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Bands that are Huge in the UK, but unheard of in the USA?

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  1. vid1900

    vid1900 Senior Stratmaster

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    Has anyone in the States ever heard of mega star Lily Allen ??

    Lily Allen - Not Fair
     
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    I hope not for your sakes. I can scarcely think of a less inspiring singer. Plus, she keeps posting about political issues she knows nothing about as shameless self-promotion.

    The same way I don't eagerly await government ministers' new music releases, I really don't want to know what pop musicians think about the issues of the day.:mad:
     
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    vid1900 Senior Stratmaster

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    Unless it's some kind of insane racist tirade (like that white British blues guy) I just tune all that noise out.

    Musicians, actors, and sport figures are always preaching some kind of politics, but I figure that people just stick with whatever bent their parents had - no amount of new ideas is going to change them.
     
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    The Editors are amazing too!
     
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    vid1900 Senior Stratmaster

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    Ladytron wins the award for having the strangest Brit video ever

    Ladytron - Destroy Everything You Touch
     
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    We have to agree to disagree with this one, Simon - I like her lyrics, I think she uses language rather smartly. The other part is probably because of her dad - he could be a complete arse when he was younger too. Seems to have calmed down a bit when I saw him on The Chase the other day!
     
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    Oh God no. Look at how they allowed themselves to be regurgitated and inflicted on australian households through supermarket advertising.

    almost as bad as Jamie Oliver.
     
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    nevermind
     
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    Something I'd like to say about the logistics of of UK acts 'breaking' America: the UK is a tiny island, surrounded by a few even smaller islands. (The majority of Ireland is an independent republic, and only Northern Ireland is part of the UK, BTW.)

    While it's certainly possible for an act to gain global exposure via social media, building a fan-base has traditionally been about gigging town-after-town until the act was recognised nationally. You can cover most of the UK in a few months, using a van full of gear, and not a lot more until you get into the full concert tour league.

    At that point, you're probably talking a few pantechnicons full of gear, and a full road crew that will enable you to tour mainland Europe as well.

    North America is a whole new ball game. The geographical distances are vast. You can fly an act almost anywhere, but the gear has to get there too, or you need deals with hire companies that can supply equivalent equipment in each territory. If you try to tour the whole of the US in a van, you will probably end up dead in the Nevada desert, aged 106. By that time, you may have covered as many as three States.

    Worse news: If you signed a contract with a manager while you were a promising act in the UK, he/she probably has few contacts in the US and Canada. That usually means one of two things. Either you'll end up in the Spinal Tap scenario of playing support to a puppet show, or an aggressive US manager will tell you to dump the guy who supported from the early club days and sign with his/her management team.

    Over here, Cliff Richard has been a massive star since the 1950s. Bet most of you in North America don't even know who he is. That's how hard it can be for a UK act to break into the US market. (EDIT: He tried a few times.)



     
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    I love Lilly Allen :whistling: fond of her dads work too. Wasn’t totally sold on the manics, then saw them last year...... I’m converted- off to see them again in summer.
    As for suede- first time next month at a cool little venue back in my old home town. Can’t wait :thumb:
    Interesting to hear about the success stories each side of the Atlantic- I’ve never heard of the slade cover band! :eek:
     
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    One of my all time faves Simon
     
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    The Move are one of my favorite bands.
     
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    I like Lily Allen and Lady Sovereign.

    I thought stone roses and radiohead sucked.



     
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    I played that one some many times in the CIUs and British Legion clubs 30+ years ago!
     
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    there is a lot of music i would never see if if it were not for you tube both USA and UK.
     
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    It’s funny that Carlos Cavazo has the same hairstyle as Slade’s bass player.
     
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    Maybe, but have you SEEN that thing?
     
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    The drummer and bass player are terrible, but Kevin DeBrow did a pretty good Noddy impression:

    Quiet Riot - Mama Weer All Crazee Now


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    Quiet Riot - Cum On Feel The Noize
     
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    He had Top 10 hits in the States with "We Don't Talk Anymore", "Devil Woman" and "Dreamin"







    But most yanks probably remember his song with Olivia Newton John from Xanadu the most:

     
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