Have any of you under forty even heard of them? Do you know who Brian Eno is? Roxy Music preceded The Talking Heads and influenced them. They were pioneers of electronic music. And the only reason I've heard of them is because my mom listened to them in college.
The Talking Heads are easily in the top 3 new wave acts of all time according to anyone who knows what they're talking about with multiple charting hits, becoming a classic rock radio staple. Roxy Music fizzled out relative to the Heads with one US hit but influenced rock music beyond their recognition in the public memory, much more if you include solo and producer Eno whose indifference to the band killed it.
That's what it means to be underrated. To be remembered mainly by obsessive nerds who post on the internet about forgotten bands at 12:30AM despite a tangible influence on your field.
I went through a big New/Cold/Dark/No Wave phase a few years ago. Talking Heads and Roxy were the banal touchstones for what a band that put out one 45 out of Iceland in the early 80's might have been influenced by. If Roxy and the Head's are obscure you are swimming in a shallow pond.
Here is obscure New Wave, and really it was on Numa records so not all that obscure I suppose.