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British vs. American

Postby Adam H » Fri Jul 08, 2011 4:06 pm UTC

My opinion is that British music is better than American music, at least when you consider how many more american bands there are. Agree or disagree?

Music I like:
British: Muse, Mumford and Sons, Yes, Belle and Sebastian, Led Zeppelin, Radiohead, Coldplay, Arctic Monkeys, Keane, Oasis, Lostprophets, Florence and the Machines, Kasabian...
American: Manchester Orchestra, The Decemberists, Tool, Audioslave, Bright Eyes, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Silversun Pickups, My Chemical Romance, Nirvana, Pearl Jam, the Killers, Badn of Horses...

But here's the clincher: Dido vs. any american pop diva.

Feel free to give your opinion based on whatever music you like, just as I did.
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Re: British vs. American

Postby Microscopic cog » Fri Jul 08, 2011 4:17 pm UTC

Meh, I don't think you can say x is better than y in a case that is so subjective. That being said, most artist in my library are British/European but I guess that's just because I'm European.
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Re: British vs. American

Postby Izawwlgood » Fri Jul 08, 2011 4:32 pm UTC

Pro-skub.
Seriously? This thread is dumb. Also, your claim that Dido clinches the deal is funny, and kind of cute.
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Re: British vs. American

Postby Cathode Ray Sunshine » Sun Jul 10, 2011 6:05 pm UTC

Dido rocks. Life for Rent was good, but No Angel is really damn good. Not a single track I'd throwaway.

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Re: British vs. American

Postby mercuryseven » Mon Jul 11, 2011 5:31 am UTC

Both countries have large and diverse music scenes, so I don't think one can easily say British music is better than American, or vice versa...

But I do like Dido more than any other American female artist. I don't know why, somehow all my favorites are from Europe.

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Re: British vs. American

Postby Phill » Mon Jul 11, 2011 12:44 pm UTC

Most of my favourite music is British in origin (or at least European), but then that's possibly because that's where I'm from. Also, I don't always pay attention to where a band or artist is from - I often hear a band and like them but never find out where they come from (and it's not always obvious).

I'd say that it's pretty much ridiculous to claim that any one continent or country has better music than another though, the UK does have a good and thriving music scene but then as far as I can tell so does the USA.

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Re: British vs. American

Postby jobriath » Mon Jul 11, 2011 2:21 pm UTC

Canada is America Junior? Because there are some really interesting things going on in Montreal, such as A Silver Mt Zion (and do you need another datapoint? :D)

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Re: British vs. American

Postby Adam H » Mon Jul 11, 2011 5:50 pm UTC

It's absolutely ludicrous and pretentious to say that you can't have an OPINION as to what music genre or band is "better" than another. We all have opinions. Don't tell me I can't like one sound more than another.

Maybe the topic of the thread should have been: Does geography make a difference in a band's sound? What geographical region churns out the music that you like?

I think the difference between UK and USA music is pretty big, especially mainstream music. Sadly, I can't tell when music is Canadian.
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Re: British vs. American

Postby clockworkmonk » Mon Jul 11, 2011 6:28 pm UTC

I am a giant fan of Third Wave Ska. As such, I heartily disagree and will take my Mighty Mighty Bosstones, Reel Big Fish, Save Ferris, Sublime and what have you to the paltry offerings that the Brits have.
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Re: British vs. American

Postby sje46 » Mon Jul 11, 2011 9:18 pm UTC

Adam H wrote: Does geography make a difference in a band's sound?


Yes, there are such things as regional "scenes". Each major city, or region, or whatever, can have it's own distinct sound. You can have an opinion whether South Texan psych was better than San Fran psych or UK psych, or whatever. You can often hear the difference. However, if you just ask "which country has better music" this is combining *all* the genres, and how can anyone really answer that? How many people do you know listen to enough of every genre in both countries to make an opinion? It's just needlessly nationalistic.

Most of my favorite bands are british in origin. Beatles, Rolling Stones, The Who, etc. I love a lot of American bands too. I'm not sure if I have more British or American music. The thing is that all the *really* big bands from the 60s were British...Beatles, Stones, Who, Pink Floyd, and I love those the best, and those are the ones I download entire discographies of.
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Re: British vs. American

Postby philsov » Wed Jul 13, 2011 4:35 pm UTC

at least when you consider how many more american bands there are. Agree or disagree?


I think you only say that because you're (likely) in the states. The signal to noise from imports is always going to be higher. Plus, even if the relative number of good Brit bands is higher, the absolute number of American bands that you enjoy is probably the larger of the two.

Dido vs. any american pop diva.


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Re: British vs. American

Postby AvatarIII » Thu Jul 14, 2011 2:23 pm UTC

philsov wrote:
at least when you consider how many more american bands there are. Agree or disagree?


I think you only say that because you're (likely) in the states. The signal to noise from imports is always going to be higher. Plus, even if the relative number of good Brit bands is higher, the absolute number of American bands that you enjoy is probably the larger of the two.

Dido vs. any american pop diva.


Madonna?



Madonna is British now, :D

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Re: British vs. American

Postby philsov » Thu Jul 14, 2011 5:25 pm UTC

Oh well.

At least we still have Dolly Parton. Just one of her breasts probably has written more songs and gotten more albums sales and popularity than Madonna's pyramid-cone cans combined.
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Re: British vs. American

Postby Giant Speck » Thu Jul 14, 2011 5:47 pm UTC

I'd counter Dido with Sarah McLachlan (even though she's Canadian and not "American"), since when I was a kid, I thought they were the same person.
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Re: British vs. American

Postby SecondTalon » Fri Jul 15, 2011 6:40 pm UTC

Fuck y'all, Panamanian Music is Best.

This is not going to go anywhere and completely ignores all but two nations. Fuck that.
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