess I shouldn't say "influence" and replace it with: Do people under the age of 25 even know of the band's existence.

    I work with 20 year olds on an assembly line who don't know who they are. If they do, you have to tell them they're the band that produced It's the End of the World as We Know It (And I Feel Fine). Which is astounding given how massively big R.E.M. was even when I was a kid.
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  11. Starman

    Starman Well-Known Member

    They were pretty strong influences on Nirvana and Pearl Jam, and by extension most of the Seattle grunge scene.

    You can also trace some REM influences in the alt-country/ folk-rock sub-genre, which occasionally soaks back into stuff done by the big names.

    It's certainly not like hit radio today is drenched with REM influence, but it's out there, here and there. (And it's not like I really know much about what's on "hit radio" anyway.)

    Also, once REM moved past their initial mumbly-jangly hungover-Byrds incarnation of their college radio days, they didn't really have a trademark sound (like U2's clanging Edge guitar chords and Bono's profound howl) so other bands couldn't really mimic it.
  12. RARist

    RARist Member

    Seeing as they've been around for 25 years now, I'm going to nominate Foo Fighters
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