50 Best Miami Bands of All Time: From 45 to 41

Yesterday, we here at Crossfade went bangin' on the beach with Miami Bass Warriors and even enjoyed some bathroom fellatio with Rat Bastard's Scraping Teeth.

But that was just the beginning of our weird and wild ten-day trip through the MIA's long and varied musical history.

For today's edition of the Best Miami Bands of All Time, we'll be hanging out with romantic gypsy rock 'n' rollers, dudes with hooks and looks, a gang of Locos, a cult metal crew from Coral Gables, and chicks in hot-dog skirts.

Just check the cut for numbers 45 to 41.

45. Nuclear Valdez

When this quintet hit the mainstream, it was notable on two levels. First, it was Miami's only entry into the late-'80s/early-'90s romantic gypsy rock 'n' roll scene. Second, Nuclear Valdez was likely the first band featuring a completely Hispanic lineup to enjoy its own MTV Unplugged session in English. And as thanks to hometown fans, the Valdez dudes immortalized their slice of the local scene in the video for breakout hit "Summer," shot in part at Churchill's Pub. -- Arielle Castillo

44. The Goods

The Goods seemed to have it all. Hooks, looks, talent, tenacity, and supercatchy melodies. Frontman Jim Camacho and crew even got inked to a national label. But burned by the biz, their fortunes eventually floundered. Nevertheless, they left behind several outstanding albums, including Mint, 5 Steps to Getting Signed, and the sadly ironic Good Things Are Coming. Individually, its members still soldier on, offering belated reminders of the greatness that The Goods possessed. -- Lee Zimmerman

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