For me, number one is easy: I’ve gotta go with the local band, The White Stripes[sup]1[/sup]. The other three I haven’t heard nearly so much of; however, I caught a number of Strokes tunes when they were The Next Big Thing, and, just recently, the latest Hives and Vines on MTV2. From that admittedly small sample comes the rest of my impressions: The Vines were, frankly, pretty boring. The Hives, on the other hand, piqued my interest. The Strokes made me think of the Velvet Underground: not a bad thing, per se, but not as interesting as the Hives. So I come up with:
- The White Stripes
- The Hives
- The Strokes
- The Vines
[sup]1[/sup] A few years back, Jack White from the White Stripes rented studio space in the building my wife now has space in. He moved out about the time she moved in, and she rented his old studio for a summer before moving into her current space. Jack left a nice ten-foot long table that my wife glommed onto and still has. True story, and also illustrative of the fact that I’m at least three degrees of seperation (including one inanimate object) from anyone cool.