50 Best Miami Bands of All Time: From 20 to 16

The wailing, skanking third-wave punk horns of Against All Authority.
The wailing, skanking third-wave punk horns of Against All Authority.
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There ain't no party like a Miami party. 'Cause a Miami party don't stop.

But besides that undeniable truth, there's also the fact that a Miami party comes in, like, a million different permutations.

We live in a weird, sexy, superdiverse land of "Peanut Butter Jelly" time, Cuban-American country music hoedowns, horn-blowing punk circle pits, Carribean disco freakfests, and degenerate rock 'n' roll shows.

Need proof? Just check the cut for numbers 20 to 16 in Crossfade's epic list of the 50 Best Miami Bands of All Time.

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20. Buckwheat Boyz

Ostensibly, the Buckwheat Boyz's absurd, Miami bass-inspired party anthems were ridiculously hyperactive kid-friendly chant-alongs about fun and food. But as we all know, the finest, freakiest, and filthiest of all sexual euphemisms are inspired by good times and edible yummies. So when the Boyz are screaming and thrusting through some "Peanut Butter Jelly," are they really talking about schooltime sandwiches? Or penises in butts with the aid of a lil' KY?

Together for only four years and one album, the Buckwheat Boyz still managed two major contributions to Miami/world music history: (1) Inadvertently inspiring a wacky Internet meme that began with an unofficial "PBJ" video featuring a manically dancing animated banana and ended with a Family Guy gag; and (2) Selling a follow-up food-related hit entitled "Ice Cream and Cake" (which may or may not be about sticking your cone in her cake and leaving behind a sweet dairy treat) to Baskin-Robbins for the purposes of a lip-smacking national marketing campaign. -- S. Pajot

19. The Mavericks

If the Miami music scene is great at producing anything, it's bizarre anomalies. Take The Mavericks, definitely the city's only proper country act to enjoy nearly a decade of mainstream success. And it was fronted by a Cuban-American, Raul Malo, to boot.

But beyond the novelty factor, The Mavericks charmed fans with stylistic roots in classic country à la Cash and Cline, not to mention songwriting chops that were strong enough for some 14 songs to hit the Billboard country charts between 1991 and 2003. And if you missed The Mavericks' twang the first time 'round ... Well, the band properly reunited this year. -- Arielle Castillo

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