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    Battle of the current bands

    It's now well over a year since the original Battle of the bands was concluded with a victory for The Beatles. Since then we've had many pale imitations of this seminal thread (more than one started by me, probly ), but nothing has quite matched its grandeur & scope.

    As an attempt at a worthy sequel (if that isn't an oxymoron) I propose a battle where only bands who're still recording are eligible. I think it'll mean less inevitability in the outcome.

    Any definition of a "current band" is going to be fairly arbitrary, so (unless anyone has violent objections) I'll define one as a band (i.e. no solo artists) who have released an album of new material in the last five years & haven't announced a split. By this definition the reformed Pixies or Crowded House aren't eligible as they've yet to commit any new stuff to vinyl, but (if you were so minded) the equally-reformed Take That would be, as they have released an album of new songs.

    I've no hard & fast ideas about how many bands should be entered (32, 48 or 64 seem the most likely, dependant on uptake) before battle is joined, but to secure a place any band must be seconded to avoid those of you with the more whacky tastes in music entering unworthy groups. Nominate as many as you like, but I'll impose an initial limit of 8 secondings so no-one can hog the nominations that way.

    Ok? Right, to start the ball rolling I'll nominate:

    Doves
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    REM
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    Quote Originally Posted by BoyBrumby View Post
    Doves
    Elbow
    REM
    Maximo Park
    Seconded...

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    Franz Ferdinand
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    Kings of Leon
    Bloc Party
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    RHCP
    The Killers
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    Quote Originally Posted by PhoenixFire View Post
    Kings of Leon
    Bloc Party
    RHCP
    The Killers
    Seconded.

    The White Stripes
    Belle & Sebastian
    Coldplay
    Mogwai
    Morrissey
    Pearl Jam
    The Strokes
    The Streets

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    I'll second Radiohead.

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    Strokes
    Streets
    Coldplay
    Arctic Monkeys

    Seconding.

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    I'm not convinced with the exclusion of "solo artists", simply because the distinction between the two is an arbitrary one. Most titled solo artists have full time band members anyway, while all the writing and marketing for some "bands" is entirely centred around one member.

    Other than that, good thread idea. Coming up with nominations is tough though. Makes me realise how few "current bands" I actually like. I'll try and pick bands I think should be in there rather than just personal favourites.

    Nominate:
    The Decemberists
    Tool
    The Mars Volta
    Bloc Party
    edit: Make this a second, missed PF's post.

    Second:
    Mogwai
    Muse
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    Quote Originally Posted by FaaipDeOiad View Post
    I'm not convinced with the exclusion of "solo artists", simply because the distinction between the two is an arbitrary one. Most titled solo artists have full time band members anyway, while all the writing and marketing for some "bands" is entirely centred around one member.
    If people want solo artists, I'm cool with that. The Streets is effectively Mick Skinner anyway.

    Anyone anti-solo artists? Speak now or forever hold your piece....

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    Quote Originally Posted by BoyBrumby View Post
    If people want solo artists, I'm cool with that. The Streets is effectively Mick Skinner anyway.

    Anyone anti-solo artists? Speak now or forever hold your piece....
    Solo artists are in.

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    Nominating

    Wolfmother
    Audioslave
    John Butler Trio
    Kaiser Chiefs
    Kasabian
    Modest Mouse
    Silverchair
    The Vines
    Grinspoon
    Tapes n Tapes


    Seconding

    Radiohead
    Muse
    Franz Ferdinand
    Kings of Leon
    Bloc Party
    RHCP
    The Killers
    The Kooks
    Arctic monkeys
    The White Stripes
    The Strokes

    sure theres more but can't think to sleep deprived

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    Audioslave can't count. Just getting that in before someone seconds them.

    Will second Kaiser Chiefs anyway.

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    I would suggest The Roots, but they are a hip-hop band.
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    Seconded Decemberists

    Nominating:
    Death Cab for Cutie
    British Sea Power
    Art Brut
    Cansei De Ser Sexy
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    Architecture in Helsinki
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