Saturday, October 29, 2011

Top 4 Bands from Massachusetts

Here is my next post in the Top Bands from [insert location here] series.....bands from the state of Massachusetts. There really were a lot of them so narrowing them down to 4 was quite difficult but here they are...enjoy!


This legendary rock band was formed in 1976 in Boston, Massachusetts by Ric Ocasek and Benjamin Orr, originally as a cover band. They were together until February 1988 and reunited in 2010 without Orr, who died in 2000 from pancreatic cancer.

Studio albums released:
The Cars (1978); Candy-O (1979); Panorama (1980); Shake It Up (1981); Heartbeat City (1984); Door to Door (1987); Move Like This (2011)

Compilation albums released:
Greatest Hits (1985); Just What I Needed (1995); Shake It Up & Other Hits (2001); Complete Greatest Hits (2002); The Essentials (2005)

Favorite Songs:
Just What I Needed; You're All I've Got Tonight; Let's Go; Hello Again; Drive; You Might Think

Official website
Cars Facebook page
Cars MySpace page
Cars Wiki article


This rock band was formed in Boston in 1976 by Tom Scholz after recruiting musicians from various bands that he had played with in the late 60s/early 70s while studying at MIT.
They have never officially disbanded but this is one band that takes its time putting albums out.

Studio albums released:
Boston (1976); Don't Look Back (1978); Third Stage (1986); Walk On (1994); Corporate America (2002)

They have released one album, simply titled Greatest Hits in 1997.

Favorite songs:
More Than a Feeling; Peace of Mind; Don't Look Back; Amanda; We're Ready; To Be a Man; Can'tcha Say You Believe in Me;

Official website
Boston Wiki article


This rock band, also originally from Boston, began its career in 1986 when Charles Thompson (aka Black Francis) and Joey Santiago put it together while attending the University of Massachusetts. They disbanded in 1994 and reunited in 2004. Although commercially they were not that successful a band, they are one of the most influential bands to come from their time period in my opinion. Their style of music contains elements of surf rock and their lyrical content typically goes into the bizarre.

Studio albums released (EPs included):
Come on Pilgrim (1987); Surfer Rosa (1988); Doolittle (1989); Bossanova (1990); Trompe Le Monde (1991)

Compilation albums released:
Death to the Pixies (1997); Pixies at the BBC (1998); Complete B Sides (2001); Pixies (2002); Wave of Mutilation (2004); Minotaur (2009)

They have released 12 live albums in collaboration with a company called Disc Live during their 2004 reunion tour.

Favorite songs:
Caribou; Nimrod's Son; Bone Machine; Gigantic; Where is My Mind; Debaser; Wave of Mutilation; Here Comes Your Man; Monkey Gone to Heaven; Gouge Away; Cevilia Ann; Planet of Sound; Alec Eiffel; Head On; Letter to Memphis; Subbacultcha

Official website
Pixies Wiki article


This band was formed in Quincy, Massachusetts in 1996 by Ken Casey and Mike McColgan. They play a brand of Celtic punk that mixes traditional punk rock music with Irish folk music.

Studio albums released (EPs included):
Boys on the Docks (1997); Do or Die (1998); The Gang's All Here (1999); Sing Loud Sing Proud (2001); Blackout (2003); Tessie (2004); The Warriors Code (2005); The Meanest of Times (2007); Going Out in Style (2011)

Compilation albums:
The Early Years (1998); The Singles Collection Volume 1 (2000); The Singles Collection Volume 2 (2005)

Live albums:
Live on St Patricks Day (2002); Live on Lansdowne (2010)

Favorite songs:
Cadence to Arms; Caught in a Jar; Boys on the Docks; Amazing Grace; For Boston; Which Side Are You On; Forever; The Gauntlet; Walk Away; Fields of Athenry; The Dirty Glass; Tessie; 21 Guitar Salute; It's a Long Way to the Top; Halloween; The Warriors Code; Captain Kelly's Kitchen; I'm Shipping Up to Boston; Famous for Nothing; God Willing; The State of Massachusetts; Kiss Me I'm Shitfaced; Going Out in Style

Official website
Dropkick Murphys Wiki article

Here is a list of some other bands from Massachusetts that were worth putting on here but not quite good enough to make the Top 4 list:

The Lemonheads
Letters to Cleo
Blake Babies
Buffalo Tom
The Breeders
Dinosaur Jr
The J. Geils Band
Killswitch Engage

1 comment:

  1. I'm going to have to do my own version of this list.

    Speaking of DKM...I'm not a big fan of the song "I'm Shipping Up to Boston." In fact I thought it was one of the weaker moments on The Warrior's Code.

    It's weird, I used to love DKM but I hardly ever listen to them anymore.