Bands You Can't Believe Didn't Make It

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Many of us have liked bands that never made it big. I think back to Starz and some other, the one that I can't believe never made it was Crack The Sky.

[ame=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0_1BcNb_I5w&feature=related] The Story of Crack The Sky [/ame]

[ame=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x8_aIHXWkH0&feature=related] Nuclear Apathy [/ame] This Song was from the late 70's I discovered them in the early 80's

How about you, any bands that you thought should have made it?
 
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HecticArt

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Man, there are SOOOO many bands that never managed to catch on like I thought they deserved to.

One from the Way Back Machine that popped into my head was Box Of Frogs.
They were out in the early 80's. It was some guys from the Yardbirds, Rory Gallagher, Jimmy Page, and Jeff Beck all did some tracks with them.

[ame=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MzIyOTBGVIg]YouTube - Box of Frogs - Back Where I Started[/ame]

Man, I've got a bunch of these bands floating around in the archives. I'll have to come up with some more.
 

TheScionicMan

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Lita Ford. She was hot AND she played a mean guitar. I read she played a couple of gigs in 2008. I'd love to see her again.

[ame=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YRgGO3fyhRI]YouTube - Tony Iommi of Black Sabbath and Lita Ford jamming[/ame]

[ame=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iBUry_MZOrU]YouTube - "Gotta Let Go" live in concert Lita Ford rare 1984[/ame]


The Runaways - Her first band at age 16, with Joan Jett among others
[ame=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pMDn6V7ZLhE]YouTube - The Runaways - Cherry Bomb[/ame]
 

jef

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Lita Ford. She was hot AND she played a mean guitar. I read she played a couple of gigs in 2008. I'd love to see her again.

Check out "That Metal Show" on VH1 Classic - she was a guest recently.

And like HecticArt, I can think of dozens of bands that I think should have been bigger, being a fan of punk and metal. Many of those guys are sometimes big in the genre, but not really big in the overall music world. I blame terrestrial radio and it's compartmentalization of music, and complete neglect of many genres.
 

Steel Cranium

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Dink

For the guys in Northeast Ohio, Dink. This Kent, Ohio band was touring and producing music around the time that Trent Reznor was putting Nine Inch Nails together in Cleveland (early 90s). Was one of the first bands that I saw that combined funk, industial, metal & techno genres that many had success with later in the decade (Korn). Probably a bit ahead of their time. Concerts were a blast: loud, fast, with nobody sitting through the set. The track that plays at the link below was their minor "hit":

DINK on MySpace Music - Free Streaming MP3s, Pictures & Music Downloads

(no youtube link)
 

AJ_II

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WOLFMOTHER. These guys were a breath of fresh air in today's stale music environment. Unfortunately, just when they were starting to become relevant, they broke up after only one album. I'm lucky I got to see them in concert at the Gypsy Tea Room in Dallas. Wolfmother - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

[ame=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KUKvfKzHYTg]YouTube - Wolfmother - Colossal[/ame]

[ame=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5Dsrgith81M]YouTube - Wolfmother - Minds Eye Music Video[/ame]
 

HecticArt

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I have to disagree with you Avuncular, I think Wolfmother is on their way to making it. Unless they broke up recently, I wouldn't be inclined to put them on this list for a couple of years.

Kind of the same with Lita, I think she made it back in the 90's, but unfortunately the bottom dropped out of the hair metal scene (thanks Nirvana) and took some good artists off of the charts.

I'm thinking Bullet Boys are a better fit for the I can't believe it out of the metal days. (IMO, of course)

[ame=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=obgDJazEftU]YouTube - Bulletboys - Smooth Up In Ya[/ame]
 

jef

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I'm thinking Bullet Boys are a better fit for the I can't believe it out of the metal days. (IMO, of course)

Ha - I still have a promo picture CD from these guys in my closet somewhere :)
 

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As Paul Westerberg once said, "I just want to be Big Star big".

[ame=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JC0Wa3P_dO0]YouTube - Thank You Friends[/ame]
 

AJ_II

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I have to disagree with you Avuncular, I think Wolfmother is on their way to making it. Unless they broke up recently, I wouldn't be inclined to put them on this list for a couple of years.

They did just recently break up like I said. Andrew Stockdale (guitar and vocals) is going to find two new members and continue calling it Wolfmother, but it won't be the same band.
 

HecticArt

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They did just recently break up like I said. Andrew Stockdale (guitar and vocals) is going to find two new members and continue calling it Wolfmother, but it won't be the same band.

Whoops! My bad, you did say that! I read too fast and missed that line. Sorry, it's my public school education coming back to haunt me. :eek:

I dug them too. I hope they keep their vibe after the changes.
 

kingchuck69

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Here's a band that never made it: a Detroit rap-rock band called Innercorse.

Innercorse recorded one self-titled album in 1999 for the indie label GoBig and was thisclose to signing with Maverick. However, Maverick execs said that rap-rock was dead and dropped the band from the label.

Several of their songs were featured on several WWE TV shows, including one of their signature tunes, "King of the Ring". That particular song got some recognition on SmackDown when it was played in a montage clip in place of a match where wrestler Darren "Droz" Drozdov was seriously injured.

Despite breaking up, Innercorse still plays a few shows here and there in their native Detroit.

Oh, and the lead singer of Innercorse is my cousin. Small world, ain't it, kids?
 

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I have pimped this band on this site before, but, they are worth another mention:

The Connells: Hailing from Raliegh, NC. Good pop hooks, solid songwriting, considered a "college band" their biggest hit was '74-'75, years after this video which is some of their better earlier works...

[ame=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fluvL_5P1XM]YouTube - The Connells - Over There[/ame]
 

Jon

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Jon

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My choice would probably be the Afghan Whigs. They had a minor following and were big on college radio a lot of years, but never really hit the big time. Also I never understood why the Smithereens weren't bigger than they were. There's a band that couldn't write a bad song.