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I'm sure that there are lots of us out there who have a love for particular singers and bands who it turns out that no-one has ever heard of Frowner

I'd like to ask you: if there's ONE artist who you're really into that rarely or seldom gets a mention on here (or anywhere else for that matter) but you think they deserve a much wider audience and a few more CD sales, who would that be?

I've discovered a lot of artists who I wouldn't have ordinarily have got to hear by asking people this, or often by chance. Neil Finn reckons that the first Crowded House album sold well due to this word-of mouth basis. This your chance to provide a little bio, perhaps an URL or two, perhaps a link where you can sample their music?

My vote goes to Paul Brady. He's an Irish singer-songwriter who's been around for years, originally in traditional Irish music but he started writing his own songs in the 80s, gaining lots of local success and critical respect but hardly the commercial success he ought to have had. His songs have been covered by Tina Turner, Bob Dylan, Bonnie Raitt and lots of others, he's collaborated with people like U2 and Dire Straits.

He's best heard live in concert, but his albums 'Hard Station' and 'Back To The Centre' are pretty representative.

You can hear samples at http://paulbrady.com/sounds/default.asp but I'd recommend either of the two albums above, or have a search on audiogalaxy.

That's me, now what about your secret favourites? Smiler
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The former. I am absolutely speechless over the first 6 albums, especially Kimono My House, Propaganda, Indiscreet, and Big Beat.

I like the Moroder period since I appreciate their early use of that technology. So groundbreaking, and so well done while not being overdone.

I'm not as into the 80s stuff. A lot of it is well written, but a lot sounds dated because of styles, production, and typical synth sounds of that era. But I think they got innovative again in the 90s and today.

So I'm mostly into the early/mid 70s albums. Just matches my music preferences so amazingly.

Deb
Colin Hay- the only song everybody in the us knows is Down Under. I saw him in concert a couple of months ago in a small venue only about 50-100 people, the guy has like 5-6 solo cds that are absolutely super. A lot of the stuff live and on cd is just him and a guitar.

Mark Hart-people her know his name but nobody else, his solo album is one of the best.

Jenifer Barret/Living Loud-local New York artist, plays rock or acoustic guitar with flute acc.

Dakota-i do not like country but heard these guys about 5-6 years ago, unbelivable.

Ditch Witch

The Mavis's.


From Ballarat, Victoria, Australia.
They were together since 1988 & played round the state until they finlly had a song (naughty boy) reach Triple J's Hottest 100 a few years back. Then @ the start of '98, their breakthrough single (cry) went (i think) top 5 in Australia & their album (Pink Pills) also went (again, I think) top 5. After that album, this year, their latest 2 singles were total flops & didn't even reach the top 100 (coming home & happiness). What my point is, is that those 2 songs (esp. coming home) were brilliant & was their best work yet Frowner .
Ute Lemper. She's mostly known for her stage and cabaret work, and considered the world's foremost living performer of Kurt Weill's work, but if that's not quite your taste, don't be put off! She released a very fab album in 2000 called "Punishing Kiss" which was very different to her usual work. It featured songs written (Mostly, I think, especially for her) by Nick Cave, Elvis Costello, Tom Waits and Joby Talbot and Neil Hannon from The Divine Comedy, among others, and they are just brilliant. So is Ute. She also does a couple of duets with Neil Hannon.

This album kinda fell through the cracks, commercially speaking. Not surprising, because it's a hard one to pigeon hole. Even if you don't get into Ute, it's worth having if you're into the artists I mentioned. It really is a great collection of brilliant, and fabulously arranged songs.

Ute Lemper - Punishing Kiss - Decca Promo Site (Sound and video available here)

Punishing Kiss - review at salon.com
well, i think i`ll throw my vote in for Kristin Hersh.

Formerly, of Throwing Muses (well they`ve just finished recording a new album, but don`t tell anyone yet) who are from the US indie scene in the 80`s and 90`s with close links to REM and the Pixies.

On her own, Kristin performs live with just her acoustic, but that alone can be pretty intense. Her solo records are a mixture of acoustic guitar songs and the odd electric album.

Her biggest "hit" is probably Your Ghost which also featured Michael Stipe on vocals.

She also has her own online community at www.throwingmusic.com which is very friendly and is where i live even more than here.

If you want to know where to start with downloading songs or anything, maybe try (chronological):

Your Ghost
Me and My Charms
Hope
Heaven
Your Dirty Answer
Trouble

she`s definitely worth the effort. only person apart from neil i travel far to see.

steven
Teddy Thompson! Richard's son. I heard him first time singing Persuasion ( yes, that one ) in his father's collection Action Packed. He has released his first CD year 2000 and sings Psycho ( odd country song ) on Psycho Soundtrack. I rarely recommend anything to anyone but:Get his record or you'll miss something very good. It is now the soundtrack of my spare time as was Try Whistling This few years ago.
I really love Kristin Hersh and all her related work. Same for Tanya Donnelly.

But I think Poe and K's Choice are two people/bands that I would most like to see, I love their work and they just don't get any recognition at ALL over here in Australia. Poe kind of made it in America, but K's Choice are really only popular in Belgium (their homeland). I'm sure if they got more airplay people would like them though Smiler Everyone I've made listen to them has gone out and ordered their albums, or copied it off me.
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Originally posted by HairyCanary:
[qb]Ute Lemper. She's mostly known for her stage and cabaret work, and considered the world's foremost living performer of Kurt Weill's work, but if that's not quite your taste, don't be put off!
Ute Lemper - Punishing Kiss - Decca Promo Site (Sound and video available here)

Punishing Kiss - review at salon.com[/qb]
Funny you mention her for ahem, I'm listening to her for some days already... She's on my permanent playlist for weeks with a song she did for the german version of Arielle, the mermaid by Walt Disney... That's an outing, eh? But I love this song, that's so... ah, hopeful dreaming Big Grin Arielle's dream - check out that song somewhere - so nice!


That's my playlist by the way...

The band I'd really like to mention doesn't exist anymore - argh - such a pity! But I love love love love etc them!

It's MOONWASH

Now you say huh, never heard of them but most of them play in Goldenboy (remember - support of Neil in Australia and the UK, Shon playing guitar and keyboard in the band etc)

I can only recomment Moonwash, that propably the most colourful band I've got to know last year and I simply think their awesome, well worth checking out! I can hardly describe their music, it's really filled with so many influences, from Pink Floyd to (hehe) Frank Sinatra, poppy singer/songwriter as well as complicated stuff like.. 70's-like psychedelic wall of sound 8min hymns... I just LOVE it!

Many songs are here, to download and stream, you should have a listen, it's so nice!

There's only one CD out as far as I know, one can get it here: http://www.rudytunes.com/artists/moonwash - It's quite cheap right now even!

So much from me, I'm just being enthusiastically listening to some songs... Kicked even George Harrison off my Hifi!

Silke
Good girl, Silke, my secret fave band, Free on your playlist! Big Grin My fave live track is Mr Big from Free Live album, though. Their 1969 debut album, Tons of Sobs, still shines like gold.

I've been recently listening to Andy Fraser Band/In Your Eyes CD (two 1975 albums on one CD - hats off to the record company). At first I had to laugh as I recognised his vocal's resemblance to good old Paul Rogers singing, and I stopped playing it halfway through. That was a year ago. Then I suddenly realized I hadn't listened to the CD for a while, picked it up again, and voila! It's growing on me so much that I can't stop playing it. It's wonderful. I didn't expect a three piece band without a guitar would really work well like this. It was an eye(ear)-opener.
Silke, you naughty moose, you sent me scurrying off to Audiogalaxy straight away to find Arielle's Traum! Big Grin

Seriously, though, thanks for that - I had no idea she'd voiced a Disney movie, and it's the last thing I would have expected of her. Mass market style entertainment doesn't appeal to her, it's usually too bland and unchallenging. I mean, one reason I like her so much is that in an interview after she'd been the youngest person ever to play Grizabella in Cats, when asked what the experience was like replied "It was the worst year of my life. A stupid, banal piece." You gotta love a gal who speaks that plainly!

I do like her version of this song. She's certainly far less saccharine than the American girl. Ta again!
I just love this song, that Arielle one! And Free, well I knew "It's Allright now" (?) but didn't see the connection before Allmighty Finnbo told me it was the same band... I mostly get my new ideas to get songs either by recommendation from other music forums websites or (my nicest and best source) my university (studying music). I have this pop course and we talked about Pentatonics (same expression in english?) and well - there was Free and Fire and Water.. I fell so in love with that song! Awesome!

Silke
Freedy Johnston. He had a sizeable hit in the US in 1994 called "Bad Reputation" ("do you want me now, do you want me now?") and was actually named songwriter of the year by Rolling Stone that year for his album "This Perfect World." It's one of the only albums I have where every song is excellent without exception.

You'd think with those accolades he'd be better known, but I'm actually the only one I know who's heard of him. His melodies are often so happy and shimmering that you don't even notice for a while how dark the lyrics are.
Back!!! (Did you even notice/kare that I'd gone?... didn't think so Smiler )

Ben Folds. I know he's not unheard of, but his Rockin' The Suburbs album is possibly one of my all-time fave albums (I'll have to see how it shapes up in 2 years) & he dosen't get the respect he deserves. Did anyone catch him on Live @ The Chapel a couple of weeks ago? I did & he was fantastic.
I absolutely love this band from San Antonio TX called Buttercup. It was love at first listen when I first saw them just over a year ago. I've bonded with one of the members over our mutual love for all things Finn Smiler. Great melodies, harmonies, and fun, fun, fun ! (especially their live shows)

You can learn more about them at http://www.buttercult.com or http://www.myspace.com/buttercult
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Originally posted by slowpogo:
Freedy Johnston. He had a sizeable hit in the US in 1994 called "Bad Reputation" ("do you want me now, do you want me now?") and was actually named songwriter of the year by Rolling Stone that year for his album "This Perfect World." It's one of the only albums I have where every song is excellent without exception.

You'd think with those accolades he'd be better known, but I'm actually the only one I know who's heard of him. His melodies are often so happy and shimmering that you don't even notice for a while how dark the lyrics are.

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