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Xzyliac avatar 5:28 PM on 11.30.2009  (server time)
100 Artist Rock Band Needs: Part 2 of 10

WARNING: The article you are about to read is almost 100% opinion. This means it is in no way supposed to represent artist of any legendary status. It is purely to get the ol' juices flowing. If you disagree or have a band you think should be in RB please comment (I love finding new bands) or make your own blog.

I'm sick so we're gonna rush this along...

11. Regina Spektor

Genre: Antifolk
Formation: 1999
Trivia: Regina Spektor is writing the music for Beauty, a modern adaption of Sleeping Beauty set to debut on Broadway in 2011.

Russian born and New York raised Regina Spektor has risen from some pretty astounding roots. She was raised around her mother who was a college professor in music and originally showed interest in classical but in her teenage years became interested in hip hop, rock, and punk which all would segway beautifully into what has now become her signature style. Regina Spektor has taken the torch in leading the New York/London grown Antifolk movement. Which takes folk and makes it a little...weird.

Most Rock Band worthy song:

Not to mention...Apres Moi, Laughing With, Your Honor and Machine

12. Juliette and the Licks

Genre: Indie rock
Formation: 2003
Trivia: Juliette Lewis is a Scientologist. Wait! No! Don't skip this one!

You probably know Juliette Lewis from somewhere. She's an actress, a musician, and an all around outspoken woman. She's one of the few “cool” Scientologist, she dated Brad Pitt, she helped nanny Kurt Cobain's kids, and she married and divorced skateboarder Steve Berra. She was arrested twice in her teens and got addicted to, and kicked, a lot of popular drugs before she hit 30. She played DJ Juliette in GTA IV, she danced alongside Daft Punk in a GAP commercial, she acted alongside both Leonardo DiCaprio and Johnny Depp, and Dave Grohl came to her to join her band. Now how does this not sound like a rockstar?

Most Rock Band worthy song:

Not to mention...I Am My Father's Dughter, You're Speaking My Language, Mind Full of Daggers, and Hot Kiss

13. Hedwig & The Angry Inch

Genre: Glampunk
Formation: 2001
Trivia: The song The Origin of Love, sung by Hedwig at the beginning and end of the film refers to Aristophane's speech in Plato's Symposium.

In case you're scratching your head Hedwig and the Angry Inch began as a 1998 musical, which went onto Broadway, and in 2001 became a major motion picture which has developed a rabid cult following of “Hedheads” (yours truly is one). The film follows a transgender musician name Hedwig who tries to find her way and get her music career off the ground in a frustrating environment. I simply can not stress how badly you need to see this film.

Most Rock Band worthy song:

Not to mention...The Origin of Love, Wig in a Box, and Wicked Little Town

14. The Beets

Genre: Rock and roll
Formation: 1978
Trivia: When Nickelodeon ran Doug The Beets were a band but after Disney took over The Beets broke up and performed solo. Disney is the new Yoko.

Okay so we've covered two “kinda real” bands, Dethklok and Hedwig, so now it's time to take you back to your childhood. Doug. I loved it, you loved it, everyone loved it. I still can't understand why it's dead. Fucking Disney. Anyways, ladies and genltemen...The Beets!

Most Rock Band worthy song:

Not to mention...I Need Mo' Allowance, Where's My Sock?, and You Gotta Shout Your Lungs Out

15. Digable Planets

Genre: Acid jazz/hip-hop
Formation: 1992
Trivia: The bands second and final album, Blowout Comb, lost many of the groups white fans because of it's seemingly pro-black slant. White people are pussies.

Jazz and hip-hop. Two great taste that taste great together and Digable Planets are the best of the best. While this combination isn't terribly abnormal it's arguable that DP's debut album, Reachin', has written the rules.

Most Rock Band worthy song:

Not to mention...Pacifics, Rebirth of Slick (Cool Like Dat), and Nickel Bags

16. Dio

Genre: Heavy metal
Formation: 1982
Trivia: Dio is the uncle of porn star Gia Paloma...yes, yes, off to Google. I'll be waiting.

Dio is an ugly bald man with an amazing voice. I mean there's really not much more to say. It's what you hear that can blow you away. An operatic singer he's also the infamous replacer. He's replaced Ian Gillian in Deep Purple and Ozzy Osbourne in Black Sabbath and has developed rivalries with each of them. After leaving Black Sabbath he formed Dio and of course created the fantastic album Holy Diver which has become a key album in defining 80s metal and also became one of the first metal albums to heavily use synth.

Most Rock Band worthy song:

Not to mention...Holy Diver, Mystery, and I Could Have Been A Dreamer

17. The Coasters

Genre: Rock and roll
Formation: 1955
Trivia: Did you know The Coasters still play? Crazy. They also played with Joan Jett. Hawt.

If you saw Quentin Tarantino's Death Proof regardless of your opinion I'm pretty sure we can all agree on one thing: the soundtrack kicked ass. The Coaster's 1970 re-recording of Down In Mexico was a part of one of the best scenes in the film. Seriously. As far as The Coasters own history they're old...and they're in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame...and that's all I've got.

Most Rock Band worthy song:

Not to mention...Young Blood, If You Wanna Be Happy, and Poison Ivy

18. Santana

Genre: Rock
Formation: 1966
Trivia: Santana plans to be a minister when he retires from music

Carlos Santana is considered one of the greatest guitarist of his era and of eras to come and while many have replicated their previous pioneers Santana has been one of the unreplicable. Fusing jazz, latino, and rock Santana has always kept his own unique presence on the music scene and it's a presence that would be more then welcome in Rock Band.

Most Rock Band worthy song:

Not to mention...Maria Maria, She's Not There (live), and Waiting

19. Strawberry Alarm Clock

Genre: Psychedelic rock
Formation: 1967
Trivia: One of SAC's songwriters, Steve Bartek, would later befriend Danny Elfman and helped him form Oingo Boingo as well as score his films

Strawberry Alarm Clock were to the 60's what Green Day is to us now. You can interpret that however you want. I like to interpret it as the band that's “Cool to hate and cooler to like.” You really can't lose either way. The band set the bar for 60's bubblegum pop and was criticized for ripping off The Beatles. Hell even their name is a reference to Strawberry Fields Forever.

Most Rock Band worthy song:

Not to mention...Rainy Day Mushroom Pillow, The World's On Fire, and Tomorrow

20. Tool

Genre: Art rock
Formation: 2000
Trivia: The band got their name because they see themselves as tools for your enjoyment...I'd suggest you get a refund.

Here is a classic example of me acknowledging a band deserves the Rock Band treatment despite my absolute hate for them. I hate Tool. A lot. Like they are, in my rightness, the worst band of all time. Worst than Nickleback, worst than Beastie Boys, and worst than Miley Cyrus. However they're a talented bunch with a HUGE following. I seriously can't believe it's taken Harmonix so long.

Most Rock Band worthy song:

Not to mention...Schism, Sober, and Swamp Song

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