Bands with hit singles that were not hit singles

Smackpixi

Adventurer
So this is a thread for obscure or sort of obscure bands that should have been popular but were not. That did a song that you can’t believe more people don’t know about.
 

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Dannyalcatraz

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Dynamic Syncopation


Their lack of success is somewhat their own fault, IMHO. That video is a remix- the original does not touch it. And AFAIK, this particular remix and funky video only showed up on a skateboarding/BMX/skating show on deep cable.
 


Dannyalcatraz

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Fanny, covering The Beatles

They were one of the first all-female rock bands. Bowie was a fan. They just didn’t catch fire. But there’s a movie about them coming out soon, so everyone will be able to contemplate the “what might have beens”.
 


Jahydin

Explorer

My favorite album to gift to my music friends cause no one's heard of this group.

Very dark, dreamy, and sad, it recounts the "other world" the singer used to visit as a kid.

It's in French, but here's the lyrics in English:
Where I come from, time doesn't exist
Seconds turn into hours
The years are short moment, immediately gone
And our deceiving words are replaced
By music and colors,
Floating like fragrances in the amber air

"Don't be afraid, now it's all over
Break the chains of your deadly fears
To be free from them forevermore
And find the previous tranquility
Don't be afraid, now it's all over
Let your tears run one last time
To be free from them forevermore
And rejoin the world you come from"
 

Jahydin

Explorer

Okay, it has over a million views now, but this gem of an album still deserves so much more.

For those that don't know the backstory:
Death was a proto-punk band that formed in 1971. They had a hard time getting signed (the name didn't help), so shelved their music and moved on with their lives. In 2008, the music resurfaced digitally, and Drag City Records contacted the members and asked if they were interested in finally putting it out.

So made in 1976, released in 2009, lol!

Really awesome documentary was put out and worth a watch.
 
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Jahydin

Explorer
Parental Advisory: Explicit Content


Downset is such an interesting group. Devout Christians surrounded in gang culture made for some interesting songs. What stuck with me for so long though was how progressive they were at the time. As a kid, it was my introduction to civil rights issues, rape culture, and poverty struggles.

Oh, and the killer guitar tones and clever rap flows are a treat too!
 



Dannyalcatraz

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Here’s one:

Not the rappers of Outkast…their backing band.

They started off in D/FW as a funk/punk fusion band when RHCP, FNM and Fishbone were really getting major attention. They had a bad rep here- too good to follow, and too unprofessional to be dependable on their start/stop times on gigs. When I saw them at SXSW in the early 1990s, their killer performance absolutely destroyed the audience.

But they didn’t get signed to a major label, and eventually faded into obscurity.

HOWEVER, as the embers of their band were dying here, they decided to take one more shot, and moved to Atlanta. That’s where Big Boi and Andre 3000 found them and made them into Outkast’s backing band.

So they didn’t make it under their own name, but they still kinda made it.

With the breakup of Outkast, the band’s principles returned to D/FW, and they still gig in bars and clubs.
 

Zardnaar

Legend
Here’s one:

Not the rappers of Outkast…their backing band.

They started off in D/FW as a funk/punk fusion band when RHCP, FNM and Fishbone were really getting major attention. They had a bad rep here- too good to follow, and too unprofessional to be dependable on their start/stop times on gigs. When I saw them at SXSW in the early 1990s, their killer performance absolutely destroyed the audience.

But they didn’t get signed to a major label, and eventually faded into obscurity.

HOWEVER, as the embers of their band were dying here, they decided to take one more shot, and moved to Atlanta. That’s where Big Boi and Andre 3000 found them and made them into Outkast’s backing band.

So they didn’t make it under their own name, but they still kinda made it.

With the breakup of Outkast, the band’s principles returned to D/FW, and they still gig in bars and clubs.

I now have that catch song they did stuck in my head. Cheers.
 

Smackpixi

Adventurer

Okay, it has over a million views now, but this gem of an album still deserves so much more.

For those that don't know the backstory:
Formed in 1971, Death could be considered the first punk band. They had a hard time getting signed (the name didn't help), so shelved their music and moved on with their lives. In 2008, the music resurfaced digitally, and Drag City Records contacted the members and asked if they were interested in finally putting it out.

So made in 1976, released in 2009, lol!

Really awesome documentary was put out and worth a watch.
The stooges were around in 1969, I don’t get these other first punk rock band ideas. And really, the kinks…or even the Kingsman Louie Louie. They’re cool and all but not first punk rock band.
 

Smackpixi

Adventurer
What if Fugazi’s 13 songs came out in 1994 instead of 1989? Like alongside offspring and green Day? Wow, they’d would have been huge. Like also Story of My Life by social distortion, came out in 1990, but if it came out in 1994? Wow.
 

jdrakeh

Front Range Warlock
Trust, the French band, should have been popular internationally, but they never really caught on outside of France to my knowledge. Notably, in America, they're almost unknown except for their song Antisocial, which didn't gain a lot of traction until American heavy metal band Anthrax covered it in English. But the original version of Antisocial and several of their other songs are AMAZING.



 

Dannyalcatraz

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Yazoo/Yaz:


This song was huge back in the day. The intro to this song was used for all kinds of New Wave themed ads, radio alerts, and so forth. There are bands that cited the debut album as THE reason they got into electronic music.

But internal tensions broke the duo in twain after the second album. Each musician has had long, successful careers with other bands. They did eventually bury the hatchet and have performed together live in 2014 as I recall, but no new recordings have even been hinted at.
 

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