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Discussion in 'Bad Dog Cafe' started by StrangerNY, May 6, 2019.
The Smithereens were always a fave of mine. RIP Pat
I'm not a fan, but I'm not really making fun of them either. They're no better or worse than any other horrid slick post-grunge commercial mainstream rock radio crap of the late 90s/early 00s. Someone bought those albums.
Squeeze did indeed do pretty well, I just think they shouda been HUGE.
I saw Rockpile at the Armadillo World Headquarters circa 1977-78.
It was a sweltering night, I remember they were sweating and drinking lots of Heinekens.
I’m a Nick Lowe devotee!
I agree with this. They’re underrated in that they’re supposed to be horrible when they’re not. Their lyrics are no worse than some of U2s lesser stuff, and the play to a professional level. And statistically at least 100 of us here own an album. (I don’t, but only because the genre is not to my taste)
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Yes, Clutch! I've seen them five times. Amazing band.
I think I saw this one a few weeks ago, but just in case, for me is Mr. Big this guys are amazing musicians and great song writers.
Right. That entire genre of corporate radio rock is not my thing. I personally don't believe Nickelback is any worse than their peers. Incubus, Foo Fighters, Staind...all that sterile modern radio rock junk. They're all the same.
Got it. They seemed to be the band out of all those post-grunge bands to suffer the backlash.
Yes, and I actually thought it was a little unfair. Or a lot unfair. How weird is that? A band with platinum records that no one likes? Lol. That whole post-grunge/nu-metal time period was really bad IMO. They were just singled out to hate for some reason.
This is a band I saw once in here in town and couldn't believe they weren't bigger than they are. They have a wee bit of a ZZ Top vibe, but with really good two guitar interplay.
Also, another Austin band, the South Austin Moonlighters (I guess I like two-guitar bands today, and well, most days!)
I can’t understand why Ray LaMontagne isn’t bigger. He’s consistently produced great stuff. His earlier work is top-shelf singer-songwriter stuff. He’s got a great, smoky, eminently listenable voice. His Supernova era is great poppy psychedelia. And Ouroboros is the second coming of Dark Side of the Moon.
As far as bands that “deserve” more attention/success ?
That’s a rock snob’s game.
The people decide. You as a musician , if you are conscious of what is selling and/or popular, decide whether you want to play the game or not to get more notoriety/fame/money.
Sometimes you just stumble into massive popularity because your dopey sing-song crap appeals to a lot of frat boys (Hootie and the Blowfish).
Sometimes a tiny amount of folks like your stuff and even though you’re a brilliant song writer and a fantastic (FANTASTIC) guitar player , most people only know you from another bands song with your name as the title : Alex Chilton.
“Deserve” never enters into it.
Nickelback is absolutely as popular as they should be. Their least common denominator dumb-rock appeals to a lot of of knuckleheads out there and hey - more power to them.
Too right. It's amazing how much ground he's covered on just a handful of albums. He's on our 'to-see' list.
It's my belief that bands have to leave Austin to make it big. Can't build an audience only consisting of other musicians trying to make it with their own bands. It's been that way for as long as Austin has been the Live Capitol of Da World. And SXSW has only made it worse for local bands.
You always bring a clear-eyed take, Mike. Thanks.
The Clarks. From Pittsburgh, 11 studio albums and 2 live albums.
They've been around since the 80s and are still going.
I like what they do.
Promise of the real