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Music You've Never Heard #16 To #20
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16. The Evolution Control Committee

Ok, fuck EBN. This is the real shit. Mark Gunderson is a personal hero of mine. He is stil making incredible music. Go hit his website and buy something. When I've played records in public, I've always gotten the crowd rocking with my sure-fire secret weapon: Gunderson's mashup of Public Enemy rapping over Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass. I'll slide some Kraftwerk under that beat, and suddenly I'm Mr. Mixmaster Extraordinare.

http://evolution-control.com/
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Evolution_Control_Committee
http://mutant-sounds.blogspot.com/2009/03/evolution-control-committee-notes-of.html

17. Firewater

OMG. "Punk folk music". This band is better than they have any reason to be. I never thought the ashes of the electro-punk "Cop Shoot Cop" would produce this amazing world-music influenced band. They rock as hard as the Pogues, but with amazing original songs. Ok, ok, not *all* original... their recent "Songs We Should Have Written" CD is an album of cover songs. But what great covers they are: with "Paint It Black" and "The Beat Goes On" to name two warp and twisted covers. Kind of like what Adam Lambert tried to do on Ameica Idol, but a lot better and lot earlier than him. I like the earlier "The Man On The Burning Tightrope" and "Psychopharmacology" CDs a lot more than the newest one. But there is plenty of promise that this band will make great music for some time to come.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Firewater
http://www.myspace.com/realfirewater
http://www.geocities.com/thetodhole/

18. Gear Daddies

This band was part of my life for a while. it seemed everyone in college knew the band members personally... at least the guys from Austin - home of Hormel and Spam. That sense of gritty blue-collar hopelessness was the core of the Gear Daddies music. The first time everyone heard them play, the first comment was usually, "Wow! That Martin Zellar can really sing!" But we stuck around for the great tuneful songs like "Wear Your Crown" and "She's Happy".

You might know the band from the the song "(I Wanna Drive The) Zamboni" that they play before every hockey game in the US. I think the band sabotaged themselves by hiding that track on their major-label-debut CD as a hidden track, ensuring that no prospective buyer could find it. The band exploded, and Marty and Billy Dankert made solo albums, but it's not really the same is it? Number one of my favorite rock bands that coulda been, shoulda been.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gear_Daddies
http://www.myspace.com/geardaddies2007
http://www.martinzellar.com/

19. Great Big Sea

I almost left this band off the list because they had a sucessful public television special, so you've probably heard of them. But they are so good... I wanted to make sure. Sea shanties sung with rock guitars. Excellent cover versions of traditional songs mixed with outstanding originals. In Newfoundland, this band is a legend. Here in the US, they are just quite good. When my friend Rob got married, I bought him every CD Great Big Sea ever recorded. He was a little perplexed, having never heard of them before. Ten years later, the happy couple is still together, and sings the GBS songs together on road trips. It was the best wedding gift I ever purchased.

http://www.greatbigsea.com
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Great_Big_Sea

20. The Housemartins

This band is the reason I started this list. I can't believe not everybody knows this band. Fuck Morrissey, fuck Erasure. If you want pure English pop songcraft, this is the band. Keyboardist Normal Cook went on to become Fatboy Slim, while singer Paul Heaton founded The Beautiful South. But for two beautiful albums in the eighties, this band made astounding songs with soaring harmonies and witty lyrics. Who could ask for more?

You might have heard their a capella version of "Caravan of Love". In my opinion, that song became *too* popular, and fans thought that's what their music should sound like. For my money, the bittersweet "Flag Day" or acerbic "Get Up Off Our Knees" were a lot better. Dr. Who David Tennant is a big fan of this band. It's a shame that beautiful things can't last.

http://thehousemartins.com/
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Housemartins


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::sigh:: I missed the chance to see Great Big Sea in Albany, New York, because they refused to perform at a bar when they discovered the stage was too small.

At the time, I totally resented them for it (not the least of which is that I was standing in the rain for an hour waiting until they cancelled), but I understand that there's only so cramped a band can be on a stage before they can no longer really play.

I have Little Beggarman (the hidden track on on Rant and Roar) as one of my workout songs.

Glad you didn't leave Great Big Sea off. Helmethead is my favorite from them.

Yeah, but I think a lot of people have heard of them. I was trying to highlight some obscure acts. But you're right... they're really good!

I've been a Housemartin's fan forever (and Beautiful South as well). Didn't know the Fatboy Slim connection, though.

I heard that he's fucking in heaven.

GBS is awesome :) But you're right, I haven't heard of any of these others. Will check 'em out, thanks!

Gunderson's mashup of Public Enemy rapping over Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass

... is one of my absolute most-hated pieces of music ever.

It combines two hated genres in one! Rap and cheesy 60s bad jazz instrumentals. The only thing worse I could think of would be opera polkas.


Bagpipes and yodeling?



Uh, apparently you can't make this stuff up.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R8vnESRoA_g

"Polka and Fugue" from the opera Schwanda the Bagpiper. Performed by a high school band. Badly. And then critiqued by anonymous morons at YouTube.


Okay mudcub,

When are you going to make a compilation cd for me?

I saw the Gear Daddies quite a few times in College.

Up here Great Big Sea is no secret at all, it's on the radio all the time. I've been to one of their concerts.

Yeah, that's why I wasn't sure about puting them on the list. But I guessed that if someone didn't know about them, they should!

Gear Daddies music does stand the test of time. Catchy as hell!

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