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Music You've Never Heard #36 To #40
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36. Planet P Project

Oh, I miss concept albums. I loved it when bands came up with some weird idea about elves or. Planet P was a side project for "Rainbow" keyboardist Tony Carey. I guess he's still making CDs, though my favorite was "Pink World". Like a more synth-heavy version of Styx, there seemed to be more humor than most prog-rock concept albums. It's dancable and fun. Even though I'm not sure what the album is trying to say!

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Planet_P_Project
http://www.truebeliever.de/
http://www.planet-p-project.com/

37. The Polecats

Noted on this list simply for a single perfect three-minute song "Make A Circuit With Me". Sing it with me now: "I'll be a diode, cathode, electrode, overload, generator, oscillator. Make a circuit with me!" Pure rockabilly goodness. In other news, Denver had an amazing rockabilly scene in the early ninteties, with several zines and venues. I never would have thought it would be popular in the West, but maybe the combination of desert, hot rods, and the freedom of the open road really germinated a lot of great new wave swing bands.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Polecats

38. Red 7

I fell in love with the song "Heartbeat" from the movie Manhunter (which also had an another amazing song in it, The Prime Movers "Strong As I Am"). Even though the Red 7 song was used in the TV show Miami Vice, it shouldn't be confused with the Don Johnson song "Heartbeat" which is absolutely awful.

I have a list of the CDs in my archive (http://www.patrickkellogg.com/lists/cd_archive.htm) since my move, now woefully out of date), and every few months someone will find a CD in a google search and email me asking for a copy. Sometimes, I oblige. I ripped a copy of some rare Underworld tracks for a couple's wedding in Brazil. But I've been offered over a hundred dollars for the original CD of Red 7's "When The Sun Goes Down", and I don't think I'll ever take anyone up on the offer.

http://http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7G2SqhlNdF0
http://http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L4geT6YnSiQ
http://www.inthe00s.com/archive/inthe80s/bbs20/webBBS_20392.shtml

39. Rhythm Corps

I bought the cassette for "Common Ground" (see http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wb4PbTuHwC4), but the whole album is pretty good. Slick eighties-style production, but that's a good thing. They didn't last long... two albums as Rhythm Corps and few EPs with other names. I don't know why I have a soft spot for this band. I guess because it was proto-grunge... guitar-heavy emo that foreshadowed how earnest Pearl Jam would be a few years later. Eighties bands were so goofy, that when they tried to look earnest they seemed even sillier. Kind of like the way "The Sharks" versus "The Jets" in a Gershwin dance-off looks so innocous today, but at the time probably looked like a gritty vision of gang violence and teen deliniquency. Proof that everything, like "gangsta rap" and speed metal, will all be see as quaint in the future.

http://www.myspace.com/rhythmcorpsfan
http://www.motorcityrock.com/bands/rhythm_corps/rhythm_corps.html

40. Robyn Hitchcock

He's so good he shouldn't be on this list with all of these one-hit wonders. Robyn has an amazing thirty year back catalog of mind-blowing music. I was first sucked in with the cassette "I Often Dream of Trains", just because there was a goofy a capella song "Uncorrected Personality Traits". But while I was expecting full album of a Dr. Demento outtakes, I received a bunch of delicate acoustic songs about death, sex, and food, sone with arcane lyrics and wistful imagery.

I think Robyn tries a bit *too* hard to be obtuse. His between-song patter is famous for spinning long stories tha make no sense, about people with lightbulb heads ("He turns himself on in the dark!") and surrealism. I love his solo suitar stuff like "Eye" (Robyn is one of the most underrated guitarists of today... deft fretboard work on top of creative chording), but I alos love his hard-rocking tunes with a full band, like my favorite "Globe of Frogs". He is an absolute treasure, in my humble opinion.

http://www.robynhitchcock.com/
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robyn_Hitchcock
http://www.fegmania.org/
http://www.yeproc.com/artist_info.php?artistId=171



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And I HATED "Queen Elvis". Funny, isn't it? But the guy has recorded so many songs over a period of decades that there is always something new I can discover in his music.

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