Riffs: Picking 13 bands for an "Our Band Could Be Your Life" sequel
On Thursday night, Grant Hart, former drummer/songwriter for hardcore/alt-rock godfathers Husker Du performs at the Black Cat. This got us thinking about Michael Azerrad’s 2001 book “Our Band Could Be Your Life: Scenes from the American Indie Underground, 1981-1991,” which chronicled 13 of that era’s most important bands. Then it got us thinking even more - what if there was a sequel to that book covering the next decade? What 13 bands would make the cut?
This is the kind of pointless theoretical question that I spend far too much time breaking down from every angle. After consulting with a few friends/experts I landed on what I deem to be the perfect baker’s dozen. The criteria is pretty simple: Find the best and most important bands of the era while also getting a good cross section of styles, geography and interesting stories. And also put Brainiac in there because they always deserved better. So here’s the list. Please feel free to disagree.
Guided By Voices
Neutral Milk Hotel
| January 12, 2011; 12:15 PM ET
Categories: Riffs | Tags: Flaming Lips, Guided By Voices, Magnetic Fields, Neutral Milk Hotel, Pavement, Superchunk, Unrest
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