Last fm Pointless challenge


#1

The challenge: to find a band/artist completely forgotten by 2017 - as defined by their artist profile on last fm showing zero plays for the last 7 days.

Has to be a proper band with records/signed to a label etc, preferably one other Dissers can vaguely remember from the dark recesses of their memory.

Surprisingly hard, and goes to show that no matter how peripheral a band was and how much time has passed, there’s still someone somewhere in the world who apparently still remembers them.

I started off with Menswe@r, but it turns out they’re still way too popular. Gay Dad, Regular Fries, Bennet, Geneva, My Life Story & Terris all unbelievably still getting spins. Even Trashmonk whose album I found and threw out before Christmas from the arse end of the Creation roster have had a few plays in the last week.

Thought I’d cracked it with Ten Benson - pushed by the NME in the early 00s, but denied by one solitary click somewhere in the last 7 days.

Finally remembered Mower - signed to Graham Coxon’s label, NME single of the week once & the epitome of that Camden Good Mixer scene at the point where it had descended into total self caricature. They share a last fm page with a US metal band of the same name who did get listened to recently - but Mower UK - no plays!

Don’t know if this idea has legs or not but it was fun trying to think of potential bands. Any others lost to history and/or landfill?


#2

Mower UK played at our pub the other day. Someone came down from Manchester to London to see them.


#3

Viva Brother with 19 plays in the past week. Incredible.


#4

Wow. I can’t believe they’re still going, and even more that someone on DiS came into contact with them so recently. Amazing! :grinning:


#5

yeah it’s pretty tough, loads of bands with 2 or 3 plays in the last 7 days.

Zero plays in the last 7 days:
Make Model - they had that track The LSB


#6

Nightnurse

They introduced us to Charlotte Hatherley, who left the band to join Ash and more recently played with KT Tunstall and Bat For Lashes.


#7

even justin hawkins’ godawful post-the darkness project hot leg have had 4 plays in the last 7 days.

his solo venture, british whale (best known for their cover of sparks’ 1974 classic “this town ain’t big enough for the both of us”), is a pointless answer, however.


#8

Honestly, it’s been a proper eye opener tvdenimchap! It’s also quite addictive.

The only nervy moment was when i typed in Gay Dad then clicked the icon before the page finished loading properly and it jumped and I inadvertently clicked on a ‘gay singles’ ad that last fm loaded where I pressed. Cue quick backpedal.


#9

Pink Kross

Scottish all-female punkers who recorded a Peel session in 1995. Mostly famous for giving a very young Biffy Clyro their debut gig as support act. Saw them in London supporting Idlewild in the late 90s.


#10

Frigid Vinegar - http://www.last.fm/music/Frigid+Vinegar

Was a Mark and Lard single of the week. No plays over the past 7 day, only 1 in the last 30.


#11

Some great work so far. I now kind of want to listen to some of these mentioned, but I’m going to destroy their fragile obscurity if I do.

Monkey Steals The Drum were one of the early pointless answers I got - Ormskirk’s biggest band since…probably Ormskirk’s biggest band ever actually. They did a Peel session, but I’m not sure they ever got fully signed, so I didn’t allow myself them.


#12

no plays in the last 7 days for peter jones funded pop-rockers hamfatter!


#13

Yes!!! This is the winner so far. Terrific work @howtobealone :smiley:


#14

The Nicotines:

Had a song that was on a Q Magazine free CD called “Mary Wanna”. Very subtle. No plays in the last 7 days


#15

I owned that single! Yikes.


#16

This is fucking difficult. I’ve been trawling all those post-big-beat names that the NME used to love in the late 90s… turns out that some people are still listening to Campag Velocet.


#17

just for balance, peter jones’ other musical protege and sauce magnate levi roots has had 1 play in the last week!


#18

Electric Sound Of Joy

Instrumental electronica with hints of Air and Stereolab.

Started out on the Earworm label, received plaudits from the NME and the Independent, recorded a Peel session and released one, highly recommended self-tiled album in 1999. And even played the Reading Festival before fading into obscurity.


#19

http://www.last.fm/music/MOHOBISHOPI

:’(


#20

…of the utterly awesome Sonic Mook Experiment 2: Future Rock & Roll compilation.