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Greatest American band in history

Discussion in 'Anything goes' started by Jerry-atric, May 30, 2020.

  1. Jerry-atric

    Jerry-atric Well-Known Member

    Picture it:

    It is the winter of 1989. A young boy buys a cassette, “Full Moon Fever,” after hearing the smash hit song, “Free Fallin’.”

    “Full Moon Fever” contains many great songs, including the smash hit song, “Runnin’ Down a Dream.” Many years later, that young boy listens to “Full Moon Fever” after the tragic news of Mr. Perry’s death. He still loves it. Imagine that!

    Tom Petty and the “Heartbreakers” is my number 3 band.
     
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  2. Jake from State Farm

    Jake from State Farm Well-Known Member

    I Won’t Back Down was the song of the Detroit Newspaper Strike
     
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  3. swingline

    swingline Well-Known Member

    I got to where I loathed "Full Moon Fever." I worked at a radio station, and every new song from that album that dropped was seemingly on every fucking hour. I got soooo sick of it. And I still don't really care for that album.

    But I pretty much liked/loved all his stuff that came before that.
     
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  4. Neutral Corner

    Neutral Corner Well-Known Member

    Bruce and E St.

    Petty and the Heartbreakers.

    The Allman Brothers.

    The Dead.

    You can't go wrong with any of them.
     
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  5. X-Hack

    X-Hack Active Member

    Agree that none of the "and the" bands count. And I'm sticking with rock bands:"

    GNR
    Metallica
    Lynyrd Skynyrd
    Pearl Jam
    Grateful Dead
    Soundgarden
    Smashing Pumpkins
    Nirvana
    Aerosmith
    Van Halen

    Those are my top 10 in no particular order (except GNR is my #1). Eagles suck hard. R.E.M. has always bored the fuck out of me. I saw them at the Palace of Auburn Hills in 1995 and it had all the energy of a teal-era Pistons-Cavs game on a random Tuesday night in February. Just awful.
     
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  6. X-Hack

    X-Hack Active Member

    Maybe though I should make room for the Flying Burrito Brothers in my Top 10. Love Gram Parsons. Or the Allmans. I could replace VH with the Allmans.
     
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  7. PCLoadLetter

    PCLoadLetter Well-Known Member

    I saw that tour too. You were too late. I saw REM in their prime and they were brilliant. By '95 they were running on about 60% energy.
     
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  8. misterbc

    misterbc Active Member

    You have to have the Beach Boys in there somewhere.
     
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  9. micropolitan guy

    micropolitan guy Well-Known Member

    The Guilded Palace of Sin is a masterpiece, except for "Hippie Boy." Burrito Deluxe is a double at best. Replace "Hippy Boy" with "Hickory Wind" and GPOS is almost perfect.
     
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  10. X-Hack

    X-Hack Active Member

    I really think of them more as a singing group than as a “band” per se in the truest sense. Other than Brian Wilson’s multi-instrumentals, they relied heavily on session musicians with very limited instrumental contributions from the others. I’m not sure Carl, Dennis, Al or Mike contributed anything other than vocals on Pet Sounds. Brian was a genius but they weren’t really a band. He could have done what he did without them.
     
  11. BTExpress

    BTExpress Well-Known Member

    It was also played over the closing credits of that HBO movie "Recount," about the Bush-Gore election.
     
  12. misterbc

    misterbc Active Member

    I was actually thinking of them more for their early ground breaking stuff that is still incredibly catchy. Maybe it’s dated, I don’t think of it as such, just fantastic songs. They, too, can thank Chuck Berry. Still, they toured almost constantly and played their own instruments, albeit supplemented with an extra guitar often.
     
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