The city I am currently living in(Grand Rapids,mi) has a large rock/punk/indie scene. At least I thought so until I actually moved there and began to interact with the people in those scenes. Most of them haven’t heard of stuff that I thought was common place.
The Buzzcocks-I am constantly astounded that most rock&roll people I meet have never even heard of these guys. How could you not?
Jonathan Richman and the Modern Lovers-Another “you didn’t hear this how?” band. Hell, the Sex Pistols even covered one of their songs.
101er’s- This one I can see why most people have not heard of . It was Joe Strummer’s band before he joined The Clash. But a majority of people who say they like The Clash/say they are one of their favorite bands, Do not even know of this bands existance. It’s not like the 101er’s are a secret, I’m pretty sure they are mentioned on a few liner notes(Clash on Broadway, Super Black Market Clash, although I could be wrong on this point.) They have one album, Elgin Avenue Breakdown that was just re-released under the title Elgin Avenue Breakdown Revisited. Great stuff on there.
Television-The only people I know that like, let alone have even heard of Television are friends of mine that I turned on to this band. You can hear their influence in all kinds of bands playing today. Every book or decent article about punk or CBGB’s or the New York scene have at least a mention of Television in it. These young punks have no appreciation for good music. Marquee Moon is one of the greatest albums ever.
So what bands should more people know about yet don’t?