this was one of my favorite bands to come out of the 90's. So glad I got to see them live before their demise. Seconds Before the Accident is such a good live disc, White Trash Heroes and Dead Red Eyes give me chills.
Neutral Milk Hotel: Released mid- and late-1990s CDs, the latter of which Magnet Magazine called the best indie release of all time. Others, including me, call it the best indie record of all time.
At the heart of "In the Aeroplane Over the Sea" is Jeff Mangum's wild, scratchy voice spouting out incredibly image-rich lines. It takes several listens to "get it," but once you do, you're free to roam in a world steeped in Anne Frank's traumatic experiences.
At just about 40 minutes, it's a tight record, save for the sprawling 8-minute "Oh, Comely." Mangum recorded that track in one take, and you can hear Apples in Stereo frontman and this record's producer yelp, "Oh, shit," at the end.
Oh, shit, indeed. "Aeroplane" is about as genius as they come.
And wouldn't you know it, Mangum has largely disappeared just like his hero, Brian Wilson, once did. Wilson returned to complete his unfinished masterpiece (his second, with "Pet Sounds), and only hope can bring Mangum back to record one more grassroots epic.
I've heard that Jeff's starting to write and record again. I don't care what he calls it, I'll definitely buy it.
One of my all-time concert highlights was seeing them in a tiny bar here in Jacksonville, with no drummer. During a lull in the set, I shouted for them to play Engine, and they did! I have a tape of that show somewhere, I'll have to dig it out soon.
Here are a couple of Chapel Hill bands that were on the edge of becoming pretty big in the early to mid 90's:Archers of Loaf - There is a video at the VH1 page (click the link for the page) for "Web in Front". The video is pretty bad, but its a great song and if anyone has the soundtrack to Kevin Smith's Mallrats you will recognize the song.Superchunk - My favorite song was "Driveway to Driveway"
the verve - most people know them as the band that sings "bittersweet symphony", but their best record is "A Storm in Heaven"
Tommy the Cathttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y-kor7RP0-o
My Name is Mudhttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sPhURrfqkrU
John the Fishermanhttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n8eRge7S2DM
Jerry was a Racecar Driverhttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kzF4g7krQLc
Shake Hands with Beefhttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xzIFkDIvtug
Wynona's Big Brown Beaver:Dhttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rSBUFru_YT4
Well, here's some of my fav. obscure bands from older days....
The Sugarcubes- An alternative/post-punk band led by Bjork.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x5Jdm9kBsX0
Husker Du- Influential, but seems lost in the shuffle of a lot of other similar bands.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xMe15tWC6gc
Concrete Blonde- Another great, but often overlooked 80's band.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cU0yBsVe4Sw
Siouxsie and the Banshees- Influenced a lot of the gothic/punk genre. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=33banpQl1Y0
These are just a few picks, there's a lot more, but I thought of these at the top of my head.
Oingo Boingo - Private Life : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ouC9pQYX4pg
betchadupa--son of lead singer of split enz is in the band anddd they like pjhttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x_h5PVlok6E
MetalGod75 said:Heres my recommendation;)Freak Of Nature early 90's band that released 2 albums while together and 1 posthumously.Their 2nd album Gathering Of Freaks is my favourite easily as good as Ten and Superunknown IMHO:)The band featured Mike Tramp(ex White Lion) on vocals.If ya wanna know more visit http://www.miketramp.comThe albums are now deleted but you can get a boxset of the 3 together called Freakthology from Mikes website.Classic stuff that fit in perfectly with the "grunge" scene but were never heard of outside of Europe.
Heres my recommendation;)Freak Of Nature early 90's band that released 2 albums while together and 1 posthumously.Their 2nd album Gathering Of Freaks is my favourite easily as good as Ten and Superunknown IMHO:)The band featured Mike Tramp(ex White Lion) on vocals.If ya wanna know more visit http://www.miketramp.comThe albums are now deleted but you can get a boxset of the 3 together called Freakthology from Mikes website.Classic stuff that fit in perfectly with the "grunge" scene but were never heard of outside of Europe.