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The Uniques is the name of more than one band:

1) Slovak electroclash 2) Jamaican rocksteady 3) 60s US garage band 4) Doo Wop


1) The Uniques are a electroclash band fromed in Slovakia, Bratislava around 2006. Based in Berlin they are influenced by its current music scene. The band has changed its name (to avoid confusion) and is now called Nvmeri (latin for numbers).

2) The Uniques were a Jamaican ska, rocksteady and reggae vocal group active formed in 1966 and active with varying line-ups until the late 1970s.

has exercised a thirty year hold on Jamaican music - its rhythms, basslines, melodies and songs are re-interpreted and returned to as a source of inspiration during every new musical phase. To describe The Uniques rocksteady recordings as influential hardly scratches the surface or adequately describes the nature of their enduring appeal. Ask any Jamaican who grew up in the sixties and seventies to name their favourite singer and it’s a certainty that Slim Smith’s name will head the list.

3) The Uniques are a 1960’s Pop Psych Band from the US
Years before Joe Stampley began his ascent to country stardom, he fronted a Louisiana rock band, the Uniques, who were quite popular in the South, although national attention eluded them. The group were ironically named in light of their failure to establish a truly distinctive style. They were adept at blue-eyed soul, covering William Bell’s “You Don’t Miss Your Water” and Art Neville’s “All These Things,” landing a huge regional hit with the latter tune in 1966. They were also capable of waxing good, original, Southern-flavored pop-rock, especially on “Not Too Long Ago,” another big Southern hit. And, oddly enough, they also did an all-out, raunchy, R&B-hued garage-band stomp, “You Ain’t Tuff,” which gives the band a somewhat misleading image among garage band collectors.

The Uniques, when it came down to it, were a band content to deliver whatever the audiences wanted. That was an asset as far as finding live work, and most likely a hindrance in carving a significant creative niche for themselves. While they couldn’t be considered a significant group, they were capable of crafting some enjoyable, if diffuse, singles. Joe Stampley’s vocals were also admirably versatile and expressive, if not as soulful as one of his main regional rivals, John Fred. Most rock listeners will agree that the best Uniques records outshine Stampley’s solo work by the length of a football field.

4) The Uniques were a doo-wop band signed to Dot Records.

Edited by brezuliik on 17 Apr 2013, 09:38

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