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Eddy Grant's Hits Collection is one solid jam after another, total joy all the way through, and everybody should give the man his props.

J0hn D., Thursday, 29 November 2007 00:49 (ten years ago) Permalink

The Mendoza Line

If Assholes Could Fly This Place Would Be An Airport, Thursday, 29 November 2007 01:16 (ten years ago) Permalink

Herb Alpert

o. nate, Thursday, 29 November 2007 01:18 (ten years ago) Permalink

all of my favourite artists are underrated

electricsound, Thursday, 29 November 2007 01:19 (ten years ago) Permalink

Lord Finesse, Cappadonna

Colin_C., Thursday, 29 November 2007 01:24 (ten years ago) Permalink

I have always felt that 108 was amazing, brutal, jaw-dropping hardcore with murderous and huge guitars. Religious zealots make really powerful music, y'know. I really think that all that *spooky* scandinavian death and black metal has nothing on 108, and Converge, in terms of intensity. It's trendy to talk about Venom, Mayhem, Gorgoroth, all that long-hair silly stuff. 108 was honestly and deadly serious, threefold misery especially.

Chelvis, Thursday, 29 November 2007 01:31 (ten years ago) Permalink

Juliana Hatfield

swinburningforyou, Thursday, 29 November 2007 01:32 (ten years ago) Permalink

Possum Dixon

Guayaquil (eephus!), Thursday, 29 November 2007 01:34 (ten years ago) Permalink

Too Much Joy had a decent following on the club circuit and mixed reviews. I've always been of the opinion that they should have sold out arenas and won the Nobel Prize or something.

kingkongvsgodzilla, Thursday, 29 November 2007 01:49 (ten years ago) Permalink

The Mendoza Line

Yes. And The Glands, too. And RPJ, who is so much more than Ghostbusters, people.

kornrulez6969, Thursday, 29 November 2007 02:26 (ten years ago) Permalink

I can do this MUCH better with movies.

Kevin John Bozelka, Thursday, 29 November 2007 02:38 (ten years ago) Permalink

I can do this better with albums than artists

Colin_C., Thursday, 29 November 2007 02:47 (ten years ago) Permalink

Oh I really dig that first Gay Dad album. Apparently people really loathe the thing.

Kevin John Bozelka, Thursday, 29 November 2007 03:10 (ten years ago) Permalink

it's patchy but there's lots of great stuff on it. prefer the single version of oh jim though

electricsound, Thursday, 29 November 2007 03:11 (ten years ago) Permalink

Cardiacs
Belfegore
Cop Shoot Cop
The Wedding Present
Talk Talk

Alex in NYC, Thursday, 29 November 2007 03:15 (ten years ago) Permalink

Alex everybody on the planet loves Talk Talk

J0hn D., Thursday, 29 November 2007 03:23 (ten years ago) Permalink

Yeah, must try harder there!

I'm trying to think of someone underrated but not obscure, since I think that meets John's intent best. I honestly don't know who I would choose offhand as a result.

Ned Raggett, Thursday, 29 November 2007 03:26 (ten years ago) Permalink

afghan whigs
karl hendricks

mookieproof, Thursday, 29 November 2007 03:30 (ten years ago) Permalink

the Libertines
Luther Vandross

Alfred, Lord Sotosyn, Thursday, 29 November 2007 03:31 (ten years ago) Permalink

junior kimbrough? while he was alive, anyway

mookieproof, Thursday, 29 November 2007 03:35 (ten years ago) Permalink

j0hn have you heard the Equals, Eddy Grant's first band??

http://youtube.com/watch?v=P9Jz8MjYyR0

Mr. Que, Thursday, 29 November 2007 03:36 (ten years ago) Permalink

is Rites of Spring underrated? I dig them big haired punks.
I've never met another Steeleye Span fan, but I dig it.

Chelvis, Thursday, 29 November 2007 03:56 (ten years ago) Permalink

the Libertines

I personally think this is OTM as though they're massively famous nobody gives them respect and their best jams are like really fucking good

I've been wanting to hear the Equals but didn't think to look on YouTube, thanks Mr. Que!

J0hn D., Thursday, 29 November 2007 03:58 (ten years ago) Permalink

Alex everybody on the planet loves Talk Talk.

Everybody on Planet ILX, maybe.

Daniel, Esq., Thursday, 29 November 2007 04:00 (ten years ago) Permalink

http://www.cirithungol.chaos-lords.de/cover020.jpg

chaki, Thursday, 29 November 2007 04:00 (ten years ago) Permalink

holy shit everything about that Equals footage is amazing

J0hn D., Thursday, 29 November 2007 04:01 (ten years ago) Permalink

Quite. I haven't kept track of the Libertines' escapades and various solo projects, but their first two albums are full of coiled rockers. One of the few bands whose leaders write songs about and for each other without turning into massive bores.

Alfred, Lord Sotosyn, Thursday, 29 November 2007 04:02 (ten years ago) Permalink

Fat Larry's Band

El Tomboto, Thursday, 29 November 2007 04:04 (ten years ago) Permalink

blink-182!!

max, Thursday, 29 November 2007 04:05 (ten years ago) Permalink

Karen Carpenter: tragically underrated

hawth, Thursday, 29 November 2007 04:12 (ten years ago) Permalink

yah roight whatevs she had a movie and like 3240923409 tribute songs. Cirith Ungol roolz this thread.

chaki, Thursday, 29 November 2007 04:17 (ten years ago) Permalink

not more underrated than Eddy Grant though, that dude is a monster

J0hn D., Thursday, 29 November 2007 04:21 (ten years ago) Permalink

but Cirith Ungol is still too slept on by people, so for that matter is Sadist from Italy who had clearly listened to their Cirith Ungol records

J0hn D., Thursday, 29 November 2007 04:22 (ten years ago) Permalink

no, y'see, I was making a weak anorexia joke, playing off the similarity between the words "underate" and...awnevermind

I nominate Connie Smith, Altered Images, and The Walkabouts

hawth, Thursday, 29 November 2007 04:26 (ten years ago) Permalink

You mean Eddy Grant who sang Electric Avenue?

Daniel, Esq., Thursday, 29 November 2007 04:35 (ten years ago) Permalink

Is this the Eddy Grant disc you're referring to?

Daniel, Esq., Thursday, 29 November 2007 04:36 (ten years ago) Permalink

Hahaha, goddammit, I was going to suggest the Walkabouts as well but thought they just weren't well known enough to count as underrated. But lord god almighty are they still one of my most favorite bands anywhere, ever.

One day -- maybe years from now -- the appeal of the Libertines will make itself known to me, perhaps. Distance might be the only answer. I have trouble hearing them now as anything else but a long-tapped-out vein.

Ned Raggett, Thursday, 29 November 2007 04:38 (ten years ago) Permalink

Diddy

The Reverend, Thursday, 29 November 2007 04:45 (ten years ago) Permalink

I like to imagine the Walkabouts topping the pop charts and filling stadiums in tiny Eastern European countries like Slovenia and Montenegro. Of course the reality is that they had one or two minor hits in Germany or somewhere thereabouts, which makes them semi-obscure in Europe as opposed to flat-out unknown in the US. Better than nothing, but they deserve better...

hawth, Thursday, 29 November 2007 05:03 (ten years ago) Permalink

Oh another - The Plasmatics! Absolutely adored them as a junior high schooler. On my English folder, I wrote every song title of theirs AND every spoken intro. The spoken intros were circled so you could tell the difference. Still love the shit outta them. Where punk and camp meet (which didn't happen too often...maybe that Streets comp counts). Avoid newish DVD on MVD (in fact, avoid ALL MVD DVDs).

Kevin John Bozelka, Thursday, 29 November 2007 05:07 (ten years ago) Permalink

i thought of one - ups & downs. vastly better than 95% of the australian stuff that gets all the attention. prefer them to the church any day, for example

electricsound, Thursday, 29 November 2007 05:20 (ten years ago) Permalink

Animals That Swim !!

their albums are long out of print as far as i know which makes me sad because they deserve more attention than they got

ciderpress, Thursday, 29 November 2007 05:23 (ten years ago) Permalink

I kinda agree with Diddy and Blink 182

I want to add: Transplants!

Their first album is bananas, man.

Colin_C., Thursday, 29 November 2007 05:34 (ten years ago) Permalink

DeBarge despite pockets of love around here.

Kevin John Bozelka, Thursday, 29 November 2007 05:38 (ten years ago) Permalink

Animals That Swim

Heh, still have two of their albums around.

Ned Raggett, Thursday, 29 November 2007 05:40 (ten years ago) Permalink

I've never met another Steeleye Span fan, but I dig it.

loooove steeleye span, all the way through all around my hat.

i think BIG COUNTRY is underrated, to the extent anyone rates them. first album at least. second album too really.

tipsy mothra, Thursday, 29 November 2007 05:58 (ten years ago) Permalink

(big country's rhythm section is especially underrated)

tipsy mothra, Thursday, 29 November 2007 06:02 (ten years ago) Permalink

^ Oh, third album too. And everyone loves teh drums on Love, so half of the rhythm section is only underrated in context.

rogermexico., Thursday, 29 November 2007 06:04 (ten years ago) Permalink

i like the 3rd album (kate bush!) but i wasn't gonna force the issue.

tipsy mothra, Thursday, 29 November 2007 06:09 (ten years ago) Permalink

I just looked at the tracklist and I think I can still hum at least half of it.

In the spirit of J0hn's post, I'll nominate Billy Squier. Usually mentioned only as a punchline, but Don't Say No is classic, the Emotions In Motion singles kick, and dude gave a rhythm track to half of all hip-hop.

rogermexico., Thursday, 29 November 2007 06:12 (ten years ago) Permalink

Plus, just in case anyone forgot how great The Cramps were, don't forget how great The Cramps were. Okay? I spent a night watching Cramps on youtube and even I almost forgot how godly they could be. They deserve a medal at the very least. (not that i've heard much Cramps music since, like, a date with elvis, but still...)

Yessss...

In defense of 80s Dead, Reckoning is one of their finest albums, probably in my Dead top three. I guess that's stretching it a bit, it was recorded 79/90, right?

And I love a lot of Jerry's 90s stuff w/ Grisman.

winston, Friday, 30 November 2007 04:39 (ten years ago) Permalink

79/80, i mean

winston, Friday, 30 November 2007 04:40 (ten years ago) Permalink

The Walkmen are always lumped in with early 2000s nu-NME, Strokes, etc. but their first album is really fucking awesome

winston, Friday, 30 November 2007 04:44 (ten years ago) Permalink

I mean, it transcends its NYC hipster stereotype

winston, Friday, 30 November 2007 04:44 (ten years ago) Permalink

or whatever. sorry, too stoned

winston, Friday, 30 November 2007 04:45 (ten years ago) Permalink

first Walkmen album's good, second one's better, still waiting for another decent one though...

stephen, Friday, 30 November 2007 04:52 (ten years ago) Permalink

Today my favourite underrated artists are In Camera.

"No-one listened to the Fall before 2001" is one of the most WTF things I've ever read on this board. Who are these "Midlands spastics" anyway?

Colonel Poo, Friday, 30 November 2007 11:03 (ten years ago) Permalink

All of my favourite artists are underrated (maybe save for The Beatles who are neither over- or underrated, and only underrated by younger generations)

Geir Hongro, Friday, 30 November 2007 11:48 (ten years ago) Permalink

are you sure about that?

I'll say Jim Guthrie, Red Red Meat, Nada Surf and Grifters and second Sloan and Archer Prewitt. Tons of bands in weird or lesser listened to genres are underrated (grifters and red red meat).

CaptainLorax, Friday, 30 November 2007 12:26 (ten years ago) Permalink

and unless I'm wrong cuz I don't get out much. Quasi, King Creosote, and Pigeon John don't get enough love. I think a lot of the bands I've mentioned here and above might be somewhat popular? I mean a good crowd showed up for the Nada Surf and Sloan concerts I went to but all in all most people don't know who they are. It's hard to draw the line with underrated artists and I guess I should have stuck with only the one that is clearly underrated - Jim Guthrie.

CaptainLorax, Friday, 30 November 2007 14:00 (ten years ago) Permalink

I think there's moderately-strong positive correlation between popularity and overratedness

CaptainLorax, Friday, 30 November 2007 14:08 (ten years ago) Permalink

Also Blue Oyster Cult is greviously underrated. People only know them for three tunes-Reaper, Godzilla and Burnin for You. They had much better songs than that, and I think they were truly genius.

Bill Magill, Friday, 30 November 2007 14:55 (ten years ago) Permalink

Jason Falkner

MC, Friday, 30 November 2007 15:18 (ten years ago) Permalink

The Fall: Nobody cared about this band until sometime in mid-2001, when the critics had run out of classic overlooked 80's English bands to tout Midlands spastics for people merely looking to expand their record collections.

I almost agree with you, although speaking from experience during my college years, nobody actually cared about this band until sometime in 1994 when the critics had run out of classic overlooked '70s English bands.

MC, Friday, 30 November 2007 15:23 (ten years ago) Permalink

Bill I'd say a pretty hefty chunk of critic types know & love BOC all the way through Fire of Unknown Origin

J0hn D., Friday, 30 November 2007 16:19 (ten years ago) Permalink

I still wanna know what "to tout Midlands spastics" refers to cos I have no idea WTF they were on about!

Colonel Poo, Friday, 30 November 2007 16:22 (ten years ago) Permalink

Probably true, I'm talking more general public types and radio programmers. I don't think I've ever heard an Eric Bloom sung BOC song on the radio, and he was their de facto lead singer.

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Bill Magill, Friday, 30 November 2007 16:22 (ten years ago) Permalink

still wanna know what "to tout Midlands spastics" refers to cos I have no idea WTF they were on about!

Yeah, I ignored that part cuz I had no idea myself...

MC, Friday, 30 November 2007 16:29 (ten years ago) Permalink

Rank & File - just the first two albums, anyway.

Jazzbo, Friday, 30 November 2007 16:49 (ten years ago) Permalink

Another vote for Nada Surf. The best power pop band in the world.

kornrulez6969, Friday, 30 November 2007 16:55 (ten years ago) Permalink

Jason Falkner-- MC, Friday, 30 November 2007 15:18 (1 hour ago)

I'd totally agree - but that new record isn't going to win any new fans ... nine years between full length records for that - ugh!

BlackIronPrison, Friday, 30 November 2007 16:56 (ten years ago) Permalink

The Fall: Nobody cared about this band until sometime in mid-2001, when the critics had run out of classic overlooked 80's English bands to tout Midlands spastics for people merely looking to expand their record collections.

this is crap, every generation discovers the fall eventually.

Edward III, Friday, 30 November 2007 17:04 (ten years ago) Permalink

"still wanna know what "to tout Midlands spastics" refers to cos I have no idea WTF they were on about!"

that was a lack of proofreading and clarity of expression, that is what that was about. I should have been clearer:

The Fall: Nobody cared about this band until sometime in mid-2001, when the critics had run out of classic overlooked 80's English bands to tout. The Fall were just spastics from the Midlands, and their records were for people merely looking to expand their record collections.

I sincerely hope that one day I will listen to the Fall and hear the genius that others seem to hear, and that I'm wrong on this.

Also, dang, I hate Tom Waits so much.

Chelvis, Friday, 30 November 2007 17:14 (ten years ago) Permalink

Uh, the Fall were not from the Midlands.

Colonel Poo, Friday, 30 November 2007 17:16 (ten years ago) Permalink

Any more bullshit for us? :)

Colonel Poo, Friday, 30 November 2007 17:17 (ten years ago) Permalink

it took me six years of hearing and disliking random things by the fall before I "got" them.

Edward III, Friday, 30 November 2007 17:19 (ten years ago) Permalink

so don't give up on the fall, however, you may want to pause before hitting the "submit response" button in the future.

Edward III, Friday, 30 November 2007 17:20 (ten years ago) Permalink

I think Falkner's new album is pretty good. Not too different stylistically from the past, so is your problem with the level of the tunes? "This Time," "NYC," "The Knew," "Anondah," and "I Don't Mind" are all quality IMO.

MC, Friday, 30 November 2007 17:35 (ten years ago) Permalink

Speaking of underrated power pop, I agree on Nada Surf (being underrated, not the "best")

For best underrated, I'd go with Superdrag, Sloan, The Shazam, or even Falkner if you throw him in there.

Actually, underrated... power pop... you could even say Cheap Trick, but I don't think we want to have that conversation on ILM yet again.

MC, Friday, 30 November 2007 17:39 (ten years ago) Permalink

"King Crimson's modern improvs - The ProjeKCts (1 - 4 + X). I am possibly the biggest crimhead this side of Alpha Centuri an believe this is the pinacle of their existence.

I dunno man. I bought the first Project and all I could hear was the terrible V-drum presets that Belew was playing. He even talks in the liner notes about getting the drums in the mail, unwrapping the box, plugging them in, and recording. That is not the proper use of any sort of synthetic instrument.

***

The Fall -- I saw the Middle Class Revolt tour (Brix was back!). Just an awesome show. And a great (UNDER-RATED) album. Mark Smith paced the stage glaring at his bandmates, kicking the mic out of the kickdrum, away from the bass amp, and eventually stormed off stage. Brix finished the set for him. Could have been preconceived. Didn't matter.

Nate Carson, Tuesday, 4 December 2007 02:59 (ten years ago) Permalink

People don't seem to take Three Dog Night very seriously. It's
not all walrus mustaches and chest fever...they had such a great run of singles. And they chose the best songwriters of the time. Eli's Coming is so frenetic and creepy.

Cher and Cass Elliott are eternally underrated. Also, Joe South is a lot more interesting to me than most of the new Dylans types who came after him. Except Loudon Wainwright, whose sad songs aren't given as much attention as his goofy/witty ones, I don't think, which is a shame cause they're so much better.

As for things a bit more obscure,I think Marilyn's album Despite Straight Lines sounds really great. He tried so hard w/the Was Not Was people and all.

The Pulsars record from 1997 is my favorite synthpop record since the mid Eighties.

Arthur, Tuesday, 4 December 2007 06:40 (ten years ago) Permalink

Blue Hippos -- Late-80s Twintone trio.

Spastic and angularly hepped-up joints and r-rated rants

christoff, Tuesday, 4 December 2007 18:29 (ten years ago) Permalink

Binary Star

talrose, Tuesday, 4 December 2007 18:30 (ten years ago) Permalink

Claude Delcloo

ian, Tuesday, 4 December 2007 18:34 (ten years ago) Permalink

hot 8 brass band
rebirth brass band
new birth brass band
free agents brass band
soul rebels brass band

Jordan, Tuesday, 4 December 2007 18:43 (ten years ago) Permalink

NO-MAN

Gendou Ikari, Tuesday, 4 December 2007 19:01 (ten years ago) Permalink

Nortt

Soukesian, Tuesday, 4 December 2007 20:36 (ten years ago) Permalink

hell yeah on the eddy grant love.
http://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a359/ettiem/killerontherampage.jpg
good tunes, great legs!

hell yeah, too, on the ray parker jr. love. been picking up raydio records on sight the last year or so. evey one has at least a few fantastic tunes. favorite at the moment is "more than one way to love a woman." the chorus is almost steve millerish.

andrew m., Tuesday, 4 December 2007 21:02 (ten years ago) Permalink

"Michael & His Slipper Tree" rules!...one of those tunes that burrows into your head after just one listen...

my fave underrated artist is Scott 4...(the band, not the LP)...motorik country/western, don't know how they slipped through the cracks...

henry s, Tuesday, 4 December 2007 21:35 (ten years ago) Permalink

Ashlee Simpson

Guns N' Roses (very underrated on ILX)

Buckethead

Matt Armstrong, Tuesday, 4 December 2007 22:51 (ten years ago) Permalink

Nate Carson, Tuesday, 4 December 2007 02:59 (Yesterday)

I'll admit, Projekct 2 is my least favorite of them all. 3 and 4, on teh other hand stand out especially to me considering it sounds like nothing they've done previously and was only touched upon on THE POWER TO BELIEVE. Projekct One is excellent but is reminiscent of some of their previous work.

I hear Tony's back in the band so I'll see how it goes from here.

Cliftonb, Wednesday, 5 December 2007 02:29 (ten years ago) Permalink

Guns N' Roses (very underrated on ILX)

In some strange alternate universe, maybe.

Ned Raggett, Wednesday, 5 December 2007 02:31 (ten years ago) Permalink

this will probably cause an explosion of laughter but I really liked the one New Radicals album

Bo Jackson Overdrive, Wednesday, 5 December 2007 02:32 (ten years ago) Permalink

Suzy Mangion, as well as her band George.

early Piano Magic.

Turangalila, Wednesday, 5 December 2007 05:50 (ten years ago) Permalink

" 'Guns N' Roses (very underrated on ILX)
In some strange alternate universe, maybe."

they're evaluated fairly in the posts from 5+ years ago, but not now. The response to the leaked Chinese Democracy tracks is particulary bad (maybe I should have listed nuGNR as underrated too).

Matt Armstrong, Wednesday, 5 December 2007 06:18 (ten years ago) Permalink

eX-Girl
Smile Like Dog
Salk Vacchin
Luminous Orange

Jack Burton, Wednesday, 5 December 2007 06:44 (ten years ago) Permalink

Monroe Mustang particularly their first album on Trance Syndicate.
Silkworm
Unwound

Souvarine, Wednesday, 5 December 2007 09:32 (ten years ago) Permalink

I found Killer On The Rampage by Eddy Grant in a Scope shop a month or 2 ago :)

I like eX-Girl. That's a good one.

Colonel Poo, Wednesday, 5 December 2007 09:44 (ten years ago) Permalink

ten years pass...

THAT FIRST URBAN VERBS RECORD IS SO FRIGGIN' GOOD. IT'S LIKE A DOLLAR RECORD.

SAME WITH HUMAN SEXUAL RESPONSE RECORDS. SO GREAT AND SO UNDERRATED OR WHATEVER.

SAME WITH THAT FIRST TRANSLATOR ALBUM. PEOPLE MIGHT REMEMBER EVERYWHERE THAT I'M NOT BUT THAT ALBUM IS SO MUCH MORE THAN THAT.

BUT THAT URBAN VERBS RECORD, DO YOURSELF A FAVOR...ROCKS SO GOOD.

scott seward, Thursday, 7 December 2017 19:41 (six days ago) Permalink


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