Friday, December 09, 2005

Who's the best? Who's your favorite?

The other night Team GCI held court at ACME, the official post-FIASCO party house. And by "official post-FIASCO party house," we mean that it's the place we ended up at after our last episode of FIASCO.

Anyhoo. We had a riling debate over our favorite bands, favorite solo artists, and favorite guitarists: everything from The Rolling Stones and Django Reinhardt to Better Than Ezra and The Grateful Dead. And most the most influential band? The debate raged on.

So: a little audience participation, if you will. Let us know your favorite band, and why, and then tell us who you think is the most influential band. And since I'm posting, I'll start with mine.

Most influential: The Beatles. I mean, come on. They're the standard by which everyone else is measured. To rip off an advertising tag line from Elvis, before anyone did anything, the beatles did everything. (as far as bands are concerned.)

Favorite band
: Crowded House. I might make prospective girlfriends watch Nine Inch Nails' And All That Could Have Been, I might know more obscure facts about U2 than The Edge himself, I might listen to Ministry's "Just One Fix" ten times in a row. But when it comes down to it, I enjoy the dulcet tones of Neil Finn and Crowded House over everything else. Much love and respect to Paul Hester.



  1. Well, when we had the conversation, we didn't call it most influential, we called it best band ever, which is pretty different I think, so I'll answer it my way.

    Best Band Ever: Pink Floyd. No other rock music is as inspiring and moving as pink floyd. Pink Floyd reaches for something greater and mysterious. They have the best songs, and the best albums.

    My favorite Band: Sublime. I love this band cause it's punk, it's reggae and Bradley's quiet desperation is always in his voice.


  2. They are not the most influential but I vote The Band as the best band. They brought a good loose feeling to rock and role and (even though they were largely canadian) made it great american music.

    As for favorite band, I choose The Presidents of the United States of America. I wouldn't choose them as the music I'd take to the deserted island if I could only take one band. That being said, they have an irresistible mix of absurdism and humour, and some really catchy stuff.