Top 5 Great Bands: then and now

Discussion in 'Mixing & Song Critique' started by sdevino, Mar 1, 2003.

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  1. sdevino

    sdevino Active Member

    Mar 31, 2002
    I am going to start this thread in effort to prove to people that whats wrong with music today, is our tastes change and us old farts just aren't plugged in enough too keep up with whats good.

    So Please list your personal top 5 bands of the, 70's, 80's and 90's. That would be 15 total.

    these are opinions and therefor NOT OPEN to CHALLENGE. There will be NO FLAMING other people's opinions on this thread or I will pull your post. (especially if you challenge mine.

    So I will start:
    - Allman Brothers with Duane and Butch
    - Focus
    - Bowie
    - James Gang
    - Weather Report

    - Elvis Costello
    - U2
    - Clash
    - Eric Clapton (mainly for Journyman)
    - Michael Jackson (thriller)

    - Nirvana
    - Counting Crows
    - Weezer
    - Janes Addiction
    - U2 again

    these are not in order or necessarily my top 5 for each but rather just a list of great bands from each era.
  2. Alécio Costa - Brazil

    Alécio Costa - Brazil Well-Known Member

    Mar 19, 2002
    hey Steve, Thriller is a single album, right? LOl
    It is hard to answer because some of my choices started at an age and peaked at another.

    Sweet,Yes,Rick wakeman,Doobie Brothers, Nazareth
    Michael jackson, Toto, Tears for Fears, U2, Rush
    Extreme, Satriani, Lisa Stansfield, Soundgarden, Bon Jovi

    I have just listen to $*^t up to now...
    maybe Silverchair, audioslave....
  3. Alécio Costa - Brazil

    Alécio Costa - Brazil Well-Known Member

    Mar 19, 2002
    There are singers and groups that were very important to help build POP/Rock industry. It is difficult to select just a few.
    I would also include some brazilian artists like Djavan, Ivan Lins, Lulu Santos, Milton Nascimento, Tom Jobim.

    70´s DIsco ( Donna Summer, etc), Kraftwerk ( for the electronic Music), Pop/Rock ( Simple Minds, Hall & Oates, Wax), some soundtracks that sold millions (Flahdance, Top Gun, Titanic), etc.

    Hey, I am out of the original topic!
  4. JeffreyMajeau

    JeffreyMajeau Active Member

    Sep 5, 2000
    Why's everyone got such a hard-on for U2? They're so self-important and SO overplayed. They're definitely not the pre-eminent rock band, IMHO. Radio programming directors seem to differ with my opinion on that.

    Let's see -


    Stones (their later stuff is lame, though)
    Uhh..can't nail it down to any more, got all sorts of tunes running through my head and I like all of them....

    The 80's just sucked.
    I grew up in the '80s, so I'm jaded.
    Stevie Ray
    Elvis Costello
    Tom Petty (boy does that hurt..overplayed - but there's not a whole lot of bright spots in the synth pop/Duran Duran era...)

    I need to move on now, before i get angry about the '80s.


    Norah Jones is very fresh
    Audioslave - sorta - Chris Cornell is a little overreaching, and their GTR riffs are a little stale, but damn if it doesn't hold together

    Puddle of Mud
    Nirvana (PJ are kinda poseurs)

    Dan Roth
    Otitis Media
  5. Straight outta my head, no long thinking about it-


    Clash (70s or 80s)
    Paul Simon (60s, 70s, or 80s)
    David Bowie (60s or 70s)
    Led Zeppelin (not listening too much these days, but you gotta respect)
    The Meters (60s or 70s)


    The Police (70s or 80s)
    Squeeze(70s or 80s)
    Talking Heads (70s or 80s)
    U2 (up to and including "Joshua Tree", then bad)
    Peter Gabriel (prefer his 80s stuff to all else)


    PJ Harvey (1st two albums)
    Beastie Boys (80s or 90s)
    Jane's Addiction (80s or 90s)

    I find it hard to organize by decades because many of these bands could fit in two. Tom Waits gets special mention for doing solid work for three decades. So what's the point of this, Steve? I don't feel like an oldster.
    Frankly, the reason people stop liking new music is because they stop listening to new music. i agree that commercial outlets suck, but they always have. FM is now crappy AM. The internet is probably the new FM (hee hee, I would love to see someone start a wild-ass, eclectic AM station!).
    KEXP out of Seattle plays interesting stuff, so does NPR.
    We can't say all music sucks these days, because we are the ones making some of it! Doc
  6. Pez

    Pez Active Member

    Dec 27, 2002
    I'm not going to list by era because I don't feel like thinking that hard. Instead I'm going to write in order (going way back) the bands and individuals that I thought were the best. I'm going to leave out the obvious choices because... well I don't know why... cause they're boring I guess.

    Doc Boggs
    Louis Armstrong (ok, I lied obvious)
    Charlie Christian
    Joe Venuti
    Miles Davis
    Link Wray
    The Shadows
    Kinks(British Invasion bands in general)
    almost everything Atlantic/Stax
    Paul Butterfield Blues Band
    Electric Flag
    The Original Quicksilver (with Cippolina)
    The Band
    Flying Burrito Brothers
    The Pixies
    The Pogues
    Sonic Youth
    Diggable Planets
    Radio Head
    Nickle Creek
    Sea and Cake
    Lightening Bolt

    Why do I feel guilty admitting I like some of Coldplay's music?
  7. John,
    I felt the same guilt about liking Coldplay until I bought the Coldplay album last week. Now I feel stupid because it is not a very good album. I count only two decent tracks on the album, one of which is the song I heard on the radio. The album lacks emotion and complexity. It all sounds the same. Almost bought Queens of the Stone Age and now I think I went wrong. Coldplay = unimaginative knock-off of Radiohead. Doc
  8. Alécio Costa - Brazil

    Alécio Costa - Brazil Well-Known Member

    Mar 19, 2002
    Man, how could i have forgotten Duran Duran, The Police?
  9. twiddler

    twiddler Guest

    Can't resist this topic, even at the same time that i can't for the life of me figure out why any opinions vented here could possibly matter...

    70's "The Golden Age of Everything Goes"

    Joni Mitchell
    Sly and the Family Stone

    (and too many others, to name. Oh alright: War, Zeppelin, Bowie, Tom Waits, 10CC and Bob Marley)

    80's "It's All About the Attitude, and the Cash"

    Elvis Costello

    90's "It's Just About the Cash"

    Beastie Boys

    00's "It's All About the Teenage Girls"

    Super Furry Animals
    Daft Punk

    Can't think of any more... I don't think the number of great bands around ever really changes. Just whether or not the record companies are signing and promoting them anymore. Most of the great music of the last ten years is actually kind of hard to find. And it almost certainly in the Top 40 -- contrast that with the 60's, 70's, and 80's...
  10. I'm new here but couldn't resist this:

    Gentle Giant
    The Strawbs
    Cat Stevens
    Jethro Tull

    Dire Straits (from '79)


  11. GentleG

    GentleG Guest


    Pink Floyd
    King Crimson
    Talk Talk
    Massive Attack
    Boards of Canada

  12. sdevino

    sdevino Active Member

    Mar 31, 2002
    Thats the point exactly! I wanted to give people a chance to remind each other that music does not suck anymore than it ever did.

    Should I start a 5 worst bands thread? I was afraid it would upset too many people (because deep down inside we all seem to like pop).
  13. JeffreyMajeau

    JeffreyMajeau Active Member

    Sep 5, 2000
    Oh yeah! The Meters! GREAT stuff. See, I've got all this stuff lying around, but I never know what the hell to pick! Heh.

    There's a pop tune from the late '60's early 70's called Spooky that has a Meters riff in it.
    I was shocked when I heard it (the Meters tune) and realized that same riff was lifted wholesale from them. Of course, Jimmy Page did the same thing.

    It's really hard to pin things down to "best bands of any era" There are so many good songs, even if the band wasn't good, yaknow?

    It's interesting to see that we all say "pop these days is crap" and then go on to name pop bands of the past as our "holy grail". I'm guilty of it too, but there's just SO much good stuff out there old and new.

    Anyone heard OK Go? I bought the album because it has a picture of a Volvo 244 on the cover (car nut in my off time :p ) But it's actually a really good album. Mixed by one of the Lord-Alge's so it's got that "sound". I actually like the sound, I think it's got some excitement to it, no matter how compressed to hell it is.

    And it'd be even harder to name bands that I think are the worst. There's lots of bad stuff out there too!

    Dan Roth
    Otitis Media
  14. Otitis Media! :D What a great name! Doc
  15. JeffreyMajeau

    JeffreyMajeau Active Member

    Sep 5, 2000
    Not everyone "gets it". It's routinely called "Otis Media" which makes me bristle. After the Toad show on Saturday, I should rename it Tinnitus media...Oi. Matchless Lightning 15 pointing RIGHT AT MY EAR...

    Getting a referral to an audiologist anyway - the ringing has subsided a bit, but now I'm gun shy. Same thing happened when I saw BB King and stood next to the PA array, but that was the other ear...
  16. sdevino

    sdevino Active Member

    Mar 31, 2002
    Hey Dan,
    Check your phone messages!!!

  17. cjenrick

    cjenrick Active Member

    Nov 15, 2002

    Allman Bros
    ZZ Top
    Jethro Tull
    Deep Purple
    Jeff Beck

    Fabulous Thunderbirds
    Van Halen
    Ozzy Osbourne

    Green Day
    Blink 182
    Counting Crows
    Jimmy Buffett


    Black Sabbath
    Paul McCartney
    Ringo Starr's All Star Band
    Steve Vai
  18. bitdump

    bitdump Guest

    Led Zepplin
    Paul Simon
    Joni Mitchell
    Fleetwood Mac

    Dead Can Dance
    Public Enemy
    The Blue Nile

    Massive Attack
    Stereo Lab
    Wu Tang/Company Flo (dead tie)

    Soundtrack to Lagaan rocks, well in that Bollywood way.
    Celia Cruz release a mighty fine record in 2000 as well, but you could put her in all these catagories and she would still kick some serious ass. I omitted her and Tito as I was a rebelious little latino growing up, can't listen to the parents old music, which was a mix of that and Mannalow, Humperdink, and the captain and toni peppered with the right amount of BJ Thomas.

    By the way this got harder as in the 90's and dam right brutal in 2000, just one new artist and that is a film soundtrack. As much as I get a kick out of Avril and all.... oh snap! Sanremo is on, sorry Italian pop at it's finest! :D
  19. Kurt Foster

    Kurt Foster Well-Known Member

    Jul 2, 2002
    77 Sunset Lane.
    I'm 50 and I still listen to new music, new stuff I like? Dixie Chicks. (newest is a bit too geocentric), No Doubt. I love Gwen Steffani. Great content over compressed too loud, sorta ruins it for me. Some of the best new stuff I have heard is from AKUS. (Alison Krauss & Union Station) "Lucky One" is such a cool song!

    "Give you a song and a one night stand,
    You'll be lookin' at a happy man,
    Cause you're the Lucky One."

    No gimmicks, no studio magic, just great singing and virtuoso playing.

    It's not that we're out of touch Steve, it's that we have a memory when music was of a higher caliber. Fats

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  20. sdevino

    sdevino Active Member

    Mar 31, 2002
    I know I am only 45, but I don't remember it that way!

    My point in generating this list was to try to highlight that when we look back over time we still don't count all that many great groups. IF you consider there were probably over 100,000 new groups on the radio in the past 30 years, this group of people tends to zero in on the same couple of dozen over with most of the variation being based on genre (i/e pop vs rock vs hair vs glit) etc.

    Our memories tend to filter out the bad. At least that is my opinion.

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