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10 Obscure Songs That Should Have Been Hits

These unfairly neglected singles deserved a spot in heavy rotation.

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Kathy Shaidle

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July 7, 2014 - 9:00 am
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So I finished reading Cowboys and Indies and I still don’t understand how the recording industry works.

Some guy gets 50 percent of another guy’s 20 percent. At least three famous, powerful music biz “suits” were literally tone deaf. And don’t even get me started on all the different varieties of “rights.”

It was like reading a Swahili textbook on algebra.

What I did learn was that there’s no mystery as to why some talented performers wallow in obscurity while their inferiors succeed. Don’t believe people who tell you they’ve cracked the “hit record formula.”

The real reason? “Independent promoters,” a.k.a, payola, plays a big part.

So that’s depressing.

What follows are my picks for ten songs that should have been bigger than they were:

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Never heard of any of them.
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q1fRcmXwir0

Is this one obscure enough? It's always been one of my favorite songs no one's heard of...only know it because I was blessed in college with a refreshingly non-conformist local radio station. 103 KDF, I miss thee so.
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A fine bit of power pop: "Whatever Happened to Fun" by Candy.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SsFsh5MC_xs

Hard-driving, dark, needs to be in a movie soundtrack: "Last Train" by Ghost dance.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=afEpw9catEs

Great obscure Aussie rock: "The Living Kind" by Ups and Downs.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2UlngffVcSg

A beautiful song that may be the best ever piece of "Christian rock": "Let Love In" by the Elms.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AJX1bpEDc6A
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I don't know how obscure the Monkees' "Randy Scouse Git" was, but it should be on the list, I think.
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Figured you'd mention the Who. I'll see your “I Can’t Reach You” and raise you a "Savoy Truffle."
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"Hanging Upside Down" by David Byrne from 'Uh Oh' solo album.
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The Tasmanian Devils, "Feel Alright." Also, the Reversible Chords, "Plastic Money."
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Greyhound-Amos Milburn and the Alladin Chickenshackers
Ramblin'Jack and Mahan-Guy Clark
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Andy Mackay's 'Stairway' from Rock Follies
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Never heard of any of them.
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Congratulations! That's the point of the article. (Note the title.)

Pro tip: bragging about how stupid you are is not attractive.
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Jeez. Not even a smiley face?
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Not knowing an obscure fact is not being stupid. (Nor is admitting not knowing it)
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But intentionally or accidentally overlooking the very word "obscure" in the title of the article you're smugly "criticizing" is.
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This is my fav "lost song"

http://youtu.be/bbLNrpMagpc

Silver Moon by Michael Nesmith & the First National Band, 1970, made it to Billboard's 159th post. Great slide guitar job by O.J. Rhodes.
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