Unknown Artist - Best Little Know Bands/Artist

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KVRAF
5626 posts since 13 Nov, 2012

Post Fri Jan 15, 2021 1:34 am

It seems a small amount of bands and artist get most of the focus when some very talented ones get overlooked.

What Artist do you like that most people don't know.

This can range from totally unsigned artist to artist who are just not that well know.
There is no wrong answer....


I will start with a little known band from Toronto Canada that never made it big on the world scene.

Know any good artist you would like to share?

Here is one.....

Martha and the Muffins

Renowned producer Daniel Lanois has a sister who played bass in this band.
It was also his very first stint as a rock producer/engineer.
Lanois also shares credit as a song writer on some songs.
Alex Lifeson from Rush called them his favorite band at one point.
Still, they remain little know....

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WNy8ePVkPVk
Last edited by PatchAdamz on Fri Feb 05, 2021 7:22 am, edited 3 times in total.

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addled muppet weed
76477 posts since 26 Jan, 2003 from through the looking glass

Post Fri Jan 15, 2021 11:56 am

are they little known?
echo beach was a big hit here.

ill go with poisoned electrick head :tu:
from the next town over, first band i ever saw live.
20 or so years later, became friends with the guitarist, was offered a position when a keyboard player left :o
turned it down, because i don't really play keys.
https://youtu.be/Jwomq-BebTQ

https://youtu.be/MQWZVGB4uyA

https://youtu.be/e5q9kjLdqeI

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KVRAF

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5626 posts since 13 Nov, 2012

Post Sat Jan 16, 2021 6:23 am

vurt wrote:
Fri Jan 15, 2021 11:56 am
ill go with poisoned electrick head :tu:
from the next town over, first band i ever saw live.
20 or so years later, became friends with the guitarist, was offered a position when a keyboard player left :o
turned it down, because i don't really play keys.
https://youtu.be/Jwomq-BebTQ

https://youtu.be/MQWZVGB4uyA

https://youtu.be/e5q9kjLdqeI
Interesting listen, I enjoyed it.

Reminded me a little of Steve Harley & Cockney Rebel. :tu:

I think "Local Bands" would be a good category for this thread as labels have passed on some great bands because they didn't think they were commercial enough (what do labels know). 8)

KVRAF
2066 posts since 15 Feb, 2006 from Berkeley, CA

Post Sun Jan 17, 2021 10:33 pm

Local Bands:

Jackpot - Sacramento, CA
Jackpot was a fantastic rock band. Funky country AC/DC space disco? They started getting a little big (like Vans Warped Tour in the '90s) and then made their next album in a shack on a 4-track so people would leave them alone...it kinda worked. Rusty Miller is a daring but classy guitarist, like Freddie King he can play flat out, but then pull back and really wow you when he rips again.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t03R8qEedcU

SleepyTime Gorilla Museum - Oakland, CA
Heavy prog junkyard steampunk vampire golem music with a sense of humor.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3liWOr8LWuU

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KVRAF

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5626 posts since 13 Nov, 2012

Post Sun Jan 24, 2021 7:46 pm

Very interesting unsigned band:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ajyBZVSNCiI

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GRRRRRRR!
11206 posts since 14 Jun, 2001 from Somewhere else, on principle

Post Sun Jan 24, 2021 8:41 pm

PatchAdamz wrote:
Fri Jan 15, 2021 1:34 am
What Artist do you like that most people don't know.
I will start with a little known band from Toronto Canada that never made it big on the world scene.
Know any good artist you would like to share?
Here is one.....
Martha and the Muffins
If you say a band that has a Top 10 hit in multiple countries "never made it big on the world scene", then 95% of my music collection qualifies. The thing with Martha & the Muffins is they only ever had one good song. I bought that album and it was krap, apart from that one song.

How about Spoons? Now that's a really good Toronto band who deserved a lot more success than they managed -
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j9ziiXm ... %85ckowiak

If you want to talk about famous siblings, Chris Frantz's (drummer from Talking Heads) brother Roddie fronted Urban Verbs. They got a record contract with Warners after Brian Eno saw them and offered to record a demo for them. Their first LP is my all-time favourite record -
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xkVXIWN ... iansOnFilm
Another band that deserved to be massive but never really made it is The Sound -
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-IEda0j ... MusicGroup
Have a listen to this and realise that everything but the drums is being performed live on stage by those three guys. No sequencers, no arpeggiators. These guys should have done much better.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rD_zsj9 ... nnymanVids
Another band that could have been huge but never were was Original Mirrors. Their guitarist went on to form the critically acclaimed Lightning Seeds, as well as making a good name for himself as a producer.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XriIplP ... MsRATAMAYA
Locally, I never understood why The Expression weren't a lot more popular. They were great live and had a fairly radio-friendly sound, yet never really had much success.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fgVy8UN ... aussie80ss
One more, this time my favourite power-pop band, Yachts. No reason they couldn't have done better.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kCMRLOy ... chts-Topic
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KVRAF
5271 posts since 7 Feb, 2013

Post Mon Jan 25, 2021 2:11 am

I assume the genres/years acitve/country don't matter?

I think Theodor Basdard may deserve a bit more recognition (a Russian ethno/electronic band)

They sing in Russian but I guess in this case the lyrics don't really matter much
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Zw8juVxLOg

Another band I'd like to share is TNV, also a Russian band active in late 90s (EBM/dark electro/synth pop, that kind of thing)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gk5R44rfreQ
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m05VmVwmtQ4

They never were really known but I think the quality of their music and production was actually comparable to FLA, Wumpscut, Haujobb and such.
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KVRAF

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5626 posts since 13 Nov, 2012

Post Thu Feb 04, 2021 5:20 pm

The Legendary Marvin Pontiac


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k-4prfyMsdk

At the age of seventeen, Marvin was accused by the great Little Walter of copying his harmonica style. This accusation led to a fistfight outside of a small club on Maxwell Street. Losing a fight to the much smaller Little Walter was so humiliating to the young Marvin that he left Chicago and moved to Lubbock, Texas where he became a plumber’s assistant.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lpsgf0OFhCE


Later, Pontiac went nuts; he believed that he had been abducted and probed by aliens. He was hit and killed by a bus, in Detroit, in 1977. Because Pontiac “held the tribal belief” that cameras suck the soul from the body, there are only two extant pictures of him—both candid, both impossibly blurry. His recordings were discovered and released posthumously, though it was also true that Pontiac’s music was “the only music that Jackson Pollock would ever listen to while he painted.”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WHVpgfQOWZ0

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zV7sYxxjwjs

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KVRAF
2057 posts since 15 Oct, 2017 from U.S.

Post Thu Feb 04, 2021 6:11 pm

Nova Twins
Gold Koa
The Seshen

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KVRAF

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5626 posts since 13 Nov, 2012

Post Thu Feb 11, 2021 1:31 pm

Turkish composer, arranger, and musician Mustafa Ozkent was a lesser-known but significant figure on the Ankara music scene until his music belatedly found a receptive audience in the West more than four decades into his career.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n3XrDOqh-C4

Ozkent launched his career as a professional musician in 1960 as the leader of a Turkish pop group called the Teenagers (owing to the fact no one in the group was over the age of 19).

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BTXc-DNuveY

A talented guitarist who was known to modify the design of his instruments to create unusual tonal qualities, Ozkent earned a reputation as a gifted maverick and by the dawn of the 1970s was in demand as a session player, arranger, and producer, creating music that fused psychedelic and pop/rock influences with R&B grooves and jazz-influenced improvisations.

KVRAF
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Post Thu Feb 11, 2021 3:19 pm



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