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Renaldo and the Loaf
While I've only been actually reading blogs for a couple of years, I have my out-of-control RSS feed that harvests posts from more than 500+ blogs, the bulk of which are wordless entries that simply link to a Mediafire or Rapidshare of one or more albums. Most of these recordings are painfully obscure and never achieve virality, in spite of actually kicking ass and being way better than a lot of the crap that comes out nowadays. Not that I don't like new music, but, you know.
Let's just jump on the boat and see what floats, shall we?
The Petticoats was the solo project of punk-feminist Stef Petticoat, who played in a slew of equally obscure bands like Necessary Evil, Amy and the Angels, and 69 LIES. Petticoat self-released a self-titled 7-inch in 1980, the b-side of which is a punk manifesto that sounds as rough around the edges as any punk ideology would. You can try singing along to her tongue-twisting lyrics, but you'll probably just fuck it up, fail, and come off really awkward – sort of like that period when all you wore was that stupid leather jacket and that feather earring. Via Killed by Death Records.
The Residents have been killing it since the early '70s, inspiring a large assortment of popular weirdos like Animal Collective, Mr. Bungle, and that band that was in the first Tony Hawk game. However, I'd say the Residents' may have influenced even more unpopular weirdos, like Renaldo and the Loaf. Some saw RatL as Residents contemporaries (they shared the same label, Ralph Records) while some saw them as shameless rip-offs who drew from certain techniques that the Residents' used on their earlier Duck Stab-era stuff, like recording at different tape speeds and detuning acoustic instruments to give them a pseudo-electronic, other-worldly sound. Via Musica en Mediafire la Idioteca.