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Underrated songs by overexposed artists
« on: October 21, 2019, 10:38:01 AM »
Big artists tend to be known by their big hits, but they often have a cracker that fell down the back of the couch. Great songs that no one seems to mention.
A few that spring to mind :
Phil Collins- I’m Not Moving
Elton John- Harmony
The Beatles- For No One
Rod Stewart- In A Broken Dream
Peter Gabriel- No Way Out

Others?

Re: Underrated songs by overexposed artists
« Reply #1 on: October 21, 2019, 10:44:57 AM »
Have mentioned it before but a few months back I heard Spirits (Having Flown) by the Bee Gees. Not being a fan and only knowing the hits that are still played years after they were hits, i'd never heard of this. I can still do without the singing but musically it's glorious.

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Re: Underrated songs by overexposed artists
« Reply #2 on: October 21, 2019, 11:36:09 AM »
If we're talking Bee Gees, then I'm going for Kilburn Towers from the Mk1 days. A sweet acoustic strummer that could work in any decade.

https://youtu.be/yGdyVqcC6wg

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« Reply #3 on: October 21, 2019, 12:52:02 PM »
Yeah, 60s-era 'Gees was a revelation for me having known only their 70s stuff. Similarly Pink Floyd.

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« Reply #4 on: October 21, 2019, 02:48:19 PM »

Rubberneckin' by Elvis.


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Re: Underrated songs by overexposed artists
« Reply #5 on: October 21, 2019, 03:08:44 PM »
^^ Speaking of Pink Floyd: the jaunty acoustic foot-tapper Crumbling Land.  For the most part they hymn the transporting qualities of sky and flight and water, playing these off against materialism/industrialisation, in the fairly standard early Floydian way, but it features an especially sweet intertwine of Dave and Rick's vocals, and the playing is light and spirited - the bass is so spry you doubt that Waters can be responsible for it.

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« Reply #6 on: October 21, 2019, 03:17:55 PM »
Rubberneckin' by Elvis.

There are so many by Elvis, you could easily compile a great playlist of relative obscurities. Here's another funky one from that same era, Stranger in My Own Home Town.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b0x-ZCLGHnM

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Re: Underrated songs by overexposed artists
« Reply #7 on: October 21, 2019, 03:31:39 PM »
Sitting in My Hotel by The Kinks is one of their most beautiful songs, but because it appeared on one of the '70s albums that nobody apart from dedicated followers of fashion fans ever listen to, it continues to languish in obscurity.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=joz7WkjhfMQ

It's also, as far as I'm aware, the only bearable 'lonely life of a rock star' song ever written.

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« Reply #8 on: October 21, 2019, 03:43:49 PM »
Bob Dylan's "Can You Please Crawl Out Your Window?" was pretty obscure to me but I guess others may be familiar with it. It's great.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=2&v=3EF1mDgfKKM

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« Reply #9 on: October 21, 2019, 04:05:08 PM »
Bob Dylan's "Can You Please Crawl Out Your Window?" was pretty obscure to me but I guess others may be familiar with it. It's great.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=2&v=3EF1mDgfKKM

That version is better than the one he eventually released as a single.

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« Reply #10 on: October 21, 2019, 07:50:06 PM »
I liked "Talkin' Bear Mountain Picnic Massacre Blues" by Dylan.

Does "I Want You (She's So Heavy)" by the Beatles count in this category? I bloody love it, either way.

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« Reply #11 on: October 21, 2019, 09:33:13 PM »
Sitting in My Hotel by The Kinks is one of their most beautiful songs, but because it appeared on one of the '70s albums that nobody apart from dedicated followers of fashion fans ever listen to, it continues to languish in obscurity.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=joz7WkjhfMQ

It's also, as far as I'm aware, the only bearable 'lonely life of a rock star' song ever written.

It gained a whole new audience as it was a featured song in the Sunny Afternoon musical. I used it as a case study on the effects of fame in my book, too :) It's a good'un.

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« Reply #12 on: October 21, 2019, 09:52:05 PM »
'Til I Die - Beach Boys

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« Reply #13 on: October 21, 2019, 10:12:01 PM »
It's also, as far as I'm aware, the only bearable 'lonely life of a rock star' song ever written.
Because it's in heavy rotation on my local classic rock station, I've got a substantial soft spot for "Life's Been Good" by Joe Walsh.

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« Reply #14 on: October 22, 2019, 09:52:04 AM »
Does All the Way From Memphis from Mott the Hoople count? They aren't overexposed as artists but only one song of theirs is ever played on the radio
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ubBpu3MHmtM

For the Kinks I would have to add Shangri-La, a fucking monster of a song:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kt0IXkIVvo4

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« Reply #15 on: October 22, 2019, 11:18:35 AM »
Because it's in heavy rotation on my local classic rock station, I've got a substantial soft spot for "Life's Been Good" by Joe Walsh.

The whole album's fucking great

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dYuFFJ5Ness&list=PL8a8cutYP7frk7SYM8kkxDf0uN_H__9es

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« Reply #16 on: October 22, 2019, 11:59:35 AM »
Have mentioned it before but a few months back I heard Spirits (Having Flown) by the Bee Gees. Not being a fan and only knowing the hits that are still played years after they were hits, i'd never heard of this. I can still do without the singing but musically it's glorious.

From the same LP, my favourite Bee Gees track - Love You Inside Out. Gorgeous funky down tempo disco with a luxurious production

https://youtu.be/SouY1MKclZ4