Thursday, 28 December 2017

Shimmering obscurity - 15 'single single' 1980's jangle-pop bands.



I love youtube. Not only is there bag loads of music on there, but the contributors seem to see it as their personal mission to prove that the bands they know are the most obscure that the world has never seen.

 It is akin to an apposite my 'dads bigger than your argument', in which the winner proves just how unknown and pointless 'their bands' are in order that they garner the most 'obscurity credence' among their peers.

Not to be outdone, the following 15 bands are the most obscure I can find from the confines of the 1980's jangle-pop genre. All of these bands released just one single and nothing else. If they mustered an EP together, or some obscure label from the depths of the East Gregarian smigwiggly islands re-issued lost cassette demo tapes, they are excluded for being too prominent/famous. We don't want such braggarts in these parts!


No, the bands below are as obscure as they get from a 1980's jangle-pop perspective and released just one single before hanging up their guitars.

Enjoy the varying quality of the A sides from the bands below (posted in alphabetical order)...and if you have any more for me to consider for inclusion please either post in the comments below, e-mail me at janglepophub@gmail.com, or message me / post them on our Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/janglepophub/).

As Clear As Day (Australia)

Some Excited Feeling (1984) 





Blue TV (USA.)

Back in Time (1985)



Dangerous Birds (USA)

Back in Time (1985)





Ice Babies (UK)

Genius of Lies (1981)






Mainly Spaniards  (New Zealand)

Genius of Lies (1982)






Peruvian Hipsters (UK)

Tony Hadley (1988)





Pranksters (Australia)

Living Edge (1988)

Not available on youtube to my knowledge...if anyone finds a link please post in comments or e-mail me at janglepophub@gmail.com - Many thanks Darrin (Editor)

Second View  (Germany)

Machinery (1986)





21 Hundredz  (Canada)

Modern Romance (1988)

Not available on youtube to my knowledge...if anyone finds a link please post in comments or e-mail me at janglepophub@gmail.com - Many thanks Darrin (Editor)

The Eighties  (Canada)

No Cruising in an era of limits (1988)

Not available on youtube to my knowledge...if anyone finds a link please post in comments or e-mail me at janglepophub@gmail.com - Many thanks Darrin (Editor)

The Furious Apples  (UK)

Engineering (1983)




The Gift (UK)

Crashing Down (1982)





The Meltations (UK)

32 Sweet Teeth (1987)




The Reasons Why (Australia)

In the End (1986)






Weeping Messerschmitts (UK)

Nothing Yet 1987





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