There are literally so many English bands to talk about. I have been thinking a lot about the best English bands, and have developed some ideas based on the effect they have had on music. I thought it would be cool to talk about two of my favorite English music acts that started it all, Black Sabbath and David Bowie. I will start off with the first ever metal band, Black Sabbath:
This is where it all began. There is no one to this day who has brought the same energy to music as Black Sabbath did. It is legendary. When I listen to this song I feel like they made this while summoning a demon. It is so raw and visceral that I’m not even sure how it actually even exists. There are a couple bands today to check out like Sworn In and August Burns Red, which are American bands, but in the same vein. Without Black Sabbath, there would be no metal.
Just in the same way that Black Sabbath invented metal, Bowie invented everything else:
David Bowie is one of those guys that is always cool to talk about. He is almost unanimously liked, and whenever you bring up David Bowie, he is always talked about as a legendary figure. His many changes of image over the years have inspired pop stars to do just like him (Madonna, Lady Gaga, Katy Perry, etc). His boldness to carve his own path in the cultural landscape made a whole new musical genre of itself, just like Black Sabbath. The difference between the two is that Bowie created multiple genres, depending on which album or style you’re talking about. Starting with Space Oddity, all the way to Blackstar, Bowie never stopped evolving his sound and message to the current landscape, I’m guessing even during the late eighties though the nineties (I haven’t had the chance of listening to all of these albums yet). David Bowie will go down in music history as a unique and innovative artist that has influenced countless artists, like Nirvana, who covered his song ‘The Man Who Sold The World’, for their MTV Unplugged. Bowie’s VH1 Storytellers is just as good if not better than Nirvana’s MTV Unplugged performance, so if you have a chance to check it out, I would highly suggest it.