The Most Underrated Musicians. Take Two

Second article, containing extended list and explanations, and hopefully bringing better reviews, as well!

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Having written the "incomplete and overrated" article of The Most Underrated Musicians Of All Time, I am ready to write a second list. Now critics, I am ever so grateful for your advice and comments - although, I would like to re-mention the fact that it's my personal opinion. Now in this article, I have packed in a lot more, and as I stated in the summary, the previous article was written for advice mainly, and I never thought it would make front page in a million years. So now, I want to do justice for my writing and my musical knowledge. Ready?

1) Adrian Belew is an American guitarist who worked with artists such as David Bowie, Frank Zappa, Talking Heads, Nine Inch Nails, etc. Mainly as a session and touring guitarist. But boy, can he play! He is known for using a lot of vibrato in an experimental style and he's also known for that crimson suit!

Key Tracks: "Inner Revolution", "Only A Dream".

2) Lita Ford now many people have probably heard this name. But a few years back, Rolling Stone did a poll on female guitar players, and Joan Jett ranked higher than Lita Ford. Don't get me wrong - I love me some Joan Jett. But if people seriously think she's a better guitarist or singer than Lita, they're kidding themselves. If you don't know her, check her out Now.

Key Tracks: "Kiss Me Deadly", "Playing With Fire", "Close My Eyes Forever".

3) The Pretty Reckless has been getting a lot of bad press almost everywhere they go. Now, I don't know about everywhere else in the world, but in Australia they haven't received nearly as much credit as they should. Taylor Momsen may dress provocatively and have a who-the-hell-cares attitude about her - but she can sing. She can scream. She can groan and moan with the best of them. And better than most. A true female rocker who isn't given nearly enough credit.

Key Tracks: "Make Me Wanna Die", "Zombie", "My Medicine".

4) T Rex had to be one of the best acts of the 70's. They were right up there with Bowie, ABBA and Mott The Hoople as a Glam Rock hero. But are they given any credit for it today or even remembered? Marc Bolan, the lead singer of T Rex, died young in a car crash (which he predicted, mind you) and it seemed that a decade or so after his death, people simply forgot or didn't car anymore.

Key Tracks: "Get It On", "Hot Love", "Children Of The Revolution".

5) Brian May hardly gets any recognition for his playing. Yes, he's that guy in Queen with the black, curly hair who plays guitar. He's a spectacular guitarist and hardly ever gets mentioned when people are discussing great guitarists. He can play melodic rock and still manage to really rip up a fret board. There are just no words.

Key Tracks: "Sheer Heart Attack", "Tie Your Mother Down", "Hammer To Fall".

6) The White Stripes were extremely experimental, wonderfully eccentric, sometimes very sensitive, sometimes very strange. People think they're a little weird and they may know a few songs from The White Stripes, but they don't really delve into the music because they have different expectations of it. But Jack White especially, is a brilliant musician. Very skilled, very interesting, and never a carbon copy of someone else. I suggest if you haven't already, you need to go and listen.

Key Tracks: "Jolene" (their cover), "Seven Nation Army", "Blue Orchid".

7) Diemonds are one of the dirtiest, meanest, scratches-down-your-back bands of this day. They're like the Motley Crue of the 2000's. And I suggest you check them out immediately. Loud guitars, growling vocals, and a mean rhythm section. Youtube. Now.

Key Tracks: "Take On The Night".

8) L.A. Guns didn't get nearly enough recognition, I think. They're like Guns N Roses, Motley Crue and Van Halen mushed into one dirty-rock-n-roll band. A true energy from the 80's hair metal, they really didn't blow up like they should have. When you mention the 80's to some people, all they might mention is Bon Jovi, Guns N Roses, Def Leppard and Motley Crue. All amazing bands, but L.A. Guns should be right up there on that list.

Key Tracks: "Sex Action", "The Ballad Of Jayne", "I Wanna Be Your Man".

9) Laura Wilde is just one of those artists who bring you back to true Rock 'N' Roll grit. She plays guitar well, and no she's not the best vocalist but she holds her own. Not mainstream and hardly recognized, but she's a great musician, and a great chick - very down to earth and very rock chic. Definitely worth a listen.

Key Tracks: "Sold My Soul".

10) Cinderella, a band that survived the 80's but hardly anyone remembers. Sad, really. But this band is brilliant, and even better live. They join wailing vocals, slide guitar, hard rock and awesome passion. You could tell just by listening to a few tracks that they love music and that's what they live for. Seriously underrated, and they definitely deserve more.

Key Tracks: "Gypsy Road", "Push Push", "Don't Know What You Got" ("Till It's Gone")

Well, that raps up the second Most Underrated Musicians Of All Time. I hope that people are more respective to this list, although I still stick by the first one (particularly Steve Clark and Rick Allen) and appreciate all the comments and advice. I put a mixture of bands/musicians above. If we had to go through all the most underrated musicians of all time, we'd be here for years, but in my opinion these are some of the most predominant. The point of these lists are so that people who may not have heard some of the people, can go and listen - you might be surprised!

Once again, thank you for the recognition, recommendations, advice, comments, everything! Consider it all taken aboard.

47 comments sorted by best / new / date

    spiff-corgi
    At least Taylor Swift isn't here, and I agree Goo Goo Dolls have to be there if we're doing underrated. Every time I mention them to people they go, "Haven't heard of em." "They did that song Iris." "OHHHHH the Goo Goo Dolls. Yeah." Dire Straits also don't get enough credit.
    HowSoonisNow
    BrittXxMusic wrote: Ok, Firstly people - This is my personal opinion and you'd be surprised how many people on this list (including The White Stripes and Brian May) are very underrated. Secondly, the Goo Goo Dolls? Really? I'm not even gonna go there - they are not underrated. Now I suggest that everyone mentioning people on this list (some are very worthy, I know) go and submit your own article about who you think are the Most Underrated Musicians Of All Time. I'd also like to mention the fact that if we were to go through history and select EVERY SINGLE musician or band that we thought was underrated, we'd be here for a thousand years. But by all means, go and write up you're own article. Appreciate all the comments and recommendations, and I've taken it on board.
    Wow, thanks for giving us permission to write our own articles.
    Minivirus2
    Honestly, you were on the right track and then you just went off the cliff... Again. Brian May is easily recognized, maybe not so much by today's standards, but he hasn't been a regular touring musician for a couple of decades. And The White Stripes? I'm pretty sure almost ANYONE you ask knows of them and can hum you the chorus to Seven Nation Army.
    DickHardwood
    The Goo Goo Dolls aren't "underrated" they were the shit after they hit mainstream but they didn't really change their stuff or even kept up with their earlier work so they faded the **** away.Dire Straits should be in the list,props for putting Brian May in there,what you say is kinda true.
    EpiExplorer
    HowSoonisNow wrote: You can't say something as bold as "of all time" and then change your mind. This is just sad. Gooby is driving away.
    Gooby, pls! D:
    EpiExplorer
    HowSoonisNow wrote: EpiExplorer wrote: Gooby, pls! D: Wait a sec are you trying to cheat me again
    knock knock come in i was in all along
    Dukey
    Weedbone wrote: comeee wrote: RITCHIE FUCKING BLACKMORE, seriously everybody in Deep Purple is underrated is underrated. Deep Purple and Ritchie Blackmore are still very well known, pretty sure they are not underrated
    Rainbow are a little bit underrated though... And since when Brian May is underated?!?! he's a great guitarist and a great singer! White Stripes are not underated, they're just not that good... Screaming Trees . Now that's an underated band!
    xmdsx2
    Weedbone wrote: Deep Purple and Ritchie Blackmore are still very well known, pretty sure they are not underrated
    Ritchie is not mentioned enough. He's easily one of the greatest guitar players ever and gets little reckognition.
    HowSoonisNow
    You can't say something as bold as "of all time" and then change your mind. This is just sad. Gooby is driving away.
    SumFX
    xmdsx2 wrote: Ritchie Blackmore. No one ever mentions Ritchie.
    This. Also, Robert Fripp
    drew61195
    I personally don't think that the white stripes were underrated. Check out the Punch Brothers if you want underrated.
    gkex
    Im so glad someone else finally realizes that The Pretty Reckless isn't some crap band that only succeeds because there's a gossip girl in it. Actually she is the reason they're good, but not because she's pretty Also, good points about Cinderella and Lita. I will check out some of the few I don't know. Also should add Paul GIlbert. No matter how much credit he receives it will never be enough.
    badfish_lewis
    nazar.huda wrote: better. Still you forgot the Goo Goo Dolls man!
    Dude, didn't you just write an "article" about them like two days ago?
    ParasiticTwins
    Marc Bolan, the lead singer of T Rex, died young in a car crash (which he predicted, mind you) and it seemed that a decade or so after his death, people simply forgot or didn't car anymore.
    Is this intentional? Pretty harsh pun
    Roxxie Roxx
    Cinderella definitely. They are the best band ever! It was also nice to see La guns and Lita ford in your list. T rex are definitely worthy of the list. Well done. Some bands I'd disagree with but as you said, its your personal opinion. But Brian May... under rated. Yes he is a great guitarist but he is also very very famous. in fact if slash and hendrix are the top two most famous guitarist I'd probably say Brian may is third.
    Downside84
    type o negative is extremely underrated and as for the la guns ..really?..how about the Hollywood Roses i never hear anyone bring them up..the counter part of la guns which we all know now as ..yep u got it guns n roses
    comeee
    RITCHIE FUCKING BLACKMORE, seriously everybody in Deep Purple is underrated is underrated.
    Attercop
    Brian May and the White Stripes are under-rated? Why do you waste my time.
    BrittXxMusic
    Ok, Firstly people - This is my personal opinion and you'd be surprised how many people on this list (including The White Stripes and Brian May) are very underrated. Secondly, the Goo Goo Dolls? Really? I'm not even gonna go there - they are not underrated. Now I suggest that everyone mentioning people on this list (some are very worthy, I know) go and submit your own article about who you think are the Most Underrated Musicians Of All Time. I'd also like to mention the fact that if we were to go through history and select EVERY SINGLE musician or band that we thought was underrated, we'd be here for a thousand years. But by all means, go and write up you're own article. Appreciate all the comments and recommendations, and I've taken it on board.
    gkex
    Also I think the distinction some people are missing here is that this is a page about UNDER rated bands not UN rated bands.
    Weedbone
    comeee wrote: RITCHIE FUCKING BLACKMORE, seriously everybody in Deep Purple is underrated is underrated.
    Deep Purple and Ritchie Blackmore are still very well known, pretty sure they are not underrated
    northbeach
    But are they given any credit for it today or even remembered? Marc Bolan, the lead singer of T Rex, died young in a car crash (which he predicted, mind you) and it seemed that a decade or so after his death, people simply forgot or didn't car anymore.
    I see what you did there.
    RetroGunslinger
    The Wildhearts need a mention, most underated band ever, they shouldve been huge. Also Hanoi Rocks and to a lesser degree the Throbs.
    DimeBomb
    Minivirus2 wrote: And The White Stripes? I'm pretty sure almost ANYONE you ask knows of them and can hum you the chorus to Seven Nation Army.
    It's not a list of unknown musicians, sure people have heard of them but the general opinion is they are pretty simple musically. They are actually really good song writers.
    Miyagi84
    The issue with Brian May is that as good and tasteful as his playing are, his solos are too short... yes they are super melodic and get to the point fast without meandering, but this guy is a genius on and off the fretboard, I'm sure he knows how to keep a solo from losing it's interest when playing for long periods. I honestly think thats a big reason he doesn't get the accolades, though I really do believe people give him credit.
    Skullivan
    Brian May=/=black hair. But I do applaud you for mentioning him. I would add Procession and Great King Rat to your list of tracks. And if I'm not mistaken, wasn't the actual title of the T Rex song "Bang the Gong"?
    EpiExplorer
    This is still a list of bands and artists that people already know and . Underrated would be Robb Flynn as a guitarist, Grutle Kjellson as a vocalist, as many people have mentioned, Robert Fripp, Dirk Verbeuren, Blue Cheer, The Strawbs, Savatage, The Melvins, My Own Private Alaska, loads of bands and artists who deserve a ton of more credit than the friggin White Stripes and Pretty Reckless.
    link no1
    The White Stripes? Seriously? They are defo not underrated...In fact, I think they are massivally over rated. And Brian May? I just can't...
    Shifty-Eyed Dog
    Thank you! For appreciating TPR, probably ignored by most discriminating listeners because she used to be in that stupid show. Make no mistake, Momsen has the goods, chops-wise and expressiveness-wise. And so does the band. Retro but edgy, tuneful but with lyrical heft, just what I like. Influences: White Stripes, Oasis, Beatles, Nirvana, even Don McLean(!). Just buy it.