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Most underrated/unappreciated musician thread

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous [BG]' started by JPJ, Mar 17, 2004.

  1. JPJ


    Apr 21, 2001
    Chicago, IL
    I was watching a bit of VH1-Classics today and they showed Tom Petty and Bad Company videos back to back...both great bands. ;) It occured to me that thare are so many great musicians that, for some reason or another, are often overlooked whenever a discussion of the "greats" takes place. The following is my "most underappreciated all-star classic rock line-up". Agree, disagree, have other names that might not be in the forefront of our minds?

    Paul Rodgers-vocals
    Mike Campbell-lead guitar
    Pete Townshend/Malcolm Young-rhythm guitar
    Mel Schacher-bass
    Carmine Appice-drums

  2. Against Will

    Against Will Supporting Member

    Dec 10, 2003
    Big Sound Central
    I think The Band pretty much fills the slot for "Most Underapreciated" as well as one of the Greatest bands of the 70's and is, in its own right, an All-Star band. But, I think it'd be fun for:

    Rick Danko-Bass
    Joe Strummer-Vocals+Guitar
    Kid Koala-Turntables
    Omar Rodriguez-Guitar
    Tunde Adebimpe-Vocals
    David Andrew Sitek-Production/loops/sound manipulation
    Herbie Hancock-Keys

    I think this would be one of the most interesting and innovative groups ever. Though I don't know if it'd be able to work together, I think everyone in the group would be able to contribute something spectacular, without having it sound to busy.
  3. Adam Barkley

    Adam Barkley Mayday!

    Aug 26, 2003
    Jackson, MS
    I think John Paul Jones from Zepplin is was underappreciated. My music teacher didn't realize that just about every instrument besides drums and variations of guitar were played by him. Not to mention awesome basslines.

    Jimmy Paige and John Bonham are considered "gods" of their respective instrument, but John Paul Jones is where it's at for me.
  4. JPJ


    Apr 21, 2001
    Chicago, IL
    I hear that! :D You definately don't have to convince me of that one (note username ;) ). And for the record, JPJ actually DID play guitar with Zeppelin....in addition to:

    4-string bass
    8-string bass
    Acoustic upright bass
    Acoustic guitar
    Backing vocals
    Hammond Organ
    A myriad of synths/keyboards
    Backing vocals

    Did I miss anything? :smug:
  5. Adam Barkley

    Adam Barkley Mayday!

    Aug 26, 2003
    Jackson, MS
    saw the dream band portion of the question.

    Group 1 - Super Talented Players
    Cliff Burton - Bass, Keys, Backing Vocals
    Mike Portnoy- Drums
    Duane Allman- Lead Guitar
    Maynard Keenan- Vocals, Guitar

    Group 2 - Favorite Musicians
    Paul McCartney- Bass, Vocals
    Billy Conway- Drums
    Dana Colley - Saxophone
    Eric Clapton - Guitar and Vocals
  6. Adam Barkley

    Adam Barkley Mayday!

    Aug 26, 2003
    Jackson, MS
    think that covered it. Didnt know he played git though. Figured Paige wouldnt let him have that much
  7. nonsqtr

    nonsqtr The emperor has no clothes!

    Aug 29, 2003
    Burbank CA USA
    Sara Lee, the bass player for the B-52's (and previously for Gang of Four). Tasty groove, plenty of talent. Very underappreciated.
  8. Adam Barkley

    Adam Barkley Mayday!

    Aug 26, 2003
    Jackson, MS
    how bout Jason Newsted? He is a very sound player and very talented. Seems like he is always bashed because he doesn't solo in studio recordings.
  9. bernard edwards - greatest disco bassist
    noel redding - best psycadelic bassist
    john fruciante - one of the best guitarists
    anthony kiedis - great vocalist
    chad smith - easily one of the best drummers
    meshell ndegeochello - need i say more
    lenny white - abosolutly friggin fantastic
    parliament - should be taught in history
    joe satriani - visionary
    steve vai - show off version off satch
    stu hamm - ultimate underrated
    larry la londe - satriani no2

    they might be well rated in the usa....but not here
  10. JerseyFunk


    Jan 8, 2004
    RUSH as a group. Each musician is appreciated, but as a group not as much....if that makes any sense. These guys have probably over 20 releases and have been around (still are) since the early 70's..
  11. biergott

    biergott DuBistEineKartoffelnsalad kopf

    Feb 7, 2002
    Orange County, Ca
    I have always felt Ler from Primus was always underappreciated. I mean, it has be be difficult to find space to play behind Les, and to find something that works...

    Many people don't find his lines pleasing to the ear, but I like 'em.
  12. inazone


    Apr 20, 2003
    Michel Anthony- van hallen. Everyone thinks of him as a root player. Ive heared things from him that I was floored by. He is about the song not the solo. Not to mention killer vocals and groove.
  13. Wrong Robot

    Wrong Robot Guest

    Apr 8, 2002
    Bobby Mcferrin
    Bobby Mcferrin
    Bobby Mcferrin!

    Everyone has heard 'don't worry, be happy' but wow! does that song misrepresent him. He is one of the most talented musicians I've ever heard, truly amazing stuff.
  14. MJ5150

    MJ5150 Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Apr 12, 2001
    Olympia, WA
    Duff McKagan from G 'n R. He was stuck behind Axl, Slash and Izzy.

  15. ler was great IMO, Satriani JR...i only found out the other day that ler was tought by joe.....you can kinda tell anyway :D

  16. biergott

    biergott DuBistEineKartoffelnsalad kopf

    Feb 7, 2002
    Orange County, Ca
    really...I didn't know that. I knew there was an obvious Zappa influence. Learn somethin' new everyday!
  17. Adam Barkley

    Adam Barkley Mayday!

    Aug 26, 2003
    Jackson, MS
    I feel Morphine as a band is underrated. They are one of my favorite bands because I love their sound. Their sax player Dana Colley played some great stuff. But singer and bassist Mark Sandman died on stage and which ended their career.
  18. Figjam


    Aug 5, 2003
    Boston, MA
    isnt he the "boopee de tit bop bop boo bopee" guy?
  19. learning_towalk

    learning_towalk Supporting Member

    Mar 15, 2004
    Chattanooga, TN
    bass:Victor Lemonte Wooten-most people have never even heard of him :( seriously I've talked to TONS of people who were like...Victor who?

    Stassic from Umphrey's Mcgee

    the bassist for Salvador (christian latin band) can throw down with the best of em...I went to see them and I got in for sound check and he warmed up with Vic's "a show of hands" yah the boy is GOOD!

    guitar:Keller Williams and Phil Keaggy and Ethan Ballinger-all three are absolutely INCREDIBLE

    drums- John Fishman and JD aka The Groove Regulator

    keys-Kyle Hollingsworth from String Cheese Incident


    Chris Thyle-the mandolin prodigy from Nickel Creek

    yah those are all underrated musicians.

    dream band-

    Bass-Victor Wooten
    Guitar-Trey Anastasio
    Drums-Carter Beauford
    keys-Kyle Hollingsworth
  20. Adam Barkley

    Adam Barkley Mayday!

    Aug 26, 2003
    Jackson, MS
    I dont really think Vic is underrated. Many think he is the most technical bassist ever. Maybe largely unknown outside of the bass community but not underrated.

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