Originally Posted by Edward Appleby
There's a difference between importance, which encompasses social impact, and quality, which (in my usage at least) doesn't.
GNR didn't even try to incorporate any sort of depth into their lyrics, nor did they do anything innovative musically.
Anyway, my vote would go to Led Zeppelin. They embodied the combination of bombast, energy, and depth that rock is all about to me. Sure, maybe songs like The Battle of Evermore come off like faux-intellectual folk bullshit to some people, but [i]they[i/i] had their hearts in their songs, which is what matters.
Who's your nominee Violinist?
wow, you've obviously never listened to what Axl wrote in UYI 1 and 2... read the lyrics to Coma, Estranged, Civil War... they weren't a bunch of idiots. Musically speaking, rock and roll was very stagnant early on. From a harmonic perspective, VERY FEW white musicians in the last 50 years have been original. The reason they were great was their type of sound, their attitude... Slash brought back a type of guitar playing which is sorely lacking in music.. soulful blues stylings at a breakneck pace. Ya, nothing completely ground breaking, but neither were composers like Mendelssohn, who is today highly reveared by audiences and performers alike.
I'll see your Zepp and raise you The Who. I respect Zep a lot... Bonzo, Page, JPJ... a finer group of musicians simply doesn't exist, only maybe if you compare it to The Who. The Ox is without a doubt the greatest bassist ever, Moon was just a totally incredible drummer, and Townshend played a large part in the developing of synthesizers. In my opinion, if you want to talk about "high brow" rock, The Who is right up there with post Rubber Soul Beatles, and Floyd, not to mention their earlier stuff like My Generation and Baba O'Reilly. In my opinion, Daultry is the greatest rock singer along with Freddie Mercury. But if you look at music and nothing else, The Who are very hard to beat, besides maybe by a few groups.