I like a lot of bands that nobody else knows about (or probably even likes). One of my favorite "personal bands" is a Canadian rock group from the early 1980's (actually, they were together until the early 90's) is Platinum Blonde. Their early sound was very similar to Duran Duran - in fact, they were known as the Canadian Duran Duran. How did a kid from Philly ever find out about this band?
Well, as luck would have it, my parents had friends in Canada, and they sent me the "Standing in the Dark" cassette for my 11th birthday - it was probably the first "rock" album that I owned - so I immediately took a liking to them. The first song on the album, "It Doesn't Really Matter" still resounds in my head after so many years.
The opening features a female voice saying "Are you sitting comfortably? Then we'll begin." This is followed by a catchy guitar lick. The lyrics apparently are very political, talking about political officials who ignore the best interests of their own people. Some pretty powerful drums and a strong base fill out the background of the song. If you like Duran Duran, you'll probably enjoy this song ... and most likely, the rest of the album (even if it is a bit more intelligent than Simon's stuff).