Ultimate Zoner Battle of the Bands - Nominations

Sigur Ros is the greatest living band. Discuss.

Postby ZombieZoneSolutions on Tue Aug 08, 2006 3:27 pm

Dang! How can you not like the Grateful Dead? Although I wouldn't
include them in my list of favorites, I've been to about 10 shows in my
lifetime (before Jerry died) and each one of them was a unique and
unbelieveably fun (if blurry) experience.

You can only truly appreciate the Grateful Dead while high. As much as
hippies piss me off, the vibe at those shows is so infectious, and so ultra-
positive, almost cartoonishly so, you can't help but have the time of your
life. Plus, hippie chicks are notoriously loose (and naive) so its a win-
win.

Although most of their song-form music is boring, the DRUMS & SPACE
segments? Their extended ambient-drone-percussive-spacestuff
improvisations? Pure bliss; swimming in an ocean of sound up the
mindwomb of the cosmos. If you've never experienced that; being
immersed in that sound, then verily you have missed a significant part of
music history; avant-garde noise for the barefoot and fancyfree set.

As far as them being overrated? Maybe. But I think more than anything
they're undervalued for what really made them special; their musical
experiementation and acumen at creating a truly welcoming and friendly
space on a massive scale. Quite simply there is no other band like them,
and for that alone they deserve much props and much respect.

PLus, they kept it real, kept it indie, and never went corporate. Never
saw a Grateful Dead car, beer, or iPod commerical.

Oh yeah, and they made the backing percussion/noise soundtrack for
Apocalypse Now. That drone explosion thing at the end? The
Dead... (well, their percussive-unit; the Rhythm Devils...)
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Postby Brocktune on Tue Aug 08, 2006 4:05 pm

thank you for the pogues and the kraftwerk nominations.
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Postby mistertim on Tue Aug 08, 2006 5:09 pm

I'm not really familiar with Grateful Dead's music, but John Perry Barlow is definately a very insightful and clever chap, and definately a figure I much respect due to his extra-musical and political activities. I should probably make the effert to get into them - album reccomendations anyone?
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Postby Pacino86845 on Tue Aug 08, 2006 5:14 pm

Er, Spinal Tap, d'uh!
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Postby ONeillSG1 on Tue Aug 08, 2006 6:53 pm

The Eagles
The Ramones
The Sex Pistols
Green Day
Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers
Yes
ZZ Top
Fleetwood Mac
Deep Purple
Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young
Coldplay
Motorhead
Bon Jovi
Billy Joel
Elton John
Alice in Chains
Soundgarden
Pearl Jam
Collective Soul

AC-F'N-DC!!!! NO ONE SAID AC/DC!!! HOLY CRAP!!!

What we should do is make brackets a la March Madness (U.S. College Basketball tourney) and vote on the winners.
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Postby ZombieZoneSolutions on Tue Aug 08, 2006 7:06 pm

mistertim wrote:I'm not really familiar with Grateful Dead's music, but John Perry Barlow is definately a very insightful and clever chap, and definately a figure I much respect due to his extra-musical and political activities. I should probably make the effert to get into them - album reccomendations anyone?


If yr into ambient / drone / noise, I'd recommend Infrared Roses
or Rhythm Devils: The Apocalypse Now Sessions; not sure if either
of them are still in print, but if they are they're well worth yr while.

Like I said, I'm not even a big fan of theirs and I've seen them like 10
times! I'm more or less sober now, but back in my teens and early 20s,
when psychedelics were a big part of my life, I always made a point of
catching their shows. Even did a mini-tour (a few cities) with this girl I
met at one of the shows! It didn't last; I was too cynical / evil and she
was too hippie; but for a about a week or so we partied like it was 1969.
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Postby minstrel on Tue Aug 08, 2006 7:08 pm

At the top of the list is The Who. Dennis and the others who mentioned them are right, and when you're right, you're right.

To all the U2 haters: Believe it or not, they used to be a really great band. Up to and including Joshua Tree. After that, Bono became annoyingly full of himself, and the Edge's sonic experiments became less interesting and less successful. Some of their songwriting still shone, though - they ARE very talented.

But those early albums were incredible. When The Unforgettable Fire came out, it sounded like nothing else on earth, and it was EXCITING!

So U2 is on the list, but a long way down from The Who.

The Allman Brothers are on the list, too. Live at the Fillmore East is so great it hurts - one of the greatest live albums of all time (alongside The Who's Live At Leeds, of course).

Nobody's mentioned The Band yet, so I will. They had great, great songs, and a kind of backwoods virtuosity that sounded like nobody else.

There are a lot of other great bands out there, but few are as revolutionary and powerful as the ones I've mentioned here.
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Postby athenabodicea on Tue Aug 08, 2006 11:44 pm

Pudie...
No Tool???

For shame...
You even mentioned it in your top ten pop culture item list....

I nominate Tool then..... ;)
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