Most Underrated Musicians That Time Forgot
Ask the average person who the greatest musicians in history are and the same few names will be mentioned. The Beatles, Michael Jackson, Elvis Presley, and so on. The problem is that the world of music has been shaped and influenced by hundreds of talented people, many of which have simply been forgotten. We’re going to take a look at some of the bands and musicians that played a major role in the industry, only to largely be forgotten.
Fair warning; this list is a matter of opinion.
Yes, most are aware that The Kinks existed, and that they made some great music. But the true scope of how much this band did for musical history is grossly understated. Most will mention The Beatles, but few seem to realise that The Kinks were a major influence for that band. John Lennon openly stated that he was very influenced by Ray Davies, though few seem to understand what this means. If it weren’t for The Kinks, The Beatles may never have existed.
Of course, Lola and All Of The Night are appreciated, but so many forget where these songs actually originated. What a shame.
When talking about underground rock, the Bad Brains are almost never mentioned, and that is criminal. Most haven’t even heard of the band, despite the fact that their albums all put pushed the industry through the 70s and 80s. Of course, the band itself went through so many changes that it is difficult to even peg them down to a specific era. Either way, if it weren’t for this revolutionary, game changing punk rock band, the industry would almost certainly have gone a different route.
Tears For Fears
Name bands that originated in the early 80s, and are still performing live to this day. Not many, except for the likes of Tears For Fears. Yes, the band is celebrated for Mad World, Shout, and Everybody Wants To Rule The World, and that is exactly the problem. Tears For Fears has a list of incredible hits that not only clearly influenced the industry but have even been brought to a new generation by younger artists. Lest we forget, the younger generation seems to think that Lorde wrote Everybody Wants To Rule The World.
Tears For Fears has enjoyed success but have not nearly been given the credit they really deserve.
Last we have a name that most have probably never heard; Fugazi. Those that do know them often refer to the band as amongst the most underrated in history, and for very good reason. Not only did Fugazi make some of the most influential music of all time, but they are also credited as having done virtually everything themselves. So many bands and artists these days are backed by an unseen army of producers and marketers, but Fugazi were verbose about not accepting outside help.
Hence, they wrote their own music, performed, made their own merchandise, and even organised their own tours. Imagine a pop star of today doing the same.
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