Andrei Freeman (lordandrei) wrote,
Andrei Freeman

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MEMETime: (Music) Redux... Ahead of their time...

I got a load of responses to the following: as many bands as you can that you felt were:
  • ahead of their time
  • Really great
  • didn't make it big with the masses at the time of their release

Below the cut is a list of people came up with, along with some comments:

I've unscreened the comments from people. Several made some great commentary on their band choices. I also have to really thank elqahar who absolutely went to town.

Firstoff, I had a few that I think while ahead of their time did carry a strong following when they were actively producing music:
  • Queen
  • Living Colour
  • Yes
  • Earth, Wind and Fire
  • Chicago (I-IV)
  • Steppenwolf (esp. Steppenwolf Second and Monster

The next one took me some contemplation:
  • Monkees

This one was supplied by mr_dark. Upon thought and contemplation, I really have to agree with him. This was a group that had some sense of direction and progressiveness once they started doing their own thing. Problem for them is that their fans were programmed by the industry that carved out the pop version of the group.

As for the bands that people suggested that I think fit all three criteria, here's the full list. Do you agree?

Tower of Power
Tangerine Dream
Cherry Popping Daddies
Screamin Jay Hawkins
Cyclone Temple
The Stooges
The Velvet Underground
Roxy Music
Mott the Hoople
Marianne Faithful
The Cranes
Cocteau Twins
Christian Death
Virgin Prunes
The Damned
Siouxsie and the Banshees
The Flesh Eaters
The Cramps
Brian Eno
Kate Bush
The Birthday Party
Patti Smith Group
Einsturzende Neubaten
The New York Dolls
Big Star
Dead Can Dance
This Mortal Coil
Sex Gang Children
The Runaways
Throbbing Gristle
Sonic Youth
Crash Worship
Diamanda Galas
The Dickies
Tones on Tail
Dali's Car
Robert Fripp
Joy Division
Nick Drake
The Pogues
Tom Waits
Johnny Thunders and the Heartbreakers
Chris and Cosey
Gang of Four
Gavin Friday
The Gun Club
Killing Joke
Pere Ubu
Public Image Ltd.
PJ Harvey
The Residents
Teenage Jesus and the Jerks
Wall of Voodoo
X-Ray Specs
Rudimentary Peni
Jayne County and the Electric Chairs
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