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Frank Hovis

Obscure 80S Indie Songs Of Beauty

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Songs by bands of which nobody seems to have heard, vanished without trace, never making it to compilations, and with minimal Youtube views.

In this context a band like The Cocteau Twins would count as mainstream. I have in mind things like no hit wonders on Postcard and Cherry Red. I have been unable to find one of my favourites: The LIttle Mermaid by Sombre Reptiles (a one man (called David IIRC) band in Edinburgh that used to make up his own tapes) but can still play it in my mind. If anybody seeks it out I will be extremely grateful!

This thread was inspired by following up on some Inspiral Carpets history (again, way too famous) and finding this snippet:

The Train Set’s ‘She’s Gone’ is one of Noel [Gallagher - Inspiral Carpets roadie before Oasis] ’s favourite songs, he used to have the song on a compilation cassette that he brought on tour with us in 1989.

https://carpetburns.wordpress.com/extracts/tour-diary-1991/

Now I'd never heard of this song let alone this band, but here it is and it's pretty good though not startlingly so IMHO, but then again I am not a world-famous very talented songwriter:

My selection, though The Bible are on the edge of being known albeit not well known, is:

Just gives me shivers, it's so good. They were gigging before my gig-going days (i.e. when i could afford to go) so I didn't get to see them. Though I was probably served by Boo Hewerdine who worked in my then-local branch of Our Price records.

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Miss World were stunning live, blew you away. Their cover of Wonderful World was awesome. That this, their best song, doesn't even have a full length video supporting it says it all, ah well. Jonathan Perkins (lead singer) was the keyboard player in XTC but chose to leave for another band just before they signed their first contract.

And finally a fun live act, Leicester's Diesel Park West. They were heavily hyped but maybe too derivative though this one stood out for me, and also for the record co. who paid out for a proper video.

Looking forward to your hidden gems. Nothing too raucous though, such as anything by Mr Pin's fan Captain Sensible.

And the upper case "S" in "80s" is put in there by the forum software, I tried editing it but it just changes back.

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Frank, I always liked you r choice of picture; I Felt it was rather good. I like Frugals as well; anther interesting band.

Cheers Doug, I was tempted to put Felt but whilst I think their entire canon is excellent they don't really IMO have a stand-out song.

Quick couple of songs recommendations for Frugals? I am very out of touch these days for which I blame Stock Aitken and Waterman ho drove me away form pop music by making the popular stations unlistenable for severla years.

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Cheers Doug, I was tempted to put Felt but whilst I think their entire canon is excellent they don't really IMO have a stand-out song.

Quick couple of songs recommendations for Frugals? I am very out of touch these days for which I blame Stock Aitken and Waterman ho drove me away form pop music by making the popular stations unlistenable for severla years.

Yep they have a lot to answer for ,loads of good bands out there now even they never get a look in (or it could just be my taste in music :wacko: )

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Are Sultans of Ping FC too famous for this uber cool thread?

If not, I vote 'Give him a ball and a yard of grass' by Sultans of ping. I have no idea why I like it.

'love your money' by Daisy Chainsaw also happens to be one of my favourite songs of all time.

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Very well known band members but this was a side project that didn't get much publicity at the time.

Could say the same for this.

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Could say the same for this.

I have that very record in my loft.

Saw Johnny Marr a couple of years ago and he dropped a couple of Electronic numbers into his set. Great guitarist, can't sing.

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Don't know much about 80s Indie but here's some 90s ones I thought deserved better.

Like the Crashland track a lot. Never heard it before, thanks.

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