If this mash up was an actual brawl, you know, as in last person standing, and the only rule being survival. I’d put my money on Counting Crows. That lead singer, Adam Duritz is a serious scrappy bad ass.
It’s always confounding as to whether or not you use “the” in front of a band’s name. That is the case for Counting Crows, XTC, Carpenters, Talking Heads, Eagles, Lemonheads (but not always), Pixies, Buzzcocks, and countless other pretentious bands. I’m not saying pretentious like it’s a bad thing, unless you think attempting to impress by affecting greater importance, talent, culture, etc., than is actually possessed is a bad thing.