!!THREE BAND SHOWDOWN II!!

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The Cure
19
48%
The Police
9
23%
The MC5
12
30%
 
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!!THREE BAND SHOWDOWN II!!

Postby Bumblecorn Cats Nightmare » 03 Jan 2018, 21:59

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Postby nev gash » 03 Jan 2018, 22:10

MC5 for The Human Being Lawnmower alone.

Back in the USA, what a record that is.
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Re: !!THREE BAND SHOWDOWN II!!

Postby Bumblecorn Cats Nightmare » 03 Jan 2018, 22:15

It's good, but I prefer the follow-up.

The band get my vote, anyway.
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Postby toomanyhatz » 03 Jan 2018, 22:21

In that group, the MC5. The other two can be annoying. I find the MC5 overrated in general, but they have some magic moments, and the worst they ever get is average. Higher genius ratio, smaller crap ratio. They're all bands I can largely live without, though.
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Re: !!THREE BAND SHOWDOWN II!!

Postby Bent Fabric » 03 Jan 2018, 22:30

Inspired trio of choices!

I voted MC5, not because they are my favorite band of all time, not because I even necessarily prefer them to the Cure (I may have a greater affection for the Cure, ultimately), but...because of their abundant and unmissable chemistry.

There are clips of them performing in their day that are just mind boggling in their...oomph, I guess. I'm certainly not gonna come along and vote against that.

That "Brother Wayne" has been dining out on the same handful of self-mythologizing anecdotes for nearly half a century now does not in any way diminish the "Fuck - this shit is explosive!" potency of their thing.

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Postby nev gash » 03 Jan 2018, 22:35

It finally fell into place when I saw them moving (particularly the studio American Ruse/Looking at You clip).

Oh, ok...yeah...you look like that. I get it now!

Baldness seems a particularly cruel trick to play on someone as beautiful as Wayne Kramer.
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Postby K » 03 Jan 2018, 23:01

MC5 for me. I was listening and loving High Time a couple of days ago. Primeval.

I have grown to really like The Cure over the last few years.

Fuck tha Police.
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Postby Bumblecorn Cats Nightmare » 03 Jan 2018, 23:03

kewl klive wrote:Baldness seems a particularly cruel trick to play on someone as beautiful as Wayne Kramer.


He still looks good. Only Joe Boyd has hit his 70s looking younger.


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Hell yeah!

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Postby Bumblecorn Cats Nightmare » 03 Jan 2018, 23:08

Oops - Wayne turns 70 this year

which means he was 18 when the band were formed..?
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Postby bobzilla77 » 03 Jan 2018, 23:09

What can you say, the MC5 were very special.

The Cure and the Police are both fine bands. But they weren't my MC5. They might have been somebody's MC5 - the Cure might have been Radiohead's MC5, and the Police might have been third-wave-ska's MC5. But I am the one answering the poill and I choose correctly.
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Postby Bumblecorn Cats Nightmare » 03 Jan 2018, 23:13

Wow. I honestly thought the MC5 would trail behind the other two.

Matt Wilson hasn’t turned up yet, I suppose
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Re: !!THREE BAND SHOWDOWN II!!

Postby Rayge » 04 Jan 2018, 00:04

not very original, but fuck tha Police.
And despite Rob Tyner, the MC5 have Fat Bob and the boys beaten all ends up.
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Postby fange » 04 Jan 2018, 00:18

The Police are waaay behind the other 2 for me, which are bands that, with some small reservations, i love quite a bit.
The Cure are one of the great singles bands of their era, and the 5 were one of the great rock and roll bands of their era. Perhaps because i lived through the former's rise in real time, today i'm giving this one to Smith & co.
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Postby Bumblecorn Cats Nightmare » 04 Jan 2018, 00:23

this could be the best thing that any of them did:

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Postby fange » 04 Jan 2018, 00:32

Yeah, i'll admit they did have a couple of cracking songs, 'Roxanne' first for me; but as a band they've always been a like rather than love proposition. In general i just don't like their records. The Synchronicity era really rubs me the wrong way, and may unfairly be colouring my judgement of some of the earlier stuff too.
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Postby toomanyhatz » 04 Jan 2018, 00:32

I wouldn't go that far, but it's a good enough song that even Der Stingle's ridiculous Jamaican accent can't ruin it. It's certainly one of their finest moments, but I probably prefer "Can't Stand Losing You," ultimately.
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Postby Charlie O. » 04 Jan 2018, 02:38

I’m surprised that there are so many of you who can’t admit how good Tha Police were. I know it hurts, but the truth often does.

Still, it’s the MC5.
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Postby fange » 04 Jan 2018, 02:46

Hey, i admitted it! :) I don't doubt they were good at what they did, but their records as a whole just don't move me as much as others.
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Postby Hightea » 04 Jan 2018, 03:09

All three are great.
The Cure over the MC5's and the Police they all have their good and bad points.

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Postby The Modernist » 04 Jan 2018, 03:19

I'm going for The Cure purely for their output from 79 to late 81.