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Introduce an obscure old band/artist you think people should hear

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  • RAT!RAT! Posts: 115
    Gogol Bordello- Gypsy Influenced Punk Rock
    Amebix- Watch for the Apocalypse
    Sufjan Stevens- 50 Cds 50 States
    Kylesa- Brutal Essential
    Pretty Girls Make Graves- Ex. this and that
  • NCBRINCBRI Posts: 1,902
    transplant wrote:
    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.

    I saw them at the Cats Cradle probably around 94. They were really good. Whenever I hear a song by them it just takes me back. I love how music can just transport you back in time.
    Brian
  • 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.
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  • alobaralobar Posts: 310
    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.


    Is that from the acoustic disc Mangum released called Live at Jittery Joes? Because I swear someone yells out for that song right before he goes into the significance of "Engine" and where he was at in his life when he wrote it. Fucking brilliant song, btw, and the first song I learned to play on guitar all the way through.
    "I wanna believe in the mercy of the world again."

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  • edpearsonedpearson Posts: 331
    70's
    Shuggie Otis - obscure singer/songwriter funky psychedelia from early 70's. Actually wrote "Strawberry Letter 23" which was made more famous by the Brothers Johnson (another great act from the 70's).

    80's
    Sly & Robbie - if you like reggae dub, check these guys out (particularly "Reggae Greats" -- break out the sinsamillia!).

    90's
    Mazzy Star - not sure what happened to these folks, but they put out two very great albums in the mid-90's. Very trippy stuff as well and Hope Sandoval was HOT!!!
    Rock on!
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  • alobaralobar Posts: 310
    .....And to get back on topic:

    Alexander "Skip" Spence- Oar is one of those rare gems that needs to be heard

    Captain Beefheart: Trout Mask Replica could only be made by an eccentric genius

    XTC- I suggest Black Sea for a good intro to the band

    The Jesus Lizard: try the "Head/Pure" album

    Townes Van Zandt: try his "Live at the Old Quarter House"

    The Incredible String Band: try "The Hangman's Beautiful Daughter"
    "I wanna believe in the mercy of the world again."

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  • some very cool picks on here so far--

    thanks to those who mentioned todd snider & my bloody valentine--

    and blue cheer- saw them last month(they...rocked.) with another great band the black angels.

    and lots of love to all the early steve miller fans--right there with you--

    obscure? how about Patto? or maybe Hampton Grease Band?
    patto with some incredible guitar, and hgb with Music to Eat By, for those with very eclectic tastes.

    one more--

    keller williams - see him when you can.

    peace
    lz
    The world is like a ride in an amusement park, and when you choose to go on it you think it's real because that's how powerful our minds are. The ride goes up and down, around and around, it has thrills and chills, and it's very brightly colored, and it's very loud, and it's fun for a while. Many people have been on the ride a long time, and they begin to wonder, "Hey, is this real, or is this just a ride?" And other people have remembered, and they come back to us and say, "Hey, don't worry; don't be afraid, ever. Because this is just a ride." And we...kill those people. "Shut him up! I've got a lot invested in this ride, shut him up! Look at my furrows of worry, look at my big bank account, and my family. This has to be real." It's just a ride. But we always kill the good guys who try and tell us that, you ever notice that? And let the demons run amok? But it doesn't matter, because it's just a ride. And we can change it any time we want. It's only a choice. No effort, no work, no job, no savings of money. Just a simple choice, right now, between fear and love. The eyes of fear want you to put bigger locks on your doors, buy guns, close yourself off. The eyes of love instead see all of us as one. Here's what we can do to change the world, right now, to a better ride. Take all that money we spend on weapons and defenses each year and instead spend it feeding and clothing and educating the poor of the world, which it would pay for many times over, not one human being excluded, and we could explore space, together, both inner and outer, forever, in peace.
    --Bill Hicks
  • reeferchiefreeferchief Posts: 3,569
    NCBRI wrote:
    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"

    Fucking love Superchunk:D Hyper Enough rocks arse. Great Band

    I think Yo La Tengo are fairly overlooked specially here in England.

    One of my favorite bands of all time need's mention KING FUCKING PRAWN, these guys just rocked so hard, so much energy, encompassing so many styles, it was a shame they split up:(

    Check out the track Poison In The Air live:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4GerC9OfLDA

    And the video for Depths Of My Soul:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ccPaK3MlLjw

    Some Superchunk, here's the video for Throwing Things:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LZAfYB8Hio4

    And for NCBRI heres Driveway To Driveway:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dKZyEfG1nw0

    Yo La Tengo - Sugarcube:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kPjkP8yDEt0

    Enjoy:)
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  • reeferchiefreeferchief Posts: 3,569
    StoneG82 wrote:

    the verve - most people know them as the band that sings "bittersweet symphony", but their best record is "A Storm in Heaven"

    Hell Yeah some love for A Storm In Heaven:) Brilliant album.

    Slide Away: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VVwb4yyu-Z8
    History: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SWGNk1q1fL8
    Lucky Man, Live: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MtJdRBi4s-E
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  • reeferchiefreeferchief Posts: 3,569
    Can I throw Devo in? here's Mongoloid:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y1ONnDNRJng

    And a little known song called Whip It:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=18zIy0vniE8
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  • prytocorduroyprytocorduroy Posts: 4,355

    Shit I knew I forgot an important one! Thanks!
  • InHiding80InHiding80 Upland,CAPosts: 7,623
    Oingo Boingo - Private Life : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ouC9pQYX4pg
  • FinsburyParkCarrotsFinsburyParkCarrots Seattle, WAPosts: 12,223
    I don't think I mentioned John Martyn (Iain McGeaghy) yet:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3Z3A5Tgy47M
  • 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.
  • A CD I wore the tracks off of: "Liquor & Poker" by Sister Whiskey

    I also thoroughly enjoy my Brother Cane & Kingdom Come who noone else I know has ever heard of... and Arcade & Vertex (Stephen Pearcy) rock!
    "Music is excellent therapy."
  • love sugarcubes

    betchadupa--son of lead singer of split enz is in the band anddd they like pj
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x_h5PVlok6E




    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.
  • love sugarcubes

    betchadupa--son of lead singer of split enz is in the band anddd they like pj
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x_h5PVlok6E


    sorry apparently i really like them




    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.
  • Gary CarterGary Carter Shea Stadium Posts: 13,901
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  • InHiding80 wrote:
    Oingo Boingo - Private Life : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ouC9pQYX4pg

    Awesome! You know...Insects, make me want to dance! :)
    "Music is excellent therapy."
  • love sugarcubes

    betchadupa--son of lead singer of split enz is in the band anddd they like pj
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x_h5PVlok6E

    Oh yeah, I hear this song all the time on retro/80's stations. I didn't like it much at first, but it's grown on me overtime. Good choice.

    And I agree, obviously, The Sugarcubes rock.
  • Mission of Burma, way ahead of their time. They've also made a comeback in recent years and released a couple of really great records.

    Here's some videos.
    http://www.missionofburma.com/home.html
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  • YardenYarden Posts: 815
    edited March 2014
    Connie Converse is an obscure folk artist from the 50's. her story is interesting as well. no one knows exactly what happened to her after writing goodbye letters to her family/friends, saying she does'nt wish to be found.




    and a great folk artist some might know - Sibylle Baier


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  • rmartin70rmartin70 Posts: 64
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  • ChazzChazz Somerset, UKPosts: 1,065

    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.com
    The 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.

    I second this, I really loved their second album too - definitely worth checking out

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  • Just before Tool came on in Spokane, they played Eddie and the Hotrods 1977 release Do Anything You Wanna Do



    A great tune and lost classic! Interesting it was on Tool's playlist prior to their show.
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  • bluegracebluegrace Posts: 2,357
    As already mentioned, Sugarcubes. Excellent band and absolutely lovely live.
    Also Nick Drake, not so obscure but he deserves a mention
    And this Australian band, pop band in the 80's, The Triffids, that's their name.
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