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Who are the most underrated bands that should have been more successful than they were?
Echo and the Bunnymen’s success was tempered by the greater accomplishments of bands such as Depeche Mode and The Cure. Members Ian McCulloch and Will Sergeant continue to record together, using the group’s name.
Should ‘80s band Prefab Sprout have been successful? We think so; their frontman Paddy McAloon is certainly an incredible songwriter .
There’s no doubt that The Kinks were an important group of the 1960s, however, we think they are underrated. They certainly aren’t talked about in the same manner as The Beatles, who were around at the same time.
The Sex Pistols released just one studio album and were only active for three years before announcing their split in 1978. Whatever you think about the individuals in the group, they did shake up the music scene during the short period of time they were around.
For those who don’t know, Average White Band are a Scottish funk and R&B band that had a series of soul and disco hits between 1974 and 1980. Whilst their back catalogue didn’t bring them mega-level fame, their work has been sampled numerous times. Listener Gregor Macmillan said on Facebook, “the Average White Band were overshadowed by so many other great bands in the 70s.” We have to agree.
Heaven 17 were a popular trio in the 1980s and continue to perform now as a duo. To date, Heaven 17 have released eight studio albums, with their 1983 release, The Luxury Gap peaking the highest at number four. The likes of Culture Club and Human League stopped Heaven 17 from achieving more success in the ‘80s.
Glam rock stars T Rex are largely forgotten about, which we think is a travesty! The band was much more popular in the UK; they pretty much failed in their attempts to crack America.