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(The Awl)   The 50 states of the US, in order of their contribution to American music   (theawl.com ) divider line
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2012-11-01 01:21:21 PM  
Kentucky barely breaks the top 20, and we have our own genre of music.
 
2012-11-01 01:21:46 PM  

JohnBigBootay: Sliding Carp: Boiled in Lead

Ha. I love boiled in lead

/son, oh son


fark the circus!
 
2012-11-01 01:28:43 PM  
Possibly the most useless...yet greenlit... link I've ever seen on Fark.
 
2012-11-01 01:30:44 PM  

wedschilde: Possibly the most useless...yet greenlit... link I've ever seen on Fark.


Agreed.

And people wonder why no one reads the farkin' articles anymore.
 
2012-11-01 01:32:00 PM  
what is England was a state?
 
2012-11-01 01:32:18 PM  

Avonmore: Minnesota (which still doesn't deserve to be #1), has more than Prince and Bob Dylan;

Atmosphere
Andrews Sisters
Babes in Toyland
Gypsy
Husker Du
Jimmy Jam
The Jayhawks
The Jetts
Motion City Soundtrack
Willie Murphy
Owl City
The Replacements
Semisonic
Soul Asylum
Trampled by Turtles
Lipps Inc (wrote Funkytown)
Trashmen (Bird is the word)


Minnesota is rightfully #1 solely on the strength of Morris Day and the motherf*ckin' Time.
 
2012-11-01 01:35:20 PM  

the_rev: Tennessee at 6 and Minnesota at 1?

I would be interested in the logic behind that list, if there is any at all.


Maybe it's because they have The Biggest Ball Of Twine ...but, yeah, Tennessee at #6? I'm Canadian, but Memphis and Nashville were both in Tennessee last time I visited them.
 
2012-11-01 01:45:35 PM  

FloydA: What the hell was that supposed to be?


A list of which states should live and which states should die, according to someone who needs a hug at The AWL.
 
2012-11-01 01:47:51 PM  
#38. New Mexico

I think Buddy Holly recorded in Clovis, but that's all I can think of.

Anyway, that's the most profoundly useless list I've ever seen on the internet. ESPN power rankings are better explained.
 
2012-11-01 01:53:09 PM  
We hear this guy's music almost every day, and he doesn't even have a state:

edu.glogster.com
 
2012-11-01 01:53:53 PM  
There is no way that Arizona is that high on the list at 30.
 
2012-11-01 01:57:34 PM  

orezona: The biggest band out of Arizona is Jimmy Eat World... And if you want to include a television talent show contestant winner, that's pretty much it.


...Alice Cooper?

/Meat Puppets?
/J.F.A.?
 
2012-11-01 01:59:51 PM  
That Top Ten is not bad overall, but I definitely don't get Minnesota.

One could argue that, in addition to producing myriad artists, all states in the Top Ten are, or were at one point, home to some pretty powerful music scenes or even whole genres. Except Minnesota. And I have all the love in the world for Prince, Husker Du, Bob Dylan and perhaps the biggest of them all: Motion City Soundtrack.

I would even put Pennsylvania in the Top Ten (but not #1) before Minnesota based on Philadelphia Soul alone.

/Full disclosure, I'm from NY and strongly believe that, outside of the south, no state has contributed more to music.
 
2012-11-01 02:02:25 PM  
sigdiamond2000: May the taint of the "jam band" forever keep these two states pulling up the rear. There is no apology or redress great enough to ever overcome the utter disgrace of Phish and The String Cheese Incident. May God have mercy on your souls.

1-media-cdn.foolz.us
 
2012-11-01 02:09:40 PM  

notadamnduck: orezona: The biggest band out of Arizona is Jimmy Eat World... And if you want to include a television talent show contestant winner, that's pretty much it.

...Alice Cooper?

/Meat Puppets?
/J.F.A.?


Refreshments, Gin Blossoms, Roger Clyne and the Peacemakers (okay, so this is a merger of Refreshments and Gin Blossoms), Authority Zero...
 
2012-11-01 02:13:41 PM  

ricewater_stool: There's no way Michigan should not be in the top 3, if not #1.


I agree Michigan should be in the top 5.No matter what one thinks of southern music, Mississippi and Tennessee deserve numbers 1 and 2 just for providing the basics that has inspired almost every genre in it's wake .
 
2012-11-01 02:13:56 PM  
I get the impression that this is an elaborate troll. Or someone is playing with a random state-order generator and was looking for a topic to justify the rankings. Either way, A+ work.
 
2012-11-01 02:17:17 PM  
The states ranked for a specific reason:

1. Nevada
2. Florida
3. Georgia
4. Pennsylvania
5. Virginia
6. West Virginia
7. California
8. Alaska
9. Nebraska
10. Alabama
11. Oklahoma
12. Indiana
13. Louisiana
14. Montana
15. North Carolina
16. South Carolina
17. Arizona
18. North Dakota
19. South Dakota
20. Minnesota
21. Iowa
22. Rhode Island
23. Maryland
24. Tennessee
25. Maine
26. Delaware
27. New Hampshire
28. Wyoming
29. Utah
30. Hawaii
31. Mississippi
32. Missouri
33. New York
34. Michigan
35. Wisconsin
36. Oregon
37. Washington
38. New Mexico
39. Colorado
40. Idaho
41. Ohio
42. Kansas
43. Arkansas
44. Texas
45. Illinois
46. Massachusetts
47. Vermont
48. Connecticut
49. New Jersey
50. Kentucky

See if you can figure out why they are ranked the way they are (having nothing to do with contribution to American music).
 
2012-11-01 02:17:31 PM  

give me doughnuts: Kentucky barely breaks the top 20, and we have our own genre of music.


I think it's safe to assume the list was written by someone who doesn't really have a clue about American music. Yes, Kentucky deserves way more respect for its music.
 
2012-11-01 02:18:55 PM  
I came in to argue this list, but it's just pointless.
 
2012-11-01 02:21:20 PM  

Prey4reign: The states ranked for a specific reason:

1. Nevada
2. Florida
3. Georgia
4. Pennsylvania
5. Virginia
6. West Virginia
7. California
8. Alaska
9. Nebraska
10. Alabama
11. Oklahoma
12. Indiana
13. Louisiana
14. Montana
15. North Carolina
16. South Carolina
17. Arizona
18. North Dakota
19. South Dakota
20. Minnesota
21. Iowa
22. Rhode Island
23. Maryland
24. Tennessee
25. Maine
26. Delaware
27. New Hampshire
28. Wyoming
29. Utah
30. Hawaii
31. Mississippi
32. Missouri
33. New York
34. Michigan
35. Wisconsin
36. Oregon
37. Washington
38. New Mexico
39. Colorado
40. Idaho
41. Ohio
42. Kansas
43. Arkansas
44. Texas
45. Illinois
46. Massachusetts
47. Vermont
48. Connecticut
49. New Jersey
50. Kentucky

See if you can figure out why they are ranked the way they are (having nothing to do with contribution to American music).


Alphabetical by last letter.
 
2012-11-01 02:22:34 PM  

orezona: Being from Oregon the only "home grown" bands I can think of are Poison Idea, Everclear and the Cherry Poppin' Daddies (who I actual saw play in a Grange Hall in Yachats or something in the early 90's).


Decemberists....

/ don't care for them myself , but they are nationally known...
 
2012-11-01 02:30:19 PM  
Minnesota? Prince isn't THAT great.
 
2012-11-01 02:31:45 PM  
Anyone attempting to put forth a coherent argument to validate or complain about their state's ranking on this list is as retarded as the list itself.
 
2012-11-01 02:45:05 PM  
Looks like someone has posted the results of their "Put the states in a random order" app.
 
2012-11-01 02:50:06 PM  
Oklahoma at 27th, fark ya, we're not second to last in something.

woohoo

/take what i can get
 
2012-11-01 02:50:20 PM  
Texas y'all.
 
2012-11-01 02:54:51 PM  
Do they mean Broadway musicals, folk, or worker protest?
 
2012-11-01 03:05:20 PM  

Prey4reign: The states ranked for a specific reason:

1. Nevada
2. Florida
3. Georgia
4. Pennsylvania
5. Virginia
6. West Virginia
7. California
8. Alaska
9. Nebraska
10. Alabama
11. Oklahoma
12. Indiana
13. Louisiana
14. Montana
15. North Carolina
16. South Carolina
17. Arizona
18. North Dakota
19. South Dakota
20. Minnesota
21. Iowa
22. Rhode Island
23. Maryland
24. Tennessee
25. Maine
26. Delaware
27. New Hampshire
28. Wyoming
29. Utah
30. Hawaii
31. Mississippi
32. Missouri
33. New York
34. Michigan
35. Wisconsin
36. Oregon
37. Washington
38. New Mexico
39. Colorado
40. Idaho
41. Ohio
42. Kansas
43. Arkansas
44. Texas
45. Illinois
46. Massachusetts
47. Vermont
48. Connecticut
49. New Jersey
50. Kentucky

See if you can figure out why they are ranked the way they are (having nothing to do with contribution to American music).


Whores per capita?
 
2012-11-01 03:15:42 PM  

chachi88: Whores per capita?


Strippers per capita?
 
2012-11-01 03:20:42 PM  
We killed Buddy Holly and Richie Valens in one shot. That's gotta be worth something.
 
2012-11-01 03:24:34 PM  
Woohoo #3

I'll take that
 
2012-11-01 03:25:09 PM  

notadamnduck: orezona: The biggest band out of Arizona is Jimmy Eat World... And if you want to include a television talent show contestant winner, that's pretty much it.

...Alice Cooper?

/Meat Puppets?
/J.F.A.?


I would add calexico, giant sand and friends of dean martinez to your list of bands az should be proud of.
Sacred Reich and flotsam & jetsam if you like fast

Then you have:
Gin blossoms
The tubes
Mr mister
 
2012-11-01 03:25:41 PM  

Bong Hits For Mohammed: I grew up in Oregon. I would have bet that it was #50. I would like to know HOW it got to the middle of the list. Maybe Kurt Cobain made a beer run down there one time.


Link Not top tier, not bottom. 23 sounds about right.

/misses Satyricon and being 22 (22 years ago)
 
2012-11-01 03:28:47 PM  
I was going to comment about my surprise of West Virginia being ranked 33, but then I realized what the fark is this list what the fark you guys?
 
2012-11-01 03:35:09 PM  
I can think of exactly one musician from Wyoming, Chris Ledoux, but somehow we're ahead of CO which is mildly amusing.
 
2012-11-01 03:37:22 PM  

johnny queso: I can think of exactly one musician from Wyoming, Chris Ledoux, but somehow we're ahead of CO which is mildly amusing.


(on the random list of states)
 
2012-11-01 03:43:29 PM  

johnny queso: I can think of exactly one musician from Wyoming, Chris Ledoux, but somehow we're ahead of CO which is mildly amusing.


You pissed me off, you farking jerk.
 
2012-11-01 03:48:09 PM  

slayer199: johnny queso: I can think of exactly one musician from Wyoming, Chris Ledoux, but somehow we're ahead of CO which is mildly amusing.

You pissed me off, you farking jerk.


my pecker is in my hand, i'm a one ball man and i'm off to the rodeo.
 
2012-11-01 03:50:47 PM  
JolobinSmokin
2012-11-01 02:50:06 PM

Oklahoma at 27th, fark ya, we're not second to last in something.

woohoo

/take what i can get


Are you kidding? We gave the world Oom-bop by Hansen! We should be number 1!!!

/also a fellow Checotian named Carrie Underwood, and a few others like Reba
 
2012-11-01 04:03:05 PM  
Too much thought was obviously put into this for it to be random. I almost wouldn't change a thing about the top ten, except move Minnesota out, put maybe Pennsylvania in, and probably switch Jersey and Texas. Most anything good happening musically in Jersey has been an extension of either Philly or New York anyway.
 
2012-11-01 04:03:47 PM  

Okieboy: JolobinSmokin
2012-11-01 02:50:06 PM

Oklahoma at 27th, fark ya, we're not second to last in something.

woohoo

/take what i can get


Are you kidding? We gave the world Oom-bop by Hansen! We should be number 1!!!

/also a fellow Checotian named Carrie Underwood, and a few others like Reba


Best of all, OK gave us the Flaming Lips. God Bless the Flaming Lips.
 
2012-11-01 04:13:40 PM  
Two comments:

1) Posting a list without stating why -not even a simple list of names- is just asking for flames.
2) Where would DC fall in the list?
 
2012-11-01 04:29:34 PM  
WHAR GRAF WHA...

Oh, wait, that's that other nonsensical rankings thread...

/Seriously, this list sucks.
 
2012-11-01 04:34:43 PM  
NY

Twisted Sister
Kiss
Ramones
Blondie
Talking Heads
Billy Joel
Type O Negative

and every rapper and Italian singer
 
2012-11-01 04:40:07 PM  
What state did The Beatles come from?

You know, cause that state should be number one.
 
2012-11-01 04:46:23 PM  

Foxxinnia: #38. New Mexico

I think Buddy Holly recorded in Clovis, but that's all I can think of.

Anyway, that's the most profoundly useless list I've ever seen on the internet. ESPN power rankings are better explained.


Tish Hinojosa is another Texan who also has some history with NM.

/and should be more famous.
 
2012-11-01 04:47:00 PM  

Forbidden Doughnut: orezona: Being from Oregon the only "home grown" bands I can think of are Poison Idea, Everclear and the Cherry Poppin' Daddies (who I actual saw play in a Grange Hall in Yachats or something in the early 90's).

Decemberists....

/ don't care for them myself , but they are nationally known...


Black Prairie, which is three fifths of the Decemberists plus a hot chick and some dude.

Portland has a really good live music scene happening right now.
 
2012-11-01 04:48:32 PM  

johnny queso: I can think of exactly one musician from Wyoming, Chris Ledoux, but somehow we're ahead of CO which is mildly amusing.


Sub Gringo, who you've probably never heard of.

/ puts on turtle shell glasses and hitches up skinny jeans...
 
2012-11-01 04:50:36 PM  

T.rex: Ohio should be #1 based on Bone Thugs, alone.


I don't know what a bone thugs is, but Ohio should be higher based on King Records in Cincinnati, and Bootsy Collins.

/and the Black Keys
 
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