Orange County has been a fertile breeding ground for musicians of many stripes since the beginning of electricity. We at Heard Mentality would like to ask you—the good-looking, intelligent readers of this blog—for your opinions on this important matter [see headline]. Let us know who you think deserves to be on this auspicious list; and if you wish to explain why they merit inclusion, by all means shout it out loud in the comments box. [Note: We're including Long Beach musicians in this poll, because we regularly cover that city in the paper.]
We'll start this thing with 5 of our choices.
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The Mars Volta: rejuvenating ambitious prog rock for the youth and making bank with it; plus, awesome afros. Snoop Dogg: uniquely laid-back flow, charming way with un-PC lyrics, g-funk/gangsta-rap icon. DJ Nobody: from soul-jazz-inflected hip-hop to aquatic psych-pop to producing backpacker-rap classics for Busdriver to his new bliss-hop unit Blank Blue, this cat has the Midas touch. Free the Robots: wildly inventive instrumental hip-hop with unusual and cleverly deployed sample sources; just may be the future of sampladelia. Heru Avenger: unjustly obscure psychedelic-jazz-funk-electronic-prog fusion project led by guitar hero John Basil. Builds upon the most out-there work of Miles Davis, Heldon, Hawkwind and other immortals.
And here are some selections from our clubs editor Erin DeWitt:
-Gwen Stefani/No Doubt -Offspring -Sublime -Long Beach Dub Allstars (some members went on to form Long Beach Shortbus) -Warren G -Frank Black -Coaxial -War -Aquabats -Avenged Sevenfold -Matt Costa -Guttermouth -(hed) p.e. -Slayer -Vandals -T.S.O.L. -Scott Weiland -Eighteen Visions -Atreyu -Jeff Buckley -Home Grown -Joy Electric -Reel Big Fish -Rx Bandits -Save Ferris -Sugar Ray
Now it's your turn, dear readers. Ready, set, opine!