..The Tragically Hip is an especially good example. They had a massive following here (nine #1 albums, just for starters) but never made it in the US, even after their 1995 appearance on Saturday Night Live..
Here in The Netherlands, ever since their debut, they always have been very popular in the 'alternative' scene and each time they played here they would easily sell out 1500 people venues for 3 evenings in a row..
Is very sad that Gord Downie died much too young, really a very nice band they always were..
And btw, no one ever said that the US is always known for having taste..