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The Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band
The Pretty Things
the pretty things rocked.
Black Monk Time is incredible
The Carnabeats might be worth a listen. They're a Japanese band who used to play some Zombies covers.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gM1j5LrkeCM A collaboration with Gary Walker with lyrics by Scott Walker.
But in all seriousness, I second the Bonzos and super-second The Zombies. Odessey & Oracle is a marsterpiece and they're still surprisingly great live even today. Colin Blunstone's voice is as hypnotic as ever, and they seem like pretty nice chaps all round. So yeah, them. And the Small Faces, if they count.
When they've been famously compared in big-ness terms to Jesus.
It's for that reason alone they can be thought of as over-rated
so it's hard to over-rate them, really.
Overlooked?? Underrated??? By WHOM?!? Everybody knows that's where clapton, beck, and page came from. And they definitely get their props. Their albums were spotty at best. A LOT of crap with pretty good guitar parts. The singles were pretty great, tho. No, you want overlooked/underrated? Try NRBQ, or the first 3 Procol Harum lps. Left Banke. The Move. Traffic has much more clout than all of those.
and of course everyone knows we got clapton et al from them. which is the problem - they're viewed from that perspective only, for the most part. but i think they fail to get the credit they deserve for their musical endeavours. gregorian chants, drones, that kind of thing. way ahead of their time.
They've been in heavy rotation in my world for a few years now and Jim Capaldi is rapidly becoming one of my favorite drummers.Check him out on 'Dear Mr Fantasy'...sublime!
White Noise did this kind of thing a little better, but I still enjoy USA
Syd Barret era Floyd borrowed heavily from them.
did any of them go on to do anything else? (I have no knowledge of the band so if any of them are really famous excuse my ignorance)
The chap did another album with a band of his own (haven't heard it)but pretty sure thats about it.
Apparently Fifty Foot Hose did a similar thing, anyone heard anything by them?
Forever Changes is brilliant.
Fifty Foot Hose are equally as good as The United States Of America. You should check "Cauldron" out. Please do. Trish Keenan also mentioned them now and then as great influences in her interviews.
I think they're underrated.
that aggregates all those 'best album' lists from all over the world - Forever Changes is ranked as the 18th best album of the 60s and the 49th best of all time. Hardly 'overlooked'
I want more
and now my mind feels all wrong
pretty much everything from this period on ESP-Disc is gold
erica pomerance - you used to think
noah howard quartet - s/t
guiseppi logan quartet - s/t
new york art quartet - s/t
albert ayler - bells
the records by godz, the fugs, pearls before swine, holy modal rounders
Perfect Philly Soul.
beacuse they are without a doubt my favourite.
If only for Boobs A Lot (can't link as am at work, but check it out).
Strawberry Alarm Clock
& 4th-ing The Zombies
United States of America - a truly brilliant album
Nancy Sinatra & Lee Hazelwood - the second half of Nancy and Lee is as good as it gets http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ib_eW9VSUwM
Strawberry Alarm Clock - Wake Up it's tomorrow is particularly brilliant, especially the second half
Tropicalia - The Soul Jazz comp is a great intro
Os Mutantes - the debut is a classic
Gal Costa http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kD4LqYcVXc4
France Gall http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qs6nlyOSB2g&feature=fvst
Brigitte Bardot http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ai2As4XFZDY
is where Tom Verlaine got his style
They got a shout up above, but damn, there are so many flat-out classics on their first record beyond the singles. I've Got Something On My Mind, She May Call You Up Tonight, Shadows Breaking Over My Head... just absolutely perfect pop.
Dave Clarke Five
History treats them as singles bands with a few big songs and nowt else. Delve deep and there's occasionally some talented songwriting going on (maybe not The Monkees).
Never see either of them bands getting any rep ever. The Animals - only ever feature on some best of the 60's compo. He Ain't Heavy? I tell you what is - seeing both of those bands at Butlins Minehead in a 60's weekend with my parents aged 14.
by The Turtles is one of the greatest singles to come out of the 60s. Brilliant chorus and pre-Austin Powers lyrics - "Baby I think you're groovy/Let's go & watch a movie".
good psychedelic album with loads of comedy cut and paste tapes/sound collagey type things with quotes from the film etc
'supernatural perhaps...boloney perhaps not' <---- one of the best lines in movie history and they 'sample' it (from the EXCELLENT 1930s horror film the Black Cat starring Bela Lugosi and Boris Karloff)
I wish some Pop Bands Of Today would star in a film that was that nuts.
And Simply Saucer... that Cyborgs Revisited album is an absolute blinder.
Simply Saucer from the 70s...Rocket from the Tombs far superior
(obv.) The Red Krayola
Pearls Before Swine
Third Ear Band
Gruppo Di Improvvisazione Nuova Consonanza
Musica Elettronica Viva
The Nihilist Spasm Band
(thin line between 'groups' & jazz/improvs quartets etc. which i've treadily awkwardly across but just not including any jazz dudes. ah well
don't get enough credit.
people know em for 'mr tambourine man' but their third and fourth albums are super solid. then if you like altcountry, they did that pretty good too.
A lot of these superobscure cool bands didn't have good albums. One or two good singles and then fairly poor records. Even Love. They had Forever Changes which is a masterpiece, but their others aren't great.
I think it's odd more people don't know Jacques Dutronc and Francoise Hardy, who are mega cool and French. What more could you want?
In my admiration for the Byrds. But if you're hanging out with people who don't give them credit, you are hanging out with the wrong people ;-)
But if they count, then I'd say The Flyin' Burrito Brothers are underrated too.
"The Gilded Palace of Sin", for example, is a great album.
Or some of Crosby's solo-work, "If I Could Only Remember My Name" especially (ok, that's 70s stuff, but only barely).
Led by ex-Byrd Gene Clark and bluegrass banjo player Doug Dillard.
They play a fusion of Byrds/Beatlesque pop and country & bluegrass.
They only existed for a couple of years but brought out 2 records.
In particular their debut The Fantastic Expedition of Dillard & Clark is...well, fantastic!
Nice tune from D&C.
'Electric Music For The Mind & Body' is THE quintessential West Coast psychedelic album - ridiculous that it is not more appreciated as it stands head and shoulders above the studio work of their contemporaries from the Bay area, e.g. Grateful Dead, Jefferson Airplane, Quicksilver Messenger Service, etc. Seriously, listen to it and disagree.
but are they really overlooked or underrated????
Spotify calls them the first US group to respond to the British Invasion, and says that they arguably predated the Byrds as a folk rock group and also anticipated some elements of San Francisco psychedelia.
Worth checking out if you like more melancholy versions of Byrds songs.
i heard an urban legend that kurt cobain would play manson's album over and over while watching the footage of that senator killing himself :(
or are they 70s? Still, great great band.
I used to think Big Star were great, but I've come to think that about three quarters of Third/Sister Lovers is fantastic and about a quarter of the first two records. They have been influential (hello Teenage Fanclub) but I'm not sure how well their albums have aged.
(that's two disagreements in one thread blisters, it'll be pistols at dawn soon). I don't know where you think they've been rated - ignored when their records came out, poor sales, don't figure on lists of great records ever....
If it wasn't for Primal Scream and The Fannies going on and on about them (and as '69 saying, the latter basing their career on them) and a few retro articles in retro mags there would be no mention.
Big Star are class with so many gorgeous songs. Their problem is so many bands since then stealing their (unique) sound.
I can't believe we've got this far in a thread without an argument about the definition of under or over-rated....
The fact that they were not recognised at the time is neither here nor there - neither were The Velvet Underground and no-one could say they are not critical darlings now.
The question is whether they deserve that status. I don't think they are as striking and timeless a band as The Velvet Underground. I love Third/Sister Lovers which is a wonderful and strange record. There are some great songs on the first two records (El Goodo, Thirteen, Back of a Car, September Gurls, You Get What You Deserve) but a lot of it sounds like fairly straightforward American FM rock.
No-one is saying Big Star were a bad band, but I don't think they quite justify their iconic status.
ok, his first album was 1970, and his best was 1972. but still.
On the strength of this song alone
Scott Walker, always Scott Walker. No matter how many credit he gets, he'd still be underrated. His first 4 albums, or some of his work in Walker Brothers. Magical stuff.
Tim Buckley. Made no less than 6 fantastic albums. Most of those seem to be forgotten by many.
Catherine Ribeiro. She made four amazing albums. "Ame Debout", "n°2", "Paix" and "Catherine Ribeiro + Alpes".
Sonny Bono. We all know him in Sonny & Cher (who also had some great singles), but his solo-album, "Inner Views" is something else.
Harumi. Japanese singer who made only one album (in English). Some great weird sounding folktunes. A lot of folk singers who don't seem to get the credit they deserve: Buffy Sainte-Marie
Nico. Everyone knows her work with Velvet Underground, but has anyone checked out her solo-albums? The End, The Marble Index, Chelsea Girl and Desertshore, all masterpieces.
The Rising Storm. Like Ariel Pink, they also covered "Bright lit, blue skies". But the other songs on their album are all nice as well.
Raymond Scott's synthalbums are all great, while everyone knows him better for his cartoontunes (which are cool as well of course).
Lesley Gore. Most people love "It's my party" or "You don't own me", but everyone forgets to check out all her other songs. Same goes for The Shangri-Las.
Before there was T. Rex, Bolan already made nice folkmusic as Tyrannoraurus Rex.
Gary Usher, both as Sagittarius or The Millennium, made great albums, heavely influencing Brian Wilson.
Stuff like Pärson Sound, Träd, Gräs och Stenar (70s) or Baby Grandmothers is great as well. But maybe not everyone's cup of tea.
And there was a lot of great bossa nova in Brasil, during the 60s. Elis Regina, Nera Leao, Astrud Gilberto, Chico Buarque, Marcos Valle, Joyce, Jobim,...
I started a list of great folkartists, but stopped after only one name.
These are the ones I wanted to mention: Buffy Sainte-Marie, Karen Dalton, Linda Perhacs, Simon Finn, Ed Askew, Patty Winters,...
You're thinking Curt Boettcher... in re: Millenium
He's a massivley underrated songwriter but not sure about the heavily influencing Brian Wilson bit...
Try Index. Try the Baroques. Try the Human Expression. Try the Zakary Thaks. Try the Bachs. The Music Machine. The Outsiders.
so its not hard to see why theyre overlooked!
Same for the Dovers and the Velvet Illusions: a few songs but highly respected by garage/psych aficionados. Even less songs by Teddy and His Patches, the Calico Wall & the Bees! God bless 'em! Oooh, forgot to mention the Mystic Tide as one of my favorite 60s garage/psych!