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Old 12-26-2007, 07:03 PM
 
Location: Boise, ID
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Who is it? When I think of the great bands, I think of British bands (The Beatles, Led Zeppelin, U2, The Rolling Stones...). Don't give me an obscure band that only you like, I am interested in a rock band that we have all heard of!
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Old 12-26-2007, 09:08 PM
 
Location: Vermont / NEK
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Well, for my money I think it's Steely Dan. But then, most folks wouldn't consider them rock; Pop & light jazz yes, but rock - not really. Correct me if I'm wrong, but I'm thinking that you are looking for someone you can really blast to enjoy. Someone like an early Aerosmith. You could take 5 or 6 tracks from most of their 70's albums and label them as classics. Not many bands, though, remained in their prime for more than a few years. So I guess most of their later material should be thankfully discounted. The Doors started on top and went out the same way so they should get credit for that - same for CCR, Jimi Hendrix and the less widely-known MC5.

I dunno how this thread is gonna go from here, but there isn't a decade that's gone by since the 60s without Neil Young playin' something mean and hard - and good.

So I'm going with Neil on this one.
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Old 12-26-2007, 10:33 PM
 
Location: Maine
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... but there isn't a decade that's gone by since the 60s without Neil Young playin' something mean and hard - and good.

So I'm going with Neil on this one.
Neil Young is Canadian. So you'll have to quantify him as the Greatest NORTH AMERICAN rocker.

If the original poster really meant rock "bank," then the winner is Elvis Presley. There is no other contender. Biggest money-making rocker, bar none.

If that was a typo that was supposed to be "band," then the correct answer is of course THE RAMONES.

But if we can include solo artists, then the correct answer is Bob Dylan.

All in all, honorable mention should go to Elvis, Aerosmith, the Eagles, R.E.M., and Creedence Clearwater Revival. If we can indeed include Canadians, then we must include both Neil Young and the Band.
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Old 12-26-2007, 10:45 PM
 
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The Doors
Velvet Underground
The Stooges
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Old 12-26-2007, 10:47 PM
 
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Blue Oyster Cult. Below is a youtube link to a BOC song called Astonomy. While it wasnt one of their major hits it is the quniessential BOC Rocker. It starts with a slow and melodic lyric and evloves into a winding and rollicking guitar solo putting on display the world class abilities of one of the most underrated guitarist in rock & roll, Donald (Buck Dharma) Roser

This is live footage from the 70s and it takes a minute for the sound engineers to tweak it in


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5V7KP...0oyster%20cult
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Old 12-26-2007, 10:57 PM
 
Location: Vermont / NEK
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I knew that Neil's Canadian citizenship would be subject to question, but he's lived in the states since the 60s. I don't think of his music as Canadian, but perhaps some do.

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Old 12-26-2007, 11:37 PM
 
Location: Boise, ID
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I purposely didn't mention any bands when I started this thread. And yes, I meant band, not bank. Sorry for the typo... Great responses so far!

CCR -great suggestion, I didn't think of that one.

The Beach Boys - maybe. Certainly one of the most influential but that is a different thread.

The Eagles - great band. After listening to the Greatest Hits Vol I they would get my vote. After Greatest Hits Vol II I would have to rethink that. They went really soft in my opinion.

Boston - they have the best selling debut album of all time. No one rocked the 70s better.

Aerosmith - should get some votes.

Pearl Jam - might deserve some too.

Van Halen - what more can I say?

The Grateful Dead - still popular but maybe more influential than "great" (maybe that is splitting hairs)

Hall & Oates - if a duo is a band then they deserve some consideration too.

Guns N Roses - if they had stayed together they would have been up there too.

Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers - sure have had a lot of hits over a long period of time. Fantastic greatest hits album, not great album (except Full Moon Fever, one of the all-time greats IMO).

Maybe we should do another thread for the greatest American solo artist of all time. It seems like our solo artists have more staying power than our bands. I find it interesting that there is no clear cut single greatest American band.
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Old 12-27-2007, 01:41 AM
 
Location: Nevada
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Default Rock

I say Aerosmith & Boston.
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Old 12-27-2007, 07:06 AM
 
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The Eagles - great band. After listening to the Greatest Hits Vol I they would get my vote. After Greatest Hits Vol II I would have to rethink that. They went really soft in my opinion.
Agreed.

I like the choices you and others have mentioned:
CCR, Grateful Dead, Doors, Beach boys,Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers...
I especially have a fondness for John C. Fogerty and Creedence Clearwater.
I appreciate his songwriting skills, and love his voice.

It's difficult to sort out what's greatest, because on one hand you have great, influential bands that don't exist anymore, and other bands that still do exist but have weakened.

When it comes to American music, it seems to me that funk should come into it at some point. Sly and the Family Stone led the way.
The Red Hot Chili Peppers cover a lot of styles, including funk.
Another offshoot: The Roots. And Outkast.

Others--Crosby Stills Nash and Young (yes, one is a Brit, one is a Canadian) Fleetwood Mac (yes Mick Fleetwood is a Brit) the Ramones, Green Day, Pearl Jam, REM (I never was a huge REM fan though) Wilco. The Flaming Lips.

The White Stripes are consistently great--quite innovative--but fairly new.

Should the greatest American band be a *seminal* group that stands the test of time, a band that still creates relevant, inspiring music, and still plays live to this day?
If that is the criteria, I'd go with:
Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band
Iggy and the Stooges.

But if I was choosing from my heart, I too without question would go with Neil Young and Crazy Horse.
Neil's been paying taxes in the States for a long time now.
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Old 12-27-2007, 08:12 AM
 
Location: Whiteville Tennessee
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Greatest is such a subjective word.
Pure kicka** rock-Grand Funk Railroad.Although i do love squarepegs suggestion of that other band from Michigan;MC5 [kick out the jams brothers and sisters!]
Pure talent-CHICAGO
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