What singers or bands music do you love that didn't go over huge. The kind of stuff that even if it was all over the radio and tv you wouldn't have gotten sick of. You know, the music that the selfish part inside you is glad that it didn't hit big. And you would hate other people just singing the singles and not showing respect to how good all their music is.
I'd have to say: Jeff Buckley, Paw, And I Mother Earth.
There's a local band called The Clarks who are crazy-huge here and completely unknown anywhere else in the country, and even though they're so much better than the majority of what you hear on the radio, I think it would piss me off deep down if they ever had a national hit. It's better just having them as Pittsburgh's thing.
I'm pretty happy that the Eels wound up being one-hit-wonders as well.
"The only difference between lilies and turds are those humankind have agreed upon, and I don't always agree." ---George Carlin
"Those who dance are considered insane by those who can't hear the music." ---Anon.
I can think of MANY bands that fit this bill, but I'll stick with my favorites:
BIOHAZARD SEPULTURA: (during the Max Cavallera days) PAINFACE: (their singer co-founded SLIPKNOT, then quit right before they signed their big record deal and became stars. I personally feel that PAINFACE was a better band and it's a shame that no one outside of Des Moines ever noticed) SLAYER: yeah I know, they had some success during the 90's, but they never got as much as they deserved IMO
I'll second the Jeff Buckley sentiment, though I don't know if he would've ever gone over big. Maybe the only radio-friendly song I heard from him was "Everybody Here Wants You," and it sure wasn't representative of his music as a whole (even if it is perfectly fine booty call groovin'). Treehouse was a band that pulled itself together in SC back in '97 and then promptly disbanded after releasing their only full-length album. The singer is on Edwin McCain's tours, of all people (blech), but he'd be better off with the others again. Big Wreck is another band that got absolutely shelled by critics for their last album, even though it's a good sight better than some of the crap put out there by nu-metal newbies and sophomore releases by pop fiends like Matchbox 20.
* At the Drive-In (split up in mid-tour, citing burnout and the fact that they couldn't play as well as they could). Shame, too. At least three of them are in Sparta.
* New Radicals. Although this one's probably for the best. The only real attention they were getting was for threatening Courtney Love, Marilyn Manson, Beck, and Hanson in their one shining, glorious hit, "You Get What You Give". That and former child star Danielle Brisebois was in the band (and co-wrote second and final single "Someday We'll Know").
Oh, and in regards to Eels: When they were on Last Call, they did a spectacularly weird cover of "Get Ur Freak On". I have and will share, once I replace the hard drive.
If there were any justice in the world "Yoshimi Battles The Pink Robots" would have debuted at #1 and people would be talking in Time Magazine about Wayne Coyne and the Flaming Lips being the group to lead us into musical nirvana.
And my Swedish heroes Edson would have fans over in the US in big enough numbers to justify a US tour.
You never know when you'll meet that special someone... the someone that's mysteriously blind to your flaws. or, you know, stupid enough not to realize that yes, you really are that cynical.
Okay, here's a few more to add to the list of incredibly underappreciated artists.
Warren Zevon -- the fact that most people only know him for that POS "Werewolves of London" is one of the biggest travesties in the history of rock.
John Hiatt -- a truly brilliant writer and performer who wrote number 1's for Roseanne Cash and Jeff Healey among others and who is probably best known for a song making fun of Krist Novoselic's inability to catch.
Chris Ledoux -- sheer genius, although he has a major strike against him since it was the gratuitous use of his name that got Garth Brooks airplay when Garth was just starting out. For some of the absolute best in traditional country, go check out "This Cowboy's Hat", "Stampede", or "Silence on the Line".
TwoPenny Hangover-- a local band from my youth that is now sadly broken up that was an incredible alt folk/country band with a repetoire ranging from the BoDeans to Pink Floyd with a whole lot of originals in between.
"Verhoeven's _Starship Troopers_: Based on the back cover of the book by Robert Heinlein."
Well, a truly great Canadian band [Our Lady Peace] rocked the world with their first two albums, but their last three have not been as good simply due to the fact that the glowing light of public opinion is shining brightly upon them. When everything you do is dissected and analysed, it's hard to simply do something as cool as writing and recording an album.
I hope that Five For Fighting and Millencolin never go huge, because they have fun but small albums. Hell, same with Sam Roberts...but I fear he's already slipped away.
"That's what the Internet is for, slandering others anonymously" Banky Edwards (Jason Lee), Jay & Silent Bob Strike Back
"Smile." Maguire (Jude Law), Road to Perdition
"You can't fight in here, this is the War Room!" The President (Peter Sellers), Dr. Strangelove or How I Learned To Stop Worrying And Love the Bomb
Quicksand made some of the most beautiful hardcore you will ever hear, but I'm glad that "Dine Alone" and "Delusional" only got played on Headbanger's Ball back in the day. I don't want to share the brilliance of Manic Compression.
That Dog was quirky and fun, and Anna Waronker has a new album out that I need to check out.
I'll second a nod to I Mother Earth. They and Blind Melon are the only hippie music I can stand, and damn, Dig is a fucking awesome album.
I love Brutal Juice too. A loud, obnoxious, Texas band who put out one studio album and quickly fell apart. The only song on the album that is even remotely radio friendly, they called "The Vaginals". God, I loved those guys.
"Words to memorize. Words hypnotize. Words make my mouth exercise. Words all fail the magic prize. Nothing I can say when I'm in your thighs."
Two groups that are still together that I love, but get absolutely no publicity are Matthew Sweet and Supergrass.
Sweet's Girlfriend and 100% Fun are two albums that I can listen to over and over and over again. Altered Beast and Blue Sky on Mars are growing on me. I've been going crazy downloading demo and live tracks off KaZaA (lite!) and some of them I like more than the studio tracks. I don't know whether being part of Ming Tea (Austin Powers' band) would count as publicity, but the only people you ever hear about being in that band are Mike Myers and Susanna Hoffs.
Supergrass' In It For the Money is great. They've only got three albums, though (with a fourth due out next month). If I heard "Richard III" on the radio tomorrow, I think I would have a heart attack. Good stuff.
I'd like to add a personal favorite into the mix...
Super Deluxe - THE band that made acoustic cool in Seattle in the mid 90s. Tracks like "Famous", "She Came On", "Years Ago", and "Smile" gave them a unique feel in an era of dissonant chords and angst-ridden lyrics. It's a shame they only put out 2 CDs before breaking up, although I've heard rumors of a reuniting. You can hear their stuff on a couple of soundtracks, too, like Kingpin and Home Alone 3 (the one without Culkin).
"Your solitude is welcome, welcome... Your attitude is welcome, welcome!"
Misery Loves Co. was my favorite metal band next to Maiden. Their first CD is one of the best CD's I've ever heard. They never took off huge though. And 20 Dead Flower Children had another awesome debut, but I've never been able to find anything but that first one.
Originally posted by Net Hack SlasherI have no clue how "Poe" hasn't gotten totally over yet. ... She seems like a real legit talent
She did have the modern-rock radio "hit" in 96 with Trigger Happy Jack and Hello - both of her albums are great efforts, including the one that came out last year.
however, modern-rock radio is afraid of females these days. apparently, they are afraid of females that can write songs that blow away the crap that's on the playlist. anyways, my rantings on this could take up an entire thread, so i'll just leave it at that.
Suzanne Little - "Be Here Now". I saw a video for the single "Tragic Flaw" on MuchMusic in '95 or so. Loved it. It apparently wasn't released in the states, so my cousin picked up the disc for me in Edmonton.