Although obviously this is a fairly meaningless exercise, as an existentialist I love all things meaningless and couldn’t resist putting in Saloon and some of our contemporaries. Here are the results:
SALOON 89.1% OBSCURE
A pretty respectable score. More surprising perhaps were the results of some of our solo offshoots:
ARTHUR AND MARTHA (me) 93.0 % OBSCURE
THE LEFT OUTSIDES (Alison) 93.3 % OBSCURE
THE LEAF LIBRARY (Matt) 94.2 % OBSCURE
Very surprised that A&M were the least obscure (just) seeing as we haven’t done anything for years, although perhaps that is to do with the fact that the results are based from Last FM and the ‘sort of people’ inclined to listen to A&M’s electronic bobbins are more the sort of people to use Last FM.
Anyway I thought it interesting to look at some of our contemporaries that we played with :
STEREOLAB 52.0% OBSCURE
POLYROCK 89.8 % OBSCURE
HERMAN DUNE 81.3% OBSCURE
THE PROJECTS 92.6 % OBSCURE
KICKER No score because there are two bands called Kicker
TOMPAULIN 91.2 % OBSCURE
OF MONTREAL 39.7% OBSCURE
Does this mean finally Saloon are less obscure than they of the lovely splitter van, Tompaulin? Can’t believe the mighty Polyrock are more obscure than Saloon (not A&M though, which is right as A&M ripped them off once or twice). Perhaps the most ‘shocking’ is Of Montreal, who are ‘officially’ less obscure than Stereolab. I bet when Saloon toured with Of Montreal in France and they were playing ‘the Noise of Carpet’ in their set, they never thought one-day that would happen.. .or did they, actually they probably knew all along.
Oh I did one other search, for a band that played the Exeter Cavern a couple of days before Saloon did:
COLDPLAY 0% OBSCURE
That sounds about right.