While performing the research for my rock music genealogy book, Rock Trees: The Beatles (Volume 1: The Paul McCartney Tree); I came across a lot of bands/solo artists I did not know. However, before being included in my book, I challenged myself to listen to at least one song from all bands/solo artists I did not know. With 1,550 bands/artists needed for the book (bands connecting back to the Beatles using Six Degrees of Separation), this resulted in a lot of listening to unfamiliar music. I loved it!
Before continuing onto the baker’s dozen below, I want to send a shout out and thank you to all who post great music to YouTube.
What follows are thirteen songs from bands/artists I was unfamiliar with prior to doing my research. In addition to the names of the thirteen songs and bands/artists, there are links to YouTube videos so you can listen to the songs. Depending upon your country, you may know some of the bands/artists. However, most (if not all) are not that well known in the United State, even if they had some success overseas.
Hopefully you’ll find a new band/artist or three you like from the list below. The songs are listed in the order the bands appear in my book.
“I Live My Life” by Sea of Sin (from the album Urban Cowboy, 2000); Sea of Sin on Rock Tree #3 in the book.
This song has a sound similar to the German band Camouflage. If you like that band, you’ll like Sea of Sin.
“Is It Like Today?” by Eliza Gilkyson (from the album Paradise Hotel, 2005); Eliza Gilkyson on Rock Tree #7
This is a bit of a cheat (so consider it the free thirteenth item you get in the baker’s dozen). I knew this song and this version of this song before I wrote my book. However, I love this version of the song so I wanted to share it. The original, by World Party is also very good.
“Tricks of the Trade” by Mew (from the album No More Stories, 2009); Mew on Rock Tree #14
This is a Danish band whose album No More Stories received excellent reviews abroad.
“Pay Your Dues” – Polaroid Kiss (from the EP Pay Your Dues; 2012); Polaroid Kiss is on Rock Tree #22.
Polaroid Kiss is an international band located in Stockholm, London, Los Angeles and Seattle.
“Cover of the Night” – Steve Reynolds (from the album The Carnival Papers, 2008); Steve Reynolds on Rock Tree #34
Steve Reynolds is Canadian singer whose song “Mistaken Identity” has been used in television shows and commercials.
“Puppet”- The Dreaming (from the album The Dreaming: Puppet; 2011); The Dreaming on Rock Tree #34
Time to wake you up; here is a hard-edge song from the good old U.S.A. If the song has a Stabbing Westward feel, that’s no coincidence.
“Nova Heart” – Spoons (from the album Arias & Symphonies, 1982); Spoons on Rock Tree #35
This song by this Canadian band would have fit in perfectly with the 80’s new wave music played in the U.S. on alternative radio.
“The Last Human Gateway” – IQ (from the album Tales from the Lush Attic, 1983); IQ on Rock Tree #40
For those of you who bemoaned the rise of new wave in the eighties, here is a U.K. import from a band who continued in the tradition of the 70’s progressive or art rock bands like Yes and ELP. Enjoy this 21 minute plus song.
“The Shattered Room” – Arena (from the album Pepper’s Ghost, 2005); Arena on Rock Tree #41
This is another band that has a seventies feel to them. They are a U.K. band and if you like this song, look for others. They are a pretty consistent band.
“The Wishing Tree” – Evergreen (from the 7″ single Evergreen, 1994); Evergreen on Rock Tree #41
This band fits in perfectly with the ethereal-sounding bands with female vocals prevalent in the nineties. Good stuff!
“Trains” – Porcupine Tree (from the album In Absentia; 2002); on Rock Tree #48
One of my favorite songs on this list; Porcupine Tree has had some chart success overseas, but not in the U.S.
“Where Have You Been All My Life” – Fotomaker (from the album Fotomaker, 1978); on Rock Tree #48
A band from Long Island, New York; this song could easily have been a seventies pop hit. Alas, it was not.
“Here I Am” – Marion Raven (from the album Here I Am, 2005); on Rock Tree #48
Marion Raven is well known in her native Norway; she was also the female singer on Meat Loaf’s song “It’s All Coming Back to Me Now” (from Bat Out of Hell III).
If you are curious about my book, Rock Trees: The Beatles (Volume 1: The Paul McCartney Tree); you can look inside to get a good feel for the content at Amazon (http://www.amazon.com/Rock-Trees-Beatles-Paul-McCartney/dp/1494739100/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1395324569&sr=1-1&keywords=9781494739102). In addition there are over 600 song recommendations in the book, “some that you recognize; some that hardly even heard of.”