S/D artists whose entire known output is a single track on a compilation album

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Post mortem - Play

(most of the artists on this 1985 compilation don't seem to have released anything else, with the notable exception of the La's. I'd also recommend Fingerless gloves by Cassio Viletone, Bad night at Malibu Beach by the Happy Gauls and Terry Fields And A Pint Of Guinness by The Romulan Cloaking Device. Don't Cry Darling (Daddy Had To Drown The Cat) by Old Ma Cuxon And The Soapchoppers is good as well, but they put out a single.)

soref, Friday, 10 March 2023 17:22 (one year ago) link


The Academy Of Fine Popular Music - The Morning After

Don't know if this strictly counts, but before forming Fairground Attraction, Eddi Reader and Mark Nevin recorded two tracks as the Academy Of Fine Popular Music which appeared on compilations put out by the Compact Organization.

soref, Friday, 10 March 2023 17:26 (one year ago) link


Not exactly what you're talking about but this was a track on the East Coast Family Vol. 1 that featured the only recorded appearances of some of Michael Bivens' signees (like Whytgize)

INDEPENDENTS DAY BY STEVEN SPILBERG (President Keyes), Friday, 10 March 2023 17:37 (one year ago) link

Juicy Bananas! (Sy Richardson reciting his dialogue from Repo Man over a funk backing track.)


but also fuck you (unperson), Friday, 10 March 2023 17:45 (one year ago) link

love mysterious idm/ambient/electronica tracks by one-and-doners


who is melf?? who is Benjamin? gorgeous ambient nuggets

not too strange just bad audio (brimstead), Friday, 10 March 2023 17:48 (one year ago) link

there's a ton of german examples of this. here's one that springs to mind - cosmic greatness


stirmonster, Friday, 10 March 2023 17:50 (one year ago) link

This also doesn't quite count since the track was part of a 4 song EP (and that's all they ever released), but this was on a Clicks & Cuts comp and I was obsessed with it at the time


change display name (Jordan), Friday, 10 March 2023 17:55 (one year ago) link

band called Ellagaru had two tracks on a 1984 compilation A Secret Liverpool, no other releases



soref, Friday, 10 March 2023 18:10 (one year ago) link

do those ilm comps count?

andrew m., Friday, 10 March 2023 19:58 (one year ago) link

The only one of these I can think of is "Talk Talk Talk Talk" by the Reaction (Mark Hollis's pre-Talk Talk band) that appeared on an indie compilation called Streets, but that still doesn't count because they also released a single called "I Can't Resist" before breaking up.

Mr. Snrub, Friday, 10 March 2023 20:06 (one year ago) link

(2/3 of Sightings)

The Triumphant Return of Bernard & Stubbs (Raymond Cummings), Friday, 10 March 2023 20:14 (one year ago) link

I wonder if a lot of those one-off ambient artists are better known people working under a pseudonym?

No Hackett Required (Matt #2), Friday, 10 March 2023 20:55 (one year ago) link

one of the album tracks on the first so so def bass all stars compilation (the one with "my boo" on it) is by an artist called t'baby (not to be confused with the legendary "it's so cold in the d" t-baby) who afaict never released anything else. all three of those compilations are uneven to a degree and yeah it's not exactly a "my boo"-tier classic but i always enjoyed it


the producer, danny d, and the guy doing the hype vocals, big ace, both have other releases, so idk if it totally fits but yeah

dyl, Saturday, 11 March 2023 18:54 (one year ago) link

nah that totally fits, it's OK if the artists did other stuff (that Moet The Poet track I posted to start features members of Poison Girls and Ear Trumpet)

obsidian crocogolem (sleeve), Saturday, 11 March 2023 19:10 (one year ago) link

^^ love that record, excellent examples

obsidian crocogolem (sleeve), Sunday, 12 March 2023 02:22 (one year ago) link

Just guessing, but "Isgodaman" by Arthur Comics? (Streets)?

(The name of the band takes a question mark.)

clemenza, Sunday, 12 March 2023 02:30 (one year ago) link

ooh that's a good example of a pseudonym band! it was The Sniveling Shots but they were forced to use another name:

obsidian crocogolem (sleeve), Sunday, 12 March 2023 03:06 (one year ago) link

lol sorry typos

obsidian crocogolem (sleeve), Sunday, 12 March 2023 03:06 (one year ago) link

I’m sure they at least had a b-side but I always loved The Hatfields “Yes I Do” from the first Back from the Crypt Cd comp.

The Artist formerly known as Earlnash, Sunday, 12 March 2023 06:54 (one year ago) link

here's one! probably multiple bands on this comp would qualify



obsidian crocogolem (sleeve), Sunday, 12 March 2023 17:17 (one year ago) link

This cover of Green Day's When I Come Around was always a classic between me and my friends:


MarkoP, Sunday, 12 March 2023 23:15 (one year ago) link

oh here's a good one

Bent Nails

Mike Luzader (drums), Byron Stamatatos (bass), Zach Georgopoulos (guitar) and Frank Portman (vocals)

Punk band from Millbrae, California that formed around 1979, while the band members were in High School. Frank and Byron would later go on to start The Mr. T Experience in Berkeley.

The only released Bent Nails track was "No More Riots" on the MRR "Not So Quiet On The Western Front" compilation.

obsidian crocogolem (sleeve), Monday, 20 March 2023 01:00 (one year ago) link

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