This post is in response to Arnie's call for a poll on the greatest rock bands and songs:
I can't single out a single band as the greatest ever. Anyway, I believe that all 'greatest lists' are a farce. So, here are a few of my favourite bands:
Arguably my favourite band. The best thing about them was that they disbanded when they were on top (when John Bonhom died). This band must have the largest number of memorable riffs. Immigrant Song, Communication Breakdown, Stairway.. , Dazed and Confused, Kashmir, Bron-Yr-Aur, Black Dog, ... the list goes on and on and on. The godly pair of Jimmy Page (whose brilliant leads sound like noise when you listen to them for the first time :)) and the inimitable Robert Plant (ever heard ANYONE sing like him?) make Led Zep one of my top 3 bands.
If Metallica had stopped playing after they released Black Album, they probably would have been my favourite band of all time. After Black Album, Metallica went completely downhill. Firstly they cut their hair (heavy metal - short hair?? doesn't make sense :) ), then they released two shitty albums Load and Reload. Then the MI-2 song I disappear and St. Anger (an album without guitar leads(!) and drums sounding like someone is beating sticks on some homemade skins can hardly be called a heavy metal album). Finally Metallica showed us their greed in the Napster vs. Metallica imbroglio.
Still, Metallica made some awesome music in the 80s. It was a time when they were not afraid to make 'radio-unfriendly' long songs with ultimate guitar leads, bass, vox. All of their albums before Load i.e. Kill 'Em All, Ride the lightning, Master of Puppets, And Justice for all and Black Album are classics. These guys defined thrash music. Ah, those were the days. Die-hard 'tallica fans (like me :)) still hope for one last great album from them.
While other rock bands sing about stupid things like love, hate and other 'earthly' stuff, this band is above all of them. Which other band talks about astronomy, animals, money and other such wordly things? Anyway, for most of the junta I know, Pink Floyd is equal to Another Brick in the wall. Obviously, unless you haven't heard Dark Side.., Wish You Were Here and The Wall atleast a million times, you can't call yourself a Pink Floyd fan :-). Apart from these albums, I love The Piper at the gates of dawn, Momentary Lapse of Reason and Division Bell. Funnily, I hated Piper at .. the first few times I heard that album. I just couldn't digest those wierd pyschedelic sounds.
Another reason I like Pink Floyd is that everything about them is GRAND, from the exquisite sets to the 20 minute epics like Shine on you crazy diamond.
I have much more to say on this topic and I will (hopefully) post more on this in the 'near' future.