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Since my specialty is songs that, for the most part, are long lost and forgotten
I thought I'd start a musical obscurity thread. I'll be posting some of my
favorite songs that, for the most part, didn't get a lot of airplay or, if they
did, quickly disappeared into oblivion.

Here is the first one...Please feel free to add your own. Maybe some of us
can get to hear some tunes that we might have otherwise never heard
before.

This one is by April Wine, a group that gained fame as part of K-Tel's
collection of obscure tunes. This one is from 1972.

The song..."You Could Have Been A Lady"


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Here's another one from The Glass Bottle from 1971

"I Ain't Got Time Anymore"

This is another one that ended up on a K-Tel compilation album.


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Here's another one from 1973. You probably remember "How Do You Do" by
Mouth and McNeal, which in itself is a long forgotten song and in most minds
a one hit wonder.

What most people don't know is that they actually had a followup record
that got very little airplay.

Here it is..."Hey You Love"


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Don't tell my metalhead friends, but I always liked the Chocolate Watchband...


"The Golden Town is the Golden Town no longer. They have sold their pillars for brass and their temples for money, they have made coins out of their golden doors. It is become a dark town full of trouble, there is no ease in its streets, beauty has left it and the old songs are gone." - Lord Dunsany, The Messengers
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Don't tell my metalhead friends, but I always liked the Chocolate Watchband...

YouTube - the chocolate watch band - dark side of the mushroom
Now THAT is obscure.

Thanks for sharing this.

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Before they were ELO, they were The Move.

One of the strangest and most incredible tunes ever recorded with great
vocals by Roy Wood.

The year was 1970.

"Cherry Blossom Clinic Revisited" from Shazam.


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Here's another one from Shazam, "Fields Of People."

Bev Bevan was such a great drummer and so underrated.


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HiC,

Chocolate Watchband is cool. I really like their cover of (It's All Over Now) Baby Blue.

Here's a bit of obscurity...


I tend to like the obscure and weird. Normal stuff too. This is just my opinion (and that's what's so great about music), but I didn't think the Move sounded strange at all. But that's probably because of my musical tastes.

I tried to find some bits of obscurae on YouTube, but couldn't find what I was looking for.

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This was the first Jackson 5 flop and it was their best song ever.

Go figure.

The year was 1971.

The song..."Maybe Tomorrow"


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From the late 70s, a group that never got the recognition it deserved.

New England with "Hello Hello Hello"


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From the late 70s, a group that never got the recognition it deserved.

New England with "Hello Hello Hello"

YouTube - New England_Hello Hello Hello (Attractive woman slide Show!)
I have the album this song is on.
Another good song from the same album,
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I have the album this song is on.
Another good song from the same album,
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YouTube - NEW ENGLAND - P.U.N.K.
With this song sandwiched in between the two of them.


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From Cat Steven's next to last album Izitso in 1977, a great song that
nobody plays anymore.

"Remember The Days Of The Old Schoolyard"


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And thanks for bringing back the memories with this one Steven!

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Thoroughly depressing song, but I loved it:



Everyone probably remembers their hit:



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Another old favorite of mine:


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I was wondering if Jim Carroll was still around or not, since I couldn't remember. Turns out he just died a couple of weeks ago, on Sept. 11.

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Nice thread, Steven.

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Before they were ELO, they were The Move.
Jeff Lyne went on to form ELO, but Roy Wood formed Wizzard:



Here's another piece of obscurity. I had this single lying around and a friend offered to buy it for £50 (around $75). It's by Timebox, featuring Mike Patto, and it's a 1968 cover of an even earlier Frankie Valli song:




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Look at how young Lou Reed is in this one:


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The VU is awesome.

If you are a fan, and haven't got it yet...

I'd recommend the 5 disc box set, Peel Slowly And See along with Loaded (Fully Loaded Edition).



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Mike, I've always loved that Velvet's number, Venus In Furs

I even like this rip-off soundalike by an otherwise great band, Hazeldine:



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Funny - I was not turned on to VU until around 1994 or so, when I started listening to this guy:

WFUV Public Radio | Idiot's Delight

Lost track of him for a while...he does some awesome stuff. Some VERY obscure music. great interviews, etc.

My guess is anyone from the NY/NJ area has heard him at one time or another...not sure how popular he was outside this area.


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Before Ronnie James Dio had his own career...

Before he replaced Ozzy Osbourne in Black Sabbath...

Before he was in Ritchie Blackmore's Rainbow...

He was ELF:


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Here's a nice sing-along:


The musical version of chinese water torture:

Her name was Bertha, Bertha Butt...She was a big woman:

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Everybody remembers Melanie's big hits "Lay Down", "Brand New Key" but
here is one of her more obscure tunes that didn't make much of a dent in
the charts and nobody plays anymore.

From 1971, "Ring The Living Bell"


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OK Steven and All...

In the mid '80s (?), Lou Reed released a single called "Funky Hard Hips". I really like this song but can't find it anywhere. It was a semi-hit the year it came out, then just faded into obscurity.

Anyone heard of this song?

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OK Steven and All...

In the mid '80s (?), Lou Reed released a single called "Funky Hard Hips". I really like this song but can't find it anywhere. It was a semi-hit the year it came out, then just faded into obscurity.

Anyone heard of this song?

Kurt, by the mid 80s, I had almost given up on the radio. There were very
few things I liked at all. The only thing from Lou Reed that I remember
after the 70s by Lou Reed was his classic album New York with the great
tune (lyrics wise) "Dirty Blvd".

If anybody hasn't heard it, you have to check it out. It is said to be his
best work, and I agree 100%

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Also, I really like this song in this Becks commerical. I knew the name of it at one time...What's the name of the Hindu God of death? I think that's part of the title of this song...


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Also, I really like this song in this Becks commerical. I knew the name of it at one time...What's the name of the Hindu God of death? I think that's part of the title of this song...

YouTube - Beck's TV ad: Different by Choice
Wow...you're digging into the well today Kurt.

I have no idea who that is.

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Sorry Kurt, I think you may have been experimenting back in the day! All kidding aside,I never heard of that song,and can find no refence to it anywhere.
I must admit, I did learn something new while looking though...
Lou Reed married Laurie Anderson.
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Also, I really like this song in this Becks commerical. I knew the name of it at one time...What's the name of the Hindu God of death? I think that's part of the title of this song...

YouTube - Beck's TV ad: Different by Choice
Okay, I found it. It's from the album "Music For Imaginary Films" by
Arling and Cameron.

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Here's a real obscure tune by Keith Moon...Do Me Good.


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You could fill a museum with lost and forgotten Moody Blues tunes.

This is just one of them, from 7th Sojourn.

"Land Of Make Believe"


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Since my specialty is songs that, for the most part, are long lost and forgotten
I thought I'd start a musical obscurity thread. I'll be posting some of my
favorite songs that, for the most part, didn't get a lot of airplay or, if they
did, quickly disappeared into oblivion.

Here is the first one...Please feel free to add your own. Maybe some of us
can get to hear some tunes that we might have otherwise never heard
before.

This one is by April Wine, a group that gained fame as part of K-Tel's
collection of obscure tunes. This one is from 1972.

The song..."You Could Have Been A Lady"

YouTube - April Wine - You Could Have Been A Lady (mono mix)
Actually April Wine had .at elast where I am, a moderately successful album in "Nature Of The beast"
Here are a couple that were hits :


and of course this ballad:


for some reason, whenever I hear April wine, I also think of Saga:




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OK Steven and All...

In the mid '80s (?), Lou Reed released a single called "Funky Hard Hips". I really like this song but can't find it anywhere. It was a semi-hit the year it came out, then just faded into obscurity.

Anyone heard of this song?
Kurt, do you mean "Hot Hips"?

I think it was a US only release (1984?). It was featured in the movie "Perfect".

That was the one starring Jamie Lee Curtis, so I'm not surprised that nobody was paying much attention to the soundtrack.


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April wine was actually kind of well known, atleast around me anyway.


IF you can find them and i think you tube has them, look for a band call Stranger. Probably the most well known band in Florida. THey played every bar in the sunshine state atleast once. They apparently had a big deal that fell through right when they were on the edge of superstardom and something about the fine print of their contract said they couldnt get into another contract for 10 years, well by that time, grunge was big and their music wasn't as popular.

But in the late 80's, early 90s, they were THE Florida band.
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April wine was actually kind of well known, atleast around me anyway.


IF you can find them and i think you tube has them, look for a band call Stranger. Probably the most well known band in Florida. THey played every bar in the sunshine state atleast once. They apparently had a big deal that fell through right when they were on the edge of superstardom and something about the fine print of their contract said they couldnt get into another contract for 10 years, well by that time, grunge was big and their music wasn't as popular.

But in the late 80's, early 90s, they were THE Florida band.
Yeah Michael, a lot of bands had big local followings but virtually unknown
elsewhere. April Wine may have been one of them.

However, the thread is more about songs that either were never big hits
or, if they had any kind of fame at all, quickly vanished from the face of
the earth NEVER to be played again.

A perfect example is this song, which when first released caused such a
stir due to its suggestive tone. When was the last time you ever heard
anybody play this on the radio...anywhere?


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Okay, I found it. It's from the album "Music For Imaginary Films" by
Arling and Cameron.
Thanks Steven...

And I was right with my Indian God reference...The song's name is Shiva's R&R Dub. And iTunes finally has it, they didn't have it 6-7 months ago.

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Kurt, do you mean "Hot Hips"?

I think it was a US only release (1984?). It was featured in the movie "Perfect".

That was the one starring Jamie Lee Curtis, so I'm not surprised that nobody was paying much attention to the soundtrack.


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Yep, that's the song.

The lyrics are here...I'd like to hear the song itself, but can't find it anywhere...
Hot Hips

Here's some of the lyrics:

Funky hot hips
funky hot hips
Funky hot hips

Funky hot hips
I would do anything
I would do anything
to get to your funky hot hip, hey

Funky hot hips
I would do play the fool
I'd play the fool for you
to get to your funky hot hip

Hip-hop-bop-flop, baby, don't you ever stop
funky hot hips
Hip-hop-bop-flop, baby, don't you ever stop
funky hot hips

Funky hot hips
I would do anything
I would do anything
to get to your funky hot hip

Funky hot hips
I would do play the fool
I'd play the fool for you
to get to your funky hot hip

Hip-hop-bop-flop, baby, don't you ever stop
funky hot hips
Hip-hop-bop-flop, baby, don't you ever stop
funky hot hips

Funky hot hips
I would do anything
I would do anything
to get to your funky hot hip

Funky hot hips
I would do play the fool
I'd play the fool for you
to get to your funky hot hip

Hip-hop-bop-flop, baby, don't you ever stop
funky hot hips
Hip-hop-bop-flop, baby, don't you ever stop
funky hot hips

Funky hot hips
I would do anything
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Funky hot hips
I would do play the fool
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funky hot hips, yeah
Hip-hop-bop-flop, baby, don't you ever stop
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In the summer of 1971, this group came out with this tune that was later
covered by a singer by the name of Lobo who himself had a song during the
year of 1971. Neither version was a big hit. While both were good, this one
was still the best.

The group, Cymarron.

The song..."Rings"


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In 1973 a group by the name of New York City came out with a really great
song that did get some airplay. But it's been years since anybody's played
this gem.

The song..."I'm Doing Fine Now"


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Steven,
I think your are bringing out one of the things about music back then, it was very regional. A song like this might be a hit in pockets or areas but not a "national" hit.

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I remember when I first heard this song in the spring of 1971 I thought to
myself, "what a great tune." Bill Chase died only a few years after this
song came out.

The song..."Get It On"


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Soon as I saw Chocolate Watchband or whatever it brought to mind the Stawberry Alarm Clark - Most will remember their 'Incense and Peppermints' if they are old - but one I never heard of until now is this one, so I guess that qualifies as Obscure - 'Rainy Day Mushroom Pillow'. (musta been a pipe dream)


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In the spring of 1971, a vocal duo by the name of Brewer and Shipley came
out with a song that, depending on where you lived, may have been banned
by your radio station. I know it was where I lived and was quickly yanked
off the playlist. Today, I don't know anybody who plays this one anymore.

The song..."One Toke Over The Line"

Great vocal harmonies on this one.


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Steven,
I think your are bringing out one of the things about music back then, it was very regional. A song like this might be a hit in pockets or areas but not a "national" hit.
Kim, that is very true. A station down in Atlanta, where my friend would go
to visit with his family, had many songs played that never made it up here.
He'd buy the singles down there and bring them back to me here in NJ to
listen to.

One of them was this one:


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Really rock here!

For me, I think the true meaning of rock is to awake the inner of u!
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