Discussion in 'Music Corner' started by Hombre, Aug 27, 2020.
Roy Wood / Todd Rundgren
Rod Evan’s incarnation of Deep Purple in the late-1960s, had a dark psychedelic sound, perhaps forming an English analogue to The Doors?
Or Shakin' Stevens.
Sensational Alex Harvey Band / Alice Cooper
This view may prove unpopular - but America’s Aerosmith and England’s Judas Priest share more than a remote affinity, and I feel their parallel is particularly prevalent in their early years.
Both groups released their debut records in 1973 - displaying a blues-rock sound, which in both artists would develop into the harder-rock and metal stylings which would bring them remarkable vogue.
Kansas is closer to Uriah Heep than Foreigner, IMHO.
Blue Oyster Cult=Black Sabbath. That’s how Sandy Pearlman billed them early on.
The Equator album is Foreigner-esque but generally your point is well made.
Aerosmith too rooted in blues and boogie for that comparison to work. They're sort of like a heavier Stones crossed with Led Zeppelin and New York Dolls. They're also as famous for their ballads as for their harder stuff. Image and vocal style of the two bands also quite different. Nor can I even imagine a Judas Priest/Run DMC collaboration.
How about the Shadows and the Dave Clark Five?
At least they’re stylistically similar... except their both from England Then what’s the American equivalent?
Both bands are British and they're not stylistically similar?
Unless there's some other band called the Shadows.
Exactly! Plus The Shadows / The Ventures has already been mentioned.
American counterpart for DC5 might be like the Knickerbockers or Paul Revere and the Raiders.
I would have said the Wiggles but they’re from Australia
Traffic— Buffalo Springfield and it (Loosely) breaks down like this:
Steve Winwood= Neil Young
Dave Mason = Steven Stills
Jim Capaldi = Richey Furay
(I know Neil is Canadian and loves his birthplace, but he’s lived in the US for over 50 years, has always spoken freely of its politics and is now a citizen.)
Might be thinking of The Drifters.
The OP explicitly said these weren’t exact comparisons.
Yes, The Beatles were more important and successful. And had a more stable line up.
But the comparison is apt because both bands had multiple singers and writers, constantly evolved, were highly influential, and respected by their peers and the critics and loved by the public.
I think the earlier David Byron Heep definitely has some Kansas similarities apart from the violin of course. The Pete Goalby Heep line up probably does head for Foreigner territory
I’ve unpopularity disliked the Stones comparison with Aerosmith for many a year now, and don’t hear it at all.
Of course the differences are obvious, but there is identifiable crossover here and there - I could picture Priest performing a song like “Combination”, and Aerosmith performing “Hot for Love”, or “Cheater”, both of which would definitely suit Steven Tyler very well indeed.
Judas Priest have enjoyed their share of ballads — not in the same key as Aerosmith so much but see much of Turbo.
I hear the Stones similarity as it pertains to both bands doing raunchy blues and boogie based hard rock. There's also an obvious comparison between Jagger/Richards and Tyler/Perry. Tyler even looks the part. Granted Aerosmith get a lot heavier and have their own distinct sound so it's not an exact comparison. I strongly disagree with those who take it too far and say that Aerosmith is just copying the Stones, etc.
I will agree with you that the Rolling Stones comparison was probably helped along by Steven Tyler having a more than slight resemblance to Mick Jagger.
Van Halen - Van Hagar
Tom Waits / Shane MacGowan
Simon & Garfunkel / Tears For Fears
Public Image LTD / Pere Ubu
A band with a strong, grass roots-indie ethic; large cult following; a curmudgeonly leader, with a reputation as a heavy drinker, who is the only constant through the years; huge list of previous band members; huge, confusing discography.
There are many parallels with Mark E. Smith and The Fall. This thread isn’t just about sound-alikes.
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