Negative Creep wrote:
Anybody on there you want to quarrel with? Anybody on there who isn't a giant in rock & roll history? Anybody on there whose impact and influence can be questioned?
Seriously, you think the Beach Boys rank higher than Buddy Holley? Ray Charles? Fats Domino? Jerry Lee Lewis? The Doors? Jimi Hendrix?
Rank higher in terms of what? The Beach Boys' musical accomplishments far outweigh those of Buddy Holly and Jerry Lee. Probably The Doors too, as much as I hate saying that because my love for them is indescribable.
Rank higher in terms of *impact and influence*, as I said. Buddy Holly's career was brief, but his influence was enormous, even to this day. Jerry Lee Lewis, well maybe not so much, perhaps his greatest influence was as a "rock & roll wild man" rather than specifically as a musician, but behind all the theatrics and drama he certainly could play that old piano.
If nothing else, we agree on one thing. My love for The Doors is pretty fucking indescribable too. Okay, tell me this, now. Can you imagine what a Beach Boys version of "Back Door Man" would sound like? Omigod, what an abortion that would be.
And *that's* the crux of my objection to the Beach Boys. I just realized what it is. There isn't the slightest trace of blues roots in anything they ever recorded. And that's unlike almost all the other artists being talked about in this thread. No blues influence at all. *That's* why I have such a hard time taking them seriously as a "great rock & roll band." Their music was as bleached as their hair.