Obscure Bands

schmeankmanschmeankman Headliner
edited July 2008 in History of Rock
This is a thread for you to introduce others obscure bands. Hopefully someone will find that this thread introduces them to some new bands. Anyway here are a few of my favorite "obscure bands", feel free to post yours.
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Band: Head East
Best Record(s): Flat as a Pancake (1974)
Time Period: 70's-Present
Best songs: Never Been Any Reason, Love Me Tonight, Ticket Back To Georgia, Man I Wanna Be
Bio (Copy and paste from wiki if you are too lazy):
They are one of the best classic rock bands, who were lost and over shadowed, they also sound like Boston. I suggest buying the "Flat as a Pancake" album. One of the best albums ever. The whole band was as talented a band as ever, and it was a shame they never made it to stardom. The band is from Champagne, Illinois, and is still touring.
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Band: Marky Ramone and the Intruders
Best Record(s): The Answer to Your Problems (1999)
Time Period: Late 90's
Best Songs: Life Sucks, Peekhole
Bio: A short lived project of former Ramones drummer Marky Ramone, that only relesed two albums before disbanding. If you like the Ramones, "The Answer to Your Problems" is probably a good album to pick up. They also do some great Ramones covers.
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Feel free to post yours.

Comments

  • sg327sg327 Road Warrior
    edited June 2008
    "Never Been Any Reason" is a great song. I'd like to see that one in Rock Band. Would be a great one to play.

    Stillwater:
    An American Southern Rock group formed in the 70's. Members at one time or another were...

    Michael Causey...guitar
    Rob Roy Walker...guitar
    Bobby Golden...guitar/vocals
    Al Scarborough...bass/vocals
    Bob Spearman...keyboards/vocals
    Jimmy Hall...percussion/vocals
    Sebie Lacey...drums/vocals
    David Heck...drums

    This song charted in the top 100 singles in 1978...
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bt1io_Z2WOQ
  • OldFogeyOldFogey Road Warrior
    edited June 2008
    Not sure what counts as an obscure band. I'll pick a couple I think might be relatively obscure:

    Jules and the Polar Bears. I figure if I can't even find a vid on youtube they must be pretty obscure. I've mentioned before that their album Got No Breeding is tremendous.

    Joe Bonamassa. Been plugging him enough lately that he may no longer be obscure on this forum, but I'm pretty sure he's obscure to most of the world. Awesome blues-rock guitar player with a good voice and some very nice tunes.

    Dukes of the Stratosphear. Side project of XTC, one of my favorite bands.

    Joan Armatrading. Great singer songwriter mostly from the 80's.

    Duke Special. Keeping the piano playing singer songwriter tradition alive.

    Bellowhead. Probably should be considered a folk band -- a big band folk band. Unbelieveable energy.
  • polishdog90polishdog90 Road Warrior
    edited June 2008
    OldFogey;793413 said:

    Joe Bonamassa. Been plugging him enough lately that he may no longer be obscure on this forum, but I'm pretty sure he's obscure to most of the world. Awesome blues-rock guitar player with a good voice and some very nice tunes.
    This name reminds me of "Joe Momma Besser" one of the many drummers in spinal tap.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r4R5BOD5cSg
  • OldFogeyOldFogey Road Warrior
    edited June 2008
    polishdog90;794321 said:
    This name reminds me of "Joe Momma Besser" one of the many drummers in spinal tap.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r4R5BOD5cSg
    LOL -- I've made that same association myself.
  • sg327sg327 Road Warrior
    edited June 2008
    The Tarney-Spencer Band...
    A 70's Australian rock band composed of Trevor Spencer and Alan Tarney.

    This song charted twice in the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart...

    "No Time To Lose"
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kzaXrM4pVjM
  • IronShirtIronShirt Unsigned
    edited July 2008
    For obscure bands my all time favorite is Tones On Tail. Here is their most popular song: GO!. If you manage to get your hands on the Night Music album, which pretty much has all their songs, you'll probably find that every song they wrote is a winner. I consider it one of the best albums of all time. I believe some of these guys were part of Bauhaus and Love and Rockets.
  • OldFogeyOldFogey Road Warrior
    edited July 2008
    schmeankman;792821 said:
    This is a thread for you to introduce others obscure bands. Hopefully someone will find that this thread introduces them to some new bands. Anyway here are a few of my favorite "obscure bands", feel free to post yours.
    **************
    Band: Head East
    Best Record(s): Flat as a Pancake (1974)
    Time Period: 70's-Present
    Best songs: Never Been Any Reason, Love Me Tonight, Ticket Back To Georgia
    Bio (Copy and paste from wiki if you are too lazy):
    They are one of the best classic rock bands, who were lost and over shadowed, they also sound like Boston. I suggest buying the "Flat as a Pancake" album. One of the best albums ever. The whole band was as talented a band as ever, and it was a shame they never made it to stardom. The band is from Champagne, Illinois, and is still touring.
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    sg327;795341 said:
    The Tarney-Spencer Band...
    A 70's Australian rock band composed of Trevor Spencer and Alan Tarney.

    This song charted twice in the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart...

    "No Time To Lose"
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kzaXrM4pVjM
    I remember these bands. There's Never Been Any Reason I recall getting quite a lot of airplay at the time. Good picks, guys.
  • IronShirtIronShirt Unsigned
    edited July 2008
    Rare Earth
    song: I just want to celebrate
    Funk Rock

    James Gang
    song: Funk #49
    Funk Rock

    You know when even white people can funk out hard like this there is somethin very right with the world.
  • senomarsenomar Opening Act
    edited July 2008
    I'm a bit tired and don't feel like filling out all the information, so I'll just name the bands.

    Giraffes? Giraffes!
    SWIMS
    Tera Melos
    Planets
    Who's Your Favorite Son, God?
    Maps & Atlases
    Blonde Girls
    Mindflayer
    Black Dice
    Women
    Earthless

    Most of these are instrumental, and (almost) all of them are 2000s>
  • sg327sg327 Road Warrior
    edited July 2008
    Shooting Star is a music group formed in the late seventies. After quickly gaining enormous popularity in the Kansas City area, they became the first American group to be signed with Virgin Records.

    "You've Got What I Need"
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SDiiDTgBdaM
  • defenestraterdefenestrater Road Warrior
    edited July 2008
    IronShirt;801805 said:
    For obscure bands my all time favorite is Tones On Tail. Here is their most popular song: GO!. If you manage to get your hands on the Night Music album, which pretty much has all their songs, you'll probably find that every song they wrote is a winner. I consider it one of the best albums of all time. I believe some of these guys were part of Bauhaus and Love and Rockets.
    I actually have a collection of their singles. I pretty much got it on the strength of Go! which is really an amazingly awesome song. I couldn't tell you a single thing about the rest of the cd, though lol
  • polishdog90polishdog90 Road Warrior
    edited July 2008
    OldFogey;793413 said:
    Not sure what counts as an obscure band. I'll pick a couple I think might be relatively obscure:

    Joe Bonamassa. Been plugging him enough lately that he may no longer be obscure on this forum, but I'm pretty sure he's obscure to most of the world. Awesome blues-rock guitar player with a good voice and some very nice tunes.
    This guy is coming to my local music festival "Bumbershoot" and I think I'm going to go see him. I checked him out on my Zune Pass and his guitar playing is really good. Hopefully he will be as good live.
  • RadRockRadRock Unsigned
    edited July 2008
    The Giraffes are from Brooklyn, NY and they will rock your faces off. Check them out at www.thegiraffes.com or on myspace, you will thank the gods of rock for this band.
  • Lord_MhoramLord_Mhoram Road Warrior
    edited July 2008
    Rocket Scientists
    A modern Prog Band from California - great melodies, great songwriting, and a nice blend of mellow and harder stuff. They are at www.Thetank.com.

    Earthbound
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QT0IEOArHj0

    Minstrel Savior
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G0aemYF6xQo

    Pythagoras
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yERXhUA-eUM

    Lana Lane
    She is married to the Rocket Scientists Keyboardist and producer. Great "Symphonic Rock" to use a marketing label. One of the best vocalists I've ever heard.

    Symphony of Angels
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mnK8pqtPw8w

    Secrets of Astrology
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qfutt_ihH5Y

    Evolution Revolution (Ignore the clips from Ultraviolet - a fan made video)
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H8xbijnrEa8
  • Gargoyle2500Gargoyle2500 Opening Act
    edited July 2008
    A popular rock band from Australia, Ted Mulry Gang had most of their success in the 70s. Their most popular song is Jump In My Car (You can see the Sydney Opera House in this video):

    http://youtube.com/watch?v=BeNHMXAQpb0&fmt=18

    Another one of their hits, Jamaica Rum (A very relaxing song):

    http://youtube.com/watch?v=GuCwY3SxleY&feature=related&fmt=18

    Cover of a 50s blues song, Darktown Strutters Ball (Turned Rock!):

    http://youtube.com/watch?v=7ZBR_XV_e94

    My favorite TMG song, Heart Of Stone (Not a cover):

    http://youtube.com/watch?v=SmzMdTfr6eA&fmt=18

    Sadly, Ted Mulry Died in 2001 one day short of his fiftieth birthday due to brain cancer. Tribute concerts were performed before his death.

    I keep saying Heart Of Stone should be re-released or put in Rock Band, But I don't know if the original tapes even exist anymore. (None of TMG's albums are commercially available)

    If you have never heard of this band before, Please, by all means tell people about TMG! They deserve to be more well known!
  • Gargoyle2500Gargoyle2500 Opening Act
    edited July 2008
    Also, The Heroes (Australian Band)

    After breaking up from their last band, Three members from Rabbit hired vocalist Peter De Jong and formed The Heroes in 1977. They were the last band to play in a hotel during a riot occurring outside, Released an album in 1980 and broke up in 1981 or 1982.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5V-0t2pGD6c&NR=1&fmt=18

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bm9qJl2f2hE&feature=related&fmt=18

    Seriously, Why the heck is this band unheard of? They were awesome! :confused:
  • pmpboarderpmpboarder Road Warrior
    edited July 2008
    Haha, I'll bite twice.
    pmpboarder;936187 said:
    Fox Gang - Krakow, Poland

    Louden Swain - Los Angeles, California
  • synthesizedpianosynthesizedpiano Opening Act
    edited July 2008
    sg327;793349 said:
    "Never Been Any Reason" is a great song. I'd like to see that one in Rock Band. Would be a great one to play.

    Stillwater:
    An American Southern Rock group formed in the 70's. Members at one time or another were...

    Michael Causey...guitar
    Rob Roy Walker...guitar
    Bobby Golden...guitar/vocals
    Al Scarborough...bass/vocals
    Bob Spearman...keyboards/vocals
    Jimmy Hall...percussion/vocals
    Sebie Lacey...drums/vocals
    David Heck...drums

    This song charted in the top 100 singles in 1978...
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bt1io_Z2WOQ
    wow... I didn't know that this was a real band. They are the band that the main character in the movie Almost Famous tours with and writes an article about. I thought they had just been made up for the movie.
  • sg327sg327 Road Warrior
    edited July 2008
    synthesizedpiano;937123 said:
    wow... I didn't know that this was a real band. They are the band that the main character in the movie Almost Famous tours with and writes an article about. I thought they had just been made up for the movie.
    I remember seeing part of that movie. I heard the song on the radio one day and finally tracked it down on an album called "The South's Greatest Hits Vol. 2".
  • campinmonkeycampinmonkey Unsigned
    edited July 2008
    Rose Hill Drive

    I will post youtubes later, but they have a few songs on their myspace and I will just link that

    http://profile.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=user.viewprofile&friendid=8627592&MyToken=b8d5385a-7abb-47f1-b1f3-fd9c764e3743

    nothing extraordinary, nor will it change rock, but good, solid modern rock
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