anywhere else but this board I would think that they are unknown to most people but just in case you don't know why I would say that here's their cover of the mst3k theme song(recorded in '94 before all of the theme songs had been made)
And heres a couple from The Jam they were big in the UK not so much here...far superior to The Clash who in turn were light years beyond Sex Pistols...anyway this is mostly what The Jam sounded like...Going Underground
this was as close to Rock The Cashbah as they got(their biggest song stateside...A Town Called Malice
Post by robinbobbin on Oct 12, 2008 13:09:31 GMT -5
Nice! I am enjoying the mixtape...anyway, here's my little contribution:
There's a genre I have recently discovered, and am thoroughly enjoying...it's called WIZARD ROCK. Basically it's kids picking up a geetar and singing about Harry Potter. Which is, indeed, incredibly geeky. They also promote Reading, Love, the power of Rock, and social justice. Hot dog. Anyway, two bands I am digging on at the moment are:
Harry and the Potters - Voldemort Can't Stop the Rock!
I think these guys are the biggest of the genre (and perhaps originators?). The song is preceded by a bit of audience participation and talk about Sticking It to the Man.
The Remus Lupins - Teenage Werewolf
An acoustic version. There's also a studio version up on their myspace if you feel so inclined.
There's a genre I have recently discovered, and am thoroughly enjoying...it's called WIZARD ROCK. Basically it's kids picking up a geetar and singing about Harry Potter. Which is, indeed, incredibly geeky.
Ah, the new generation. I'm not surprised, though. Wizard Rock isn't the first to think of using literary works for song ideas. Led Zeppelin did the same thing with Tolkien's Lord of the Rings.
Not being a Harry Potter fan, I can't say I like it. But it's amusing, for sure
Post by quinnmartin on Oct 13, 2008 14:08:17 GMT -5
Three from one of my favorite bands The Kinks, who I feel is criminally underappreciated.
First up, probably their best song, Waterloo Sunset. Quite possibly might be the best song to come out of the rock era. It was released as a single in 1967 and hit #2 on the UK charts, and closes out side B on their Something Else by the Kinks LP.
Next, the quasi-title track to their '68 LP The Kinks Are the Village Green Preservation Society. Probably their best album, though it sold very poorly.
Lastly, 20th Century Man, the lead track from their 1971 LP Muswell Hillbillies.
Here are a couple from Juliana Hatfield the first one "My Sister" was probably her biggest hit and the second one is called Somebody Is Waiting Me...the studio version is ultimately better but there is something captivating about this performance....as is the case with most obscure artists there are a lot of great songs that I wanted to put here but you tube either doesn't have a decent version of it (as is the case with her song Sell Out) or no version at all(Congratulations, Cry In The Dark, Dumb Fun etc. etc.)...anyway both of these are a good enough representation of her...good stuff
Post by quinnmartin on Oct 15, 2008 8:00:51 GMT -5
Here's three tracks from arguably the greatest American rock band ever- Guided by Voices. Combining the melodic genius of the Beatles with the athemic crunch of the Who - all seasoned with a sizable helping of pysch and prog rock - they were primarily a vehicle for frontman Robert Pollard. From 1983, when they formed in Dayton, Ohio to their last show in 2004, the band put out an incredible amount of music. 16 full-length studio albums, 16 EP's, and 2 4-disc box sets of unreleased material.
Up first, is a track from their 1994 LP Bee Thousand, "I Am a Scientist". The video for this song actually got some MTV airplay during the heights of the alternative-music boom, and it was probably the closest thing they ever had to a "hit".
Up next, from their 1995 LP Alien Lanes, "Auditorium/Motor Away".
And finally, "Official Ironman Rally Song", from their 1996 LP Under the Bushes, Under the Stars. Though Bee Thousand is generally considered their best album, this one would be my choice.
Sometime's a guy's gotta ride the bull, am I right? Later, skater.
Here are 5, that's right count 'em 5, from John Frusciante.(I wasn't satisfied with just picking 3 or so because he covers a lot of ground musically) I'm sure most of you know him as the lead guitarist of Red Hot Chili Peppers, although I'm a fan of RHCP don't think that with that knowledge you have already figured out what these songs sound like(unless of course you've already heard John Frusciante's solo stuff). Apart from his work with RHCP he has worked on numerous side projects including significant work with The Mars Volta. But this is all solo tracks...amazing stuff that sounds nothing like RHCP or The Mars Volta for that matter. In terms of how diverse and prolific he is the only person I could think to compare him to is Frank Zappa. And like Zappa he is a very underrated guitarist(and yes I realize some people sing his praises, just like Zappa but I still think he's underrated because he's not an ok guitarist, he's phenomenal....in my top 10)...to me the only contemporary that compares to him is Jonny Greenwood(although I like Jonny Greenwood better) .
All the sound that comes from the first two tracks, Ramparts and Failure 33 Object, is produced by guitar...this stuff quite simply blows my mind. Three of the songs come from what I consider his best solo album Shadows Collide With People, do yourself a favor and check out this album out, a gem not known by most people. (The three songs are the aforementioned Failure 33 Object, The Slaughter, and Omission). The other song is called The Past Recedes. ENJOY!
Some of the first pioneers of Power Pop. Yet The Raspberries aren't aren't what I would call an easily recognized band. Partially because they were panned by critics as Beatle rip-offs, and they only released 4 glorious albums from 1972-1974 and haven't released anything new since. So just in case the mere mention of their name doesn't put a smile on your face(or else you would have heard them...right?) It's impossible to resist their infectious melodies so don't even try. LADIES AND GENTLEMAN, THE RASPBERRIES!!!!
Tonight(this video has some problems starting, but fool around with it...it's worth it)
I Wanna Be With You
(there's a "live"/lip synched performance of this on you tube as well, but I like the charm of this clip)
I'm sure most people have their own version of this story here's mine
When I was 13 years old and in 8th grade(this was 1988) too young to get into most club shows, there was this local band that I was a big fan of.The name of this band was Dead Horse. They had everything most 13 year old boys look for in music aggression, humor, and originality(or at least all the 13 year old boys I knew). Back then I listened to metal exclusively and I wouldn't say that Dead Horse single-handedly broadened my musical horizon, they are pretty much rooted in metal/hardcore but they were the first band that I REALLY liked that wasn't traditional metal...soon after Faith No More, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Pearl Jam, Pixies etc. would start to really shake things up for me. Anyway I was sure that Dead Horse would make it big one day and I would be able to say I knew them when...and in 1991 they had a deal with a subsidiary of a major label(Big Chief/Metal Blade/Warner Bros) and released one album that went nowhere(it was later re-released on Relapse records along with their first independent release) because no one knew what to make of them. They were a metal band for the most part in fact one of the first death metal bands but they also had their collective tongues planted firmly in their cheeks...metal was all serious back then at least metal that was selling. Basically they were kind of a pre-cursor to Tenacious D except that weren't as obviously comic(nothing against the D mind you) anyway I've rambled on long enough here are three of their songs(I was so stoked to find them on you tube I had to include them here)
two from the first full album/ independent release...
World War Whatever
...and here's one from the major label release Peaceful Death
mind you there are some songs I wish I could include but this is a pretty good representation of this band.
They went on to release a couple of self-financed EPs locally and called it quits in the 90s because record companies weren't exactly beating down the door to sign or keep signed struggling fringe metal bands in the early to mid 90s as you all know.
Post by quinnmartin on Nov 8, 2008 10:24:31 GMT -5
Another of my favorite power-pop bands - The Posies. Fronted by singer/songwriter/guitarists Ken Stringfellow & Jon Auer. They started with sort of a Simon & Garfunkle mellow pop sound back in the late 80's, and then muscled up their sound with each record though the 90's.
Ken and Jon are also members of the current Big Star lineup.
First up, my favorite track of theirs - 1993's "Solar Sister".
Next, another track from 1993 - "Love Letter Boxes". Jon Auer delivers a great solo on this one.
And lastly, just for fun, here's their cover of the Germs "Richie Daggers Crime". Throughout the song, they perfectly ape various Beatles songs. If you're a Beatles fan, it's a real trip, and it really shows off their vocal talents.
Also, if you're a fan of power-pop I'd HIGHLY recommend checking out the two Orange Humble Band records. They have nothing on youtube, but you can listen to 4 of their songs here...