Top 10 Best California Rock Bands

1. Counting Crows

Formed: 1991

Established: 1993

Place Of Birth: Berkeley, California, United States.

Genre: Rock, Alternative Rock.

2. Green Day

Formed: 1986

Established: 1991

Place Of Birth: Oakland, California, United States.

Genre: Alternative Rock, Pop-punk, Punk Rock.

3. Stone Temple Pilots

Formed: 1985

Established: 1992

Place Of Birth: San Diego, California, United States.

Genre: Grunge, Alternative Rock, Hard Rock, Post-grunge, Pop Rock.

4. Red Hot Chili Peppers

Formed: 1983

Established: 1984

Place Of Birth: Los Angeles, California, United States.

Genre: Alternative Rock, Funk Rock, Post-punk, Rap Rock.

5. The Wallflowers

Formed: 1989

Established: 1992

Place Of Birth: Los Angeles, California, United States.

Genre: Rock, Roots Rock, Soft Rock, Adult Alternative, Alternative Rock, Adult Rock.

6. The Eagles

Formed: 1971

Established: 1972

Place Of Birth: Los Angeles, California, United States.

Genre: Classic Rock, Folk Rock.

7. Creedence Clearwater Revival

Formed: 1966

Established: 1969

Place Of Birth: El Cerrito, California, United States.

Genre: Classic Rock, Blues Rock, Southern Rock.

8. The Doors

Formed: 1965

Established: 1968

Place Of Birth: Los Angeles, California, United States.

Genre: Classic Rock, Psychedelic Rock, Blues Rock, Progressive Rock.

9. Avenged Sevenfold

Formed: 1999

Established: 2001

Place Of Birth: Huntington Beach, California, United States.

Genre: Hard Rock, Heavy Metal.

10. Blink-182

Formed: 1992

Established: 1998

Place Of Birth: Poway, California, United States.

Genre: Skate-punk, Pop-punk, Punk Rock, Alternative Rock, Pop Rock.

My Top 10 Favorite The Smashing Pumpkins Songs

My Top 10 Favorite Songs by The Smashing Pumpkins

Today the frontman for my all time favorite band The Smashing Pumpkins turns 52. So in honor of William Corgan’s birthday, I thought this weeks blog would center the Pumpkins!

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10. Ava Adore (1998)

One of the Pumpkins more aggressive songs, “Ava Adore” from their 1998 gothic-alternative album Adore is hands down one of my favorite Pumpkins songs. And arguably the best guitar solo the Pumpkins have ever made. WPC and James Iha are both guitar gods after all. Any how, this is by far one of my favorite SP songs and songs in general. Probably their darkest album, WPC wrote most of it in 1997 at the time of his divorce.

9. The Everlasting Gaze (2000)

Off their shoegazing album “Machina – The Machines Of God” – this song proves its case as one of the best ever. The heavy thrashing riffs kicking the song off then going off into the beautiful synth break in the chorus filled along with beautiful lyrics. The song, as the majority of the album is about wrapping your head around God and Christ consciousness. The Everlasting Gaze to my understanding is a song about how all of us want a place in Heaven on some level even though some of us don’t believe in it, and how it’s probably not going to be crowded when you get there. The line “We all want to hold in the everlasting gaze”, says it all. What I think it means is we all want to go to heaven, but just because you want that doesn’t mean you are going to get there. I know I got a bit off topic with this one, but the lyrics is one of the many reasons I love the song.

8. Rocket (1993)

Off my personal favorite SP album Siamese Dream, this alt rock anthem prove its case. This was the second song they played when I saw them live approaching a year ago and it’s definitely and essential and underrated SP song. With debatable lyrics, and killer guitar hooks “Rocket” is clearly one of the greatest songs of the decade. And there was a lot of great songs put out then.

7. Cherub Rock (1993)

One of the better known SP songs, Cherub Rock is the opening energetic and feisty track off of Siamese Dream. Corgan plays octaves throughout the song instead of chords which is a really fun thing to do. And the guitar solo is magnificent, and in my opinion the best phaser solo ever made. Corgan is a mind blowingly amazing guitarist, and this song shows off his talents not only as musician – but a composer and songwriter.

6. Rhinoceros (1991)

Rhinoceros is clearly the best song off of SP’s first album Gish. From the soft poppy beginning to straight up rocking, also notably their most famous solo. Funny thing is throughout Gish there was no pedals used at all. Just a guitar and an

amp. I don’t really love hard rock, but Gish is a fantastic album. I love alternative rock, which is what the Pumpkins primary genre is. And I think the first thing I’ll ask Billy Corgan when I meet him someday is, “what does she know?!”

5. 1979 (1995)

As far as people know the Pumpkins by, this is their crowing achievement. Their most popular song, and definitely one of their best. Mellow and happy, 1979 brings us back to a certain time and place and for the younger fans out there we get nostalgic about stuff we don’t even know about. It’s an incredibly difficult song on guitar, how Corgan sings and plays it at the same time is beyond me. And the drum intro Jimmy Chamberlin does is probably the best drum intro of the decade.

4. Disarm (1993)

The acoustic song Disarm is not only one of the best Smashing Pumpkins songs but also notably one of the most emotional and passionate songs in rock. The songs centers the sad childhood of frontman Billy Corgan with a heroin addicted angry father and him trying to break free of the little boy he once was. Nearly teared up when I saw em live last summer and they opened with it. Depressing topic? Maybe so, but it’s an amazing song. Also, I love the violin work in this song.

3. Mayonnaise (1993)

Some of the best dual guitar work ever made, Mayonnaise from Siamese Dream proves it’s case. The chord progression was originally written by James Iha, and interestingly enough his guitar is in a completely different tuning than Billy Corgan throughout the song. It’s definitely one of my favorite songs, just raw and emotional and guitar heavy. All notable things I look for in music. Similar to 1979, it makes me have memories I know nothing about.

2. Today (1993)

This is probably the most optimistic song ever made. You simply can’t listen to this song and stay in a bad mood. This is a song about staying positive even at the worst of times. At the time of Siamese Dream Corgan was diagnosed with depression and anxiety and was gaining weight. Alongside suicudal thoughts as the band was only locally famous before Siamese Dream, this song is about forgetting about it and staying positive. About not having no In your heart, telling yourself things will work out even though you have no evidence that they will for sure.

1. Bullet With Butterfly Wings (1995)

This is without question my favorite song of the 90’s. And the 90’s is my favorite decade for music. I can’t put into many words about what this song is to me, it would be so long that it would be anther blog, which funny enough I’ve already written in the past. This is the first song by them I heard, and I fell in love with the band immediately because of it. This alt rock anthem is definitely a life changer, hearing it for the thousandth time feels like the first time. To put it into words, you’d have to check my other blog.

Any how, thanks for reading. Here’s a shortlist of honorable mentions…

11. Tonight, Tonight (1995)

12. Perfect (1998)

13. Silvery Sometimes Ghosts (2018)

14. Bodies (1995)

15. I Am One (1991)

16. Soma (1993)

17. Pale Horse (2012)

18. Siva (1991)

19. Stand Inside Your Love (2000)

20. Zero (1995)

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Lindsay Buckingham is now suing Fleetwood Mac, and I side with him.

If you are not up to date on it, Fleetwood Mac is one of my all time favorite bands. And I’ve recently found out discouraging news about Lindsay Buckingham being fired from the band. Apparently Stevie Nicks told them “he goes or I go”.

Regarded, Stevie and Lindsay alike are needed in the band – however that being said that means firing Lindsay isn’t cool.

I’ve written a past blog on the subject of him being fired and him starting a solo tour just a couple days after Fleetwood’s kicks off, but today’s blog is loosely based on the troubling recent news that Lindsay Buckingham is SUING Fleetwood Mac, and about why him doing so is not unreasonable.

To start, the reason Lindsay Buckingham is suing Fleetwood Mac is because they promised to pay him when the tour was over. (As it was apart of his oral agreement)

After saying that he would not be receiving the money, and that the contract had no longer been a contract to Stevie and the rest of the band he sued. Naturally. You can’t just promise people money and have them sign a contract, just to go behind their back. That’s illegal. So it’s safe to say that Stevie Nicks has gone full on crazy. As talented as she may be, what she is doing is completely insane. My father had a past boss who did the exact same thing to him. It’s just flat out crazy.

Even though she may have gone insane, Fleetwood Mac is a band that I will always love and treasure and I can safely say I side with Lindsay. You can’t just remove such a soul part of the band. He sang co-lead vocals for the band’s biggest songs, he wrote the legendary guitar solos and riffs we all recognize and love, and to top it off he also composed the majority of the band’s music. This is a classic Pink Floyd situation happening all over again. Only appose to the other members sticking up for Lindsay who is the David Gilmour of the situation, they side with the Roger Waters whom is Stevie Nicks.

From an honest standpoint, if the other members had joined Lindsay you’d have a better chance of still being Fleetwood Mac rather than with Stevie. Don’t get me wrong, Stevie Nicks is a rock legend who is also a crazy talented singer, songwriter, performer, and many other things – but Lindsay in the end is probably more valued.

To wrap it up, I think that Lindsay Buckingham is the innocent victim of the situation and if I was in his position – then I would sue as well. He did nothing wrong.

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Knights of Malta – Smashing Pumpkins (review)

If you have not yet heard about the latest Smashing Pumpkins single, allow me to fill you in.

The Smashing Pumpkins are releasing new singles all over the place, about every 2 months. From “Solora”, to “Silvery Sometimes”, and now to “Knights of Malta”.

And let me tell you, I have only good things to say about this new single.

To start, Billy Corgan’s voice is way angelic possibly the most I’ve ever heard him be. The guitar solo is magnificent, and he has written his share of amazing guitar solos. I absolutely love the violin riffs and the female harmonies throughout the song. The lyrics are moving, but don’t get me wrong it doesn’t beat Mr. Corgan’s old stuff.

It’s a fantastic single, but my favorite of the three so far is still – “Silvery Sometimes (Ghosts)”.

Which I also wrote a review for.

In conclusion, it’s just so really jamming single that I think you should give a shot. Like SP or not, just try it out.

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8 Christmas Songs By Famous Rock Bands That Are Actually Pretty Good.

Hey guys it’s Luke.

With the holiday season coming up and all the Christmas ads and such on TV I thought I’d do a bit of Christmas promoting myself – and write a blog on 8 rock bands who have written good Christmas songs. Here we go!

1. Christmas Must Be Tonight by The Band (1977)

This band is literally so cool they are called The Band. And this song is pretty sweet. Most of the songs on this list are as the title says “pretty good”, but this song is a fantastic masterpiece. And again a lot of these songs are about your typical Santa and reindeer and what not, but this one is about Jesus. Weird from a rock band you could say.

2. Christmastime by The Smashing Pumpkins (2005)

If you are a long time follower of this blog, it is no secret that The Smashing Pumpkins are my favorite band. Instead of ranting about how great they are, I’ll keep it about the song. The song “Christmastime” was released in 2005 off the Pumpkins B-Sides & Rarities album. The song is good, but let me clarify it sounds absolutely nothing like The Smashing Pumpkins. Not saying the Pumpkins aren’t fond of the piano or anything, but this song is real heavy on it and it sounds really…Christmasy. Ever since being a Pumpkins fan, I’ve always loved listening to this song at Christmas dinner and such because it makes it feel like Christmas and it just feels good. Like a lot of the Pumpkins songs, it really speaks out to me.

3. Wonderful Christmastime by Paul McCartney (1979)

To start, I think this song gets way too much hate. Granted it is not Paul’s best work, but that’s only because Paul has written so many great songs. It’s not like a masterpiece of work or anything, but it’s a nice fun Christmas tune. There’s this one part of the song where he repeats the word “ding dong”, and me and my dad made up the joke where – “What if it was called – Paul McCartney’s Ding Dong Song?”

It’s not funny, but the point is it’s a good song and especially for the fact that Paul wrote it late in his career. Take that Rolling Stone stupid critics!

4. Blue Christmas by Elvis Presley (1964)

Ok to fill you in, this song wasn’t actually written by Elvis. It was written by two other guys and given to Elvis to perform. But since he was the first to perform it, let’s just give it to him. Any how, this song brings out the soft side in all of us including Elvis. This Christmas classic easily is one of the best of all time, and possibly even my favorite Elvis song. For decades, it’s been dubbed one the best – as it should be.

5. Christmas Song by Dave Matthews Band (2002)

Again, compared to DMB’s other stuff it’s not top notch – but it is a nice Christmas tune. Growing up DMB was always my mom’s favorite band, and now I love them too. Me and mom now bond together by listening to them and a lot of other 90’s rock bands, and this song is just anther reminder of blessed I am. Any how, enough of the cheesy stuff – it’s just a nice Christmas tune like all the others.

6. A New York City Christmas by Rob Thomas (2002)

Matchbox 20 frontman, and pop rock legend Rob Thomas has indeed released a few of his own solo stuff, and this single is one of them. A great soft feel, as Rob’s angelic voice pulls you in. A song very Christmay and perfect for the holiday’s, all centered in the greatest city in the world. Doesn’t get much better than that. And that’s why it’s one of the best Christmas songs by rock artists ever.

7. Christmas All Over Again by Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers (1992)

This song again receives a unnecessary amount of hatred. It’s just a fun Christmas tune everybody chill! People poop on it just like people do to Wonderful Christmastime, and it’s simply because of all the great songs they wrote. People just think he was running out of ideas, but the fact of the matter is – he was just writing a fun Christmas tune for everybody to enjoy. And it’s deeply enjoyed by me every year.

8. I Believe In You by Bob Dylan (1979)

The purpose of this song and the entire album is to connect people with Christ, and it did for many. The Christmas gospel song has inspired people for years. Not trying to make a religious statement or anything here, just trying to tell you what the song is about. It’s a great jam and like many of Bob Dylan’s songs it makes you feel nice. Just another reason why he is my favorite solo rock act.

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The Eagles greatest hits compilation has just become the most bought record of all time.

There’s not much happening in rock music I’ve said before…. but boy this story has proved that wrong.

The Eagles greatest hits album has just become the most bought record of all time. Originally it was Michael Jackson’s “Beat It”, but The Eagles slayed the king of pop.

It’s some of the best news I’ve heard in a while. 1 because I’m a big Eagles fan, and 2 because I hate pop.

It’s unbelievable. All over the place. 1971-1975 – Eagles greatest hits has killed Michael Jackson.

My biggest thought about all of this is it’s awesome, of course. But to be honest, I’m also quite surprised. The band is too, as Joe Walsh said in an interview – “It’s a dream come true, and it’s a true blessing to have been in this band.”

Right on, Joe. This is a key moment in rock history folks. There honestly hasn’t been such a great story in the genre sense the 90’s.

Because of this monumental moment in the history of rock, I encourage you today to listen to the greatest hits album of The Eagles! And if you don’t like them….then why are you here? To conclude, this gives me great hope for the future of rock.

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