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Sat Dec 6, 2014, 09:25 PM

Name a band/performer that had it ALL...image, material, performance...coming out of the GATE.

I wouldn't include Elvis in this because he had the image, he had the performance, but did NOT write the material.

I'm trying to think of performers who wrote their own songs, played the hell out of them, and had a fitting look / vibe...on the first album, not performers who "grew into greatness" later.

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Reply Name a band/performer that had it ALL...image, material, performance...coming out of the GATE. (Original post)
Miles Archer Dec 2014 OP
Tobin S. Dec 2014 #1
Codeine Dec 2014 #7
Tobin S. Dec 2014 #9
NaturalHigh Dec 2014 #14
Populist_Prole Dec 2014 #27
NRaleighLiberal Dec 2014 #2
shenmue Dec 2014 #3
Codeine Dec 2014 #6
Coventina Dec 2014 #36
Codeine Dec 2014 #40
Teamster Jeff Dec 2014 #4
Codeine Dec 2014 #5
Coventina Dec 2014 #37
Initech Dec 2014 #8
Tobin S. Dec 2014 #10
Populist_Prole Dec 2014 #25
Lochloosa Dec 2014 #11
Avalux Dec 2014 #12
NaturalHigh Dec 2014 #13
NRaleighLiberal Dec 2014 #15
greendog Dec 2014 #16
NNadir Dec 2014 #17
OrwellwasRight Dec 2014 #18
OrwellwasRight Dec 2014 #19
aint_no_life_nowhere Dec 2014 #20
panader0 Dec 2014 #21
lame54 Dec 2014 #22
malthaussen Dec 2014 #23
riderinthestorm Dec 2014 #24
Hoyt Dec 2014 #26
LeftInTX Dec 2014 #28
hifiguy Dec 2014 #31
sendero Dec 2014 #41
Xipe Totec Dec 2014 #29
Nedsdag Dec 2014 #30
onecent Dec 2014 #32
yuiyoshida Dec 2014 #33
Mr.Bill Dec 2014 #34
lpbk2713 Dec 2014 #35
Tom Ripley Dec 2014 #38
Lochloosa Dec 2014 #44
easychoice Dec 2014 #39
fishwax Dec 2014 #42
orleans Dec 2014 #43

Response to Miles Archer (Original post)

Sat Dec 6, 2014, 09:29 PM

1. Boston, Smashing Pumpkins, Alt-J, Van Halen

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Response to Tobin S. (Reply #1)

Sat Dec 6, 2014, 10:16 PM

7. Alt-J are amazing.

 

They remind me of Battles.

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Response to Codeine (Reply #7)

Sat Dec 6, 2014, 10:26 PM

9. I've got both of their albums. One of the best new alt rock bands out there.

The new album was a little quiet for my tastes, initially, but it has really grown on me.

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Response to Tobin S. (Reply #1)

Sun Dec 7, 2014, 12:40 AM

14. I was just listening to Alt-J.

Smashing Pumpkins are number three on my list. Billy Corgan's still going strong.

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Response to Tobin S. (Reply #1)

Sun Dec 7, 2014, 02:27 PM

27. Yes....but

In the case of Van Halen and Boston, they both began VERY strong, but quickly fizzled:

Boston for lack of later material and apparently hitting a creative brick wall

Van Halen for going from a great hard rock sound to a stupid hard-rock-ish "lets party" band. I have no use for all but a mere handful of tracks from them after 1980.

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Response to Miles Archer (Original post)

Sat Dec 6, 2014, 09:36 PM

2. arcade fire

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Response to Miles Archer (Original post)

Sat Dec 6, 2014, 09:43 PM

3. The Smiths

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Response to shenmue (Reply #3)

Sat Dec 6, 2014, 10:15 PM

6. Yup. nt

 

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Response to shenmue (Reply #3)

Sun Dec 7, 2014, 07:23 PM

36. Yeppers. Other excellent examples on this thread. Here are some more of mine:

They Might Be Giants
B-52's
Ramones
Bauhaus
Echo & the Bunnymen

Honorable recent phenom mention:

Vampire Weekend

I don't rank them up there in quality with some of the others, but they came out of the box with a whole package that works really well.

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Response to Coventina (Reply #36)

Sun Dec 7, 2014, 10:31 PM

40. Oooh, Bauhaus. Good example.

 

From nowhere to having their first single becoming the anthemic and defining song of an entire genre. And look at these boys;



They had it going on.

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Response to Miles Archer (Original post)

Sat Dec 6, 2014, 10:00 PM

4. The Doors nm

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Response to Miles Archer (Original post)

Sat Dec 6, 2014, 10:14 PM

5. Don't laugh -- Duran Duran.

 

Far better musicians and songwriters than they were ever given credit for being, and nobody looked cooler back then.

I also agree with the above-mentioned Smiths. Flat-out perfect from Day One. Arctic Monkeys too.

Oh shit, how about Franz Ferdinand?

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Response to Codeine (Reply #5)

Sun Dec 7, 2014, 07:28 PM

37. Agree with you on Duran Duran and Franz Ferdinand.

Duran Duran got saddled with the teeny-bopper label and were never able to shake it.

Franz Ferdinand is just, well, you know...practically perfect in every way.....

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Response to Miles Archer (Original post)

Sat Dec 6, 2014, 10:18 PM

8. Iron Maiden

Watch their lives performances from the early 80s and today - they haven't changed a whole lot, and are still selling out arenas around the planet.

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Response to Initech (Reply #8)

Sat Dec 6, 2014, 10:29 PM

10. Early Metallica while we're talking metal

Of course, their reputation has since become tarnished. I still like them, though. I agree with you about Iron Maiden. They were making classic songs from the get-go.

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Response to Initech (Reply #8)

Sun Dec 7, 2014, 02:03 PM

25. +1

They always had their very own sound and excellent song structure and muscianship.

They were always somewhat of an underground attraction ( even the rock media seemed to not take them seriously )

They never "sold out": That is; changed their sound to be more accepted by a broader audience.

I listen to their stuff now and like it as much as I ever did back as a 20 year old in the early 80s.

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Response to Miles Archer (Original post)

Sat Dec 6, 2014, 10:42 PM

11. Madonna. Hands Down.

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Response to Miles Archer (Original post)

Sat Dec 6, 2014, 11:35 PM

12. The Police.

Not one of my favorites, but they did have the whole package from Day 1.

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Response to Miles Archer (Original post)

Sun Dec 7, 2014, 12:38 AM

13. I'm a Nirvana guy.

Kurt Cobain was the best front man ever in my opinion.

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Response to Miles Archer (Original post)

Sun Dec 7, 2014, 12:44 AM

15. Portishead

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Response to Miles Archer (Original post)

Sun Dec 7, 2014, 01:05 AM

16. Leonard Cohen

For one of his early live sets check out Isle of Wight 1970 when he followed Hendrix in front of 600,000 people.

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Response to Miles Archer (Original post)

Sun Dec 7, 2014, 02:56 AM

17. Joni Mitchell.

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Response to Miles Archer (Original post)

Sun Dec 7, 2014, 03:16 AM

18. Tom Petty.



Breakdown, American Girl, and Rockin' Around (With You) all on his first album. Woot woot!

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Response to Miles Archer (Original post)

Sun Dec 7, 2014, 03:20 AM

19. Elvis Costello

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Response to Miles Archer (Original post)

Sun Dec 7, 2014, 03:49 AM

20. That would be Mr. James Marshall Hendrix

His first Album Are You Experienced has been ranked 15th greatest album of all time by Rolling Stone magazine. One of his earliest filmed performances with The Experience:

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Response to Miles Archer (Original post)

Sun Dec 7, 2014, 10:08 AM

21. Stevie Ray Vaughn

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Sun Dec 7, 2014, 10:28 AM

22. Aerosmith

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Response to Miles Archer (Original post)

Sun Dec 7, 2014, 10:41 AM

23. The Beatles?

Much attention is given to their dues-paying days in Hamburg, but from their first album to their last they certainly had the complete package. It is fashionable among music snobs to disparage their early material when compared to their later work. but music snobs don't much appreciate rock and roll (which is a style that differs from rock). Most of the Motown groups were also packaged and perfect, but they rarely wrote their own material.

-- Mal

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Response to Miles Archer (Original post)

Sun Dec 7, 2014, 12:37 PM

24. I'll add Adele and Amy Winehouse to the already excellent list nt

 

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Response to Miles Archer (Original post)

Sun Dec 7, 2014, 02:20 PM

26. Woody Guthrie . . . . . .Pete Seeger, Bob Dylan, Steve Earle.

All You Fascists Bound To Lose




This Land Is Your Land

#t=25


Pretty Boy Floyd -- "Some will rob you with a six gun, some with a fountain pen" (version by the Byrds, it's better)

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Response to Miles Archer (Original post)

Sun Dec 7, 2014, 04:39 PM

28. Led Zeppelin

I assume they wrote their own music.
The first time I heard them it was just WOW.

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Response to LeftInTX (Reply #28)

Sun Dec 7, 2014, 05:37 PM

31. + a brazillion

 

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Response to LeftInTX (Reply #28)

Sun Dec 7, 2014, 10:39 PM

41. Well they kinda stole...

... a lot of stuff from early American blues men, but they at least put an original spin on it all. I think they deserve their place in this category

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Response to Miles Archer (Original post)

Sun Dec 7, 2014, 04:40 PM

29. Mozart. nt

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Response to Miles Archer (Original post)

Sun Dec 7, 2014, 05:28 PM

30. Prince n/t

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Response to Miles Archer (Original post)

Sun Dec 7, 2014, 06:00 PM

32. garth brooks and possibly

allen Jackson

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Response to Miles Archer (Original post)

Sun Dec 7, 2014, 06:43 PM

33. Boston was the first band I thought of.

for sure... As for Japanese bands... I would have to say An Cafe!




And LM.C also ...



Girls band ZONE was red hot off the charts when they came out :

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Response to Miles Archer (Original post)

Sun Dec 7, 2014, 07:05 PM

34. Stevie Wonder n/t

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Response to Miles Archer (Original post)

Sun Dec 7, 2014, 07:16 PM

35. Emmylou Harris




She's been around for years but she's still a class act.


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Response to Miles Archer (Original post)

Sun Dec 7, 2014, 08:11 PM

38. Jimi Hendrix Experience and Patti Smith Group

 

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Response to Tom Ripley (Reply #38)

Mon Dec 8, 2014, 08:42 AM

44. Patti Smith is a genius.

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Response to Miles Archer (Original post)

Sun Dec 7, 2014, 08:45 PM

39. Cream,top drawer

also see Jack Bruce.

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Response to Miles Archer (Original post)

Sun Dec 7, 2014, 10:58 PM

42. The Clash



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Response to Miles Archer (Original post)

Mon Dec 8, 2014, 03:59 AM

43. zappa -- here's a few fun songs!







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