Also having been a fan of obscure and interesting music, I present to you...
Hasil Adkins was a late 50's psychobilly singer who reportedly recorded over 9,000 songs. In the 80's, around the time of rockabilly revival bands, he gained a large cult following due to his unusual, raw sound. He was found dead in his home on April 25, 2005, 10 days after he was hit by an ATV being driven by a teenager.
Cro-Magnon were a 60's experimental band who released the
creepiest song of the 60's, "Caledonia." This song reportedly had a soundbite of a hippie cult. They helped in popularizing obscuro music. Two of the members allegedly wrote bubblegum pop hits before forming Cro-Magnon! They disappeared around 1969/1970. Member Brian Elliot sadly passed away. Today, they are considered one of the most strange bands of the 60's and a huge influence on, suprisingly, black metal.
THE ELASTIK BAND
Formed by David Cortopassi in 1965, The Elastik Band are considered one of the strangest bands to come out of mid 60's San Francisco. Known mainly for their 1967 controversial single "Spazz", (released by ATCO and later included on Lenny Kayes influential collection of 60's rock, "Nuggets") which reportedly made fun of disabled people. Although untrue, many radio stations refused to play it, One of which cut the song off at 2 minutes! The Elastik Band imploded not long after the Summer of Love and never found a big audience.
Arguably the first folk rock group, The Fugs were more of a protest group than a musical group. Best known for their anti-war song "Kill For Peace." They lasted from 1964 to 1969 and then began playing various reunion shows in 1985 and continue to this day. Their song "CIA Man" was featured in the 2008 film "Burn After Reading."
Hailing from Seattle, Washington, the Sonics were known for very abrasive sound which would inspire a genre which would develop in the same area some 20 years later. They were notably one of the first groups to use a fuzzbox. Member Gerry Rosile would sing about drinking strychnine,psychopaths,cars, and witches, alongside other garage rock standards. They released their debut album, "Here Are The Sonics! ! !" in 1965.
After their second album ,"BOOM" ,tanked, they broke up. In 2008, however, they reunited and have been together ever since.
No explanation needed. Nuff said.
One of the first bands to use feedback and be labeled avant-garde rock, ladies and gentlemen, the Monks. Formed in 1965 as a bunch of American GIs stationed in Germany, they were notorious for shaving their heads to look like monks, which caused on angry concertgoer to attack them, calling them
"blasphemous!" They were also known for yelling infamous
lyrics in protest of the Vietnam War, notably in "Monk Time"
("Why do you kill all those kids over there in Vietnam? Mad Viet Cong. My brother died in Vietnam!"). They broke up in the late 60's, but in 1999, the Monks got back together and are still confusing as many people as they did in the 60's!
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