Bands that were only huge in their own country

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Johnny Kash

Just A Radge
Down under, undoubtedly Cold Chisel. Id barely heard of them before coming over here 10 years ago but they (and 'Barnesey' are revered as rock royalty in Oz). Other than Khe Sanh they are decidedly average IMO. I think they were that huge at home they didnt really try and break out abroad, which is strange as some of their compatriots like Inxs were selling out Wembley around this time.

In the UK I would give you The Jam and the Stone Roses - Roses are known abroad to varying degrees, but nowhere near the same adulation and hype they received all over the UK at that time, they really were a phenomenon. The Mondays were bigger in the US and abroad from memory. The Jam are barely recognised overseas for some reason.

In the US, theres guff like the Dave Mathews band which is really quite popular over there but thankfully nowhere else.
 

Two Headed Boy

Well-Known Radge
Im a big fan of the American 80s punk scene. Bands like Bad Brains, Black Flag, Suicidal Tendencies, Circle Jerks etc... were all over US MTV and b-movie soundtracks back then (Repo Man, Return of the Living Dead etc...).
They've never had more than cult appeal over here really .
 

moathibby

Legendary Radge
Did Teardrop Explodes ever make it anywhere?I was happy knowing I liked them.I don't think I ever looked at the US charts to see if these muppets had stopped listening to Kiss.
 

Plasticman

Well-Known Radge
Did Teardrop Explodes ever make it anywhere?I was happy knowing I liked them.I don't think I ever looked at the US charts to see if these muppets had stopped listening to Kiss.
I Was Made For Loving You is a great tune, up there with Reward!
 

barney

Atlanta Hibs Radge
Did Teardrop Explodes ever make it anywhere?I was happy knowing I liked them.I don't think I ever looked at the US charts to see if these muppets had stopped listening to Kiss.
aye cos the muppets in america ken nowt aboot music right enuff.
 

Plasticman

Well-Known Radge
Aye, daft canutes with their Motown, Northern Soul, Hip Hop, Funk, Phillie and Detroit sounds, shite like Simon and Garfunkel, pish like Blondie and Frank Sinatra, useless pish from yon Elvis fellae and his pal Johnny Cash, clueless the lot of them.
yup ... not forgetting all the psych pish from the late 60s that I spend too long listening too, or those shitty Talking Heads, Ramones and Dolls, the whole 70s NY punk scene ... and that crap like RUN DMC and Grandmaster Flash and the Sugarhill Gang that proceeded it ... not to mention the Shangrilas or all of the Brill(iant) building wanks, total pish ...
 

AG1337

Well-Known Radge
Aye, daft canutes with their Motown, Northern Soul, Hip Hop, Funk, Phillie and Detroit sounds, shite like Simon and Garfunkel, pish like Blondie and Frank Sinatra, useless pish from yon Elvis fellae and his pal Johnny Cash, clueless the lot of them.
Ah, but they haven’t got the Proclaimers 😊
 

moathibby

Legendary Radge
yup ... not forgetting all the psych pish from the late 60s that I spend too long listening too, or those shitty Talking Heads, Ramones and Dolls, the whole 70s NY punk scene ... and that crap like RUN DMC and Grandmaster Flash and the Sugarhill Gang that proceeded it ... not to mention the Shangrilas or all of the Brill(iant) building wanks, total pish ...
I think Run..etc already fit into the pigeon hole 'Hip Hop' or 'Rap' or are you going to list 100 or so hip hop artists?
 

moathibby

Legendary Radge
The Clash had to release Give Em Enough Rope first in America because it was reckoned 'The Clash' wasn't 'radio friendly' enough for the Kiss,Aerosmith ladden mid west Radio Stations.It took about 5 years for Blondie to go mainstream in the States,massively helped by the launch of MTV.Same goes for Talking Heads,77 and More Songs took a while to be accepted.
 

moathibby

Legendary Radge
The question was 'big'.I mean take Northern Soul.It wasn't even big in the UK.Most people stopped in the street wouldn't have heard of Gloria Jones, but I think Tainted Love got to number 1?Under Soft Cell.
 

tricky

Legendary Radge
Assume that Gerry Cinnamon is only popular in Scotland.

that English band Bush a few years back I’m sure were big in America but not quoted here, rightly so
 

Hibees-Mad

Mad Hibees Radge
Were Hootie and the Blowfish big anywhere else except USA? I'm sure there's a number of country acts as well
 

Greenmachine

Aulder Than The Internet This Radge
Garth Brooks...massive in the states, nowhere else really.

Cliff Richard...outside of the UK nobody has even heard of him.
 

moathibby

Legendary Radge
I was watching Half a Sixpence the other day and looked it up on Wiki-apart from it being trite and predictable it was never really a hit in the States because nobody had heard of Tommy Steele.
 
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