Texas Vs. San Francisco: the World Series of Music
Starting right now, we're also making the World Series about music. To see how Texas and San Francisco match up in terms we music nerds understand, we've selected a few key aspects for comparison. Just like the real World Series, it's a formidable competition in the form of seven games. Here we go:
|Bob Wills, titan of Texas music|
Score: Texas, 3; San Francisco, 3
Score: Texas, 0; San Francisco, 3
Score: Texas, 6; San Francisco, 5
Game 4: Mind-bending Psychedelic Rock
Yeah, Texas' 13th Floor Elevators might be the Nolan Ryan of psychedelic bands, but San Francisco's '60s scene had the equivalent of Barry Bonds, Willie Mays, and, like, Babe Ruth or Hank Aaron or somebody really, really good. (Hey, we're music nerds, not baseball nerds). When comes to psych-rock, Texas is only pretty good at a game San Francisco perfected. We're just usually too high to notice.
Game 5: Most Influential (Popular) Musician Ever
Texas gave birth to Buddy Holly, a figure far more important to modern music than anyone San Francisco has fostered. Even with this city's '60s greats, its punk progenitors, its metal monarchs, its hip-hop heads, we can't find anyone as influential as ol' Buddy. Now, if we could include offspring from the rest of our state and throw in folks like the Beach Boys' Brian Wilson, that would make for a more even match-up. You get this one, Texas.
Score: Texas, 5; San Francisco, 3
Score: Texas, 0; San Francisco, 2
For clarity, we're only counting songs with a location in the title here. Ranking authorities on Texas music have Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys' "New San Antonio Rose" as a leader in this round; frankly, though, we think the classic "T for Texas" (love the Waylon Jennings version) is the strongest competition from the Lone Star State. We can't count Otis Redding's "Sittin' On the Dock of the Bay" because of our own stupid rules, which is the musical equivalent of 47 sequential grand-slams. But even if we leave out the famous contributions of Tony Bennett and Scott MacKenzie, we've still got Eric Burdon & the Animals' "San Franciscan Nights," the classic "San Francisco Bay Blues," and the excellent-if-dubiously-named blues standard, "Frisco Blues," along with plenty others to thrust us toward victory. It's almost like the Texans can't get even get their songs over the plate.
Score: Texas, 5; San Francisco, 8