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The_Lizards_Jumpers Posted on 04/11/2010 11:19
Massively underrated bands

For me it would be:-

Dexy's Midnight Runners who contrary to popular belief do actually have more than one song.

Everything But The Girl

The Auteurs

The Boo Radleys

dicky2006 Posted on 04/11/2010 11:19
Massively underrated bands

Oasis [8)]

miltonkeynesaverage Posted on 04/11/2010 11:20
Massively underrated bands


I think they are top bombing

Hapas Posted on 04/11/2010 11:21
Massively underrated bands

The Cribs

although finally getting some mainstream recognition in the past year or so.

MarlonD Posted on 04/11/2010 11:21
Massively underrated bands

You can tell its quiet on here today [rle]

The_Lizards_Jumpers Posted on 04/11/2010 11:21
Massively underrated bands

I like Elbow and until The Seldom Seen Kid I would have agreed with you, however I think that over the past few years they've got the recognition they deserve.

They have even had a South Bank Show dedicated to them recently.

shamblesdefarm Posted on 04/11/2010 11:23
Massively underrated bands

Delta spirit

RavanellisLightbulbs73 Posted on 04/11/2010 11:25
Massively underrated bands

Eels, without doubt

Evil Posted on 04/11/2010 11:25
Massively underrated bands

Suede - fcking love them

Hapas Posted on 04/11/2010 11:27
Massively underrated bands

Suede were huge at one point.

How about The Groundhogs - Tony T.S. Mcphee's blues rock combo

RustysDumpyNuts Posted on 04/11/2010 11:27
Massively underrated bands

Half Man Half Biscuit

MarlonD Posted on 04/11/2010 11:28
Massively underrated bands

Vurtually all the bands mentioned have had huge mainstream hits etc, so how the fcuk can they be underrated ?

Evil Posted on 04/11/2010 11:28
Massively underrated bands

Nobody really talks about them.

I like them so fug you.

The_Lizards_Jumpers Posted on 04/11/2010 11:28
Massively underrated bands

Good shout with The Groundhogs.

The_Lizards_Jumpers Posted on 04/11/2010 11:29
Massively underrated bands

Marlon mine were mostly bands who had one "famous" song and so everyone knows who they are, but actually have a body of work that's largely ignored and underrated.

peck Posted on 04/11/2010 11:30
Massively underrated bands

Talk Talk[^]


FlarPhone_Warehouse Posted on 04/11/2010 11:31
Massively underrated bands

The Beatles [^]

GGGG Posted on 04/11/2010 11:31
Massively underrated bands

The Futureheads

MarlonD Posted on 04/11/2010 11:32
Massively underrated bands

Dexys Midnight Runners are rated by everyone around my age.

Especially at weddingss about 11pm when everyone is ratarsed [^]

mickbrown Posted on 04/11/2010 11:33
Massively underrated bands

Dexy's - good shout. Searching for the Young Soul Rebels is quality, pity they are just remembered for fecking Eileen.

*Fires up spotify,

ste_north_stand Posted on 04/11/2010 11:36
Massively underrated bands

Black Rebel Motorcycle Club

Parno Posted on 04/11/2010 11:38
Massively underrated bands

Futureheads have fell off the radar a bit. Seen them at Leeds this year and they were superb.

I loved the Fratellis first album (except Chelsea Dagger).

Rush have only recently started getting recognition outside of their diehards.

Pearl Jam post 2000 have been largely forgotten even though they are still producing fantastic albums.

billdoor Posted on 04/11/2010 11:38
Massively underrated bands


Great band, wonderful lyrics. Five albums.

Link: The Time of Summer Lightning

robert_huths_niggling_injuries Posted on 04/11/2010 11:39
Massively underrated bands

Mumford & Sons

newyddion Posted on 04/11/2010 11:44
Massively underrated bands

Bonnie 'Prince' Billy
Hüsker Dü

jonniovdaboro Posted on 04/11/2010 11:45
Massively underrated bands

Another shout for future heads and also Twisted wheel foooookin love em Big fat slab of indie punk

beerfordolphins Posted on 04/11/2010 11:45
Massively underrated bands

King's X

Bri_Marwood Posted on 04/11/2010 11:51
Massively underrated bands


GGGG Posted on 04/11/2010 11:52
Massively underrated bands

Sunshine underground- quality first album. Coming to save you is a cracking tune as well.
Los Campesionos are another band who are now on there third album and each one has been different but likeable

Libbins Posted on 04/11/2010 11:54
Massively underrated bands

Good Shout with Husker Dü [^]

THEBOROBOSS Posted on 04/11/2010 11:56
Massively underrated bands

The The

hillwalker1 Posted on 04/11/2010 12:00
Massively underrated bands

Wishbone Ash (now split & Touring as 2 seperate bands - both good, but my vote goes to Martin Turner's version)


Groundhogs (Tony McPhee still gigging)

The Reasoning (best new prog rock band in the UK)

Within Temptation.

Lefty Posted on 04/11/2010 12:04
Massively underrated bands

Good first post that, Lizards.

Dexy's 'Don't Stand Me Down' and the Boo Radleys 'Kingsize' in particular are two wonderful albums that seemed to criminally disappear without trace.

Bukowski Posted on 04/11/2010 12:13
Massively underrated bands

More a solo artist with a band - Pop Levi [^]

billy_bigsworth Posted on 04/11/2010 12:13
Massively underrated bands

I am kloot, without a doubt the most under rated band of the last decade. Got mercury prize nominated this year, but I'd still consider them vastly underrated.

Another band from a few years ago, the cooper temple clause. Wrote some fantastic songs but never got the recognition of some other indy bands of that genoration.

For the person who said they liked the fratillis, check out codine velvet club, its the led singers newish band him and a girl singer. Great first album.

ovy1 Posted on 04/11/2010 12:26
Massively underrated bands

The White Rose Movement

centralscrutinizer Posted on 04/11/2010 12:29
Massively underrated bands

UFO - should be a massive band.
Jason and the Scorchers.
Steve Hillage.

Flood Posted on 04/11/2010 12:32
Massively underrated bands

The Chameleons


I Am X

RedcarBlock53 Posted on 04/11/2010 12:32
Massively underrated bands

We are Scientists. Quality banter for yanks anoll.

New_Fads Posted on 04/11/2010 12:39
Massively underrated bands

New Fast Automstic Daffodils, How were they not massive?

Paris Angels

James, i know they have had success but i dont think there brilliance is recogniced beyond their obvious hits.

808 state, before my time so might have been big for all i know but no one i know has heard of them.


Neds Atomic Dustbin

outmac Posted on 04/11/2010 12:45
Massively underrated bands

Be-Bop Deluxe.
Graham Parker and the Rumour.
Steve Gibbons Band.

metaltony Posted on 04/11/2010 12:47
Massively underrated bands

Our very own Dirty Weekend [^]

SKEELO Posted on 04/11/2010 12:49
Massively underrated bands

Dixie Chicks


The Furs

Israel Vibration

mattyk50 Posted on 04/11/2010 12:50
Massively underrated bands

The Maccabees

RedcarBlock53 Posted on 04/11/2010 12:52
Massively underrated bands

[rle] awesome band. Noone saw that last album coming ha

RenzoRosso Posted on 04/11/2010 13:01
Massively underrated bands

Spaceman 3, Spiritualized


wowee_zowee Posted on 04/11/2010 13:11
Massively underrated bands

Off the top of my head...

Beatnik Filmstars
Bevis Frond
Blue Nile
Guided By Voices
Husker Du
Trash Can Sinatras
The Triffids
Trumans Water

Bri_Marwood Posted on 04/11/2010 13:13
Massively underrated bands

Belle Amie

RustysDumpyNuts Posted on 04/11/2010 13:14
Massively underrated bands


viv_andersons_nana Posted on 04/11/2010 13:14
Massively underrated bands

Simple Kid


Broken Social Scene

squarewheelbike Posted on 04/11/2010 13:20
Massively underrated bands

Another for The Man They Couldn't Hang, and local lads The Tyrell Corperation, lots of critical acclaim, sadly not the sales.

footyteam Posted on 04/11/2010 13:28
Massively underrated bands

grizzly bear
sufjan stevens
broken social scene

Midosparmo Posted on 04/11/2010 13:29
Massively underrated bands

XTC [^]

Marrillion (with Fish in it)

SidBoro Posted on 04/11/2010 13:31
Massively underrated bands

Galaxie 500
The Blue Aeroplanes
The Duke Spirit

BobbyG Posted on 04/11/2010 13:32
Massively underrated bands

The Charlatans [^]

JonMc Posted on 04/11/2010 13:33
Massively underrated bands

The amazing - BLUE ÖYSTER CULT.

Only ever credited with (Don't Frear) The Reaper but have a back catalogue full of superb tunes to pick over.
Sensational band both studio and live and definately one of the most underrated ever.

XTC would be my British nomination. Very, very classy bunch of musicians.

Heine Posted on 04/11/2010 13:49
Massively underrated bands


Piggy Posted on 04/11/2010 14:07
Massively underrated bands

I dont understand why British Sea Power aren't massive. They are currently supporting the Manics, when they should be way beyond that.

squarewheelbike Posted on 04/11/2010 14:10
Massively underrated bands

Marillion? Low quality Genesis tribute band, and Genesis where utter 5hite.

RustysDumpyNuts Posted on 04/11/2010 14:11
Massively underrated bands

Big Audio Dynamite

RenzoRosso Posted on 04/11/2010 14:15
Massively underrated bands

Agree with British Sea Power, I'm ggod friends with Noble's brother Mat he says they still have a great life so maybe they're the winners when all's said and done?

E-PRIME Posted on 04/11/2010 14:17
Massively underrated bands

Turin Brakes
They Might Be Giants

FC_Twente_Bensons Posted on 04/11/2010 14:27
Massively underrated bands

Local Natives
Cold War Kids
Fionne Regan (not a band but still under rated solo artist)

daniboy Posted on 04/11/2010 14:34
Massively underrated bands

its got to be


close second is broad


Quaban_Rings_The_Legends Posted on 04/11/2010 14:51
Massively underrated bands

The La's should have been massive.

I think I'm possibly the only person in the world who liked Milburn and The Rifles. As others have said, Suede and James were wonderful too. Oh, and The Music too.

squarewheelbike Posted on 04/11/2010 14:59
Massively underrated bands

The problems that beset The La's are in the lyrics of There She Goes. I'd put them down as unfulfilled, rather that underated.

Doppelganger Posted on 04/11/2010 15:02
Massively underrated bands

Big Country
Saw them at The Arena over the Boro in 1994.
Simply Awesome. Stuart Adamson was one of the greatest singer/songwriter/guiters ever.

squarewheelbike Posted on 04/11/2010 15:04
Massively underrated bands

Remember Big Country at Coatham Bowl in '83. Good night.

newyddion Posted on 04/11/2010 15:09
Massively underrated bands

Dirty Weekend could have been a XXXXXXing great band.

ron_manager Posted on 04/11/2010 15:12
Massively underrated bands

The Aliens...formely The Beta Band, excellent group...check em out dudes[:D]

Link: The Aliens - Robot Man

billy_bigsworth Posted on 04/11/2010 15:17
Massively underrated bands

british sea power is a great call! I'll third that!

band called hope of the state were fantastic too, unfortunately didn't reach the dizzy heights and were riddled with tragedy within the band.

heffner are another massively underrated band, late 90's they were one of the first underground band I got proper obsessed about.

borolad259 Posted on 04/11/2010 15:26
Massively underrated bands

The Wildhearts

Brilliant songwriter and, on form, the best live band I've seen (God knows I've seen thousands). Never achieved the huge success that their potential warranted for several reasons.

1. A habit of going to war with their major record label....resolutely indie ever since.
2. A pretty much unrivalled fondness for excess
3. They're about the most unstable band ever. The only reason they have survived so long is that they keep breaking up.
4. The main man is a nutter.
5. Getting tagged as a Kerrang band because they had long hair, when in fact they had more in common with The Ramones, The Clash and The Manics (with whom they toured early doors).

borolad01642 Posted on 04/11/2010 15:39
Massively underrated bands



garethsnose Posted on 04/11/2010 16:19
Massively underrated bands

belle and sebastian
manu chao

all very talented bands.

ZappBrannagan Posted on 04/11/2010 16:26
Massively underrated bands

I Am Kloot

Another shout for BMRC

Ryan Adams

The Coral should be massive too. If they just put the pot down for a bit


fattyfoggon Posted on 04/11/2010 16:30
Massively underrated bands

The National ~ brilliant band

EnricoCadillacJnr Posted on 04/11/2010 18:10
Massively underrated bands

Deaf School.

And another shout for XTC

goalscrounger Posted on 04/11/2010 18:15
Massively underrated bands

I'll give my stock answer here of Fountains Of Wayne.

"Utopia Parkway" and "Welcome Interstate Managers" are two of the finest albums out there.

Also, The Decemberists should be huge IMO.

jam69 Posted on 04/11/2010 18:16
Massively underrated bands

saw doctors, and of course the amazing space frogs

parmoboy Posted on 04/11/2010 18:19
Massively underrated bands

The Rascals. Miles Kane is a top songwriter[^]

asredastheycome Posted on 04/11/2010 18:19
Massively underrated bands

Some good calls here most of thiose I'm thinking of already listed.

Jonah Matranga(FAR singer) On at Newcastle next Thursday. Trillians Bar- Amazing live.
The Auteurs/Luke Haines
I Am Kloot
Ryan Adams
Local Natives
Half Man Half Biscuit
Turner Cody

Revenelli Posted on 04/11/2010 18:24
Massively underrated bands

Better than Ezra
Third Eye Blind
Collective Soul

swordtrombonefish Posted on 04/11/2010 18:24
Massively underrated bands

Many of the above, plus

Great Lake Swimmers

The_Johnson Posted on 04/11/2010 19:16
Massively underrated bands

There's a boy leaning against a wall of rain, aerial held high, calling 'come on thunder, come on thunder.'

Everybody must be reminded of how marvellous James are. [^]

Jonny_Ingbar Posted on 04/11/2010 19:16
Massively underrated bands

Another [^] for those who suggested;

Blue Aeroplanes
Blue Nile
Broken Social Scene
Turin Brakes
I am Kloot
Ryan Adams
Grizzly Bear
Delta Spirit

I'd add to that Morning Runner - split up after their one and only album, but its one of my all time favs.

borolad259 Posted on 04/11/2010 19:18
Massively underrated bands

The Go Betweens.

Babe_Rhuth Posted on 04/11/2010 19:20
Massively underrated bands

Blackmore's Night

littlejimmy Posted on 04/11/2010 19:21
Massively underrated bands

Agree with Talk Talk and Big Country and will add Simple Minds (pre-Sparke In The Rain). Until they tried to be like U2 they were quite simple XXXXXXing brilliant, and generally only get remembered for Don't You Forget About Me, which wasn't even their own song.

BoroFur Posted on 04/11/2010 19:40
Massively underrated bands

Skeelo you're right about The Furs. Only seem to be remembered for a sugar sweet version of Pretty in Pink recorded for the movie.

I went to see them in London last week. Down to 2 original members but still as awesome as ever.

yearbyred Posted on 04/11/2010 19:56
Massively underrated bands

Another vote for Trashcan Sinatras and The Blue Aeroplanes.

Obsolete_of_Charm Posted on 04/11/2010 20:23
Massively underrated bands

Guano Apes
Bullet for my Valentine
Breaking Benjamin
Better than Ezra

Not a band as such, but Gwen Stafani's husband Gavin Rossdale (used to be lead singer with Bush, think they are reforming actually) has one of the best rock voices around!

Tarmos_Left_Foot Posted on 04/11/2010 20:56
Massively underrated bands

Field Music
Guided By Voices
Cave In

HarryVegas Posted on 04/11/2010 21:00
Massively underrated bands

Martin Stephenson & The Daintees [^]
And solo -
Roddy Frame
Chris Difford
Boo Hewerdine

yearbyred Posted on 04/11/2010 21:06
Massively underrated bands

Harryvegas - did you see Boo Hewerdine and Chris Difford on BBC4 a few weeks back?

joseph99 Posted on 04/11/2010 21:19
Massively underrated bands

Le Rue (cajun rock that played locally)

Tyrel Corporation

Ted Hawkins

Spear of Destiny

HarryVegas Posted on 04/11/2010 21:24
Massively underrated bands

yearbyred - only managed to catch last 10 mins [:(!]

yearbyred Posted on 04/11/2010 21:30
Massively underrated bands

Harry - on youtube now

Link: Boo

Urban_Legend Posted on 04/11/2010 21:47
Massively underrated bands

The Salvation Army Band

Awesome live!

Pomp, pomp, pomp, parp. Clash!

HarryVegas Posted on 04/11/2010 21:49
Massively underrated bands

Cheers YR! [:D][^]

Arthur_Chestnut Posted on 04/11/2010 21:52
Massively underrated bands

Danny Wilson

baldie Posted on 04/11/2010 22:04
Massively underrated bands

Big Country
Temper Trap

speckyget Posted on 04/11/2010 22:06
Massively underrated bands

Good shouts on The National and Polytechnic.

I'll chip in with the Silver Jews, Fell City Girl, Bang Bang Machine and the mighty Durutti Column.

changingman Posted on 04/11/2010 22:26
Massively underrated bands

Another shout for British Sea Power. Great albums and one of the best bands I have ever seen live.

Pete and the Pirates also; thought they would be massive, very catchy first album.

Dribble Posted on 04/11/2010 22:30
Massively underrated bands

Modern Romance

Johnson Posted on 04/11/2010 22:32
Massively underrated bands

Tegan and Sara
Take That

Tortured_Mind Posted on 04/11/2010 22:42
Massively underrated bands


mr_maz Posted on 04/11/2010 22:45
Massively underrated bands

mr big

gravyboat Posted on 04/11/2010 22:54
Massively underrated bands

More shouts for I am Kloot, Gomez and The Music.

Smoggyoggy Posted on 04/11/2010 22:57
Massively underrated bands

Wishbone Ash

collo1875 Posted on 04/11/2010 23:05
Massively underrated bands

Gas Light Anthem
Black Keys
both great bands but not getting as much recognition as maybe they should be,
although Gaslight are getting a bit of airplay lately

king_hellfire Posted on 04/11/2010 23:06
Massively underrated bands

'Pearl Jam post 2000 have been largely forgotten even though they are still producing fantastic albums.'

They haven't been forgotten by me...they're my favourite band.[ref]

The Breeders are very underrated.

Bri_Marwood Posted on 04/11/2010 23:07
Massively underrated bands


homesickblues Posted on 04/11/2010 23:11
Massively underrated bands



Schlumberger Posted on 04/11/2010 23:16
Massively underrated bands

just about everything on here is sadly underrated.

Link: shameless self promotion

kazza Posted on 04/11/2010 23:21
Massively underrated bands

wildcats of killkenny

sheriff_john_bunnell Posted on 04/11/2010 23:29
Massively underrated bands

There are some amazing pop bands who never even get close to the charts. Dragonette and Annie produce stuff far better than gaga. And siobhan donaghys last album got to number 109 or something. The trouble is there's no easily definable audience.
B52s is a good shout, far more to them than love shack. Probably the best gig I ever went to was seeing them in the roundhouse.
And on the guitar side of things there's lilys. Probably the best band in the world. No one buys their records, and they're dismissed by critics as being unoriginal charlatans.
But the one that takes the biscuit is the aloud. The best pop band since abba. Tangled up wasn't even nominated for a mercury. Male White guitar music snobbery.

Darkender Posted on 04/11/2010 23:32
Massively underrated bands

Dr Feelgood
Kursaal Flyers

TeessideSeasider Posted on 04/11/2010 23:40
Massively underrated bands


viv_andersons_nana Posted on 05/11/2010 03:22
Massively underrated bands

Arab Strap


hillwalker1 Posted on 05/11/2010 07:37
Massively underrated bands

Good grief Stackridge! Saw them support Lindisfarne back in the Dark ages. [smi]
They were superb, my then girlfriend bought me their Freindliness album for Crimbo.

EnricoCadillacJnr Posted on 05/11/2010 08:09
Massively underrated bands

David Devant and His Spirit Wife

fatsuma Posted on 05/11/2010 08:42
Massively underrated bands

Good shouts for:

The Chameleons - to whom Editors should have dedicated their debut album.

Jason and the Scorchers - who came in on the same transatlantic tide as REM and Green on Red.

The The - Soulmining was the best synth-pop album of the 80s and still sounds fresh, despite the 'down at heel' lyrical content.

The Go Betweens. Those who know me would be confused that, like the Boro, their name doesn't really have the prefix 'Mighty' .

I'd like to offer a well known band from the 60s, whose influence on 70's rock pop, 90s BritPop, and the British tradition for whimsy and every day social comment deserves a much higher regard.....

The Kinks.

They are well known. They have been very successful. But they should be Absoluuuuutely Mahoooosive!

Everyone knows at least a handful of Kinks songs.

But who actually owns one of their albums?

Massively underrated.

Bugger Bruce Fortsyth.... give Ray Davies a knighthood for services to entertainment!

And Brian Cant whilst you're at it!!!! [smi]

borobadge Posted on 05/11/2010 10:30
Massively underrated bands


Alabama 3.

The Decemberists.


allied_assault Posted on 05/11/2010 10:30
Massively underrated bands

Do Manic Street Preachers fall into this category?

skiprat Posted on 05/11/2010 10:40
Massively underrated bands


Royksopp have had a number of chart numbers but their body of work is superb.

futureboy Posted on 05/11/2010 10:40
Massively underrated bands

Anyone for The Left Banke?

Their only real hit was "Walk Away Renee", which most people know, but their debut album is my favourite album ever. 30 mins of sublime 60s Baroque pop which makes every other band from that decade look like a bunch of amateurs.

DonSmoggie Posted on 05/11/2010 12:24
Massively underrated bands

I'm a huge fan of Death Cab for Cutie, not sure where I got their first album from, but it's great.

asredastheycome Posted on 06/11/2010 12:15
Massively underrated bands

Futureboy...The Left Banke were a fantastic band. Great call. Love Diseree(think thats right)

As I posted on the solo artists post elsewhere on I have been making up a compilation of Easyworld(and David Ford solo)tracks. Only had a couple of things by them before but I've been stunned at just how many class tracks they had.
U Make Me Want To Drink Bleach - great title as well.

asredastheycome Posted on 06/11/2010 12:19
Massively underrated bands

The sadly missed Idiot Savant and Das Wanderlust two others that spring to mind.

Another is Girls At Our Best just bought the reissue of their punk/pop album and cannot stop playing it.

SYDNEYSIDER Posted on 06/11/2010 12:34
Massively underrated bands

Sigur Ros
Beastie Boys
The National
Toots and the Maytals

arnold_judas_rimmer Posted on 06/11/2010 12:40
Massively underrated bands

Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds.

yearbyred Posted on 06/11/2010 12:44
Massively underrated bands

How did I forget the Blue Nile.

Not under rated by those who get them.

Link: Blue Nile

boro74 Posted on 06/11/2010 12:59
Massively underrated bands

I always thought Echo and the Bunnymen deserved a lot more success than they had.

Ian Dury and the Blockheads is another good band that had a couple of big hits but should have had more.

Ishmael Posted on 06/11/2010 13:00
Massively underrated bands



The Hold Steady

and another vote for I am Kloot

asredastheycome Posted on 07/11/2010 12:23
Massively underrated bands

Pink Floyd............oops sorry I thought this was the overrated bands thread.

Lukeboro Posted on 07/11/2010 12:45
Massively underrated bands


BoroinBuxton Posted on 07/11/2010 13:00
Massively underrated bands

Some great shouts on here, but Talk Talk for me are easily the most underrated band ever.Listen to them quite regularly, always intriguing- some fantastic lyrics and Mark Hollis is a genius, if not slightly odd!