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Obscure Band Appreciation Thread

Discussion in 'Recordings [BG]' started by Sonorous, Jun 28, 2004.

  1. Sonorous


    Oct 1, 2003
    Denton, TX
    So guys post some weird bands that you listen to, maybe give an explanation and some good cds to listen to. This way we can help spread the word about our favorite bands. I'll go first.

    EDIT: Yeah, this probably belongs in Misc. but OT has cooler people in it.

    (BIG LIST)

    Bright Eyes
    Ted Leo And The Pharmacists
    Death Cab For Cutie
    Sunny Day Real Estate
    Godspeed You Black Emperor
    Son Ambulance
    The Postal Service
    Commander Venus
    Mars Volta
    Ben Folds Five
    Belle And Sebastian
    Sea And Cake
    Breaker! Breaker!
    Burnside Project
    The Faint
    The Flaming Lips
  2. Against Will

    Against Will Supporting Member

    Dec 10, 2003
    Big Sound Central
    Could have saved the Mods the trouble and just put it in Misc.

    -The Plot To Blow Up the Eiffel Tower (EVERYONE MUST HEAR THEM!)
    -This Is My Fist (incredible!)
    -Dillinger Four (FRESH!)
    -Against Me! (reason punk rock doesn't suck yet)
    -Ghost Mice (heartwrenching)
    -Saw Wheels (ditto)
    -The Bananas (most of the groups mentioned are on Plan-It-X records, which is a phenomenal label: www.plan-it-x.com)
    -Team Dresch (Lesbians playing hardcore punk with fire, conviction, rage and honesty. Criminally overlooked)
    -Erase Erratta (weird and fun)
    -Lightning Bolt (hometown heroes)
    -Daughters (Providence grindcore kings. <3)
    -Sex Positions (Boston fresh hardcore band)
    -Mclusky (shut up and get their latest two albums!)
    -Les Nubians (wonderful voices, in french...some english)
    -Sage Francis/Non-prophets (RI MC/duo. Vicious and hilarious)
    -Grand Buffet (great hip-hop duo. awesome live show)
    -Aesop Rock (Cerebral)
    -Cannibal Ox (aggressive and dangerous duo)
    -Lifter Puller (no one likes his voice...I still think he's great though)
    -Mastodon (hurt people and love Mastodon)
    -Lungfish (The musical equivalent of reading James Joyce)
    -Nation of Ulysess (old school)
    -Make Up (Who T(I)NC wishes they could be...weirdos)
    -Discount (greatest pop-punk band ever? possibly)
    -The Gits (rule)
    -the Constantines (desparate but determined)
    -the chinkees (wonderful, honest, catchy, experience)

    and I'm spent.
  3. One of my alltime fave records (and I do mean vinyl :)) is

    Genital Deformities - Shag Nasty! Oi!

    Never seen it before or since but great. :)
  4. Benjamin Strange

    Benjamin Strange Commercial User

    Dec 25, 2002
    New Orleans, LA
    Owner / Tech: Strange Guitarworks
    Course of Empire - artsy metal stuff with two drummers and a serious Persian influence. Check them out.
  5. leanne


    May 29, 2002
    Rochester, NY
    Cymande -
    Pretty cool funk band from London in the early 70's. Sort of make me think Meters/Curtis Mayfield/Mandrill.
  6. JimK


    Dec 12, 1999
    Cool stuff, Leanne.
    Definite Meters meets Mandrill vibe.
  7. ironmaidenisgod


    May 20, 2004
    Great band.

    Also recommend Pegazus for fans of Maiden/Priest like metal.
    Hatebreed,Blistered Earth,Glenn Tipton(solo stuff rocks),Pure Rubbish,Otep etc.
  8. Woodchuck


    Apr 21, 2000
    Atlanta (Grant Park!)
    Gallien Krueger for the last 12 years!
    Doxy's Kitchen
    Brother to Brother
  9. hum
    the dears
    year of the rabbit
    papa vegas

  10. Ívar Þórólfsson

    Ívar Þórólfsson Mmmmmm... Supporting Member

    Apr 9, 2001
    Kopavogur, Iceland
    Durr.. Radiohead is an obscure band? and Portishead?
    Don´t know about Godspeed, I´ve seen plenty written about them etc.
  11. BustinJustin

    BustinJustin banned

    Sep 12, 2003
    NYC, LI too
    yeah man the videos only ran for like 4 months on MTV... I'd call that obscure!

  12. compomicrodexall
    good for cows
    theory of ruin
    hoor par kraat
  13. Edwcdc

    Edwcdc I call shotgun!

    Jul 21, 2003
    Columbia MD USA
    Some of my faves

    The Gigolo Aunts
    Catherine Wheel
    Neds Atomic Dustbin
    Stroke 9

    Maybe not so obscure for some but the guys in my band never heard of any of these.
  14. JimK


    Dec 12, 1999
    ...is that the band from the '70s that had a hit with "Funk 'N' Roll(Funkin' In The Sunshine)"?
    I just stumbled onto a bunch of my old 45rpms from that era. Sounds like Bootsy...

    ...or maybe even David Hungate.
  15. BustinJustin

    BustinJustin banned

    Sep 12, 2003
    NYC, LI too
    Shuggi Otis!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  16. It saddens me that this board doesn't even mention...

    Bela Fleck and The Flecktones.

    I mean come on now.
  17. Swervedriver
    Kitchens of Distinction
    American Music Club
    Uncle Tupelo
    Suddenly Tammy!
    The Pills
    Jack Drag (criminally underrated)
    DJ Shame
    Red Telephone
    Burning Airlines
  18. xush


    Jul 4, 2001
    mobile AL
    H P Zinker
    Dif Juz
    the Czars
    Kitchens of Distinction
    Walt Mink

    Cocteau Twins is my fav 'obscure' artist, but I'm not sure just how 'unknown' they'd be considered anymore.

    weird! I almost put Swervedriver, but I didn't think they'd qualify as obscure. KOD might not be either, I dunno... Strange that we posted pretty much at the same time.
  19. Don't be sad. They are no where near obscure. Either are about 10 bands in the initial post. Obscurity is relative I guess..:eyebrow:
  20. Matthew Bryson

    Matthew Bryson Guest

    Jul 30, 2001
    I'll second Radiohead and Cake from earlier on this list. (although I don't find either so obscure)
    I've had people tell me at one time or another that they found these guys obscure: Frank Zappa, Les Claypool (Holy Mackeral / Frog Brigade) and They Might Be Giants
    Again, I don't think any are all that obscure, but all are highly recomended listening.