I honestly have never heard of at least half of these bands, which is more a testament to the lameness of most local scenes than my lack of musical knowledge. Doom metal is hardly my taste, so I highly doubt I will ever willingly listen to Pallbearer, but I can't think of any truly noteworthy Arkansas rock bands, either. A few more quibbles:
1. Alabama - Drive By Truckers are a close call, but I agree with the Muscle Shoals Swampers as far more revolutionary and historically important.
2. Oh, come on, R.E.M. are way better and much commercially bigger than Outkast!
3. I feel sorry for Kansas for Kansas. And the Embarrassment were better.
4. The Cars were better than the Pixies, but only by a smidgen.
5. Do Prince's back-up band really count? He only used them for 3 or 4 albums of the 50-odd he released, and even then he played a lot of (if not most) of the instruments himself. It makes as much sense as including the Band for The Basement Tapes - Prince and Dylan were primarily solo artists. Give the gold to the Replacements already.
6. I've never heard of that band from Maine, but I should try what they're smoking.
7. Tom Verlaine and Richard Hell were prep school brats from Maryland. The Ramones were all natives from Queens, so they should be here instead.
8. Surely Portland's thriving scene must have produced quite a few more interesting bands than a Stephen Malkmus solo project (and he's from Cali).
9. It's sad when you have to choose between the Marshall Tucker Band and Hootie & the Blowfish
10. Destiny's Child? Seriously? I can ramble off at least a dozen better Texas bands without blinking, starting with the Buddy Holly & the Crickets. I guess they're too much of a family magazine to nominate the true winner, the Butthole Surfers.
11. I weep for Utah.