BigSoccer's Top 40 American Bands of 2004

Discussion in 'Movies, TV and Music' started by nicodemus, Nov 29, 2004.

  1. nicodemus

    nicodemus Member+

    Sep 3, 2001
    Cidade Mágica
    Club:
    PAOK Saloniki
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Inspired by this thread:

    https://www.bigsoccer.com/forum/showthread.php?t=152728

    and more specifically, this post:

    https://www.bigsoccer.com/forum/showpost.php?p=3667047&postcount=21

    Let's compile a list of BigSoccer's Top 40 American bands. We can do Top 40 bands from any country somewhere down the line.

    You rank you top 10 CURRENT American bands 1-10. The #1 on your list gets 10 points and your #10 gets 1 point. I'll be happy to do the math. How long do we want to keep this open?

    Remember this has to do with NOW, not a band's entire career.
     
  2. Bob Morocco

    Bob Morocco Member+

    Aug 11, 2003
    Billings, MT
    When I was just a young lad putting around the barren wasteland that is Billings, a shrub said to me, "One day you will help create a cool thread on bigsoccer", and lo and behold that day has arrived. Yay unto me did an angel appear with a flash of white light and a clarion call, "If those on the internet believe they are so smart why the hell don't they make their own god damn list? It will require you to stay up very late on a Sunday and skip Spanish 101 in the morning". So I am here and I have no idea what my top ten will be. This thread should stay open for a week or 100 top tens, which ever comes first.
     
  3. nicodemus

    nicodemus Member+

    Sep 3, 2001
    Cidade Mágica
    Club:
    PAOK Saloniki
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    The whole thing was more or less your idea, so this works for me.
     
  4. nicodemus

    nicodemus Member+

    Sep 3, 2001
    Cidade Mágica
    Club:
    PAOK Saloniki
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    I've got my "short list" down to 19 bands.
     
  5. nancyb

    nancyb Member

    Jun 30, 2000
    Falls Church, VA
    Club:
    DC United
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    So, are we disqualified if we can't come up with 10?
     
  6. Bob Morocco

    Bob Morocco Member+

    Aug 11, 2003
    Billings, MT
    It's your list.
     
  7.   

       New Member

    May 13, 2004
    Saint Tropez
    Does it have to be the proper definition of "band" because I would like to list Brittney Spears and Backstreet Boys.
     
  8. Bob Morocco

    Bob Morocco Member+

    Aug 11, 2003
    Billings, MT
    As long as you're embarassing yourself with Americans on your list that's fine with me.
     
  9. GringoTex

    GringoTex Member

    Aug 22, 2001
    1301 miles de Texas
    Club:
    Tottenham Hotspur FC
    Nat'l Team:
    Bolivia
    1) Wilco
    2) Lucinda Williams
    3) Los Lonely Boys


    I can't think of any more in-their-prime American acts I listen to.
     
  10. Rambler

    Rambler New Member

    May 6, 2003
    I don't like Rap, I don't like R&B, I don't like lo-fi American Indie, I don't like Metal so I can't think of one present American band/artist that I would currently rate.

    Sorry if I wasted your time.
     
  11. obie

    obie New Member

    Nov 18, 1998
    NY, NY
    Club:
    New York Red Bulls
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    OK, I'll be the first to actually try to do this, based strictly on 2004 work (either releases or live performances).

    1. Wilco
    2. Guided By Voices
    3. Of Montreal
    4. Pixies
    5. Ambulance Ltd.
    6. Ted Leo / Pharmacists
    7. Killers
    8. Interpol
    9. Secret Machines
    10. Radio 4

    You know, even I don't really like this list. Wilco is #1 to be sure, and Satanic Panic is at worst the 3rd-best album of the year, but #2 and #4 are both more lifetime achievement awards than anything about '04 work. (Yeah, I know this breaks the rules, but Pixies have been the top story in American music this year, and Half Smiles Of The Decomposed is a damn fine album.) And I've only been listening to Ambulance for the past three weeks or so, so that may a short-term obsession. But what the hell, somebody has to stick their neck out and be first, so fire away.
     
  12. nicodemus

    nicodemus Member+

    Sep 3, 2001
    Cidade Mágica
    Club:
    PAOK Saloniki
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    I suppose since I started the thread, I should post in it:

    01) My Morning Jacket
    02) Iron & Wine
    03) North Mississippi All Stars
    04) Medeski, Martin & Wood
    05) Sound Tribe Sector 9
    06) Woven Hand
    07) Devendra Banhart
    08) Calexico
    09) Old Crow Medicine Show
    10) Neko Case

    All but one of them put an album out in 2004. I saw four of them in concert this year and that also massively contributed to the rankings.
     
  13. obie

    obie New Member

    Nov 18, 1998
    NY, NY
    Club:
    New York Red Bulls
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    I thought she was Canadian -- or did I just get that impression because of her work with New Pornographers?
     
  14. bmurphyfl

    bmurphyfl Member

    Jun 10, 2000
    VT
    Club:
    Montreal Impact
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    I used the following criteria:

    - They couldn't be broken-up, retired, dead, etc. [This eliminated Pavement, Beulah and others]
    - They had to have at least three releases [This eliminated Iron & Wine, Ambulance and Old Crow Medicine Show]
    - I weighted their more recent releases more heavily than their earlier releases. [This caused REM to slide off the list]

    With that criteria in mind, here's the list:

    1) Dylan
    2) Yo La Tengo
    3) Calexico
    4) Lambchop
    5) Beck
    6) The Pixies
    7) Magnetic Fields
    8) Smog
    9) Wilco
    10) Will Oldham/Palace/Bonnie Prince Billy/The Anomoanon/Whatever He's Calling Himself These Days
     
  15. nicodemus

    nicodemus Member+

    Sep 3, 2001
    Cidade Mágica
    Club:
    PAOK Saloniki
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Born in Virginia, lives in Washington state. I think she did live in Canada for a bit, but since she was born here and currently resides here, I think she qualifies.
     
  16. nicodemus

    nicodemus Member+

    Sep 3, 2001
    Cidade Mágica
    Club:
    PAOK Saloniki
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Iron & Wine has three releases. Granted one of them is a 5 song EP, but it's still a release.

    Our Endless Numbered Days (2004)
    Sea & the Rhythm (2003)
    The Creek Drank the Cradle (2002)
     
  17. chad

    chad Member+

    Jun 24, 1999
    chicago
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    1. Modest Mouse
    2. The Shins
    3. Cursive
    4. Flaming Lips
    5. Of Montreal
    6. Iron and Wine
    7. Mos Def
    8. Pinback
    9. Will Oldham
     
  18. bmurphyfl

    bmurphyfl Member

    Jun 10, 2000
    VT
    Club:
    Montreal Impact
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    I didn't know about Sea & Rhythm. I'll have to add it to my buy list but since I'm unfamliar with it, I'll leave my top 10 as it is.

    Thanks for the tip.
     
  19. eldiablito

    eldiablito New Member

    Jun 8, 2000
    in Sagy's shadow
    Forcing me to pick American is like forcing me to buy a Chevy instead of a Toyota, but alas--them's the rules.

    1. The Shins
    2. Wilco
    3. Loretta Lynn (not technically a band I suppose)
    4. The Killers
    5. The White Stripes
    6. Modest Mouse
    7. Outkast
    8. Interpol
    9. REM
    10. Destiny's Child (hey I'm forced to pick American)
     
  20. Dolemite

    Dolemite Member+

    Apr 2, 2001
    East Bay, Ca
    1 The Shins
    2 Iron & Wine
    3 Flaming Lips
    4 Beck
    5 Yo La Tengo
    6 Decemberists
    7 Ted Leo
    8 Magnetic Fields
    9 New Pornographers
    10 Interpol



    damn this sheet was hard. there were several bands i thought of, but had broken up (Dismemberment Plan, Microphones) in the last year or two.
     
  21. Dolemite

    Dolemite Member+

    Apr 2, 2001
    East Bay, Ca
    according to www.allmusic.com , Meloy, the main songwriter/singer, is from Missoula, Montana of all places.
     
  22. minorthreat

    minorthreat Member

    Jan 1, 2001
    NYC
    Club:
    Real Madrid
    Nat'l Team:
    Spain
    The Decemberists are American?

    Also: are we limiting ourselves to rock bands, or can we list any performer as long as they're from the US? (Essentially, are, say, the Roots or Kanye West fair game?)
     
  23. nicodemus

    nicodemus Member+

    Sep 3, 2001
    Cidade Mágica
    Club:
    PAOK Saloniki
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Anybody as long as they're american. We've had rap, bluegrass and jazz so far.
     
  24. minorthreat

    minorthreat Member

    Jan 1, 2001
    NYC
    Club:
    Real Madrid
    Nat'l Team:
    Spain
    1. Magnetic Fields
    2. Wilco
    3. Kanye West
    4. Ted Leo/RX
    5. The Pixies
    6. Brian Wilson
    7. The Flaming Lips
    8. Outkast
    9. Interpol
    10. Fountains of Wayne
     
  25. hangthadj

    hangthadj Member+

    A.S. Roma
    Mar 27, 2001
    Beacon, NY
    Club:
    Columbus Crew
    Shortlist in no order:

    1. Luicinda Williams
    2. Wilco
    3. Superchunk (if they are still together, just because, if not they should let me know)
    4. Shins
    5. My Morning Jacket
    6. Modest Mouse
    7. Dylan
    8. Magnetic Fields
    9. Over The Rhine
    10. Explosions in the Sky
     

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