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KurtfromLaQuinta

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Location: Really deep in the heart of South California
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Posted: Feb 16, 2023 - 6:12pm

 ScottFromWyoming wrote:

The Rave-Ups are my standard answer to this question. They were so popular with southern California hipster kids that they made it into "Pretty in Pink," (at Molly Ringwald's insistence) but for reasons I can't recall, didn't make the soundtrack. I always figured Jimmer Podrasky was a jerk or something, and I think he might have handled some aspects of semi-success poorly, but people who've known him for  a long time say he's a great guy.



I like the Rave- Ups.
I do have a couple  (?) of their CD's.


Steely_D

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Posted: Feb 16, 2023 - 5:48pm

Easy. Rolling Stone loved their first record, but some funky record label stuff kept them from being big. 
"This band has come all the way down from an acid trip to play for you..."

black321

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Posted: Feb 16, 2023 - 11:49am

Rave Ups was a good one. 
I always  had a guilty pleasure thing for Zebra (high school days). They had their 15 minutes in the mid 80s, replete with some bad videos, then disappeared (though you can still find them playing locally on long island)

I would dare say another Long Island  80s band, Twisted Sister, but somehow they kinda "made it"
rgio

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Posted: Feb 16, 2023 - 11:27am

The A's...who battled the Hooters for being the "it" band in Philly for a few years (late 70's/early 80's) until the Hooters went national and the A's split up.

The first song (and album title - A Woman's Got the Power) was a constant on FM radio for a few years.


steeler

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Location: Perched on the precipice of the cauldron of truth


Posted: Feb 16, 2023 - 10:48am

Pittsburgh?  
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The Iron City Houserockers.

AliGator

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Posted: Feb 16, 2023 - 10:21am

 ScottFromWyoming wrote:

The Rave-Ups are my standard answer to this question. They were so popular with southern California hipster kids that they made it into "Pretty in Pink," (at Molly Ringwald's insistence) but for reasons I can't recall, didn't make the soundtrack. I always figured Jimmer Podrasky was a jerk or something, and I think he might have handled some aspects of semi-success poorly, but people who've known him for  a long time say he's a great guy.




This brought back a fuzzy memory that The Rave-Ups had a Pittsburgh connection, and sure enough!

My contribution to this list would be Oroboros, out of Cleveland. (In theory I've linked to my favorite song of theirs.)
ScottFromWyoming

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Location: Powell
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Posted: Feb 16, 2023 - 9:32am

The Rave-Ups are my standard answer to this question. They were so popular with southern California hipster kids that they made it into "Pretty in Pink," (at Molly Ringwald's insistence) but for reasons I can't recall, didn't make the soundtrack. I always figured Jimmer Podrasky was a jerk or something, and I think he might have handled some aspects of semi-success poorly, but people who've known him for  a long time say he's a great guy.

WalterHawn

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Posted: Feb 11, 2023 - 7:38pm

...but maybe should have.  Was reminded today by a friend's post on FB of a concert poster from Chicago in the late 60s,  On the bill for a four-day affair were the Who, Led Zep, Buddy Rich's Big Band, and, among another dozen, an outfit called Rotary Connection.  One of the great should-have-beens.  Minnie Ripperton was a (not the) lead singer and the outfit was Very Good.  One of the first signed to David Geffen's brand-new Geffen Records label.  And then there was Genya Ravan and Ten Wheel Drive — both of which are, last I looked, still performing but separately now.  And an actual Chicago oufit called Paper Cup, from the late 70s, early 80s.  Other nominations?