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Joined: 7/30/2008
Msg: 39
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I'd say Ne Obliviscaris. They're black metal, but with fiddles and all kinds of unique instruments. The guy who sings can sound like a female at times, too.
Joined: 11/24/2007
Msg: 40
most unique bands/artist
Posted: 9/24/2008 11:26:20 PM
rolling stones, the who, led zep, ted nuegent, lots have 'a sound' all their own.
Joined: 9/23/2008
Msg: 41
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Posted: 9/27/2008 10:00:10 AM
The Gaslight Anthem - A blend of blues and punk
Lucero - good country rock is pretty hard to find
Manchester Orchestra - The lyrics are just brilliant most of the time
Astronaughtalis - this is honestly the most interesting album I have heard in a while. It draws from probably every genre out there.
Mat Kearny - how many white guys do you know who can mix pop piano and rap?
 Infinity Mine
Joined: 9/13/2008
Msg: 42
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Posted: 9/27/2008 1:51:32 PM
Well...the MOST unique will never be THAT famous...

John Coltrane...nearing the end was pretty f*ckin' out there...apparently influenced by Albert Ayler...listen to Interstellar Space...if you can...

Anything John Zorn or Bill Laswell gets involved in is on the fringes...Massacre, Painkiller, Praxis...

Ken Vandermark is a f*cking genious

Hella, Don Cabalero, Battles....and most everyone reading this is sayin' "WHO????"
Joined: 7/3/2006
Msg: 43
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Posted: 10/1/2008 9:12:18 AM
Tubeway Army. A three-piece band fronted by Gary Numan, pre-"Cars". Raw sound at first, bass, drums, guitar and Numan's distinctive vocals. Then they added keyboards and synth. Plus a couple of acoustic ballads. Their music was recorded in 1978-79. "Are You Real", "Down in the Park" and "My Shadow in Vain" are some of their many good songs.

Numan's solo work is quite good, too. Dark, chilling electronica ("Cars", long one of my favorites) and alternative metal. He also did some dance/club type music, which I wasn't as fond of, although it still netted some decent songs.

Numan's London accent is much more noticeable in the Tubeway Army songs.


Denny Zeitlin's rapid-fire cool jazz piece for the "1 to 10" animated segments from Sesame Street; remember those? (Racing cars, trenchcoats) Grace Slick did the vocals.

Lalo Schifrin, composer of the "Mission Impossible" theme and several movie soundtracks. His score for "Dirty Harry" is some of the darkest, coolest stuff I've heard.

Whoever wrote the early 1970's "Monday Night Football" theme.
Joined: 10/6/2006
Msg: 44
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Posted: 10/1/2008 12:11:16 PM
Hawksley Workman.. very Leonard Cohenesque..

What makes him unique is his versatility with instruments, songs, live performances (mixing music with poetry with talk) and his romantically infused lyrics and songs.

Recommend his second album, [Last Night We Were] The Delicious Wolves

Oh by the way one of the best voices, incredible range.
 Infinity Mine
Joined: 9/13/2008
Msg: 45
most unique bands/artist
Posted: 10/1/2008 10:08:49 PM
John Scofield really knows how to mix it up....
Joined: 9/17/2007
Msg: 46
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Posted: 10/3/2008 3:34:26 PM
Klaus Nomi and Bjork

Hands down.

I'll fight anyone who disagrees. :-)

James, Seattle, Washington, USA, Earth
Joined: 2/1/2008
Msg: 47
most unique bands/artist
Posted: 10/3/2008 8:19:01 PM
I think, as has been said above, that uniqueness is mostly transient. Maybe it is mostly about the many bands/artists that break the ground ahead of the followers. What is truly amazing is that even today, despite the millions of songs and tunes produced in our evolution, music is still coming out that is different for whatever time.
My current likes are
Kings of Leon, Beirut, Over the Rhine, Cold War Kids, Gillian Welsh, John Butler Trio (especially the alternative use of the double bass live!!), Eskimo Joe and some of our Kiwi live and local music.
Yes to Pink Floyd, Bowie, Yes, Queen, Jethro Tull, Jefferson Airplane, etc being ground breakers!
The Sex Pistols were the end of good music or so I thought at the time (read cr#p)...thank G#d for Talking Heads, Patti Smith, Blondie etc (maybe The Ramones for their place in history rather than my liking them!!).
Joined: 2/1/2008
Msg: 48
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Posted: 10/3/2008 8:23:21 PM
Kate Bush was mentioned...what about the more recent Alanis Mossisette (probably too many letters but what the hay)?
Joined: 6/26/2007
Msg: 49
most unique bands/artist
Posted: 10/3/2008 11:49:10 PM
i completely agree with

secret chiefs 3- i love it when they get electronic and run synths thru strange instruments , then all of a sudden epic mid east movie soundtrack sounding - unique stuff

zappa-lol maybee as unique as it gets

hip hop -madlib (madvillian) never ever will you hear such smooothed out hiphop perfect selections of funk breaks everything. best jazz hiphop hybrid. shades of blue (talking about album being all bluenote jazz hiphop renditions) . his horace silver remix of songs for my father goose bumped me the first time i heard it. perfect.

some of my opinions

for hiphop i got to mention MF DOOM - the mans lyrics are lazer sharp - delivery sounds like a cross of somebody reading from a murder mystery and speaking in iambic pentameter
another good tune

electronic - ewun pretty heavy duty ny born dnb .. altho his formula caught on still unique

reggae - i think slightly stoopid i like theyre take on acoustic dubby stuff

rnb - i rarely listen to id but i did this girl from london i think named estelle

hope i didnt break no rules posting links mods

 Infinity Mine
Joined: 9/13/2008
Msg: 50
most unique bands/artist
Posted: 10/4/2008 12:27:22 AM
Mahogany Frog.


Just when I'm thinking I haven't been this excited about new music since the (King) Crimson Jazz Trio....these guys whip out a f*cking prog rock version of Dave Brubeck.....I damn near lost it....

Fans of the all the old yourself a f*cking favor and do whatever it takes to get yer hands on this music....
Joined: 6/24/2008
Msg: 51
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Posted: 10/4/2008 7:15:43 PM
Poi Dog Pondering

From folk to rap and a whole lotta dance... and great lyrics.

"we are space dust"
Joined: 10/1/2008
Msg: 52
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Posted: 10/7/2008 1:37:35 AM
Unique, as in strange or bizarre...

Nina Hagen was pretty cool, especially since she launched her career from inside East Germany, which surely meant she must have been blazing a trail in more ways than one.

Tiny Tim was kinda unique... thankfully. He did have one massive megakiller worldwide hit though and most people over a certain age would instantly recognise his voice.

The Residents! They got their name from junk mail sent to the house they lived in when they started out. Still completely anonymous, they often perform with paper bags on their heads, or giant eyeballs, or ridiculous masks etc etc
They haven't deviated (since the late seventies? Early eighties?) from their original musical 'idea'. Whatever it was.

Unique, as in innovative...

Roxy Music, not only an influential band but one that launched a couple of enduring careers as well... eg; Brian Ferry and Brian Eno.
Eno went on to work with Bowie, David Byrne (Talking Heads), Robert Fripp, and many others, while also putting out solo stuff. He was very very influential across a few different genres of music.

Robert Fripp..!! His solo stuff, the collaborations (and there are many) and going right back to The League of Gentleman and King Crimson. A pioneer of styles and effects that many have followed, imitated, and evolved.

A tip of the hat to a few that have already been mentioned too, like...

Laurie Anderson, Kraftwerk and Talking Heads. All innovators.
And the ONE who probably defines uniqueness, combined with great success?
VAN MORRISON!!! A great distinctive voice, great songwriting, and a versatile multi-instrumentalist who has never been emulated. Because he can't be! He is a genre of one. The definition of unique.
Joined: 9/12/2008
Msg: 53
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Posted: 10/7/2008 8:43:09 PM
I absolutely love Jars of Clay, but only the older albums. Their lyrics are amazingly poetic in a very passionate way.
Joined: 10/2/2008
Msg: 54
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Posted: 10/7/2008 10:53:13 PM
Pet Shop Boys
John Foxx
Dragonforce(definitely not the best power metal band,but probably the fastest)
Jethro Tull
Cocteau Twins
Philip Glass
Heaven 17
Killing Joke
Joined: 10/2/2008
Msg: 55
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Posted: 10/7/2008 10:55:43 PM
I have always liked Numan a lot,but I have kind of lost interest since he went in a darker"God does not exist"direction.
But TubeWay Army up to Berserker.....classic.Well,except for Dance..
Joined: 4/13/2008
Msg: 56
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Posted: 10/8/2008 11:45:36 PM
have to agree with the Horrorpops, more to define the Physcobilly genre, Stand up bass is hard to play and she can really slap away, but then most chics are good as slappin
Joined: 6/5/2005
Msg: 57
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Posted: 4/28/2010 3:11:25 PM
Dayglo Abortions Rocks! Still have a " Guano Tomorrow" cassette!

What about Voivod, Elvis Hitler, Me First and the Gimme Gimmes, Ween, The Dead Milkmen, GWAR...................
Joined: 5/7/2007
Msg: 58
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Posted: 4/28/2010 5:15:16 PM
Have to hold my hands up and admit to not having a clue who most of the acts mentioned so far are!! , but "unique" is an ambiguous term, especially where music is there a case for The Beach Boys being classed as "unique"-given their instantly recognisable sound?, nice to see a few mentions for `Sparks`!
 GL Is My Idol
Joined: 3/9/2010
Msg: 59
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Posted: 4/28/2010 11:50:40 PM
hmmmm.... Unique sounding, eh?

I would have to say:

The Mahavishnu Orchestra...

EXTREMELY talented individuals, with each member being from a different part of the world. They are not very-well known, however.
Joined: 4/27/2010
Msg: 60
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Posted: 5/1/2010 4:50:35 PM
Duke Ellington (any orchestra but particularly the 1940's bands)
Count Basie
T.J. Fowler
Louis Armstrong's Hot Fives and Sevens
 Ryan Mac
Joined: 6/26/2006
Msg: 61
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Posted: 5/2/2010 5:58:14 PM
Joanna Newsom - She manages to combine harp with vocals that sound like Sneezer from Tiny Toon Adventures, yet it's very effective. Nothing else sounds like that, I will say.

Beck - creative sounds and really 'out there' lyrics.

Talking Heads - you really can't get much more distinctive than David Byrne's vocals and their amalgamation of new wave, punk, pop, funk, and artsy-fartsiness.
Joined: 3/20/2010
Msg: 62
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Posted: 5/6/2010 9:56:46 PM
David Bowie hands down.

& Jack Johnson in my eyes is pretty damn unique.
Joined: 1/31/2010
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Posted: 5/7/2010 12:52:12 PM
well my selections includes George Clinton and Parliament/Funkadelic, Pink Floyd, Tom Petty, Steve Miller Band, Elton John of the 70's, Al Green of the 70's....gosh the 70's had the best music
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