Is there an obscure band, musician, song that you love? Share with us. Post it on this thread..

Discussion in 'Music Corner' started by Steve Hoffman, May 30, 2021.

  1. Lilmoxie

    Lilmoxie Forum Resident

    Stunningly gorgeous song and video from little known Liverpool band. Like a Michael Head/Lemon Jelly mash up.
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  2. iggyd

    iggyd Forum Resident

    Wilmington, NC
    Brian Sands - Orangutango (US 1979)
    This was a private pressing from the Cleveland, Ohio area. I still have my copy that I bought directly from Brian Sands (RIP)
    This song finds a sweet spot between Tyrannosaurus Rex and John Lennon. Hope ya like it.

  3. longdist01

    longdist01 Forum Resident

    Chicago, IL USA
    29 Palms

    "Funny Peculiar"

  4. John54

    John54 Senior Member

    Burlington, ON
    I must have heard this on the radio, because it dates to the early or mid '80s, I think.

    From the LP Landing (which I have), Trek with Quintronic, As We Sing:

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  5. AKA-Chuck G

    AKA-Chuck G Forum Resident

    Washington NC
    Some may have heard of Crack the Sky but everyone should hear the song Nuclear Apathy.

  6. billiam

    billiam Well-Known Member

    burlington vt

    Garland Jeffreys, Don't Call Me Buckwheat, great songs and a great audiophile quality album!
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  7. Dart56

    Dart56 Forum Resident

    Oshawa, ON
    That's a good question about the Sonic Temple Session, all I've seen of those is what's on Youtube. I can vouch for the quality of his vinyl releases, they're all very high quality pressings (Coyote and Once Upon a Hell of a Time are both 2x45RPM as well). The mastering of the vinyl of the El Torpedo album is significantly less compressed than the CD. That CD came out at the peak of the loudness wars and was sonically crushed, so the vinyl is definitely the way to go for that album.

    Glad to hear you enjoy the music, this thread did its job! Cheers.
  8. lonelysea

    lonelysea Ban Leaf Blowers

    The Cascades
    Another band unfairly relegated to near obscurity, Hoboken’s The Bongos:

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  9. trumpet sounds

    trumpet sounds "The radio makes hideous sounds." Bob Dylan

    Chicago, IL, US

    Bloomington, Indiana-based alternative pop band "The Mysteries of Life" led by the husband-and-wife team of singer/guitarist Jake Smith (formerly of Antenna) and drummer Freda Love (formerly of Blake Babies and Antenna).
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  10. Dillydipper

    Dillydipper Sultan Of Snark

    Central PA
    One of my favorites: a fish-out-of-water on this board, but known well enough for his choral work, and his contemporary classical composition. Paul Halley is not a household name, but has contributed some of the most easily-accessible, light music in my lifetime.

    He was probably first known as the Musical Director for the Cathedral of St. John The Divine in New York City. Paul Winter asked him to become a part of his Consort, and he contributed greatly to a singular body of work in a particular niche of jazz, involving the recorded voices and melodies of wolves, whales and eagles.

    He helped write the worlds' first "Earth Mass": Missa Gaia, which is still performed around the world on Summer and Winter Solstice. His improvisations with saxophonist Winter were always a major highlight of every tour.

    His contributions to modern choral liturgy are stunning, and memorable. Including his work with childrens' choirs. But some of my favorite keyboard works (within the nebulous realm of "New Age" recordings), are his instantly-accessible piano solo works, and his piano/organ/harpsichord pieces.

    Paul Halley is more of a familiar name in the world of church choirs, than rock-obsessed Hoffman Board participants. "Obscure"...? Okay, 'Boomer.
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  11. etherealdog

    etherealdog Forum Resident

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  12. Frank

    Frank Senior Member

    One of my favorite artists, Seattle's Visqueen. Organic indie-rock infused power pop. Hard to pick their "best" song, so I'll just say is Blue is among the top 30 (they had three albums).

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  13. Head Gardener

    Head Gardener Forum Resident

    Hip-hop concept artist from Boston
  14. Head Gardener

    Head Gardener Forum Resident

    simply gorgeous tune from a band called Arco who came and went too quickly
  15. Head Gardener

    Head Gardener Forum Resident

    heartbreaking song from the debut album by Oddfellows Casino
  16. Candlegoat

    Candlegoat Forum Resident

    I dunno if they're that obscure at the end of the day, for sure they never been 'celebrities'. Love this band/album.

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  17. coldnebraskablue

    coldnebraskablue Well-Known Member

    "Greenland", by a band called Thinner. Actually a B-Side, which I didn't know when I recorded it from the John Peel show. Absolute belter.

    Thinner - "Greenland" - Link takes you to Soundcloud.
  18. billiam

    billiam Well-Known Member

    burlington vt
    Gin Wigmore, Gravel and Wine.
  19. Tom M

    Tom M Forum Resident

    Smoke Fairies
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  20. rjp

    rjp Senior Member

    my usual 'go to' in these type topics:

    terence boylan - s/t & suzy

    two fabulous singer/songwriter albums form the early 70's with a ton of guests and really great tunes......if you can find either one of them :(
  21. hobbes4444

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  22. Kieran White

    Kieran White Forum Resident

    This one. An obscure band from Hannover that made one album ca 1984.
    This song I like most.
    Great 60s garage feeling with a psychedelic lollipop and an extreme "german" english.
  23. Kieran White

    Kieran White Forum Resident

    Another one from 1977.
    Have never heard again from this artist.
    His name was NOVAK.
  24. _cruster

    _cruster Forum Resident

    Tacoma, WA
    Love them. "Omaha" is one of my faves.

    While we're on the subject...first bass player in Visqueen was the world's only Kim Warnick, founding Fastbacks member - another perennially underappreciated band, more on the punk side of power-pop (but still so tuneful). This is one of my mid-period FBX favorites.

    After Ms. Warnick left Visqueen, the next bassist was Ronnie Barnett, founding member of the Muffs - another criminally underappreciated band, again more on the punk side of power-pop.
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  25. _cruster

    _cruster Forum Resident

    Tacoma, WA
    I can't even say how much I love the Falk - he's unbelievable, especially the first two records (and a lot of the b-sides and unreleased stuff from that era that pops up on the internet from time to time).

    "...Presents Author Unknown" is an all-timer. I was lucky enough to see him do a set at a record store in Seattle in 2001 - he was amazing, just him and an acoustic guitar charming the living hell out of a small but thankful audience.
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