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Discussion in 'Music to Your Ears' started by Bionic_man, May 11, 2021.
Great player and catchy songs.
Hank and the Martians! I play the roadie who covers because the Martians stole Hank. Cracks me up anyway.
Speaking of the Meters and their influence, Bill Dolan from Five Style (a great band and one of my favorite guitarists) cites Leo Nocentelli from the Meters as one of his main influences.
My old band got to open for Five Style once. I only got to see a little bit of their set since I had gig duties, but the few songs I got to see killed.
Many many, but for this round I'll go with LA blues/rock group Blue by Nature from the 90's, particularly the version with Rick Dufay on lead guitar. Mostly because of singer Karen Lawrence, who just blew away most of her far more famous competition.
Graves Brothers Deluxe
Everything is obscure depending on the circles you move within, and conversely nothing is obscure depending on the circles you move within. I love a Belgian funeral doom metal band called Slow that probably none of you have heard of, but they're not obscure amongst fans of funeral doom metal.
Professor Piano and the Rockin Deltoids / Professor Piano and the Canadian Aces, Albert's Hall (upstairs to the Brunswick house), Toronto, mid 80s. Everything from the Ventures, Rockabilly to Louis Jordan, blues, new orleans and 40s jazz, great original material too. Some of them were like the house band also for whatever blues artist happened to be passing through town. Scott Cushnie was professor piano. Bucky Berger from Rough Trade was the drummer. I can't remember any of the others names. My introduction to a lot of music I didn't even know existed. Responsible for me flunking several exams my first couple years of uni but we'll worth it in hindsight.
I played the hell out of their first record when it came out. You can totally hear The Meters influence...with a little bit of white boy weirdness thrown in. Bill Dolan is a great guitarist who seems to have faded into obscurity. Too bad.
Another band in a similar vein...making what's in their record collections a bit more obvious, but still killin'.
The Mighty Imperials
Aorta. Best band to ever come out of Chicago.
Mine are all local Boston Alt/Post-Punk bands from the scene that delivered The Pixies and The Lemonheads...
They reached moderate radio success:
One newer Boston band I dig is called You Won't:
They were the Bubble Puppies.... Buddies brother had this album in his collection and we were so into it because it was so obscure! Great 70s rock!
I think they cut this album and then their gear was stolen on the road and just had enough....
a random remembering of bands who chugged along, maybe released a record, but didn't make it 'BIG'
Bloodrock. Spent a lotta hours terrified by DOA
Trout Fishing in America
Zeitgeist, oops, The Reivers
Rank and File
Mason Proffit. Early Country Rock. Two Hangman.
The Brian Jonestown Massacre.
You may know this but after Five Style, Bill lead a few other projects with a similar sound, and released albums under the names Heroic Doses, Das Boton, and Do Ist (or maybe that one is the title of an album released in his own name). All of that stuff is worth looking for. He's still playing, but is farther under the radar these days.
I'll check out the Mighty Imperials. I know the name, but can't say I've heard their music.
I'll go with The Boomers out of Canada. The Art Of Living is a fantastic album as are their others. Don't know how big they were in Canada, but in the US, almost nothing.
Incredible songwriting and song crafting.
Lemme blow this thread the smithereens!
Check out this YouTube channel! 100's of THE most obscure albums! I know maybe 5%......I've played a few and been totally amazed! We think the 70s was great for the BIG acts but consider all these who were doing just as amazing yet lacked the breaks....
Here's a random sampling. Kinda cool!