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Old 02-19-2018, 11:16 PM
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For some reason, the phrase "traffic city, what a pity" popped into my head this evening, and I wondered if it might be from a song. And guess what? I was right! I probably hadn't heard this in 30 years.

It's from Styx' first album, and at 13 minutes, it goes without saying that it's rather, ahem, proggy.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5NBZTkPxWek
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Zombie thread, but still:

I heart "Tweeter and the Monkey Man."

One day I tried playing Travelling Wilburys for my co-workers, and they were like, "What the heck is this?"
I love that song, but occasionally I wonder, even in the world of Dylan's imagination, what's a souvenir stand doing by an old abandoned factory? They'd probably go days in between customers!

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Roy Orbison's last project before his untimely and premature death, that's what!

Also Jeff Lynne, Tom Petty, George Harrison, and Bob Dylan.

"Not Alone Anymore" is another of my favorites from that album. The album as a whole makes me think that Orbison would have been much better as an integral part of a combo, rather than a solo artist. Kinda like the way the Beatles were all better as Beatles than as solo artists.
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Since there's been some discussion of versions of Grieg's "In the Hall of the Mountain King" in this thread, here's Beethoven's Wig:

Here’s a piece that’s quite perverse 

It’s the same every verse

So for better or for worse 

We’ve 17 to go
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I liked their album "Hunkpapa", and saw them in 1991. Unfortunately, the show was less than stellar.

Kristen Hersh is still performing, and published a book some years back about her battle with bipolar disorder.
I've seen both TM and Kristen Hersh many times. They are *not* to be seen for any sort of stage presence or dynamics. They pump great music out of the amps, but are otherwise motionless at the mic stands.

For the OP, I've been diving back into Grant Lee Buffalo who I was a little bit aware of and liked back in the 90s but got distracted by different music at the time.
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Perhaps not really obscure but still...

A few months ago, as I was leaving the supermarket, I heard a soft piano melody on the radio that immediately rang a very distant bell. I know that song. 1980s for sure. The verse was familiar, too but I still couldn't quite place it. And then the epic chorus blasted out and I was completely transfixed.

I loved, loved, loved that song when I was a kid, but I'm certain I hadn't heard it in... decades, really. As soon as I got back home, I played it on youtube 2-3 times, something that I never do.

That was a weirdly bittersweet feeling.

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Great thread & topic. As I've gotten older (I'm in my late 40's), this happens more & more often. Two specific examples in the past year:

-I'm a huge cinephile, and recently watched a great & underrated Australian movie called Little Fish (2005). It stars Cate Blanchett as a woman in her 30's who is re-evaluating her life & dealing with the after-effects of some bad decisions she made when she was younger. Great indy film, and at one point she hears the song "Flame Trees" being sung by a group of children. When I heard this song, it stirred my memory of hearing the original song back in the mid-late '80's, on the radio. The song was originally sung/composed by the Australian pop group Cold Chisel. I'm in the U.S., and don't remember hearing it that much here, but I guess it made a huge splash in Australia at the time. Prior to seeing this movie, I hadn't heard (or thought) about the song in 30+ years. In any case, I actually prefer the version from the film better - I find it to be much more haunting & melancholy:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PyQSsuNe-Bk

-I also recently watched Super Dark Times (2017), a very disturbing film about a crime committed by some teens growing up in the 1990's. During a party scene in the film, in the background you could hear the song "Standing outside a broken phone booth with money in my hand" by "Primitive Radio Gods". Great song & one that was all over the radio back in '96. However, I hadn't thought about this in years, until this film.
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To add to my last post:

-I was surfing the 'Net a couple of years ago, and came across a song from my youth, "Self Control" by the late Laura Branigan. I remembered hearing the song on the radio back in the '80's, but hadn't thought about this in years. In any case, I ended up seeing the video on YouTube (for the very first time), and found it haunting & creepy. Great stuff here, and IMHO Self Control was Branigan's best song. She was truly gorgeous back in the day, and could really dance
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Pata Pata by Miriam Makeba

Israelites by Desmond Dekker

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Not exactly from my very young youth, but Dutch band Urban Dance Squad was fairly obscure in the U.S. in the 90s (this song rose to #22 on Billboard Hot 100) and I don't remember it at all. My son finds obscure bands/songs that I like and happened across this one. You can really hear the influences and commonalities with more popular bands of the era, specifically Red Hot Chili Peppers, Living Color and Rage Against the Machine. Their video Fast Lane has cameos of LA artists Henry Rollins, Mike Muir, and Flea. It looks like Ice T is also in it holding Malcolm X's autobiography and a gun, but I can't confirm. That song was apparently in the movie Pump Up The Volume, but it wasn't on the soundtrack that I had.
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Old 02-22-2018, 11:45 PM
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To add to my last post:

-I was surfing the 'Net a couple of years ago, and came across a song from my youth, "Self Control" by the late Laura Branigan. I remembered hearing the song on the radio back in the '80's, but hadn't thought about this in years. In any case, I ended up seeing the video on YouTube (for the very first time), and found it haunting & creepy. Great stuff here, and IMHO Self Control was Branigan's best song. She was truly gorgeous back in the day, and could really dance
I did not know Laura Branigan had died. 47 is way too young.

Anyway, my favorite LB story is this one: I was in an aerobic dance class and the instructor said that our next routine would be to "Gloria". My first thought was, "U2? Cool!" and then realized that it was the Branigan song of the same name.

Here's the U2 song. It does have a good beat, but most people would have a hard time dancing to it.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ybYgP48X2DY

And the Laura Branigan song.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=355Fk8drgZE
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These songs take me back to 1975--77, a pretty eventful time in my life:

Hurricane Smith, "What Would You Say?" (Yes, the one Frasier sang)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KuccqN63I4I

The Carpenters, "Only Yesterday"

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p8JjKMC4yq4

Roger Whittaker, "The Last Farewell"

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sGWs1HK8iDU

Lynsey Paul, "No, Honestly"

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kz06eCFF-oI

The Carpenters, "Top of the World"

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9-gDWnzs4Kc

John Denver, "Back Home Again"

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bohTOHvz1G8

Don McLean, "Wonderful Baby"

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1pCL8lDexIQ

Orleans, "Dance with Me"

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_-IXJLgRnvs

Johnny Burnette, "You're Sixteen"

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wjy-OMIyXbg

The Three Degrees, "When Will I See You Again?"

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HUSYj5zq144

Janis Ian, "At Seventeen"

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ESS0eKJpEZQ

John Denver, "I'm Sorry"

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jIjOAWXZJSI

Twiggy, "Here I Go Again"

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6IW2oDGxm6E

Sunny, "Maybe in the Morning"

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FyB91BRwQMo

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Sunny, "Maybe in the Morning"

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FyB91BRwQMo
Sorry, no "in." My mistake.
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This is a fun thread to read thru, but I don't know what I can contribute as far as myself rediscovering any music from my youth because I still own all the music that I've ever bought (and I buy a lot of music). I've been buying records for myself since I was about 7 or 8 years old. Hell, I still have this 45; I've been rocking out to that song for 51 years now.
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And the Laura Branigan song.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=355Fk8drgZE
I didn't know she had covered it. I'm much more familiar with Umberto Tozzi's original (I've always loved the transition to minor at 0:50).

This reminds me that Italian songs were (coincidentally, another lovely chord change at 0:50) quite popular here in the late-70s to mid-80s.

These are all among my earliest childhood musical memories and I love to listen to them from time to time.
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Does anyone remember this song? Takes me back 20 years, to when I was working on the radio (though I wouldn't say my 40s were my "youth"):

"Louise," by The Human League.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u_K5EpjDoAU

I absolutely love this song!
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When I was six years old (1973) the local radio station would play the song Singin' in the Kitchen a couple times a day. I loved that song! I googled it not long ago and discovered it was performed by Bobby Bare with his family. Ah, the good ol' days.

When I was 16 I would play guitar with a friend of mine. He played 6 string and I played bass. He was much more skilled than me, and he would teach me how to play rock songs. One of the songs was by the Japanese band Loudness. It was a great song, but for the longest time I couldn't find it because I forgot what the title was. After much searching I found it a couple years ago: Mr. Yes Man. Great tune.
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Songs like this remind me of the wonderful Meri Wilson (Telephone Man and Peter the Meter Reader).

Lots of fond memories listening to Dr. Demento in the 1980s. Many of those songs are still stuck in my head...
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I did not know Laura Branigan had died. 47 is way too young.

Anyway, my favorite LB story is this one: I was in an aerobic dance class and the instructor said that our next routine would be to "Gloria". My first thought was, "U2? Cool!" and then realized that it was the Branigan song of the same name.

Here's the U2 song. It does have a good beat, but most people would have a hard time dancing to it.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ybYgP48X2DY

And the Laura Branigan song.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=355Fk8drgZE
I would have thought of Them/Van Morrison first, and I was in diapers when the U2 and Branigan songs were released.
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The "Gloria" that was recorded by Them or the Doors has certainly endured better than the other two versions mentioned above.

Didn't Patti Smith record it too?

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One can write a song on just about any topic. Here's proof.
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Ran across a group called Curved Air on DirecTV's SonicTap music channel, kinda low budget Renaissance. Sonja Kristina isn't the singer that Annie Haslam is, although not sure anybody is.

But the song Back Street Luv came out in 1971, and I had never heard of it until a couple years ago.
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I was listening to Underground 80's on TuneIn Radio this morning and heard a very familiar song. It was "Move to Move" by Kon Kan (1989). Haven't heard that song since high school.
Kon Kan! I forgot all about them! My favorite song was I Beg Your Pardon. I also loved Brand New Lover by Dead or Alive.
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Hadn't heard or even thought of this wonderful tune, which was a big hit in Canada but never made it past moderate rotation on MTV in the States. We can all use some encouragement right now.

This song just has "1983" written all over it.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JcC-SbcihKI

And here's an interview with the singer, Lorraine Segato, some 30 years later.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xM5FjFpluO8&t=44s
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So, I decided to pull up their AFAIK best-known song, "Lady of the Lake" and am listening to it right now. Someone on the message board said it made the "Bubbling Under" section of the Billboard Top 100, stalling at #101. It was almost certainly an edited version; I can't imagine a 10 1/2 minute song getting onto Top 40 radio, not even in the mid 1970s.

7 minutes, like "Bohemian Rhapsody"? Maybe. Not 10:28.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fwbZ0m73B3E
The first "long" song I remember on the radio was Like a Rolling Stone, and it was a smidge over 5 minutes.

Or was it In a Gadda Davida? That's what Wolfman Jack would play at the end of the night so he could duck out early.
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Since there's been some discussion of versions of Grieg's "In the Hall of the Mountain King" in this thread, here's Beethoven's Wig:

Here’s a piece that’s quite perverse 

It’s the same every verse

So for better or for worse 

We’ve 17 to go
I'm sure that the version the (now banned) poster had asked about earlier in the thread is by SRC. It is terrific.
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Blues Image's "Ride Captain Ride" is not exactly obscure, but I did find this live version a few days ago that puts the original to shame. For me, it's the out-of-tune saxophone that does it.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=msz_T2KBK_g
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Well in trying to find that old video mentioned earlier I rediscovered This Michael Nesmith song
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I'll throw out a few obscure 80's ones

The Producers-Whats he Got

Tommy Tutones OTHER Song

Joe King Carrasco
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Circa 1980, when I was ten, the deejay (counselor) at our summer camp dances would play some odd songs. One that stuck deep in in my head turned out to be Manfred Mann’s version of Bob Dylan’s “You Angel You.” I happened to hear it recently, and man, it’s awful! Just the worst synth dreck. Oh, well. (The New Riders of the Purple Sage did a better version).

Anyway...Yeah, during the period I purchased MP3s (approximately 2005-2015), several dozen of those songs were deliberate rediscoveries of childhood or adolescent favorites, many of them quite obscure. There’s definitely a jolt of pleasure in hearing something again like that (despite the occasional disappointment). And, in many cases, it’s simply fun figuring out what the song was and who played it.

For example, my father passed away when I was ten, and years later I realized a song he liked was “Dirty Water,”’by the Standells. I bought the CD in my twenties, and hearing it made me feel like I was with him again.

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Dale, funny you mention Joe King Carrasco! In 1981, MTV had just started. I was eleven, and saw his video “Bad a Rap” (MTV was desperate for content in those early days, so a cheap video by an obscure regional act got rotation). He played in some bar in New York City, and my mother took me to hear his performance (I think we might have been in the neighborhood that evening anyway). I remember taking to Joe before the show — he signed something for me (a napkin?), and wrote “Be on the lookout for Bad Rap!,” with a sketch of eyeglasses in the “oo” of “lookout.”

Good times. Thanks for the memory trigger!

(Oh, and the Producers’ “What’s He Got” is exactly one of those mp3s I purchased circa 2010, not having heard or thought about it since I’d enjoyed it on MTV circa 1982. Split Enz’ “One Step Ahead” is another example, just to pick one out of a hat.)

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Boy, you blindsided me here! I was a huge fan of The Producers, though my fave was "She Sheila." Hardly anyone remembers them now.

Kudos!
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Boy, you blindsided me here! I was a huge fan of The Producers, though my fave was "She Sheila." Hardly anyone remembers them now.

Kudos!
I was playing my 'Upbeat Faves' playlist during a work period in class. Suddenly, one of the kids yipped and said "Omigahhhd... that's my math teacher!"

One of the Producers (the balding guy, I believe) ended up teaching geometry in a high school in Wisconsin.



ETA: I'm proud to bump this thread to say "Thanks for all the memories, and all the 'Upbeat Faves'!"

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Cinderella by Firefall. Another of those groups where you've heard all their hits and didn't realize who it was.

These two were out at about the same time. The band names are similar and I got confused who was who:

How Long (Has This Been Going On) - Ace

Third Rate Romance - Amazing Rhythm Aces

I think this was covered by some country dude much later.
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