North Carolina bands appreciation thread

Discussion in 'Music Corner' started by steve phillips, Dec 26, 2018.

  1. steve phillips

    steve phillips Forum Resident Thread Starter

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    Growing up in NC, this seemed to happen over and over. A band would be on the brink of breaking out to national stardom, but for some reason the momentum would always stall. This is a short list of the ones that come to my mind. I would like to put their names out there again, and hear from people who have experiences listening to them or seeing them live, or can add to the list.
    1. Nantucket
    2. Arrogance
    3. Glass Moon
    4. The Fabulous Knobs
    5. Let's Active
    6. The DB's
    7. Dillon Fence
    8. Collapsis
     
  2. DPK

    DPK Forum Resident

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    Lexington, SC
    Small (a.k.a. Small 23)
     
  3. wino14

    wino14 Forum Resident

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    Edenton, NC
    Yeah I thought Nantucket should have been bigger. Heartbreaker is a southern rock classic imo. Glass Moon's Hollies cover of On A Carousel was very good too
     
  4. steve phillips

    steve phillips Forum Resident Thread Starter

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    That's a good one. That reminds me of another one Archers Of Loaf. I remember those days when some in the music press were saying "Chapel Hill is the next Seattle." Didn't happen.
     
  5. Kulbot

    Kulbot Forum Resident

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    I'll second the Let's Active mention. I always loved them and thought they deserved a wider audience. I'll add The Connells to that list. Fun and Games is a fantastic album.
     
  6. jdrueke

    jdrueke Handsome Man

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    I caught a Raleigh band called The Cherry Valence open for The Flaming Lips back in 2002 and they were HEAVY. They had 2 guys trade off between lead vocals and drums, frequently drumming together. They were great and a lot of fun to watch. They seem to have disappeared.
     
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  7. Rfreeman

    Rfreeman Forum Resident

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    The Good Old Chicken Wire Gang Boys Band Brothers - a few of them made it in the Squirrell Nut Zippers
     
  8. DPK

    DPK Forum Resident

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    Lexington, SC
    I was gonna mention AoL and Superchunk but I figured they are too well-known to be included.
     
  9. steve phillips

    steve phillips Forum Resident Thread Starter

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    No, I think both are perfect for the list. Well-known in certain circles, but not hugely famous. Thanks for your input. All these names deserve to be remembered.
     
  10. hubertfarnsworth

    hubertfarnsworth Forum Resident

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    Raleigh, NC, USA
    I agree that Nantucket should have been as big as 38 Special at least. My favorites were always The Pressure Boys. Still listen to Finger on a regular basis too.
     
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  11. Efus

    Efus Forum Resident

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    Flat Duo Jets

    Dex was just a little ahead of his time, but not by much....

     
  12. steve phillips

    steve phillips Forum Resident Thread Starter

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    I guess it could be said that the Zippers did make it pretty big. I have to mention Tom Maxwell from that band. Very nice guy, and he was in another great band called "What Peggy Wants." Maybe they weren't poised for stardom, but they were a big part of the 90's Chapel Hill music scene.
     
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  13. Mark B.

    Mark B. Forum Resident

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    Concord, NC
    Fetchin Bones

    The drummer (Clay Richardson) lived next door to my wife when they were growing up.
     
  14. steve phillips

    steve phillips Forum Resident Thread Starter

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    That's a new name to me. I'll have to look into that.
     
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  15. egebamyasi

    egebamyasi Forum Resident

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    Worcester, MA
    Snatches of Pink
     
  16. Carter DeVries

    Carter DeVries Forum Resident

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  17. JozefK

    JozefK Forum Resident

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    Dixie
    My favorite Abba track:

     
  18. steve phillips

    steve phillips Forum Resident Thread Starter

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    Michael Rank, nice guy, great band.
     
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  19. GlobalObserver

    GlobalObserver Observing The Globe Since 1964

    Bobby Fleet and His Band with a Beat (Featuring Jim Lindsey on guitar)
     
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  20. Larry Loves LPs

    Larry Loves LPs Forum Resident

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    Alexandria, VA
    Whiskeytown. Seriously, they should have been huge but broke up too soon.
     
  21. Doctor Mu

    Doctor Mu Forum Resident

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  22. steve phillips

    steve phillips Forum Resident Thread Starter

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    Good one. I think they lost their momentum when Jim quit the band, or got fired. :)
     
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  23. ralphie

    ralphie Forum Resident

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    Lawrence, KS
    Paul and Cheetie left TCV about a year later and started a band called Birds Of Avalon, who were/are fantastic (and also, at the behest of former drummer Kliph, did a stint opening for the Lips). The other 3 made one more Cherry Valence record before splitting up. Nick moved to Spain and hasn't played music in years and Brian has played with a number of bands, including Polvo and Urge Overkill. Brian now is in a band called the Wayleaves and has his own solo band called The BQs, both of which have stuff available on Bandcamp.
     
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  24. wino14

    wino14 Forum Resident

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    Edenton, NC
    And no one's even mentioned the Spongetones. Even tho they are well known in Power Pop circles they never really made the big time
     
  25. dkmonroe

    dkmonroe A completely self-taught idiot

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    Atlanta
    Let's Active might have been more successful if they'd had a more stable lineup, I think. I saw them at 688 in Atlanta the year they released Big Plans For Everybody, and that was the expanded lineup, not the original trio. They were fantastic and that remains one of my favorite 80's albums.
     

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