Band Of Susans play an ugly, grimy NYC version of shoegaze and wrote songs about nuclear war and the proletariat, and are now utterly forgotten by everyone, including some of their former members probably. Wait, why don't hipsters adore this band yet? Maybe they're all misogynists.
Amon Düül II Most people probably couldn't tell the difference between them and Pink Floyd except by careful listening, which would reveal that their songs all remain at the phase of "hazy formless jamming" without ever settling on any sort of tune except maybe in the last minute or so.
Thin White Rope I honestly couldn't explain why I like this band. Their dirty, hairy guitarist even played nude on a bet once, and I had the misfortune of running across the video on YouTube. Fuck the internet.
Boris Just browse around their shoutbox for a few minutes. And you can never tell just how seriously they take their music. I mean the wooooing drummer guy sounds like he does, but I don't know.
Cul de Sac Well they made a few albums of twangy surf guitar with annoying electronic buzzes and whooshes overlaid, and they're the first band ever to be called "post-rock", which ushered in that wonderful age of obsessive and utterly meaningless band-labeling that we all bask in today.
King Crimson Robert Fripp is a massively pretentious twat who likely has Asperger's. He charges too much for CDs, he won't let any King Crimson be played on the radio here, and he has his lawyer persistently take down every single KC vid that gets posted on YouTube. Few people can boast of having greater contempt for their own fans. Or maybe he just thinks he's such a magnificent commodity that we don't need to actually hear any of his music to buy up whatever comes out.
Spiritualized I stopped following them after "Songs in A&E" because it sounded exactly, and I do mean exactly, how I vaguely imagined the new Spiritualized album would sound. Maybe I'm the only one. Maybe me and Jason Pierce have some kind of crazy brain link going. But in any case it's hard to not be a bit disappointed.
Swans Again, just look at the shoutbox. And Michael Gira deserves some kind of recognition both for being a towering, monolithic bastion of artistic integrity, but also having comparatively minuscule songwriting ability. Do any of his songs other than the industrial sludge not have clumsy lyrics? And speaking of minuscule, you'll get a nice good look at his cock if you visit the page right now. I guess public castration was a good idea.
Gong Hoo boy, a nice slow one. Gong are the most stereotypical hippies you will ever see. They're still around today, and they're just as stereotypical as ever, except maybe Hillage, who had a real career. If your friends ever hear you listening to this band, you will for sure never live it down. Unless your friends are the sort who wear hemp sandals.
Brian Eno I could complain that his own artistic inclinations have imprisoned him in the very genre he created. But he also made all the default Windows sounds, apparently. So fuck you for that, Brian Eno.
Killing Joke As my peer has mentioned, their music is generally "ugly", though more than that, it's extremely repetitive and extremely repetitive. What's really worth mentioning though, is that Jaz Coleman is completely batshit bonkers. He's more crazy than Anton Newcombe and Syd Barrett stapled together. Reading his interviews is probably more entertaining than any of the music.
Faust I guess the biggest reason I like this band is that I like to imagine the board room at Polydor Records when they played their first album there for the first time. The one that was supposed to come from the "German Beatles." The one they had written themselves into a contract for, by which they would release and market it no matter what. Listen to that album and imagine that room full of suits. That's comedy. No real reason to listen to it otherwise though.
Can I'm surprised more people don't complain about Malcolm Mooney being replaced with a bleary-eyed Japanese hobo who was high out of his mind through the entire '70s. Then again, there aren't many other people who could tolerate 21-hour recording sessions.
Hawkwind Someone said "it's just pub rock with wooshes over the top" which may be right, except I've no idea what "pub rock" is, but I'd bet Hawkwind invented it. What's often forgotten though, is that they're still trudging along today, 40 years on, and have been dropping out albums on a semi-regular basis in that time too. But they should really just change the name to "Dave Brock Doesn't Know Any Other Way to Pay the Bills" at this point.
Loop Oh boy, this really reflects badly on me as the #1. Loop wrote maybe three songs at most, and spread them out over three albums. It's ironic but unintentional that it's threes, as in Spacemen 3, because I'm not going to say Loop ripped them off. Pete Kember claimed that, and Pete is colossal twat who I'm pretty sure has pissed on everyone he's ever worked with. He said that heroin is perfectly good for you, and was still living with his mum during the band's lifetime. Yeah, I'm trashing Pete instead of Loop, but he really deserves it. Plus if you can imagine Spacemen 3 on the worst acid trip imaginable that's more or less what Loop sound like.