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Unique bands

thejuice

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Most of my favourite bands are ones that swim against the tide, who arent afraid to stand out and potentially get pelters. Type O Negative started out in a formulaic hardcore scene and it would have been easy to bow to peer pressure, sticking within those tight genre confines.

My interpretation is they went more lush, melodic pop, romantic and ambitious whilst still keeping a heavy metal edge and not losing credibility. It felt like an expansion of their horizons, whilst pruning the more knuckle dragging, poseur elements of their lyrics and music.

A lot of bands use the term 'evolution' as an alibi when they commercialise their sound and image but this was a rare example of a mostly genuine artistic change and felt like them being more like their real selves than before. Selling more in my opinion was a natural consequence of undeniable artistic achievement. I always thought Peter Steele and Josh Silver were too talented to be constrained by conformity and self defeatist gatekeeping.

I remember when hearing a song of theirs for the first time, it did seem slightly strange but it rewards you for sticking with it!

 
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Peter Steele was a unique type of guy.


This is pretty unique, the song is called "The Black Book". Folk-rock-metal.

 
Australia had a radically different music scene compared to the rest of the world, record companies didn't get to influence it at all because our music scene was live. People went to pubs to see bands and if the band couldn't entertain the crowd then they failed. Almost every popular band in Australia has a song about when they tried to get in to the US market and ran in to the brick wall that is US record companies.

Cold Chisel in the 70s saying what they thought of the record companies who said they could get a contract if they changed their sound:

Cold Chisel 25 years later doing a reunion concert:

The Black Sorrows in the early 90s

The Divinyls 80s

Midnight Oil 80s
 
The Divinyls influenced the singer from The Yeah Yeah Yeahs, must have. Copped her style and moves!
 
The cheek of those record companies, change the sound what for?!
They refused of course, like so many others. Flip the bird to the US and come home and write a song about it. One Aussie band that did make it big overseas did so by changing their sound to keep record companies happy, ACDC, and in doing so lost any connection they'd ever had to Australia. I don't blame them, they did very well out of it, but for us they ceased to exist in the early 80s.

One of our bands did make it big in the US without changing their sound, but no one there ever knew they were Aussies.

 
The Divinyls influenced the singer from The Yeah Yeah Yeahs, must have. Copped her style and moves!
Chrissy Amphlet, she was such a great talent, she was only in her 20s and died of breast cancer. :(
 
What album did ACDC sell out on?
The first of the US albums was For Those About To Rock. 1981. They also rerecorded their first 4 albums to satisfy US censorship requirements and most of you will only ever have heard the US versions. The originals get called the International versions.


 
I think this is the original singer?
Yes, Bon Scott. He died, drowned in his own vomit after a big night. Brian Johnson was a great replacement and everyone loves him but in moving overseas they lost their cultural roots.
 
Great i have to chuck Back In Black in the bin now, sounds so crap in comparsion.

They treated Brian Johnson pretty harshly when his hearing went
 
They treated Brian Johnson pretty harshly when his hearing went
I saw a few interviews with him and he was such a lovely down to earth bloke.

Great i have to chuck Back In Black in the bin now, sounds so crap in comparsion.
We didn't get to hear the US versions until the 90s, it was always the originals that got radio play here.
 
You can tell their heart wasnt in the rerecording, apart from Johnson who kills it to be fair. Ive had the same problem with capturing live performance in an unispiring setting. Sounds so dry.
 

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