Wednesday, October 31st, 2012

The United States, In Order Of Their Contribution To American Music

50. Vermont
49. Colorado
48. Alaska
47. Connecticut
46. South Dakota
45. North Dakota
44. Utah
43. Maine
42. Wyoming
41. Iowa
40. Wisconsin
39. Rhode Island
38. New Mexico
37. Idaho
36. Delaware
35. Montana
34. New Hampshire
33. West Virginia
32. Nebraska
31. Nevada
30. Arizona
29. Hawaii
28. South Carolina
27. Oklahoma
26. Maryland
25. Kansas
24. Arkansas
23. Oregon
22. North Carolina
21. Indiana
20. Pennsylvania
19. Massachusetts
18. Kentucky
17. Florida
16. Virginia
15. Washington
14. Missouri
13. Illinois
12. Ohio
11. Alabama
10. Texas
9. New Jersey
8. California
7. Michigan
6. Tennessee
5. New York
4. Georgia
3. Louisiana
2. Mississippi
1. Minnesota

57 Comments / Post A Comment

Yes, Colorado belongs at the bottom!

aSaltySalute (#293)

@Reginal T. Squirge What about Big Head Todd and the Monsters or Leftover Salmon?

Nope. Nothing worthwhile has ever come out of that place. It is where soul goes to die.

aSaltySalute (#293)

@Reginal T. Squirge What of the Samples?! Are you trying to say that all Colorado culture is terrible jam bands? I grew up in Loveland, and I can confirm that it is true. However, if this doesn't move you then I fear for your soul:

That John Denver's full of shit, man.

sajrocks (#2,067)

Rocky Mountain HELLO.

Danzig! (#5,318)

@aSaltySalute Greetings fellow Lovelandite

Denver did birth Olivia Tremor Control / Jeff Mangum. Wovenhand is also pretty good. I guess Fort Collins also sports half of the Descendents. We've got a fair few punk bands nobody's ever heard of, but then every state has those.

tomme (#4,473)

@Danzig! Townes Van Zandt went to UC Boulder.

@Danzig! Mangum & the other members of OTC were (mostly) from Louisiana.

Ok, points for Townes Van Zandt but minus several million for everybody else.

@Danzig! No it didn't…Magnum is from Louisiana. He was only in CO to record.

Murgatroid (#2,904)

Tennessee not in the top 5, GTFO.

Tulletilsynet (#333)

And Kentucky, the only state with a whole genre named after it?

laurel (#4,035)

Move Ohio up.

thematt (#222,196)

Are there any bands from Alaska, or are you giving Vermont negative points for Phish?

Van Buren Boy (#1,233)

@thematt Jewel

Oh did you mean anybody good from Alaska? Then no.

Pariah Carey (#239,069)

Bob Dylan! Prince! The Replacements! etc etc

yrouttasight (#239,075)

@Pariah Carey Bob Mould, man. Bob Mould.

hockeymom (#143)

@Pariah Carey The Jayhawks! Soul Asylum! Semisonsic! Owl City! Gary Puckett and the Union Gap!

aeroaeroaero (#239,070)


Hawthorne Strainer (#196,817)

I'm theoretically slotting DC in at 8.5.

stuffisthings (#1,352)

@Hawthorne Strainer Was going to complain about the lack of District representation but I can live with an 8.5.

deepomega (#1,720)

What about Guam?

Van Buren Boy (#1,233)

Duke Ellington, Chuck Brown, and Ian MacKaye all have some issues with this list.

Hawthorne Strainer (#196,817)

@Van Buren Boy, I feel compelled to add John Phillip Sousa to those names, just for the sake of charming juxtaposition.

theheckle (#621)

@Van Buren Boy Do you deduct or add points for Henry Rollins or is it sort of young Henry Rollins +1. Old Henry Rollins -1.

petejayhawk (#1,249)

Putting Illinois so low is a clear indication that Dave Bry is racist. I will hear no arguments to the contrary. Racist! There can be no other explanation!

whizz_dumb (#10,650)

@petejayhawk as a long-time defender of Chicago and lover of its music scene, I still think the rationale behind IL not being higher is because a lot of those blues legends were either born or started their careers in the South. Muddy Waters, Howlin' Wolf, Koko Taylor, Bo Diddley, Buddy Guy: all from the South but yes, flourished in Chicago.

whizz_dumb (#10,650)

@whizz_dumb Now that I think about it, I might have just made a good case for IL being higher than 13.

Hawthorne Strainer (#196,817)

@whizz_dumb, On the other hand, Miles Davis started out in IL, and flourished elsewhere.

whizz_dumb (#10,650)

@Hawthorne Strainer It's a crazy mixed-up (music) world.

@whizz_dumb And Robert Johnson was from Mississippi, but wrote his most famous work about the best part of Illinois! And apparently also flourished in Illinois but never lived there (I hope he's part of why Mississippi is up so high, and I say that as an native Illinoisan that wishes we could claim him!).

freetzy (#7,018)

@HeyThatsMyBike It's not only blues either. There's Curtis and Sam and Touch & Go and Jeff Tweedy and house music and the CSO performing "Bear Down, Chicago Bears."

KenWheaton (#401)

So Minnesota's three musicians outweigh … oh, fuck it. I know trolling when I see it.

hockeymom (#143)

@KenWheaton The Andrew Sisters were awesome, so yes.

hockeymom (#143)

@KenWheaton And can you imagine a world without "Funkytown"? I rest my case.

Tulletilsynet (#333)

@hockeymom @KenWheaton
I'm still looking for that hard-to-find "Prince & the Jayhawks" live album.

latenac (#44,473)

As someone who lives in Vermont and loathes Grace Potter and Phish, I thank you.

jfruh (#713)

I know NYC people always forget that Buffalo is part of New York State, so as a Buffalonian I have to remind you that the Goo Goo Dolls are from New York State and it should therefore be lower on the list.

Danzig! (#5,318)

@jfruh No one believes me when I say it but, bafflingly, the Goo Goo Dolls were a pretty good band before their move to pop radio undeath. Of course theirs is the odious sort of success that obliterates all prior achievement

Mr. B (#10,093)

@jfruh This deserves more Obama-thumbs.

yrouttasight (#239,075)

How the hell is New Hampshire #34? You're giving far too much credit to Ronnie James Dio and GG Allin.

Danzig! (#5,318)

@yrouttasight I don't see how it's possible to do either

Tough but fair.

Large population and general shitiness of the state factor heavily in Bry's algorithm.

BadUncle (#153)

I'm glad to see that Buck Owens and the Buckaroos keeps CA within sptting distance of Tennessee.

tomme (#4,473)

Pixies, Lemonheads, Modern Lovers, Morphine, Mission of Burma, Blake Babies, The Cars, Dick Dale, Dinosaur Jr., Buffalo Tom and Sebadoh all mean Mass. (much as I hate driving in it) is too low at 19.

alorsenfants (#139)

Well this seems like a plausible argument for ranking — until we get to the number 1 choice, at which point I, perhaps out of ignorance, would request an explanation? Stumped. "Blonde on Blonde" will not justify it?

i love you dave.

Anonymoose (#235,202)

Ugh. This is such a white dude's list.

Dave Bry (#422)

I guess? I mean, it was indeed made by a white dude. But I would like to hear you expound on that comment. What do you think makes it "such a white dude's list?" And why do you say "Ugh" about that? Not that it is necessarily wrong to do so. But I'm just interested in hearing more of your thoughts. So far, I'm not very impressed with them.

tomme (#4,473)

@Dave Bry Prince is not white.

roevswadeboggs (#239,210)

Hello! Days old but I'm catching up post-hurricane. I assume you thought of Springsteen and like one other dude and figured New Jersey could be comfortable slotted in the top ten, but please allow me to make the case for its total dominance:

Springsteen, Sinatra, Simon.
Count Basie. Whitney. Dionne.
George Clinton, Glenn Danzig.
The Four Seasons (all doo-wop, basically). The Rascals.
Ted Leo, Karen O, Titus Andronicus.
The Bouncing Souls, The Feelies. Yo La Tengo.
CRAIG MACK and Redman. Queen Latifah.
Fred Schneider. Lauryn Hill.
Bon Jovi and The Jonas Bros, if that's your deal.

To top it all off, Les Paul was from here.

What state even sniffs that?

alorsenfants (#139)

I Still want closure here about why Minnesota matters in music. I know they brought me Scotch tape, but that's a different subject. Please back this up — I will check back. Merci –

@alorsenfants Minnesota has brought up a few musicians/bands – Prince, Bob Dylan, the Replacements, Atmosphere, P.O.S., Motion City Soundtrack, Semisonic, Dessa, Brother Ali, Owl City, Jeremy Messersmith, The Jayhawks, Soul Asylum, Trampled by Turtles, and half of the Rembrandts (Friends theme song) are just some of the more notable ones that come to mind ;)

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