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Who are some of your favorites?
Some of my favorite genres seem to be notorious for this, as the song/album in question just didn't take off, leaving the artist with a single artifact of their awesomeness!
Here's one I've just discovered that I love - Chemise's "She Can't Love You". Synth funk glory!
Probably the La's, the Delta 5 and (so far) the Blood Arm.
When In Rome.
Great question! As I scanned my spreadsheet of top songs and albums, I was amazed how hard it was (for me) to find such an artist. Does Jeff Buckley count?
Stardust is probably the best example, and I would argue it's the group with the most perfect discography.
I know Anthony is rather charmed by bands that have only had a very short lifespan, so he could probably come up with a few more good examples. I do share one favorite with him though: New Radicals. Their album "Maye You've Been Brainwashed Too" is one of the best albums ever made, and I still find it unbelievable it's not even in the top 3000.
So far: the Avalanches, but I hear they're planning a follow-up
Some examples from 2000s rap:
There have been rumors of new albums from these groups, but nothing concrete.
with only a single official studio LP to their name:
derek and the dominos
Nobodies mentioned the Sex Pistols? Seriously? I mean, their one album is pretty overrated, but it's still a top 100 album for me.
Also, The Postal Service
The Exploding Hearts
Just to name a few.
also X-Ray Spex had their comeback album in 1995 called Conscious Consumer