Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Ladies and gentleman, put your hands together

Last week I put up a posting about the merits of digital music vis-a-vis the deficiencies of analog. This sparked some debate from friends/audiophiles who know a lot more about the subject than I do.

The sad truth is, whether it's the reproduction of music, the Crimean War, the works of Shakespeare or the nuances of wine, most people know more than I do.

I'm a self-admitted intellectual lightweight. Able to fair well through the first round of Jeopardy, but much better suited for the Wheel of Fortune.

Of course lacking a great depth of rigorous knowledge hasn't prevented me from expressing a deal of opinion. As evidenced by this, the 317th entry.

And today I'm going to fearlessly jump back into the world of music and posit the following:
The names of today's bands suck and can't hold a candle to the names of bands I grew up with.

But unlike last week's diatribe about analog, today I come with evidence.

The Rolling Stones > My Morning Jacket

Led Zepellin > Vampire Weekend

The Who > Jimmy Eat World

The Sex Pistols > Limp Biscuit

The Beatles > Good Charlotte

The Kinks > 30 Seconds to Mars

Pink Floyd > Nickelback

The Allman Brothers > The Jonas Brothers

Grateful Dead > Death Cab for Cutie

U2 > Modest Mouse


plaidbus said...

I sense a little selective memory here, old dude... You're forgetting a few 60's gems:

Captain Beefheart and his Magic Band
The Flying Burrito Brothers
The Lovin’ Spoonful
Jefferson Airplane
Creedence Clearwater Revival
Procol Harum
Vanilla Fudge
Mott the Hoople

The Lovin' Spoonful vs. Jimmy Eat World might be a pretty close race.

Now granted, all the 00s bands you've listed do in fact suck nomenclaturally as well as musically, though Vampire Weekend's "A Punk" sounds pretty cool on my ukulele...

BubbaSwitz said...

Former News Editor alert!!. Richie is it not know more than I? I agree with the rest of your post, but my father would argue and has argued that names like the Beatles and the Rolling Stones pale in comparison to the simplicity of Benny Goodman and his Band or even Les Brown and his Band of Reknown.

Rich Siegel said...

Alan, I have made the grammatical correction. And it should be noted, have actually served breakfast to Les Brown and his Band of Reknown, when they played at a nightclub I was working at. Since you have referred to me as Richie, I can only assume you're from the old country (NY). Care to give me any more hints?