So much to choose from, I picked a few favorite tunes from my favorite era.
Freakscene was/is a rock anthem.
The Wagon. I like rock tunes that go from a swinging melody to loud and back again.
Not many bands had the influence of the Pixies in the 80s.
Except for the Minutemen. RIP d.Boone
Even covering tunes from CCR
Or Blue Oyster Cult. No good minutemen footage of this song, but Mike Watt has carried the torch and still plays "The Red and The Black" nearly every show.
Some newer stuff.
Biram is a mad man. This is a partial video, partial live performance. But the song is about the car wreck that nearly killed him, and there is photographs of the accident scene in it.
Lucero needs mentioned too.
But the band that screamed rock star life, to me, was Urge Overkill. Not much good quality live stuff available on the web. The glitter guitars, hair, sunglasses, martinis, red velvet and fucking groupies on the bus, they lived it, and burned out.