Author Topic: Great bands no-one talks about (Not a List Thread)  (Read 6397 times)

purlieu

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Re: Great bands no-one talks about (Not a List Thread)
« Reply #120 on: March 08, 2019, 10:31:03 PM »
You know songs that aren't memorable as soon as they've ended?  Songs you couldn't hum the tune of once they'd finished?  I couldn't tell you how any of those songs went while they were playing.
Heh, one of the things I love most about them is just how memorably melodic they are, even the earlier, punkier stuff. Funny how different people hear stuff.

The R.E.M. comparisons are somewhat justified, I think, in their style.

Re: Great bands no-one talks about (Not a List Thread)
« Reply #121 on: March 09, 2019, 07:35:14 AM »
That's very nice.


In a similar vein:

Magna Carta: Formed in London in April 1969, after their self-titled debut in 1969, they went onto a long career that lasted to the early 80s. This is from their debut:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MgjoHy-8krI

MiddleRabbit

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Re: Great bands no-one talks about (Not a List Thread)
« Reply #122 on: March 09, 2019, 10:54:37 AM »

In a similar vein:

Magna Carta: Formed in London in April 1969, after their self-titled debut in 1969, they went onto a long career that lasted to the early 80s. This is from their debut:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MgjoHy-8krI

Both lovely. There was a slew of folky compilations ten to fifteen years ago hat introduced me to a lot of that kind of thing: Gather In The Mushrooms, put together by Bob Stanley was great, as was Garden of Delights, summat.

https://www.discogs.com/Various-Garden-Of-Delights-Big-Chill-Folk-Album/release/994853

https://www.discogs.com/Various-Gather-In-The-Mushrooms-The-British-Acid-Folk-Underground-1968-1974/release/773258

Oddly enough, I've been talking to a mate about Journey by Duncan Browne which he stumbled across today.

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=AS1bvFmwtsA

From that, I'm trying to encourage him to get into Donovan. Not an artist anybody could ever say that nobody talks about because Donovan's always talking about himself and how he invented everything.  Nevertheless, he made some great records.


Re: Great bands no-one talks about (Not a List Thread)
« Reply #123 on: March 09, 2019, 10:59:25 PM »
Both lovely. There was a slew of folky compilations ten to fifteen years ago hat introduced me to a lot of that kind of thing: Gather In The Mushrooms, put together by Bob Stanley was great, as was Garden of Delights, summat.

https://www.discogs.com/Various-Garden-Of-Delights-Big-Chill-Folk-Album/release/994853

https://www.discogs.com/Various-Gather-In-The-Mushrooms-The-British-Acid-Folk-Underground-1968-1974/release/773258

Oddly enough, I've been talking to a mate about Journey by Duncan Browne which he stumbled across today.

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=AS1bvFmwtsA

From that, I'm trying to encourage him to get into Donovan. Not an artist anybody could ever say that nobody talks about because Donovan's always talking about himself and how he invented everything.  Nevertheless, he made some great records.

yes, that's my story too, those compilations opened up a whole new world for me, or should I say a forgotten world because as I explored and listened I realised that this was the kind of music that soundtracked my earliest years, through TV themes, adverts, school music, etc - it was the prevailing style of the time as so carries a real Proustian euphoria for me.


Anyhow, here's another:

The Eighth Day : Just the one album from 1968 but it's a cracker.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ra_7B44pr4Q


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PDqZatYMAz8



MiddleRabbit

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Re: Great bands no-one talks about (Not a List Thread)
« Reply #124 on: March 10, 2019, 10:17:38 AM »
yes, that's my story too, those compilations opened up a whole new world for me, or should I say a forgotten world because as I explored and listened I realised that this was the kind of music that soundtracked my earliest years, through TV themes, adverts, school music, etc - it was the prevailing style of the time as so carries a real Proustian euphoria for me.


Anyhow, here's another:

The Eighth Day : Just the one album from 1968 but it's a cracker.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ra_7B44pr4Q


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PDqZatYMAz8

Very much so - I was born in 1971.  I saw some illustrations from The Tiger That Came To Tea online the other day and, apart from the fact they were drawings, the resembled the world I remember from being a little kid.  Hence a for bit of the hauntology, public information films too.

Re: Great bands no-one talks about (Not a List Thread)
« Reply #125 on: March 18, 2019, 08:29:10 PM »
Tenacious D. When was the last time anyone talked about Tenacious D after the Pick of Destiny?

They released Rize of the Fenix which was fun and their latest one from last year I didn't even know about but it gave me a good chuckle!

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« Reply #126 on: March 18, 2019, 08:49:28 PM »
The Roches. I have been listening to Hammond Song regularly since I first heard it a while ago and it never fails to send a tingle down my spine when the harmonies go through the roof

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=09ypwCN9FDc

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Re: Great bands no-one talks about (Not a List Thread)
« Reply #127 on: March 20, 2019, 02:19:21 PM »
Cartoon.



Rock In Opposition / avant proggy band from the USA, active between 1978 and 1984. They released two albums of playful instrumental music that I'm extremely fond of... Although they did support stints for artists like Snakefinger, Fred Frith, Flock Of Seagulls and Jon Anderson, they never achieved the breakthrough they deserved.

They called it a day after their equipment got nicked in France in 1984.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l8ON5wzK05M

Re: Great bands no-one talks about (Not a List Thread)
« Reply #128 on: March 20, 2019, 10:15:38 PM »
Persons - a great band no one talk(ed)s about, on a great label no one talks about, Blackbean & Placenta. The label used to toss off single sided LPs wrapped in photocopied bits of paper apologising for not having had time to do any artwork, and CDs with random magazine pages stuffed into the packaging. Great times. Persons, then, got a nice sort of post punk cheap keyboards vibe to them.

Batgirl - from their album "The Lainmeyers Are Persons", which is nearly 20 years old now, fuck.

Re: Great bands no-one talks about (Not a List Thread)
« Reply #129 on: March 20, 2019, 10:52:39 PM »
Gah. Here I am, drunk, ready to inject some red hot Wingtip Sloat into this thread and Youtube doesn't have anything off their best releases (the first 3 singles they did, one of which came in a paper bag). DAMMUT.
Take my word for it - they were by far the best of the "lo-fi" early 90s shitty beer weirdo bands - much better than Pavement or Trumans Water.

Re: Great bands no-one talks about (Not a List Thread)
« Reply #130 on: March 20, 2019, 10:56:35 PM »
...Actually fuck that (edits post you can't see, sucker)

Remember Miss Black America? They were all over the Steve Lamacq/John Peel  Roadshow 15 years ago when you were still trying to cut your dick off in the bath and shitting everywhere like a bird trapped in a Ford Cortina.

Human Punk - get that down yer.
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Re: Great bands no-one talks about (Not a List Thread)
« Reply #131 on: March 21, 2019, 09:36:33 PM »
Any love for Soul Coughing out there? At a time when everyone USA was doing hard grunge, like those bozos Everclear (who I quite like), these cats were doing something a bit different.

Re: Great bands no-one talks about (Not a List Thread)
« Reply #132 on: March 21, 2019, 09:40:42 PM »
Gah. Here I am, drunk, ready to inject some red hot Wingtip Sloat into this thread and Youtube doesn't have anything off their best releases (the first 3 singles they did, one of which came in a paper bag). DAMMUT.
Take my word for it - they were by far the best of the "lo-fi" early 90s shitty beer weirdo bands - much better than Pavement or Trumans Water.

But I wanna hear Mass Fucking in the Haystacks! Sort it aht!

Re: Great bands no-one talks about (Not a List Thread)
« Reply #133 on: March 22, 2019, 09:26:40 AM »
Any love for Soul Coughing out there? At a time when everyone USA was doing hard grunge, like those bozos Everclear (who I quite like), these cats were doing something a bit different.

Is Chicago, Is Not Chicago is one of those songs that I completely forget existed until I heard it on 6 Music or Spotify or something recently and suddenly remembered what a good song it was. I didn't pay much attention to it at the time but it must have crept into my subconscious by osmosis from Alternative Nation and 120 Minutes and the like

Re: Great bands no-one talks about (Not a List Thread)
« Reply #134 on: March 23, 2019, 08:55:58 AM »
Any love for Soul Coughing out there? At a time when everyone USA was doing hard grunge, like those bozos Everclear (who I quite like), these cats were doing something a bit different.

in the quite early days of being able to google lyrics & find out who the band was (1997) I tracked them down after "super bon-bon" was used over the cold-open of an episode of the greatest police procedural ever made, bar none, "homicide: life on the street". about a year later, I saw them support asian dub foundation (out on whom I walked in short order) & they were excellent. had a couple of their albums, but only the cassette remains now- lost them to an ex.

sort of sub-primus.

'move aside, & let the man go through'

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TRqP52c0OLU



Re: Great bands no-one talks about (Not a List Thread)
« Reply #137 on: March 23, 2019, 09:36:02 PM »
Heh, one of the things I love most about them is just how memorably melodic they are, even the earlier, punkier stuff. Funny how different people hear stuff.

The R.E.M. comparisons are somewhat justified, I think, in their style.

Roddy’s a great singer and a fine lyricist too.

Re: Great bands no-one talks about (Not a List Thread)
« Reply #138 on: March 24, 2019, 10:01:49 PM »
Here's one from the Walter Softy wing of the indie sector.....


Trembling Blue Stars

Formed in 1996 by Bobby Wratten after the break up of his previous band The Field Mice. They produced 7 albums and a bunch of singles before splitting in 2010. Stylistically, the have shades of C86 indie jangle, The Cure and New Order, and they have a ton of quite lovely tunes. Here's a few:


All Eternal Things https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rt6BU4WlNAM

Haunted Days  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bb6y8UTqT8I

Slow Soft Sighs https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=daIQdyDc2ek

Sometimes I Still Feel the Bruise https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cCPbr8iLXE8



Dr Syntax Head

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Re: Great bands no-one talks about (Not a List Thread)
« Reply #139 on: March 25, 2019, 11:23:34 AM »
Candlebox. The band only Stone Temple Pilots fans listened to but they were actually alright.

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Re: Great bands no-one talks about (Not a List Thread)
« Reply #140 on: March 28, 2019, 09:53:11 AM »
Be Bop Deluxe



After escaping from a gigantic beer glass, Be Bop Deluxe achieved some minor chart success in the 1970s with chart-friendly singles Maid In Heaven & Ships In The Night... Golden boy guitarist Bill Nelson had a notable solo career, but BBD are unfairly overlooked considering their music so slickly bridges glam, prog and new wave.

Re: Great bands no-one talks about (Not a List Thread)
« Reply #141 on: March 28, 2019, 10:01:36 AM »
Here's one from the Walter Softy wing of the indie sector.....


Trembling Blue Stars

Formed in 1996 by Bobby Wratten after the break up of his previous band The Field Mice. They produced 7 albums and a bunch of singles before splitting in 2010. Stylistically, the have shades of C86 indie jangle, The Cure and New Order, and they have a ton of quite lovely tunes. Here's a few:


All Eternal Things https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rt6BU4WlNAM

Haunted Days  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bb6y8UTqT8I

Slow Soft Sighs https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=daIQdyDc2ek

Sometimes I Still Feel the Bruise https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cCPbr8iLXE8

I do like them but even I find them a bit much sometimes. Abba on the Jukebox is a brilliant song, up there with The Field Mice and there was a b-side called Though I Still Want to Fall Into Your Arms that was lovely (although the lyrics made me want to say "move on man and have some self-respect, like I didn't").

They did a Peel session with a cover of The Times You've Come by Jackson Browne that was gorgeous but I can't find it anywhere.


Lisa Jesusandmarychain

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Re: Great bands no-one talks about (Not a List Thread)
« Reply #142 on: March 28, 2019, 01:10:54 PM »
Would someone like Salad fit into this thread? They might be a bit too 'big' for it, I dunno.

Their "Drink Me" album is a classic, not one bad tune on there, and they had a consistently excellent run of singles ("Your Ma" should have been a smash hit single all over the world). After they split, the singer formed another band , what had one really catchy song about being a horse, but then, nothing.

They could have been bigger than The Warm Jets. What happened? Mebbee the guitarist's resemblance to Jacko off "Brush Strokes" dented their cred a bit.

Re: Great bands no-one talks about (Not a List Thread)
« Reply #143 on: March 28, 2019, 01:32:15 PM »
Drink the Elixir is a favourite of mine from that era. I think they fit this thread very well Talk of them reminds me of other bands of the time that don't get much mention nowadays like Whale and Tiger, and other bands not named after animals

samadriel

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Re: Great bands no-one talks about (Not a List Thread)
« Reply #144 on: March 28, 2019, 04:19:20 PM »
The 50 Kaitenz are my favourite Japanese band, and well deserve a gaijin following; they don't really have it though, it's really hard to find any mention of them outside of some not-very-prominent Japanese websites - I don't think they're particularly big even in Japan. They're a raw, punky rock and roll band, a bit like a more sharp-toothed (and male) 5678s. Here's my favorite song of theirs, "Thank You For Ramones", which, unusually for them, is partly in English.

https://youtu.be/tZLSIDST6O0

Re: Great bands no-one talks about (Not a List Thread)
« Reply #145 on: March 28, 2019, 07:50:52 PM »
I do like them but even I find them a bit much sometimes. Abba on the Jukebox is a brilliant song, up there with The Field Mice and there was a b-side called Though I Still Want to Fall Into Your Arms that was lovely (although the lyrics made me want to say "move on man and have some self-respect, like I didn't").

They did a Peel session with a cover of The Times You've Come by Jackson Browne that was gorgeous but I can't find it anywhere.

Yeah he really did obsess about her didn't he? And being in the same band must have been weird for her - every fucking song it seems. and for years and years too. Still, some great tunes.

PlanktonSideburns

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Re: Great bands no-one talks about (Not a List Thread)
« Reply #146 on: March 28, 2019, 11:23:53 PM »
Casiopea Japanese jazz funk from the late 70/80's.

These boys are rapist-tight musicians.

yea theyre amazing! what is point of snarky puppy when these guys existed?

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Re: Great bands no-one talks about (Not a List Thread)
« Reply #147 on: March 29, 2019, 07:09:07 AM »
Ah yes, Japanese bands. A real favourite of mine is Happy Family, who made a couple of albums back in the 90's and reformed around 2013(?) and released another in (which is also excellent). Demented prog band:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BHtn0V2o0N8

Also Machine & The Synergetic Nuts, who manage to sound like an updated version of a Canterbury band:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pJYM2bs4D_Q

Twed

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Re: Great bands no-one talks about (Not a List Thread)
« Reply #148 on: March 29, 2019, 07:16:09 AM »
Definitely another big shout out for Casiopea from me. Some of their stuff is so impossibly Out Run.

Dirty Boy

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Re: Great bands no-one talks about (Not a List Thread)
« Reply #149 on: March 29, 2019, 01:34:54 PM »
Why does no one talk about OOIOO?
(just searched and there's a ten year old Japanese thread where they pop up)

Ah yes, Japanese bands. A real favourite of mine is Happy Family, who made a couple of albums back in the 90's and reformed around 2013(?) and released another in (which is also excellent). Demented prog band:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BHtn0V2o0N8

Also Machine & The Synergetic Nuts, who manage to sound like an updated version of a Canterbury band:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pJYM2bs4D_Q

Bob on and don't be leaving out Koenjihyakki, Pochakaite Malko, Altered States, Bondage Fruit (first couple of albums), Tipographica, After Dinner.... Japan rocks.

I find Korekyojin a bit slick and noodly, but you can't like it all i suppose.