|Wu, have to wonder what worlds you and Powerknight were hanging in back then. As if I didn't know. We've rarely mentioned a band that wasn't 99% in the underground scene back then. You'd have never found them if you were an AM radio type fan. |
Early Genesis, and early Queen both fit very neatly in that category. Bands like Quicksilver, Jo Jo Gunne, Traffic, or Ten Years After are still behind those doors for the most part.
Of course you have the hard rock/prog rock bands like Zep, Floyd, Purple, and Heep who are credited with making this sound popular, but none truly wrote a single tune for mainstream music either. In fact, Dark Side of the Moon was only written because Floyd's label told them they had to write something that would sell. Any song by any of them had to be edited to fit into the AM radio (45) format. Strange how 90% of the artists accepted as popular back then are forgotten now, and these people are considered the popular music from back then in today's music world, isn't it?
The exceptions to this rule would be the Stones, Hendrix, The Doors, and The Animals to name a few. It was they who brought underground music to the forefront IMO.
And here we sit, all of us spoiled by one of music's most creative eras ever, suffering from the lack of highly inspired artists out there today. But ............ considering where their inspiration came from, do we really want to see a resurgence of their level of creativity today? Jus' asking. But we do seem to forget what drove this highly talented, but also very dark music of the day, don't we?