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#1 Planet X-1

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Posted 10 February 2014 - 04:31 PM

So says Fox News... :P

 

11 bands better than The Beatles?

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11 bands better than The Beatles?

Check this out, Beatlemaniacs

 

It was 50 years ago today that The Beatles landed in America for the first time. Could any other group ever hope to top the talents of these beloved moptops? Well ...Yeah, yeah, yeah! Check out 11 bands that I think took the Fab Four’s pop revolution and made it even better, way beyond compare.

 

Led Zeppelin

 

Start with a singer who fuses a banshee wail with blues-planted roots. Add a top-tier guitar hero who serves up generous slabs of mountain-slaying riffs. Mix in a master bassist and keyboardist to fortify the backbone. Finally, stir in a mighty drummer pounding out ferocious beats that became the most revered in rock and most sampled in hip-hop. Result: Hammertime of the gods.

Essential listening: Led Zeppelin IV (Zoso) (1971)

 

The Rolling Stones

 

50 years on and counting, and still garnering a beggar’s banquet’s worth of satisfaction. The World’s Greatest Rock And Roll Band retains their thorny crown not with sympathy but a refined taste for blending blues, R&B, country, folk, and reggae into a hard-driving honky-tonk stew – and we like it, we like it, yes we do.


Essential listening: Exile on Main Street (1972)

 

The Velvet Underground

 

New York’s gritty VU were pioneers of manipulating, harnessing, and experimenting with the very limits of sound to boldly delineate the moments between the thoughts and expressions of their punk poet laureate leader, Lou Reed. Whether via a cacophonous soundtrack to addiction (“Heroin”) or a melodic, painful exploration of love’s grip (“Pale Blue Eyes”), our lives were saved by their cutting-edge rock and roll.

Essential listening: The Velvet Underground & Nico (1967)

 

U2

 

An Irish quartet who immediately set their sights on TWD (Total World Domination) and succeeded unrepentantly by way of earnest lyrics that give equal credence to political and emotional touchstones, buttressed by an innovative rhythmic, delay-driven sound that took guitar playing to a new edge. Never mind the posturing and just pay achtung to the music, baby – its fire is unforgettable.

Essential listening: The Joshua Tree (1987)

 

Radiohead

 

Ok, computer generation, this is how you leave those alt-rock origins high and dry: 1) Avoid repeating the patterns that drove your initial anthemic “Creep”-fueled success. 2) De-emphasize guitar-oriented composition by experimenting with skittery minimalist electronic and ambient sounds. 3) Watch the jigsaws fall into place as you push the aural envelope in the live arena. 4) All hail to the risk-taking chiefs.

Essential listening: Kid A (2000)

 

Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers

 

Like a fine Bordeaux, this group keeps getting better with age, thanks to an intuitive, Jedi-like musical mindmeld between the core trio of bandmembers who grew up within the southern accents of northern Florida and shepherded their collective free-fallin’ muse west to Los Angeles. Songwriting so good, even The Quiet Beatle traveled across the pond to work some Wilbury magic with the head Heartbreaker himself.

Essential listening: Damn the Torpedoes (1979)

 

Rush

 

Call it Revenge of the Nerds, Part 2112: It only took The Rock And Roll Hall of Fame a few decades to recognize what fans have known since the band’s “Working Man” days – the collective musicianship of this Canadian power trio has no counterpart. (A legion of air drummers, guitarists, and bassists all just wheedle-deedled their approval in spirited unison.)

Essential listening: Moving Pictures (1981)

 

The Band

 

Five decades ago, this 80-percent-Canadian group carried the weight to create the template for Americana. The Band paved the no-depression kingdom by paying their dues down on the Dixie circuit, backing Bob Dylan both when he went electric and later retreated to his Woodstock basement, and inspired Eric Clapton to ditch his psychedelic afro and return to the crossroads of his own roots.

Essential listening: The Band (1969)

 

The Clash

 

“Phony Beatlemania has bitten the dust.” So sneered Joe Strummer during the seething title track to London Calling, but these prototypical British punks went deeper than any clothespin by incorporating rockabilly, ska, dub reggae, bass loops, neo-soul grooves, and rap into their own brand of snarling thrash. Let’s just cut the crap and call The Clash cross-genre pioneers nonpareil. Better believe it, Boyo.

Essential listening: Sandinista! (1980)

 

Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band

 

Brothers and sisters, let us regale you with the story of a New Jersey troubadour infused by the very spirit of rock and roll, a man so infused with the folk-inspired fever that he and his merry band were born to run their garage-bred gospel across state and international lines and save us all from the sonic darkness. Amen.


Essential listening: Born to Run: 30th Anniversary 3-Disc Set (1975/2005)

 

The Replacements

 

Permanently ensconced left of the dial with one foot in the door and the other in the gutter, the Minneapolis-bred raunch-rockin’ ’Mats were always able to achieve a modicum of ragged glory thanks to the firm anchor of Paul Westerberg’s earnest, angst-on-his-sleeve songwriting. Not only that, but their post-punk opus "Let It Be" makes Mother Mary sound like a lost little princess.

Essential listening: Pleased to Meet Me (1987)

 

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Posted 10 February 2014 - 04:35 PM

The only issue is none of those bands would have been here were it not for The Beatles.

 

The Beatles were the muse of a generation to pick up instruments, write their own songs and play them.  They invented "Album Rock" Were it not for The Beatles, we would not see the huge number of people do this that we saw in the 60s and 70s.


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Posted 10 February 2014 - 05:57 PM

I disagree with the entire premise of this article, much less half the bands it is touting as superiour to The Beatles.


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Posted 10 February 2014 - 06:42 PM

If The Beatles hadn't done it, someone else would have.  They're nothing special at all. They laid a foundation.  Most others after than demolished their foundation and tossed it in the trash.


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Posted 10 February 2014 - 06:42 PM

Maybe I should have posted this in TG.  ;)


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Posted 10 February 2014 - 06:48 PM

I agree with FJ.

 

To add: Define better. What does better really mean?

 

It's preference. That's all. Unless a band outright sucks, there is no better. It's all style and preference.

 

Who's the better guitar player? VH or Petrucci? Clapton or Jeff Beck? Bassist: Geddy or Squire?

 

See what I mean?


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Posted 10 February 2014 - 06:49 PM

If The Beatles hadn't done it, someone else would have.  They're nothing special at all. They laid a foundation.  Most others after than demolished their foundation and tossed it in the trash.

 

Fair point. Completely agree that someone else would have come along and inspired a little differently. But regardless, it was them. That's the history.


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Posted 10 February 2014 - 06:50 PM

SUBJECTIVITY!



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Posted 10 February 2014 - 06:51 PM

I disagree with the entire premise of this article, much less half the bands it is touting as superiour to The Beatles.

Seriously, U2, the Stones, Radiohead, and the VU don't even come close to outclassing the Fab Four.  I'd say Zep's overrated as hell and doesn't deserve the consideration either.  I like Petty, the Band, and Springsteen, but what?  And the REPLACEMENTS?!  Ahahahahahaha!

But anyway, I'm with Joe.  The idea of making the comparison is wrongheaded because of how influenced all of those other acts were by the Beatles.



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Posted 10 February 2014 - 06:53 PM

If The Beatles hadn't done it, someone else would have.  They're nothing special at all. They laid a foundation.  Most others after than demolished their foundation and tossed it in the trash.

 

 

1) I agree with your first and third sentences

2) I completely disagree with the rest of what you said


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#11 bordercollie

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Posted 10 February 2014 - 07:51 PM

This person's list came first, therefore it's better and more credible than any list that follows...


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#12 Always the Winner

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Posted 10 February 2014 - 10:11 PM

If The Beatles hadn't done it, someone else would have. They're nothing special at all. They laid a foundation. Most others after than demolished their foundation and tossed it in the trash.

Funny. I always thought you were older than 15.

Or are you just trying to out-Brit the Brits? If not, you need to back up your ignorance with facts, or even suggest who else might have done it. Who else may have held the Top 5 spots in the Billboard Hot 100 at once, and 13 of the Top 40? The only other acts with multiple Top 5 hits since are Madonna, Adele, Usher and 50 Cent. What other contemporary had even a shred of their studio innovation or songwriting ability? The only possible comparison at all is Led Zeppelin. They were the exact right group at the exact right time. To say it would just have been anyone else just exposes you as foolish. If you want to say you hate them, that's fine. But like it or not, you live in the music world that they created.
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Posted 10 February 2014 - 11:00 PM

Most of those bands would have existed if the Beatles had never been. The Stones more or less their contemporaries. Zep grew out of the Blues. The VU grew out of a culture on an agar plate.

The Beatles didn't channel things out of the aether, they were as much influenced as influential. The greatest member of the Beatles was George Martin.

 

Also, the thread title should be Rush are better than the Beatles.


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Posted 10 February 2014 - 11:16 PM

I'd say Zep's overrated as hell and doesn't deserve the consideration either.

 

I'm trying think of a tune they didn't rip off. Let me see here...oh wait, there's....no not that one.... How about.....nope lifted that one too. Well of course there's no way they could have stolen....godammit!....nicked that one too. 

 

I can't think of one. 


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Posted 10 February 2014 - 11:23 PM

This person's list came first, therefore it's better and more credible than any list that follows...

 

Au contraire, it came after a whole bunch of other lists and is therefore better than all of those including what is generally considered the best list of all.


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Posted 10 February 2014 - 11:24 PM

I'm better than the Beatles.

 

These lists are stupid.

 

But the Beatles are not as good as I am.  Never were.  I need to make a list of all the bands that I'm better than.  There are tons...



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Posted 10 February 2014 - 11:43 PM

It's important to recognize the work of innovators otherwise what yardstick do you have to measure innovation by?


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Posted 10 February 2014 - 11:50 PM

Simply the fact that I can make lists just as good as this guy can.  Probably even better...



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Posted 11 February 2014 - 12:13 AM

Slim Bait. Come back to us James.

 

 

Oh, and the OP is utter shite. The Beatles will always be the greatest ever. No debate.


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Posted 11 February 2014 - 02:05 AM

Funny. I always thought you were older than 15.

Or are you just trying to out-Brit the Brits? If not, you need to back up your ignorance with facts, or even suggest who else might have done it. Who else may have held the Top 5 spots in the Billboard Hot 100 at once, and 13 of the Top 40? The only other acts with multiple Top 5 hits since are Madonna, Adele, Usher and 50 Cent. What other contemporary had even a shred of their studio innovation or songwriting ability? The only possible comparison at all is Led Zeppelin. They were the exact right group at the exact right time. To say it would just have been anyone else just exposes you as foolish. If you want to say you hate them, that's fine. But like it or not, you live in the music world that they created.

Oh, since they're in the same company as Usher and Half-Dollar, you've convinced me otherwise!!!!






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