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don't ask
04-20-2011, 11:16 AM
Phoenix - Rally (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T3Ky2d0PZU0)

More examples welcome.

Sr Siete
04-20-2011, 11:28 AM
Well, it's a French band. Even Lisztomania wasn't as popular as it should have been.

Annie-Xmas
04-20-2011, 11:31 AM
Yannick's Ces Soirees la (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NAPzTFlVUN0), a massive hit in France, didn't score a dent in the USA. I'm no fan of rap, but this version of "Oh, What a Nilght" is completely amazing.

RealityChuck
04-20-2011, 12:37 PM
Anything from Emitt Rhode's first album has pop hit potential, but nothing went anywhere. Listen to "With My Face on the Floor (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z4TIK9K06CQ)," for instance.

installLSC
04-21-2011, 12:11 AM
See Fernando, Jenny Lewis (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4QfbPwGRMOQ)

Side 2, Dressy Bessy (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kbcvF5HloFU)

Judy, the Pipettes (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VV6Knsx7GEA&feature=related)

pulykamell
04-21-2011, 12:34 AM
Anything from Emitt Rhode's first album has pop hit potential, but nothing went anywhere. Listen to "With My Face on the Floor (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z4TIK9K06CQ)," for instance.

Never heard of him, but that music sounds totally up my alley, with that baroque-pop Zombies kind of thing going on. I'll have to check more of his work out.

I'm not even sure where to start for this thread. Redd Kross had a lot of great tunes, but just when it seems they were about to break through with their brand of power pop with Annie's Gone (redd kross annie's gone), the darker tinge of grunge took over the airwaves. Annie's Gone actually did make the Mainstream Rock charts, but I don't recall ever hearing it on the radio. Lots of other songs on Third Eye (1976, Bubblegum Factory, Debbie and Kim) had popular potential, as well as from their next album, Phaseshifter (Lady in the Front Row (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ea37UX-EQZY) being a standout track.) I thought maybe they had a chance for mainstream success with Oasis becoming popular (who have similar pop sensibilities), but it was never to be.

allice
04-21-2011, 02:49 AM
The other night I was eating in a chinese restaurant and on the background was playing "lambada". Can you remember that? I had forgotten it luckily... ;)

Sr Siete
04-21-2011, 03:02 AM
"Should of been hits". That should be a word, like "one-hit wonder"

Let me think of some:

Blind Melon's singer Shannon Hoon died before finishing their last album, so songs like "Soul one" appear in the posthumous tribute album "Nico". I honestly think that "Soul one" could have managed to be at least a minor sensation had he survived.

The Spinto band's "Oh Mandy" isn't the timeless classic it deserves to be.

For all of his talent, Jonathan Coulton seems to be unable to become mainstream.

pulykamell
04-21-2011, 09:24 AM
Annie's Gone actually did make the Mainstream Rock charts.

Whoops. It's the Modern Rock they placed on (peaking at #16).

Tangent
04-21-2011, 06:55 PM
VHS or Beta - Can't Believe a Single Word (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M6vJJh8F3Wg) - very catchy rock/pop song, I saw them perform it on Leno a couple of years ago, but apparently it never made the charts.

RealityChuck
04-21-2011, 09:44 PM
Never heard of him, but that music sounds totally up my alley, with that baroque-pop Zombies kind of thing going on. I'll have to check more of his work out.Here's a brief biography. (http://www.sff.net/people/rothman/GBF/rhodes.htm). There was a retrospective of all his music out on CD a year or so ago, but it may no longer be available.

Superdude
04-21-2011, 10:15 PM
"Should of been hits". That should be a word, like "one-hit wonder"

Let me think of some:

Blind Melon's singer Shannon Hoon died before finishing their last album, so songs like "Soul one" appear in the posthumous tribute album "Nico". I honestly think that "Soul one" could have managed to be at least a minor sensation had he survived.

I really enjoyed "Tones of Home."

Spatial Rift 47
04-22-2011, 12:03 AM
The Middleman should have taken the geek world like wildfire. Smart, hilarious, well casted, and crazy quotable. I don't know how it missed.

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