Originally posted by <b>Yyzlin</b>!
Wanted to hear your own thoughts on this. Added some additional ones as well.
Velvet Underground or Sonic Youth?
VU. I like the sonic experiments of Sonic Youth, but the noise gets grating after a while. Lou Reed is one of my favorite songwriters -- see my review of his solo Rock and Roll Animal album.
Talking Heads or Van Halen?
Talking Heads. A very early influence on my musical development. I used to listen to The Name of This Band is Talking Heads (again, see review) on a daily basis. They helped me overcome my prejudice against non-classic rock artists in the early 1980's. Van Halen was a great party band and EVH a great guitarist, but they didn't really influence me.
Led Zeppelin or The Beatles?
Beatles. As Minstrel points out, this is a tough one. But the musical diversity and incredible songwriting of The Beatles wins out. Against 99% of other bands, Zep would win. I play guitar and Page is a huge influence on me.
Pink Floyd or U2?
Floyd. I appreciate U2, especially Boy, October, War, Unforgettable Fire and Joshua Tree. But gimme a pair of headphones and let me veg to The Floyd.
Rolling Stones or Public Enemy ?
Stones. PE is my alltime favorite rap group, but I'm a classic rock guy at heart. Also, 30+ years together counts for something, and the Stones are the most responsible for introducing blues to the rock world.
Marvin Gaye or Bob Marley?
Bob. Gaye is the better singer and a fine songwriter in his own right, but Marley is king. I listen to Bob Marley all the time. I listen to Marvin when he comes on the radio.
The Bee-Gees or KC and the Sunshine Band?
Bee-Gees. As someone who was in junior high at the height of the disco craze, the Bee-Gees were an important part of my youth. KC has some fun dance numbers, but I actually know the words to almost all of the Bee-Gees hits. Even the ballads.
Slick Rick or Big Daddy Kane?
Big Daddy Kane. He was another rap guy I liked back when suburban white kids didn't like rap.
The Allman Brothers Band or Lynyrd Skynyrd?
This is one where Minstrel and I differ greatly. AB all the way. Their mix of country, rock, jazz and blues cannot be matched. Best jam band ever, after the Dead. Skynyrd is a goodtime rowdy southern band, but Dickey Betts, Duane Allman (and now Warren Haynes and Derek Trucks) play some sweet, sweet guitar.
Jackson 5 Or Smokey Robinson & the Miracles?
J5 is fun to dance to, but you gotta give props to The Smoke. Perhaps the finest male singer in R&B.
Mahalia Jackson or Mavis Staples?
Mavis Staples of the Staples Singers bridges the gap between gospel and rock. Respect Yourself is one of the greatest tunes of the early 70's. But for sheer pipes, you have to go with Mahalia Jackson, the Queen of gospel. check her out sometime.[/b]
Jeff Beck or Steve Vai?
Jeff Beck. From his days with The Yardbirds (Heart Full of Soul, Over Under sideways Down) to the first Jeff Beck Group (Shapes of Things, Morning Dew, Beck's Bolero -- with Jimmy Page) through his jazz fusion days (Blow by Blow and Wired are 2 of my favorite albums -- see review) through his modern era, he is the shiznit. Vai has a big bag of impressive guitar tricks, but his music rarely moves me.
Triumph or Billy Squier?
Tough one for me, since I liked both in high school. I'm going with Squier, since at the time I loved his Don't Say No album. Once again, see review.
B.B. King or Buddy Guy?
BB King. Again, see reviews of his live albums. Buddy is cool and all, and he has a club here in Chicago, but his touch is a little too aggressive for my taste in blues. BB has that sweet singing touch and instantly recognizable vibrato.
King Crimson or Rush?
Like Sonic youth, I like King Crimson for their experimentalism, but would never listen to them all day. Recently I spent the day listening to Rush live albums back-to-back-to-back. As you may have guessed, my wife was out of the house.
William Hung or William Shatner?
Shatner. "Picture yourself...on a BOAT on a RIVER..." Priceless
Wilco or Uncle Tupulo?
Props to Uncle Tupelo for singlehandedly ushering in the era of alt.country. But I find myself listening to Wilco a lot more. I am also a fan of Jay Farrar and Son Volt.
Allan Holdsworth or Adrian Belew?
Holdsworth has amazing chops. Lightning fast, king of the synth. Belew, with his solo stuff, is amusing, but his thin voice is a bit annoying. But for his backup work with Talking Heads and King Crimson, I give the not to Adrian.
Robert Randolph and the Family Band or Poi Dog Pondering?
I love both bands, but I have to go with Poi Dog. I've seen them numerous times. Great songwriting
The Neville Brothers or The Meters?
Overall, The Meters. More consistently funky. The Nevilles sometimes get too bogged down with Aaron's ballads. I will say that Yellow Moon by the Nevilles is my favorite song of that whole New Orleans funk genre.
Bonnie Raitt or Blondie?
I appreciate Bonnie more than Minsterl does, but as an early 80's New Wave/Punk fan, Blondie. Blondie, Parallel Lines and Eat to the Beat are great albums.
Van Morrison or Santana?
Phish or Grateful Dead?
The Dead, of course. I don't have a Terripan Station Dancing turtles tattoo on my calf for nothing...Trey is a great guitar player, though. My biggest criticism of Phish is that their songs tended too often to be arrangement heavy, leaving little room for a hummable melody.
Echo & the Bunnymen or Psychedelic Furs?
Two favorites. I'll go Echo, for All That Jazz and Killing Moon. Also because Minstrel chose the Furs.
G.G. Allin or Laurie Anderson?
Anderson. A compelling performance artist. Terrific visuals in her multimedia presentations. Performed This is the Picture (Excellent Birds) with Peter Gabriel. Unlike Allin, never coated herself with feces onstage.
John Coltrane or Miles Davis?
Tempted to go with Trane, for songs like Giant Steps, My Favorite Things, Naomi. The incredible A Love Supreme Album.
But I'm going with Miles. I have tried, but couldn't get into *****'s Brew, but In a Silent Way, Sketches of Spain, Kind of Blue -- these are albums you can hear over and over. True beauty in music.
John Lennon or R.E.M.?
Lennon. If he never did anything solo other than John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band, that would be enough. Its the musical equivelant of "You had me at hello"
Grandmaster Flash(and Melle Mel) with and without the Furious 5 or Run D.M.C.?
All due respect to the old school, and I was on board with The Message, White Lines and all that early stuff. But I'm saying Run D.M.C. Because they were rock. And not just the Walk This Way Thing. My Adidas. Mary, Mary. King of Rock.
Its Tricky to Rock a Rhyme to Rock a Rhyme that's Right on Time. ITs Tricky.
The Orb or Hawkwind?
Hawkwind is Pink Floyd's lesser known little brother. Like Clint Howard. And its where Lemmy got his start. But Little Fluffy Clouds is my alltime favorite stoner song. Orb.
The Mekons or The Ramones?
Gabba Gabba We Accept You We Accept You One Of Us.
The Sex Pistols or The Cure?
Cure. Sex Pistols had a string of awesome singles, put together on one great album, but they self sestructed before they could take off, and the Malcolm McLaren svengali thing is a negative. The fact that no pistol has been really relevant since 1978 (PIL? come on...overrrated) confirms their suspect status.
On the other hand, The Cure has maintained their artistic credibility for close to 2 decades. Robert Smith managed to make his mark with Siouxie Sioux, and his this own band. There is no band that quite sounds like the Cure.
Frank Zappa or Yes?
Tough for me because I like them for different reasons. I'm a huge fan of The Yes Album, Fragile and Close to the Edge. I'll go with Zappa, though, for his infinitely less pompous attitude while producing musically complex compositions. And for writing Don't Eat the Yellow Snow.
Widespread Panic or String Cheese Incident?
Widespread. One of the great jam bands. Love Tractor. Tallboy. Airplane. Hope in a Hopeless World. Their albums with Dirty Dozen Brass Band.
Peter Gabriel-era Genesis or Peter Gabriel solo?
Solo. I like old Genesis, but it often tended to meander. Peter's solo albums are more focused. My favorite is his third self-titled work -- the melting face cover. Biko, Games without Frontiers, Not One of Us, No Self Control.
Bon Scott-era AC/DC or Brian Johnson AC/DC?
Back in Black is the band's most front to back essential album, but the high points of the Scott era can't be ignored. Scott gets the not for naughty, junior high gutter humor attitude.
...But we've got the biggest balls of them all...:devil2:
Ted Nugent or Blue Oyster Cult?
I love Terrible Ted, the Motor City Madman. But BOC was one of the first bands I saw in concert, and I love the sci fi lyrics. Godzilla, Cities on Flame, Don't Fear the Reaper, Veterans of the Psychic War, Burning for You, Joan Crawford (is Risen From the Grave), ETI (Extraterrestrial Intelligence), Black Blade.
Black Sabbath or Pantera?
Sabbath. As I've said before, like some remember where they were when the Kennedy Assasination was announced, I remember where I was when a dj announced that Ozzy was leaving Black Sabbath.
Depeche Mode or Ministry?
I like Depeche Mode, but Ministry gets my vote. Partly sentimental -- I remember going to seedy allnight "juice bars" (presdecesors to "raves") where industrial music reigned in the mid to late 80's. We danced to Revolting ****s, KFDFM, and especially Ministry -- All Day, Everyday is Halloween. I like later, metal oriented Ministry as well -- Jesus Built my Hotrod, Stigmata, etc.
Peter Tosh or Jimmy Cliff?
Another toughy. I will say Jimmy Cliff, since Sitting in Limbo is one of my favorite songs of all time. But its a close one.
Husker Du or The Replacements?
Husker Du. One of my favorite bands ever. Ice Cold Ice, never Talking to You Again, Celebrated Summer, Makes No Sense At All, Turn on the News, New Day Rising, Flip Your Wig, Diane. Great band. The 'Mats are favorites of mine as well, though./b]
Soundtrack to Superfly or Soundtrack to Shaft?
Minstrel makes some compelling points -- Freddy's Dead, and all. But I'm going with the Hot Buttered sound of Shaft. He's on e Baaad Mothershut your mouthI'm just talking about Shaftthen we can dig it
Woodstock or Monterey Pop?
Both had stellar Hendrix moments. Both had stellar Who moments. I'll go with Woodstock for the awesome Santana showcase, plus the coming out party for CSN (and sometimes Y).
Kate Bush or Allison Moyet?
Moyet has a better voice -- I love her smoky vocals, both solo and her former band, Yaz -- but Kate Bush is a megastar who got too little attention in the States. Wuthering Heights is a desert island song.
The Clash or Elvis Costello?
No disrespect to Elvis, but Lester Bangs never called him "The Only Band that Matters."
Bob Dylan or Woodie Guthrie?
Woodie is one of the most significant players in the history of the development of popular music. But so is Bob. And while there would be no Bob without Woodie (see Dylan's Song for Woodie, from his first album) I'll go with Bob. Too many songs to name -- Tangled Up in Blue, Visions of Johanna, I'll be You Baby Tonight, It Ain't Me Babe, Ballad of a Thin Man, Mr. Tamborine Man, and a hundred more.
Good Charlotte or root canal surgery?
root canal surgery. even on a healthy tooth. I hate "pop punk." posers.
The Kinks or The Minutemen?
d. boon and Mike Watt forgive me, but anyone who knows me knows I'm a nut for the Kinks. Check out there underrated late 70's albums, like Sleepwalker and Misfits. Celluloid Heroes. Lola. Apeman. Waterloo Sunset. Suzannah's Still Alive. 20th Century Man.
Pearl Jam or Oasis?
What's the Story is a great album. I'll say Pearl Jam, because they have a bigger body of really great work. Especially the first three albums.
Radiohead or Jimi Hendrix?
My graffiti tag was always Jimi Lives. I had a Hendrix "shrine" in my dorm room. To me, Radiohead is somewhat overrated. No contest here.
Jethro Tull or Renaissance?
Tull. I wish the live acoustic A Little Light Music was in print and available on CD.
Deep Purple or Steely Dan?
Steely Dan. I love the quirky pseudo jazz stylings. I get my Purple jones every now and again (BLack Night, Highway Star, Strange Kind of Woman, Woman from Tokyo, Smoke on the Water) but too frequent organ solos ruin the moment.
Metallica or Slayer?
Metallica. Kerry King would kick my *** for saying it, but Slayer doesn't do much for me.
David Bowie or Brian Eno?
I chill to Eno -- Music for Airports is a personal favorite. But despite the occasional lapse in judgment, I'll give the nod to Bowie. One of the better concerts I'ce seen.
Alice Cooper or Captain Beefheart?
Beefheart. Alice has some songs that remind me of my junior high days -- I'm 18, School's Out -- but The Captain is a one of a kind original. Safe as Milk. Shiny Beat (Bat Chain Puller).
Mike Oldfield or Tangerine Dream?
What do I know of Oldfield outside of Tubular Bells? Tangerine Dream is great Chill music. Plus they did the Risky Business soundtrack.
Budgie or Nazareth?
Now you're messing with a...a Son of a BEEEEATCH
Cream or The Doors?
The Doors. I was a huge Doors freak in HS.
Joe Satriani or Yngwie Malmsteen?
Satriani, by far. I've never cared for Yngwie.
The Police or The Talking Heads?
toughy. Talking Heads, for overall body of work. I have to admit though, that while both were among my favorite bands in their prime, both became annoying by the time they self destructed.
Elton John or ABBA?
Elton John. ABBA had some sugary saweet goodness singles, but despite some schmaltz at certain times in his career, John deserves some kudos. A great concert I enjoyed. Go beyond the singles and you will find some great, overlooked album tracks. Prior to Princess Di and the Australian Concert, you never heard Candle in the Wind. I used to play that song for girls when I was in college and they were always blown away. For his rock side, check out Ballad of a Well Known Gun, from Rock of the Westies -- it is somewhat similar in tone to Take Me to the Pilot. The man could rock, when he wanted.