America is a pop/rock band based out of California who had its greatest success in The Seventies. They have never been critical favorites, but they had a handful of hits which are fondly remembered by fans. The band's vintage lineup consisted of Gerry Beckley, Dan Peek, and Dewey Bunnell. Peek left the group in 1977, but Beckley and Bunnell continue to tour and record as America to this day.Songs recorded by America include "Ventura Highway," "A Horse with No Name," "Sister Golden Hair," and... "Muskrat Love." "A Horse with No Name" and "Sister Golden Hair" are more pleasant to humans.George Martin produced three of this band's albums.
- Artistic Stimulation
- Buffy Speak: 'There were plants and birds and rocks and things' in "A Horse with No Name".
- Captain Obvious: In "A Horse with No Name", the singer feels the need to point out that 'The heat was hot'.
- Everyone Went to School Together: The three members of the classic lineup met while attending a U.S. military high school near London.
- Greatest Hits Album: History, which featured cover art by Phil Hartman, who was an artist before he became a comedian and actor.
- Ice-Cream Koan: "A Horse with No Name"
- Idiosyncratic Album Theming: They once gave seven consecutive albums titles beginning with the letter H. (Their greatest hits collection was titled History simply to fit this pattern.) Later in their careers, they did four more in a row like that.
- Intercourse with You: "Muskrat Love"
- Lyrical Shoehorn: "A Horse with No Name" contains lines like "there were plants and birds and rocks and things" and "cause there ain't no one for to give you no pain".
- Military Brat: In real life; see Everyone Went to School Together. Note also that Dewey Bunnell was born in England.
- Textless Album Cover: The aforementioned History: America's Greatest Hits had one of these in its original vinyl release.
- Unplugged Version: Songs such as "A Horse with No Name" and "Sandman" use no electric guitars.
- Word Salad Lyrics: "Ventura Highway" contains a couple of lines which writer Dewey Bunnell claims contain meaning but which listeners would be hard pressed to decipher, chiefly the line about "alligator lizards in the air".