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Title: Three faceless blokes and a bird up front
Post by: rogerzilla on August 20, 2011, 09:14:12 am
What's your favourite band of this genre?  In the 80s we had All About Eve and Katrina And The Waves.  The 70s had Blondie.  Now the kids have Florence And The Machine, who I haven't heard but I understand suck a fairly large one.

(Note: it doesn't have to be exactly three blokes, as long as they're faceless).
Title: Re: Three faceless blokes and a bird up front
Post by: Biggsy on August 20, 2011, 09:24:40 am
Blondie is the all-time best.  Other favourites of mine include the Sundays, Goldfrapp and Catatonia. 
Title: Re: Three faceless blokes and a bird up front
Post by: Pingu on August 20, 2011, 09:28:40 am
Texas
Garbage
Title: Re: Three faceless blokes and a bird up front
Post by: rogerzilla on August 20, 2011, 09:29:50 am
I'd forgotten The Sundays.  Yes, they'd be my favourite.  Will they ever get a fourth album out? I suppose Harriet is about 45 now.
Title: Re: Three faceless blokes and a bird up front
Post by: Illegal Combat Ant on August 20, 2011, 09:44:40 am
Republica.

Garbage should be disallowed because Butch Vig is hardly a faceless bloke.

Eighth Wonder are the template. A vanity project for the vacuous Patsy Kensit.

From the 70's, I proudly bring you Mama Lion and the sleeve to their album, 'Preserve Wildlife'

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Title: Re: Three faceless blokes and a bird up front
Post by: Jaded on August 20, 2011, 09:48:20 am
Martha and the Muffins. Too many people, but so what. Also good music.
Title: Re: Three faceless blokes and a bird up front
Post by: Illegal Combat Ant on August 20, 2011, 09:53:57 am
The Cranberries.

eta:

Sleeper
Elastica
No Doubt.

I'm finding this quite depressing, there's only one girl-fronted band that cuts the mustard IMO (apart from the previously mentioned Garbage) and that's The Pretenders, then again, they weren't three faceless blokes either. Well, two are now. Funnily enough, had a chat with Martin Chambers at Cornbury the other week. He told me, in a right broad Hereford accent, about his barn renovations. He likes digging. Oh, and he told me about the young falcons he has on his land. "They can fly alright, they just caaaan't bloody laaaand". Nice bloke.
Title: Re: Three faceless blokes and a bird up front
Post by: Rhys W on August 20, 2011, 10:35:28 am
Whatever happened to Echobelly?

The Muffs are very good pop-punk with cartoon attitude, but with the tunes to back it up.

Throwing Muses.
Belly.
Lone Justice.
Title: Re: Three faceless blokes and a bird up front
Post by: Biggsy on August 20, 2011, 10:45:54 am
Bands with TWO birds upfront don't count, so Throwing Muses only counts since Tanya Donelly left.  By the way, check out:
http://edinburghfestival.list.co.uk/article/36386-kristin-hersh-set-for-edinburgh-festival-show/

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=imiMM6G05Mk&feature=player_embedded

More than 50% of the bands I like are fronted by women.  Blokes just don't sound as interesting.

Sundays 4th album?  I'm not too hopeful.
Title: Re: Three faceless blokes and a bird up front
Post by: Biggsy on August 20, 2011, 10:56:04 am
Camera Obscura is another one I've recently got into.  A singer with a deeply affecting unusual voice, backed by blokes I wouldn't recognise.
Title: Re: Three faceless blokes and a bird up front
Post by: longers on August 20, 2011, 11:18:53 am
Transvision Vamp?
Title: Re: Three faceless blokes and a bird up front
Post by: Biggsy on August 20, 2011, 11:22:03 am
The Primatives!  That's more like it.  They recently released a new downloadable 4-track EP.  It's pretty good.
Title: Re: Three faceless blokes and a bird up front
Post by: rogerzilla on August 20, 2011, 11:24:06 am
Transvision Vamp?
There's an apocryphal story about a TV gig where, as commonly happened, a fat oaf in the moshpit howled at Wendy James, "Get your tits out!".

At which she responded, "What's wrong with yours?".
Title: Re: Three faceless blokes and a bird up front
Post by: bobb on August 20, 2011, 11:26:26 am
Elastica

They were all girls except for a token bloke.  Which is another type of band. The Corrs also fit that one.....
Title: Re: Three faceless blokes and a bird up front
Post by: Biggsy on August 20, 2011, 11:28:46 am
Mazzy Star.
Title: Re: Three faceless blokes and a bird up front
Post by: her_welshness on August 20, 2011, 11:39:26 am
Catatonia. Cerys Matthews is my all-time heroine.
Title: Re: Three faceless blokes and a bird up front
Post by: Biggsy on August 20, 2011, 11:40:40 am
Catatonia. Cerys Matthews is my all-time heroine.

I love her too.  Do you listen to her radio show on 6Music?
Title: Re: Three faceless blokes and a bird up front
Post by: rogerzilla on August 20, 2011, 11:41:57 am
Elastica

They were all girls except for a token bloke.  Which is another type of band. The Corrs also fit that one.....
Jim Corr was the most miserable bloke in pop, I think.  No-one was the remotest bit interested in him.
Title: Re: Three faceless blokes and a bird up front
Post by: bobb on August 20, 2011, 11:45:39 am
Powder were one of many mid 90s Britpop bands that fit the "Three faceless blokes and a bird up front" bill. They weren't very good.
Title: Re: Three faceless blokes and a bird up front
Post by: her_welshness on August 20, 2011, 11:46:20 am
Catatonia. Cerys Matthews is my all-time heroine.

I love her too.  Do you listen to her radio show on 6Music?

Yes. Her music tastes are wildly varying, which totally rocks. She read out a message that I had sent her once. Awesome chick.
Title: Re: Three faceless blokes and a bird up front
Post by: rogerzilla on August 20, 2011, 11:52:56 am
Catatonia. Cerys Matthews is my all-time heroine.
Ah yes - a classic example of the genre.
Title: Re: Three faceless blokes and a bird up front
Post by: Rhys W on August 20, 2011, 12:56:09 pm
Jim Corr was the most miserable bloke in pop, I think.  No-one was the remotest bit interested in him.

Now he's the David Icke of pop www.jimcorr.com/ (http://www.jimcorr.com/)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zpLCrEor_xY
Title: Re: Three faceless blokes and a bird up front
Post by: rogerzilla on August 20, 2011, 01:42:59 pm
Jim Corr was the most miserable bloke in pop, I think.  No-one was the remotest bit interested in him.

Now he's the David Icke of pop www.jimcorr.com/ (http://www.jimcorr.com/)
My goodness.  This is probably all about Bono being invited to Davos, rather than him.
Title: Re: Three faceless blokes and a bird up front
Post by: IanDG on August 20, 2011, 01:44:48 pm
The Pretenders, Portishead (2 blokes?), Suzi Quatro and Joan Jett and the Blackhearts
Title: Re: Three faceless blokes and a bird up front
Post by: Baggy on August 20, 2011, 01:50:57 pm
Saint Etienne were one of the only girl-fronted bands I liked in the 90s.
Of late, I've developed a liking for the Yeah Yeah Yeahs. They'll probably split up now ::-)

All time best has to be Blondie though.
Title: Re: Three faceless blokes and a bird up front
Post by: Biggsy on August 20, 2011, 02:04:50 pm
I was going to mention Saint Etienne - but Bob Stanley and Pete Wiggs got their faces quite well known.
Title: Re: Three faceless blokes and a bird up front
Post by: her_welshness on August 20, 2011, 02:11:08 pm
Fairground Attraction. Eddi Reader and that flawless voice of hers  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Three faceless blokes and a bird up front
Post by: nicknack on August 20, 2011, 02:18:39 pm
I s'pose Pentangle would count as four famous blokes and a faceless bird upfront (sorry Jacqui).
Title: Re: Three faceless blokes and a bird up front
Post by: rogerzilla on August 20, 2011, 02:23:54 pm
Mrs Z has some stuff by Sleeper.
Title: Re: Three faceless blokes and a bird up front
Post by: Aidan on August 20, 2011, 03:14:20 pm
Echobelly


Did one of the most uplifting and optimistic songs ever

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u-2fNeIT5kU

and no one ever noticed the blokes ;D
Title: Re: Three faceless blokes and a bird up front
Post by: Biggsy on August 20, 2011, 03:18:55 pm
Echobelly doesn't qualify.  Debbie Smith on guitar.
Title: Re: Three faceless blokes and a bird up front
Post by: Aidan on August 20, 2011, 03:24:07 pm
Echobelly doesn't qualify.  Debbie Smith on guitar.

Who noticed? ;D
Title: Re: Three faceless blokes and a bird up front
Post by: Jaded on August 20, 2011, 03:59:55 pm
Cocteau Twins
Title: Re: Three faceless blokes and a bird up front
Post by: Biggsy on August 20, 2011, 04:16:59 pm
Nah.  I would have mentioned the Cocteau Twins long ago - but Robin Guthrie on guitar was hardly faceless.  He fronted the Cocteaus as much as Liz.  Or does it just seem like that to us hard-core fans?

http://youtu.be/iv9pMwnfiBQ
Title: Re: Three faceless blokes and a bird up front
Post by: Pingu on August 20, 2011, 09:26:39 pm
Garbage should be disallowed because Butch Vig is hardly a faceless bloke.

Who  ???
Title: Re: Three faceless blokes and a bird up front
Post by: Woofage on August 20, 2011, 09:46:47 pm
Martha's Vineyard (I think they were one "hit" wonders).

Cowboy Junkies.
Title: Re: Three faceless blokes and a bird up front
Post by: Pingu on August 20, 2011, 09:54:25 pm
Crowded House


Runs away from Mrs P  :P
Title: Re: Three faceless blokes and a bird up front
Post by: Biggsy on August 20, 2011, 09:59:27 pm
Coldplay    :demon:
Title: Re: Three faceless blokes and a bird up front
Post by: arry_b on August 20, 2011, 10:01:26 pm
Coldplay    :demon:

Bzzzt! Incorrect - they're three faceless blocked fronted by a "ladygarden".
Title: Re: Three faceless blokes and a bird up front
Post by: rogerzilla on August 20, 2011, 10:05:35 pm
Two of the faceless blokes have been lost in this clip.

She's singing live  :o

Doesn't Julianne look like our Julian?  :o

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h2JPxZTSlMo&feature=related
Title: Re: Three faceless blokes and a bird up front
Post by: Mrs Pingu on August 20, 2011, 10:16:37 pm
Crowded House


Runs away from Mrs P  :P

*smacks penguin repeatedly round the head with a wet fish*
Title: Re: Three faceless blokes and a bird up front
Post by: Illegal Combat Ant on August 20, 2011, 10:56:13 pm
Garbage should be disallowed because Butch Vig is hardly a faceless bloke.

Who  ???

Teh wiki sez. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Butch_Vig)

 ;)
Title: Re: Three faceless blokes and a bird up front
Post by: Pingu on August 20, 2011, 11:02:59 pm
Garbage should be disallowed because Butch Vig is hardly a faceless bloke.

Who  ???

Teh wiki sez. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Butch_Vig)

 ;)

Pretty much faceless then.
Title: Re: Three faceless blokes and a bird up front
Post by: IanDG on August 21, 2011, 08:36:50 am
Crowded House


Runs away from Mrs P  :P

*smacks penguin repeatedly round the head with a wet fish*

Now that's enough Mrs P, we don't need any detail of what you two get up to behind closed doors ;)
Title: Re: Three faceless blokes and a bird up front
Post by: IanDG on August 21, 2011, 08:39:31 am
Two of the faceless blokes have been lost in this clip.

She's singing live  :o

Doesn't Julianne look like our Julian?  :o



All about Eve? If they fit the category then so do Rodriguez and Gabriella. Who pays any attention to Rodriguez?

OK, I forgot about Regulator
Title: Re: Three faceless blokes and a bird up front
Post by: Jaded on August 21, 2011, 09:04:50 am
Robert Palmer.
Title: Re: Three faceless blokes and a bird up front
Post by: IanDG on August 21, 2011, 09:41:05 am
Robert Palmer.


I think that was 5 faceless (leggy) birds and 1 tit
Title: Re: Three faceless blokes and a bird up front
Post by: Peter on August 21, 2011, 10:10:38 am
Robert Palmer.


I think that was 5 faceless (leggy) birds and 1 tit

You sure that wasn't Bryan Ferry?
Title: Re: Three faceless blokes and a bird up front
Post by: Torslanda on August 21, 2011, 10:45:38 am
Iconic video tho'but.

What about Queen?

<Hides from our Scottish Rosa Klebb or whatever she's called herself this week>
Title: Re: Three faceless blokes and a bird up front
Post by: Torslanda on August 21, 2011, 10:46:45 am
The Thomson Twins?  :o
Title: Re: Three faceless blokes and a bird up front
Post by: Illegal Combat Ant on August 21, 2011, 11:58:34 am
If the Thomson Twins qualify, and I think Tom Bailey might take issue with that, then surely Wings qualify under the same criteria.

 ;D
Title: Re: Three faceless blokes and a bird up front
Post by: Eccentrica Gallumbits on August 21, 2011, 12:21:46 pm
Iconic video tho'but.

What about Queen?

<Hides from our Scottish Rosa Klebb or whatever she's called herself this week>
I see all.
Title: Re: Three faceless blokes and a bird up front
Post by: Cunobelin on August 21, 2011, 01:46:15 pm
Two of the faceless blokes have been lost in this clip.

She's singing live  :o

Doesn't Julianne look like our Julian?  :o

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h2JPxZTSlMo&feature=related

I prefer this version  (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F1JIe8Zlvr4&feature=related)
Title: Re: Three faceless blokes and a bird up front
Post by: Woofage on August 21, 2011, 03:03:08 pm
While we're on the subject of JR: Mice.

Not a great success but I have their first (and only?) album and it's OK. Saw them live at some dodgy place on Sarfend sea-front.
Title: Re: Three faceless blokes and a bird up front
Post by: IanDG on August 21, 2011, 03:11:46 pm
10,000 Maniacs

OK- 4 faceless blokes with Natalie Marchant up front (who wouldn't be happy being classed as a 'bird'.
Title: Re: Three faceless blokes and a bird up front
Post by: Flying_Monkey on August 22, 2011, 10:05:51 am
This thread reminds me of some people I knew from my days living in Oxford. The band was called The Mystics, and they should have been big, as big as their Oxford contemporaries, Supergrass and Radiohead. But things just didn't go their way, their debut album wasn't released, and they are now all but forgotten...

http://www.youtube.com/user/jackrushton#p/u/10/O9NqOoUT5JM

They weren't really three faceless blokes and a girl up front, because the girl was part of the unit, and the blokes were all really quite odd rather than faceless. Sam Williams, on bass and lead vocals, was also the producer of the first Supergrass singles and album. And Katherine (Kate) Garrett, on keyboards and backing vocals, was in a band with one PJ Harvey at school. She died, way too young, of cancer, in 2009, which was really my reason for posting this. RIP.

http://www.oxfordmail.co.uk/news/community/obituaries/obits/4482180.Musician_nurtured_talents_of_others/
Title: Re: Three faceless blokes and a bird up front
Post by: Mr Larrington on August 22, 2011, 11:08:40 am
Eric Blake (http://mischalke04.wordpress.com/2010/05/27/eric-blake-80%C2%B4girl-1981/).  I know little of them except that they were allegedly shit-hot live, Julie Harding was well fit and they had possibly the worst name of any band in the history of all things ever.
Title: Re: Three faceless blokes and a bird up front
Post by: padbeat on August 24, 2011, 12:19:26 am
PJ Harvey started off as a trio in the early days. I clearly remember an early interview in the NME where she said that yes, Polly harvey was her name, but the band was PJ Harvey. That didn't last long though ...
Title: Re: Three faceless blokes and a bird up front
Post by: Valiant on August 24, 2011, 10:35:18 pm
Hows about Portishead? They must count.
Title: Re: Three faceless blokes and a bird up front
Post by: Biggsy on August 24, 2011, 10:37:35 pm
Morcheeba
Title: Re: Three faceless blokes and a bird up front
Post by: Valiant on August 25, 2011, 02:27:27 am
Skunk Anansie
Title: Re: Three faceless blokes and a bird up front
Post by: fuzzy (retd.) AAGE on August 25, 2011, 02:04:41 pm
Siouxsie and the Banshees?
Title: Re: Three faceless blokes and a bird up front
Post by: Biggsy on August 25, 2011, 02:26:25 pm
Siouxsie and the Banshees?

Yes, I can't picture the blokes' faces right now.
Title: Re: Three faceless blokes and a bird up front
Post by: Woofage on August 25, 2011, 02:27:52 pm
Siouxsie and the Banshees?

Not sure they count ;). Budgie (the drummer) did some solo stuff so was well known (I think he also played in another punk band - The Slits?) and Robert Smith of The Cure dep'd on guitar before be became a full-time member.
Title: Re: Three faceless blokes and a bird up front
Post by: Biggsy on August 25, 2011, 02:56:45 pm
This depends on how well you know the acts.  No members of bands you're big fans of seem faceless to you, whereas you tend to concentrate on the singer up front if you're just a casual observer.
Title: Re: Three faceless blokes and a bird up front
Post by: Quisling on August 25, 2011, 10:57:59 pm
Have we done The Tourists yet.  Early Annie Lennox and Dave Stewart, pre-Eurythmics.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=27Nu9bEkQaE