A thread to list massively underrated songs, either because the band singing them is obscure ot not very cool, or just because
You With The Face 06 Jun 24 15:08
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Bit of an odd one to start with. Pure Shores was huge when The Beach came out and, while they were certainly mainstream, I don't remember All Saints being regarded as uncool.

Bit of an odd one to start with. Pure Shores was huge when The Beach came out and, while they were certainly mainstream, I don't remember All Saints being regarded as uncool.

That’s because you aren’t, and weren’t, cool.

Street Hassle, by Lou Reed

No Feelings, by the Sex Pistols

St. Louis Blues, by Bessie Smith

Discipline, by Throbbing Gristle

Rock Me Again and Again and Again and Again and Again and Again, by Lyn Collins

Wipe Out, by The Stupids

Woodstock, by Joni Mitchell

Prole Art Threat, by The Fall

Smile, by The Fall

I Kicked the Habit, by Sarah Simpson

Matchbox, by Carl Perkins

Stay With Me, by The Faces

Shangri-La, by The Kinks

A Place in the Sun, by the Marine Girls

Dry Southern Blues, by Blind Lemon Jefferson

Bullfrog Blues, by Rory Gallagher 

New Dawn Fades, by Joy Division

Rain Dogs, by Tom Waits

0cc - Dreadlock Holiday

Throbbing Gristle - Discipline

Mamas & Papas - California Dreamin'

Undertones - Billy's Third

Scritti Politti - Asylums in Jerusalem

The Kingsmen - Louie Louie

Aswad - Ghetto in the Sky

Bee Gees - Stayin Alive

Bob Dylan - Bob Dylan's 115th Dream

The Shadows - Apache

Captain Beefheart & The Magic Band - China Pig

Chuck Berry - Maybelline

Colourblind James Experience - Move to Memphis

David Bowie - Suffragette City

David Bowie - Theme from Cat People

Deep Purple - Burn

Echo & The Bunnymen - Back of Love

Stump - Bit part actor

Martha & the Muffins - Echo Beach

Kraftwerk - Das Model

The Kinks - You really got me

Gap Band - Fontessa Fame

Madness - Baggy Trousers

Nipple Erectors - King of the Bop

Little Richard - Tutti Frutti

Spear of Destiny - The Wheel

Paul Robeson - Ol Man River

Butthole Surfers - Fast

5 go down to the sea - There's a fish on top of Shandon swears he's Elvis

Frank Sinatra - It was a very good year

Boomtown Rats - The little death

Howlin Wolf - Shake for me

Howlin Wolf - Wang Dang Doodle

Gene Vincent & the Bluecaps - Be-Bop-A-Lula

Talking Heads - Once in a lifetime

David Byrne & X-press - Lazy

Fine young cannibals - Love for sale

Bob Marley & The Wailers - 3 little birds 

Animals - House of the rising sun

Soft Cell - Say hello, wave goodbye

Ramones - Sheena is a punk rocker

The Jam - A Town Called Malice

Iron Maiden - Run to the hills

The Stranglers - Golden Brown

The Damned - New Rose

The Damned - I Feel Alright

Canned Heat - Going up the Country

T. Rex - 20th century boy

The Eagles - Hotel California

Creedence Clearwater Revival - Bad Moon Rising

Grace Jones - Pull Up To The Bumper

Donna Summer - I Feel Love

Ian Dury & The Blockheads - Sweet Gene Vincent

Ian Dury & The Blockheads - What a Waste

Iggy & The Stooges - 1970

Iggy & The Stooges - 5 feet 1 man

Iggy & The Stooges - I wanna be your dog

Blondie - Heart of Glass

Ivor Cutler - Scotland Gets its Brains From The Herring

The Troggs - Wild Thing

Status Quo - Down down

Joy Division - She's Lost Control

Joy Division - Transmission

AC/DC - Whole Lotta Rosie

Motorhead - The Bomber

Led Zeppelin- Communication Breakdown

Led Zeppelin- Black Dog

Leonard Cohen - Chelsea hotel

Lou Reed - Street Hassle

Marine Girls - Lazy Ways

New Order - Your silent face

Nick Drake - Cello Song

Pigbag - Papa's got a brand new pigbag

The Only Ones - Another Girl Another Planet

Patti Smith - Gloria

Elkie Brooks - Fool if you think it's over

Eddie Cochran - Skinny Jim

Rod Stewart - You wear it well

Rod Stewart - Only a hobo

Black Sabbath - Paranoid

Dawson Smith - I don't know if I can make it

Sid Vicious - Somethin Else

Skip James - Crow Jane

Stevie Wonder - Superstition

Suicide - Ghost Rider

The Cure - A Forest

The Fall - Totally wired

Pyschedelic Furs - President Gas

Pyschedelic Furs - Goodbye

Pyschedelic Furs - Love My Way

Rolling Stones - Sweet Virginia

Eminem - Lose yourself

Squeeze - Up the junction

Billy Bragg - A13, trunk road to the sea

Tom Robinson - War baby

The Ramrods - Ghost riders in the sky

Lee Perry & The Upsetters - Night doctor

Buddy Holly - Rave on

Special AKA - Nelson Mandela

Housemartins - Flag Day

Latin Quarter - America for beginners

This Mortal Coil - Dreams Made Flesh

Tom Waits - Gun street girl

Tom Waits - Reeperbahn

Tom Waits - Another man's vine

Velvet Underground - Pale Blue Eyes

The Real Thing - You to me are everything

Lonnie Donegan - The Rock Island Line

Buzzcocks - Boredom

The Specials - Racist Friend

Wire - Dot Dash

Penguin Cafe Orchestra - Music For A Found Harmonium

The Beatles - Drive My Car

Wreckless Eric - Whole Wide World

Nina Simone - Black is the colour

Frank Zappa - Wonderful Wino

XTC - Senses working overtime

Jimi Hendrix - Crosstown traffic

The Bad Seeds - Saint Huck

The Smiths - This Charming Man

Wild Cherry - Play that funky music

Microdisney - And he descended into hell

Billie Holiday - You go to my head

Prince - Raspberry Beret

The Cramps - Psychotic reaction

Roxy Music - 2HB

Pink Floyd - Bike

Robert Wyatt - Shipbuilding

PIL - This is not a love song

Blind Willie Johnson - Nobody's fault but mine
 

 

 

Great list paper. So many bangers on there eg Psychedelic Furs President Gas

Sisters of Mercy My Lucretia 

Neil Young Cinnamon Girl

Anything by the Alarm

 

 

You With The Face07 Jun 24 09:56

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Bit of an odd one to start with. Pure Shores was huge when The Beach came out and, while they were certainly mainstream, I don't remember All Saints being regarded as uncool.

That’s because you aren’t, and weren’t, cool.

Oh yes, of course. It's pop music, so is automatically uncool, according to people who are desperately striving to be seen as cool.

Most underrated album ever is the recipient of this Wiki entry:

"Recorded by the pair when they were mere twentysomethings, and predominantly in Eg White's home, it is nevertheless about as grown-up and elegant as pop music gets. A decade after the recording had all but vanished from circulation, rainsound.net had taken to calling it "one of the classic albums of the '90s," while Q Magazine went a step further when it placed the record on its list of best albums of the 20th century, describing it as having "the class of Steely Dan and the intriguing detachment of the Blue Nile." " [2]

 

Album is 24 Years of Hunger (*) by Eg and Alice . Now on Spotify and YouTube. Cannot recommend it enough.

(my old RoF nom de plume, as it happens)