When you think “music” and “New York City,” which are the quintessential New York bands? Who are to NYC what the Beach Boys and Red Hot Chili Peppers are to southern California? If NYC recorded an album, who would it use as artists?
The bands that spring to mind:
The Velvet Underground. Inarguable, I think. The band seemed to use the subway as a circulatory system, oxygenating their fervid collective brain.
The Ramones. CBGBs punk.
Television. CBGBs punk-influenced experimental pop-rock, or whatever the hell genre they are.
The Beastie Boys. To the five boroughs, indeed.
Talking Heads are probably more Providence than NYC, even though they also played the CBGBs stage.