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2022-04-20 8:27:19 AM  
The least prominent member of the most prominent bands.
 
2022-04-20 8:29:30 AM  
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2022-04-20 8:33:29 AM  
List is a bit out of date (see the entry for the great Charlie Watts) and includes some obvious choices (George Harrison, John Paul Jones).

But it is a very good list for starting with Michael Anthony, the absolute anchor of Van Galen's best songs and one of the great background singers, as well as Topper Headon, who gave the Clash the versatility and power they needed to become transcendent.

If you are looking for the truly obscure, this list doesn't have it - but it is loaded with some of the greatest musicians.
 
2022-04-20 8:33:58 AM  
Doug Henning?

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2022-04-20 8:34:33 AM  
Lots of bass players and drummers on that list.
 
2022-04-20 8:35:46 AM  
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2022-04-20 8:37:13 AM  
1) You damn right Malcolm Young is on the list.

2) I am also glad they mentioned Steve Stevens....I saw Billy Idol perform back in October, and Stevens was fantastic.
 
2022-04-20 8:37:34 AM  
BigMax:  If you are looking for the truly obscure, this list doesn't have it - but it is loaded with some of the greatest musicians.

Hmm, who would be on a list of more obscure, insanely talented, yet overlooked musicians?

My top pick would probably be Tony Levin.
 
2022-04-20 8:37:39 AM  
I'm gonna quibble with this statement; "Harrison might also have been its best overall musician and should be celebrated as an exceptional guitarist."

Yes, George should be celebrated as an exceptional, lyrical guitarist with amazing talent. But anyone who really knows the history of The Beatles and their recordings will tell you that McCartney was probably the best and most versatile musician overall.
 
2022-04-20 8:39:05 AM  
I dont think John Entwistle was unnoticed. Ace Frehley went under the radar because he wasn't an asshole. I love Tina Weymouth.
 
2022-04-20 8:39:40 AM  

Great_Milenko: BigMax:  If you are looking for the truly obscure, this list doesn't have it - but it is loaded with some of the greatest musicians.

Hmm, who would be on a list of more obscure, insanely talented, yet overlooked musicians?

My top pick would probably be Tony Levin.


Tony Levin is a musicians musician. Like Lee Sklar.
 
2022-04-20 8:40:07 AM  
There are a few good entries on the list. Gary Richrath, Roy Bittan, Malcolm Young and a few others
deserve more recognition and love. But the rest of the list is mainly people who are well known and to
one degree or other well loved. The fact that John Paul Jones, Alex Lifeson and John Entwhistle are on
a list like this is pure fail.
 
2022-04-20 8:44:12 AM  
Jonny Greenwood?

I don't really see how he's under rated.  I guess he could fall in the "deserves more love" part of the headline, but I think he is rightly recognized as one the most talented composer/musicians out there.

I mean, I doubt anyone would have heard of Radiohead without him.  I think he has been oscar nominated for movie scores as well.  I rewatched "There Will be Blood" not too long ago and that score really stands out.
 
2022-04-20 8:45:58 AM  
I was expecting more along the lines of Aynsley Dunbar and Steve Lukather.
 
2022-04-20 8:50:14 AM  

Marcos P: Great_Milenko: BigMax:  If you are looking for the truly obscure, this list doesn't have it - but it is loaded with some of the greatest musicians.
Hmm, who would be on a list of more obscure, insanely talented, yet overlooked musicians?
My top pick would probably be Tony Levin.
Tony Levin is a musicians musician. Like Lee Sklar.


I would add Waddy Wachtel

As for the list, I agree with Steve Stevens. A lot of the others get a lot of love. Maybe not as much as another person in the band, but not close to zero.

Also agree with Tina needing more love.
 
2022-04-20 8:54:51 AM  
Derek Smalls
 
2022-04-20 8:54:53 AM  
Needs more Steve Nieve. And some Benmont Tench.
 
2022-04-20 8:56:32 AM  
George Harrison was also a versatile backup singer;  probably did more than either John or Paul, because when John sang lead George and Paul did backup and when Paul sang lead it was George and John.

Oh, and praising him for "While My Guitar Gently Weeps"?  Eric Clapton did the lead on that one.
 
2022-04-20 8:57:56 AM  
Going down the list with random stream of consciousness observations.

I think everyone now realizes just how important Michael Anthony was to VH

Geezer Butler was one half of one of the most underrated rhythm sections in rock music (cf. Hand of Doom)

Mike Campbell was never flashy (no one in that band was) but provided some really solid lead guitar work for the Heartbreakers throughout their existence.  Definitely one of the players I'd put on a "most underrated list"

John Deacon might not have been the flashiest player but he wrote some iconic bass lines

The Who was a weird band.  The bass player and drummer took the lead on most of the songs and the guitar laid down the rhythm.

I saw Ace Frehley open up for Alice Cooper way back when.  I was impressed with his chops.  He was definitely capable of more than he showed with Kiss.

Johnny Greenwood decided that he hated Creep and didn't want to play it so he tried to intentionally fark it up with that distorted dead note and ended up providing the thing that made the song a hit.

Every Beatles fan knows that George was the best player in the band.  By the end of the group's existence you could argue that he had become the best songwriter.

Alex Lifeson was hard done by the 80s.  A lot of the space that would have been filled by his guitar ended up being taken by Geddy's synth, leaving him as a rhythm guitarist with no lead.  Anyone who's heard him play live knows just how good he is.

Manzarek is the only member of The Doors that stood out from Morrison due to his stellar keyboards (in addition to providing the "bass" when they performed live).  I'm not sure you could call him underrated.
 
2022-04-20 9:03:28 AM  
I don't know if I'd call most of them "underrated". Well over half the people on that list are household names to fans of rock music. I'm not a Doors fan and don't own a single piece of their music but I sure as he'll know who Ray Manzarek is. I'd assume most rock fans know Geezer Butler, John Paul Jones, John Deacon, etc.
 
2022-04-20 9:09:53 AM  
If there's one thing on this benighted planet I despise, it's Freedom Rock.
This is just another goddam pathetic boomer list trying to masquerade as timely by adding in a few newer bands.

When will it end? When will dinosaur rock finally descend through the earth's crust, be subjected to incredible pressure, turn into oil, be ripped from the planet by boomers with big fat bellies and refined so it can be pumped into big fat heavy boomer cars to pollute the environment one last f*cking time before it finally disappears in a stinking cloud of noxious fumes? WHEN?
 
2022-04-20 9:10:13 AM  
+1 on Tina Weymouth and Michael Anthony. Both bass players. Both very different from each other. Both absolutely integral to their bands' sounds and success.
 
2022-04-20 9:12:35 AM  
I'll add another bass player. Ian Hill from Judas Priest.
 
2022-04-20 9:12:37 AM  
Michael Anthony (Van Halen)
Plus, who can forget his legendary baseline from "Runnin' With The Devil."

It's bass line (as in bass guitar). And plucking quarter notes on the open E string is hardly what I would call "legendary".
 
2022-04-20 9:17:01 AM  
Oh yes, will a member of the Beatles finally get their accolades?!

Sarcasm aside, there are a few good choices on that list. Although, with the Heartbreakers, I would have gone with Benmont Tench.
 
2022-04-20 9:20:34 AM  
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2022-04-20 9:22:34 AM  

Stephen_Falken: If there's one thing on this benighted planet I despise, it's Freedom Rock.
This is just another goddam pathetic boomer list trying to masquerade as timely by adding in a few newer bands.

When will it end? When will dinosaur rock finally descend through the earth's crust, be subjected to incredible pressure, turn into oil, be ripped from the planet by boomers with big fat bellies and refined so it can be pumped into big fat heavy boomer cars to pollute the environment one last f*cking time before it finally disappears in a stinking cloud of noxious fumes? WHEN?


I don't know how many people under 25 you're around but "boomer" bands like Queen and Zeppelin are hugly popular with younger audiences.

My oldest is 19 and he and his friends listen to an astonishing array of music spanning the 50s to the present. My coworker's kid just invested a huge amount of money on the 40th anniversary box set of Moving Pictures.
 
2022-04-20 9:22:38 AM  
Snapper Carr:

Manzarek is the only member of The Doors that stood out from Morrison due to his stellar keyboards (in addition to providing the "bass" when they performed live).  I'm not sure you could call him underrated.

Morrison overshadowed the rest of the band, but while Manzarek was no doubt the most versatile player, Krieger and Densmore were essential to the band's sound.  And if you listen to any of the live recordings, they were incredibly tight live, It's a shame they couldn't make something work after Morrison died.
 
2022-04-20 9:23:30 AM  

Great_Milenko: Snapper Carr:

Manzarek is the only member of The Doors that stood out from Morrison due to his stellar keyboards (in addition to providing the "bass" when they performed live).  I'm not sure you could call him underrated.

Morrison overshadowed the rest of the band, but while Manzarek was no doubt the most versatile player, Krieger and Densmore were essential to the band's sound.  And if you listen to any of the live recordings, they were incredibly tight live, It's a shame they couldn't make something work after Morrison died.


For the while they were talking with Cults' lead singer.  That would have been an interesting combo
 
2022-04-20 9:24:06 AM  

Some Bass Playing Guy: There are a few good entries on the list. Gary Richrath, Roy Bittan, Malcolm Young and a few others
deserve more recognition and love. But the rest of the list is mainly people who are well known and to
one degree or other well loved. The fact that John Paul Jones, Alex Lifeson and John Entwhistle are on
a list like this is pure fail.


I disagree.

Ask a casual music fan "who was in Led Zeppelin" and see if they know all 4.  Same with The Who, and Rush(3).
 
2022-04-20 9:24:22 AM  

Marcos P: I got a good one

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Jason was sabotaged from day 1.

His only crime was that he had the audacity to not be Cliff Burton.
 
2022-04-20 9:29:23 AM  

Stephen_Falken: If there's one thing on this benighted planet I despise, it's Freedom Rock.
This is just another goddam pathetic boomer list trying to masquerade as timely by adding in a few newer bands.

When will it end? When will dinosaur rock finally descend through the earth's crust, be subjected to incredible pressure, turn into oil, be ripped from the planet by boomers with big fat bellies and refined so it can be pumped into big fat heavy boomer cars to pollute the environment one last f*cking time before it finally disappears in a stinking cloud of noxious fumes? WHEN?


Yes! Where are all the under-appreciated members of this century's Indy rock bands?  Oh right. Nobody cares because they all suck - nobody will remember Arcade Fire 10 years from now.
 
2022-04-20 9:30:05 AM  
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2022-04-20 9:32:55 AM  
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2022-04-20 9:41:50 AM  

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Wait Henry Rollins is underrated?
 
2022-04-20 9:45:56 AM  

FlashHarry: LewDux: [Fark user image 313x480]

Wait Henry Rollins is underrated?


He deserves more love. Always unhappy
 
2022-04-20 9:50:08 AM  

Marcos P: I got a good one

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Pfft, haven't you heard that the Band died with Cliff?  Literally all that was left for them were megahits, international super-stardom, and dump trucks of money.

What a waste. . .
 
2022-04-20 9:53:33 AM  

FlashHarry: LewDux: [Fark user image 313x480]

Wait Henry Rollins is underrated?


Underrated by me as a sexy motherfarker. Until today.
 
2022-04-20 10:04:34 AM  

Great_Milenko: Snapper Carr:

Manzarek is the only member of The Doors that stood out from Morrison due to his stellar keyboards (in addition to providing the "bass" when they performed live).  I'm not sure you could call him underrated.

Morrison overshadowed the rest of the band, but while Manzarek was no doubt the most versatile player, Krieger and Densmore were essential to the band's sound.  And if you listen to any of the live recordings, they were incredibly tight live, It's a shame they couldn't make something work after Morrison died.


Krieger wrote "Light My Fire".   To this day, I believe that he often surpassed Page and Clapton in many ways.   His background in Flamenco gave him a unique sound.   There's a harmonic quality that moves far beyond minor pentatonic blues scales.
 
2022-04-20 10:07:10 AM  
"Harrison might also have been its best overall musician and should be celebrated as an exceptional guitarist ("While My Guitar Gently Weeps")."

Ummm?
 
2022-04-20 10:09:43 AM  
The other two guys from Black Eyed Peas that you have no idea what their names are.
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BTW they are: apl.de.ap and Taboo
 
2022-04-20 10:13:57 AM  

sid244: The other two guys from Black Eyed Peas that you have no idea what their names are.
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BTW they are: apl.de.ap and Taboo


Behind the Front is such a great album.
 
2022-04-20 10:16:11 AM  

SpaceMonkey-66: Great_Milenko: Snapper Carr:

Manzarek is the only member of The Doors that stood out from Morrison due to his stellar keyboards (in addition to providing the "bass" when they performed live).  I'm not sure you could call him underrated.

Morrison overshadowed the rest of the band, but while Manzarek was no doubt the most versatile player, Krieger and Densmore were essential to the band's sound.  And if you listen to any of the live recordings, they were incredibly tight live, It's a shame they couldn't make something work after Morrison died.

For the while they were talking with Cults' lead singer.  That would have been an interesting combo


The Doors of the 21st Century. I know they toured, not sure if they put out an album.  There's bootlegs floating around.
 
2022-04-20 10:22:59 AM  

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Pfft, haven't you heard that the Band died with Cliff?  Literally all that was left for them were megahits, international super-stardom, and dump trucks of money.

What a waste. . .


It's funny, but so many bands glorify the time when they were coming together over the time where they have success. For example, in Get Back, even the Beatles were constantly talking about the Hamburg days as the interesting times, and not the global success and more "skilled" and "crafted" music that came later.

Quotes used in part because in Hamburg, the Beatles became an incredibly tight and powerful group, which is skilled and crafted, but it's just interesting that they spoke about Hamburg when they'd had one of the greatest journeys of any group afterwards.

/ similarly, one of the major factors in the Clash's breakup was when Mick refused to play White Riot at a show and Joe hit him.
// and when they finally played together in 2002 before Joe died, Joe turned to Mick, said "you know the song" in D, and the Mescaleros broke into White Riot.
/// my point is that sometimes bands themselves feel like the "all that is left is hits, money and fame," is not the interesting part, as crazy as it may seem to us.
 
2022-04-20 10:24:33 AM  
The best Motorhead riffs came predominantly when Wurzel was in the band.
 
2022-04-20 10:29:09 AM  
Hawk24:

Harrison was the best guitarist.

McCartney was the better overall composer, producer, lyricist & musician.

Harrison could do most everything on guitar, but Paul came close and would have been better if he only played guitar.
 
2022-04-20 10:32:45 AM  

Snapper Carr: Going down the list with random stream of consciousness observations.

I think everyone now realizes just how important Michael Anthony was to VH

Geezer Butler was one half of one of the most underrated rhythm sections in rock music (cf. Hand of Doom)

Mike Campbell was never flashy (no one in that band was) but provided some really solid lead guitar work for the Heartbreakers throughout their existence.  Definitely one of the players I'd put on a "most underrated list"

John Deacon might not have been the flashiest player but he wrote some iconic bass lines

The Who was a weird band.  The bass player and drummer took the lead on most of the songs and the guitar laid down the rhythm.

I saw Ace Frehley open up for Alice Cooper way back when.  I was impressed with his chops.  He was definitely capable of more than he showed with Kiss.

Johnny Greenwood decided that he hated Creep and didn't want to play it so he tried to intentionally fark it up with that distorted dead note and ended up providing the thing that made the song a hit.

Every Beatles fan knows that George was the best player in the band.  By the end of the group's existence you could argue that he had become the best songwriter.

Alex Lifeson was hard done by the 80s.  A lot of the space that would have been filled by his guitar ended up being taken by Geddy's synth, leaving him as a rhythm guitarist with no lead.  Anyone who's heard him play live knows just how good he is.

Manzarek is the only member of The Doors that stood out from Morrison due to his stellar keyboards (in addition to providing the "bass" when they performed live).  I'm not sure you could call him underrated.


There's a reason Paul & gene loathe him.

The fact he was better than them while farked up made the scared about him being sober and in the words of Mike Love of the beach Boys " farking with the formula" would do to kiss.
 
2022-04-20 10:32:57 AM  
Happy to see Geezer Butler on the list. He and Bill Ward made sabbath for me. Just an amazing rhythm section.
 
2022-04-20 10:33:06 AM  

sid244: The other two guys from Black Eyed Peas that you have no idea what their names are.
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BTW they are: apl.de.ap and Taboo


I thought the left guy was Will.i.am  That's what his work badge said when he was employed at Intel when I was. He was then replaced by Bazinga dude.
 
2022-04-20 10:33:25 AM  
Glad Mick Mars got a mention.
 
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