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  posted on 7/10/2009 at 08:32 PM

I remember a band from Atlanta called Starbuck (1976) that I thought was going to be the next big pop group.

Starbuck had a #3 hit, Moonlight Feels Right and a #38, Everybody Be Dancin'.

And that was about it.




http://www.moonlightfeelsright.com/bio.html

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  posted on 7/10/2009 at 08:42 PM
I always thought Athens' Pylon should have been bigger. I know the REM guys have a very high regard for them. Manic, extremely pogo-able!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E9OuD6xagLE

BR-549 also. They played my cousin's wedding in Nashville in about '94 before they reached modest success. Best wedding ever!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5tf_NIBIJs8

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  posted on 7/10/2009 at 08:49 PM

I saw a band called Ross several times. I think it was like mid 70's.
They put out a couple of albums. I thought they were really great.
Never caught on I guess.

 

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  posted on 7/10/2009 at 09:07 PM
I liked the Michael Stanley Band especially the album Stagepass.

 

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  posted on 7/10/2009 at 09:11 PM
a lot of early 90's bands: kik tracee, love/hate, tattoo rodeo and saigon kick. saigon kick, kik tracee and love/hate seemed to mix grunge with the radio friendly hard rock popular at the time but all 3 bands failed to make a splash to the public. tattoo rodeo was just agood kick ass southern rock styled band but i guess wrong time for them in 1991
 

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  posted on 7/10/2009 at 09:54 PM
Cry Of Love....Loved that band...went away too fast.....

 

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  posted on 7/10/2009 at 09:55 PM
I always though Allgood (originally Allgood Music Company) were going to hit it big. They got a nice following around the South and in Colorado in the early 90s, did a great independent album, signed to Atlantic records, got on the '94 Horde Tour (got a terrible 2pm slot), put out one major label album and live EP and that was it.

Sold out Center Stage Theatre in Atlanta along the way to playing the Super Jam in Athens a few times. They were not far behind Dave Mathews Band, Widespread, Blues Traveler, Phish in the early 90s but it just didn't didn't get (or make) that second wave of breaks.

 

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  posted on 7/10/2009 at 10:00 PM
Peachstate & I also saw Jupiter Coyote a few weeks ago doing one of their not-so-common shows these days. They were in that next wave behind Allgood in the early 90s. Solid debut album with some classics. Lots of influences in their sound and they embraced the country/bluegrass side of their jam band rock as the decade wore on.

We both watched them thinking they just arrived at the wrong time. They could have been almost (intellegent!) country/rock crossovers today. I thought they had a chance to be big back in the day too.

 

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  posted on 7/10/2009 at 10:05 PM
A band named Gravy opened for Buddy Guy in Nashville several years ago. A powerful trio with strong songs and strong vocals.

 

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  posted on 7/10/2009 at 10:09 PM

Guadalcanal Diary - Watusi Rodeo 1983
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4W9TgqWuJTk

Duke Jupiter "I'll Drink to you"
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5KgnRPx_vdI

Swimming Pool Q's "Big Fat Tractor"
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o4W9IfDGr24

The Beat Farmers "Gun sale at the Church"
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0npOg8TvJuE

 

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  posted on 7/10/2009 at 10:32 PM
Quasi Stellular Object (Q.S.O.)- local band from the Santa Cruz,CA area in th early 90's.
They had it all, yet never really seemed to take off? No idea where they are now...maybe here? Shon are you there?

 

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  posted on 7/10/2009 at 10:45 PM
Kenny, good call on the Q's. I wore out The Deep End back then. Got to have Anne Richmond Boston in the mix to have the real deal. Don't remember them being this bluesy:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N1xq6euHCSg&feature=related

 

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  posted on 7/10/2009 at 10:58 PM
does king's x count? they've never had a gold album
 

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  posted on 7/10/2009 at 11:08 PM
I'd have to go with Diamond Head, one of my all time favourites. A huge influence on Metallica who covered them many times, Megadeth, etc. but poor management (singer's mother) and record company didn't help them. Saw them many times before they were signed and they were always brilliant.

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  posted on 7/10/2009 at 11:24 PM
13th Floor Elevators, one of the top underground bands in late-60's Houston, were pegged as a can't miss by everybody that heard them. It never happened.

 

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  posted on 7/11/2009 at 12:16 AM
Warrior Soul

and perhaps Q5

 

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  posted on 7/11/2009 at 08:19 AM
Saw group called ELF open for Deep Purple in 73 i said man they are going to make it hard driven rock and roll with a boogie twist killer piano player and great guitar and vocals but sadly they broke up but their lead singer made it his name Ronnie James Dio.... they put out 3 albums if you ever see one grab it ...

 

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  posted on 7/11/2009 at 08:32 AM
Riverdogs should have sold tons. Strong songs, excellent musicians. Vivian Campbell was supposed to produce the band and ended up joining. I think it is his best work ever. There have been rumors of him releasing another album with them for years.

Unfortunately they got attached with "hair metal" but have nothing in common with those bands at all.

Riverdogs - Toy Soldier

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Riverdogs - Water From The Moon

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  posted on 7/11/2009 at 09:01 AM
The Illusion from Long Island
Had one "hit" - Did You See Her Eyes.
3 lp's the last being their best and still one of my fav's (If It's So)
I never saw they live - too young - but had 3 live soundboards of them & I thought they were awesome. Too bad they never caught on - they could really jam.

 

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  posted on 7/11/2009 at 09:01 AM
Sutherland Brothers and Quiver, when I heard You Got Me Anyway I thought "..can't miss"

I saw a group called Estus in the early '70's opening for Fleetwood Mac(?), the producer ruined them on record.

 

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  posted on 7/11/2009 at 09:15 AM
I saw Captain Beyond, Gentle Giant and Black Sabbath at The Hollywood Bowl in 1972. Captain Beyond played their entire first record ("Captain Beyond", and you need to get it if you don't have it) from start to finish and all 20,000 were just completely knocked back by them although I doubt many, including me, had ever heard of them. I thought sure they were going to be huge, but they dissolved almost as soon as they started. They already had some different band members by the time their second record was released, and it was nothing in quality compared to the first, which is and will always will be a classic. FYI, Johnny Sandlin did the mixing for "Captain Beyond", which was on the Capricorn label. The original Captain Beyond lineup was Rod Evans, lead vocals (Evans was Deep Purple's first lead singer), Bobby Caldwell, formerly of Johnny Winter, drums, percussion, backing vocals, piano, Rhino (Larry Rhinehart), formerly of Iron Butterfly, guitar, and Lee Dorman, formerly of Iron Butterly, bass, backing vocals, piano.

If you're wondering how Sabbath was that night, they were a big dissapointment. An MC came out 45 minutes into their set and announced that they would not return. When the crowd began to boo loudly, he said, "I'm sorry, Tony Iommi is throwing up backstage.". That kind of shut everyone up. I found out later that Iommi had actually had a nervous breakdown that night from all the pressure the band was under. And Gentle Giant? If you don't know, they were a "prog rock" project on the order of Yes but even more experimental. TERRIBLE billing to sandwich them in a show between Captain Beyond and Sabbath. Some assh*les were lighting fireworks during their set, and I remember a band member in a very heavy English accent sternly scolding the crowd.

 

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  posted on 7/11/2009 at 10:18 AM
When I first heard [Joan Osborne] 20 years ago, I thought she would be a huge star. she was like the second coming of Janis Joplin back then.
 

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  posted on 7/11/2009 at 11:07 AM
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I liked the Michael Stanley Band especially the album Stagepass.


I love that album!

 

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When I first heard [Joan Osborne] 20 years ago, I thought she would be a huge star. she was like the second coming of Janis Joplin back then.


Maggie Bell and Stone The Crows

I also thought Stillwater and White Witch should've been bigger.

 

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When I first heard [Joan Osborne] 20 years ago, I thought she would be a huge star. she was like the second coming of Janis Joplin back then.


Maggie Bell and Stone The Crows

I also thought Stillwater and White Witch should've been bigger.


Stone The Crows - Damn Good Band!

 

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