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80s band that you thought were under rated .....

Dr. Tweedbucket

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I put in an old Spin Doctors CD yesterday and WOW!! what great drumming!! The guitar work was sharp and vocals were on the money as well! Too bad they didn't last longer than they did!

There are more ........ bring em on!!!

:JAM
 

mvd18969

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Technically, they started out in the 70s but hit their stride in the 80s. Sadly, they didn't have that "MTV look", but a killer band with great songs that just never got their due....................

Y&T
 

twang

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Do the "Pretenders" qualify as an 80's band? ('79 technically, but didn't really get things going til 1980). I haven't seen much about James Honeyman Scott on TGP. The whole band was tight. I thought they would re-ignite raw R&R at the time...very underated in this age in my opinion. -t-
 

Gretsch6136

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Aussie band The Angels aka Angel City in the USA. One of the best example of Aussie pub rock ever. They tried very hard to crack the US market in the '80s but got let down by the label. Heavy touring resulted in a good following in the north west, good exposure on college radio, but not much more. They supported The Kinks on their US tour but got kicked off for upstaging them.

They have been cited as an early influence on G'n'R who infact covered their song Marseilles live. Great White also covered the song Face The Day on one of their records.







Cheers,

Mark
 
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derekd

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I always dug Bruce Hornsby and the Range. Kinda tough to be a top band in the 80' with the lead guy being a pianist.

Other than that, I thought Twisted Sister was visionary.
 

SL_22

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Technically, they started out in the 70s but hit their stride in the 80s. Sadly, they didn't have that "MTV look", but a killer band with great songs that just never got their due....................

Y&T
no doubt about it. accept, dokken, house of lords, rough cutt, & tnt were good bands that never got the recignition of the bigger
acts.
 

Fuzzles

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I don't know if they are "underrated" like I wouldn't consider The Stray Cats as so either but one of my favorites has always been Living Colour.
 

Chi

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Agree with most of the above. Meniketti was a killer guitarist too...same thing with White Lion and Vito Bratta. I thought Kix was a great band that never got the recognition they deserved...
 

Sweetfinger

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Did the OP mean 90's bands? The Spin Doctors didn't hit 'till the early 90's. "Pocketfull of Krypyonite" was released in '91. Follow up album in '94.
 

rwe333

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Go West were a great pop band w/ the late/great Alan Murphy on guitar
Level 42 w/ the Gould brothers were also interesting
Ronni Le Tekro was a cool player in not-so-cool band
 




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