Unsung is a Glasgow based music podcast where every Friday we talk about a different record and decide if it should be added to a discography of all time great albums. Then you vote and tell us if we're right or wrong. Stream and download the latest episode below, or subscribe using your favourite podcatcher.
So here we are. The gloves are off. Chris gets torn in to the album whilst also reckoning with his own deep seated disdain for the band. We also ponder how they became so important, and then we put it to you to decide if this record is worthy of inclusion in our discography.
One of our biggest donors came all the way over from Oz to talk about his favourite Biffy Clyro album, The Vertigo of Bliss. In part one Crag explains why he picked this record, we get some cool Biffy stories, we dive deep into the band’s back catalogue and more.
It has come to our attention that we haven’t covered anything in the industrial rock/metal category for a good long time. This week, Chris rectifies that, by bringing one of his favourite albums to the table by a band who we feel might just have been overlooked.
After our extensive discussion around what “cool” means in our Sonic Youth episode, Weaver decided to see if records by bands once considered “cool” by “hip” publications have stood the test of time. This week we cover the debut album by “witch house” act Salem.
We haven’t tackled a hardcore record in quite some time. So true to form, Mark picks a sincere melodic hardcore album which you either love or hate, by a band whose influence is, in his view, Unsung.
Episode 80. We’re so close to 100 it’s frightening. Anyway, we pick up where the last episode left off by talking about what “cool” is, some of Sonic Youth’s highlights, Rather Ripped and why it should be included in our discography. You can vote in the usual place. Do it.
We return to our regular schedule this week, but swiftly deviate from that schedule as we ended up having an epic chat about Sonic Youth’s music and their place in culture as a whole, all spurned on by Chris’ decision to nominate their 14th album Rather Ripped for inclusion in our discography. This is part one of that two part discussion.
With Mark on holiday, winding his way across the Deep South on a monster road trip, Chris and David decided to take this as inspiration to talk about the songs and memories of their own past roadtrips.
Mastodon’s career arc has seen them evolve from swamp bothering sludge metal merchants into arena conquering, grammy winning, prog rock icons. But is Remission, the band’s debut album, their Unsung classic?
Public Enemy were a vital force in the golden age of hip hop, and this album marks the end of the band’s very own golden age. We know they have two albums that could be considered better than this, but is this their Unsung Classic?
You know the feeling. You’re listening to an album and simply cannot work out why the rest of the planet doesn’t realise that it is a total masterpiece. What the hell is wrong with everyone?
Each week hosts Mark Fraser (The Curator Podcast), David Weaver (Detour) and Chris Cusack (Bloc/Restless Natives), discuss and dissect exactly those kind of albums. Is something an under-rated classic? Did it have a huge and unrecognised impact on the music that followed it? Sure they might be a great band but what is their definitive release?
We’ll put our cases forward to you, the public, then you can vote via our site to decide if our choice really deserves “UNSUNG CLASSIC” status. Hopefully as we progress, we gradually build up a truly democratic picture of the classics that perhaps didn’t make the covers of Mojo or NME but left an indelible mark on our own lives.
We’ll also pepper this discography with interviews where we invite notable musicians to nominate their own unsung classics and speak frankly about their own back catalogues. Plus a few special “mix-tape” episodes where we pick a mix-tape title and each throw a name into the fray.
Interaction is the aim and hopefully, between our oddball patter and your comments, suggestions and feedback we can document some of the truly amazing musical work out there that continues to be criminally UNSUNG.