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Wednesday, October 21, 2009

I Want To Stimulate You


Since many people (especially you FB wing nuts) think you know so much about music...especially in reference to what is good or bad, here is your chance to prove it.  In 100 words or less, give me your best argument for finishing the following "I think ---------- is the best band/artist ever because..."  Since I know more than most of you, I will be the sole judge.  (I will even consider Coldplay entries...you heard it right)

Please post to the comment section below and be sure to leave an email address.

The winner will receive a $10 Starbucks gift card.

Contest ends October 28.

Here is a little Starbucks humor to get you going...only click if you want to laugh your ass off and are not afraid of the "f" word.  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6APROqglxLE

9 comments:

Joseph said...

You know my band. The Beatles. They revolutionized the recording industry. Using multitrack recording. They also where the first to put liner notes on an album. The also were the first to use classical instruments in rock music.

rick said...

The undisputed kings of pop/dance music - the undeniably photogenic Fab Morvan and Rob Pilatus (aka Milli Vanilli.) The Grammy award winners (oops) album went 8 times platinum and delivered 5 top ten singles - 3 of 'em peaking at #1. They made history in 1989 with their spandex wardrobes, unique dance moves and LIVE performances, which single handedly ushered in the world of professional lip-synching. They changed the music industry forever and were hands down the best fucking group ever!
Yeah - my cheek is now too sore to drink coffee.

Anonymous said...

"I think ---------- is the best band/artist ever because..." I think your question sums it all up. ---------- is the best band/artist ever. How can you even make a distinction? Many musical contributions over time. Where do you delineate? I have witnessed John Lee Hooker, Muddy Waters, Frank, Sammy and Liza. Does Luciano count? Or the Bavarian National Orchestra doing Bach? When you are standing, waiting for a bus in the city, and hear a truck driver singing”I love you, you love me.” I think your question is a lesson in futility. Tic Tac Toe is a lot less complicated.

MR.

Mr. Baby said...

I was thinking of posting some clever, obscure band/artist to sound cool but after playing newly acquired Beatles Rockband, I am re-astonished by their body of work. And so I will give the boring answer that the Beatles are the best band of all time.

Reason? Seeing my 9 year old daughter's reaction of amazement to their versatile sounds on every song. She couldn't believe that the same band that just played 'Twist and Shout' also did 'I am the Walrus' and 'Tomorrow Never Knows' and 'Something' and 'Get Back'. And it was not just a timespan thing... You had 4 guys with totally different sounds/agendas/vibes, who fucking hated each other, making brilliant music despite themselves, and crossing genres that didn't even exist yet. The mix of dysfunction, drugs, and egos turned out to be a perfect storm of creative brilliance that has influenced every rock-ish band since...

Kris said...

Nothing sounds better than a guy and his guitar. But that's just me. Whether it's Neil Diamond or James Taylor or CSN(Y)--singer/songwriters started in the 60's and that have lasted through the years-- are the best combination. And to me what sounds really great also is the guys who truly belt it out, on key: Steve Perry of Journey, Dennis DeYoung of Styx. Ronan Tynan of the Irish Tenors is more recent talent, an incredible voice, what an amazing talented tenor. Whether he's singing "God Bless America" or the Irish tune "My Old Man," he leaves me with a tear in my eye! There are just too many incredible singers to name, but I do think the 70's had some great singer-songwriter-guitar players like this (think "Cats in the Cradle" and "Please Come to Boston"). These were guys who could hit notes.

Sean S. said...

I think Jeff Beck is the best artist ever because of mastery in the genres of blues-rock, jazz fusion, instrumental rock and hard rock. Beginning with his days in the Yardbirds with Clapton & Page, he continues to perform with varied artists to this day. One need only to listen to '67's "Beck's Bolero" to appreciate his talent. If that doesn't do it, then listen to his 1975 album "Blow By Blow" where every song is an audiophile's dream...Beck and his trusted Fenders & Les Paul have played with the aforementioned Clapton & Page, to B.B. King, and a plethora of varied artists in between. Now I must go and blast "Freeway Jam"...

LMM ..... said...

To choose the best band/artist is certianly difficult. There are so many bands/artists to choose from who may have influenced my life but I will go with my first instinct and my first concert at age 11, seeing Donny Osmond was most rememberable. Donny started at such a young age and now at 51 remains successful in the musical industry. He has to overcome stage fright with every show but continues to perform flawlessly. Not only does he entertain in his concerts and performances in Vasgas but has also starred on broadway in "Joseph and The Amazing Techno-color Dream Coat" and now participates in "Dancing with the Stars". I realize some people may think I'm crazy and maybe I am but you asked so you got it. Now do the right thing, judge honestly and give me the gift card.

Kiersten said...

I've been thinking about this for a while. I have a very eclectic taste in music. I can go from listening to Pink Floyd to U2 to Everything but the Girl (which is an amazing group by the way). If I had to pick just one its Michael Jackson and I may take some abuse for this answer. MJ defined the 80's and my youth. Thriller is the biggest selling album of all time. MJ had amazing videos and broke a lot of barriers for R&B music. There is no other artist that can compare to him. He was an international sensation. John Mayer said its the music that we love about Michael. Some artists will wonder a lifetime if they can achieve such greatness.

Anonymous said...

Coldplay is the best band ever because you hate them so much. Only greatness could cause that much emotion...