Discussion in 'Art & Culture' started by Creeptology, Jun 3, 2008.
Built to Spill, Red Sparowes, Godspeed You Black Emperor, The Weakerthans.
And I second King Crimson
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But King Crimson was well known and were played and still are being played on the radio stations. They made:
IN THE COURT OF THE CRIMSON KING 1969
IN THE WAKE OF THE POSEIDON 1970
EARTHBOUND 1972 (LIVE)
LARKS' TONGUES IN ASPIC 1973
STARLESS AND BIBLE BLACK 1974
USA 1975 (LIVE)
THREE OF A PERFECT PAIR 1984
THE YOUNG PERSONS' GUIDE TO KING CRIMSON 1976
So how could they be unknown? Anyone that listens to rock music has heard of them.
Here's a group that isn't well known...
Osibisa- Gong Gong Song
Insert Favorite Indie Band member here.
Semi famous - Ian Anderson, by proxy I can't help but like Martin Barre. Amazing.
Just becuase they're unknown doesn't mean they're underrated.
Ben Harper is huge, but I think he sucks.
"Blah blah blah let's go smoke some pot!"
if you want an underrated muscian, look at Thin Lizzy.
For another person you're talking about, try Corey Smith
Really?:bugeye: Maybe its just a thing where I am from then. I have NEVER met someone who has heard of them. And they've never been given radio time here.
Good to know they are getting recognized somewhere!
Useless Information #356: I remember King Crimson when they were Giles Giles and Fripp!
Ditto #489: King Crimson used to rehearse in the basement of my father's restaurant at 193 Fulham Palace Road London W6 before he acquired the premises.
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In a sense it does. Basically we're looking for bands/artistes who haven't gained the recognition that we feel they deserve - so, unfortunately, with the public palate being as bland-seekingly unadventurous as it is we'd probably like to see all our little pet projects rocketed to international stardom. Even in these days where, supposedly, the underground has gone overground, there are 1000s of bands who should be on the front of all our national newspapers and aren't. And of course, conversely, there as many if not more who should be languishing in dark pubs, clubs and garages rather than picking up prizes at awards ceremonies (special mention: U2. Please Register or Log in to view the hidden image!).
But to be underrated means more than just to be less popular than you should be. It means... what exactly? That people are listening to and dismissing them in droves, because they lack the special insight needed to discern their (to you) obvious talent? At the end of the day music is a matter of individual taste and what some consider blinding genius will sound like utter garbage to others. So what does it actually mean to be underrated - can someone specify the criteria?
Glad to see Built to Spill mentioned. Discovered them through idle experimentation after seeing 'Keep It Like a Secret' given high ratings on a music site... and immediately wondered on first listen why I'd never heard of them before.
Floating on the periphery of my vision for a while: The Decemberists and their intelligent, gentle pop. I'm now working my way steadily through their catalogue, chewing and digesting, and discovering the odd classic. Midlake strike me as being in a similar vein, and I've really liked what I've heard but haven't really heard that much yet. They're in my queue.
Few of the people who've sang along to Thunderclap Newman's big hit Something in the Air have gone on buy their one and only album Hollywood Dream - but I strongly recommend that you all do.
And on a psychy, trippy, hippy 70s theme: Man, from Welsh Wales, and Caravan, from England, come highly recommended to all you prog-rock aficionados.
Compulsion and Leatherface are two bands that came out of the British grunge explosion. Nirvana fully deserved their fame - but what are the likes of Green bleeding Day (who weren't even there.. Please Register or Log in to view the hidden image!) doing being famous when Compulsion and Leatherface never were? Tell me that this isn't better than the decidedly-average 'Smells Like Teen Spirit'. Buy, beg, borrow, steal Compulsion's debut Comforter album and, for a slightly rawer experience, Leatherface's Mush.
More later, maybe.
GYBE are legends. It sucks that I was never able to see them live. Although Slint are often credited for inventing post-rock and Mogwai predate Godspeed by a few years, I think the montreal Emperor collective perfected the artform on their first two albums.
Akron/Family are future legends. For my tastes they are simply far too talented to remain uber-obscure for much longer (mind you, their first records only came out in 05). Here is a good video introduction to the band.
"Thus began an evening that was more glorious, ramshackle rite than mere concert - a fierce, inordinately engaging bouillabaisse that drew flavor from classic rock, experimental jazz, church music of every continent, the slink of '60s and '70s Nigerian and Ethiopian music, tribal drumming, folk forms and more. In print it may seem too eclectic to really coalesce, but Akron/Family loves music in the archetypal sense – song and melody and dissonance and harmony. They draw no borders or accept any common limitations. They make music in a holistically cosmic, transcendental way, and those who left their genre hang-ups at the door discovered a delightful, free spirited ensemble that strived with all their might to make you love music and performance as much as they do." - Dennis Cook
I'm watching Caravan videos on youtube right now. Pretty cool stuff. Their is a song that caps of the Astronomy For Dogs record by The Aliens (formed from the ashes of the Beta Band) that's this uber-trippy epic called Caravan. I'm wondering if it's at all some type of tribute or at least reference to the group. http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_ss_d...gital-music&field-keywords=The Aliens Caravan
The Last Emporer is cool and no one who I know knows who he is.
Here's a new band that I found and they aren't to bad.
Well, while I agree taste in music is completely subjective there's still an obvious difference between well made music and garbage. Puting something like "In Your Mind" by Built to Spill against anything by Nickelback is enough to convince anyone of this, and if they're not convinced they're lying to themselves or didn't bother to put aside their preconceptions.
I guess underrated is almost the same as underexposed. Good music can be enjoyed by anyone, and most of my favorite bands these days are bands I didn't like on the first listen. In fact every time I find a new favorite band I move a little further away from my mainstream garbage roots, and my loathing for the music industry grows a little.
Thanks but it's Spud!..Spud Emperor.
Sure, well actually no, not since I did a Michael Jackson.
Sure, He's my brother, he's great.
The Tea Party. This band was huge in Canada (and Austrailia) during the 90's, but were never embraced on a critical or commercial level in North America on the level they desereved. Early in their career they were dogged with perjorative comparisons to Zeppelin/The Doors (Jeff Martin is as close to being Jim Morrisson as you can get without physically being Jim Morrisson), but overall their quality of music as well as sonic progression album to album was actually very impressive. One of the essential canadian rock/90's bands imo. Fire in the Head
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