First up, Screaming Trees . Certainly one of the better bands to come from the northwest of the USA, and without a doubt the best band I've come across with influences in grunge. Dust has a brilliant start to in, though it does fade away somewhat after track 6. Well worth checking out above Nirvana, Soundgarden et al.
Nine Black Alps are one of those unlucky bands in the U.K that seemed to be ignored by music buyers for no real reason. Far more aggressive sounding than the Kaisers and their ilk, they convey far more passion than 90% of English indie/rock bands. Listen to Unsatisfied and try to tell me Razorlight could do better.
Captain Beefheart is someone that I place in here a little tentatively, as he is rather well known for his erratic percussion and somewhat offbeat humour. However, he always seems to be overshadowed by former classmate and friend, Frank Zappa. Sure, Zappa has some great stuff, but Beefheart is way more consistent and far more enjoyable to listen to, once you "get him".
Covering the hardcore punk section we have BBQ CHICKENS , from Tokyo. A band with a hell of a lot of humour in their work, and some very surreal cover versions on Fine Songs, Playing Sucks. Easily better than ten dozen shitty Green Day post-American Idiot clones.
One of my favourite bands,
Gang of Four can probably be placed in this group, too. Though they did flirt with slight chart success after the release of Entertainment! , they've never reached the levels of influence that Joy Division had, despite having several similarities in music and lyrics. Perhaps because they lacked the iconic status of Ian Curtis?
There are more, and I will get to them later. But that's all I feel like typing for now.