I like the Kinks’ “Better Things” (1981) a lot. My recollection is that it got no radio play in the US, but that may have just been regional; according to Wikipedia, it reached #12 on the Billboard Rock Top Tracks chart and #92 on the Billboard Hot 100.
“Squire James” by Sanford and Townsend. Hands down the best song on their “Smoke From a Distant Fire” album. Everyone I know who’s listened to it thinks they would have lasted longer if they’d released it as a single instead of “Smoke” and done more songs in a similar style.
I think I’m better at the other thread. A lot of the music I really like, probably shouldn’t have been a hit - I don’t have the ear for a hit that some of you do. I usually spot a bad song right away, but hits are a tricky business.
Dire Straits released “Industrial Disease” as a single. I remember hearing it on the radio a bit when it came out but it didn’t get a lot of traction and I don’t think it ever charted. Great song, don’t know why it didn’t go anywhere.
Cool! I don’t think I’d ever heard of him, or that song, before, but I like it. For some reason it reminds me of Richard X.Heyman in particular—and, in general, of the fact that, all too often, catchy, hooky guitar rock/power pop has gone underappreciated.
It did make it to the closing credits of Grown Ups. Made my heart sing to hear it.
Tough thread if you’ve got peculiar musical tastes. Most of what I like (bare bones rock-n-roll) isn’t tossed in front of you by the broadcasters, and so unless someone ‘gives’ you a band you’re not going to find them. Naturally, such acts don’t make charts or get 'hits".
I’d say half the songs on Grave Disorder are solid additions to any upbeat playlist but most folks don’t agree (obviously).