Hidden Gems


Jun 18 2008, 16h59

I had the idea for this journal post after recently discovering But Not Tonight, and figuring out that there's a lot of similar tracks for a lot of great bands out there you probably didn't know about. (Well, that and the fact that I tend to find inspiration for these kinds of things when I'm very much supposed to do something else entirely, like studying for my license exam, right now.)

By similar tracks I mean "hidden gems" - great, special songs by some of your most favorite artists hidden away as a b-side on some single, or entirely overlooked by other, more conventional/commercial songs that make up most of their discography.

Some of the are a bit bizarre, most of them interestingly peculiar, others downright brilliant, once they sink in.

My list includes so far:
Depeche Mode - But Not Tonight
U2 - Walk To The Water
Placebo - The Innocence of Sleep
Curve - Falling Free
Blonde Redhead - Luv Machine
Queens of the Stone Age - Like a Drug (Desert Sessions)
Radiohead - Permanent Daylight
Sonic Youth - I Dreamed I Dream
Deftones - Boy's Republic (super-rare acoustic)
The Organ - We've Got To Meet
Bjork - Glora
R.E.M. - I'll Take The Rain (unplugged)
The Cure - Out of This World
Enya - Athair Ar Neamh
Gus Gus - Is Jesus Your Pal?
Team Sleep - Death By Plane
Van Noizz - Pas cu pas
Deftones - Return
Also, some other great songs that don't quite fit the picture entirely in one way or another:

The Strokes - Modern Girls And Old Fashioned Men
The Doors - Indian Summer
Guano Apes - Maria
Mono (UK Band) - Playboys
Slowdive - Avalyn 1
Korn - Cameltosis
Apocalyptica - Coma
Coldplay - Crest of Waves
Regina Spektor - Another Town
Evanescence - October
Tori Amos - Love Song (The Cure cover)
Guns N' Roses - Look at your Game Girl
Aphex TwinGwely Mernans
The Knife - N.Y. Hotel

This is all of course very subjective, but if you recognize a band that you like, and a song you haven't heard, I urge you to listen to it.

Feel free to drop any other suggestions.
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  • madeofclay

    Thanks for making these lists. I downloaded a few from the first and am enjoying them. I was lead here from the page for "Death by Plane" - a favorite.

    Ago 20 2008, 4h24
  • Maeldun

    Yes, Death by Plane is one of the stars of the list. :) Thanks for your thoughts.

    Ago 20 2008, 13h57
  • KatoM20

    Cameltosis is a good fucking song =)

    Nov 21 2008, 23h03
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