Guardian’s Top 40 US Bands

Someone on [dim-sum] posted this link today, and Adam quickly pointed out it’s old, but I’ve been too busy to keep up my reading of the Guardian, so I hadn’t read their list of ‘The 40 greatest US bands today’. Now, they include solo musicians & producers, not just bands in this mix, but hey, that’s cool

I’m astounded at how eclectic the mix is, from mainstream to willfully obscure. I’m proud to say that I know (and possess music by) the majority of them, so my place as a pop-culture literate appears secure (at least from the Guardian’s POV). I’m also pleased that there were at least a half-dozen artists I’ve never heard of, which gives me something to go and check out. New music is fun! There are, of course, artists who I-can’t-believe-they-left-off and artists that I-can’t-believe-are-on-it, but lists are always like that.

8 Replies to “Guardian’s Top 40 US Bands”

  1. Here ya go.

    Well, you’re a cooler man than me, Stv. as I haven’t heard 3/4 of those bands and haven’t heard of half again. Yoips.

    And WHAT, no Pearl Jam?

  2. Here ya go.

    Well, you’re a cooler man than me, Stv. as I haven’t heard 3/4 of those bands and haven’t heard of half again. Yoips.

    And WHAT, no Pearl Jam?

  3. I couldn’t believe that Iggy Pop made that list either. When was the last time he made relevant music?

    And sorry about the fannypack link – that was one of the bands, and I guess I pasted that in instead of the article by accident.

    And no pearl jam because well, they’re off in their own little world, I suppose – they’d be more relevant than Iggy, but I’d probably put a few others acts in there ahead of them myself, even if they are one of my favourite bands…

    And with the inclusion of the Foo Fighters: Is Dave Grohl going to be the Macca of Nirvana, being far prouder of FF (Wings) than his original band?

  4. I couldn’t believe that Iggy Pop made that list either. When was the last time he made relevant music?

    And sorry about the fannypack link – that was one of the bands, and I guess I pasted that in instead of the article by accident.

    And no pearl jam because well, they’re off in their own little world, I suppose – they’d be more relevant than Iggy, but I’d probably put a few others acts in there ahead of them myself, even if they are one of my favourite bands…

    And with the inclusion of the Foo Fighters: Is Dave Grohl going to be the Macca of Nirvana, being far prouder of FF (Wings) than his original band?

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