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Life is strange and it is amazing how Miley Cyrus can basically masturbate on MTV and be praised for hanging naked on a wrecking ball but greatness can be lost in a bizarre and unfair business. While the timing of this article may be off, there is a chance that you will continue to read on now that Google will pick up the word Miley, MTV, naked and wrecking ball. To get back to the matter at hand, I feel the need to address the best band that you probably have never heard of and that band is Lucky Boys Confusion.

The band which consists of Stubhy Pandav, Adam Krier, Jason Schultejann, Ryan Fergus and the late Joe Sell came onto the scene in 2001. In their album "Throwing the Game" they had a hit that was played on 95.1 WAYV in Atlantic City which was called "Fred Astaire" that caught the attention of New Jersey. As a young kid I remember hearing the song and realizing this was something different, something great. Despite undeniable talent, the band never got the attention that they deserved.

While their album "Commitment" did attain some mainstream acclaim, it never seemed to truly work out for the hard luck band. With the likes of Yellowcard, Hawthorne Heights and Taking Back Sunday obtaining greater sales with less talent, it appeared that the band would never quite make it to the top. Hit after hit continued to be produced by Lucky Boys Confusion and still, nothing was done to make them a household name.

As I write this article, I listen to one of their last albums entitled "Closing Arguments" which is a brilliant yet sad array of music. I listen to the song "Leave On the Light" which presents some of the most powerful lyrics ever written and I reflect upon life. For anybody that has never heard this song, I plead with you to take 3:50 seconds from your day and listen to what the band was trying to convey. It presents a message we can all relate to at one time or another.

The good news is that Adam Krier and Jason Schultejann have made a name for themselves with the band AM Taxi and Studhy Pandav and Ryan Fergus have not let their talents go to waste. Tragically, the brilliance of Joe Sell was taken from us way too early.

While I cannot sit here and profess to be a music expert, if I can make one request to the world in this field, it would be to listen to "Throwing the Game" and "Closing Arguments" and feel the power of this band that should be a household name.

For those interested, the band will be playing at the House of Blues in Chicago on New Years Eve. If you are lucky enough (pun intended) to make that show, it will change the way you view music. I would challenge any of the major bands to go toe to toe with Lucky Boys Confusion. Sadly, we learn sometimes in this world, talent is not enough. While they may be the best band you have never heard of, they are also the unluckiest one as well. Lucky Boys Confusion can touch your soul with their lyrics and performance. That should still count for something is the bizarre music industry.



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