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Who's your favorite American band?

I'll start off with my favorite, and I feel most underrated band, Oingo Boingo. Danny Elfman, film composer for such films as Batman (1987), Edward Scissorhands, Simpsons, Charlotte's Web, Spider-Man 1 through 3, and Nightmare Before Christmas (of which he also sang parts for several characters including Jack Skellington) was the front man for Oingo Boingo. They had many hits, but the one they are most recognized of is Dead Man's Party.


Who is your favorite American band or musician?

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Kansas / AD / Proto Kaw - Kerry Livgren's Trilogy Trek

Most folks seldom heard them on their radios much, for all the uniquely American music these bands created for decades. Kerry had a pivotal role in each, yet the musicianship of all stood well on their own.

Here's one for America:


Find out just what any people will quietly submit to and you have the exact measure of the injustice and wrong which will be imposed on them. - Frederick Douglass

The Eagles

That's a Joshua Tree...


Never be afraid to ask simple questions.

The Mighty Van Halen!


"I, __________, do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic."


There is no duration defined in the Oath

Local favorite

First favorite is an unknown SF Bay area band named MOTOGRUV


Truth is treason in an empire of lies

Counting Bodies Like Sheep


Don't fret precious I'm here, step away from the window
Go back to sleep
Safe from pain and truth and choice and other poison devils,
See, they don't give a fuck about you, like I do.
I’ll be the one to protect you from your enemies and all your demons
I'll be the one to protect you from a will to survive and a voice of reason
I'll be the one to protect you from your enemies and your choices son
They're one in the same, I must isolate you…
Isolate and save you from yourself …

Truth is treason in an empire of lies

For Nightmare Before Christmas fans


Danny Elfman of Oingo Boingo surprises everyone by showing up to sing his part from the movie.


I never heard of Oingo Boingo before watching the two videos posted here. Musically, they're pretty good, but their lyrics are a bit shallow, IMO. Speaking of underrated bands/musicians, Theocracy (my current favorite) ranks near the top both musically and lyrically. Check them out:


Good stuff

Wonder why I had not heard of them. Maybe KLOVE should play them LOL!!

Truth is treason in an empire of lies

I understand what you're saying

But I would only say maybe half their lyrics are a little shallow. One of my favorites is just another day:

(There's life underground)

I feel it all around / I feel it in my bones
My life is on the line / When I'm away from home
When I step out the door / The jungle is alive
I do not trust my ears / I don't believe my eyes
I will not fall in love / I cannot risk the bet
Cause hearts are fragile toys / so easy to forget

It's just another day / There's murder in the air
It drags me when I walk / I smell it everywhere
It's just another day / Where people cling to light
To drive away the fear / That comes with every night

It's just another . . . . . . . It's just another day
It's just another . . . . . . . It's just another day . . .

It's just another day--When people wake from dreams
With voices in their ears--That will not go away

I had a dream last night / The world was set on fire
And everywhere I ran / There wasn't any water
The temperature increased / The sky was crimson red
The clouds turned into smoke / And everyone was dead
(but) There's a smile on my face . . . For everyone
There's a golden coin . . . That reflects the sun
There's a lonely place . . . That's always cold
There's a place in the stars . . . For when you get old

There's razors in my bed / That come out late at night
They always disappear / Before the morning light
I'm dreaming again / Of life underground
It doesn't ever move / It doesn't make a sound
And just when I think--That things are in their place
The heavens are secure--The whole thing explodes in my face

Those lyrics

are much better than the ones for Gray Matter and Dead Man's Party. What do you think of Theocracy?

American: CCR, British:

American: CCR, British: Zeppelin, and British classic rock was generally broader, bigger, and better than American.

Please come join my forum if you're not a trendy and agree with my points of view.

Bob Seger and the Silver Bullet Band

CCR, Aerosmith, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Eagles, Doobie Brothers, ZZ Top, The Band, Steeley Dan, 2nd South Carolina String Band

love CCR.

love CCR.

Nirvana and Hendrix


If we are talking within the United States, Tom Petty is probably my favorite. If we are including all of North America, Neil Young and Leslie Feist (both Canadian) are just as good... Including other decades, Grateful Dead, The Band (Canada), Buddy Holly, and Guns n Roses would likely enter the conversation.

Operation Ivy

In the 60's and early 70's,

In the 60's and early 70's, Creedence. In the 70's and early 80's, CSN&Y and the Dead, in the 80's, Tom Petty. In the90's pop music pretty much hit rock bottom, this century, Alison Krauss and Union Station.

BTW, if you ever get a chance to see AK and US live, even if you don't appreciate bluegrass, DO IT! Their musicianship is second to none in the pop music world and they're actually better live than recorded. That's the mark of a truly great band, IMO. CSN was that way, as were the Dead.

I must be willing to give up what I am in order to become what I will be. Albert Einstein

any Unknown Henson fans out there?

How about some Nashville Pussy

not THE favorite, just an amazing song

Death - Voice of the Soul


“Although it was the middle of winter, I finally realized that, within me, summer was inextinguishable.” — Albert Camus

Nine Inch Nails...


Father - Husband - Son - Spirit - Consciousness

And like Elfman

Trent does movies now.

Boingo is certainly a great choice...

as I've been a fan ever since "Only a Lad"...the story of a criminal youth who the courts won't lock-up...because nothing is his fault!! Sounds familiar now, doesn't it?
I'm saddened that no one here has mentioned the VERY anti-establishment American band, DEVO!!! Like Mr. Elfman, Mark Mothersbaugh has gone on to score many movies, TV shows and commercials. Originally from Akron, OH, Mothersbaugh, Jerry Casales, et al. seemed to have an anti-government message in many of their songs. For instance, the following title track from the album, "Freedom of Choice". http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dVGINIsLnqU
"Freedom of choice...is what you've got. Freedom FROM choice...is what you want". Good stuff!!!

Silence isn't always golden....sometimes it's yellow.

"The liberties of a people never were, nor ever will be, secure, when the transactions of their rulers may be concealed from them." - Patrick Henry


Devo is fantastic! And ahead of their time.

Of all time:

The Pixies.

Of late: The Black Keys

When a true genius appears in the world, you may know him by this sign: that the dunces are all in confederacy against him. ~J. Swift

Mine changes daily it seems.

Mine changes daily it seems. Today it is definitely Pink Floyd. Tomorrow...maybe One Direction. Who knows? I'm pretty diverse. Or confused.

CCR, Aerosmith, Allman Brothers, Lynyrd Skynryd,Cars,

Nirvana, Pearl Jam, REM, Van Halen, Metallica, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, beach boys and the Byrds
enough for now!

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