Who's your pick for the Great American Band?

The debate raised its sonic head a few weeks ago, quickly escalating into one of those barroom epics that can confound music fans for hours at a time. Though nobody seems ready to anoint the Beach Boy sound as the American equivalent of The Beatles' Merseybeat mastery, it's tough to make the argument for another act. The Velvet Underground, Creedence Clearwater Revival, The E Street Band and the JBs, for instance, were all suggested and dismissed.

I'm putting the question out to you. Are the Beach Boys the American equivalent of The Beatles; if not, who is, and why?

Share your suggestions here or by e-mail to steven.uhles@augustachronicle.com. A selection of responses will run in an upcoming Pop Rocks column.

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mgroothand
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mgroothand 02/23/07 - 09:01 am
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Unquestionably The Eagles

Unquestionably The Eagles are the greatest!

weekapaug05
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weekapaug05 02/23/07 - 09:05 am
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Slayer and if you disagree

Slayer and if you disagree they will eat your soul

bryler
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bryler 02/23/07 - 04:29 pm
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The Allman Brothers fit the

The Allman Brothers fit the bill. Look at the influence they've had on the bands of the 70s as well as the jam bands of today.

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ShouldBWorking 02/25/07 - 01:13 pm
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What is the name of the

What is the name of the great American band? The name of this band is The Talking Heads. Early Talking Heads music was a melting pot of musical styles and cultures, and they mixed it into a powerful blend of Americana. The later songs came during the development of a new medium -- music videos -- and the Head's work was groundbreaking there as well.

Powerful, innovative, ecclectic. What's more American than that?

(Inquiring minds should check out the "Stop Making Sense" DVD or pick up a CD/download of "The Name of this Band is The Talking Heads.")

bp101
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bp101 02/25/07 - 07:14 pm
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Guns n Roses. Period.

Guns n Roses. Period.

stampman79
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stampman79 02/26/07 - 11:04 am
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NRBQ. Best bar band ever.

NRBQ. Best bar band ever. Their ability to interact with the audience is legendary. They play without setlists and have played whole concerts from audience requests out of a box long before other more famous acts did it on television. Even Paul McCartney himself admires them. They never will have the record sales of many other famous acts, but they got national recognition when they appeared on the Simpsons. Even though there have been personnel changes over the years, the group is still around today.

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WHATANORDER 02/27/07 - 10:42 am
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Yes, I agree # 1 poster -

Yes, I agree # 1 poster - the Eagles.

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dlbarlett 02/27/07 - 05:13 pm
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I must agree, it is

I must agree, it is certainly the Eagles. Even their name is all American! I have been rockin' to them for almost 35 years. They are truly icons, perfectly representing the 70's California rock era, much like the Beatles forever represent the 60's British invasion.

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Connor Threlkeld 02/27/07 - 11:52 pm
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Come on folks, no love for

Come on folks, no love for Chicago? 122 million albums sold (as of 2005), still touring 40 years after starting in 1967? More than a dozen world tours? Recent DVD with Earth, Wind and Fire goes platinum less than two months after release?

My second choice would be the Eagles, but Chicago can still play. I would know, I saw them live in Dallas in 2005, and they'll be in Columbia and Atlanta within the next month.

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Tider 02/28/07 - 07:58 am
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Lynyrd Skynyrd. The

Lynyrd Skynyrd. The national anthem of the South: "Freebird." Has there ever been a stronger song written? Stairway to Heaven is always #1 when talking about the best rock songs of all times followed by Freebird. The Allman brothers were also classic. But, I still have to say Skynyrd was the quintessential rock and roll band that had melodies as well as good ole fashion brain throbbing rock and roll. Name another band that pulled of a three guitar lead for 15 minutes. Yep... Skynyrd.

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spotted_assassin 03/01/07 - 01:02 am
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What about EARTH WIND AND

What about EARTH WIND AND FIRE?
You have to put them in the mix, along with the Jackson 5, Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers, and possibly Bon Jovi.

wantchangecashadollar
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wantchangecashadollar 03/01/07 - 09:18 am
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Nirvana

Nirvana

weekapaug05
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weekapaug05 03/02/07 - 11:18 am
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I really can't believe that

I really can't believe that y'all would pick the Eagles over so many better bands and artist. The Dude didn't even like the Eagles.

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DWolfman 03/09/07 - 07:01 am
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The EAGLES have been the

The EAGLES have been the soundtrack of my youth from "Peaceful, Easy, Feeling" when I started college to "Hotel California" when I was a young man out neck-deep in real life to Glenn Frey, Don Henley and the individual efforts that peppered the later years. Their harmonies were tight, their country-rock guitar work was superb, and "Desperado", the song and the album is my soul.

My apologies and sympathy to those of you who don't understand.

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good grief 03/10/07 - 07:27 pm
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Wow. It's like punk never

Wow. It's like punk never happened. OK, out of my shortlist - Pixies, Sonic Youth, REM, Guided by Voices, It's got to be REM. Since thier unique and utterly American sound came ringing out of the south in the early 80's they've gone on to be massivly influential trans-global rock stars. And thier sound has created numerous converts to the Church of the Open E. American. Great.

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07/12/07 - 10:50 am
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David Bowie.

David Bowie.

SANTA CLAUS JR
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SANTA CLAUS JR 01/26/08 - 05:01 pm
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CCR;AEROSMITH;

CCR;AEROSMITH; EAGLES;DOORS;ZZ TOP ETC TOO MANY.NO BEACH BOYS-NO MANY SESSION PLAYERS.BUT THE TRUE ONE AND ONLY GREAT AMERICAN BAND ALVIN AND THE CHIPMUNKS.

SANTA CLAUS JR
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SANTA CLAUS JR 01/26/08 - 05:03 pm
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DAVID JONES.HE HID HIS NAME

DAVID JONES.HE HID HIS NAME TO BECAME AND AMERICA THEN.

libbymac
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libbymac 01/26/08 - 08:37 pm
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THE EAGLES!!!!!!

THE EAGLES!!!!!!

libbymac
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libbymac 01/26/08 - 08:37 pm
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THE EAGLES!!!!!!

THE EAGLES!!!!!!

libbymac
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libbymac 01/26/08 - 08:38 pm
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THE EAGLES!!!!!!

THE EAGLES!!!!!!

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emtjason 07/01/08 - 07:45 am
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Wow someone likes The

Wow someone likes The Eagles, but it think it's fair to say there are to many there can't be just one band even in one category there's just to many great songs from different bands. Maybe it's just that i'm not the type to say i have a favorite band food or movie. I love'em all. But if you want to get more opinions on the matter try out some link building to boost the traffic to the site

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