Best Avant Garde Rock Bands

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1Pink FloydPink Floyd were an English rock band formed in London. They achieved international acclaim with their progressive and psychedelic music. The band consisted of 5 members - David Gilmour (Vocals and Guitar), Syd Barrett (Vocals and Guitarist), Nick Mason (Drums), Roger Waters (Vocals and Bass), and Richard ...read more.

This list is a joke. Bands like Pink Floyd, The Beatles, and The Who aren't even avant garde. If you want some real avant garde rock then I recommend you check out Buckethead.

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2The Velvet UndergroundThe Velvet Underground was an American rock band, active between 1964 and 1973, formed in New York City.

I don't know how Pink Floyd is considered Avant Garde in anyway. Most of their albums were commercial music well suited for its time, regardless of quality

I am sure these rock artists are avant-garde: The Velvet Underground, Roxy Music, Captain Beefheart, The Residents. - Metal_Treasure

Lou reed and nothing else
Psychedelia and poetry at it's best
My personal favorite band
Certainly the best American band

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3The BeatlesThe Beatles were an English rock band formed in Liverpool in 1960. The members consisted of John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr. They were soon known as the foremost and most influential act of rock era. Rooted in skiffle, beat, and 1950s rock and roll, the Beatles later experimented ...read more.V1 Comment
4The WhoThe Who is an English hard rock band formed in London, England in 1964 . The members are Roger Daltrey (lead singer), Pete Townshend (guitarist), John Entwistle (bassist), and Keith Moon (drums). The genres they were associated with happened to be rock, soft rock, hard rock, and soul rock. They are ...read more.

Not the generation
But gems like pinball wizard and baba o riley

5RadioheadRadiohead are an English rock band from Abingdon, Oxfordshire, formed in 1985. The band consists of Thom Yorke (lead vocals, guitar, piano, keyboards), Jonny Greenwood (lead guitar, keyboards, other instruments), Colin Greenwoood (bass guitar), Phil Selway (drums), and Ed O'Brien (guitar).
6Captain Beefheart

A squid eating dough in a polyethylene bag is fast and bulbous. Ya got me?

One of the only bands on here that could be considered avant garde rock

7King CrimsonKing Crimson is a British progressive rock band that was formed in 1969. While the band had numerous band member changes, the head of the band has always been Robert Fripp (Guitar). ...read more.

King Crimson are usually underrated but surprisingly they appear twice in the top 10 of this list (at # 6 and #9). - Metal_Treasure

Take an aqualung my friend and it'll take you in the beyond with a locomotive breath

8Frank ZappaFrank Vincent Zappa was an American musician, songwriter, composer, record producer, actor and filmmaker.

Imma move to Montana soon! I'll be raisin' my lonely... Dental floss...

9BjorkBjörk Guðmundsdóttir, known mononymously as Björk, is an Icelandic singer and songwriter. She is most famous for her eclectic music styles and experimentation on electronic pop music.

Part of her music is really avant-garde but it's not rock. - Metal_Treasure

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11CreamCream were a 1960s British rock supergroup power trio consisting of bassist/singer Jack Bruce, drummer Ginger Baker, and guitarist/singer Eric Clapton.
12Mr. Bungle

This and Zappa is the only avant-garde band of this list, the rest is NOT avant-garde

The band with Mike Patton, the guy with a vocal range of over 6 octaves. - Metal_Treasure

13Can

What the Beatles and Pink Floyd aren't even avant garde lol

14The ResidentsThe Residents are an American art collective best known for avant-garde music and multimedia works. Since their first official release, Meet the Residents, the group has released over sixty albums, numerous music videos and short films, three CD-ROM projects, and ten DVDs.
15Roxy Music

I am sure only about these 4 bands (that they play avant-garde 'rock music in the strict sense). - Metal_Treasure

16YesYes are an English rock band formed in 1968 by bassist Chris Squire and singer Jon Anderson. They first achieved success in the 1970s with a progressive, art and symphonic style of rock music.
17Procol HarumProcol Harum are an English rock band formed in 1967. They contributed to the development of progressive rock, and by extension, symphonic rock.
18Butthole SurfersButthole Surfers is an American rock band formed by Gibby Haynes and Paul Leary in San Antonio, Texas in 1981.
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20Talking HeadsTalking Heads were an American rock band formed in 1975 in New York City and active until 1991. The band comprised David Byrne, Chris Frantz, Tina Weymouth, and Jerry Harrison.
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