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Wednesday, November 13, 2002
 
Is he serious?

Glenn Reynolds over at Instapundit has lost his marbles. Today he wrote that Creedence Clearwater Revival was "the greatest -- and most thoroughly American -- American rock and roll band." "Fortunate Son" is a great song and all, but let's be serious. Is there anybody out there who would rather have CCR's new boxed set over a copy of the Beach Boys' "Pet Sounds"? Or would rather have seen CCR in concert than, say, Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band? Or the Jimi Hendrix Experience? Or Nirvana? The Jackson Five? The Ramones? R.E.M? All these bands are American, and they're all just great.

What's the greatest and the most thoroughly American rock and roll band? If I had to name one, I'd take any from the list I just gave over CCR, but I probably would have to go with The Funk Brothers. Who are they, you ask? They're the "best kept secret in the history of pop music." Hopefully, though, not for long.

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