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Started by TommyDGNR8 on Sep 5, 2011 8:07:06 PM
I Could've Been a Contender - Acts which didn't quite make it

Every genre has acts which don't do as well as fans think they deserve.

Who can you think of?

TommyDGNR8 - 05 Sep 2011 20:07:33 (#1 of 184)

My rock nominations...

U/F/O - Much loved by Brit metalheads and an internationally successful live act, but virtually unknown to anyone who never had shoulder-length hair.

Grand Prix - Best known for their "hit" single Keep On Believing (it charted at number 75 for one week, making them officially the joint least successful chart band ever according to the Guiness Book of Hit Singles). Their album Samurai - which the promoted by touring with Iron Maiden on the UK leg of the World Piece Tour, is an absolute fucking masterpiece.

Heavy Pettin - Scotland's Def Leppard, except their songs were better. Entering the Eurovision Song Contest was a mis-step, in retrospect.

Robin George - Very short guitarist with a voice that either rocks your world or sends you screaming from the room.

Terraplane - OK, it's a cheat, because they essentially became Thunder, but Terraplane were actually GOOD! They'd have been pushed out ofthe top 5 if I'd been able to find a clip of The Grip doing England You're Dead

Qrobur - 05 Sep 2011 20:26:50 (#2 of 184)

Define "make it".

I have any number of recordings by artists who could never be described as being in the slightest bit popular but whose work is vastly better than, say, the entire canon of metal and prog rock.

TommyDGNR8 - 05 Sep 2011 20:44:06 (#3 of 184)

Define "make it".

Whatever you want it to mean.

As for the rest of your post, stick to your genre.

womble - 05 Sep 2011 20:48:48 (#4 of 184)

Porcupine Tree.

They should/could still be massive.

Moschops - 05 Sep 2011 20:51:08 (#5 of 184)

Samurai is great, haven't heard it for years though.

I always thought Y&T should have been bigger than they were.

SlasherBindman - 05 Sep 2011 20:51:16 (#6 of 184)

The Auteurs - loved by the critics, but negligible record sales

Also, The Beta Band

United States of America - one album (1968) ignored at the time, subsequently hugely influential

Singer songwriters - Nick Drake, David Ackles

MakzV2 - 05 Sep 2011 20:58:29 (#7 of 184)

I have any number of recordings by artists who could never be described as being in the slightest bit popular but whose work is vastly better than, say, the entire canon of metal and prog rock.

How could anything be better than prog rock?

Then again, my mate Allan, guitarist, vocalist and principle song writer of "Johnny Curious and the Strangers" (who Qrobur would probably have approved of) was once on the front page of the NME, c.1978, wherein he was lauded as being "the next best thing". He can now be found playing (excellent) solo accoustic gigs, usually at "The Doctor's Tonic" pub in Welwyn Garden City. Still one of the best singers and songwriters I can name, but never got anywhere.

Don't know what it is about Welwyn Garden City. Local hero Mark Astronaut has been making excellent albums for about 35 years now (some of which can even be found in record shops in Athens) without making it either.

MakzV2 - 05 Sep 2011 21:11:39 (#8 of 184)

Thinking about it, my nomination for this category amongst bands that anyone might actually have heard of goes to Shriekback. Never could understand why a band that made music like this

never made it bigger.

Moschops - 05 Sep 2011 21:20:16 (#9 of 184)

The Replacements should have been much bigger than they were.

oohbetty - 05 Sep 2011 21:44:20 (#10 of 184)

UFO? They were massive. They headlined Reading in 1980.

TommyDGNR8 - 05 Sep 2011 21:54:59 (#11 of 184)

Almost unknown to Joe Public, though.

Only Doctor Doctor and Young Blood reached the charts, and then only the 30s.

That's a travesty.

oohbetty - 05 Sep 2011 22:01:59 (#12 of 184)

The charts? No-one gave a fuck about the singles charts when UFO were around.

Even Led Zeppelin weren't known to 'Joe Public' in the 70s

Qrobur - 05 Sep 2011 22:03:33 (#13 of 184)

"As for the rest of your post, stick to your genre."

What, all of them? I'd be here all night. You wouldn't find any pre-pubescent metal or flatulent prog rock though.

TommyDGNR8 - 05 Sep 2011 22:12:11 (#14 of 184)

I'll no longer find anything at all, thanks to the ignore function, you tedious microbe.

Betty - album sales were dire too, though. For such an influential band, they really deserved so much more.

oohbetty - 05 Sep 2011 22:31:50 (#15 of 184)

Influential? UFO? Yeah right.

oohbetty - 05 Sep 2011 22:33:33 (#16 of 184)

I suppose Phil Mogg was a big influence on singers in spandex pants with cucumbers stuck down the front, but that's about it.

samesamebutdifferent - 05 Sep 2011 23:22:43 (#17 of 184)

Leaving aside dreary prog and metal for a moment...

AC Temple. Never came within a thousand miles of making it, if by that you mean popular success. Signed to Blast First and, insofar as they were noticed at all, wrongly dismissed as a Sonic Youth wannabe act. Their swansong album, Belinda Backwards, goes much further than Blast First noise, is probably my most played album ever, and is certainly one of the finest albums made by a post hardcore band anywhere, any time.

The Woodentops. Had the misfortune of being Rough Trade's #2 band for much of The Smiths' career. Much better live than on record, and their records rocked.

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LardyStuffer - 05 Sep 2011 23:29:27 (#19 of 184)

On a similar note samesamebutdifferent how about Arsenal, made of the members of Big Black minus Steve Albini.

samesamebutdifferent - 05 Sep 2011 23:32:07 (#20 of 184)

Anyway my nomination, Simple Minds

That would be bloated, American FM radio-friendly, stadium rockers Simple Minds who didn't get the success they deserved, then?

Well, I'd agree with that. Though possibly not in the way you intended.

Arty and slightly obscure Simple Minds before they soundtracked John Hughes films - now there's a band who didn't get the success they deserved.

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