I thought we had a thread about this already, but my search-fu is failing me. Closest thing seems to be this
from a few years ago.
So anyhow... what are some of your favorite "deep cut" songs? The main intent here is obscure/underrated songs that you feel are special, from relatively well-known rock/pop musicians.
A few to get the ball rolling (and yeah, these are all older... what can I say, I'm an old fart):
"The Revenge of Vera Gemini" by Blue Oyster Cult, from their "Agents of Fortune" album. One of my all-time favorite BOC songs. Patti Smith guests on vocals (she was dating the keyboard player at the time); and while I'm not a huge Patti Smith fan, her contributions here really work well, and turn what would've been merely a good song into something that is much more than the sum of its parts.
"I'm Fine" by Heart, from their "Jupiter's Darling" album. Yeah, I bet you've never heard of the album either, let alone the song... it's from after their second (mid-80s) wave of popularity had faded. This song is quirky, a bit noisy/dissonant, and with Nancy Wilson (the guitar-playing sister) instead of Ann (who normally sings lead) on vocals. The entire "Jupiter's Darling" album is quite good, but sadly was pretty much ignored by everyone.
"Love In The Ice Age" by Pat Benatar, from "Tropico". The bluesy guitar work from her husband Neil really makes this song; he'd obviously been listening to some Stevie Ray.
"Africa" by The Knack, from "Round Trip". Could easily have been sub-titled "And now... for something completely different!" It's jazzy, funky, and proves that these guys weren't just masters of the catchy pop hook, they were great (and versatile) musicians as well. The drums on this song are absolutely killer.
The years just pass like trains. I wave, but they don't slow down.
-- Steven Wilson