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Clark Benson
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Chicago bands and Illinois bands in general. As a native Chicagoan who went to school in Champaign, i feel entitled to weigh in on this matter. That said, i'm probably missing the boat on some less prominent Chicago bands of the late nineties and "oughts".

One side note to this list - for the most part, i have a thing where i can tell by a band name if i WON"T like a band, it's about 95% accurate for bands that have albums out, and probably even more for all bands. the two times in my life where i have been most wrong about band names happened when i was still living in Illinois back in 1991. I saw a band whose name i hated but who had some local buzz at the Lounge Ax - they were called the Vulgar Boatmen. As predicted, they totally weren't for me. So, having broken my rule and gone out to see a band with a horrible name, i decided i wasn't going to get burned twice. The next two young bands i blew off, for "lame band name reasons" were called Uncle Tupelo and the Smashing Pumpkins.

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Wilco is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Bands from Illinois
Wilco Rock music, Experimental rock, Folk rock

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The Smashing Pumpkins Shoegazing, Gothic rock, Alternative rock

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Cheap Trick is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Bands from Illinois
Cheap Trick Pop punk, Glam metal, New Wave - Cheap Trick !

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Naked Raygun is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Bands from Illinois
Naked Raygun Punk rock, Post-hardcore, Hardcore punk

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Ministry is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Bands from Illinois
Ministry Doom metal, New Wave, Synthpop

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Liz Phair is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Bands from Illinois
Liz Phair Hip hop music, Rock music, Pop rock

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Styx is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Bands from Illinois
Styx Pop music, Rock music, Heavy metal - Yes, Styx has spit out quite a bit of garbage over the years, but "the hits" and "the almost hit album tracks" add up. i would even go see an original Styx reunion, but i think 2 of them are now dead or ...

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Didjits Punk rock

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The Jesus Lizard is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Bands from Illinois
The Jesus Lizard Noise rock, Rock music, Grunge

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Uncle Tupelo is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Bands from Illinois
Uncle Tupelo Rock music, Country rock, Alternative rock - Would probably rank a bit higher but I never saw live...

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The Sea and Cake is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Bands from Illinois
The Sea and Cake Jazz, Post-rock, Indie rock

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Trouble is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Bands from Illinois
Trouble Doom metal, Heavy metal, Stoner rock - without a shred of doubt, the Best Band Ever from Aurora!

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Tortoise is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Bands from Illinois
Tortoise Rock music, Experimental rock, Instrumental rock

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Local H is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Bands from Illinois
Local H Experimental rock, Grunge, Post-grunge

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REO Speedwagon is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Bands from Illinois
REO Speedwagon Rock music, Pop rock, Soft rock - see my comment about Styx and multiply it X5 or so. REO defined cheesy AOR in the 70s, but they did have a couple of classic FM tracks in the mix, particularly "Golden Country" and "Ridin' The Storm Out" ...

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Chicago is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Bands from Illinois
Chicago Ballad, Ska, Rock music

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Big Black is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Bands from Illinois
Big Black Noise rock, Industrial rock, Industrial music