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Initial post: 25 Apr 2012 19:17:18 BDT
Mark53 says:
all should be checked out pronto...

Posted on 25 Apr 2012 20:02:03 BDT
Spacepig says:
Nah, not that obscure, I know most of them and have CDs by 5 in your list.

How about my old favourite, Last Rizla or maybe Alamaailman Vasarat, and don't get me started on the Greek psyche bands whatever you do.

Oops, nearly forgot my local grindcore band, Iweriu.

Come on Marc, you'll have to do better than that.

Posted on 25 Apr 2012 21:34:57 BDT
bill g. says:
Unforgiven -- U.S. band who made only the one (I think) album.
Orion -- Jack Orion was their 1987 album. Don,t know if they made another.
Chameleon -- Chameleon, on the Fly label from 1989. Can,t find out anything about them at all. Bought the album because of the song Rosheen Du (brilliant) which featured on tv programme Chimera -- anyone remember it?

Posted on 25 Apr 2012 21:44:54 BDT
Ponga, you know it makes sense ;-)

In reply to an earlier post on 25 Apr 2012 21:51:58 BDT
Spacepig says:
Smitty: you have single handedly made Ponga unobscure, well, here in the 'zon anyway.

Posted on 25 Apr 2012 22:16:19 BDT
I try, Spacepig, I try ;-)

In reply to an earlier post on 25 Apr 2012 22:49:38 BDT
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Lez Lee says:
bill g.


And Rosheen du is on YouTube at

Posted on 26 Apr 2012 00:44:43 BDT
TheFoe says:
From my collection

Aon - (Electronic folk)
Arcana - (Similar to Dead Can Dance)
Assuck - (Grindcore)
Blackgirls - (80's American all women folk band)
Ex Reverie - (American folk band)
Oh No Ono - (Danish psychedelic pop)
Paladins - ( rock/blues)
Slab - (80's post punk band)
St Germain - (french electronic/jazz outfit)
Ugress - ( Norweigian low tempo electronic outfit)

Posted on 26 Apr 2012 09:54:32 BDT
Nugent Dirt says:
I also can only pick out some from my collection i suspect most bods know nowt about.

Cook Da Books - scally indie pop combo knocking about Liverpool in the early 80s
Atmos - Swedish or Finnish prog house/trance merchant
Green Nuns of The Revolution - Goa trance combo with just one fine album and a bunch of corking hard psy to their name
Chakk- 80s alt funk/dance mob from Sheffield, in a similar mold to A Certain Ratio, unless no one's heard of them either
Win - alt pop spin off from 80s indie crew The Fire Engines. Big things were expected then nada
Recycler - French world fusion-trance duo
Joi - British Asian world fusion dance outfit. 3 cracking albums there.
Red Lorry Yellow Lorry - kinda Joy Division inflluenced Goth-dance thing
Peter Lang - fine guitarist in the John Fahey/Leo Kottke mold
The Redskins - communist punk-soul trio from the 80s. one fine album there.

In reply to an earlier post on 26 Apr 2012 10:16:33 BDT
TheFoe says:
Hi Nuge, Joi was going to get nommed by me in a future dance/electronica round, recently found their track on a Volume compilation, 'Everybody Say Yeah (Spring Heel Jack Remix), and I've heard of Red Lorry Yellow Lorry. Has anyone got your e-mail address, I only ask as I've bought The Adat Family album and wanted to do you a copy?

Posted on 26 Apr 2012 10:57:49 BDT
Peter Lanky says:
Surely the 'top' most obscure band is one that nobody has ever heard of, so would not be able to name it on this forum.

In reply to an earlier post on 26 Apr 2012 11:43:12 BDT
Carradale says:
Like your thinking , PL!

Posted on 26 Apr 2012 15:30:18 BDT
easytiger says:
Jamoonkis live in Zanaga

Posted on 26 Apr 2012 19:58:05 BDT
Mark53 says:
okay i'll try again
1)safron and smoke
5)stapley makepeace
6)jam factory
7)whitby sunday
9)little john
10)cherokee mist

Posted on 26 Apr 2012 20:26:15 BDT
Spacepig says:
Better Marc, much better, I know 4 of them, only got CDs by Walpurgis and Diablous though. Been trying to get a hold of some Cherokee Mist for years, almost impossible to find so if you know of where to get any, let me know won't you?

Another offering from me? Well, those in the Southampton area may know of Dr Brown? I don't know why but many years ago they ended up in my local in Aberdeen for a few gigs, and a crazy time was had by all. Nothing on youtube so I might put one or two up when I get around to it. I don't have a clue if they still exist or not, but they used to do some very interesting Hawkwind covers.

In reply to an earlier post on 26 Apr 2012 21:19:48 BDT
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S.R.J says:
Come off it Nuge some of us (albeit of a certain vintage) were bouncing round the Leadmill (Sheffield that is) to Chakk and The Redskins and R.L.Y.Lorry in the early 80s.........weren't we?

In reply to an earlier post on 26 Apr 2012 23:05:37 BDT
I seem to remember them hitting the charts which - if it happened - would put them on a lot of peoples radar.

Not sure what the point of this thread is other than a " look at me i listen to stuff no-one else has even herad of, 'aint I cool".

For all the bands i have heard of, and there are many hundreds of them, i imagine there are a thousand I havn't. This just makes them unknown to me personally rather than obscure

In reply to an earlier post on 27 Apr 2012 07:12:52 BDT
Last edited by the author on 27 Apr 2012 07:18:45 BDT
Mark53 says:
Ahh Dr Brown my band supported them and they wiped the floor with us. I remember they were a good boogie band. I recall an album (vinyl) being avaliable.
I used to know the drummer Steve from Cherokee Mist. He ran a site called Crash Landing records in the U.K but there's a lot of similar companies so I don't know if its still going or not. Hope this helps.
Just remembered another one. A sub-Dylan clone JAKE AND THE FAMILY JEWELS. Always in the cheap box. Probably worth a fortune now.
Anyone remember HAYSTACKS BALBOA on Polydor?

In reply to an earlier post on 27 Apr 2012 09:23:49 BDT
Last edited by the author on 27 Apr 2012 09:24:57 BDT
Nugent Dirt says:
Appreciate that Foe. It might be on my Zon page. I'll need to check.
SRJ - well, that makes two of us then.

How do we know some of us arent making up names here? I guess if bands are really obscure, Googling them will throw up nothing

In reply to an earlier post on 27 Apr 2012 10:57:12 BDT
Last edited by the author on 27 Apr 2012 10:57:43 BDT
Spacepig says:
Well Nuge, I can vouch for most of Marc's, and once I get the chance I am going searching for the rest, he is obviously a man of good taste. The only one of mine that isn't on youtube is Dr Brown, and marc has vouched for them.
Yourself and TheFoe appear to be confirming each other's. I have heard of, but not necessarily heard billg's, no I think everything is in order here.
Maybe easytiger could provide some evidence of Jamoonkis though?

In reply to an earlier post on 27 Apr 2012 20:44:28 BDT
foe, got st germain's 1st, a fine effort ; didn't think they were that obscure, they certainly aren't over here. most obscure i've got are 2 by hubert-félix thiefaine & 1 by jazz bucher "big planet, scary planet" ; never met anyone who's heard of the latter.

In reply to an earlier post on 27 Apr 2012 22:55:35 BDT
Last edited by the author on 27 Apr 2012 22:56:15 BDT
TheFoe says:
Hi GAID, I've got St Germain's album 'Tourist' which is their 3rd album. Heard it in Ireland in this pub that played alternative music, it was a nice small, dingy pub and I hope to return their one day soon.

Posted on 28 Apr 2012 11:58:54 BDT
Last edited by the author on 28 Apr 2012 12:03:35 BDT
Summerhill (late 80's)
Snakes Of Shake
Paul Haig (him from Josef K)
Bill Nelson - criminally ignored
The Church - ditto
Thomas Leer
Comsat Angels
B Movie
Fra Lippo Lippi
The Bible

Posted on 28 Apr 2012 14:07:56 BDT
Last edited by the author on 28 Apr 2012 14:13:54 BDT
T. Franklin says:
From my collection (first three all best known from the 'Jack White connection')

Two Star Tabernacle
The Upholsterers
The Stuck-Ups
Mika Bomb
King Sound Quartet
The Blowtops
Cut In The Hill Gang
Imitation Electric Piano
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