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100 Rare Classic Rock Songs

Many times good to excellent songs get passed up for a variety of reasons…for instance Decca once sent the Beatles a rejection letter saying that in their opinion they didn’t like their sound and guitar music was on it’s way out. Sometimes it’s a matter of not having the right connections, or not catching the eye ( ear ) of the right DJ who will give you the air-time.

If all you ever listen to is Top 40 pop radio, or Top 40 classic rock radio, chances are you’ve never even heard of most of these, and that’s too bad, because there’s really some great songs out there that never get played by commercial radio that caters to their advertisers and not the music.

Well…if you come from the 60’s or 70’s generation, or are a hard-core classic rock lover, some of these you might remember, and many you will remember if you listen to them, and many that you don’t remember but should listen to.

Some of these are rare songs that never made the Top 40 ( but should have ), some are rare one-hit-wonders, and all of these are worth your time tracking down and adding to your collections.

If you like music, and have a fondness for the classic oldies, you won’t want to just read this and not follow up on these tunes.

Most of these you will never hear played on Classic Rock radio stations.

All of these songs I have played on my Blip Station at TheTAZZone

These tunes are spun in no particular order, so ignore the numbering.

100 Rare Classic Rock Songs

( by 100 different Artists )
1. Heart – Treat Me Bad ( not the group Heart from the 80’s )

2. A Passing Fancy – Island

3. Blues Project – Steve’s Song

4. The Sonics – Have Love, Will Travel

5. The Jades – We Got Something Going

6. The Petty Hoodlums – Shake

7. Plague – love and obey

8. One Way Street – Listen to Me

9. Townsmen – Take a Heart

10. The Moving Sidewalks – 99th Floor

11. The Remains – Why Do I Cry

12. Shocking Blue – Mighty Joe ( yes, they also had the hit ‘ Venus ‘ )

13. The Beaux Jens – She Was Mine

14. Noblemen – Short Time

15. The Nightcrawlers – The Little Black Egg

16. Ugly Ducklings – Gaslight ( Mick Jagger once said The Ugly Ducklings were his favorite Canadian band )

17. Wind – Make Believe

18.

19. The Brogues – I aint no Miracle Worker

20. Mandala – Love-Itis

21. Golden Dawn – My Time

22. The Rationals – I Need You

23. Outcasts – I Didn’t Have To Love Her Anymore

24. Deverons – She’s Your Lover

25. The SoulBenders – Petals

26. The Guess Who – It’s My Pride ( A rare cut before Cummings joined )

27. The Pirates – Castin’ My Spell

28. J.J.Jackson – But it’s Alright

29. Peter Wheat & The Breadmen – All The Time

30. The Reddlemen – I’m Gonna Get In That Girl’s Mind

31. The Ace of Cups- Circles

32. The Swamp Rats – She’s Got Everything

33. Peter’s Pipers – I Didn’t Believe Her

34. The Blues Inc. – Tell Me Girl

35. Those Rogues – Girl

36. The Starfires – I Never Loved Her

37. Under Milkwood – Empty Room

38. Lords Of London – Time Waits For No One

39. Bullet – White Lies, Blue Eyes ( according to Music Mike on Youtube there’s little known about this group …well…Roget Pontbriand is the guy’s name he should be looking up…The lead singer of Bullet was Roget Pontbriand who later joined K.C. and the Sunshine band and Wild Cherry )

40. The Savage Resurrection – Thing In “E”

41. Johnny Kidd & The Pirates – Jealous Girl

42. The You Know Who Group – (Roses are Red) My Love

43. We The People – You Burn Me Up And Down

44. The Strangers – Put Yourself in My Place

45. Abraham’s Children – Gypsy

46. The Haunted – 1-2-5

47. The Groove – Wind

48. Focus Three – 10,000 Years Behind My Mind

49. The Trade Winds – Mind Excursion

50. The Critters – It Just Won’t Be That Way

51. The GoldeBriars – Shenandoah

52. The Pacific Ocean – All the Better Luck

53. Tonto & The Renegades – Little Boy Blue

54. Bang – Come With Me

55. Banana Splits – Wait Til Tomorrow

56. Love – My Little Red Book

57. Captain Beefheart & Magic Band – Sure ’nuff ‘n Yes I do

58. Moby Dick & the Whalers – I Love Her So

59. The Allusions – Gypsy Woman

60. The Shake Spears – Summertime

61. Universals – Hey you

62. Babylon – The Mote In God’s Eye

63. Ning – Machine

64. The Jynx – How

65. Argus – Friend Of Mine

66. Cold Sun – Twisted Flower

67. Worlocks – I love you

68. Skalliwags – Turn Him Down

69. The Jujus – You Treat Me Bad

70. Daze Of The Week – Believe Me

71. Dino, Desi & Billy – I’m A Fool

72. Octavian – Good Feeling (To Know)

73. Last Words – I Symbolize You

74. The Illusions – City Of People

75. The Riverwinds – Monday Morning Blues

76. Mashmakhan – As the Years go By

77. The Knaves – The Girl I Threw Away

78. The Wee Four – Weird

79. The Undertakers – I Fell In Love

80. The Burgundy Runn – Stop!!

81. Penthouse Five – Bad Girl

82. Bent Wind – Riverside ( extremely rare – the BENT WIND album had less than 500 pressings )

83. Richard Clapton – Girls On The Avenue

84. The Peppers – Pepper Box

85. Sherbet – Summer Love

86. John Paul Young – Yesterday’s Hero

87. Blue Mink – Melting Pot

88. Royal Aircoach – Wondering Why

89. The Pleasure Seekers – What A Way To Die

90. Marauders – Make believe

91. Prince And The Paupers – Exit

92. Unrelated Segments – The Story Of My Life

93. Keith Murphy & The Daze – Slightly Reminiscent of Her

94. The Pentagons – I Like The Way You Look At Me

95. Uranus & The Five Moons – Nothing Remains

96. The Sundowners – Always You

97. The Grodes – She’s Got What It Takes

98. Transatlantic Winkham Chicken #5 – Crystal Mountain

99. Harbinger Complex – I Think I’m Down

100. Hamilton Streetcar – Silver Wings

This is just a sampling of the 100’s of rare classics I play on Blip. I play them because I enjoy them and because someone has to keep these classics alive. For the full treatment check out TheTAZZone on Blip where I play everything from 1960 to new songs, classic rare tunes, and one-hit-wonders.

Aight! :D

The Second, Third, and Fourth Lists:

100 Rare Classic Rock Songs 2

100 Rare Classic Rock Songs 3

100 Rare Classic Rock Songs 4

You might want to check out our one-hit wonder collection lists:

One-Hit Wonders: Popular and Rare

One-Hit Wonders of the 60’s: Popular and Rare

Top Twenty One-Hit Wonders in the UK: 1960-1999

Top Ten One-Hit Wonders of the 90’s

Top Ten One-Hit Wonders of the 80’s

Top Ten One-Hit Wonders of the 70’s

Top Ten One-Hit Wonders of the 60’s

also our number-one hit collections:

Number One Hits in the UK: 1960s

Number One Hits in the UK: 1970s

Number One Hits in the UK: 1980s

Number One Hits in the UK: 1990s

also our hit collections:

Rock: Can You Dig It, Baby: Present meets the Past

Canadian Rock Classics

100 Greatest Rock Classics: 1960-1999

Rock Classics: Remembering the Classics…songs that never made our other lists

Rock Classics: Remembering the Classics…songs that never made our other lists : Part Two

Rock Classics: that almost never get played anymore

Rock Classics: that almost never get played anymore: Part Two

Rock Classics: that almost never get played anymore: Part Three

Weird and Wacky Rock Classics: sometimes NSFW

4 Responses to 100 Rare Classic Rock Songs

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  3. admin February 3, 2011 at 3:11 pm

    Thanks Barry! I used to have a rather large collection of rare, and one-hit wonders at one time back in the day…of course they weren’t rare or one-hit wonders at the time. :D I’m trying to keep these puppies alive and expose a new generation to appreciation of the 60’s and 70’s beyond just top 40 pop.
    I personally love the song “All The Time” ( as I do most of the music I list and play on my Blip Station ). And am in the process of completing 100 Rare Classic Rock Songs 2.

    Thanks,
    and if you have any suggestions of songs feel free to list them.

    I play all these songs on my Blip Station. ;)

    Egaladeist ( TAZ )

  4. Barry Carlos February 3, 2011 at 2:36 pm

    Hi;

    My name is Barry Carlos and I was the manager and producer for ‘Peter Wheat and the Breadmen’.  I would like to thank you for including their tune “All The Time” in your list of the 100’s classic rare songs.  I along with many appreciate the attention you have given to the ‘Garage Band’ era.  If you go to my website there is a link to the video for ‘All The TIme.

    Kindest Regards,

    Barry

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