About The Project
Tom Hogan’s Obscure Music History is an anthology of the most obscure bands and musicians from popular recorded music. It is guaranteed that you will have never, ever heard of these songs. It’s amazing how you can map out the progressive development of composition, performance and production by following the trail left by the least known and most pathetic performers.
All of the information on this website has been meticulously researched, down to the misspelt words in album liner notes.
More and more music will be added to this website as more is uncovered. One for each year of recorded popular music. Follow the Twitter account to hear when new music is added, or what Tom Hogan had for lunch, and find your own personal sound gem that noone has ever heard of.
Mostly worthless… but to you, it could be priceless.
So much music has been lost into to the ethos.
Any songwriter with 500 unsold demo EPs sitting under their bed knows that. Any producer who made the runner up to Album Of The Year understands. Any band who plays to an audience of three feels like their music will be forgotten. When an old person on their death bed uses their final breath to whisper the name of their favourite band, you can be sure Tom Hogan will be there, turning up the gain on his microphone.
A wise man once suggested that sounds echo never ends; the vibration continues in the air particles forever. Tom Hogan proved this wise man wrong, however, and is now looking to find those lost sounds.
This website is a chance to bring that missing music to the public eye. An opportunity to uncover all the sounds that have faded away. To help remember what the world tried to forget.
Tom Hogan’s Obscure Music History is spearheaded by Tom Hogan, a producery/composery/guitary kinda person, and (now) collector of rare sounds. Ever since he found an original vinyl of the first LP released by The Actives buried in his backyard – as if the world had been trying to hide it for some reason – Hogan dedicated his entire life to protecting that music, and finding all those recordings that have never been heard.
That includes The Actives’ first LP, because Hogan eventually lost the recording and never had a chance to listen. But after that, he kept a very close eye on almost 70% of his record collection.
This website showcases the fruits of his labour, from the tree of musical history, in the garden of creativity, behind the house of truth, in the suburb of North Efflington.