Apropos of Nothing

January 13, 2008

Obscure Bands

Filed under: Entertainment,Fun Stuff,Heroes,Music — aproposofnothing @ 12:38 am

My musical tastes have always seemed to gravitate towards obscure bands, I don’t know why. Maybe it’s because I have a very eclectic taste in music. My iPod has music from Metallica, Johnny Cash, Pavorati, Eminem, Kid Rock and the Beastie Boys etc… If it sounds good to me, i will listen to it!

Here are some artists that you may not have heard of, but are worth a listen.

Ladies and Gentlemen, The Fabulous Poodles!

This vid was put together by Stephen at http://www.brickfilms.com

more here


I really got into these guy in college ’cause one of my roomates was from Albany.

I Wanna Be A Lifeguard (34th video ever played on MTV, and yes, I was watching the premiere from my college apartment)

My favorite song by them ( I couldn’t find a video, CAUTION, you may need to download a plugin)
My Baby’s The Star Of A Driver’s Ed Movie

Wall of Voodoo – “Mexican Radio

Georgia Satellites “Keep Your Hands To Yourself

The Jeff Healey Band-“Angel Eyes (This guy is blind!)

Johnny Lang – Lie To Me (Believe it or not, he was 16 When this was recorded!!)


  1. Actually the music video was put together by me specifically.. it is just posted in the Brickfilms film archive. You are correct in that the Fabulous Poodles were a great fun band. They opened for Tom Petty at one concert I went to and completely overshadowed Petty’s attempt at singing. Even the girl that went with me (a big Tom Petty fan) said they were much better.


    Comment by Stephen Nolen aka Protowrxs — January 13, 2008 @ 10:15 am | Reply

  2. Wall of Voodoo obscure? Not here in SoCal…Stan Ridgway’s band opened frequently for Oingo Boingo, The B52’s and The Cure. I remember him bringing a 5th of Jack Daniels on stage and polishing it off during his set…he was so wasted that the crowd sang Mexican Radio for him…

    Comment by Nigel — January 14, 2008 @ 11:56 am | Reply

  3. The guy who engineered Keep Your Hands to Yourself, produced a little CD I did back in college. He was a pretty good engineer of course, had the gold album on the wall. He was also quite accomplished at blowing sunshine up performer’s asses. But I guess that’s par for the course. Won’t lie and say I don’t miss those days a bit.

    Comment by Michele — January 14, 2008 @ 2:25 pm | Reply

  4. Wall of Voodoo obscure? Guess it depends on your definition of ‘obscure.’

    My fave obscure band? “Mama Lion” featuring Lynn Carey (NOT L.C. Saylor), one of the best voices you’ve never heard. Only two albums, but she did do some other stuff, mostly with Neil Merriwether (sp?). Anyway, only one YouTube tribute to Mama Lion exists, with photos of her from the internets:

    Comment by Victor — January 15, 2008 @ 7:54 am | Reply

  5. Gotta be “Smith” – one album (“A Group Named Smith”) and Gayle McCormick ripping out the vocals…..

    Comment by The Old Man — January 17, 2008 @ 2:37 pm | Reply

  6. Maybe not so obscure, but you don’t hear them very often here in the New York market. Should titled it “Great bands that should be remembered”.

    3) “Keep Your Hands to Yourself” was a favorite of my wife and I

    4) Mama Lion sounds really good!

    5) I believe thee album was called “A Group Called Smith” and the band was named “Smith. Their biggest song was “Baby It’s You”, you can see the video at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8_uGlUxZ1J4

    I’d like to continue this post as a series. I now have Mama Lion and The Smiths as more bands. Please post comments with suggestions for great artists that are now thought of as obscure or forgotten.

    Comment by aproposofnothing — January 17, 2008 @ 10:44 pm | Reply

  7. […] Bands II Filed under: Music — aproposofnothing @ 10:48 pm Since the original Obscure Band post seemed popular, I thought I would post a […]

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  8. obscure bands? i’ll tell ya about obscure bands. wall of voodoo had tens of thousands of units sold. who could count all the bands these days doing releases of 500 or less. just check out maximum rocknroll,razorcake,roctober,profane existence. buttloads of bands with limited buy it now or say goodbye forever records. i guess for a major label band, wall of voodoo could be counted as obscure. the indies is where it’s at for the real hard to find stuff.

    Comment by scotty amin — September 8, 2008 @ 1:54 am | Reply

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