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Discussion in 'Music to Your Ears' started by Bionic_man, May 11, 2021.
The Meters were HUGE in New Orleans.
Hometown heroes who never really got their due:
The Unwinding Hours.
A Scottish group that formed after a more well-known group Aereogramme disbanded, and one of the members then left to form a more successful group CHVRCHES. But the two albums they made are two of my favorites.
Massacre. Fred Frith, Bill Laswell and Fred Maher.
Sometime between Englebert Humperdink and The Pirates, Mick Green was in Shanghai.
There's no mistaking that chop-chop rhythm roll of Mick's
It's a little derivative, but it's more Mick Green, and that can't be bad.
I still listen to “No fuel left for the pilgrims” occasionally.
Just a starter! Artillery is a bad ass thrash band.
I discovered the Burning Brides when they opened for QOTSA on their first/second tour. Fantastic!
Cry of Love made two albums with two different singers due to medical issues. Both are spectacular and feature the amazing Audley Freed who would go on to the Black Crowes and Sharon Crowe.
Leenalchi was in a Korean Travel commercial and it was so upbeat and different that I found them online. Cool, mellow, weirdly upbeat despite not knowing the lyrics.
Obscure? Toss up between The Bangles and Huey Lewis
Tex Rubinowitz. Not thee favorite, but up there. I think it’s the pink jackets that do it for me.
Max Webster is one of my favourite bands.
The Icicle Works
The Mind's Eye from Syracuse, NY. They were so good. Somehow never caught a break.
They're also huge in the jam band scene, and have been massively influential on music in general over several decades. They’re not a a household name, but they’re also not exactly an underground, cult, or forgotten band.
I never figured out why these guys didn't go big time: Great band.
The Me' & The Me's...practically totally obscure
One of my favorite bands is The Midnight Evils, from St. Paul, MN. They have very little web presence--they seem to have parted ways just before everybody got on MySpace--so I don't really know a lot about them other than that they recorded two absolutely kickass albums, along with a slightly less kickass one after their first singer left. Lord have mercy, they were good.
Also, I'd point anybody wanting to learn to play rock & roll lead guitar to their stuff as a lesson in making the most of what you have. The lead guitarist seems to have maybe five licks in his toolbox, but he deploys them with so much authority and bloodlust that it doesn't matter.
Pylon have been talked about here before. They were arguably the best thing to come out of the 70s/80s Athens, GA scene. Just an irresistible force.
There was a local band in Champaign, IL when I was in school there in the '90s called Sarge. Smart, snappy punk-pop led by a woman named Liz Elmore. They were starting to gain some national buzz but the band broke up when Elmore moved to Chicago to go to law school.