Rock History - Underrated Bands

I wanted to have some fun with this one. I'm going to post a Youtube video of one of the most underrated hard rock bands of all-time. What I would like to do is challenge anyone and everyone to post a video in the comment section with the following criteria:

  • The band is not well-known (when you see the video hopefully it will clarify this requirement); in other words, not Led Zeppelin or one of the all-time greats.
  • They make you say "Oh my God" the moment you hear them crank it up

    This is a long song and if you can hang in there until the four minute mark or so you will hear one of the greatest guitar solos ever in terms of taste, tone and sheer dominating power...

    I took the link off because I think this thread is being ifentified as a promotional gimmick. But go to Youtube and type in UFO Rock Bottom Strangers in the Night and you'll hear what I posted.

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tony0724 5 years ago from san diego calif

I loved those guys ! And I am so old I even saw them live. This to me is one of the most influential bands in Rock and Roll and no one talks about them.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sQ0VNT9vTls


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The Suburban Poet 5 years ago from Austin, Texas Author

Roxy Music! Definitely not well-known... they were avant-garde and I believe Brian Eno was with them along with Bryan Ferry. Feathers and make-up!

I saw UFO backin the late seventies opening up for RUSH! My ears never recovered...


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LoraKayAlexander 5 years ago

Rock it up Baby. :-)


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Mentalist acer 5 years ago from A Voice in your Mind!

Kidney Theives I believe are a bit obscure;

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1q5e7d7GKw0


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ltfawkes 5 years ago from NE Ohio

Nice!

I've got a video on my fiction website - an amazing bass guitar solo by Craig Martini. It's a little over ten minutes long, but stick with it to the end - if you love rock and roll, it's worth your time.

Go to http://ltfawkes.com and click on the book titled "MUSIC VIDEO"

L.T.


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The Suburban Poet 5 years ago from Austin, Texas Author

Thank you Lora, Mentalist and Itfawkes - we're starting to build up the library. But I hope Hubpages doesn't shut this down because I'm receiving a warning that say's this hub might be overly promotional.... should I have put this on a forum?


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BenWritings 5 years ago from Save me from, Tennessee

not sure why it would be overly promotional. hmmm...

that sucks.


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The Suburban Poet 5 years ago from Austin, Texas Author

@Ben - It may be all the Youtube links. I think Hubpages is unable to differentiate promotional sites that draw readers to other sites versus pure fun like this one....


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BenWritings 5 years ago from Save me from, Tennessee

Agreed, it thinks people are advertising on here.

You might need to move it to a forum :/

Fun idea though...


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The Suburban Poet 5 years ago from Austin, Texas Author

I think I will when I get some time...


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mckbirdbks 5 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

That was an exceptional guitar solo, thanks.


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Jeremey 5 years ago from Arizona

Good fun here, and a taste of some good tunes never passed through my ears before, thanks!


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Slave2No1 5 years ago from Oneida, NY

Take it from me, a 64 y.o. pro guitarist/bassist; THE most under-rated (but feared as an opening act) Rock Band of all time is: BUBBLE PUPPY (hands down) & their prime hit "Hot Smoke & Sassafras". They have their own web site & are still around. BTW, they hit the charts with that tune back in 1969! #2 IMHO is DIESEL & "Sausalito Summer Nights", which came out a few years later. My #3 is WISHBONE ASH & the album "There's the Rub" & #4 is the first KING CRIMSON album, "Court of the Crimson King"! However, I would be remiss if I didn't include MOUNTAIN's first 2 albums, "Climbing" & "Nantucket Sleighride". (Leslie West)


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PR Morgan 5 years ago from Sarasota Florida

These guys were great...I always liked UFO...I would say Shooting Star!


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The Suburban Poet 5 years ago from Austin, Texas Author

@mckbirdbks - Michael Schenker!

@Jeremey - yeah we're stacking up some good one's!

@Slave2No1 - I think I've heard of Bubble Puppy. I had a friend in college who had an epicically underground album collection. BTW, I saw Leslie West in concert back in the 70's opening up for RUSH (I've seen them three times)! Big dude and big guitar!


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The Suburban Poet 5 years ago from Austin, Texas Author

@PR Morgan - They kicked butt and were also good for lot's of laughs on stage...


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Slave2No1 5 years ago from Oneida, NY

As I said, BubblePuppy (.com) have their own web site, & 'The Man Mountain' (how the band got its name) is still at or over 6 feet, but he's not the huge dude he used to be. From what I have heard, he spent at least 10 years out in California & apparently went on some special diet w/ exercise. So he's now down to somewhere between 225 & 250 rather than up around 400. The odd thing is that Felix (bass, piano, vocals) was a very musically educated guy (same as Jack Bruce) & Leslie was pretty much all 'ear & feel'. Prior to MOUNTAIN, Felix was the 4th member of Cream (studio only) & doubled for Jack when they did their LIVE recordings. Cream avoided any over-dubbing; even on vocals. Many bands prefer to perform on record exactly the way they are 'live' or try to get that 'live-on-stage' feel in their recordings.


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The Suburban Poet 5 years ago from Austin, Texas Author

@Slave2No1 - yeah I was pretty much aware of the history of Papallardi and Cream but my recall may not be as precise as yours.

I was born in 1958 so as a child I was listening to Cream as it happened because my best friend's older brothers had posters in their bedroom. We'd sneak in and play their albums... I just recently read Clapton's autobiography which was an interesting read. It's incredible how wasted a person he truly was and yet we have that body of work.

I think Zeppelin was a band that didn't worry too much about duplicating their studio efforts with their live performance and I think their audiences were very forgiving. Just the sheer volume and bluster seemed to overcome their inability to reproduce all the overdubs and effects.

I'm glad to hear West is taking care of himself. He is definitely in the category of underrated guitar players because the typical man on the street wouldn't mention him but I've read he was hugely respected by all the top guitar players...

And it was very cool to see him play Mississippi Queen live...


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Slave2No1 5 years ago from Oneida, NY

FYI: When Cream broke up (Goodbye album) Felix wanted his own band & knew a great piano player & a drummer from other studio work. Leslie had a monster rep around NYC with "The Vagrants" so he became the #1 choice. One of the main roadies (Lang) happened to be a drummer, & when he filled in for the studio guy, Leslie liked him better, so that jelled the original line-up. When Gail Collins killed her lover, Felix, they got Jack Bruce & dropped the keyboards & went 3-piece. (West, Bruce & Lang) They've since gotten a different bassist & gone back to being 'Mountain'. What is weird & laughable is when they put out compilation CD's of "Southern Rock", they include Mississippi Queen, yet Mountain is a NYC band. However, where can you go to be sure you see & hear the Allman Brothers???? Why... a club in NYC!!! LOL (At least once every year.)


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The Suburban Poet 5 years ago from Austin, Texas Author

That's funny stuff... guee they must have googled southern sounding names and Mississippi came up...


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Slave2No1 5 years ago from Oneida, NY

Yeah, well you know that companies who put those kind of CD's together & advertise on TV may not exactly be 'hip' to what the music is really all about. "Every song is re-mastered from the original recording" doesn't mean the tunes or the acts should go together. I have NEVER seen any "collection of hits" where I'd have put all the same tunes or bands together. How they judge what goes together & what doesn't isn't the same as my criteria. I think it's more their own 'agenda' than the songs or any band's similarities. Just because the name of the tune is "Mississippi Queen" doesn't mean it should be included in an album of "Southern Rock". MOUNTAIN was certainly NOT a 'Southern Rock Band', but that's the ridiculous implication. Look at UK bands like the ANIMALS who did "House of the Rising Sun"; that title initially made me think of Japan, yet the lyrics are clearly about a bordello in New Orleans & even though it 'fits' their agenda in a similar way, it isn't "Southern Rock" any more than MOUNTAIN's tune. BTW: Even though they (embarrassingly) did a Disco-style tune, (I Was Made for Loving You), would you expect KISS to be included with such a collection along-side the Bee Gees, Donna Summer or KC & the Sunshine Band? LOL!!! Really makes you wonder what "criteria" is, doesn't it?


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The Suburban Poet 5 years ago from Austin, Texas Author

Unfortunately they make decisions based upon money and possibly their cynical attitude towards the listeners. I'm sure you've noticed how many people don't really know what a song is about or who is even playing it much less the history of the band. Hell look at how Ronald Reagan thought "Born in the USA" was a song of hope.

There's a lot of tone deaf people out there. Yeah I wouldn't be looking for that KISS song on a classic disco album (I'm stubborn so I'm calling it like I want to!)....


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Slave2No1 5 years ago from Oneida, NY

Talk about tone deaf; There was a band around here that called themselves Cornerstone & they were soooooooo bad it made me want to puke. They were amateur week-ender HS teachers (guitar & bass). I think the singer-guitarist taught shop & the bass guy was geography or something like that. Neither one had any musical training what so ever. The 2 of them went through a lot of drummers and keyboards people because they'd drop beats, or add'em & drive the others crazy. They played Chuck Berry tunes all in the same key (C) & the same 12-bar chord changes. His leads used notes from a scale that doesn't exist! He had no clue what he was doing & neither did the bass guy. Worst of all, his friends, relatives & neighbors thought he was terrific. They must have all been tone-deaf too, (or came pre-plastered & drank more). But club owners-managers hired them because they had a following that spent plenty on booze. Money is the bottom line. So even a no-talent, can't sing or play the right chords to even the simplist song kinda guy can get on stage, make an a$$ of himself & BS others into being fans, thinking they actually have any musical talent. What a joke! It still makes me sick to think of it.


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The Suburban Poet 5 years ago from Austin, Texas Author

Money is the bottom-line. I'm no musical genius but I do have some talent. It was weird because back in the 8th grade I took a music test which basically consisted of listening to tones and rhythms through some head phones. You were supposed to see if the second tone was flat or sharp to the first and if the rhythms matched or whatever. I got like 118 out of 120 correct and they immediately put me on French Horn. They said I got the highest score and all that and I'm thinking, "You're kidding right?" It was incredibly easy but that day I found out the meaning of tone deaf and how many people truly are. There are some country songs I like but in general the "Hat Music" makes me as you say want to puke because people are making MILLIONs off the lamest crap because, sorry to say, there are so many women who can be fooled....


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Slave2No1 5 years ago from Oneida, NY

Some people think that song lyrics & poetry are the same thing, NOT! (Which is why the ads that say: "Let us turn your poem into a song", etc. is all BS!) Poetry has its own meter & rhythm, which 99% of the time clashes with any attempt to put music to it or behind it. There are 4 ways to write a song & IMHO writting the words & music at the same time is probably the toughest, but the easiest method for a select few. The other 3 ways are the basic methods of 3 huge music stars; Elton John, Billy Joel & of course, the Beatles. Elton starts with the lyrics, or words of Bernie Taupin's free-form poetry, is able to give the lines a melody & put it all to music. This (commonly) 2-person style is how many of the Broadway musicals were composed. This colaborative method works w/ more than two people as well as by just one person. However, the Billy Joel approach is music first & lyrics later, which is the opposite of the Elton John-Broadway method. Fitting the perfect words to flow with both the 'story' & the music has got to be difficult, but it works for Billy. The Beatles method is what I call a "snippet" approach. They each wrote a lot of 'half-tunes' & joined certain ones together as verses & 'middles' (bridge or change-ups) which inspired choruses & lead parts to finalize the tune.

Some songs only consist of verses & choruses, w/ a lead (free-form instrumental melody line) over a verse. The music (chord changes) may be the same all the way through; for Example: Johnny B. Goode & many other 12-bar Rockin'-Blues types songs. 12-bar is just one of many 'formulas' used behind thousands of different (yet similar) tunes. Chuck Berry used a different variant of 12-bar on just about every song he wrote in that R&R style & used other formula styles as well. But then the key a song is performed & recorded in by the original artist can make an impact on the tune itself. The key dictates the range of the melody, which if that range is more than an octave, can make it tough on any singer that has a limited range. This is why our National Anthem is very difficult & MUST be tailored (put in the right key) for the person singing it, assuming they have at least the same or better range than the song's melody. The day a rapper is asked to perform the Star-Spangled Banner will not only be worse than Roseanne, but will also make Don Mclean reassign what he called the "day the music died". Real music is more than talkie-one note BS corn-ball rhymes that make Hee-Haw-er's barf.

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