50 Best Miami Bands of All Time: From 30 to 26

Poison the Well lead screamer Jeffrey Moreira.
Ever screamed so long and loud that you suddenly started spitting specks of blood and chunks of lung onto the microphone?

Well, we here at Crossfade are now halfway through an insane screeching spree of exactly that kinda throat-shredding intensity. And it's called the 50 Best Miami Bands of All Time.

Of course, it hasn't been entirely hardcore. We've also gone back to Calle Ocho with Miami Bass Warriors, gobbled a couple hotdogs with Avenue D, rolled deep with Ricky Rozay's Triple C's, and party-partied with Afrobeta's neo-freestyle.

Yet all along, we haven't stopped screaming. Check the cut for numbers 30 to 26.

30. Holy Terrors
Though spawned in the sparkling sonic cesspool of late-'80s post-punk indie rock, The Holy Terrors didn't finally flop into this world until 1990, when a couple of Boston guys (Rob Elba and the late Dan Hosker) decided to abort one band (Inside Outburst) and flee for South Florida ("the land of vacationing French-Canadians, retirees, and the $5.95 early bird special") to start anew.

Here in Miami, Elba and Hosker met future Interpol drummer Sam Fogarino, bass players Frank Labrador and William Trev, not to mention experimental superproducer Frank "Rat Bastard" Falestra. And that's the moment when the Terrors were born. But while the band didn't last all that long (despite intermittent resurrections in recent years), it still created enough immaculate noise -- a pair of seven-inch singles, "Spirit/Shine/Stranger" and "Cigaretello/Bad Thing," and a full-length record, Lolitaville -- to prove that SoFla's urban sprawl is just as capable of breeding existential squall as ass-blasting party music. -- S. Pajot

29. Clay D & The Get Funky Crew
Hypeman and producer Clayton Dixon, better known as Clay D, was one of the most reliable talents of the early Miami bass era, recording a string of seminal singles under various guises between 1988 and 1991. One thing that wasn't consistent, though, was his crew. After forming the original Get Funky Crew with rapper Prince Rahiem and DJ Swift to release 1988's You Be You and I Be Me, Clay D was forced to regroup when Swift and then Rahiem left the fold, releasing 1991's We're Goin' Off with an entirely new posse dubbed "The New Get Funky Crew."

Somewhere amid all this was the Get Fresh Girls and their 1990 single "Trickin' (I Seen Your Boyfriend)," and Clay and Rahiem's 1990 collabo album, Pull It All the Way Down. While this is all very confusing, what's crystal clear is how indebted Lil Jon, crunk music, and perhaps LMFAO's "Shots" are to Clay D's '91 drinking-song masterpiece "Give Me a Bottle." -- Jesse Serwer

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Laundry Room Squelchers? Every time I saw them at Churchills with other real bands, they cleared the room. Not even interesting noise. I guess it sounds good if you're trashed on heroin but any other way was unbearable.


As for the Holy Terrors, they were one of Miami's absolute best live bands, their biggest mistake was letting Rat Bastard produce those 7" records. His production work was awful and everything he ever recorded at his studio sounded flat and underwhelming.


I get it. These lists are the ultimate in subjectivity and are designed to induce strong opinions and discussion. No matter how much I disagree there is little sense in voicing opinions about where on a list various bands belong. Nonetheless, it is very disconcerting to see that my #1 choice (The Dixie Dregs) didn't even make the list. Come on. One of the best electric guitarists of the past 35 years joined by an outstanding band including an extraordinary keyboard player and drummer? Doesn't even make the list?

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Ydnar Orip

Killer read. Was super stoked to see Cynic in that list.

Ydnar Orip
Ydnar Orip

Killer read. Was super stoked to see Cynic in that list.

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