The history of rock & roll is punctuated by major bands whose names are nouns preceded by the definite article. The Crickets, the Coasters, the Beatles, the Stones, the Sex Pistols, the Clash, the Bangles, the Go-Gos; the list continues ad infinitum. The members of the latest round of rock revivalists -- from the Strokes to the White Stripes, from the Hives to the Vines -- are all aware of this tradition. We could come up with some grandiose theory about how the declarative nature of group identity reflects the immediacy of the musical intensity. Or we could just assume that a lot of rock & roll bands think these... More >>>