Ah the 4th of July. A day to feel proud of your country, America. A day to watch firework displays, eat hotdogs, and reflect on the War of Independence. But there’s more to being a proud American than eating and war; what about the music?!
Here’s 7 bands sure to make you feel proud to be an American.
(Warning: patriotism may apply)
1. Foo Fighters
Foo Fighters rose like a phoenix (‘MURICA) from the ashes of Nirvana (cry) to become possibly the biggest band in modern rock. With hilarious music videos (c’mon, Learn To Fly?! F*cking legendary) and stadium-obliterating anthems galore, Foo Fighters are definitely drinks-raising-worthy.
2. Marilyn Manson
Controversial, but bear with us. Still hated and branded as the devil in many European countries (Russia we’re looking at you) Brian Warner has paved the way for “mainstream” goth. His approach to music is much like a hitman’s approach to killing: violent and financially solvent. The Ohio native gave us the beauty of the ‘Tainted Love’ video (literal bunny babes, anyone?) as well as giving the earth the chance to view the palest/most radiant couple to ever exist in his pairing with Dita Von Teese (RIP dat love). Be proud, goths of America. This man is your messiah.
Aerosmith rocked the faces off 80,000 people at Download Festival last month, and no one did it better than a barely-aging Steven Tyler in a saintly white ensemble, and confusing us with his weird attractiveness (he’s old enough to be our Dad, stop it brain). From the crop of the REAL “Sex, Drugs and Rock ‘n’ Roll” bands of the 60s and 70s, Aerosmith IS American rock music.
4. Guns N’ Roses
At the height of their powers, they were the biggest band in the world, and Axl Rose‘s headbands were the envy of every blonde-permed woman in the United States. Let’s be honest, everyone knows who Slash is (even though he is in fact BRITISH), and he’s even been honoured as a Santa-like mythical being in South Park. Doesn’t get much prouder than that.
5. Steel Panther
The most sexually promiscuous men on the planet, they’ve had sex with more women than all the men in the world combined; if that ain’t a reason to be proud I don’t know what is. Reeking of Vegas and LA, Steel Panther‘s music lewd, rude, and crude, but also insanely brilliant. Stand tall America, Steel Panther came from your loins.
6. Green Day
Politically charged and social-minded, Green Day re-invented pop-punk, and paved the way for a new wave of American citizens (ones who weren’t “American Idiot“‘s). They may not be the most patriotic bunch around, but they sure know how to pen a song. Plus the “Wake Me Up When September Ends” video makes us cry evry tiem.
Just kidding. They aren’t even American.