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View Poll Results: Which English-speaking country produce the best music?
The United Kingdom 99 40.57%
Ireland 4 1.64%
The United States 106 43.44%
Canada 14 5.74%
Australia 8 3.28%
New Zealand 4 1.64%
Jamaica 2 0.82%
Other (which?) 7 2.87%
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Old 06-30-2010, 05:31 PM   #281 (permalink)
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I don't think many people will dispute that with music on the whole, from a totally unbiased point of view, that the United States would probably win this one in terms of impact on music and importance

Obviously the personal taste subject is where variation comes in, and what makes the poll interesting
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Old 08-14-2010, 03:21 PM   #282 (permalink)
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I kinda view American and British music as equally awesome for different reasons / bands... In the early nineties, American music totally owned it, but as the decade rolled on British bands took over as the general quality of music from the US kinda declined, but there were great bands springing up all over the UK...

Nowadays, to be honest it makes little difference where the band emerges, due to the free distribution patterns online, regional audiences seem to be less important, although I think they still play s fairly major role.

My personal preference is for Australian music, because, well, although I live in the US now, that's where i was born and grew up, and I someday wish to return there. There will always be a big place in my heart because of the subject matter, local style, and well the experiences they evoke when i listen to them.

But I guess the strongest point I can make here is that awesome music crops up anywhere in the world, and the location where it comes from is less important, because there is so much exposure and blending of styles these days... it's a truly exciting time, actually, because the musical community isw so broadened and opened to blending sounds, we could see any number of immeasurably great bands emerging... especially since some of the old industry practices are being eroded away...

I guess i just wanna encourage people to think broader than "my country's music is best"...
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Old 08-14-2010, 03:29 PM   #283 (permalink)
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My personal preference is for Australian music, because, well, although I live in the US now, that's where i was born and grew up, and I someday wish to return there. There will always be a big place in my heart because of the subject matter, local style, and well the experiences they evoke when i listen to them.
Priest=Aura. The best album to have ever come out of Australia (Even though it may well have been recorded in the USA)
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Old 08-14-2010, 03:34 PM   #284 (permalink)
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I forgot where it was recorded! But it was still predominantly written by Australians and one Englishman! So out of a 75% majority, we'll claim it as an Aussie album!
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Old 08-14-2010, 03:42 PM   #285 (permalink)
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In the early nineties, American music totally owned it, but as the decade rolled on British bands took over as the general quality of music from the US kinda declined, but there were great bands springing up all over the UK...
Interesting how opinions differ because I think the exact opposite is true.

Anything that came out of the States in the early 90s was pretty much just a big budget pale version of what had already came out in the mid to late 80s from there,Grunge, hip hop & stadium rock.. and that was about it.
Whereas in Britain you had tons of new stuff cropping up everywhere. Tip hop, Shoegaze, dance music, Electronica, Baggy & Britpop. You had small labels popping up all over the place & they actually got press & public attention.
On the other hand by 1996 british music ground to a halt and really good stuff like post hardcore & math rock & garage rock started coming out of the States.
In fact excluding the occasional post rock band I can't think of a single decent British band who recorded a debut album between 1997 & 2000 that really sold in large amounts AND who got critical acclaim too.
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Old 08-14-2010, 05:46 PM   #286 (permalink)
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Yeah I definitely agree that the Electronic scene (irrespective of genre) really took off in the early 90's over here but because it's not the biggest selling or even most liked genre, it kind of gets forgotten.

Then of course from 2000 onward Electronic music again has flourished here with Garage, two step, dubstep, grime etc being successful. Most early 90's American music does nothing for me at all. At least the bands selling lots of albums at this time I mean.

Generally British guitar music from the late 90's onwards has been decidedly average and just rehashes of 60's guitar Pop which you will now find in 2nd hand shops in abundance only a couple of years after release.
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Old 08-23-2010, 04:19 AM   #287 (permalink)
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Old 08-23-2010, 09:20 AM   #288 (permalink)
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Ya know, I never stopped to think about the South African music scene... not to say it isn't good, it's probably great because I have found that smaller countries, like New Zealand, my own home country, Australia, etc have small relatively unknown scenes that seem to produce some truly outstanding music...
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Australia, Brasil, New Zealand and Germany are all on a par with America and Britain if not better.
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Australia, Brasil, New Zealand and Germany are all on a par with America and Britain if not better.
Brazil and Germany aren't "within the Anglosphere".
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