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

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  1. fairgambit

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    From the Doo Wop Era, the Del Vikings from Pittsburgh.
     
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    Some of you guys must've fallen and hit your heads. The Hollies? They were a 'super group' for awhile. They were putting out hits through two full decades.

    Anywho...just about all of the groups that I listened to were 'underrated' from my perspective. But I'm quick to grant that they didn't usually have mass appeal. And that's why they appealed to me.

    A few I still enjoy...

    Bad Brains
    Jonathan Richman and the Modern Lovers
    Television
    The English Beat
    Graham Parker and the Rumor
    Be Bop Deluxe (Air Age and Axe Victim)
    The Violent Femmes (1st album)
    Marshall Crenshaw
    Fear
    The Flamin' Groovies
    Husker Du (Zen Arcade)
    Tom Waits (saw him live at Eisenhower Aud back in the day)
    Dwight Tilley
    Montrose
    The Dillinger Escape Plan (Calculating Infinity is a masterpiece)
    Slipknot
    Black Flag

    ...to name a few.
     
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    Nice list. Let’s throw Julian Cope in there too.
     
  4. Chickenman Testa

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    Dwight Twilley, eh

    Check out the bassist in this video

     
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    Cope is an interesting guy. After he tried to disembowel himself on stage, the album 'Fried' (prophetic) was a solid work.

    Clearly an interesting and bright fellow. His books have been very well received in archaeological circles. Not much of a fan of his politics...but, meh...
     
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    Yep...that's Tom Petty. He left Twilley before Twilley's best album, 'Twilley Don't Mind' a year later. Petty did OK after that.
     
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    Depeche Mode
    Skinny Puppy
    Stabbing Westward
    Mushroomhead
     
  8. razpsu

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    Do you remember the young ones. “Dear mr. echo.”
     
  9. Katatonic

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    Ditto - would add in Morrissey's (even if a bit of an arse) solo work.

    Don't think a single song from either The Smiths or Morrissey charted in the Top 40.

    New Order/Joy Division (like the Pixies and The Smiths) are hugely influential on artists that followed them.

    Only had 1 album (Republic) that charted in the Top 40 in the US and only 2 singles (True Faith and Regret - neither breaking the Top 25).

    What's really a shame is that most of their best songs are the guitar and bass (Peter Hook - who is no longer w/ the band) driven ones.



    Other UK bands which had commercial success across the pond, but not here.

    Texas (Scottish) - fronted by Sharleen Spiteri

    The Beautiful South

    The Jesus and Mary Chain

    Belle and Sebastian

    Yazoo
    (known as Yaz here) - short 2 record collaboration btwn songwriting mastermind Vince Clarke (currently of Erasure and was a founding member of Depeche Mode) and Alison Moyet (one of the best vocal talents the UK has ever seen). Upstair at Eric's is a classic.

    Everything but the Girl - only hit here was a dance remix of the single, Missing - which didn't really care for, esp. as it pushed EBTG to a more electronic sound; Tracy Thorne also has an awesome voice.

    XTC

    Siouxsie and the Banshees


    The Lightning Seeds

    Shakespeare Sister


    For a solo act - Mika

    Also wondered why Robbie Williams (who is hilarious on chat shows like Graham Norton) is huge in the UK, but never made it here.

    These 2 not having had much commercial success in the UK, but should have.

    The Mighty Lemon Drops

    The Icicle Works


    Should have gotten more commercial success and industry accolades than dreck like Bon Jovi.


    Ditto on the Smithereens, but damn, a BoDeans mention.

    Those guys should have been huge.

    Only song to chart was Closer to Free (theme song for the show Party of Five) and that's like their 30th best song.


    Other bands that should have seen a lot more commercial success.

    Sugar/Bob Mould


    Camper Van Beathoven (lead singer, David Lowery would later have some commercial success w/ Cracker).

    Belly
    - fronted by Tanya Donelly (also of the Throwing Muses and The Breeders); Star is a very good album and should have gotten a lot more airplay.

    The New Pornographers
    - a supergroup formed of members from various bands/solo acts; the best known being Neko Case.

    Old 97's

    Fountains of Wayne - had better songs than Stacy's Mom
     
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    Robbie Williams nearly made it. I lived in Germany when he really broke big as a solo artist and he was MASSIVE. I liked the music too - his American swing covers album was one of my favorites. I mean, he got both Nicole Kidman and Darryl Hannah to star in videos with him. Just didn’t have that same success here. I see he’s still cranking out music too.



     
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    No not at all.
     
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    good call on Sugar and Bob Mould I'm not sure how many albums they had but Copper Blue is excellent. Standing on the Edge of the Hoover Dam is a great song.
     
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    I’m in for Pixies, Stone Roses, and Concrete Blonde. I understand Sonic Youth just isn’t going to appeal to everybody, so they’re a marginal add. And if you let me go there, add in My Bloody Valentine. If you’ve never seen them live, do it just once. Their “You Made Me Realise” 20-30 minute, immersive holocaust ending is something you have to let flow through you once in this lifetime. (scan thru the link video to sample it)

     
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    Triumvirat--in the ELP vein. One of the things that held them back was the death of their vocalist Helmut Koellen after their best album, Spartacus. He was listening to his recording tapes in his garage with the car running....
     

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