The Sanford Townsend Band's biggest hit was "Smoke from a Distant Fire." You may not know the band, but I bet if you've heard the song once, it made an impact with it's perfect blend of lyrics and music. How can you not be pulled into a song that opens with:
"You left me here on your way to paradise
You pulled the rug right out from under my life
I know where you goin' to I knew when you came home last night
'Cause your eyes had a mist from the smoke of a distant fire..."
Here's a link to a live performance of "Smoke from a Distant Fire." No lip syncing or recorded instrumental tracks, and The Sanford Townsend Band doesn't miss a beat. It makes me wonder why they weren't better known, because they sure could play.