Author Topic: Great bands no-one talks about (Not a List Thread)  (Read 6171 times)

Sin Agog

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Re: Great bands no-one talks about (Not a List Thread)
« Reply #180 on: April 02, 2019, 01:05:53 PM »
Don't think I've ever seen anyone mention Warning on here before, the one that sounds like a synth pop Rammstein (as opposed to the two other actual metal groups of that name). Why Can The Bodies Fly?

EDIT: Was playing the delightfully noisy math rock of Agoskodo Teliverek in the supermarket today. Them, too. Gay Hussar: https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=_cuQ5Fx_mvo
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Re: Great bands no-one talks about (Not a List Thread)
« Reply #181 on: April 02, 2019, 04:38:00 PM »
I'm a massive fan of the doom band Warning, glorious stuff.

As for this thread, the band that always springs to mind for me is Savage Republic. One of my favourite bands of that era and hugely overlooked.

Re: Great bands no-one talks about (Not a List Thread)
« Reply #182 on: April 02, 2019, 05:10:25 PM »
Mesh, a band I used to listen to a lot when I used to play Minecraft years ago. Also good background for a bit of boardgaming. Bit like Depeche Mode before they went Stadium - or maybe Royksopp, with a bit more crunch and a bit less chill.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6QDxicoa0RY
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wuuaQJz95SA
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_QEwgPWVnOg

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Re: Great bands no-one talks about (Not a List Thread)
« Reply #183 on: April 06, 2019, 12:51:30 PM »
Birth Control:



Mostly ignored (for not being as cool as Krautrockers like NEU! Can or Kraftwerk) Birth Control are a largely forgotten German group who released half a dozen classic albums throughout the 1970s.

As the LP covers became less controversial, their music changed from smoking Hammond-led hard rock (with blues and jam band tendencies) to complex psychedelic prog.

Gamma Ray (1973): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y7tDhS3Hlao

Three years later they were deep into Gentle Giant territory...

Backdoor Possibilities (1976): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gsb3Mp0yZbU

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Re: Great bands no-one talks about (Not a List Thread)
« Reply #184 on: April 07, 2019, 04:23:11 PM »
Anyone mentioned Blood Sausage? I mean the UK early 90s blues/ounk/riot grrl effort, not the metal band from somewhere else later on.

I saw them quite a few times back in the day playing with Huggy Bear (for whom I imagine you know members sometimes played) and Mambo Taxi, and the Voodoo Queens, and Sister George, etc. The Happy Little Bullshit Boy EP and Touching You in Ways That Don't Feel Comfortable 7" are both pretty fucking spectacular, although the lyrics can be a bit sixth form on occasion. When Dale Shaw left, two of the band members formed Cee Bee Beaumont who are fucking great. They released a smashing single with Sexton Ming on vocals:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c2dtM3YRg3s

One of them now plays with Graham Coxon's band - the links there are odd, and go back to the Blow Up! club in the Laurel Tree, Camden, when Graham started going out with Niki from Huggy Bear (just after she split from Mark Lamarr I believe).




Sin Agog

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Re: Great bands no-one talks about (Not a List Thread)
« Reply #185 on: April 08, 2019, 12:52:10 AM »
There's this great band called Hail, the brain child of Bob Drake (the American Fred Frith) and Susanne Lewis.  Guess they're in that Thinking Fellers Union vein of crunchy-wiry tasty avant-pop, but I think one of the reasons no one talks about them is because, at least from my experience, Susanne Lewis doesn't want anyone to.  Once played them on a podcast, and she left me a livid message telling me to take it down.  And then when I wrote a review that was about as positive as positive can be, she tore the thing apart.  Wasn't bothered-  I quite dug the connection, even it was via erroneously angry missives.  Later talked shop with another fan who said that's just the way she operates; she's an artist, like.  Highly recommend you check 'em and their earlier project Corpses as Bedmates out if they sound like your cup of noise.  And I'm free to catch up any time you are, Susanne.

Re: Great bands no-one talks about (Not a List Thread)
« Reply #186 on: April 08, 2019, 07:39:07 AM »
I love Hail. I've got two of their albums - that's all they did, wasn't it? Susanne Lewis sounds great!

Re: Great bands no-one talks about (Not a List Thread)
« Reply #187 on: April 08, 2019, 09:30:24 AM »
I started a thread on Susanne Lewis/Hail once. No replies!

I have the wonderful Kirk album, and a split 7" with Azailia Snail, but have never seen any other stuff available or heard any. What albums have you got Neville?

This is her too. great indie pop song.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XaDv78v92b8


Re: Great bands no-one talks about (Not a List Thread)
« Reply #188 on: April 08, 2019, 10:43:07 AM »
I've got Kirk and Hello Debris. I see they've released a couple of others, too. Love the track you posted, jobotic!

Sin Agog

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Re: Great bands no-one talks about (Not a List Thread)
« Reply #189 on: April 08, 2019, 12:58:14 PM »
I started a thread on Susanne Lewis/Hail once. No replies!

I have the wonderful Kirk album, and a split 7" with Azailia Snail, but have never seen any other stuff available or heard any. What albums have you got Neville?

This is her too. great indie pop song.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XaDv78v92b8

I'd've gushed enough for everyone if I'd seen it.  I think I've got Kissyfur somewhere- I'll chuck it on the mp3 player because it's been so long.  Azalia Snail's another amazing avant-chick.  She's got a song called Another Slave Labor Day that, every few months, I'll put on repeat for a bit of an angry wriggle: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W6nEwwImt6Q. (Best thing about youtube is how often you see the artists or their family in the comments.  There she is).

Also agree with you about Kirk being their best.  The earlier ones are good, if less tight, and Hello Debris is great in its way but has a totally different, more grown-up energy being a reunion album, but Kirk hits that sweet spot of avant minds trying to make straight-up pop, misunderstanding it and making something better.

I mentioned it before, but the Corpses as Bedmates album Venus Handcuffs is on youtube (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zxkKAtvhaSU) and it's this dissonant gothic miasma that feels like an exorcism that eventually gave us Hail.

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Re: Great bands no-one talks about (Not a List Thread)
« Reply #190 on: April 09, 2019, 12:47:02 AM »
Moonshake were a top band (I thought I saw someone in this thread with a Moonshake avatar? Rev?). Margaret Fiedler was one of the singers (she later left to form Laika), with Dave Callahan from the Wolfhounds as the other singer (although I hated his voice). Fantastic drumming on Eva Luna. Beautiful Pigeon is one of the best songs of the 90s.

Late reply but yeah, the avatar's off the cover of 'Secondhand Clothes'.

They burned bright and briefly, two members staying as Moonshake and two splitting off as Laika.  Neither were as good as they were together, but Laika's first album is decent.  Moonshake's first album after the split advertised itself as 'guaranteed guitar-free', which is just wanky.  Callahan's voice is definitely a taste you might not ever acquire.  Fiedler completely quit the music business believing that piracy made it impossible to make a living, and went into selling knitted stuff.

Have we had The Family Cat?  At a certain point in the early 90s it didn't matter who you were going to see, they were probably the support act.  A lot of stodge, but they had some absolute bangers, and a better singer than most on the scene at that time.  'Magic Happens' should be recognised as a classic, but it did show the symptom of indie band cancer:  release an album with a picture of the band rather than artwork on the cover and it's probably your last.


Re: Great bands no-one talks about (Not a List Thread)
« Reply #191 on: April 09, 2019, 08:52:05 AM »
Probably not all that familiar to anyone outside the West Country, but does anyone remember Automatic Dlamini, John Parish's early band with Rob Ellis (PJ Harvey was also a member later on, in the late 80s)? They were actually pretty good, featuring a percussion-heavy sound with lots of banging metal and stuff, everyone chipping in with vocals and what-not. Here they are, looking phenomenally 80s-ish: