OK, Texans. It’s time for a good, old-fashioned music war. This week, Thrillist set about the task of selecting the best band from every state in the U.S. The criteria were reasonable. The band had to have formed in the state and not have relocated there. No solo artists. Only acts that came to fame after World War II. A fuzzy cocktail of historical significance, influence, popularity and quality.
Don’t act surprised that Destiny’s Child nabbed the Texas slot, then. Think you can argue that Houston’s Beyonce Knowles, Kelly Rowland and Michelle Williams (*whispers inaudibly* and Farrah and LaTavia and LeToya) lack the points on any of those qualifications? Thrillist points to Destiny’s Child hits like “Say My Name,” “Jumpin’ Jumpin” and “Survivor” as a “creative footprint” that’s as big as the state they call home.”
Yeah, and also: Beyonce.
Thrillist mentions Geto Boys and Austin acts Spoon and 13th Floor Elevators as other possible contenders for the crown. But we ask you: Did Asleep at the Wheel, Dixie Chicks, Double Trouble, Explosions in the Sky, The Polyphonic Spree, ZZ Top or Butthole Surfers get a fair shake in this consideration process? Sound off in the comments. But first, please watch the video for “Bootylicious” again.
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