Pretty much all of us will know some music that we feel is under-appreciated in the wider world. This perceived under-appreciation may simply be in general, might be outside of typical listeners to that genre, or may even be due to the music not being fully appreciated beyond a limited geographical area (like the band on the first item of this list).
Here is your chance to make a pitch for your favourite band, musician, singer, duo or composer (I think that ticks all of the boxes) that you feel people on BoardGameGeek might be missing out on!
Here's what to do if you'd like to contribute:
1) Simply post a Geeklist item as a tribute to your choice (see number 4 for a thrilling mini-game!).
2) Add any description or background that you feel is necessary (or can be bothered to type).
3) Add a link to a sample for us lazy types to more quickly fall in love/grow to detest your choice.
4) Congratulations on reading this far! You may also wish to choose an item that somehow links to your choice of music, and offer a small prize (e.g. one ) to the first poster who figures out that link.
Don't forget to thumb the items that you have enjoyed and post a comment thanking (genuinely or sarcastically) the poster for introducing you to new music!
The Tragically Hip (or, commonly, 'The Hip') is a Canadian rock band that just hasn't got the appreciation they deserve outside of Canada (although many Canadians are happy thank-you-very-much to keep them playing festivals in Canada instead of buggering off around the world).
I once saw them play in London, England (of course, if I didn't include the country I obviously would have meant London, Ontario) and the audience must have been about 75%, at least, Canadian! Hockey jerseys and baseball caps everywhere, it was like I traveled 3,000 miles when I went through the doorway of that theatre.
Why do I love them? Their mixture of rocking riffs, pleasant-through-to-epic acoustic tracks and so-layered-you-often-need-to-Google-them lyrics. I'm also a huge fan of lead singer Gordon Downie's singing style, but could see why he's not for everyone.
I'll never forget Gordon Downie at that concert in London, southeast England, when he drunkenly started sparring with his mic near the end of 'Grace, Too' (an absolute tune). Apparently he's always a great stage presence.
Tl dr - some videos!
Ahead By a Century is one of those 'epic acoustic tracks' mentioned above. Great sound. If you're put off by it being a bit soft, skip ahead to number 2!
New Orleans is Sinking, written in 1989, totally foreshadowed a later environmental disaster and has the previously-alluded to 'rocking riffs' and Googleable lyrics.
Bobcaygeon Named after the cottage-country Ontario town, Canadians would have strangled me with their toques if I didn't add this one to the list. 2:00-2:30 sends chills through me.
Poets I had to choose just one more. It was a hard choice! I went with 'Poets' because it reminds me of what Gordon Downie is like on stage and is a happy median between their more acoustic and more rocking tracks.
Other recommended tracks. What, you mean besides nearly all of them from their 14 studio albums? 38 Years Old - Tricking listeners into thinking they're about to hear Eagle Eye Cherry's Save Tonight since that latter was released in 1997. Grace Too So Hard Done By Looking For a Place to Happen Cordelia Blow at High Dough Fifty-Mission Cap - how many songs are there about hockey, anyways? Fully Completely Fireworks - oh. Another song about hockey! Boots or Hearts Gus: The Polar Bear from Central Park - whose subject is recently deceased At the Hundredth Meridian Poets
Like what you've heard? I recommend the older and more blues-tinged albums 'Road Apples' or 'Up to Hear', or their Greatest Hits double album 'Yer Favourites'.
War is a Racket - Maj Gen Smedley Darlington Butler d
The Boredoms, here in the later years which are more 'psychedelic', if you will. The art work in this board game reminded me of them. They have evolved much over the years. Earlier stuff, a bit more 'rockish'
St. Germain - 'Tourist' is one of my favourite albums of all time, and certainly the most versatile e.g. I could play it for/in the background with the biggest range of people. It's a synthesis of electronics with jazz soloing, and I've played it on many a lighter board game evening. Check out these tracks, and let me know if it's for you!
Kids these days may call it 'downtempo' this or 'house' that, but to me it's just great music!
Favourite track HAS to be So Flute!:
Honestly I love every track. Here's my final choice:
1 gold for the correct link made (hint: first linked track)
Their back catalogue is pretty extensive and varies widely from ambient to Loop-like repetitive psychedelia to NWOFHM (New Wave of Finnish Heavy Metal) to shamanic folk. If I had to pitch it I'd say Can meets Judas Priest.
Their albums can sometimes be patchy and all over the place but there are always some guaranteed bangers in there! Live they are incredible - totally hypnotic.
There are also various different lineups and side projects to be taken into consideration. Most recently they have an AOR/soft rock style album (Frontier) credited as FALCON (EX-CIRCLE) and at the same time there is a CIRCLE album (Incarnation) with the band comprised of members of various Finnish death metal bands. Confused?
Two songs that are excellent in their own regard and so completely different...but put together so expertly that you'd think they should have always been together. I've been listening to this all day...