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196.  America

Many a Rock band had an ironic name or they just simply took the name of the geographic place they were from. In the case of the band America, neither was true. They were basically a British Folk Rock band who chose a name that paid homage to their American parents.

Maybe it was because they were devoid of that sarcastic irony that a lot of bands have led to America being disrespected. Maybe it was because their first big hit sounded so much like Neil Young that were branded as unoriginal. The many fans that refused those negative labels found a Folk Rock group with rich harmonies and producers of some solid Soft Rock (is that an oxymoron?) music that generated them a large fan base. As the critics didn’t pander over them either, we have a hard time seeing America in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, but with a series of songs that have held up reasonably well, they may eventually get the respect that they haven’t quite gotten as of yet.

 

www.venturahighway.com

Should America be in the Hall of Fame?

Definitely put them in! - 93.5%
Maybe, but others deserve it first. - 5.1%
Probably not, but it wouldn't be the end of the world. - 1%
No opinion. - 0%
No way! - 0.3%

The Bullet Points

  • Eligible Since: Monday, 01 January 1996
  • Country of Origin: United Kingdom (London, England)
  • Why they will get in: Their hits have aged very well.
  • Why they won't get in: The critics were not fans of them.
  • Essential Albums: America (1971)
    Homecoming (1972)
    Hearts (1975)
    View from the Ground (1982)
  • Our Five Favorite Songs as Chosen by Each Member of the NIHOF Committee: A Horse with No Name (From America, 1971)
    Ventura Highway (From Homecoming, 1972)
    Don’t Cross the River (From Homecoming, 1972)
    Sister Golden Hair (From Hearts, 1975)
    You Can Do Magic (From View from the Ground, 1982)

Should America be in the Hall of Fame?

Definitely put them in! - 93.5%
Maybe, but others deserve it first. - 5.1%
Probably not, but it wouldn't be the end of the world. - 1%
No opinion. - 0%
No way! - 0.3%
Last modified on Monday, 04 February 2019 21:45
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+2 #4 Michael DAntonio 2015-07-03 00:34
:-)
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0 #3 P Smith 2013-01-29 18:51
How lame does a band have to be to turn album names into a running gag? Most of America's records start with the letter "H" (e.g. "History", their not-so-great est hits). At least when Greg Kihn made jokes out of album names, it was funny.

If any of the soft-rock bands of the early 1970s deserves notice, it's David Gates and Bread. They had much better songs and actually had some meat in their performances despite their "accessible" sound.
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+4 #2 Pete 2013-01-20 06:57
They were not British, went to Armed Service
High School, parents were in the US Armed Service.
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+7 #1 Musicologist999 -0001-11-30 00:00
Their hit songs have held up very well indeed---&qu ot;A Horse With No Name" still gives me the tingles, and "Ventur a Highway&quot ; is another home run, amongst many others. They sing great, they play great, and they are a pleasure to listen to. Soft Rock they may be, but America' s music is brilliant Soft Rock. Don't know if they'll ever make it into the Hall Of Fame, but I'd be happy if they do.
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