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« on: August 21, 2012, 08:59:30 AM »

I realize we already have a 3632-post thread about music, but the question here will be a little different.

Is there an unpopular song you like which is from a popular artist?

For example, one of my favorite Tom Petty songs is "All the Wrong Reasons", but I don't think I've ever heard it on the radio.
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« Reply #1 on: August 21, 2012, 09:02:32 AM »

Is there an unpopular song you like which is from a popular artist?

P.S. Just to set the record straight, please only post songs that satisfy all 3 conditions (you like it, it's unpopular, the artist is popular) and not songs that fulfill 2 of the 3 conditions.
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« Reply #2 on: August 21, 2012, 03:21:11 PM »

Metallica - Mama Said
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« Reply #3 on: August 21, 2012, 03:31:40 PM »

Metallica - Mama Said

At that point it's Uncle Jim and the Hetfields, actually...
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« Reply #4 on: August 21, 2012, 07:47:49 PM »

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« Reply #5 on: August 22, 2012, 09:56:07 PM »

Metallica - Mama Said

At that point it's Uncle Jim and the Hetfields, actually...

We he gets to the part about "stone cold's all I see"... I nearly always tear up.  angel
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« Reply #6 on: August 23, 2012, 05:24:24 AM »

We he gets to the part about "stone cold's all I see"... I nearly always tear up.  angel

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« Reply #7 on: August 23, 2012, 04:58:32 PM »

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« Reply #8 on: August 23, 2012, 06:08:27 PM »

Aerosmith - Amazing
Genesis - Driving the Last Spike
Grand Funk - Inside Looking Out
Metallica - Low Man's Lyric
Scorpions - Coast to Coast

Are these unpopular or just ignored? I dunno... wouldn't being ignored make it unpopular by default? *shrugs*
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« Reply #9 on: August 23, 2012, 07:19:15 PM »

Aerosmith - Amazing
Genesis - Driving the Last Spike
Grand Funk - Inside Looking Out
Metallica - Low Man's Lyric
Scorpions - Coast to Coast

Are these unpopular or just ignored? I dunno... wouldn't being ignored make it unpopular by default? *shrugs*

I think by unpopular the OP was meaning simply not well known / well liked.

Oh the slippery logic of privatives.
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« Reply #10 on: August 23, 2012, 07:24:46 PM »

My Dying Bride - Heroin Chic
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« Reply #11 on: August 23, 2012, 08:12:57 PM »

Aerosmith - Amazing
Genesis - Driving the Last Spike
Grand Funk - Inside Looking Out
Metallica - Low Man's Lyric
Scorpions - Coast to Coast

Are these unpopular or just ignored? I dunno... wouldn't being ignored make it unpopular by default? *shrugs*

I think by unpopular the OP was meaning simply not well known / well liked.

Yeah, "unpopular" in a broad sense. I.e. significantly less popular than the artist is in general.
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« Reply #12 on: August 23, 2012, 08:13:33 PM »


Heroin Chic? Never heard of it.
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« Reply #13 on: August 23, 2012, 10:13:03 PM »

Pantera - Planet Caravan
Alice Cooper - Halo of Flies
Queen - Sheer Heart Attack
Led Zeppelin - The Battle of Evermore
Metallica - Wasting My Hate
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« Reply #14 on: August 24, 2012, 06:17:25 AM »

Heroin Chic? Never heard of it.

People generally don't like the whole album, I don't know why to be honest.
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« Reply #15 on: August 24, 2012, 11:23:24 AM »

I was just looking at a list of Beatles songs, with UK and US chart positions. "Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da" was none UK, 49 US, and "A Day in the Life" was 63 UK, none US. That may not qualify either of them as unpopular, but I definitely think they both deserved higher chart positions. Two great songs, especially "A Day in the Life".
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« Reply #16 on: August 24, 2012, 12:19:40 PM »

I was just looking at a list of Beatles songs, with UK and US chart positions. "Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da" was none UK, 49 US, and "A Day in the Life" was 63 UK, none US. That may not qualify either of them as unpopular, but I definitely think they both deserved higher chart positions. Two great songs, especially "A Day in the Life".

"A Day in the Life" is quite possibly the best Beatles song ever made. I also quite enjoy the never played on the radio "Run For Your Life" off of Rubber Soul (which is quite possibly the best Beatles album- at the peak of their pop phase and while Lennon/McCartney were still doing a lot of the songwriting together, but just the point where you could really make out which songs were more Lennon and which more McCartney).

Pretty much the entire middle section of Nirvana's Nevermind I think counts toward the OP. "Breed" never got much airplay, "Territorial ****ings" was a sweet song, "Lounge Act" was one of my favorites off the album, "Stay Away" was great- the best songs off the album never really got much play (which, considering how many times "Smells Like Teen Spirit" has been re-released, is probably a good thing). Incesticide had some great nuggets, including three of the best cover songs ever recorded- Devo's "Turnaround", and the Vaselines "Molly's Lips" and "Son of a Gun". Off of In Utero I always enjoy hearing "Scentless Apprentice", "Very Ape", and "Radio Friendly Unit Shifter" (the latter of which is probably my favorite off the album and Nirvana albums in general).
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« Reply #17 on: August 25, 2012, 02:13:10 AM »

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« Reply #18 on: August 28, 2012, 03:37:17 AM »

Alice Cooper - Desperado
Metallica - Dyers Eve
Megadeth - Diadems
Corrosion of Conformity - Shelter

OK, COC may not exactly be "popular" by pop standards, but the album that song is off of did sell half a million copies.
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« Reply #19 on: August 28, 2012, 10:49:37 AM »

I was thinking about saying: Styx, Lorelei; but then I discovered that it was actually pretty popular in its day. (I don't have a very clear memory of the 70s.)
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