Just thinking about the bands everyone seemed to be listening to back when I was in high school (New York, late 70s) and how they're remembered by today's music world (by all listeners, young and old). Basically, I can break it down into 3 categories: * Artists who were big back then and are still beloved (Bowie, Stones, Beatles, The Who, Elton John, Queen, etc.) * Artists only some us knew but are now beloved (Ramones, Velvet Underground, Runaways, etc.) and the one that fascinates me -- good artists that were HUGE but now mostly forgotten (especially among young fans). It fascinates me because I wonder if there's some formula that provides for longevity, and these guys just didn't have it: J Giels Band -- Great band and *everyone* had their records. Lots of hit records and radio play in NY. They were an arena band once. Now they're a pleasant but faded memory Average White Band -- There was a time when you couldn't go to a party without their S/T record getting played. Peter Frampton -- For about 3 weeks, Frampton Comes Alive was the single favorite record of everyone I knew Supertramp - It's hard to imagine that they ever played arenas in the States, but they did. And I saw them. Madison Sq Garden on the Breakfast in America tour. Great stuff. Grand Funk Railroad - Forget arenas. These guys played STADIUMS. For a little while, at least. Who else fits this mold?