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Posted: Mar 3, 2007 8:13 pm
 
I don't have an answer for this. We know who it's not.

ZZ Top?
Aerosmith?
The Grateful Dead? (Don't really like 'em, but the body of work can't be denied.)
Sonic Youth?
The Flaming Lips?
The Dead Boys?
Ramones?
Chrome?
Crime?
Pagans?
Devo?
Cramps?
Kyuss?

Whattaya think?
Posted: Mar 3, 2007 8:34 pm
 
Minutemen.

Or Creedence.
Posted: Mar 3, 2007 8:36 pm
 
weezer
Posted: Mar 3, 2007 8:56 pm
 
ZZ Top.
Posted: Mar 3, 2007 8:59 pm
 
I can make a case for the Ramones but musically, I'm gonna say Booker T and the MG's
Posted: Mar 3, 2007 9:30 pm
 
Creedence.
Posted: Mar 4, 2007 12:14 am
 
There is no question at all.
First is the Ramones, second is the Velvet Underground.
Posted: Mar 4, 2007 12:15 am
 
1= the Ramones

the beach boys should be in the mix somewhere too
Posted: Mar 4, 2007 12:57 am
 
Rush!
Posted: Mar 4, 2007 12:59 am
 
Ramones
Beach Boys
Velvet Undeground
Sam The Sham and The Pharaos
The Cramps
Posted: Mar 4, 2007 1:05 am
 
Rush!

They're canadian, dude!
Posted: Mar 4, 2007 1:07 am
 
well then
AC/DC!
Posted: Mar 4, 2007 1:11 am
 
You can't tell me that Slayer don't rank...
Posted: Mar 4, 2007 1:12 am
 
There is no question at all.
First is the Ramones, second is the Velvet Underground.
Posted: Mar 4, 2007 5:44 am
 
gee.... i thought i would have had to make a case for the ramones...
what do i know?
Posted: Mar 4, 2007 5:54 am
 
ALDO NOVA
Posted: Mar 4, 2007 7:56 am
 
milli vanilli
Posted: Mar 4, 2007 7:59 am
 
milli vanilli

swedish!

AC/DC!

australian!
Posted: Mar 4, 2007 8:01 am
 
Royal Pendletons!!!
Posted: Mar 4, 2007 8:19 am
 
milli vanilli

707
Posted: Mar 4, 2007 8:25 am
 
707

that's an area code in northern california
there was a really boringly awful band from that part of the state that called itself 707.... (this is in the 80s)
Posted: Mar 4, 2007 8:34 am
 
easily the Hits of Casablancas catalogue
Posted: Mar 4, 2007 8:38 am
 
Vanilla Fudge
Posted: Mar 4, 2007 8:51 am
 
Jerry's Kids and F.U.s each only wrote one weak song during their existences--that's DAMN impressive. No Comment were probably always great and their 1st 7" is hampered only by the rawer production but their 'Downsided' 7" is my fave 7" of all-time and they really didn't have any weak songs. It's difficult because there are many RECORDS I could mention as favorites by bands whose entire existence wasn't consistently great (Slayer, Soundgarden, C.O.C., D.R.I.). Okay, the Best American Band Ever is...HOLY SHIT! Fuck it, that was actually pretty easy.

-Ryan
jackpenetrater
Posted: Mar 4, 2007 12:01 pm
 
Ladies & Gentlemen......from Los Angeles California!!!!.....THE DOORS!!!!
Posted: Mar 4, 2007 1:08 pm
 
The Ramones in a squeeker over the Partridge Family. Anyone else on this board love Cheap Trick? They have to be considered in the top 5-10 in my book.
Posted: Mar 4, 2007 1:30 pm
 
The Byrds
CCR

and say what you will but Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers took the Byrds and the British Invasion stuff and made it their own.
Posted: Mar 4, 2007 1:43 pm
 
Good call on Petty - he never gets enough credit. The R'N'R HOF display on him was also superb, one of the best things in the joint.
Posted: Mar 4, 2007 1:46 pm
 
Green Day
Posted: Mar 4, 2007 2:09 pm
 
Anyone else on this board love Cheap Trick?
Of course

Ramones
Beach Boys
Velvet Undeground
Sam The Sham and The Pharaos
The Cramps

Definitely.

I'd probably stick with the Beach Boys on this one.
Posted: Mar 4, 2007 2:31 pm
 
I'd probably stick with the Beach Boys on this one.

Everytime I hear Surfin USA I cringe over how bad they ripped Chuck Berry off.
Posted: Mar 4, 2007 2:41 pm
 
Jerry Lee is the Real Deal.
Posted: Mar 4, 2007 3:04 pm | Edited by: SAMBEAUX
 
How can this thread get to 31 posts (with its title) and no Grand Funk?
Posted: Mar 4, 2007 3:05 pm
 
But you're all wrong. It's Blue Oyster Cult.

ps.Jerry's Kids Kill Kill Kill is pretty weak.
Posted: Mar 4, 2007 3:28 pm
 
Ramones
Beach Boys
Velvet Undeground
Stooges
Sonics
Posted: Mar 4, 2007 4:31 pm
 
Yeah, add the sonics to my list. The Sonics RULE!
Posted: Mar 4, 2007 5:24 pm
 
For your consideration: Black Flag
Posted: Mar 4, 2007 5:39 pm
 
Van Halen
Posted: Mar 4, 2007 6:59 pm
 
kids of widney high
Posted: Mar 4, 2007 7:00 pm
 
but aren't they just a vocal group?
Posted: Mar 4, 2007 7:13 pm
 
as far as american rock n roll id say creedence pretty much nails it right on the head. maybe VU too, but in a totally different way. oh, and the million dollar quartet.
Posted: Mar 4, 2007 7:20 pm
 
All these previous choices:

Creedence
Ramones
Velvet Underground
Stooges
Sonics
Booker T and the MG's
Minutemen

To that list I'm gonna have to add:

Sly & the Family Stone
Link Wray and the Wraymen

and...

QUESTION MARK AND THE MYSTERIANS!!! Five Mexican kids from Michigan. You can't get more American than that.
Posted: Mar 4, 2007 7:21 pm
 
Toby Keith
Posted: Mar 4, 2007 7:37 pm
 
gizmos
Posted: Mar 4, 2007 8:57 pm
 
ALDO NOVA

Also Canadian. So is Triumph, Chilliwhack, & The VaGiants.

I listed the 1st couple of band mostly because of their discography. Don't know why I didn't add The Ramones. (In a hurry & not thinking?)

oh, and the million dollar quartet.

I have a deep admiration for all 4 of those artist, but that disc is merely OK.

I'm surprised that Theresa K didn't add Tom Petty to one of her posts.
Posted: Mar 4, 2007 9:02 pm
 
jesus lizard
Posted: Mar 4, 2007 9:07 pm
 
Sly & the Family Stone

I'm not sure one band changed music as much as them with the possible exeption of....

Parliament/Funkadelic
Posted: Mar 5, 2007 8:19 am
 
Grand Funk IS an American Band, Sambeaux, yessiree
and Tom Petty sings of his American Girl with traces of the Byrds AND the Bo Diddley/Buddy Holly beat

All American, both of them

but the RAMONES.... the RAMONES galvanized all the English punks at one concert in London in 1976... they were like Helen of Troy - the face that launched a thousand ships... the band that launched a thousand bands... people left that show to form bands. johnny rotten was there. joe strummer. seriously. i am stupidly gay about this teeny tiny bit of history

and i do LOVE my Dee Dee Ramone
Posted: Mar 5, 2007 8:49 am
 
Alice Cooper( 71-73)
Posted: Mar 5, 2007 9:59 am
 
i am stupidly gay about this teeny tiny bit of history

That's putting it a little harshly, don't you think, T.?
Posted: Mar 5, 2007 7:16 pm
 
311
Posted: Mar 5, 2007 8:02 pm
 
I think if you saw a show that had (at their respective primes):

James Brown and the J.B.s
The Velvet Underground
The Ramones
and The Beach Boys

on one bill, you'd be hard pressed to walk away not thinking that the J.B.s were the best band of the bunch. Their records are a different story.
Posted: Mar 5, 2007 8:11 pm
 
Posted: Mar 5, 2007 8:30 pm
 
KISS, by a mile
Posted: Mar 5, 2007 8:37 pm
 
The Laurence Welk show sundays on P.B.S.! That Shit ROCKS!
Posted: Mar 5, 2007 8:41 pm
 
If the Beach Boys are the greatest American band ever then I renounce my citizenship.
Posted: Mar 5, 2007 8:53 pm
 
Are you guys serious about CCR? Fogerty SUCKS!! I can't think of a more shamelessly self-styled band- they spent their entire carreer pandering to the "hip" by pretending to be from the Bayou.

I hate me some CCR.

My picks would be:

Velvet Underground
Stooges
Sonics
Ramones
Woody Guthrie
Posted: Mar 5, 2007 9:04 pm
 
If the Beach Boys are the greatest American band ever then I renounce my citizenship.


if you can't recognize why theyre in the top 5 YOU'RE A COMMIE.
Posted: Mar 5, 2007 9:04 pm
 
since when is woodie guthrie a band?
Posted: Mar 5, 2007 9:10 pm
 
Fogerty SUCKS!!

Shocked and stunned!

I love me some WG though
Posted: Mar 5, 2007 9:11 pm
 
Cunt Puppet!
Posted: Mar 5, 2007 9:14 pm
 
since when is woodie guthrie a band?


I was just going with "American musical artist" as my guide.
Posted: Mar 5, 2007 9:16 pm
 
Shocked and stunned


C'mon, really?
Posted: Mar 5, 2007 9:16 pm
 
I was just going with "American musical artist" as my guide.


well that wasn;'t the question!

records leaving soon, baboon.
Posted: Mar 5, 2007 9:18 pm
 
I can't think of a more shamelessly self-styled band- they spent their entire carreer pandering to the "hip" by pretending to be from the Bayou.

Sure the faux-southern thing was a bit of a shtick, but when the songs are that good, it doesn't matter. People will be singing Fogerty's songs centuries from now.
Posted: Mar 5, 2007 9:22 pm
 
C'mon, really?


Yes really.
This from a kid who saved lunch money for CCR records.
Posted: Mar 5, 2007 9:25 pm
 
faux-southern thing was a bit of a shtick,


A BIT of a shtick? Ack.


I don't really think their songs are all that BAD, and I'll admit to humming along mindlessly when they come on the radio... but there are lots of bands that wrote catchy songs that one inadvertently hums along to now and again.

That doesn't make 'em any good. And, when considering how their ENTIRE "deal" as a band was made up, well... it just kinda turns me off. Actually, it really turns me off. Boooo, CCR!


Joe- did you get mine yet? I sent it early last week- and feel like it should have gotten there by now.
Posted: Mar 5, 2007 9:36 pm
 
yeah, i got it. it's pretty horrible :)

no worries though. you still get yours.
Posted: Mar 5, 2007 9:39 pm
 
Oh really... sorry man!! I thought it'd be up your alley- I'll make it up to you, though.
Posted: Mar 5, 2007 9:47 pm
 
But not in a gay CCR kinda way.
Posted: Mar 5, 2007 10:09 pm
 
ratt
Posted: Mar 5, 2007 10:13 pm
 
Oh really... sorry man!! I thought it'd be up your alley- I'll make it up to you, though.


seriously, don't worry about it. i traded just to be able to hear something new. mission accomplished!
Posted: Mar 5, 2007 10:30 pm
 
The 4 Johns
Posted: Mar 5, 2007 10:31 pm
 
Grand Funk
we're comin through your town,
we'll help you party it down
Posted: Mar 5, 2007 10:43 pm
 
Crazy Horse
Posted: Mar 5, 2007 10:44 pm
 
Land Bong
Posted: Mar 6, 2007 4:23 am
 
they spent their entire carreer pandering to the "hip"

If CCR ever pandered to the hip, they failed miserably - even when those records were new, the hippie/rock critic elite turned their noses up at them. The hipsters of that time thought themselves above such juvenile pursuits as genuine rocking and rolling...what a bunch of losers!
Posted: Mar 6, 2007 4:50 am
 
The Velvet Underground
The Replacements
Ramones
Stooges
Posted: Mar 6, 2007 4:52 am
 
Posted: Mar 6, 2007 5:05 am
 
If the Beach Boys are the greatest American band ever then I renounce my citizenship.

Brian Wilson is one of the best writer of pop songs this planet's ever seen bar none. Where are you headed? Canada? Get down on some Chiliwhack & some Celine Dion & tell us how it's going?

People will be singing Fogerty's songs centuries from now.

I love CCR. Sure they weren't from the bayou, but Fogerty's awesome. Shit, Dylan faked an Ozark accent & is one of the worst pathological liars ever! Does anyone care?
Posted: Mar 6, 2007 5:08 am
 
I should have added the Sonics as well as Van Halen( pre Van Hagar)
Posted: Mar 6, 2007 5:14 am
 
flamin' shitbags
Posted: Mar 6, 2007 7:14 am
 
Does anyone care?
yes!
fuck him!

(ishmael reed compared him to moses and called them both one handed conjurers)
Posted: Mar 6, 2007 7:34 am
 
(ishmael reed compared him to moses and called them both one handed conjurers)

ishmael reed is one wild dude...
Posted: Mar 6, 2007 7:51 am
 
velvet underground. surprised devo doesn't get mentioned more, definitely one of the greatest as well. cheap trick too.
Posted: Mar 6, 2007 8:19 am
 
the Fatals!
Posted: Mar 6, 2007 8:50 am
 
surprised devo doesn't get mentioned more, definitely one of the greatest as well. cheap trick too


The 1st 2 Cheap Trick records are damn near untouchable as POWER pop masterpieces.

I dearly love Devo, but dammit, I just don't care for the "Shout" LP (their 6th) or anything else they did after that.
Posted: Mar 6, 2007 9:01 am
 
The 1st 2 Cheap Trick records are damn near untouchable as POWER pop masterpieces.

I dearly love Devo, but dammit, I just don't care for the "Shout" LP (their 6th) or anything else they did after that.


heaven tonight and budokan are classic stuff too. but i don't even wanna speak about some of the stuff cheap trick did later on in their career...
yeah, something that speaks for velvet underground or the stooges is that their back catalogues are nearly flawless. the later are doing hard work to ruin it right now though...
Posted: Mar 6, 2007 10:14 am
 
YOU'RE A COMMIE.

I take this as a compliment.

Brian Wilson is one of the best writer of pop songs this planet's ever seen bar none

Nah.

Where are you headed?

Nowhere.
Posted: Mar 6, 2007 10:14 am
 
Pagans?


This'll work.
Posted: Mar 6, 2007 2:20 pm
 
Ramones
Beach Boys
Velvet Undeground
Stooges
Sonics


This is the best list. I agree with it 100%. I would make it

Ramones
Stooges
Velvet Underground
Beach Boys
Posted: Mar 6, 2007 2:22 pm
 
And Sonics.
Posted: Mar 6, 2007 2:38 pm
 
Did I miss something or has no one said the MC5 yet? I'd take the MC5 over the Velvet Underground...anyway

My list would look something like this...or exactly like this: MC5, Stooges, Ramones, Booker T & The MGs, Funkadelic (the only Parliament record I lie so far is Osmium, which I actually like more than any Funkadelic record, but that's another discussion), The Monkees, The Mothers Of Invention, Captain Beefheart & The Magic Band, The Beach Boys and the Velvet Underground, I guess...
Posted: Mar 6, 2007 2:38 pm
 
Ooh, Buffalo Springfield should be on my list too. Maybe the Shaggs as well. Pagans, Devo, yeah, yeah, yeah...I'm going somewhere else.
Posted: Mar 6, 2007 2:41 pm
 
Duh, the Residents! Them too.
Posted: Mar 6, 2007 3:05 pm
 
Bel Biv Davoe
Posted: Mar 6, 2007 3:18 pm
 
Spike Jones & His City Slickers
The Shaggs
South Bay Surfers
Posted: Mar 6, 2007 3:26 pm
 
The Turtles
The Beastie Boys!!!
Posted: Mar 6, 2007 3:35 pm
 
the Proclaimers
Posted: Mar 6, 2007 3:40 pm
 
Posted: Mar 6, 2007 3:52 pm
 
pandering to the "hip" by pretending to be from the Bayou.

I think if they were trying to be "hip" they would've picked something a little cooler than Louisiana swamp blues, genius. And since when does being influenced by a genre of music mean someone is "pretending" to be something? Do you hate the Rolling Stones because they were influenced by American R&B? etc, etc etc?
Posted: Mar 6, 2007 4:21 pm
 
I would like to add Captain Beefheart and Devo, as well. Pagans should be there, but I don't know that the small amount of "actual" output qualifies them. And Devo were great for a full decade, so who gives a shit how bad the later stuff was? You wouldn't disqualify the Beach Boys for the same exact thing. I love CCR, but I can't bring myself to put them on the "greatest" list, for some reason.

Ramones
Beach Boys
Velvet Underground
Stooges
Sonics
Captain Beefheart
Devo
Posted: Mar 6, 2007 4:21 pm | Edited by: DevilDog
 
More about Cheap Trick - Rockford is the best thing they've put out since One on One, which no one ever mentions and which is a killer LP. The multiple producer thing they did this time around is just awesome.

Also, some of those lists above are just people trying to be cool. Beefheart and MOI are interesting, and I listen to and own most of their albums, but how in the fuck could ANYone try and claim they're anywhere near the best American band ever?? That's just dumb & trying too hard to be cool. Same goes with alot of the other stuff listed. None of those "cool to be me" bands can touch The Ramones, CCR, Petty, Devo, The Sonics, etc.
Posted: Mar 6, 2007 4:25 pm | Edited by: Ronnie Farnsworth
 
how in the fuck could ANYone try and claim they're anywhere near the best American band ever??
Easily. What are you talking about? I can easily list those bands because that's what I actually think in real life is that the MOI or Beefheart are as good if not better than the Ramones, CCR, Devo and did you just list Petty? How could anyone think Petty is anywhere near...wait, hold on...
Posted: Mar 6, 2007 4:27 pm
 
CCR is in there because John wrote some of the best songs of last 100 years, if you don't think so, eat a dick!!!
Posted: Mar 6, 2007 4:30 pm
 
I'd like at this point to nominate Sun Ra & The Arkestra. Thread's over.
Posted: Mar 6, 2007 4:31 pm
 
What are you talking about, DD? Petty ain't shit compared to Beefheart and the other bands you listed aren't exactly "mainstream favorites." Sounds like projection to me - just because you don't dig something doesn't mean other people have ulterior motives for digging it.
Posted: Mar 6, 2007 4:43 pm
 
I know it's kosher to wanna fight on here but your points are more than valid. It's nice for people to have a different opinion. I still say no way those weird-o bands we all dig like Beefheart, etc., are anywhere near as good as Petty but that's just one perspective. Anyway, The Ramones still get my vote regardless.
Posted: Mar 6, 2007 4:44 pm
 
Just wanted to say how happy I was to have the Scorpions super-ballad "Still Loving You" in my head right now.
Posted: Mar 6, 2007 4:58 pm
 
IS THERE REALLY NO CHAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAANCE?
TO START ONCE AGAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAIIINNNNN?
Posted: Mar 6, 2007 4:59 pm
 
this thread rules! no, it sucks.
Posted: Mar 6, 2007 5:04 pm
 
I have a deep admiration for all 4 of those artist, but that disc is merely OK.

i might be a little slow to respond here, mullett, but that was supposed to be a joke. that million $ quartet album kinda sucks. you ever notice how they can't seem to play more than a minute of any song? what is pretty sick is the johnny cash/carl perkins/jerry lee lewis live in germany album. i think its called the survivors. i saw jerry lee on pbs last night playing with a buncha douchebags like tom jones and don henley. then again, he also played with fogerty, willie nelson, and ron wood. his new band is totally cheesy though. his piano says "jerry lee lewis" and has hot rod flames on it.

still no mention of twisted sister. or fishbone. come on guys.
Posted: Mar 6, 2007 5:07 pm
 
still no mention of twisted sister. or fishbone. come on guys.

or Living Colour, I'm really let down
Posted: Mar 6, 2007 5:12 pm
 
STILL LOVING YOOOOOOOOOOOUUUU-UUUUU!!!!
STILL LAV YOU, BABAY!
WOOOOOOOOO!
Posted: Mar 6, 2007 5:59 pm
 
still no mention of twisted sister. or fishbone. come on guys.

or Living Colour, I'm really let down


my favorite black metal band
Posted: Mar 6, 2007 6:10 pm
 
The Monks.
Posted: Mar 6, 2007 6:10 pm
 
You're a Monk.
Posted: Mar 6, 2007 6:30 pm
 
The Crap Detectors...
Posted: Mar 6, 2007 6:41 pm
 
Haha the Oblivians still haven't been mentioned.
Posted: Mar 6, 2007 7:10 pm
 
Brian Wilson is one of the best writer of pop songs this planet's ever seen bar none.

i agree a million percent

and i love ccr - i even have EVERY 7" picture sleeve they ever released - but don't think they're the greatest american band ever...even though they're pretty damn good

i'm sticking w/ ramones and booker t
Posted: Mar 6, 2007 7:35 pm
 
Britney Spears Rocks!
Posted: Mar 6, 2007 7:37 pm
 
still no mention of twisted sister. or fishbone. come on guys.

or Living Colour, I'm really let down


24-7 Spyz!
Posted: Mar 6, 2007 8:24 pm
 
still no mention of twisted sister. or fishbone. come on guys.

or Living Colour, I'm really let down

24-7 Spyz!


URBAN DANCE SQUAD
Posted: Mar 6, 2007 8:24 pm
 
Avril lavine!
Posted: Mar 6, 2007 8:29 pm
 
The Rods. Hand down greatest American band.
Posted: Mar 6, 2007 8:33 pm
 
DeeLite
Posted: Mar 6, 2007 8:53 pm
 
The Funk Brothers!!! seriously.
Posted: Mar 6, 2007 8:54 pm
 
and dtrain, Avril Lavigne is most certainly Canadian. nice try!
Posted: Mar 6, 2007 8:54 pm
 
The Band
Posted: Mar 6, 2007 9:00 pm
 
nd dtrain, Avril Lavigne is most certainly Canadian. nice try!
you can have her
Posted: Mar 6, 2007 9:12 pm
 
The Band
helloooooo
Posted: Mar 6, 2007 9:26 pm
 
The Band

America, Jr. does not count.
Posted: Mar 6, 2007 9:27 pm
 
Looking at the question a little differently:

The Shaggs
Hasil Adkins
Legendary Stardust Cowboy
Posted: Mar 6, 2007 9:33 pm
 
Bad Religion
Posted: Mar 6, 2007 9:39 pm
 
ctl+f = foghat not found -- wtf?
Posted: Mar 6, 2007 9:42 pm
 
Top usa bands

Dylan and the band
Byrds
Stooges
VU
Big Star
Jmaes Brown and Collins brothers
Chuck Berry 55-59
Wolf and friends 51-54
Beefheart
Whenever the kinks played in nyc
Husker Du
Temptations and Motown
Otis and stax
Pere Ubu
Posted: Mar 6, 2007 9:45 pm
 
shit too hard

next 5
neil and buff s; neil and crazy horse
ramones
beach boys
sonics
Posted: Mar 6, 2007 9:50 pm | Edited by: ottawarockerdude
 
neil and buff s; neil and crazy horse


more canadians!!
Posted: Mar 6, 2007 9:53 pm
 
Fred Lane!
Posted: Mar 6, 2007 9:53 pm
 
I can't believe I forgot The Band. And Creedence.
Posted: Mar 6, 2007 9:55 pm
 
Sockeye
Posted: Mar 6, 2007 9:56 pm
 
i tihnk we really need to concentrate on bands specifically.

no chuck berry & vocal group bullshit.

THE RAMONES!!!
Posted: Mar 6, 2007 9:57 pm | Edited by: ottawarockerdude
 
jimi hendrix experience?

not enough of a "band"? or too british?

anyway, it's the ramones all the way!
Posted: Mar 6, 2007 9:58 pm
 
Sonics and ZZ Top. And Hall n Oates.
Posted: Mar 6, 2007 9:59 pm
 
i tihnk we really need to concentrate on bands specifically


Travelling Wilburys?
Posted: Mar 6, 2007 10:00 pm
 
Travelling Wilburys?

I was just discussing Travelling Wilburys with my ignorant co-workers not five minutes ago.
Posted: Mar 6, 2007 10:09 pm | Edited by: Angus Scrimm
 
I still say no way those weird-o bands we all dig like Beefheart

Safe As Milk is not really that wierd...Sure the captain went off on some crazy shit most of the time, but when they really wanted to write a tight and structured song they could pull it off like any of the more polished artists that were mentioned. Thats what I think anyway. So if that was the argument here...then I disagree. I think Captain Beefheart is a totally legitimate candidate.

For me there are so many. Ramones, Stooges, Velvet Underground, Tom Petty,Beach Boys....CCR. I also think Gun Club should be mentioned...
Posted: Mar 6, 2007 10:43 pm
 
Thanks to Jahna , check the Fred Lane MYSPACE!

http://www.myspace.com/thereverendfredlane
Posted: Mar 6, 2007 10:44 pm | Edited by: Crystal Lake
 
I said Crazy Horse earlier because they are an American band. Neil Young is Canadian, but they existed as a band for years before and after they worked with him, although their stuff with his is what makes 'em one of the best American bands ever.
Posted: Mar 6, 2007 10:45 pm
 
and Capt. Beefheart is definitely legit, weird or not!
Posted: Mar 6, 2007 10:46 pm | Edited by: Crystal Lake
 
and The Band is mostly Canadian.
Posted: Mar 6, 2007 10:54 pm
 
Fred Lane makes art in Chatanooga now! Check it out!


http://www.odd-creachter.com/creachterkinetics/index.html
Posted: Mar 6, 2007 10:56 pm
 
CHOO CHOO!
Posted: Mar 6, 2007 11:25 pm
 
oh i thought it was NORTH american bands!!!!
Posted: Mar 7, 2007 2:20 am
 
DEAD MOON!
Posted: Mar 7, 2007 2:33 am | Edited by: Dustin Crops
 
Levon Helm was the only American in The Band. Unless you wanna count Ronnie Hawkins or Dylan.

I vote.....

RAMONES!!!!! They hit so hard for soooo many years.
Posted: Mar 7, 2007 2:46 am
 
Staple Singers.
On many of their early records, they weren't much more than the group backed with Pops' guitar. And they rocked like nobody's business.
Posted: Mar 7, 2007 3:11 am
 
Levon Helm was the only American in The Band. Unless you wanna count Ronnie Hawkins or Dylan.

ronnie hawkins was born in the US, but was pretty much canadian...based in canada during his musical career
Posted: Mar 7, 2007 3:41 am
 
idiot strings
Posted: Mar 7, 2007 5:39 am
 
gizmos

Penetrators!!!
Posted: Mar 7, 2007 5:47 am
 
Brian Wilson is one of the best writer of pop songs this planet's ever seen bar none

Nah.


You'll understand one day. The song "Sloop John B" hardly has an equal anywhere in the history of mankind.

Pere Ubu

I think the 1st 2 LP are absolutely critical, but they never could quite keep it up. The other LPs are good, but nowhere close.

Capt. Beefheart is definitely legit, weird or not!

Very true. He's got the quality & the discography.
Posted: Mar 7, 2007 3:10 pm
 
You'll understand one day. The song "Sloop John B" hardly has an equal anywhere in the history of mankind.


he didn't write it. it's tradtional and from the carribean.
Posted: Mar 7, 2007 4:05 pm
 
I think it was Al Jardine's idea to do it too, but that's Brian's arrangement. Anyway, if I had to pick my 10 favorite Beach Boys songs, I think there might be more Dennis Wilson songs than Brian's. "Celebrate The News" is probably my all-time favorite...the "Breakaway"/"Celebrate The News" 45 is my vote for greatest American 45 if you wanna get really nerdy.
Posted: Mar 7, 2007 4:06 pm
 
i get around b/w don't worry baby
Posted: Mar 7, 2007 4:10 pm
 
breakaway is the greatest song ever.
Posted: Mar 7, 2007 4:24 pm
 
kokomo b/w tutti frutti
Posted: Mar 7, 2007 9:13 pm
 
URBAN DANCE SQUAD

DUTCH!!!! but good, especially their debut album.
And indeed, like Hugh Jass says, the early Staple Singers totally rock!
Posted: Mar 7, 2007 9:17 pm
 
I can't believe I forgot The Band.

canadian

beach boys: "caroline no"
perhaps one of the greatest songs ever written during the rock n roll era... right up there with "visions of johanna" and "waterloo sunset" and anything by chuck berry, who is untouchable
Posted: Mar 7, 2007 9:20 pm
 
chuck berry,


WHY ARNE'T WE STICKING WITH BANDS? I WOULDA MENTIONED BO LAST YEAR.
Posted: Mar 7, 2007 9:23 pm
 
Percivall Poonces and the Silly Lisp Band.
Posted: Mar 7, 2007 9:29 pm
 
WHY ARNE'T WE STICKING WITH BANDS?

we are! i said his SONGS were untouchable
Posted: Mar 7, 2007 9:31 pm
 
nothing makes any sense at all. scuse me while i go shoot myself in the face.
Posted: Mar 7, 2007 9:36 pm
 
face myself shoot scuse go nothing sense.
Posted: Mar 7, 2007 10:06 pm
 
Smoking Popes or Screeching Weasel!
Posted: Mar 7, 2007 10:07 pm
 
angry samoans!
Posted: Mar 7, 2007 10:09 pm
 
Eagles!
Posted: Mar 7, 2007 11:22 pm
 
favorite Beach Boys songs,

I'm a big fan of "Feel Flows"

and "Disney Girls"

ah fuck it - all but one song on "Surf's Up"
Posted: Mar 8, 2007 2:39 am
 
The very, very first record I ever owned was the Beach Boys Surfin' Safari/409 with the swirly orange and yellow label. It had been my dad's and he gave it to me only because it skipped. What a great guy.
Posted: Mar 8, 2007 2:40 am
 
America.
Posted: Mar 8, 2007 2:45 am
 
RAMONES
Posted: Mar 8, 2007 2:53 am | Edited by: Admin
 
MELLENCAMP you fucking sucky faggots!!!!
Posted: Mar 8, 2007 4:20 am
 
he didn't write it. it's tradtional and from the carribean.

Didn't know that. Still, if you need me to list BW songs, I'll be glad to list them.
Posted: Mar 8, 2007 4:36 am
 
The Replacements

You can buy a Paul Westerberg signature model guitar at Wal-Mart...that\'s pretty fuckin\' American.
Posted: Mar 8, 2007 6:03 am
 
ANTON MAIDEN
Posted: Mar 8, 2007 6:21 am
 
ANTON MAIDEN

He wasn't American, he was a Swede or something. Dave Katznelson gave me a promo CD that he sent to Warner Brothers. It's kinda fascinating, although I can barely stand to listen to it.

& how did you know about Anton Maiden anyways?
Posted: Mar 8, 2007 11:56 am
 
I think Richard Adventure fed the NE WI hype, not sure if that's where Dusty heard it. The kid responsible for it killed himself recently.
Posted: Mar 8, 2007 1:54 pm
 
yes, it was RFA that got me a copy. and i know he wasn't American.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anton_Maiden
Posted: Mar 8, 2007 2:06 pm
 
13th Floor Elevators
Duke Ellington Orchestra (stayed in existence with many of the same members from late 20's- early 70's...and had huge body of incredible songs which were reinterpreted and rearranged through the years to brilliant effect).
Posted: Mar 8, 2007 2:51 pm
 
i'm suprised no one said talking heads. i'll go with ramones.
Posted: Mar 8, 2007 2:53 pm
 
Dusty - if you haven't heard Fox Valley local Al Eide, make sure to have RFA burn some shit for you. It's at least as ridiculous as Anton.

Talking Heads, meh. 13th Floor Elevators I can see, for sure.
Posted: Mar 8, 2007 4:04 pm
 
i love THE RODS. but i THINK they were canadian or maybe it was just there drummer was named Carl Canedy
Posted: Mar 8, 2007 4:05 pm
 
The Big Boys!
Posted: Mar 8, 2007 4:18 pm
 
Ladysmith Black Mambazzo
Posted: Mar 8, 2007 4:23 pm
 
Dusty - if you haven't heard Fox Valley local Al Eide, make sure to have RFA burn some shit for you. It's at least as ridiculous as Anton.

yep, he already burned that for me, couple a years ago. richard should compile a new Dr. Demento cd and have rhino handmade put it out.
Posted: Mar 8, 2007 4:55 pm
 
i love THE RODS. but i THINK they were canadian or maybe it was just there drummer was named Carl Canedy

Close. They were from Buffalo, NY.

Any band that can use the following titles on one album deserves consideration:

She's Such a Bitch
She's so Tight
Rock Warrior
I'm a Rocker

And anybody who calls himself David "Rock" Feinstein goes to the front of the line.
Posted: Mar 8, 2007 6:01 pm
 
ah fuck it - all but one song on "Surf's Up"

lemme guess... Student Demonstration Time
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