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    Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band = Greatest American rock and roll band?

    Gibson says so...
    Bruce Springsteen & E Street Band: Greatest American Rock Band | News @ Ultimate-Guitar.Com

    Obviously these lists are subjective as hell, but I think you can make a strong argument for them. Others I'd put up there:

    Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers
    Velvet Underground
    Allman Brothers
    Lynyrd Skynyrd
    Grateful Dead
    Creedence
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    Nirvana

    If anything it drives home how much the British dominated classic rock.


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    Re: Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band = Greatest American rock and roll band?

    Skynyrd definitely needs to be higher on the list. And yes, I agree, British bands had almost more of an impact on rock than our own over here.


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    Re: Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band = Greatest American rock and roll band?

    There are so many i'd put ahead of Springsteen (who i consider more of a solo artist):
    ramones
    talking heads
    rem
    ccr
    eagles
    THE REPLACEMENTS!


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    Re: Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band = Greatest American rock and roll band?

    As much as I dig Bruce, the Stones played the best American rock n roll, they just weren't from here. Obviously I'm a freak but I'd put DBT up against anyone on that list below Petty and I've seen Fogerty and everyone else except VU, Nirvana and the Dead.



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    Re: Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band = Greatest American rock and roll band?

    Quote Originally Posted by kilgore_trout View Post
    There are so many i'd put ahead of Springsteen (who i consider more of a solo artist):
    ramones
    talking heads
    rem
    ccr
    eagles
    THE REPLACEMENTS!
    I have never understood the love affair with REM. They have a handful of decent songs but I would not put them at the top of any rock list.


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    Re: Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band = Greatest American rock and roll band?

    The Replacements



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    Re: Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band = Greatest American rock and roll band?

    The Replacements are definitely up there. Top 10 material. Their influence only seems more important with every passing year.

    Springsteen definitely isn't a solo artist though. The E Street Band absolutely made his sound. Yeah, he wrote all those songs, but the band made them.


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    Re: Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band = Greatest American rock and roll band?

    Quote Originally Posted by sunnysideup View Post
    I have never understood the love affair with REM. They have a handful of decent songs but I would not put them at the top of any rock list.
    Everything up to and including the Document album was aces. After Document there was a big dropoff in my opinion.



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    Re: Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band = Greatest American rock and roll band?

    Quote Originally Posted by Al_4_State View Post
    Gibson says so...
    Bruce Springsteen & E Street Band: Greatest American Rock Band | News @ Ultimate-Guitar.Com

    Obviously these lists are subjective as hell, but I think you can make a strong argument for them. Others I'd put up there:

    Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers
    Velvet Underground
    Allman Brothers
    Lynyrd Skynyrd
    Grateful Dead
    Creedence
    Pearl Jam
    Nirvana

    If anything it drives home how much the British dominated classic rock.
    Good call on Velvet Underground. I'll throw Loaded up against any other album out there. Great, great record, even thought Lou Reed hated it.


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    Re: Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band = Greatest American rock and roll band?

    Yes. It isn't even close.


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    Re: Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band = Greatest American rock and roll band?

    Quote Originally Posted by Mr Janny View Post
    Good call on Velvet Underground. I'll throw Loaded up against any other album out there. Great, great record, even thought Lou Reed hated it.
    Loaded is a great album. The thing that would hold them back here is a lack of overall output.

    They were the definition of "ignored in their time but posthumously influential".


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    Re: Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band = Greatest American rock and roll band?

    I'd also nominate Pavement as one of the truly great American bands.



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    Re: Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band = Greatest American rock and roll band?

    I think its clear the rock & roll masses are more in touch with reality than rock & roll "writers".



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    Re: Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band = Greatest American rock and roll band?

    Quote Originally Posted by Al_4_State View Post
    Loaded is a great album. The thing that would hold them back here is a lack of overall output.

    They were the definition of "ignored in their time but posthumously influential".

    What's the quote that you always hear about them?

    "The first Velvet Underground album only sold 10,000 copies, but everyone who bought it formed a band."

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    Re: Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band = Greatest American rock and roll band?

    Quote Originally Posted by Gonzo View Post
    I'd also nominate Pavement as one of the truly great American bands.
    I'd disagree. They've become the quintessential hipster band. Malkmus was probably talented enough, but he was/is too worried about being cool. They put out some really good albums, but they haven't had the influence of a Velvet Underground.

    Maybe 10-15 years from now they'll have stood that test of time. Right now, I'd call it premature.

    What's the quote that you always hear about them?

    "The first Velvet Underground album only sold 10,000 copies, but everyone who bought it formed a band."

    -Brian Eno
    I thought Mike Stipe said that(?). Either way, it's completely true.


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