Tell Me Your Favorite Obscure Track!!!

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Post by sabrjay on Thu Jul 03, 2014 6:21 pm

Here's one of my favorite Sacramento area bands. Hugely popular in Europe, yet barely known, even around Sacto.


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Post by pariah1107 on Tue Jul 08, 2014 4:14 am

That Thin White Rope has a clever riff that turns into something surprisingly experimental... Why does every singer from central California, Oregon, and Washington sound like they have black lung?

Here's my favorite sufferer trying to do John Lennon justice. Mark Lanegan could sing the phonebook and I'd buy tickets:

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Post by cccc on Tue Jul 08, 2014 10:59 pm

i don't have any obscure tracks growing up asian.  i come from a musical family, my dad is kind of a musical savant who can literally play a dozen instruments.  most of my favorite tracks are from my late high school, early college years from bands you've all probably heard of.  pulling them out and hearing them again filtered through 15+ years of experience later they don't sound too poignant, or transformative anymore...which is a shame.

this is a fun track though...supergrass "richard iii"

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Post by sabrjay on Tue Jul 08, 2014 11:51 pm

Pretty much any genre is like that. It's has a big impact at the time, but as time goes by that music loses its impact because other bands start emulating it, so the sound starts to become common place. The daring sounds of Kraftwerk, Devo and Human League are common place now. Same for all the cutting edge metal music of the 70s and early 80s.

The thing new bands can't reproduce is the energy behind the music. Sure, there are lot bands that call themselves punk and can replicate the sound, but they can't reproduce that angst that existed in the 70s and early 80s.

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Post by pariah1107 on Sat Jul 12, 2014 3:37 pm

Tommy Ramone, the last of the original Ramones, died yesterday. NO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

http://www.usatoday.com/story/life/people/2014/07/12/tommy-ramone-dies-punk/12564553/

In honor of the greatest band in the land, here's my favorite Ramones track....


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Post by jbonie on Sat Jul 12, 2014 7:04 pm

What I don't understand is that you fellas only seem to like music written by other dudes.  That's like standing around and sniffing someone's jockstrap!  Don't some of you like female singers, too?  There's a lot of beautiful voices out there.
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Post by jbonie on Sat Jul 12, 2014 7:41 pm

Since everyone is into 70's stuff right now here is a good one by a female group:



I saw them live in SF a few years ago.  Great experience.
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Post by jbonie on Sat Jul 12, 2014 7:44 pm



This is another one.  Time to stand up for our EQUALLY IMPORTANT female brethen!
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Post by sabrjay on Sun Jul 13, 2014 12:43 am

One of best females in punk in the 70s Poly Styrene with X-RAy Specs


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Post by jbonie on Sun Jul 13, 2014 3:13 am

Holy Bajeezus, man, that group is awesome. I love the horns in their tracks... I had never heard of them. Thanks so much for sharing.
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Post by sabrjay on Sun Jul 13, 2014 12:40 pm

Sadly, they only released one LP before breaking up. Poly did a lot of solo work that was all over the place, musically.

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Post by sabrjay on Sun Jul 13, 2014 12:50 pm

If you are talking females in punk, you can't forget Siouxsie Sioux



Then there is the queen of the LA punk scene Exene Cervenka from X



Then there is Debbie Harry. Actually punk, she was repackaged by the music industry as "New Wave" to make her and her music more acceptable to the general public. No need to post any of her music as I think we are all familiar with at least one or more of her songs.

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Re: Tell Me Your Favorite Obscure Track!!!

Post by pariah1107 on Sun Jul 13, 2014 2:51 pm

Add to that list Wendy O. Williams of the Plasmatics, and The Runaways:

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Post by sabrjay on Sun Jul 13, 2014 3:11 pm

Tom Snyder and Letterman love her. Think I saw her 3 or 4 times on Late Night.

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Post by pariah1107 on Mon Jul 14, 2014 3:49 am

sabrjay wrote:Tom Snyder and Letterman love her. Think I saw her 3 or 4 times on Late Night.

Wendy O. could really handle a sledgehammer!

As for contemporary musicians I'd pay to see; here's a local musician with a healthy appetite for Tom Petty-like ditties, with Pearl Jam's Mike McCready on guitar:


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Post by jbonie on Wed Jul 16, 2014 4:02 pm

Okay, I am going to go ahead and break the rules of my own thread!  These songs are not really obscure, but they are more or less unknown here in America.  Plus, we've had too many posts of deranged punk rockers from forty years ago!

It's time for everyone here to have the opportunity to discover french hip hop - there is some great stuff out there!  Here is one from an artist named Stromae (Stroh - mah - eh):



What an incredible video with the dancing.  Very easy to translate the paroles (lyrics) with google translate, but roughly Papaoutai means "Papa ou t'es?", Daddy where are you?  Here is another one:



That's the profound Maitre Gims - I heard that song a lot down in Rodrigues.  Oh, yeah.  It's time some homeys and great artists got some rep on this board.
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Post by ullmandds on Wed Jul 16, 2014 5:18 pm

That french sh*t is pretty good...but I am so sick of autotuned "music"?
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Post by jbonie on Wed Jul 16, 2014 6:56 pm

ullmandds wrote:That french sh*t is pretty good...but I am so sick of autotuned "music"?

Well, it's not Mozart... I guess you have to just take it for what it is? mallet
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Post by Z-NUT on Wed Aug 20, 2014 4:09 pm

Some more hard to find classic rock:









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Post by pariah1107 on Sun Aug 31, 2014 7:54 am

This is classified as NOISE rock, but excuse me Dave Sardy was an F___in' genius. Barkmarket's album L Ron came out at an unfortunate time, the decade of flannel. Here's the opening track, listen to the rest of the album if you want to cut down forests with guitar riffs..... WARNING: DO NOT LISTEN TO IF YOU'RE ALLERGIC TO AWESOME!!!!! Very Happy

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qwY6ptoySjk
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Post by pariah1107 on Thu Jan 08, 2015 12:41 am

To revive this thread here's a pop/bubblegum ditty by the only band from the Northwest with the courage to say we love the Kinks, and the rest stinks!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ijr7e0THYWU

Unfortunately the Posies turned away from their Ray Davies/Alex Chilton worshipping days to the familiar white-noise that came out of the PNW in the early 1990's. The Posies Failure album, and Elvis Costellos My Aim is True will be in constant rotation on my jukebox.
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Post by pariah1107 on Sat Apr 04, 2015 2:39 am

Preston Ritter, drummer of 60's psychedelic LA area band the Electric Prunes passed away 3 days ago. So, he will not be upset when I say the Prunes one-hit, "I Had Too Much to Dream Last Night", which made it to #11 on the US charts in '67, was a total rip-off of the Rolling Stones drum beat for "Paint It Black", released May 13, 1966....

Take a listen for yourself, at 40 seconds, at 55 seconds, a variation at 1:43, and again at 1:54. I bet Robin Thicke wished he had this bands lawyer...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F-kVFfKezVo

For comparison only, not an obscure track:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z-7TRVsArgI
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