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SarahN at 6:15PM, June 29, 2008
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Alright, there's an underrated movies topic, so obviously that's where this came from.

Name bands or singers that you may mention to other people and they go “buh?” Or they don't have to be unknown, but they can be musicians whom you think just don't get enough respect. I'm putting up youtube links of these guys, but just links…

The Raveonettes
http://youtube.com/watch?v=WxKq5BxaaCc
Think of Buddy Holly and other old music around that era…..just evil. XD They had a brief period where the song “Attack of the Ghost Riders” was played on tv ( ahem, this was BEFORE the Ghost Rider movie, and did they even play that awesome song in that movie? Of course not. >_> ), and they also did the cover “My Boyfriend's Back” for the Stubbs the Zombie game.

Yeah Yeah Yeahs
http://youtube.com/watch?v=eSpDVcVKsXE
There aren't many recent bands with lead female singers I like, but these guys just kick. ass.

The Music
http://youtube.com/watch?v=Jh_y2_G-Bfs
I saw them live with the Vines a while back, and well…why are they so damn catchy?!

The Vines
http://youtube.com/watch?v=M8vuy6oJZeM&feature=related
…and speaking of the Vines, they're good too. =P But most people just know them for their super simplistic single “Get Free”, they have WAY better songs than that.
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claus at 8:54PM, June 29, 2008
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John Linnell. One half of the well-known They Might Be Giants, but he's got a solo album called State Songs which is grotesquely underappreciated. I'd put it up there with some of TMBG's best work.

Listen to it in full here: http://www.last.fm/music/John+Linnell/State+Songs
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Frostflowers at 7:02AM, June 30, 2008
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Tom Waits. Don't know how famous he is in the US, but here in Sweden, whenever I mention his name I get these blank looks.

Also, turning to Swedish bands - Mimikry, Asta Kask and half a dozen other punk bands.
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Maxw3ll at 11:06PM, June 30, 2008
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SarahN
Yeah Yeah Yeahs
http://youtube.com/watch?v=eSpDVcVKsXE
There aren't many recent bands with lead female singers I like, but these guys just kick. ass.


The Yeah Yeah Yeahs are hardly underrated. They are fairly popular.

With that being said, Is Is, is an amazing EP.




The Drones are a band that needs more love - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qUnQ3F2Rwq4

And Windmill too. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rd6KKeGMjqE


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Crazy Dutchman at 10:12AM, July 1, 2008
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The Yeah Yeah Yeahs are hardly underrated. They are fairly popular.

With that being said, Is Is, is an amazing EP.
Agreed, including that bit about the Is Is EP!
(Windmill is quite alright as well)

The most underrated artist I can come up with would be ohGr. A music project from that Skinny Puppy dude, only it's a little less industrial, even a little more poppy and much more catchy. But it's still quite dark and the lyrics give a delicious sick effect. The two albums are great, and fully ohgriginal, tough I haven't heard much positive things about it, especially not from the second one. Most people find it ‘ok’, but I absolutely love it. It's sad to be a little alone on this.

Also I'm listening to Goldfrapp's first album now, and it deserves to be rememberd more than it is now. I have the feeling most people see it as some kind of electroclash band, while this first album has a beautiful trip-hopish sound quite like Portishead. Some tracks are so wonderful, you woudln't even believe it. Compared to this stuff all the later tunes are garbage, even tough I did really enjoy their single ‘A&E’.
More of these certain artist periods that get way to little recognition: Beck's beginning (his folk-punk period, with f*cked up EP's and one beautiful calm roots album), Bowie's Scary Monster period (nailed by a lot of fans because it came after the Berlin period, tough at times it's just as great!), Weezer at the time of Pinkerton (their best WITHOUT A DOUBT! Better than the Blue album and especially better than the disappointing Green album and their newest stuff).

Another underrated band is Aereogramme, but I don't feel like typing a lot of text anymore :P But definatly worth a listen!

(and then there are a lot of hip-hop artist that people fail to recognice based on their judgement on the genre)
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SarahN at 1:00PM, July 1, 2008
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The Yeah Yeah Yeahs are hardly underrated. They are fairly popular.

Well, anyone I've ever mentioned them to has no idea who they are. =P Just through personal experience I assumed that I guess.
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Crazy Dutchman at 2:05PM, July 4, 2008
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-Miss Kittin
My favorite female DJ. Her latest solo album is deliciously dark, good for a nice goth-dance on the clubfloor.
-The Horrors
Weren't just a simple new little band hype from England from a while ago, their album still stands strong as an incredibly original and rocking new punk album that sounds like they're giving the genre a whole new interpetation.

But on top of the list:
-Kid Baltan and Tom Dissevelt
Both these Dutch guys worked at the Philips Electronic Lab in the 50's and were givin the task there to try and create music with electronic devices only. And they succeeded, one of their first experiments was Song of the Second Moon. The bosses at the PEL loved it and released it as a single with a short amount of copies. Then they went on experimenting to make complete records. While the Second Moon song was a nice dancable melodic tune the complete LP was going to be a WEIRD experimental album, more atmosphere based, and quite noisy at times. Tom Dissevelt then created his own record entitled ‘Fantasy in Orbit’, another weird experiment, this time with a concept, the whole album was about the claustephobic feeling from being locked in a rocket while going through space. The head of the PEL was not pleased. No more of these sort experiments were made there after that. A few years later Kraftwerk showed up, being claimed as THE pioneers of the electronic music genre.. a shame really.
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bobhhh at 6:15AM, July 25, 2008
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I think probably the most underrated rock band ever was the Lunachicks. They kicked ass on some of the most operatic, kitschy rock tho come out of the 90's.

Sort of Queen meets Heart with a little Alice Cooper to keep it trashy and wierd.

They just rocked my world.
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kingofsnake at 10:13AM, July 25, 2008
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Andrew Bird
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fern at 9:29PM, July 26, 2008
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Oh boy! Where to start?

I think Elliott Smith should get the much needed recognition that he deserves!

Nellie Mckay! I'm not sure about her new album… but the first two were just, amazing.

The New Pornographers and Stars are also great Canadian bands that we should all be listening to… can't wait to see 'em this October.

Placebo's great too… they got some playtime 'round LA during their last album but we need a bigger fix!

Another mention goes to Sufjan Stevens… greatest man to ever grace this planet.

But let's not forget about our favorite New Yorker, Regina Spektor! Ugh! I wanna see her live!
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Sea_Cow at 11:35PM, July 27, 2008
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Fair To Midland is a pretty good folk metal band from Texas. I was hooked because one of their singles is called “Dance of the Manatee”. And, you know, manatee… Sea_Cow… yeah.

Also, Po1nt. Or Point One. I don't know. They are a rock/metal/alternative band and pretty much nobody knows about them. If you want one of their songs, look up “Monochrome Mistress” on Youtube. That's the only coverage of them I've seen on the interwebs.
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korosu at 5:37PM, July 29, 2008
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Placebo's great too… they got some playtime 'round LA during their last album but we need a bigger fix!

Another mention goes to Sufjan Stevens… greatest man to ever grace this planet.

But let's not forget about our favorite New Yorker, Regina Spektor! Ugh! I wanna see her live!
Both Placebo and Sufjan Stevens are just yummy; “Sleeping With Ghosts” is one of my all time favorite albums. I like Regina, too; a friend of mine went to a concert of hers and said it was amazing. *is jealous*

I think Carbon Leaf is just superb in every way, shape and form. I've listened to the album “Indian Summer” I don't know how many times, and it never gets tiring. Also, The Sundays. They only made three LPs, and they're all beautiful.

Oh! I should also mention M83 and The Verve.
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jalford at 3:03AM, July 30, 2008
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Totally gotta go with Kate Bush.
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