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Ah yes, thanks for reminding me about that tune Conan. Tis a cracker. Around the same time these were also faves of mine


[url="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=InmR5R1X428"]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=InmR5R1X428[/url]

[url="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nIamwXXyB5s"]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nIamwXXyB5s[/url]

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[quote name='interpol52' timestamp='1487282588' post='3238701']
Subcircus. We supported them in the 90's and I was speechless watching their set. Their album Carousel is one of my all time favourites.
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Well I'll be, you beat me to it. Great band, loved Carousel and saw then at Reading festival on 00 or 01. Should have been huge. I'll see that bet and raise you... Jonathan Fire-eater ....or Jack

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[quote name='LewisK1975' timestamp='1487321739' post='3238870']
Certainly not [i]un[/i]known but a lesser known firm favourite of mine was a 70's band called Big Star. 3 albums released - #1 record, Radio City, 3rd album/Sister Lovers. Also been known to have a huge influence on such bands as The Posies, Teenage Fanclub and many more....

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Big_Star
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Good documentary about them on Netflix if anyone is interested.

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Oh yeah, the Adventures! This is an awesome track...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JN2m15xg920

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There's a Kiwi band I love called Shihad, that can't get arrested over here despite being huge down under. They tried breaking Europe in their early days (I saw them supporting Faith No More back in the mid 90's) with angular indy metal, very Killing Joke (with the first album being produced by Jaz Coleman). Then they went a bit more hard rock, tried to break the States with a name change to Pacifier (after 9/11 when their US promoters told them they would have trouble getting gigs with a name that sounds a bit like Jihad), gave that up as a bad idea, re-named Shihad, and their last album was back to their angular indy metal best (no coincidence that it was once again produced by Jaz Coleman).

Sadly they rarely play over here any more - maybe one gig in London if they've got a new album out.

In a similar vein, Shihad's guitarist produced the debut EP by a band called Weta which is fantastic hard rock - check out Got The Ju on Youtube. There then followed a very average album and they seemed to disappear after that.

Sticking to down under, there's an Australian hip hop crew called the Hilltop Hoods who I love (although their last album was a bit of a let down).

Honourable mention to the Flatliners - a Canadian punk band who's The Great Awake is one of my all time favourite albums

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Soil and Pimp sessions. Been listening to them since their inception.

[url="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AQMgXPFzdg8"]https://www.youtube....h?v=AQMgXPFzdg8[/url]

Edited by Shockwave

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I don't really know how well known they are, but if they were better known then perhaps they would do more than a single London gig when they do a UK tour...

If you were to squeeze the Hammer House of Horror movie catalogue into a juicer and set it to music (I got my juicer from the owner of a dusty little magic shop that closed down the very next day), you'd get The Vision Bleak.

https://youtu.be/wl_qWJ0v3Bw

https://youtu.be/KgOtB9XksgI

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Screaming Jets (Aussie band. Their tune "Better" was a big hit in Oz - works every time for us, though no-one here's ever heard it before)

Saigon Kick

The Grip

King's X (of course, we all know how fab they and Doug Pinnick were and are, but Joe Punter hasn't a clue.)

Engine (should reform immediately and remind the world how pub rock is done properly.)

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1. Anyone else familiar with Birdeatsbaby? Their most recent album has been gathering a fair bit of attention lately, and deservedly so. I first met them when we organised a gig together; hardly knew anything about them but two years later I've got their last two albums on regular rotation. This one's a bit of a favourite:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TafWo76nHt0

2. One of my more ridiculous gig stories is also my journey from London to Louvain-la-Neuve to see Hooverphonic in concert before Geike Arnaert quite the band. I know we have at least a couple of Belgians on this forum who will be familiar with their oeuvre.

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[quote name='TrevorR' timestamp='1487324512' post='3238904']


Your band plays Trouble With A Capital T? #deadjealous Also one of my top three or four fave Horslips tunes! You need to lobby to get The Power And The Glory added to the set too!

Never had occasion to play a single Horslips tune live :(
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Yeah! Irish function band so we get loads of Horslips and Waterboys in when we can

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Is this the "I can think of a more obscure band than you competition?" Apologies, couldnt resist. I loved The Saw Doctors back in the 90s and have seen them 6 or 7 times. Irish Folk/Punk. They still record and tour. If you want a great night out go and see them.

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[quote name='EliasMooseblaster' timestamp='1487328580' post='3238966']
1. Anyone else familiar with Birdeatsbaby? Their most recent album has been gathering a fair bit of attention lately, and deservedly so. I first met them when we organised a gig together; hardly knew anything about them but two years later I've got their last two albums on regular rotation. This one's a bit of a favourite:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TafWo76nHt0

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I did some pay to play nonsense with them years ago, ended up sharing the train home with the singer, lovely girl; I had no idea they were still going, must give them a listen.

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[quote name='Lozz196' timestamp='1487283200' post='3238708']


Hopefully you`ll like them Graham, I think they`re awesome. We were lucky enough to be asked to support them last year, a real "we`re not worthy" moment for me. I was really impressed by their professionalism too.
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Listened to their This Means War record this morning, great stuff - straight up, sing-along punk. Must've been a great gig to support them :)

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[quote name='mikel' timestamp='1487330350' post='3238987']
Is this the "I can think of a more obscure band than you competition?" Apologies, couldnt resist. I loved The Saw Doctors back in the 90s and have seen them 6 or 7 times. Irish Folk/Punk. They still record and tour. If you want a great night out go and see them.
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Judging by other threads on this site, its more the 'not everyone listens to the same half a dozen classic rock bands from the 70s' thread.

A few from the 90s who failed to gain much traction at the time.

Bark Psychosis
[media] http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WsxhfYC3nWg [/media]

Dark Star
[media] http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GVNCgOBhjHk [/media]

God Machine
[media] http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XdpnmUxVaTo [/media]

Everyone has heard of Slint by now, right?
[media] http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q-o3l8uKloM [/media]

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I was always a huge fan of the Monochrome Set with the great Andy Warren on bass... Shame they never made it big - they're still playing small pub venues!

[MEDIA]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7jSqLJsDJgw[/MEDIA]

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[quote name='mikel' timestamp='1487330350' post='3238987']
Is this the "I can think of a more obscure band than you competition?" Apologies, couldnt resist. I loved The Saw Doctors back in the 90s and have seen them 6 or 7 times. Irish Folk/Punk. They still record and tour. If you want a great night out go and see them.
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Well considering that for every band/singer that makes it, thousands toil away relatively unknown, the probability that most half-serious music fans have several 'obscure' faves is pretty high.

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Two come to mind

Birdland - Paradise

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

Chapterhouse - We are the Beautifull
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g3T9AT8FBtc

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Although I like a lot of big name acts from Elvis to the Stones, my original love was the 80s sleaze scene. Even the bigger names like Hanoi Rocks and Dogs D'Amour are a little obscure these days but I am / remain a big fan of Gunfire Dance, Soho Roses, Skin N Bones, Flies on Fire, Motorcycle Boy and a whole host of bands who haven't been heard of anyone outside of immediate family.

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[quote name='steantval' timestamp='1487293303' post='3238777']
Two bands come to mind from the 70's who I really liked.
Sassafras
Snafu
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I'm fortunate to know the drummer from SNAFU, Terry Popple. A great player and a really lovely guy. I've been fortunate to play with him a couple of times and he's always been very kind about my very average abilities! He also played with Van Morrison.
As for bands, how about the Decemberists, and Cake. Both American indie bands, Decemberists a bit more folky.

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[quote name='Leonard Smalls' timestamp='1487332441' post='3239017']
I was always a huge fan of the Monochrome Set with the great Andy Warren on bass... Shame they never made it big - they're still playing small pub venues!

[MEDIA]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7jSqLJsDJgw[/MEDIA]
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Great although some of it was lyrically rather 'dodgy'. I was pretty surprised to hear Mark Riley play Ici Les Enfants on 6Music last year.

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Difficult to beat Hanoi Rocks, Tim, good call. Mike Monroes current material is also really good.

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