Friday, October 28, 2011

Top 4 Bands from San Francisco

Here's the next installment of my "Top Bands of [insert location here]" we are stopping the bus in San Francisco, California.....enjoy!


Rock band formed in 1973.

Studio albums released:
Journey (1985); Look into the Future (1976); Next (1977); Infinity (1978); Evolution (1979); Departure (1980); Escape (1981); Frontiers (1983); Raised on Radio (1986); Trial by Fire (1996); Arrival (2001); Red 13 (2002); Generations (2005); Revelation (2008); Eclipse (2011)

Live albums released:
Captures (1981); Greatest Hits Live (1998); Live in Houston (2005)

Compilation albums released:
In the Beginning (1980); Star-Box (1988); Greatest Hits (1988); The Ballade (1991); Time (1992); The Journey Continues (2001); The Essential Journey (2001); Open Arms (2004); Don't Stop Believin (2009); Greatest Hits Volume 2 (2011)

Favorite songs:
Wheel in the Sky; Any Way You Want It; Don't Stop Believin'; Who's Crying Now; Open Arms; Separate Ways; Faithfully; Raised on Radio

Official website
Journey Wiki article

3............DEAD KENNEDYS

Formed in 1978 by guitarist Raymond Pepperell, aka East Bay Ray. Musically, the Dead Kennedys were a mix of hardcore punk and the British form of punk rock that existed in the 1970s. Their lyrics typically deal with political and social issues, which can make them a tad dated but it is near impossible to deny their legendary status in the punk community.

Studio albums released:
Fresh Fruit for Rotting Vegetables (1980); In God We Trust Inc (1981, actually an EP); Plastic Surgery Disasters (1982); Frankenchrist (1985); Bedtime for Democracy (1986)

Live Albums released:
A Skateboard Party (1983); Mutiny on the Bay (2001); Live at the Deaf Club (2004)

Compilation albums released:
Not So Quiet on the Western Front (1982); Give Me Convenience or Give Me Death (1987); Milking the Sacred Cow (2007)

Favorite Songs:
Kill the Poor; California Uber Alles; Holiday in Cambodia; Viva Las Vegas; Nazi Punks Fuck Off; Rawhide; Bleed for Me; Police Truck; Chickenshit Conformist; Too Drunk to Fuck; Life Sentence; Pull My Strings;

Official website
DK Wiki article
DK Bio on Alternative Tentacles


This noise punk band formed in 1979. They broke up in 1987 when founding member and bassist/vocalist Will Shatter died of a drug overdose. Since then, they have reunited and broken up twice. At one point in time, former Nirvana bass player Krist Novoselic played bass for this band (he played with them from 2006 and 2009).

Studio albums released:
Album - Generic Flipper (1982); Gone Fishin (1984); American Grafishy (1993); Love (2009)

Live albums released:
Blow'n Chunks (1984); Public Flipper Limited (1986); Numberg Fish Trials (1991); Live at CBGBs (1997); Fight (2009)

They have also released one compilation album, titled Sex Bomb Baby in 1988.

Favorite Songs:
Life Is Cheap; Shed No Tears; Way of the World; Sex Bomb; The Light, the Sound, the Rhythm, the Noise; Someday; May the Truth Be Known; Love Canal; Ha Ha Ha; In Your Arms;

Official website
Flipper Facebook page
Flipper Wiki article

1............FAITH NO MORE

Originally called Faith No Man, this rock band was started in 1981 by bass player Billy Gould, drummer Mike Bordin, singer Michael Morris and keyboardist Wade Worthington. Morris and Worthington left a year later and the band re-named themselves Faith No More. The band has gone through numerious line-up changes throughout its 20+ year career. They actually broke up in 1998 and re-formed in 2009.

Studio albums released:
We Care a Lot (1985); Introduce Yourself (1987); The Real Thing (1989); Angel Dust (1992); King for a Day...Fool for a Lifetime (1995); Album of the Year (1997)

Compilation albums released:
Who Cares a Lot? (1998); This Is It (2003); Epic and Other Hits (2005); The Platinum Collection (2006); The Works (2008); The Very Best Definitive Ultimate Greatest Hits Collection (2009); Midlife Crisis (2010

Favorite Songs:
We Care a Lot; From Out of Nowhere; Falling to Pieces; Land of Sunshine; Caffeine; Midlife Crisis; Smaller and Smaller; Jizzlobber; A Small Victory; Be Aggressive; Get Out; Digging the Grave; Ashes to Ashes

They released 1 live album, Live at the Brixton Academy, in 1991.

Official website
FNM Wiki article

NOFX was going to be on this list until I found out during my research that they were actually originally from Los Angeles so that disqualifies them.

Here is a list of some other bands from San Francisco that did not make this list:

Grateful Dead
Huey Lewis and the News
Negative Trend
Night Ranger
Pansy Division
Steve Miller Band

There are quite a bit more but I'm not listing them all.

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