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Left to right: Gerry Beckley, Dan Peek and Dewey Bunnell.

I've been through the desert on a horse with no name,
It felt good to be out of the rain,
In the desert you can remember your name,
'Cause there ain't no one for to give you no pain.
— "A Horse with No Name"
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America are a soft-rock band, originally formed in England but based out of California for virtually all of their career, who had their greatest success in The '70s. While never critical favorites, 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 and died in 2011, but Beckley and Bunnell continue to tour and record as America to this day.

Among their hit songs are "A Horse with No Name", "I Need You", "Ventura Highway", "Tin Man", "Lonely People", "Sister Golden Hair", and... "Muskrat Love". ("A Horse with No Name" and "Sister Golden Hair" are more pleasant to humans.)

George Martin produced five of this band's albums.


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Tropes:

  • Artistic Stimulation
  • The Band Minus the Face: Never the same after Dan Peek left.
  • 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'.
  • Chronological Album Title: Hat Trick is a kind of Stealth Pun example; it's their third album, and "hat trick" is a sports term that denotes a player or team accomplishing a feat three times.
  • 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, featuring 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.
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  • Intercourse with You: "Muskrat Love"
  • Lyrical Shoehorn: "A Horse with No Name" contains lines like "there were plants and birds and rocks and things", "the heat was hot" 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.
  • Name Amnesia: The song "Horse with No Name" claims an Averted Trope example; because you're alone, it's actually easier to maintain your identity since no one is around to influence you.
  • The Not-Remix: History features these for several early songs, resulting in subtle-but-noticeable changes from the original album versions.
  • Textless Album Cover: The aforementioned History: America's Greatest Hits had one of these in its original vinyl release (albeit with a title sticker on the shrink wrap).
  • 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".
    • Maybe they were having a semantic/philosophical discussion on the tautology involved in the phrase "alligator lizards", as something to pass the time on the drive to Ventura...

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