Other underappreciated artists/bands

Maybe this has been done before, but I thought it would be interesting to share opinions about other artists besides the Finns who are way underappreciated by the 'general' public. Perhaps a way to expand our musical horizons by checking out others recommendations.

Two immediately come to my mind:

The Walkabouts (who will be making their annual appearance in Seattle in September)

Richard Thompson (who I know Neil has recommended to others, and who played guitar on Sister Madly).
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I can't tell enough people to take a look at Bic Runga's music ... she's currently trying to break the European market but I worry that all her concerts are just getting ex-pat Kiwis ...

Anyway, beautiful music from a beautiful person. Shes's one of the few female singers I like.(And of course she did a tour with Tim Finn and Dave Dobbyn as well).
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Originally posted by unilooney:
[qb] I can't tell enough people to take a look at Bic Runga's music ... she's currently trying to break the European market but I worry that all her concerts are just getting ex-pat Kiwis ...

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Bic Runga is certainly getting airplay in Ireland, and not only ex-pats go and see her (anymore)...

my favourite underappreciated band would be the Jayhawks - american country rock...
The Beautiful South (at least up until Colour It Red... when they went downhill a bit) - very unheard of in the USA.

The Trash Can Sinatras - incredible lyrics, under the radar in the States, as usual...

The Church - they're more than just Under The Milky Way Tonight.
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Originally posted by jester japes:
[qb] Griggs,
If thats NORMAL,Im glad Im not!
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LOL - I think that's what I said to her.

But I don't much care for being normal. I was the only Queen fanatic at school, when everyone else was listening to Dr Alban and East 17, and a couple of months later, the only goth.

Maybe I should have been a teeneager in 1979 instead.

It would have been a lot easier.

Hmmm
I think Neil Innes is pretty under appreciated.
Neil Innes is very, very talented though. Not just the Rutles stuff, but the Bonzo Dog stuff as well.

There was a reason I wanted to named my last garage band "Frontloader"... only Innes could do a song about a washing machine and have it rock.
GG,
Don't start me on Gorky's Zygotic Mynci! If there's better out there now, *I* sure haven't heard them. Euros Childs might be the greatest living songwriter. Perhaps there could be some sort of Childs-Rufus Wainwright Celebrity Death Match showdown... Smiler Childs seems to have no stylistic limits whatsoever - amazing to me. No shadow on any Finn's accomplishments, BTW. Standing the test of time - _lots_ of time - puts them in an all-too-elite category, with no hints of anything except continuing to outdo even their own dazzlingly deep catalogue.
PL
How about that perennial underappreciated Lloyd Cole? I'm probably one of the few hundred who purchased "Rattlesnakes" Real shame he could never get his foot in door.

I have to agree about Robyn Hitchock. It's been ages since I heard anything from him. Ditto about the Trash Can Sinatras. Glad to see somone else who digs them
Well... I suppose Bic maybe doesn't qualify as underappreciated so much as "new and emerging" (although Bic has been playing music for quite some years now) but in a similar category, I would place British folk/rock singer Thea Gilmore. She's opening for Joan Baez this fall on a US tour. Great lyricist, great music, great voice.

Oh! A female vocalist who truly is underappreciated - Emiliana Torrini. She's Icelandic, has released 2 CDs in Iceland and one on a major label called Love In The Time of Science. Unfortunately I guess it didn't do well enough for the record label to keep her. The last thing she's done, I think, was to sing "Gollum's Song" at the end of The Two Towers movie soundtrack, after Bjork was unavailable. Her voice does have a similar to quality to Bjork's (beautiful!) but her songs are nothing like Bjork's - more conventional. On her Icelandic releases she did a lot of really good covers (The Sound of Silence, Ruby Tuesday, Chelsea Morning, I Hope That I Don't Fall In Love With You Again... The Man With the Golden Gun!?) but Love In The Time of Science was original work.
Tim Finn is so underappreciated. It's always about Neil, Neil & more Neil. My first love was Neil but lately I've been listenig to all of Tim's solo records and maybe, just maybe, I'm starting to like Tim more over Neil, whom the former at his peak, had a much higher and better voice than Neil. Razzer Cool
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Tim Finn is so underappreciated. It's always about Neil, Neil & more Neil.
My appreciation for Tim has grown significantly over the last several months sparked by the recent tour and a chance to talk with him. I must admit, it was always about Neil for me as well since I arrived on the scene at the beginning of Crowded House's releases. Not anymore! Split Enz' 'Time and Tide' is a great example, and also shows that the whole is greater than the sum of the parts!
Of course the Finns are the most criminally underappreciated artists of their generation, but as for others-

Cousteau-a really great British band that remind me very much of Avalon era Roxy Music

&

Charlotte Martin-a must for anyone who loves Tori Amos or Kate Bush
Thankz for adding Bic Runga and Beautiful South to the list. I love their music. Bic is certainly very underappreciated here in NL. Only a couple of fans, some of them down to me Wink

I would like to add Eddi Reader. I know she's big in Japan and the UK Big Grin but not in the rest of the world. She used to be the leadsinger of Fairground Attraction and went solo in the early 90s. Beautiful melodies, beautiful voice.
How about Don Dixon? That guy is impossibly cool. I'm listening to his best of "If I'm a Ham, well you're a sausage" "Praying Mantis" was the only song coming close to being a hit. Like the Finns, he has a cult following now. Ditto his wife, Marti Jones.
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Originally posted by Griggs Groupie:
[qb]"Why can't you just like Justin Timberlake like NORMAL people?"!!!!!!!! [/qb]
well i am NoT normal but i happen to like justin. he is sooo funky. i am not a moron or a teeny bopper either. obviously he is not in the same league as the finns but his music is top quality funk.

tell me that cry me a river isn't a great pop song - obviously he had help with the writing, but the song is a minor-classic

i think people would be better slagging off 'musicians' whose output is so bland and formulaic, a monkey could do better - westlife, 'pop-idol' crap.

leave justin alone! Razzer
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Originally posted by cinnamon:
[qb] tell me that cry me a river isn't a great pop song - obviously he had help with the writing, but the song is a minor-classic[/qb]
I do quite like that song. But still... Cinnamon, it is high time you began conforming to the non-conformist group!!! lol.

I've just recently become familiar with Badly Drawn Boy. Pardon my ignorance, but are they popular anywhere? I just LOVE them!
Badly Drawn Boy isn't actually a band, it's the nom de plume of English singer/songwriter Damon Gough.

He's quite popular here in the UK, having had quite a few hit singles, a Mercury Prize-nominated album (The Hour Of Bewilderbeast) and also a successful film score (About A Boy).

He's on tour in the USA at the moment, well worth seeing too Smiler
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Originally posted by Sweet Secret Peace:
[qb] Cinnamon, it is high time you began conforming to the non-conformist group!!! lol.
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Sweet Secret Peace, i'm not having a go, but i am not a conformist by nature. i dont follow trends (only ones i like Wink ), but when it comes to music i like what i like and i happen to like JT, not because the media tells me but because my ears tell me!

oh and BTW badly drawn boy r brilliant - the OST for about a boy is magical
[/QUOTE]well i am NoT normal but i happen to like justin. he is sooo funky. i am not a moron or a teeny bopper either. obviously he is not in the same league as the finns but his music is top quality funk.

tell me that cry me a river isn't a great pop song - obviously he had help with the writing, but the song is a minor-classic

i think people would be better slagging off 'musicians' whose output is so bland and formulaic, a monkey could do better - westlife, 'pop-idol' crap.

leave justin alone! Razzer [/QB][/QUOTE]

I don't have anything against the young fellow, I was just musing on the fact that because I said I like the Super Furries, this witch pounced on me.

I mean, I won't be rushing out to buy any of his albums, but I don't hate him. Razzer

Under-rated, hmmmmm.

Well I went on holiday to NZ and I picked up some albums by Goldenhorse and The Brunettes, and they are great, but no one has heard of them here. They were on the telly too in an interview (Goldenhorse), and even though they have been really popular in New Zealand, they can still only afford to live in a grotty flat.

We should gang up and buy all their records!

Goldenhorse & The Brunettes - get them on Amazon - NOW!!!!!!!
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well i am NoT normal but i happen to like justin. he is sooo funky. i am not a moron or a teeny bopper either. obviously he is not in the same league as the finns but his music is top quality funk.

tell me that cry me a river isn't a great pop song - obviously he had help with the writing, but the song is a minor-classic

i think people would be better slagging off 'musicians' whose output is so bland and formulaic, a monkey could do better - westlife, 'pop-idol' crap.

leave justin alone! Razzer
I don't have anything against the young fellow, I was just musing on the fact that because I said I like the Super Furries, this witch pounced on me.

I mean, I won't be rushing out to buy any of his albums, but I don't hate him. Razzer

Under-rated, hmmmmm.

Well I went on holiday to NZ and I picked up some albums by Goldenhorse and The Brunettes, and they are great, but no one has heard of them here. They were on the telly too in an interview (Goldenhorse), and even though they have been really popular in New Zealand, they can still only afford to live in a grotty flat.

We should gang up and buy all their records! DEMAND your local radio station play their songs!

Goldenhorse & The Brunettes - get them on Amazon - NOW!!!!!!!

Amendment - they are not on Amazon - try www.realgroovy.co.nz
The Blue Nile

since 1981 they have released four albums and a few cameo appearances on understanding fellow musicians releases (Peter Gabriel, Robbie Robertson, Chris Botti, Rickie Lee Jones)

thoughtful, pensive, deliberate - I reckon the 3 words that sum up this elusive Scottish trio.
The Finn Brothers (obviously, and most importantly)

Bic Runga (who gets even less reaction in the States than Neil and Tim do)

Grant-Lee Phillips (learned of him when he duetted with Neil on Only Talking Sense at HOB in LA a couple of years ago.)

Sam Phillips (another Largo regular whose best stuff has real color and shading to it)

Roddy Frame (an amazing talent, especially "The North Star")

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