Over the past four weeks, we – you and I – have been through the 1970s with a fine tooth comb, careened across the 1980s mullets flapping and navigated the 1990s and Noughties with some dignity despite the ‘mom jeans’ and ‘boot cuts’.
But now we have arrived at the terrible Teens.
We knew this day would come.
What’s your favourite underrated/obscure gem from the decade just passed (2010-2019)?
‘It’s one of those songs that you wish you could hear for the first time over again….
And if you’ve never heard of [Porcupine Trees’ founder] Steven Wilson, he’s quite possibly one of the most underrated recording artists ever. His production values, arrangements and his exploration of multi channel and high resolution audio produces some of the best recorded music I’ve ever heard.’
So Weit Wie Noch Nie by Jurgen Pappe
Simon Casey writes:
‘A 2002 song by German electronic musician Jürgen Paape The great memories I have from this warm, smooth piece of musical art and the lovely voice that makes it so nice.’
More Than Everything by Bombay1
Clampers Outside writes:
‘I believe I have a genuine find in this beautifully minimal track from the 2005 album Strobl by Bombay1….
A genuinely unique minimal sound, the pluck of the cello sets a wonderfully slow pace, coupled with a simple piano accompaniment, and the vocal, that gentle soul bearing, bitter sweet vocal. I honestly struggle to hold back a tear on every listen… melancholic, yet full of warmth .
Oh…. and the video is a simply perfect match…. and contains nudity, a la skinny dipping…Stop that, its very tastefully done :)’
Last week, with ravishing €25 Golden Discs voucher on offer, I asked for your favourite underrated/obscure gem from the 1990s?
You answered in your hundreds, supplying another stunning playlist of overlooked masterpieces. Thank you.
Sadly, there could be only one winner.
Play On by Rae & Christian featuring The Jungle Bros
It just squeaks into the 90s, released in 1999 on a mix album by Rae & Christian called Blazing the Crop but it was never released as a single. To this day the only version you’ll find is the one that cuts off before the next song on the mix comes in. It’s a very more-ish tune, I can never help skipping back to the start when it finishes.
Change by Sandals
The 90s were a time when everyone thinks of the tail end of rave but there was a lot of other interesting stuff bubbling under the surface too. One such genre was acid jazz and my favourite group was from that genre was ‘Sandals’- they released an album called ‘Rite To Silence’ in 1994 which I still play a lot….
Sometimes Always by Jesus And Mary Chain & Hope Sandoval
Brother Barnabas writes:
Saddest, sexiest song ever. Should have been massive – J&MC’s most underrated single off their most underrated album.
Last week, with a lovely €25 Golden Discs voucher on offer, I asked you to name the most underrated song of the 1980s.
The response once again provided an amazing playlist of overlooked gems. Thank you.
But there could be only one winner.
Higher Ground by The Feelies
I’m not sure how this band aren’t more well known, so I could pick any of their songs, but I love this one.
All Her Favourite Fruit by Camper Van Beethoven
I could also pick one of many many Camper Van Beethoven songs; they’re best remembered for “Take the Skinheads Bowling” but their image as a novelty band doesn’t do justice to their superb songwriting and eclectic instrumentation. This is from what turned out to be their last album (prior to a 21st century reunion)…
Keeping You In Mind by Mary Margaret O’Hara
When I first listened to Mary Margaret O’Hara’s Miss America in 1988, I assumed I was listening to the first of what was going to be a long list of great recordings from the Canadian singer songwriter. Inexplicably she only made one more album, years later. Anyway, here’s my pick from a stone cold classic.
Last week, with a €25 Golden Voucher on offer, I asked you for your favourite underrated song from the 1970s.
You answered in your hundreds (providing an ear-caressing playlist of forgotten gems, bless you all).
But, alas, there could be only one winner.
Baby Jane By Dr Feelgood
Muchacho Gordo-Delgado writes
Dr.Feelgood only had one “successful” commercial single – Milk & Alcohol, but they had many excellent singles that just didn’t chart. They had a dedicated underground following, including young Muchacho. This is among one of their best, but all are worth seeking out. Interesting fact – guitarist Wilko Johnson, famous for his machine gun playing style, survived cancer and went on to play the part of executioner, Ser Ilyn Payne, in Game of Thrones.
Words Unspoken by Supertramp.
‘Because the first album is criminally unknown, all the songs on this prog-rock gem (in the King Crimson sense) are the most underrated Supertramp songs,. That said Words Unspoken particularly tickles my fancy…never slackens.’
Waitin’ Around To Die by Townes Van Zandt.
Johnny Green writes:
‘A lot of older/retirees move to Spain and Florida, we call it God’s waiting room. This is a classic underrated 70ts track from the incredible Townes Van Zandt, off the legendary James Szalapski’s documentary Heartworn Highways.’
Last week, with an exotic €25 Golden Discs voucher on offer, I asked you to name your favourite song not in the English language?
You answered in your hundreds.
In fact, it was a best-ever voucher competition and an amazing playlist of fabulous foddin choons.
So many, I have to give away TWO vouchers to two winners.
Place des Grandes Hommes By Patrick Buel
Johnny Keenan writes:
‘Back in 1990 when my sister came back from France, she brought back a VHS with French songs. She thought it might be of benefit to me and my brothers, in learning the language and culture. One song/video stood out. Beautiful melody. It was in black and white, and you didn’t have to know French to follow the story. Which was grand for me. It’s about a reunion. I never thought about it in 30 years, until today.The VHS is long gone, school days over, family and friends move on. Turns out the video for the song is in colour. With the passing of time you really do see things in a different light…’
Con te Partiro By Andrea Bocelli
Janet dreams of big guns writes:
‘I used to love having this timed for when I turned the corner onto the Seine [Paris, France] at the crack of dawn, the light, the emptiness and all that beauty just for me with this reaching crescendo in my headphones, well it would bring a tear to a glass eye…’
7 Heures Du Matin by Jacqueline Taieb
‘This tune really captures the effortless cool of Nouvelle Vague France. Jacqueline Taïeb of Tunisian descent blazing a sexy, powerful, feminist, rock n roll trail.’
Sweet Lullaby by Deep Forest
Mr P writes:
A song I fell in love with in my early 20’s knowing nothing about it…Little did I know that I would end up in the country it came from [Solomon Islands] and lived there for a couple of years in the south Pacific Ocean… give this 1.5 minutes of your life.. it is beautiful, here is a recording of an islander singing the original traditional version: