Five Bands/Acts that weren't hugely popular but should have been

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  1. Nitt1300

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    The opposite of the other thread, obviously

    My list:

    Fleetwood Mac (the original Peter Green lineup) straightforward blues and great musicians
    Rory Gallagher- if you don't know him, you should, Check out his Irish Tour 74 album
    Savoy Brown- another solid band who flew under the radar- Looking In album is a good place to start
    Ten Years After- Alvin Lee was a absolute guitar monster and a great singer, too
    Wishbone Ash- yeah, you never heard of them, neither did most people
     
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    Tommy James & the Shondells
     
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    Ten Years After-agree
    The Smithereens
    Boston (because they simply disappeared after the second album)
     
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    I would pick 2 from the 80’s. The Smith’s and Echo and the bunny men.
    Cake is another that seemed to fly under the mainstream radar.
     
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    Agree about The Smithereens. Didn’t their lead singer pass away not to long ago?
    Another couple I would pick is Concrete Blonde and The Cramps.
     
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    Yes Pat Dinizio passed with the last couple of years.
     
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    John Hiatt! Bring the Family is a masterpiece and should be up there with the greatest albums of all time. Numerous artists cover his songs.

    Jason and the Scorchers
     
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    The Pixies
    The Smiths (although they were in the UK)
     
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    JJ Cale, too
     
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    Fugazi
    Bluesuedegroove (SC based in the late 90’s)
    Blues Traveler (popular, but very underrated)
    Jimmy Vaughn (Stevie’s brother, sounds just like him)
    Live (also popular, but a 10+ show)
     
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    Agree on Wishbone Ash....saw them live on two occasions .....excellent in concert
     
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    Mike Scott and the Waterboys (British folk band) - did Fishermen’s Blues, the theme song from Waking Ned Devine

    Clarence Clemons and the Red Bank Rockers (spin off from Springsteen)

    Jem (British single girl singer)

    The Hooters (Phila based rock band)

    Lily Allen (British single girl singer) - recorded F$ck You, not to be missed if you haven’t heard it.
     
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    Hybrid Ice. Danville/Bloomsburg guys. 80’s Rock band
     
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    Little Feat
     
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    Nazareth - popular In Europe but not so much here.
     
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    Now you’re messin with a son of a b__ch
     
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    Did they play State College a lot? At the Scorpion? Did they do a version of The Turtles' Happy Together?
     
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    Could not agree more with Concrete Blond. I love that group
     
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    Not a lot. But, a few times in late 80’s.
     
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    Mott the Hoople
     
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    1. Brian Jonestown Massacre
    2. Dandy Warhols
    3. Silversun Pickups
    4. Metric
    5. Massive Attack
     
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    Love me some Massive attack.
    Keeping that same genre I’ll go Thievery Corporation.
     
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    Forgot to add Queens of the Stone Age.
     
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    The Replacements- Great garage rock with an extremely witty lyricist named:

    Paul Westerberg- Generally more toned down than his Replacements stuff but still an incredibly sharp lyricist.

    Todd Snider- Not just a great folksy musician but a great storyteller as well.

    Big Audio Dynamite- Mick Jones post-Clash outfit. Nothing like the Clash but fun stuff.

    Wilco- Great, great, experimental yet folky rock band.
     
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    Was a big fan BAD maybe even more so than The Clash.
    I think it’s time for a PIL mention.
     
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    Smithereens
    Dinosaur Jr
    Dandy Warhols
    The Fleshtones
    The Pixies
    The Church
    Replacements
    Urge Overkill
    Nick Cave
    Innocence Mission
    the Insomniacs
    Bang Tango
    BoDeans
    Material Issue
    Fastway
    Sonic Youth
    Ghost (though they are getting “big” as I type this)

    Popularity would likely have tarnished the glow of many of these acts
     
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    PIL?
     
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    Public Image limited. Johnny Lydon’s band after The Sex Pistols.
     
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    Silversun Pickups Yesssss
     
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    The Mats and Westerberg - Genius

    Great song from BAD

     
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    Seriously,? why would Dinosaur Jr. have been any more popular than they were?

    I liked them too, but that stuff did not have potential for mass appeal
     
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    The Michael Stanley band from the early 80s.
     
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    Ha, you’re right.... i guess my barometer (at leadt for a few of my selections) was influence on other bands... Dinosaur Jr, like the Pixies, is among the most-important bands ever
     
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    Well, I don't know about that last part, but they were pretty cool.

    The Pixies were indeed hugely influential, and there songs were also very catchy and awesome. I am always surprised they were not much, much bigger than they were

    I cannot say that about Dinosaur Jr. with a straight face. Some of that stuff was like alt rock Phish. Jam sessions.
     
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    Was it a band other than Dirty Looks?
     
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    I was always surprised Live was not bigger

    The fact that no one knew how to say the band's name probably didn't help

    Once saw a cute girl driving a car with the tag IALONE, wanted to marry her on the spot
     
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    They were pretty big when their second album came out (Throwing Copper).

    Then it kind of fizzled.

    They also tended to limit the popularity of their songs with weird lyrics that nobody wanted to hear. And Ed Kowalczyk kind of seemed like a weirdo who was trying to hard to be a rock star.
     
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    Sheryl Crow, REM, Coldplay, Nickelback
     
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    I agree with all of that
     
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    I don't know--I think these acts are all pretty well recognized. Although I couldn't name a single nickelback song.

    Back to the original theme-- one of the best bands I heard live was The Sharks. Had a chance to go national in the mid 1980s but didn't quite make it.
     

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