I agree, the rock bands these days don't really stand up from others, sure there can so some very rare good songs they got but nothing impressive enough to remember them, I like the old days when it was just simple rock 'n roll.
oh and I can't believe nobody of you mentioned AC/DC, Guns 'n Roses, Chuck Berry, Rolling Stones, ZZ top, Twisted sisters, Metallica.
You should try them and burn few cd's, even if you don't like doing so, they beat the crap out of the bands of these days (or well, most, there still are very good bands alive but most of what they play on the popular radios).
AC/DC - Highway to hell
Pure rock 'n roll, best as it can get (my favourite band for the moment) you should try some albums, they got some good blues songs too if you want I can recommend you songs so you don't have to get )
Guns 'n Roses - One in a million
(ok, maybe not such a 'rock' song but I thought that you (like me) as a "small town white boy" will like the lyrics, they are quite funny [the vid's quite crappy version with bad quality, haven't watched it completely but anyway..] :P)
(more rockish vid)
Another great band, they got some good rock music.
(or then you might know all those I mentioned, oh well, they rock anyway \m/)
@Wickerman: those 3 you mentioned are old bands, not new ones that are played on the radio. :P