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    0ff T0ff1c: Is there a better band than Led Zeppelin?

    Well?
    I'm not sure how this works.

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    Quote Originally Posted by squashyo View Post
    Well?
    Nope. But please ... no playing stairway to heaven in the music store !
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    Pink Floyd may be-

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    The doors I would say third-oh wait Hendrix. Hmm the Beatles? How about pre rocknroll? Eddie Cochran? Cliff Gallup was quite the guitar slinger. I've always been a Brian Setzer fan.

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    Your asking for a band that actually knew how to play instruments then? Not like the music of today?

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    Also a huge fan of house music-nothing like a chill club in SF and good house music.

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    Cars had a good guitarist-Eliot Easton. Mark knoffler had a great sound. Pearl Jam. The Edge was lucky. Of course Van Halen. I guess this question depends on what type of music your talking about-

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    Lots of kickass rock bands from the U.K., but I think the top honours go to Pink Floyd. In many ways not as “rockin’” as Led Zeppelin, but I am more in sync personally with Pink Floyd’s music/lyrics than Zeppelin. Personal preference.

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    My fav Floyd is Comfortably Numb. Oh the Who! AC/DC. George Thorogood. Sorry for spelling.

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    Zep's drummer #1

    John Bonham Best drummer ever. Class act shutting down the band after his death knowing they would never sound the same. They prolly had a few killer albums left had he lived !
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    Best drummer maybe Keith Moon?

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    best drummer? ginger baker

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    Best drummer? Sorry to skip the 60s and 70s, but Virgil Donati takes that one.

    I realize this is all in fun, but these guys take what Led Zeppelin started and keep it going into the next century.

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    Quote Originally Posted by edmorales View Post
    best drummer? ginger baker
    We give him a #2 ... ginger baker please ! Your showing your age ... eh?
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    yeah man, i'm 52

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    Best band for me is Tool.

    My bro always loved buddy rich as the best drummer ever.

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    No, Zeppelin was a lot more than just a band, it captured the essence of many different lands in sound. The BBC sessions are a good start to really get into it. They simply overpowered any competing rock band at the time. They had their own jet.

    2nd, well, I listen to a LOT of different music, so I'm by no means only a metal-head, but I gotta say that Iron Maiden is pretty amazing, with some pretty melodic compositions, it's not quite as collective, at least it hasn't always been, but it's amazing to have seen so many "metal" acts come and go, in both their presence and their musical ability, while maiden has endured. There's a lot of good singers, but that's a good singer in a good band, and it's hard to get the idea of how their seen internationally from the US, but other parts of the world still go nuts when they tour. They have their own jet.

    I think of Tool a little more like Pink Floyd, with one composition rolling into the next, complex sounds but also melodic at times. I think Tool is getting off track though, they've gone from very simple loud songs to more melodic compositions to bongo-drums and flutes or something for 9 minutes. I think there was a definite sweet-spot in there, around Lateralus and Aenema, it seems like the newest stuff is getting strung even more out and starting to fall apart musically, as if it's it's getting so complex it's losing what defines it.
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    Pink floyd is not even in the same book as Zeppelin, nor is the the Beetles or any other of that dribble,
    Zeppelin stands alone on the top of the heap for musical genius and class..
    With Mother Love Bone right up there.......
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    depeche mode!

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    These two bands ROCKED!





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    Quote Originally Posted by francois View Post
    depeche mode!
    LOL, Theres one in every bunch isnt there.....
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    Muddy Waters,Little Walter, and Howlin' Wolf to name a few.
    ...and B.B. King.
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    Quote Originally Posted by zarr View Post
    Muddy Waters,Little Walter, and Howlin' Wolf to name a few.
    ...and B.B. King.
    Watch the movie: "Capital Records".
    Some killer acts there Zarr, i love a bit of BBking and Howlin wolf, great stuff..
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    Zztop-have to say between gilmour and page-gilmour-although it's a close race. But no one can touch Hendrix. Setzer rocks cause he brought back Gretsch guitars and can front a orchestra.

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    I'm not going to call them the best, but Zepplin is definitely in the hunt.

    I'm a big fan of Bonham. Listen carefully to his playing. It's easy to miss, but he never plays it 100% straight. There is something just a little loose and off-balance about his style that gave Zep that little extra. Most of the time he is subtle about it, but it's always there. Love it.

    Take a good listen to the Physical Graffiti double album. 15 songs, and no two songs sound even REMOTELY the same. It contains 15 completely different musical styles in one album. How did they do that?

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    Led Zep is my #2.

    #1 is Pink Floyd

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    Rush > all other bands combined and they're still making new music and touring every year. No other band can say that. No other band has the talent of Alex, Geddy, and Neil.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gregk2001 View Post
    Led Zep is my #2.

    #1 is Pink Floyd
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    They are definitely a close second after Culture Club.

    Made this video Jan 14th last year, cool but I hope to never do it that time a year again.

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    Physical Graffiti

    remains in the playlist. The BBC stuff is great as well
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    Saw LZ live a few times in the 60's, when their 1st+2nd albums were fresh on the scene.
    1 show at Winterlandin SF, the stage was placed on the covered ice,and required the band to be walked through the crowd to get onstage.
    Remember being near the front of the stage, then, this big ol black hand just moves me over a foot or so, the ,walking behind this gentle giant, are the 3 members of LZ.
    Plant w his magnificent mane of hair, Page w his Axe, Bonham w his sticks....Fkkn Rawk Gawds...
    Up on stage they hopped, plugged in+threw down.
    Many of the previously mentioned faves are great bands,
    For me, LZ wasn't no sit down+be entertained band...they were a no sittin allowed rock show.

    I'm unlucky now to be old+semi deaf...but damn fortunate to have seen LZ,Lee Michaels,Savoy Brown,The Faces,Albert King,Country Joe,Quicksilver,Mike Bloomfield,Cream,Grateful Dead,Sons of Champlin,Tower of Power,CCR,Felix Cavaliere,Cold Blood...the list goes on...in their 1960's glory here in SF.
    As far as the best...all situational for me....
    Best memories are generally the crowd...Albert King really sticks out as weaving the fun during his shows.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sumgai View Post
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    Great tribute too Zeppelin on the Kennedy center honors a few days ago. Definitely worth checking out if you can.

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    Hands down Led Zeppelin is #1. Remember, they were a manufactured supergroup with no ties other than the music and 9 albums later they have a song library that would make everyone but the Beatles jealous.

    But...have a think about a couple of short-lived incredibly innovative bands.
    2. Rage Against The Machine - Tom Morelo creating that wall of sound with his guitar, experimental like Page but in a modern style. Zach screaming out his anger. They flat rock.
    2. Nirvana - Kurt, Dave Grohl, Novaselic. Northwest post punk that hit new heights when they turned it all back to acoustic. Real genius in there.

    The list of great bands is long and I have left out the great solo artists, the Robert Johnson's, Buddy Guys, BB Kings, Neil Youngs, Jay-Z, Tupac, Johnny Cash, Hank Williams, Bonnie Rait, etc, etc, etc...but these 3 share a special place at the top of my list and are always in heavy rotation.

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    0ff T0ff1c: Is there a better band than Led Zeppelin?-imageuploadedbytapatalk1357060493.015882.jpg
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    Quote Originally Posted by EBrider View Post
    Great tribute too Zeppelin on the Kennedy center honors a few days ago. Definitely worth checking out if you can.

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    Cool to see the Prez singing along to Whole Lotta Love and to see Robert Plant get all teary when the chorus joins in on Stairway. I think Heart were the only ones who really did justice to the vocals. You could tell Dave Grohl was in heaven playing drums.
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    Quote Originally Posted by GuruAtma View Post

    Cool to see the Prez singing along to Whole Lotta Love and to see Robert Plant get all teary when the chorus joins in on Stairway. I think Heart were the only ones who really did justice to the vocals. You could tell Dave Grohl was in heaven playing drums.
    Yay! We were just watching this clip recently, too. Loved seeing Robert Plant try to hold back tears, & Jimmy Page beaming the whole time. That was a brilliant rendition of Stairway - every musician there was just completely ecstatic.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sumgai View Post
    Rush > all other bands combined and they're still making new music and touring every year. No other band can say that. No other band has the talent of Alex, Geddy, and Neil.
    A big fan of Rush....But even a hardcore fan needs to admit the music sucked from Hold Your Fire on. Before that they were rock band that put out music that wasn't main stream and pushed some of the music boundaries....still making music isn't a qualification that necessarily makes you the best. In fact some bands loose their way and never recaptured the glory days.
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    The best band in the world is tough to define with all the genre and everyone's music tastes. However, the effect on the music world and the complexity of music and pushing the limits the world has experienced is a method to which rate a band. Led Zepplin essentially stopped after Bonham's death.... that in it self helped the band keep itself at the top. The turmoil of and breakup of Floyd makes it difficult to follow the band, but most of their songs are better when sedated. Led Zepplin can play songs the capture the essence of Flyod but also add so much more dynamically to the music. My favorite album of LZ is How the West Was Won...digitally remastered, though not much ahead honestly of song remains the same
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    I've always liked Moon as a drummer more than Bonham. Bonham was good, excellent in fact, but too measured and precise at times. He could do "anything", but the drumming wasn't to that level on every song. Sometimes better live, but on many recordings he was an equal part of the band, and I liked the collective efforts of LZ better than the Who. But when it comes to drumming, I didn't think that Bonham had the same creativity level of Moon. If he was, he didn't exploit it at all. Just the drumming of The Who was a magical ride, just as the songs of LZ were.
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    Quote Originally Posted by GuruAtma View Post



    Cool to see the Prez singing along to Whole Lotta Love and to see Robert Plant get all teary when the chorus joins in on Stairway. I think Heart were the only ones who really did justice to the vocals. You could tell Dave Grohl was in heaven playing drums.
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    I gotta go Pink Floyd with Zep, Rush, Tool, Black Sabbath, Porcupine Tree a tie for second.

    Zep was musically very, very talented, but Pink Floyd has their talent (omitting Nick Mason's drums, which were good but nothing ground breaking), plus an extraordinary artistic creativity in their concept albums (mostly Waters), combined with more intelligent, meaningful & symbolic lyrics (again mostly Waters).

    "Been workin from seven,
    To eleven every night
    Really makes my life a drag
    I don't think that's right"

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    Quote Originally Posted by X-FXR View Post
    A big fan of Rush....But even a hardcore fan needs to admit the music sucked from Hold Your Fire on. Before that they were rock band that put out music that wasn't main stream and pushed some of the music boundaries....still making music isn't a qualification that necessarily makes you the best. In fact some bands loose their way and never recaptured the glory days.
    They rocked from Rush all the way through Signals, and after that I believe their sound started to get a bit wimpy for my tastes. Favourite album from them probably is a toss-up between 2112, Caress of Steel, or Permanent Waves. I borrowed their latest album from my boss, listened to it two times through, but it didn’t grow on me.

    Now, the new Van Halen (A Different Kind of Truth), on the other hand… ROCKIN’!!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by ddprocter View Post
    I gotta go Pink Floyd with Zep, Rush, Tool, Black Sabbath, Porcupine Tree a tie for second.

    Zep was musically very, very talented, but Pink Floyd has their talent (omitting Nick Mason's drums, which were good but nothing ground breaking), plus an extraordinary artistic creativity in their concept albums (mostly Waters), combined with more intelligent, meaningful & symbolic lyrics (again mostly Waters).

    "Been workin from seven,
    To eleven every night
    Really makes my life a drag
    I don't think that's right"

    "Forward he cried from the rear
    And the front ranks died
    The general sat
    And the lines on the map moved from side to side"
    You could counter with the tales of nordic gods, india, and other influences in Zeppelin that caught the beauty of a land. Different music. I think the world was starting to become connected while Led Zeppelin was doing their thing, and I think they caught that essence.
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    I've never enjoyed listening to Zep. Just doesn't work for me!

    But I think the answer to the question is: Sex Pistols.
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    Slave,Brass Construction,Zapp,Fatback Band.
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    Dont forget Metallica, I saw them this summer in SF at Outside Lands, they still kick ass, Lars was getting a bit tired at the end though.
    I also saw Jack White, that guy is so underrated in my opinion, he popped up in the middle of the trees and did an hour for about 300 people smashed in there together.
    Check out the movie, It Might Get Loud, Its Jack White, Jimmy Page and The Edge talking guitars and music styles, Its a great documentary and Jimmy Page is a god
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    I was a roadie for one of the SF bands mentioned above, the Sons of Champlin, from 1968 until 2010. I worked on shows with pretty nearly every sixties and seventies band.

    What people like musically is as diverse as what they like in bikes. One size does not fit all. I saw amazing shows by legendary artists, and I have to say that Ike and Tina Turner in 1969 were about as good a show as you could ever get. That was before a friend of mine played bass with that group and I found out what a monstrous jerk Ike Turner was. But the band was hot and Tina was off the charts.

    I worked on a summer tour with the Sons of Champlin and Average White Band. Pretty good show that.

    I saw Santana in early 1969 when they were unknown and played audition night at the Fillmore, one of only two bands to go from a Tuesday audition to a weekend headline. (The other was Tower of Power.) Santana sounded like their first album as soon as they took the stage for the first time. How did an act like that put itself together in a garage?

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    Quote Originally Posted by icantdrive65 View Post
    Best drummer? Sorry to skip the 60s and 70s, but Virgil Donati takes that one.

    I realize this is all in fun, but these guys take what Led Zeppelin started and keep it going into the next century.

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    Quote Originally Posted by edmorales View Post
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    Ok... in no particular order... my favs...

    • Boston
    • The Beatles
    • Pink Floyd (Always been a fan of "On the Turning Away")
    • Metallica
    • KISS (Greatest *show*)
    • Parliament (Seen them at the Fillmore, they played for 6 hrs straight)
    • Twisted Sister (Who doesn't Want to Rock)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Leopold Porkstacker View Post
    Lots of kickass rock bands from the U.K., but I think the top honours go to Pink Floyd. In many ways not as “rockin’” as Led Zeppelin, but I am more in sync personally with Pink Floyd’s music/lyrics than Zeppelin. Personal preference.

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    ^ best tune ever probably from Pink Floyd.
    My favorite 'Floyd album too, but my favorite track is Dogs. Best Floyd song is very hard to pick. There's some great live versions of Comfortably Numb. IMHO, the best live version of a Pink Floyd song is Echoes from Dave Gilmour's Live at GDansk Shipyards - this was one of the last performances to include Richard Wright who is no longer with us. There's also a great version of Shine On on this album plus on Royal Albert Hall live album. Roger Waters has excellent versions of Dogs and Welcome to the Machine on the live set from early '00s (saw that concert).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nelson34 View Post
    Zztop-have to say between gilmour and page-gilmour-although it's a close race. But no one can touch Hendrix. Setzer rocks cause he brought back Gretsch guitars and can front a orchestra.
    Most of my top artist choices feature a prominent guitarist since I'm a hobby axe player. After Floyd and Zep order is not defined but includes: Santana, BB King, Stevie Ray Vaughan, early Clapton (Cream), Roy Buchanan, Dire Straits, Hendrix - all guitarists that can *move* me - conversely, Joe Satriani is technically brilliant but does not *move* me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Leopold Porkstacker View Post
    They rocked from Rush all the way through Signals, and after that I believe their sound started to get a bit wimpy for my tastes. Favourite album from them probably is a toss-up between 2112, Caress of Steel, or Permanent Waves. I borrowed their latest album from my boss, listened to it two times through, but it didn’t grow on me.

    Now, the new Van Halen (A Different Kind of Truth), on the other hand… ROCKIN’!!!
    Agreed! Downloaded the album the day it came out and hit the concert in Oakland. Great music w/ nothing but killer vibes, unlike when Sammy had the reigns. Dave isn't anywhere on par musicianship of LZ guys but nonetheless VH is always rockn' on my playlists.....just good times!
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    frank zappa & the mothers( and other variations ) to name 1
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    Quote Originally Posted by AaGro View Post
    Hands down Led Zeppelin is #1. Remember, they were a manufactured supergroup with no ties other than the music and 9 albums later they have a song library that would make everyone but the Beatles jealous.

    But...have a think about a couple of short-lived incredibly innovative bands.
    2. Rage Against The Machine - Tom Morelo creating that wall of sound with his guitar, experimental like Page but in a modern style. Zach screaming out his anger. They flat rock.
    2. Nirvana - Kurt, Dave Grohl, Novaselic. Northwest post punk that hit new heights when they turned it all back to acoustic. Real genius in there.

    The list of great bands is long and I have left out the great solo artists, the Robert Johnson's, Buddy Guys, BB Kings, Neil Youngs, Jay-Z, Tupac, Johnny Cash, Hank Williams, Bonnie Rait, etc, etc, etc...but these 3 share a special place at the top of my list and are always in heavy rotation.
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    Quote Originally Posted by X-FXR View Post
    Agreed! Downloaded the album the day it came out and hit the concert in Oakland. Great music w/ nothing but killer vibes, unlike when Sammy had the reigns. Dave isn't anywhere on par musicianship of LZ guys but nonetheless VH is always rockn' on my playlists.....just good times!
    Van Halen rock, killer band one of my all time favs, not the greatest of all time, but at the top of the heap for killer rock, just love em.
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    saw four or five shows of Pink Floyd in various venues in the bay area back in the early to mid 70's and they are still vivid in my minds eye!
    Live quad was the rage then!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by sjhiker View Post
    Ok... in no particular order... my favs...
    ...[*]Parliament (Seen them at the Fillmore, they played for 6 hrs straight)
    Thank you for the reminder. We stayed for 3hours, but my ride was leaving so I missed the rest. Never danced so much.
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    The first time I went to visit the Vietnam memorial in DC, a bunch of guys (may a dozen or so) broke out in their rendition of We've Gotta Get Outta This Place...

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    B.T, Express and Earth,Wind,and Fire.
    Watts 103rd Street Rhythm Band.
    Sly & The Family Stone.
    James Brown Band.
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    As a little kid when I first started listening to Led Zep in the 70's I didn't think they were a band as much as they were magic---most of their albums didn't have their pictures on the cover, and they sang songs about Lord of the Rings. You couldn't get any cooler than that.
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    Quote Originally Posted by GuruAtma View Post
    As a little kid when I first started listening to Led Zep in the 70's I didn't think they were a band as much as they were magic---most of their albums didn't have their pictures on the cover, and they sang songs about Lord of the Rings. You couldn't get any cooler than that.
    +1 ... "And Gollum the evil one crept up and slipped away with her" something like that.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tone's View Post
    Pink floyd is not even in the same book as Zeppelin, nor is the the Beetles or any other of that dribble,
    Zeppelin stands alone on the top of the heap for musical genius and class..
    With Mother Love Bone right up there.......
    +1 let's not forget range too

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    LZ just ripped off too much of their music to be the best - they should be making payments to half the blues players that ever lived. Pink Floyd and the Beatles were much more original. I will say, no American bands can compete with the Brits however.

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    No one can argue the best 80's song, that defined....well nothing really...lol

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    No doubt LZ, The Who, Beatles we had our own great bands as well.. Whether it’s a genre that appeals to you or not hard to not acknowledge the following bands are in their own right great bands.

    The Allman Brothers Band

    Lynyrd Skynyrd

    Eagles

    The Doors

    The Doors were, for a brief period, the most startling, innovative and compelling band to surface from the mid-’60s Los Angeles hotbed. Bathed in psychedelia. They were allowed to experiment, court controversy and deliver music that touched greatness.

    Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band

    The Ramones
    Joey, Johnny, Dee Dee and Tommy – The Ramones – were one of the most important bands of the 20th Century. At a time when rock had become bloated and pretentious, The Ramones dialed it back to its essentials: two minutes of guitar, bass and drums played at the speed of a runaway subway train. What set them apart from many of their punk contemporaries was the surprising sincerity with which they played. While others sneered for the sake of sneering, Joey and the boys clearly loved rock and roll played the way it should be played – loud, fast and with reckless abandon. Gabba Gabba Hey!
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    Black Sabbath deserves a spot on the short list, maybe not above Led Zep, but they are up there. Sabbath started out with 6 epic albums. Sabbath Bloody Sabbath and Sabotage are awesome.

    My top 5 (in no order, its too tough to decide)

    Black Sabbath
    Led Zeppelin
    Beatles
    Jimi Hendrix Experience
    Bob Marley and The Wailers

    Honorable Mention
    The Who
    The Stones
    Pink Floyd
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    I really think music is generational. My wife likes Led Zeppelin and actually played it for our first dance at our wedding - but I never could get into it. I grew up on RAP music, so my favorite band of all time is Public Enemy.

    Before Public Enemy, I was listening to bubblegum rap like the Fat Boys and DJ Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince.

    Man... that first time I heard "Night of the Living Baseheads" and Chuck D's first line, "HERE IT IS BAM! AND YOU SAY GODDAMN, THIS IS A DOPE JAM!!!!" It was on a station from UCSC.

    This is when BMX just started really getting deep with street and urban riding, so I'd get amped up listening to P.E. and put black rainbows on walls (wall rides), feeble grind planter boxes and bunnyhop over garbage cans. Ultra aggressive music for a 13 yr. old Dion-boy on a BMX bike.

    OOH! And then when "Fight the Power" came out in 1989? Wow... nothing made us more amped for riding and ditching security guards. We were such little BMX asshøles!

    BMX, Public Enemy and Black Flag just worked really well together.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dion View Post
    I really think music is generational. My wife likes Led Zeppelin and actually played it for our first dance at our wedding - but I never could get into it. I grew up on RAP music, so my favorite band of all time is Public Enemy.

    Before Public Enemy, I was listening to bubblegum rap like the Fat Boys and DJ Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince.

    Man... that first time I heard "Night of the Living Baseheads" and Chuck D's first line, "HERE IT IS BAM! AND YOU SAY GODDAMN, THIS IS A DOPE JAM!!!!" It was on a station from UCSC.

    This is when BMX just started really getting deep with street and urban riding, so I'd get amped up listening to P.E. and put black rainbows on walls (wall rides), feeble grind planter boxes and bunnyhop over garbage cans. Ultra aggressive music for a 13 yr. old Dion-boy on a BMX bike.

    OOH! And then when "Fight the Power" came out in 1989? Wow... nothing made us more amped for riding and ditching security guards. We were such little BMX asshøles!

    BMX, Public Enemy and Black Flag just worked really well together.
    Same here. I didn't really even know the music of LZ, Hendrix or any of the others mentioned until late in high school when I realized all the other white kids listened to classic rock, not Hip Hop. In terms of straight up Arena Rock type stuff, it's hard to argue with Zeppelin just based on their never ending catalog of songs. For me, Sabbath is definitely up there. Love their very bass/rhythm heavy sound. Different genre but I love me some Animals and WAR as well. I was very into My Morning Jacket a few years ago which had some LZ arena rock tendencies. Lot's of good music out there and I try to listen to as much as I can.

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    Quote Originally Posted by X-FXR View Post
    No one can argue the best 80's song, that defined....well nothing really...lol

    Eddie Murphy/Rick James - Party All The Time - YouTube
    The back stories on some of the Rick James/Eddie Murphy/Charlie Murphy hijinks are hilarious.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tone's View Post
    With Mother Love Bone right up there.......
    "Say he who rides the pony must some day fall"...

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    Jimi was GREAT...way ahead of his time in ability w/o all of the electronics available today.Floyd fans...what about Echoes? Listen to California Guitar Trio playing this and remember these are acoustic guitars. Happy 2013!

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    [QUOTE=Dion;10029580]I really think music is generational. My wife likes Led Zeppelin and actually played it for our first dance at our wedding - but I never could get into it. I grew up on RAP music, so my favorite band of all time is Public Enemy.

    Before Public Enemy, I was listening to bubblegum rap like the Fat Boys and DJ Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince.
    QUOTE]

    I grew up in the same era, I'm in my mid 30's now.. Sounds just like my child hood. Listening to early rap, riding bmx, brake dancing and terrorizing the neighborhood, LOL! Every where we went we had our bmx bikes and some cardboard to brake dance on.
    Now that I'm older I don't like rap, but do like songs from the Doors, Hendrix, etc...
    My parents were old school strict mexican. I do remember when I was young riding my bike to the flea market and buying a Kiss 8 track. I went home and was blasting it. My parents came home and caught me listening to it. I got the holy crap beat out of me for listening to the devils music! Ah, the good old days!
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    Quote Originally Posted by ddprocter View Post
    I gotta go Pink Floyd with Zep, Rush, Tool, Black Sabbath, Porcupine Tree a tie for second.

    Zep was musically very, very talented, but Pink Floyd has their talent (omitting Nick Mason's drums, which were good but nothing ground breaking), plus an extraordinary artistic creativity in their concept albums (mostly Waters), combined with more intelligent, meaningful & symbolic lyrics (again mostly Waters).

    "Been workin from seven,
    To eleven every night
    Really makes my life a drag
    I don't think that's right"

    "Forward he cried from the rear
    And the front ranks died
    The general sat
    And the lines on the map moved from side to side"
    One of my faves, from The Final Cut:

    "Maniacs don't blow holes
    In bandsmen by remote control"

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    I saw LZ live at GG park and at a Day on the Green and they sucked massively both times. Robert Plant couldn't sing a note and what's his name was so high he could barely play is guitar. I was a big LZ fan but after those two experiences they were permanently bumped off my greatest list. For me I gotta go with the Stones for their body of work, ability to preform live and their ability to still produce relevant music and Pink Floyd for their body of work and preform live.
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    Quote Originally Posted by reydin View Post
    I saw LZ live at GG park and at a Day on the Green and they sucked massively both times. Robert Plant couldn't sing a note and what's his name was so high he could barely play is guitar. I was a big LZ fan but after those two experiences they were permanently bumped off my greatest list. For me I gotta go with the Stones for their body of work, preform live and their ability to still produce relevant music and Pink Floyd for their body of work and preform live.
    That happened to me at the 2 different Jane's Addiction concerts I attended...still like em but will never pay to see em again. To refer to Jimmy Page as 'what's his name' however is blasphemous sir. (Like many rock gods live shows will be hit or miss...I stopped buying LZ live albums cause you never know what you are going to get...SRTS remains to be my all time favorite album)
    I'm not sure how this works.

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    Quote Originally Posted by squashyo View Post
    To refer to Jimmy Page as 'what's his name' however is blasphemous sir.
    Lol, well, maybe, a little
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    Quote Originally Posted by squashyo View Post
    That happened to me at the 2 different Jane's Addiction concerts I attended...still like em but will never pay to see em again. To refer to Jimmy Page as 'what's his name' however is blasphemous sir. (Like many rock gods live shows will be hit or miss...I stopped buying LZ live albums cause you never know what you are going to get...SRTS remains to be my all time favorite album)
    Then I guess you missed the December 1990 JA shows in SJ and SF where Primus and the Pixies opened, and JA headlined and ROCKED OUT with incredible performances! Too bad Perry's vocals have deteriorated so much since then...

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    Curious what you guys think of the new Alice in Chains...I think I like it but I always liked that sound:

    I'm not sure how this works.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gregk2001 View Post
    One of my faves, from The Final Cut:

    "Maniacs don't blow holes
    In bandsmen by remote control"
    Great album, so many themes going simultaneously on that one. Much harder for most folks to latch on to.

    I see your final cut and raise you an Amused to Death sir!

    "we watched the tragedy unfold
    We did as we were told
    We bought and sold
    It was the greatest show on earth!
    . . . But then it was over . . .

    We oohed and awed
    We drove our racing cars
    Ate our last few jars of caviar
    And somewhere out in the stars
    A keen eyed look out spied a flickering light"

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    Quote Originally Posted by sjhiker View Post
    Ok... in no particular order... my favs...

    • Boston
    • The Beatles
    • Pink Floyd (Always been a fan of "On the Turning Away")
    • Metallica
    • KISS (Greatest *show*)
    • Parliament (Seen them at the Fillmore, they played for 6 hrs straight)
    • Twisted Sister (Who doesn't Want to Rock)
    An excellent live version of On the Turning Away is on the Delicate Sound of Thunder album. Takes me away from reality for a while - no substance assistance required

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    you guys should check out Led Zeppagain. Awesome tribute band..

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    Led Zeppelin and Iron Maiden are the two greatest rock bands of all time. Both are immortal.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nelson34 View Post
    justin bieber!
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    Queen, Bone Thugs N Harmony, Peter Paul and Mary, Air Supply and 311
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    Like an Irish monk?
    Comic relief in a discussion does no harm..
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    forgot to mention the Beatles, they IMO are better than LZ
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    Quote Originally Posted by snowjnky View Post
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    Uh, no ABBA dude! They are the shiznits.

    Beatles.. meh Rolling Stones were a larger influence imho...Then again two almost separate genres...
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    Love Rush, Zep, Floyd, Smashing Pumpkins, Sabbath, White Stripes, LivingColour, Public Enemy, Johnny Cash...

    But I'm with Ferrentino -- James Brown is the best mtb riding music. Nothing comes close. Good gawd!

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    I was at Altamont.

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    Black Sabbath
    Sex Pistols
    Doors
    Generation X
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    Lacuna Coil
    Now I am hooked on Vive la Fête!!!!!

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    These guys took it to...another level!

    DREAD ZEPPELIN Stairway To Heaven (Godzilla!) - YouTube
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    To honor some of you leaning Floyd, I rode to Pink Floyd Pandora moments ago. Playlist ended up with 33% Floyd, 33% Zeppelin, and 30% everyone else listed here (sort of).
    I'm not sure how this works.

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