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Most underrated band of all time [that you listen to]?

Post by JDaniels » Wed Sep 12, 2012 6:17 pm

Some friends and I were discussing this topic.

Our top three were:
1) The Who
2) Rush
3) Boston

All great bands that never got the credit they deserved.

What are yours?
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Post by TomatoTomahto » Wed Sep 12, 2012 6:19 pm

Little Feat

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Post by NYBoglehead » Wed Sep 12, 2012 6:21 pm

+1 for Rush.

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Post by dwc13 » Wed Sep 12, 2012 6:26 pm

Creedence Clearwater Revival
Traveling Wilburys - considering who was in the band...
The Ventures

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Post by gkaplan » Wed Sep 12, 2012 6:33 pm

The Archies
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Post by Firewood42 » Wed Sep 12, 2012 6:39 pm

Bob Wills and the Texas Playboys.

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Post by nirvines88 » Wed Sep 12, 2012 6:44 pm

I may go see The Who in a couple of months. So excited - definitely on my top 5 all time.
JDaniels wrote:Some friends and I were discussing this topic.

Our top three were:
1) The Who
2) Rush
3) Boston

All great bands that never got the credit they deserved.

What are yours?
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Post by Curlyq » Wed Sep 12, 2012 6:45 pm

Be-Bop Deluxe. I saw this band open for Cheap Trick in the 1970s. They blew Cheap Trick away and I never understood how Cheap Trick became a headliner in the first place.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Be-Bop_Deluxe

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Post by stevewolfe » Wed Sep 12, 2012 6:51 pm

Bad Religion.

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Post by jackpistachio » Wed Sep 12, 2012 6:57 pm

Before I read anything, Rush was first that popped in my head.
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Post by SteveB3005 » Wed Sep 12, 2012 7:00 pm

The Velvet Underground. It's been said they only sold 10000 albums, but every person who bought one went out and formed a band.

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Post by Allan » Wed Sep 12, 2012 7:10 pm

Firewood42 wrote:Bob Wills and the Texas Playboys.
Bob Wills is not underrated in Texas!

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Post by sscritic » Wed Sep 12, 2012 7:12 pm

Consumer Issue: What underrated band's CDs would you buy?

Not consumer issue: This thread. :)

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Post by nirvines88 » Wed Sep 12, 2012 7:22 pm

sscritic wrote:Consumer Issue: What underrated band's CDs would you buy?

Not consumer issue: This thread. :)
Is it a valid financial choice to spend $75 to go see The Who in a couple of months?

On the one hand... It'd be a great experience to have and to look back on!

On the other hand... I'm relatively young (24) and that $75 invested in a Roth IRA with an 8% annual return would compound to ~2,394 tax-free dollars over 45 years. :wink:
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Post by The Wizard » Wed Sep 12, 2012 7:24 pm

To add fuel to the financial aspect, the advantage to being fans of an under-rated band is that they charge less for concert appearances at smaller venues...
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Post by fire5soon » Wed Sep 12, 2012 7:24 pm

nirvines88 wrote:
sscritic wrote:Consumer Issue: What underrated band's CDs would you buy?

Not consumer issue: This thread. :)
Is it a valid financial choice to spend $75 to go see The Who in a couple of months?

On the one hand... It'd be a great experience to have and to look back on!

On the other hand... I'm relatively young (24) and that $75 invested in a Roth IRA with an 8% annual return would compound to ~2,394 tax-free dollars over 45 years. :wink:
I paid $100 to see The Who back in 2006 and it was one of the best financial decisions I've ever made :beer
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Post by SteveB3005 » Wed Sep 12, 2012 7:27 pm

Most underrated band of all time?

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Post by dwc13 » Wed Sep 12, 2012 7:29 pm

JDaniels wrote:Some friends and I were discussing this topic.

Our top three were:
1) The Who
2) Rush
3) Boston

All great bands that never got the credit they deserved.

What are yours?

Good call on Rush.

Didn't I just watch Roger Daltrey & Pete Townshend perform at the London Olympics Opening Ceremony? So much for that early-80s farewell tour. Just so much music talent in the UK in the 60s, it was easy to get overshadowed by The Beatles and the Rolling Stones. Eric Burdon/Animals and Badfinger are other bands that didn't get the notoriety they deserved.

Boston's issues were (in part) self-inflicted. After a while, fans & media quit paying attention if new material isn't released. Sad that so many groups have issues with record companies. But their self-titled first commercially-released album was one of the top 3 debuts ever IMO.

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Post by Blue » Wed Sep 12, 2012 7:33 pm

Lightning Seeds Pure
PM Dawn Set Adrift on Memory Bliss
Milli Vanilli Blame it on the Rain

Ok, the last one a bit in jest from this child of the late 80's but Milli Vanilli's tunes still come to mind on occasion :)

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Post by jginseattle » Wed Sep 12, 2012 7:47 pm

JDaniels wrote:Some friends and I were discussing this topic.

Our top three were:
1) The Who
2) Rush
3) Boston

All great bands that never got the credit they deserved.

What are yours?
The Who are not underrated. They achieved success both critically and commercially.

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Post by Xanadu » Wed Sep 12, 2012 7:52 pm

Primus

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Post by scouter » Wed Sep 12, 2012 7:55 pm

Well, I agree with millions of fans that the Who was (is?) the greatest rock 'n roll band ever, so I don't think they're under-rated. The Stones have claimed that moniker, but the true rockers know it's the Who ;-)

I agree that Rush was under-rated, though their fans were rabid.

+1 for Little Feat and Bob Wills and his Texas Playboys.

Current most under-rated band- The Time Jumpers, here in Nashville.

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Post by Igglesman » Wed Sep 12, 2012 7:59 pm

Violent Femmes :D

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Post by LadyGeek » Wed Sep 12, 2012 8:01 pm

sscritic wrote:Consumer Issue: What underrated band's CDs would you buy?

Not consumer issue: This thread. :)
Some clarification:
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Post by mickens16 » Wed Sep 12, 2012 8:03 pm

No question, Rush.

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Post by SteveB3005 » Wed Sep 12, 2012 8:20 pm

Music been trump a couple of times now. I like that, thank you LG.

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Post by jginseattle » Wed Sep 12, 2012 8:21 pm

I would say that The Kinks have been somewhat underappreciated. One of the reasons is because they were banned from touring the U.S. in their early days.

One of the best rock bands ever.

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Post by Grasshopper » Wed Sep 12, 2012 8:41 pm

+ 2 Little Feat, Lowell George just bought the farm toooo sooon.

I was here, Little Feat Live at Warner Theatre on 1976-05-10, broadcasted live on WHFS, the local progressive rock/freeform radio station at the time.

http://archive.org/details/lf1976-05-10.flac16

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Post by SteveB3005 » Wed Sep 12, 2012 8:45 pm

The Ramones didn't get their due, I think entire regions of the U.S. never heard them.

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Post by snyder66 » Wed Sep 12, 2012 8:57 pm

The Alarm. Ramones, definitely.

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Post by Invisible Hand » Wed Sep 12, 2012 8:58 pm

Steely Dan.
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Post by LadyGeek » Wed Sep 12, 2012 9:01 pm

I heard the Ramones. They were a regular guest on the Uncle Floyd show (based out of New Jersey).

Anyone for Ten Years After?

I'm trying to come up with bands that weren't necessarily popular, but were just plain genius. For example, Queen was one of the most influential bands in the '70's - but they weren't underrated.
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Post by Peculiar_Investor » Wed Sep 12, 2012 9:08 pm

I'd cast my vote for Genesis, songs were too long for radio play.
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Post by FabLab » Wed Sep 12, 2012 9:13 pm

The Band (Richard Manuel, Rick Danko, Levon Helm, Garth Hudson, Robbie Robertson). RIP Messrs. Manuel, Danko, and the recently departed Helm.
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Post by TomatoTomahto » Wed Sep 12, 2012 9:13 pm

Invisible Hand wrote:Steely Dan.
I'd have voted for them also, but they rated with most music fans.

LadyGeek, I hate to disagree with a moderator, but a Ten Years After concert is still one of the most boring experiences of my then-young life. Maybe Mr. Lee was having an off night, but the best i can say is that the hyperactive and inane solos had a style of their own.

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Post by maitrina » Wed Sep 12, 2012 9:21 pm

Three of recent times, Ray LaMontagne and The Pariah Dogs, Wilco and the Cowboy Junkies.
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Post by LadyGeek » Wed Sep 12, 2012 9:24 pm

Claude - You are certainly free to disagree, please don't let the "moderator" title dissuade you. Actually, my better half disagreed with that decision as well. Perhaps he was right. :P

I'd like to submit his vote for Blue Oyster Cult.

I'm still thinking on it.
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Post by NothingClever » Wed Sep 12, 2012 9:28 pm

Tiptoeing in to suggest XTC.

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Post by dad2000 » Wed Sep 12, 2012 9:39 pm

I don't know about most underrated, but somewhat underrated:

Clash
B-52s

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Post by bengal22 » Wed Sep 12, 2012 9:41 pm

JDaniels wrote:Some friends and I were discussing this topic.

Our top three were:
1) The Who
2) Rush
3) Boston

All great bands that never got the credit they deserved.

What are yours?
The Who underrated????? Rush and Boston adequately rate IMHO.
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Post by SteveB3005 » Wed Sep 12, 2012 9:46 pm

The Who were overated as well as Styx, Yes, and Emerson, Lake, and Palmer.

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Post by Alex Frakt » Wed Sep 12, 2012 10:03 pm

Not sure how you define underrated, but I can't think how Rush would qualify unless it's because they've never been nominated for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Dire Straits is another great band that received a lot of recognition, but perhaps deserved even a bit more.

How about

Soundgarden
Violent Femmes
Grand Funk Railroad

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Post by JupiterJones » Wed Sep 12, 2012 10:06 pm

JDaniels wrote: Our top three were:
1) The Who
2) Rush
3) Boston

All great bands that never got the credit they deserved.
Wait... what?!? Every single one of those bands is rated very, very highly in my perception.

I agree that the Who is underrated compared to the Stones (in my book, the Who is a far superior band... yeah, I said it), but overall, I think they're held in extremely high esteem by just about anyone who knows music.

Although maybe I have a bit of skewed perspective because A) I went to music school, and B) I now live in Nashville. I sort of take for granted that people are well-informed about music. I haven't been able to throw a rock without hitting a musician in 25 years. :D

Still, pretty much every drummer I know can play Neil Peart fills by heart, and all the bass players worship Geddy Lee. And Boston? I mean, wow... both guitarists and audio engineers wish they could pull of the stuff Tom Sholtz did.

So, you want really underrated? I submit two worthy candidates:

Jack Jones. At his peak, he fell under the long shadows cast by the likes of Frank Sinatra and Tony Bennett. Embarrassingly dated hits like "Wives and Lovers" didn't help with his timelessness. Not to mention the "Love Boat" theme. But really, the guy was--and is (he still performs and is in fine voice)--a talented interpreter of the great American songbook, and he deserves far more recognition than he currently seems to have. Examples: Our Song... I Will Wait For You... What Are You Doing the Rest of Your Life?


a-ha. That's right, the Norwegian synth-pop band who had an enormous hit with 1984's "Take On Me", and followed it up with... well, not much. A couple of follow-up singles didn't really chart well in the US and that was about it over here. They were swept into the dustbin of '80's synthpop history along with Flock of Seagulls, Peter Schilling, and Gary Numan. Which is a shame, because in Europe they continued to do very, very well and released several solid albums for 25 years before finally breaking up in 2010. Examples: Foot of the Mountain... Angel in the Snow... Lifelines


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Post by S&L1940 » Wed Sep 12, 2012 10:39 pm

Woody Herman
Artie Shaw
The Grateful Dead
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Post by sscritic » Wed Sep 12, 2012 11:14 pm

I listen to what I like, so I have no idea if they are underrated or not. I listen to the James Brown Band. They have a good vocalist.

P.S. And I have bought their records and paid to attend their performances. That's my personal consumer consumption.

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Post by Urechis » Wed Sep 12, 2012 11:37 pm

Walter Trout has been playing his Fender Stratocaster for over 30 years as a sideman and with his own band. We saw him perform this last July in Northern California. He coaxes some amazing sounds out of his guitar. He may be more popular in Europe than in the US

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Walter_Trout

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Post by jidina80 » Wed Sep 12, 2012 11:52 pm

In the U.S., The Corrs are very underrated. They achieved top success in Europe, Australia and other continents, but something less than that in the U.S.

Also Chuck Berry. So many musicians cite him as a major influence, including the Beatles.

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Post by sscritic » Wed Sep 12, 2012 11:57 pm

jidina80 wrote: Also Chuck Berry.
Can one person be a band? What about two? We need some rules. How about a minimum of 15. Brian Setzer has 18.

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Post by DeGrief » Thu Sep 13, 2012 12:17 am

1530jesup wrote:Woody Herman
Artie Shaw
Now we're getting somewhere!

This whole question is complicated by the fact that some entire genres (e.g., jazz) are underrated compared to others (e.g., rock). So I would say that if the question concerns underrated bands across the musical spectrum, no rock band can qualify.

So, some better candidates (of those I regularly listen to):

Session A9 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RF5fVkOZdts

Del McCoury Band http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VYZfwS5Z ... ure=relmfu

Stan Kenton Big Band http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x3EkI3ISz28

Cecilia Bartoli http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sG0Hqi8BQYM&feature=fvst (oops, I guess she's not a band.)

Roy Hargrove http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p8fIBUMvY0o

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Re: Most underrated band of all time [that you listen to]?

Post by menlo » Thu Sep 13, 2012 12:24 am

The Black Keys. Or at least they were up until they released Brothers in 2010.

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