In the Arena, 7/11

10 Jul


So last week’s topic was my top American bands of all time. Since summer is typically a slow time here at the arena, it seems like a good idea to expand upon that and travel around the world listing my favorite bands from other countries. So it’s on to jolly old England, our opponent in both the Revolutionary War and the War of 1812. Thankfully we have learned to get along since then! If not, the following bands probably wouldn’t be on my list…

LED ZEPPELIN – One of the greatest bands of all time. I’m such a big fan that I even named my dog after their legendary drummer.

THE BEATLES – The creative output from these four lads from Liverpool in such a brief period of time is simply astonishing. Maybe the breakup of the band in 1970 prevented them from releasing a bunch of bad albums later on (I won’t name names but you know what bands I’m referring to), but their catalog is without peer even today. I’m a bigger fan of the late period Beatles, but it’s all good. Just ask my middle daughter!

THE ROLLING STONES – Another fantastic British band. The 1969 – 81 era Stones are my favorite but that’s just my opinion. I’m glad I got to see them before their ticket prices went through the roof. How much money does one band need?

THE KINKS – Ray Davies is a master storyteller, and his brother Dave created some great guitar sounds. My personal favorite album is the underrated “Give The People What They Want” from 1981.

U2 – I know, they’re an Irish band, but it’s close enough to England for this list. While I may not have fully appreciated some of their material at the time (like their entire catalog during the Nineties), looking back it was really pretty good. I would love to be able to convince them to play the birthplace of the King…

RADIOHEAD – I wouldn’t say that I’m a complete convert, but this band has been growing on me for quite some time (I have my wife and John Brocato to thank for this!). Some of the electronica stuff is a bit out there for me, but that’s just my mainstream rock roots showing though.

SPINAL TAP – The Mick Shrimpton era only…

PINK FLOYD – I have no idea why David Gilmour and Roger Waters can’t get along, but they made some great music. Sorry Melissa, but the Syd Barrett stuff is a little out there for my tastes…

That’s my British band list. I probably should have included some bands from my metal years like Iron Maiden, Def Leppard (pre-Hysteria), Judas Priest (how did we not pick up on Rob Halford’s attire?) or Black Sabbath (both with Ozzy and Ronnie James Dio), but I just couldn’t pull the trigger. There are probably several other bands that I left out due to brain freeze. Let me know who you would include on your list.

Until next time,


5 Responses to “In the Arena, 7/11”

  1. sheenabarnett July 10, 2008 at 9:24 pm #

    Hey Todd —

    I agree with you, The Beatles are the best thing…well..ever. Absolutely perfect music. I cannot heap enough praise on that band. But, really, who doesn’t like them?

    I agree w/ all of yours…but I have to admit, I just don’t get Radiohead. I know. It’s like I hate music or something. I’ve tried to like Radiohead, really I have. Ah well.

    My picks?

    The Sex Pistols – I could listen to Johnny Rotten for days. I love his delivery and his whole attitude. “No Feelings” makes me so incredibly happy.

    The Smiths – Few things in the world are better than “Ask.” Very few.

    The Cure – Few things in the world are better than “Just Like Heaven.” Very, very few.

    Queen – One of the best band names and one of the best frontmen.

    Duran Duran – You have been Le Bon’d!

    Cut Off Your Hands – Alright, this band is from New Zealand, but I doubt there will be a post only on the best bands from New Zealand. 🙂 I heard about this band on a Web site and decided to give them a listen. It scares me to death how good Cut Off Your Hands is. LOVE it. Give a listen to “Tell Me About” or “You & I.” I bought their EP, “Shaky Hands,” off iTunes and found some random free songs on random Web sites.

  2. bigwoolymammoth July 11, 2008 at 9:36 am #

    while not some of my favorite music…..the clash and david bowie would certainly have to be in the mentioning.

  3. Todd July 11, 2008 at 10:53 am #

    I can’t believe that I forgot about Queen. Though “Flash Gordon” and “Radio Gaga” are terrible songs, the rest of their catalog is quite impressive.

    And no, New Zealand bands probably won’t be a list topic. Australia maybe, but not New Zealand…

  4. Todd Hunt July 13, 2008 at 8:25 am #

    Two more that should have made the list: The Who (“Won’t Get Fooled Again” is the definitive arena rock song and The Faces (Rod Stewart and Ron Wood made some great, sloppy, rock and roll).

  5. sheenabarnett July 13, 2008 at 9:40 am #

    Mammoth, I agree — Bowie and the Clash should be on there. I’m definitely more of a Clash fan than a Bowie fan, though. I like some of his work, but most of it just creeps me out. 🙂

    And yeah…The Who should also be included…but that’s another one of those bands that I’ve just never been all that excited about. I know — how did I ever get a job as a music writer? lol 🙂

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