Common Misconceptions About Classic Bands

In the music industry, like any other entertainment industry, things are not always what they seem.  There are a lot of facades put up in order to sell a product (Mill Vanilli anyone?) or just general misconceptions that occur just because of a band’s image.  So let’s set the record straight.

The Beach Boys Were NOT Surfers

LOS ANGELES - AUGUST 1962: Rock and roll band "The Beach Boys" pose for a portrait with a surfboard in August 1962 in Los Angeles, California. (L-R) Brian Wilson, Mike Love,  Dennis Wilson, Carl Wilson, David Marks. This image was used on the cover of 'Surfin' USA'. (Photo by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)

(Photo by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)

The Beach Boys SANG about surfing, but Dennis Wilson was the only avid surfer.  In their defense, in their early days they sang about all things popular in the teenage culture of their time; surfing, cars, romance… that doesn’t makes them NASCAR drivers and Casanovas either.

Creedence Clearwater Revival Were NOT Born On the Bayou

Creedence_Clearwater_Revival_1968CCR portrayed a southern rock style, but were actually from the San Francisco area.  But with album titles like Bayou Country, Green River, & Mardi Gras and with lots of songs about rain, cotton fields, steamboats and rivers it was easy for everyone to get the wrong impression.

The Eagles Are NOT the Quintessential California Band

While the Eagles were one of the most successful musical acts of the 1970s and they did form in Los Angeles, none of the original members were even FROM California.  In fact, the only member from California was their 2nd bassist, Timothy B Schmit, who filled the space when Nebraska native Randy Meisner left the group.  The other members came from Detroit, Wichita, Texas, Minneapolis & Gainesville.  But despite what the Dude (and anyone else) thinks, they were still a great band.

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The Beatles Were NOT That Good

They were just first.  Sure, they were good, but they were not THAT good.  There were plenty of other bands from that era just as talented, if not more.  The Beatles just rode a wave of teenage fandom, one that turned into a tidal wave.  One they still ride today.

Yeah, I said it.  Get the pitchforks and torches.

When Josh isn’t writing music nerd lists, he’s writing his travelogue


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