Cock Robin and Other 80’s Bands Time Forgot
Cock Robin is making a comeback. You have never heard of them, you say? Well there have been a number of bands through the years that have slipped through the hands of time into the realm of forgotten music. In many of the cases, there is a reason that the bands fell to the wayside and left from our memories. In some cases, it was the music that was truly no memorable. In order cases it was a record that was poorly produced or marketed. And then there are the bands that have inner-relationship issues. But no matter what my opinion of them is, remember that music is a personal experience and if it speaks to you, then it was successful in its own way.
Here’s a breakdown of the top 80’s bands that time forgot.
Well let’s start with the group we are talking about. Why was Cock Robin forgotten? Well their music was never adequately promoted in the United States while it was embraced in Western Europe. They are not forgotten in France.
Maybe not completely forgotten, but pretty wiped out. They seemed like they could be rivals for REM who ruled the late 1980’s and early 1990’s airwaves.
The Sound first came out in the early 80’s in London and were a kind of U2-esque band. They never reached their true success and sadly their lead singer, Adrian Borland, committed suicide.
Smith & Mighty
Rob Smith and Ray Mighty were part of the Bristol trip-hop scene that bled from the 80’s into the 90’s. But they were really just a bridge kind of music in between genres, not having what it takes to survive in popular music.
The Pale Fountains
They were part of the Brit hits that really emerged its weirdness in the 1980’s, but that said, they were just not quite impressive enough to make it to real success.
Lisa Lisa, Cult Jam & Full Force
This was a group of some strange combination of freestyle and hip-hop that included “I Wonder If I Take You Home” and “Let The Beat Hit ‘Em.” They actually are kind of remembered in the States, but sort of like a back of the mind level memory.
Gene Loves Jezebel
The Aston twins, Jay and Michael, were part of an indie-goth trend that surfaced in the mid-1980’s. Their hit was “Sweetest Thing” which actually made it to #75 on the charts before the band broke up. Yes twin brothers split up the band and reformed in two different, and unsuccessful, groups.
Ok I may have just included them because of their awesome name. Their full band name was actually We’ve Got a Fuzzbox And We’re Gonna Use It!!. I have no idea what that even means, but it feels very much like something the 80’s bands were going to embrace.
This was an indie-popper that wanted to work on classic songs and be hits. Well doesn’t everyone want to become a classic band? That means legacy. But maybe they think that they reached success, but I don’t think the rest of us agree with them.
Wee Papa Girl Rappers
Coming out of the popularity of the Cookie Crew, the Wee Papa Girl Rappers, made up of twin sisters Sandra and Samantha Lawrence, were British rappers. Their career was insanely brief with one minor hit called “Wee Rule,” but the jury’s out as to whether the song was actually any good.
This was a throwback band of the 80’s, comprised of jazzateers who wanted to bring something totally new to the pop scene. Their music has been described as “nice,” which is no way to make yourself memorable in the long run of music history.