[artists] trios, power and otherwise (A to Z)

  • Alkaline Trio
  • Beastie Boys
  • Beat Happening
  • The Bee Gees
  • Ben Folds Five
  • Big Black
  • Blink-182
  • Blue Cheer
  • Cream
  • Deee-Lite
  • Eels
  • The Flaming Lips (1997-present)
  • Gov't Mule
  • Green Day
  • Heros Severum
  • Husker Du
  • Icicle Works
  • The Jam
  • James Gang
  • The Jimi Hendrix Experience
  • King's X
  • Low
  • Meat Puppets
  • Minutemen
  • Motorhead (1976-1983, the peak years)
  • Nirvana
  • Oysterhead
  • The Police
  • The Presidents of the United States of America
  • Queens of the Stone Age (1997-2000)
  • R.E.M. (1997-present)
  • Sebadoh
  • Shellac
  • Sleater-Kinney
  • The Smithereens
  • Supergrass
  • Therapy?
  • Urge Overkill
  • Violent Femmes
  • Whodini
  • XTC (1982-present)
  • Yo La Tengo
  • ZZ Top

James Gang and Blue Cheer were both solid power trios; James Gang is better overall (check out Rides Again), but Blue Cheer was one of the first power trios and had a pretty "out there" cover of "Summertime Blues."

Johnny Waco

Did the Bee Gees ever play their own instruments?

um. on the unplugged VH1 special they did, and I'm thinking they might've in their pop incarnation. I think I just needed a B, and they suited at the time. perhaps I should remove?

Seeing as they are one of best known and (most?)successful trios of all time I wouldn't remove them from your list. Up until you mentioned "Unplugged", I honestly had no idea that they had ever recorded as a trio "band". Sorry for buttin' in.

no buttin' inferred. always good to think objectively.

Cream still rules the world of so called "power trios". Had Jack Bruce and Ginger Baker went on for few more years without fighting their way to a break-up, we could have had more good music.