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    Cyburbia Administrator Dan's avatar
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    Any European bands that were big in North America, but not on their home turf?

    "Well, they're big in Europe!"

    It seems like a cliche in popular music: an American performer or band recieves almost no attention in their homeland, but they're wildly successful in the UK, Australia, or across Europe. There's plenty of examples: Suzi Quatro, Velvet Crush, The Pixies, and most progressive rock and black metal bands come to mind.

    When examples of "they're popular in Germany" or "they topped the charts in New Zealand" performers are given, it's occasionally implied that American audiences are unsophisticated louts who can't recognize the talent of their own performers, while more intelligent, cultured, and sensitive foreigners can. Well, except in the case of David Hallselhof fans.

    Has the reverse ever been the case? Has there ever been a foreign band or musicial artist that achieves wild popularity and fame in the US, but remains almost unknown back home in Europe?

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    Best one I can think of is actually from Canada - Chiliwack from the early '80's

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    Quote Originally posted by Dan
    "Well, they're big in Europe!"

    It seems like a cliche in popular music: an American performer or band recieves almost no attention in their homeland, but they're wildly successful in the UK, Australia, or across Europe. There's plenty of examples: Suzi Quatro, Velvet Crush, The Pixies, and most progressive rock and black metal bands come to mind.

    When examples of "they're popular in Germany" or "they topped the charts in New Zealand" performers are given, it's occasionally implied that American audiences are unsophisticated louts who can't recognize the talent of their own performers, while more intelligent, cultured, and sensitive foreigners can. Well, except in the case of David Hallselhof fans.

    Has the reverse ever been the case? Has there ever been a foreign band or musicial artist that achieves wild popularity and fame in the US, but remains almost unknown back home in Europe?
    Hey, I remember back in the mid to late 90's that the Backstreet Boys were HUGE in Europe years before they were ever heard of back on this side of the pond.

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    Big in the U.S., not the U.K.

    Bush, an English band, could barely fill a bar in the U.K. at the same time they simultaneously had two albums in the top 20 in the U.S.

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    I suspect that a local band who makes it big in America would become popular in the host country because it made it big in America. It'd become a point of national pride.

    What about the French and Jerry Lewis? Sophistication my ass.
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    I hear that David Hasselholf has a huge rock career in Europe.
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    I'm not sure if you'll recognise any of these names;-

    Gorillaz
    Coldplay
    Keane
    Stereophonics
    Radiohead

    It was widely reported here (for some reason) when James Blunt got to number one in the States. Apparently the first British artist to crack the States in yeeeeeeears!

    I also found this scientific analysis

    http://hublog.hubmed.org/archives/001079.html

    Quote Originally posted by michaelskis
    I hear that David Hasselholf has a huge rock career in Europe.


    Can we, for the purposes of this discussion, separate Britain from the rest of Europe?

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    Can we, for the purposes of this discussion, separate Britain from the rest of Europe?
    Absolutely not! You're connected by a chunnel.

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    Quote Originally posted by Missy
    I'm not sure if you'll recognise any of these names;-

    Gorillaz
    Coldplay
    Keane
    Stereophonics
    Radiohead

    It was widely reported here (for some reason) when James Blunt got to number one in the States. Apparently the first British artist to crack the States in yeeeeeeears!

    I also found this scientific analysis

    http://hublog.hubmed.org/archives/001079.html


    I think you and others are asnwering the opposite of Dan's question. Most of the bands everyone is listing are popular in both their home country and the US.

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    Quote Originally posted by The Irish One
    Absolutely not! You're connected by a chunnel.
    But tunnels can be blocked

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    Quote Originally posted by imaplanner
    I think you and others are asnwering the opposite of Dan's question. Most of the bands everyone is listing are popular in both their home country and the US.
    Sorry but I wasn't sure if they were popular in States.

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