Cornbread Maxwell wrote:Also - dont know if U2 or REM should qualify they seem a bit old for this competition.
No way, U2 and REM go back to the early 80s.
OOPS EDIT: I thought it had to be post 1990, not 1980.
U2 has an incredible longevity streak going on. I'd actually see them as the band to beat -- based on the criteria you outlined at the top of this topic.
Can't think of another group who's been around as long with as much success, first as a college radio band, then an alternative rock band (though alternative has meant so many different things over the decades) to MTV video darlings to mainstream arena act...
To now (sadly) corporate shills for iPod (yuck)
But I'm on record as saying U2 will be the group to beat.