Underrated 90s bands

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  1. bottlenecker

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    You old guys used to just turn on mainstream commercial radio to find your music, because you could. But meritocracy is rare and doesn't last long. Music didn't die, it moved, and you lost track of it.
    In the 90s, the great music had to be searched for and found in record stores, by the people who cared enough to not settle for overrated pop.
    Small labels and the punk rock business model freed music makers from the pressure of making money for someone else that they'd never see, long before the 90s. But the 90s was one of the best times to reap the fruit of a healthy independent record ecosystem.
    There was so much great music made in the 90s, and you really wouldn't know. You can't look at a pop chart to find out. It wasn't on commercial radio.
    Your list isn't as strong as you think, either.
     
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    That's another of my favorites... that record came out in '91. They (there's a steady lineup now) are still going, Nick recently announced they'd just finished recording a new one.
     
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    He was a genius of mood. I enjoyed seeing him play a few times and I enjoyed talking about music with him when I would see him around. I liked the way he'd kneel down and mess with a Deluxe Memory Man or something similar and get these freaky sounds going.

    Didn't know him very well but I enjoyed his records and would talk to him about David Lynch and surrealist stuff.

    I remember when he had come back from Europe(?) 20 some years ago and he wasn't walking too good, I said "What happened to your legs?" He said he went to sleep with his legs in a weird position for a long time and it paralyzed him.

    If I can remember correctly the last show I saw him do was outside and there was a female violinist playing, the sound was just glorious.

    It was beautiful but sad music. Even then I sensed there was something broken and dark in that music. I was very attracted to that darkness, would watch all those indie films that were depressing but brilliant.

    Time went by, not sure how long, but a fellow musician told me he was gone.

    Very tragic, such a talented guy, and he had a great sense of humor, too.

    Oh, and he had a song or two in the set that rocked your socks off.
     
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    Also love some of the stuff Joe Henry did with the Jayhawks as his backing band before they got well known. I think Joes lyrics at this point in his career were as good as anybody’s: Simon, Newman, Waits, you name it. But that could just be me.







    The fist one with Victoria Williams on backing vocals. Love her record too:

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    Lots of excellent tunes, really dig those Joe Henry records with the Jayhawks (personally like Short Man's Room over Kindness...but all good stuff.
    Here's something a little harder, also with a Joe Henry connection.
     
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    For those of you who’ve never heard of Bevis Frond, for a long time it was a one man operation starting in the 80s. The early stuff is kinda rough production wise. He/they were very prolific for quite a while. And still going apparently. It gets lumped in with the term psychedelic and there is some of that but there’s also acoustic folksy ballads and straight up power trio stuff too. To me it’s really classic rock influenced mostly guitar based.
    And a lot of it is really quite good. If you check out the reviews on Allmusic most of his stuff gets at least 3 1/2 stars and a lot is 4 or higher. And they have a lot of releases. I just looked of the 22 albums they list, they gave 15 of them 4 stars. I’m wondering how many other artists would have that many four starred records? Dylan? I’m kinda at a loss after that.

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    Yeah Short Mans Room is awesome too. I didn’t like the couple that came after Kindness that much, but then he started getting weird. I’ve posted Richard Prior Addresses a Tearful Nation several times here, but it’s 2001 so I won’t post it here.

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    Tears For Fears?

    Do they qualify?
     
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    These cats were pretty rockin'

     
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    Have you heard Shuffletown? Different but "Date for Church" is awesome as well as a few others.
     
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    Yeah, have Shuffletown as well.

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    There was no shortage of great bands in Canada during the 90's... but aside from moderate marketing south of the border from the Barenaked Ladies, Crash Test Dummies and The Tragically Hip I suspect most others would be considered underrated.
     
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    I couldn't 'like' this post, because I absolutely love Paul Kelly, but really don't like Third Eye Blind. There is no 'yay and nay' button, I'm afraid. I couldn't say whether they're underrated or not. I'm too biased against them. :twisted:

    I might not consider Paul Kelly an underrated 90s performer, since he charted with the Messengers in the 80s. He went solo in 1990, though. He is ridiculously underrated and unknown outside of Down Under. Which is a shame, as he's considered a national treasure there.
     
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    In that sense I would say that Our Lady Peace was underrated. Happiness.... and Clumsy are some of my fav albums from the 90s.
     
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    I'll also put in a nod to Seven Mary Three...great band and I loved Freedy Johnston too...his "This perfect world" LP was genius.
     
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    You do notice my post said "most others" not "all others"...
    I only listed a couple of samples, not a de facto list ;).

    That said, Our Lady Peace is great... sticking closer to home I also enjoyed The Watchmen and The Weakerthans (from the later part of the decade).
     
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    Dude . . . Check these guys out. Thank me later :)

    1. Silverchair
    2. Deftones
    3. Enter Shikari (Phenomenal!!!)

    You have been in blessed :)
     
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    Spin Doctors!
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