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Best American Band of the Last 20 Years

January 22, 2009
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As some of you know, I’ve been getting more and more into Blip (www.blip.fm) — a really cool social-media music community play.  I’m NotoriousROB on Blip, in case you’re interested. 🙂

And walking to the office this morning, I thought, wouldn’t it be fun to do a poll/contest type of thing on the topic of “Best American Band of the Last Twenty Years”.

So here’s how I propose it work.

Nominate the band. Explain briefly why you think they are the best American band of the past 20 years.

Put in a link to a blip or YouTube or some other place where readers can go check out the works by that band.

You can do this either in comments to this post, or on your blog, and put the link in the comments.

I will collect all of the submissions and post it up in a poll.

We vote.  Simple, eh?

Some rules:

– Band must be American.  Doesn’t mean that every member must be an American citizen or any such thing.  It does mean that the band had to have been started in the U.S., and is actively mostly in the U.S.

– It must be a band: more than a single artist.  So Norah Jones won’t qualify, sorry.

I’ll put my nomination in the comments to this post.

Because while talking about heavy topics in real estate and marketing is fun, sometimes, you do want a break. 🙂

-rsh

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7 Comments leave one →
  1. January 22, 2009 10:53 am

    My nomination:

    Alison Krauss and Union Station.

    Band site.

    Sample Songs: When You Say Nothing At All, The Lucky One, Ghost in This House.

    Why:

    Simply put, Alison Krauss is a once-in-a-lifetime talent. But put her together with incredible all-star musicians like Jerry Douglas, Dan Tyminski, and Ron Block, and you have a musical equivalent of the 1927 Yankees.

    AKUS pretty much reinvented bluegrass, brought incredible beauty to country, pop, and Alison herself has done so much in other genres. Her latest album was with Robert Plant of Led Zeppelin, for example.

    I’ve seen them in concert, and it’s like listening to the CD. These are no studio products. AKUS is real music, done by real musicians who are masters of their craft, at the highest level.

    My nomination is Alison Krauss and Union Station. Take a listen, and I think you’d agree.

    -rsh

  2. January 22, 2009 2:35 pm

    wilco

    because I said so.

    besides, who else could take one legend, Woodie Guthrie, and breathe such beautiful life into those words?

  3. January 24, 2009 8:37 pm

    Beastie Boys
    because I’m the egg man.

    it doesn’t hurt that they taught me how to ride around town on a low-rider bicycle, never mind the 20 years of transcending genres (punk-rock-hip hop).
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Beastie_Boys

  4. January 28, 2009 12:35 am

    Bruce. No other artist has had the impact he has had for as long. He has managed to keep his old core audience and at the same time has continued to garner new fans. Most of his most amazing work is some of the least commercial. Here are some examples:

  5. January 29, 2009 4:53 am

    My vote is for Bruce Springsteen. No other American artist has created as big an impact for as long a time. I believe some of his most impressive work is also some of his least commercial. Some examples:

    (the video for the last one is not the movie that song is from and it was not used in that move. The song, “Missing” rolled over the credits for a movie called, “Bound” and was finally released as part of a compilation 3 disc set)

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