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I think so.
you're very wrong.
Your taste is predominantly American.
well of course i don't go searching for bands and this is only a small percentage of the music i like.
but think of all that fantastic mid 20th century british music!
not far off equal with my ratings.
Historically? You make a good point.
Right now? No way!
about right now.
But certainly at the moment, American music seems on a higher level. And not just because if it's size.
its about equal.
Although to be honest I don't care where it comes from as long as it's good.
i have no idea whether most bands i like are british or american.
It's just an opinion I have at the moment.
You probably have only heard a tiny percentage of music you could like.
but the vast majority of bands I've been listening to, and like, are American. Especially recently. And a lot of it is superior to anything from here.
IT'S OPINION. The whole point of this thread was to see how many people agreed with me, based on what they mostly listen to.
OR - more specifically
I enjoy american music that I have heard more than the english music I have heard.
include Canada, or do you just mean USA?
I'd probably say American either way, but the difference would be a lot bigger if Canada was included.
Why would it include Canada?
more americans = more american bands.
I love many British bands...
There are just more of them?
say either was 'better' than the other.
That is why so many English bands sing in an American style voice.
Whilst America is several times larger than Britain and therefore, by extension, has more bands that are good, a large of American guitar music is bland, sludgy and dull (admitted a large amount of UK music is too but I'd take Snow Patrol or even Keane over Creed any day of the week.
The reason you think American music is better is 'cos only bands will have to have reached a certain quality (or at the very least popularity) for anyone to bother exportng them to the UK.
It's a simple as that.
There certainly are good bands in America, but the vast majority is boring and repetitive, while British music as a whole is far more varied, innovative and experimental.
i'm rather irritated with the unwanted modesty/self-deprecation that British bands exhibit.
yes, it is silly to jump around and headbang and play your guitar as if you're attempting to summon Ra, but the lack of conviction behind so many British bands now in favour of silliness or a lack of ambition really grates.
basically, British music has in the past always relied on arrogant cunts that had the balls to try something different, and now everyone is too nice. and the ones that aren't nice at the moment are just shit.
i just think it's this thing within a lot of British people that leads to a fear of being seen to be either unrestrained or pretentious. there's obviously going to be a lot of contradictions in what i say and plenty of arguments to say otherwise, but fuck it, it's 3:39 in the morning and i can't think of a newish british band that excites me.
but that means more of it is bad, as well as that the very best stuff MIGHT be better.
The main reason for that is that the UK music industry is too obsessed with youth- they'll sign any old shit indie pop band as long as they are 22 and look 'good' in skinny jeans.
You do tend to get more of a spread of ages, outside teeny pop, in America, and being thirty five isn't such a career killer as here.
I'm not saying 22 year old indie pop bands can't and don't make good music, but times have changed...just cos many of 'the greats' of the past were that sort of age- 22 isn't the same thing as it was forty years ago- so much less responsibility. You had to be a MAN at 21 back then.
also- American groups show less of a tendency to be scared of writing MELODIES
British bands do love to just shout a phrase to a rhythm without bothering with a tune, a point that, although making me sound like a granny watching the sex pistols, is valid nonetheless. Someone on here wrote that most modern bands aren't influenced by much if anything before 1977, and it shows.
I mean- think of any recent indie pop hit- there isn't much going on melody wise, is there?
I think the poster that said record companies are obsessed with youth has a valid point. Could we entertain the possibility that the music industry has been tailored for the demographic which spends the most on music per head, that would be a grizzly fact and I fear it is true.
It's a win-win as 'older' (25+) strive to appear cool, and a way of doing so is basing their tastes around popular youth culture. Razorlight (and The Fratellis et al] are a poppy band which your mum now listens to, I know mine does as she received the CD for Christmas.
I do not know whether this trend is present in America.
thats an interesting point
I mean- my christmas cds included a lost Del Shannon album, and a retrospective box set of the Elektra label, with mostly sixties tracks on it
My dad got the Hot Chip record.
US music is better at the moment, but you can pinpoint so many bands styles to stuff thats come out of the UK, so its all good.
I mean, we can claim Sabbath for starters.
in trying to know which is better.
US and UK had both and sitll have both lots of great bands doing great music and lots of shit bands doing shit music.
Absolutely no way.
American music = lots of metal.
Metal = bad.
I remember Cameron out of Architecture in Helsinki saying at their last London date that Semifinalists were about the only British band who were doing anything original at the moment.
At the time I thought it was some of that familiar Aussie pom bashing. But actually he was pretty much right in his general observation - that for the most part UK music has got a bit staid.
I think that the ability of the likes of Franz Ferdinand and the Killers to become massive breakthroughs has totally ensnared the movers and shakers. Being indie no longer means being out of the mainstream, and since the wall came down, in the UK more than in the US (where it is harder to break through, although the Killers managed it at home, too), it has ceased to be shameful to chase the bucks. Result = a shitload of boring derivitive yet bankable crap.
I really think that in the US the potential to make truckloads of cash isn't quite as open an opportunity, hence a greater willingness to do it for the kicks. I mean, could Sufjan Stevens have come from Coventry?
Could he have come from America?
but have they heard every band in Britain? One would assume they're in from Australia for relatively short periods of time. Certainly in London, and I would assume beyond, original underground music is thriving. It's just a matter of knowing where to look.
Iggy, Bobby D and the Ramones aside, US popular music is a bit shit. Especially anything after 1990.
Either a joke or the most wrong collection of words since Jade Goody began a sentence with 'I think'
of grading are we using here, exactly?
Some American bands are good, and some British bands are crap. However, some British bands are crap, and some American bands are good. Therefore: dEUS are the best band in history, and Belgium wins.
Mat MBA's just pointed out - what if there are some American and some British people IN THE SAME BAND? Like, for example, Rainbow, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, and, er, loads of others probably.
And... er... well, I'm not sure what my point was either.
Can't say I like any US bands from the last 15 years....
Someone suggest some to prove me wrong?
why last fifteen years?
Well, 15 like a nice round figure. One which excludes all but the most recent of musical history.
Thinking harder about it, you'd have to stretch back to Fear Of A Black Planet to find my last all-American favourite...
you need to listen to more stuff if you can't find anything great in the last 15 years of American music
I'm not being silly...
its just that I'm a sixties geek, and would have trouble naming ten bands from anywhere, who are currently active, that I think are good.
Also- none of the three American acts you like are from the last fifteen years, so...
as I was big on Pearl Jam, Soundgarden, Blind Melon, Nirvana Beatie Boys, Rage, etc etc..
I make no appologies. It was 1994 and I was 14.
These days I don't care.
idea to care about where musicians are from - as far as I'm concerned, they're all from planet earth and there are ones I like and ones I don't. Why be nationalistic?