Yea, the Thursday Thirteen returns! And while I swore I might slow down on this meme, I still have 5 or 6 lists trapped in my head so we shall press on. So, Thirteen Bands that need some love.
1.Better Than Ezra- A band that still clicks along. Listen to Desperately Wanting or In the Blood and tell me they dont deserve a download.
2.Buffalo Tom-Big Red Letter Day was the perfect album, with just a bit of a mix between the lonely grunge sound and the eff you punk sound. An album I still listen to now. And they have a new album coming out in 2007.
3.Love Seed Mama Jump-A Delaware based, Philadelphia Cover Band that still fills the bars, 12 years after I graduated from college and saw them for the last time. The thing about cover bands is that you hate the sound, but LSMJ does a nice job of making the song all there own. Check out Free or Rocky Top to get a true sense of there sound. Plus how many bands can release a song originally done by a marching band and make it sound good!
4.Crowded House-Everyone thinks Crowded House had two good songs in the 80's and then disappeared back to Australia. I consider the Finn Brothers some of the contemporaries of the grunge sound and "Weather With You" and "World Where You Live" were some of there best from later albums. Try to find the live concerts with a guest appearance by Eddie Vedder.
5.P!NK- Ok, you ask, how is Pink underappreciated? Well, since she has gotten away from the bubble gum pop sound, she is no where near as popular, though some of her newest stuff is some of her best stuff. "Who Knew" maybe one of her best songs ever. Plus she did a duet with the Indigo Girls in "Dear Mr President" and held her own.
6.Living Colour- A unique band because it was made up of African Americans playing heavy metal. They really only had one huge album, but there were 4 or 5 good songs on the first album. Plus Vernon Reid was and still is a guitar genius.
7.Seven Potato Baby-A small Philadelphia based band that strikes me as a cross between No Doubt and Sarah McLachlan if she was in a band. Find "Happy" someplace.
8.Dig-One of those mid-90's grunge bands with a heavy accent on fast guitar, they sound like a knock off of the Goo Goo Dolls. It was probably a race to see who would survive between the two, since there sound is so similar. "Believe" was a better song then anything the Goo Goo Dolls did in the early days, but Dig could not substain the momentum and GGD exploded.
9.Color Me Badd- Ok here goes some of my street cred, but if you dont find yourself tapping your toes when listening to "Sex You Up" or "All for Love" you may need to see a doctor about a happy pill.
10.Tupac/2-Pac-Ok, now to get that street cred back! Tupac was a rapping genius, who wrote some great songs about social concerns that not only affected inner city folks, but could be a message to everyone everywhere. "Changes" is special and California Love is a great song for the Friday drive home.
11.Blessid Union of Souls-A great band that caught on during the early 2000's with a sound that was a mix between the vocals of Boyz II Men and the piano playing skills of Billy Joel. While they disappeared almost as quickly as they arrived, "Believe" and "Light in your Eyes" are great songs still today, guys especially if you have some sucking up to do.
12.Four Squirrels-A band out of the Pacific Northwest that came after the grunge sound, but still stuck to its heritage with its tribute to Kurt Cobain in the "Mighty KC". They became slight celebrities when the van they were traveling in got in a car wreck, killing the lead singer and a guitarist. Still one great album.
13.Soul Asylum- Ok, they are not under appreciated really, because they have not put out too much to be appreciated recently. But in 1997, at the height of there popularity, they played a benefit concert for the victims of the Red River Flood in Minnesota. And even better, they played the prom at a high school most affected by the flood in Grand Forks. That deserves some appreciation in my book and the CD was released as a benefit album, titled "After the Flood" in 2004.
All of these bands should be visible on Itunes, except for maybe Seven Potato Baby, but if your intrigued to hear what they sound like, drop me a line, I have the CD.
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