David Ortiz was selected by fans as the only Red Sox player to represent the American League in this year’s Midsummer Classic.
So that got us thinking: If you could only pick one, which band or artist gets your vote to represent the city of Boston, in a fictitious Music All Star Game?
There’s plenty of options to choose from, with artists spanning different generations and genres. Here’s a breakdown of who made our final ballot…
The choices are:
This local band’s charisma, talent, perseverance and longevity have turned them from “The Bad Boys From Boston” into “America’s Greatest Rock N’ Roll Band.” Seemingly on the verge of collapse after every monumental achievement, this band has not only found a way to stay relevant in their 40+ year career, but they’re one of the only bands remaining that play true rock n’ roll.
Call me biased, but Brad Delp was one of the greatest rock singers in history. His extended vocal range may have captured his band’s signature style better than anyone — and he never got the credit he deserved for that.
Although they don’t have the longevity to match some of the other artists on this list, The Cars’ 1978 classic hit “Just What I Needed” helped define the New Wave genre that was sweeping the nation at the time.
J. Geils Band:
Ok, so they’re originally from Worcester. Worcester, Boston – what’s the difference right? They’re veterans, so we’ll let it slide just once.
What else is there to say about the Queen of Disco Donna Summer? Her music defined a generation and she has the Grammy Awards to prove it.
James Taylor has won 5 Grammys and is also a member of both the Rock and Roll and Songwriters Hall of Fame — pretty good credentials to be vying for the city’s lone Music All Star, I would say.
“I’m Shipping Up To Boston” has become the unofficial anthem for the city since it was released in 2005. Can that fact alone help make the case for the Dropkick Murphys to be the city’s music All Star?
JUST missed the cut…
Mighty Mighty Bosstones:
There’s only room for one punk/ska band on the list, and unfortunately for the Mighty Mighty Bosstones, the Dropkick Murphys just edged them out in that category.
We in Boston like to forget the fact that it was here that the “boy band” craze started, with groups like New Edition and New Kids On The Block. In looking at our final ballot, there’s just no room for New Edition, or any other boy band for that matter.
With hits like “It’s Been Awhile” and “So Far Away,” there’s definitely some consideration for Staind to make the final ballot. However they are from Springfield, and don’t yet deserve that veteran pass we let slide for the J. Geils Band.
New Kids On The Block:
(See above section titled New Edition on boy band rules)
Andrew Celani — WZLX.com
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