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The Beau Brummels 1 12.50%
The Left Banke 2 25.00%
The Pretty Things 2 25.00%
The Nazz 2 25.00%
The Pink Fairies 1 12.50%
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Have you heard...?

Most underrated band...?
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Can't vote cause I don't know anything by any of them. Heard The Nazz once and that was more than enough.
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I too must plead ignorance and subsequent inability to vote.
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I know about the Beau Brummels and the Pretty Things but never really listened to them...
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This poll has sure struck out Eric.
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If Frigid Pink was on the poll I would have voted.
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This poll has sure struck out Eric.
What do you mean!

The Nazz are winning at a 2:1 ratio...!!

I'd say the masses have spoken...!!
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I never payed too much attention to any of them (never heard of The Nazz), but The Pretty Things was a good band. So they get my vote!
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I think they're all overrated.
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All these legendary bands that no one ever heard any actual music from.
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All these legendary bands that no one ever heard any actual music from.
Who said they were legendary?

I was just curious how many people knew of them really...

The poll was a joke...
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I wasn’t going to weigh in on this ‘cause as you get to know me you’ll find that I can be an almost obnoxious source of info on music from the sixties on! But well, here we go!

The Beau Brummels were a San Francisco Band that had a small body of work in the mid-sixties. Their biggest hits were Laugh Laugh which reached #8 and Just a Little which reached #15. An animated version of them was on The Flintstones cartoon show! You guys should like their rootsy sound with great harmonies. I’ve YouSendIt-ed one of their lesser hits but one of my personal favorites, Don't Talk to Strangers .

About a year after the appearance of The Beau Brummels, The Left Banke appeared on the opposite coast in NYC. They were purveyors of what I like to refer to as ‘baroque rock” – think In My Life by The Beatles. You know, lots of harpsichords and violins and oboes and shite. Their lead singer, Steve Martin, had an incredibly high voice, almost female in it’s timbre, and quite haunting. Their biggest hit was the topic of the Billy Bragg thread here, Walk Away Renee, which reached #5 in 1966, and one of their songs – She May Call You Up Tonight - will be covered on Under the Covers Vol. 1, The Susanna Hoffs/Matthew Sweet project mentioned in yet another thread around here somewhere. I will leave you with my favorite from them. Reaching #15 early in 1967, here is Pretty Ballerina.

The Pretty Things were from across the Atlantic in Angle-land and they drew early comparisons to the Rolling Stones, only more raw!! David Bowie covered two Pretty Things songs on his all-covers album PinUps – Don’t Bring Me Down and Rosalyn, and one of my favorite lesser known Brit bands, The Inmates, covered Midnight to Six Man which I choose to post here. They also beat Pete Townshend to the punch by releasing the first “rock opera” – S.F. Sorrow – one year before The Who released Tommy.

The Nazz was a Philadelphia band from the late seventies and included one of my all-time rock gods, Todd Rundgren (for the first two LPs) and their first single was a group arrangement of the song he’d later turn into a solo hit, and one of my favorite songs ever – Hello It’s Me. Their music was very British Invasion in flavor and you can hear it in the My Generation influenced Open My Eyes .

The Pink Fairies? I have no fucking idea.
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Who said they were legendary?

I was just curious how many people knew of them really...

The poll was a joke...
These bands are the ones that other bands all refer to as "influences". Bowie covering the Pretty Things on Pinups probably gave them more exposure world wide than they would ever had achieved otherwise. I am sure they would be well known in the UK but only die hards outside the UK would know of them.
Same for The Nazz. If Todd Rundgren hadn't had a hit with Can We Still Be Friends I think they would be completly unheard of. Just as Them would have been a forgoten one hit wonder if Van hadn't made a fist of a solo career.
The Beau Brummels I have read about for years but never heard a single thing that I know of. The Pink Fairies, I seem to remember a friend having an album of theirs but I recall nothing about it and I have never heard of The Left Banke but if they penned Walk Away Rene then that comes as a lesson to me.
Oh and Frigid Pink Jed? I recall a heavy metal version of House Of The Rising Sun. Good it was too!
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