Best Piano-Rock?

rwiggumrwiggum Opening Act
edited July 2012 in History of Rock
What are some of your favorite piano-driven bands?

Ben Folds/Five
Something Corporate
Billy Joel

And if we're counting synth, then...

Reggie and the Full Effect
Devo
Klaxons
Motion City Soundtrack
The Cars
The Cure (Depending on what era we're talking about)

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  • OldFogeyOldFogey Road Warrior
    edited April 2008
    rwiggum;534415 said:
    What are some of your favorite piano-driven bands?

    Ben Folds/Five
    Something Corporate
    Billy Joel

    And if we're counting synth, then...

    Reggie and the Full Effect
    Devo
    Klaxons
    Motion City Soundtrack
    The Cars
    The Cure (Depending on what era we're talking about)
    Nowadays -- Keane. It is piano, but electric grand with sound effects. Still, not synth, not organ.

    I also like the Irish singer/songwriter Duke Special.




    Historically -- Jerry Lee Lewis, Little Richard, Fats Domino, Elton John, ELP, Dr. John.

    Bill Payne's keyboards (mostly piano) were a big part of Little Feat's sound.
  • AxlVanHagarAxlVanHagar Road Warrior
    edited April 2008
    Elton John
    Jerry Lee Lewis
    Ray Charles
    Little Richard
    Depech Mode
    Oingo Boingo
    Howard Jones
    A Flock of Seagulls
    Human League
    Psychedelic Furs
    Siouxsie & the Banshees*a little border line here with the keyboard motif we're going for*
  • fighting69thfighting69th Opening Act
    edited April 2008
    Queen had a couple of great piano rock songs (Don't Stop Me Now, Killer Queen etc) though I doubt they could be classified as such. Still get an honorable mention from me.
  • GroovyBananaGroovyBanana Unsigned
    edited April 2008
    Jerry Lee Lewis was the first name to pop into my head.

    A bit more modern: Tori Amos
  • HardRocker12HardRocker12 Rising Star
    edited April 2008
    Piano- Serj Tankian

    Synth- Nine Inch Nails
  • OldFogeyOldFogey Road Warrior
    edited April 2008
    AxlVanHagar;534463 said:

    Ray Charles
    D'oh!
    Howard Jones
    Double D'oh!
    Similar -- Thomas Dolby
  • OldFogeyOldFogey Road Warrior
    edited April 2008
    GroovyBanana;534497 said:
    Jerry Lee Lewis was the first name to pop into my head.

    A bit more modern: Tori Amos
    The reference to Tori reminds me --

    Joni Mitchell
  • OldFogeyOldFogey Road Warrior
    edited April 2008
    A couple of classics from the 60's

    Lee Michaels, Do You Know What I Mean




    Crazy World of Arthur Brown, Fire -- awesome Hammond B3 Riff




    And the best keyboard driven band Procol Harum, with piano and organ working together




    With honorable mention to many groups that featured Stevie Winwood on keys: here as 16 year old with the greatest organ riff of all:




    And of course, the Doors
  • a21schizoidmana21schizoidman Prog-nosticator
    edited April 2008
    Emerson Lake & Palmer
    The Nice
    the Doors
    Jerry Lee Lewis
    Elton John
    Billy Joel
  • RunesmithRunesmith Headliner
    edited April 2008
    AxlVanHagar;534463 said:
    Elton John
    Jerry Lee Lewis
    Ray Charles
    Little Richard
    Depech Mode
    Oingo Boingo
    Howard Jones
    A Flock of Seagulls
    Human League
    Psychedelic Furs
    Siouxsie & the Banshees*a little border line here with the keyboard motif we're going for*
    There isn't a single bad example on Axl's list. Granted, I'm pretty biased towards New Wave/Post-punk...

    I also haven't seen Fiona Apple mentioned in the thread. Quite a few of her songs are centered around the piano.

    Shadowboxer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wV1DyE5LG8A
    Criminal: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uTpvjNn2BUM
  • Samuel346Samuel346 Headliner
    edited April 2008
    Something Corporate.
  • AxlVanHagarAxlVanHagar Road Warrior
    edited April 2008
    Awesome clip of Fire Fogey! I love that one:D Totally dig watching stuff where I can see the Coop got his idea's and influences from.

    And some one smack me for forgetting to mention The Doors. D'OH! indeed:o
  • BhindBluEyes430BhindBluEyes430 Road Warrior
    edited April 2008
    This could fit in this thread and in the movie thread

    Layla in goodfellas posibly one of the best movie scenes of all time
    (Warning contains Graphic Images)


  • Jhail83Jhail83 Opening Act
    edited April 2008
    Emerson Lake and Palmer
  • IslandBoy91IslandBoy91 Road Warrior
    edited April 2008
    Billy Joel and Elton John off the top of my head...
    And (correct me If I'm wrong) Jackson Browne, (They do the "Roadie Tribute" song, right?)
  • a21schizoidmana21schizoidman Prog-nosticator
    edited April 2008
    Spencer Davis Group

    Tom Waits
  • WhiffleBallTonyWhiffleBallTony Headliner
    edited April 2008
    HardRocker12;535054 said:
    Piano- Serj Tankian

    Synth- Nine Inch Nails
    I don't think that either of those count as piano rock...
  • QuinarvyQuinarvy Road Warrior
    edited April 2008
    Five For Fighting
    Billy Joel

    'Nuff said.
  • partyboydanialpartyboydanial Rising Star
    edited April 2008
    Piano:
    John Lennon
    The Beatles (in like 50% of their songs)

    Keyboard:
    The Doors

    Organ:
    Deep Purple

    Synth:
    The Who
    Rush
  • OldFogeyOldFogey Road Warrior
    edited April 2008
    partyboydanial;542399 said:
    Piano:
    John Lennon
    The Beatles (in like 50% of their songs)
    I don't think so. Paul played more piano than John. George Martin handled the harder keyboard parts (the harpsichord in In My Life). And Billy Preston carried most of the load in the later songs.

    I have no idea what the actual percentage is of songs on which John played piano, but I would guess closer to 10%.
  • partyboydanialpartyboydanial Rising Star
    edited April 2008
    OldFogey;542412 said:
    I don't think so. Paul played more piano than John. George Martin handled the harder keyboard parts (the harpsichord in In My Life). And Billy Preston carried most of the load in the later songs.

    I have no idea what the actual percentage is of songs on which John played piano, but I would guess closer to 10%.
    nawww i meant John Lennon solo career had a lot of piano driven songs
  • OldFogeyOldFogey Road Warrior
    edited April 2008
    partyboydanial;542430 said:
    nawww i meant John Lennon solo career had a lot of piano driven songs
    SO:

    John Lennon
    Beatles (in like 50% of their songs)

    meant you were citing two different artists: Lennon solo, and the Beatles?

    Looked like you were saying John Lennon in the Beatles..

    Sorry if I misunderstood -- not that I agree with the conclusion, anyway :D
  • DestromasDestromas Road Warrior
    edited April 2008
    Stevie Wonder.
  • MushroomMushroom Road Warrior
    edited April 2008
    For me, Ben Folds and Dresden Dolls
  • RagAndBoneRagAndBone Rising Star
    edited April 2008
    I'm not sure if this technically counts, but what about the White Stripes' "Get Behind Me Satan" album?







  • Samuel346Samuel346 Headliner
    edited April 2008
    Samuel346;536022 said:
    Something Corporate.
    http://www.youtube.com/v/ZMwI1DlZpyY&hl=en
  • plutosplutos Unsigned
    edited December 2008
    Below Jupiter(myspace.com/belowjupiter) is an awesome indie piano band.
  • CHOFF09CHOFF09 Unsigned
    edited December 2008
    warren zevon - werewolves of london
    and i hated what kid rock did to this song
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nhSc8qVMjKM
  • My name is FezMy name is Fez Road Warrior
    edited December 2008
    I agree with whoever mentioned Keane. IMO the best modern-day piano-centered band around. But I don't know that many piano bands XD They still rock though.

    The others (ie: Elton John) are pretty obvious mentions.
  • TopazDolphinTopazDolphin Opening Act
    edited December 2008
    Billy Joel and Keane popped up in my mind. Never thought of Elton John, though.

    And, Coldplay too. *ducks*
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