I am completely addicted to this documentary series that is on VH-1 Classic titled Classic Albums. It is a really cool behind the scenes retelling of how some of the great rock albums came about. The series has actually inspired me to reconsider some of these works, even going as far as helping me understand why Meat Loaf’s Bat Out of Hell was such a world-wide sensation. I never knew that Todd Rundgren produced it. (Rundgren is one of my all-time favs). I never thought of the obvious Springsteen-like influence, which now intrigues me about a record that I hated for my whole lifetime. Amazing that a hour-long documentary series could accomplish that, but it has.
The one episode that I could not get through was the Grateful Dead’s American Beauty. I have never understood the appeal of this group, as their music always sounded like the Allman Brothers, without the musical chops. I did enjoy a few songs off of the Dedicated tribute album, as having some people who could actually sing helped along their few quality songs, like Uncle Jon’s Band, Casey Jones, and Friend of the Devil.
In this discussion I’m asking for rock band, so don’t offer up a boy band. The other caveat is pick a band that has some critical acceptance. Sure it is maddening to try to understand the large-scale success of groups like REO Speedwagon and Warrant, but I want you to offer up a choice that will have its defenders here. I have known actually intelligent people who really have loved the Dead and I’ve just not been able to understand why. Sure these people had drug addictions, but so do many fans of Pink Floyd and that band was brilliant.
So tell me what your biggest Please Explain band is in Rock History.