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This is a thread about bands that had limited success in their homelands, but achieved considerable success abroad.

Off the top of my head, I can think of 3 Canadian bands that had little or no success here, but were quite successful in Europe. Saga, Triumph and Klaatu.

And, according to Roger Hodgson, who recently performed in Calgary, Supertramp achieved popularity in Canada even before it achieved stardom in Britain.

Can anyone else think of bands or performers who had to go overseas to achieve success?

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The Scorpions.

I mean they're not unpopular or anything, their songs are well known, but they're not really BIG (Superstars), like they are in South (and North?) America...

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Suzi Quatro had only one hit in her homeland, the US, which was the duet "Stumblin' In" with Chris Norman, but she was really big in the UK.

The Stray Cats had to go to England to find success…

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I was in The Bahamas in the early 80's and met Brian Setzer. We were both in line at the Howard Johnson waiting to get ice cream. Nice guy it seemed.

This was also the same day as my famous Chad Everett meltdown...I'm sure I caused Chad one of the worst days of his life....it's a long story!

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Bush got no popularity or respect whatsoever in the UK, for one reason and another.

Similarly, I gather the U.S. took a liking to a band called Spacehog, natives of my own postal district Leeds 6. Big in the States, unheard of over here. One of the band even married Liv Tyler, who can walk the Headingley streets unrecognised when they visit his folks. Needless to say, he can walk the streets of his home town even less recognised.

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So? You've something better to do?

OK...I'm staying in the Bahamas at a very nice resort (This was mid-80's) and it turns out ABC is filming one of their "Celebrity Triatholon's" there. Minor celebs like Lou Ferrigno, Marilyn McCoo, Kim fields (Tutti), Cathy Lee Crosby, etc. were there.

So, I'm on the beach and I notice Chad Everett sitting behind me, with two young blondes. Chad was overly tanned and underly firm, hanging out of his bikini type bathing suit. That little burn that happens in my brain started and I turned to my wife and said "How is this guy at all famous? Why? Why still? Look at him back there soaking up rays and being catered to by these stupid chicks." I couldn't stand his fame....he's a no talent bum....

Well, i muttered to myself for a while which is a sure sign of mental health. Then without warning I stood up, pointed to Chad and yelled out on the beach "LOOK...IT'S CHAD EVERETT!!!". I went on, "Look, look, it's really him, Chad Everett right on our beach". Chad started twitching uncomfortably wondering what lunatic behaviour might follow. I continued to point and yell "Look, Chad is right over here with these two young ladies."

Chad had enough and made a bee-line for the water. He went our as far as possible....but I strode to the edge of the water and yelled "Look, Chad Everett is swimming. that's him out there...look!!!!"

Chad stayed out deep and my wife was convinced that the heat and pina coladas had taken their toll...but no, I was clear of mind....I just couldn't stand Chad Everett living like that. I dinally was convinced a nice shower and dinner would do wonders for me.

I felt better and went in to the casino later that evening. I cracked up watching Brian Setzer (just vacationing there, not part of the ABC thing) playing craps. 90 year old guys cheering him on with ""Go Bri"...Go Bri?? They had no idea who he was other than a rich guy throwing big bucks down on the table.

The casino was packed and small by Vegas or Atlantic City standards. In the corner was a weird spiral staircase that lead up to a door near the top of the room. As I'm looking up, the door opens and Chad Everett steps out...in a totally white suit...white shirt, pants, jacket, shoes...and those two chicks with him on each arm...my fury returned....and in the middle of a crowded casino I pointed up at the top of the staircase and yellled, "Hey look everybody, Chad Everett is at the top of the stairs..look, he's right up there..look, look...."

Chad did a 180 with his women and bolted back through the door....I never saw him again.

So that was my celebrity stalking moment and my encounter with Chad Everett. Nice huh?

Even people that know me well think I went crazy, but nobody ever says Chad didn't deserve it. So there is one of my secrets...and if Chad lurks at SongFacts...yes, it was me.

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Ron, that is the funniest thing I've ever read. I had to get up from my desk and walk down the hall because I couldn't stop laughing. Getting up didn't help and I ended up walking and laughing to myself down the hall. Thanks!

overly tanned and underly firm

*wiping tears from my eyes*

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I'm still laughing. I had to find a picture of Mr. Everett to put a face to this hilarity.

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