Saturday, October 14, 2006

Underrated Pop Music

There are a few artists/bands that everytime I hear I am just astonished by the quality of their music. Songs that are so catchy, so well written with such a good beat that you wonder "why the hell is this not on the radio and taking over the nation while that other crap is selling millions of copies?". Perhaps it's about the consumer, maybe they don't appreciate a good pop song when they hear it? I don't really think that's true in most cases, most of them just don't get the chance to hear these songs. I'm talking, namely, about Brendan Benson, Mike Doughty, and Tegan & Sara.

Maybe the public just isn't ready for a set of Canadian twin lesbians like Tegan & Sara, but it's a damn shame considering how talented they are. They have been featured in numerous TV shows, like Grey's Anatomy, known for its excellent music choices, so perhaps they have a chance, but I never think they'll reach the level of success they deserve considering their talent. Great lyrics, really original (though occasionally overly repetetive, but they're so damn catchy you don't really care), catchy-as-hell, great guitars, and of course, as always, voices of siblings blend together better than anyone elses, especially twins, very cool.

Brendan Benson most recently teamed up with fellow Detroit rock alum, Jack White to form The Raconteurs. But I think most Raconteurs fans were like "who's that dude with Jack White?" whereas I was most excited for more Brendan Benson material. Brendan Benson could have been big, even his record label thought so until there was some misfortune and his first record ended up flopping. Despite that he's putting out some great records still and they are very well written and catchy and getting better all the time.

Mike Doughty is the former lead singer of Soul Coughing. He was a stoner, he still is a bit spacey, but now he's off the stuff and completely sober. His music just keeps getting better, so the drugs weren't helping any. He is very original, very catchy, and has a really great perspective on the world. His music has also been featured on some shows recently, if I recall correctly, Grey's Anatomy as well. Go figure.

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