Top Eight Bands That Sound Best When You're Drunk

Some bands are great no matter what state you're in; some are terrible regardless of whether or not you could pass a breathalyzer test. Some bands, however, exist in a curious in-between zone, where what was merely decent, average or even uninteresting becomes enthralling with the simple addition of alcohol.

You may not agree with all or any of Rocks Off's choices, but as usual, we don't care. No, come on, don't get mad, baby, we're just messing with you. Leave your own suggestions in the comments.


What they're like when you're sober: First song: "AC/DC! Yes! Rollin' thunder, poundin' rain... you turn me on like a hurricane!" Second song: "Sweet, somebody must have played the whole album!" Third song: "Didn't they just play this song? No? Different song? Huh. Kinda hard to tell." Fourth song: "Jesus, how many AC/DC songs have played so far tonight? Ten? Twelve?" Fifth song: "Can someone please unplug the jukebox?"

What they're like when you're drunk: "Dude, these guys are true originals. Nobody rocked like they did when they first started. Listen to that, man. That is all balls. They're like... like a snapshot of the era, forever frozen in time. Listen to those lyrics. We are on the highway to Hell, man. We all are."


What they're like when you're sober: "The Sex Pistols? Oh man, I haven't listened to them since high school! Right on, turn it up!" *song plays for about a minute* "This is it? This is what my friends and I were obsessed with for three solid years? Man... ever get the feeling like you've been cheated?"

What they're like when you're drunk: "Hey man. Hand me that billiard ball." *smashes a pyramid of empty beer bottles across the room with it* "FUUUUCK YEEEEEEAAAAH!!!" (Note: This anecdote is based upon actual events from Rocks Off's life that almost got Rocks Off Sr. Kicked out of an Austin co-op.)


What he's like when you're sober: "Okay, look, I love Tom Waits, but... it's a beautiful day outside, we're enjoying a nice lunch, I'm just not really in the mood for him, okay? I don't need to hear songs about the end of the world right now. Check the jukebox, they got any Tears For Fears? Oh, 'Mad World,' very funny. I want something that doesn't sound like it should be playing while Ophelia drowns herself, goddammit."

What he's like when you're drunk: "Holy shit, man. Holy shit. Listen to these lyrics. I think Tom Waits might be the only musician who I would like just for his lyrics, even if his music wasn't awesome. He paints a picture, dude. With his words. Aw, man... why did she leave me, man? I think I'm a pretty good guy... she said she just wasn't feeling it anymore. How can someone just not feel? How can someone do that?" *weeps deeply into glass of bourbon*

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