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The Ten Texas Bands That Most Deserve To Be Famous

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10. The Telefones Dallas' best punk/new wave band seemed on the verge back in 1980, but a fateful move to Los Angeles didn't gain the band the traction it so richly deserved. The Telefones' debut, Vibration Change, is still one of best albums made by a Dallas band. Occasionally still performing, the Telefones are capable of turning heads with such songs as "Rocket Rocket" and "The Ballad of Jerry Godzilla."

9. The Cut Off Hailing out of Cowtown, this collection of hygienically-challenged misfits worshipped all things Pixies related. They also made one really great EP (2006's The Rorschach) and one pretty great album (2008's Packaged Up For Beginners) before calling it quits by the end of the decade.

8. Peyote Cowboys Way before forming the Old 97s, bassist Murry Hammond was playing some crazed, psychedelic guitar in the Peyote Cowboys. Infatuated with classic '60s stoner rock (a la The Seeds) and the bands associated with the 80's Paisley Underground scene in Los Angeles (Dream Syndicate, The Rain Parade), Hammond was a far cry from the stately gentlemen he'd become in the 97's. Songs like "Susan Loves Sharon" and "Mel Coolie A GoGo" were intense and infectious slabs of tripped out psychedelia.

7. Horseshoe Houston's answer to Uncle Tupelo, Horseshoe rode roughshod throughout the '90s and made a debut album, King of the World, which is still considered one of the area's best releases. Substance abuse and health issues would derail the band, but Horseshoe's latest reunion occurred in 2011, so we might have not heard the last from Greg Wood and crew.

6. Churchwood Austin doesn't have many bands better that Churchwood. Equal parts Howling Wolf and Captain Beefheart, these guys deserve a much wider audience. Luckily, Churchwood still records and plays frequently, so there is still time to bring justice to the blues rock universe.

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Darryl Smyers
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