Sunday, January 22, 2006

Don't go solo.

It bothers me that so many great bands break up so that the lead singer can go solo. The music we fell in love with disappears as the singer attempts to prove he or she has "range." Some examples of folks who should've stuck with the band:

Bjork (The Sugarcubes)
Sting (The Police)
Paul McCartney (Wings) [Ha, ha]
Max Collins (Eve 6)
Gwen Stefani (No Doubt)
Glenn Frey, Don Henley, Joe Walsh (The Eagles)

I know you've got a list, too -- share it, won't you?

13 comments:

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Devo said...

I think when Anonymous departed from "The Spamtones" his compositional skills took the biggest hit. Edgy? Maybe... but the level of obnoxiousness really drowns out any talent he may possess...

Seriously, though, William Hung is nothing without his backup. Simon mocking his atrocious approximations of "song" and Paula covering her head in abysmal shame. His newest effort is strained at best... and the videos are just ridiculous.

Uisce said...

Stevie Nicks (Fleetwood Mac)
Belinda Carlisle (Go-Gos)

Rags said...

Genesis comes to mind, with both ends of the spectrum.

First, Peter Gabriel -- one could argue his music is better than anything Genesis did after he left.

Then there's Phil Collins -- I mean, aside from "Easy Lover" of course (yes, I'm joking).

B2 said...

Devo -- it's not nice to make fun of spammers; they have feelings too.

Uisce -- your Stevie Nicks reference reminded me of Jimmy Corrigan, who shou8ldn't have tried to ditch the Smashing Pumpkins (connection: "Landslide").

Rags -- what about "Su-su-suddio"?

B2 said...

Oh -- can't believe I didn't notice this before! Rags, you should know that "Uisce" has a blog called "Invisible Touch"!

Greg said...

Van Halen. David Lee Roth never did anything after he left, and although they did some good stuff with Sammy Hagar, they were never as fun as they were with Roth.

Phillip said...

B2- "Jimmy Corrigan." You sure about that one?

B2 said...

Oops! That's the hero of the Chris Ware comics; I of course meant Billy Corgan.

Uisce said...

b2, I'm glad you mentioned "Invisible Touch" -- that's my novel and I didn't realize it was visible from my profile! :|

Chandira said...

George Michael? Not sure if Wham was better or worse. Better, but for the wrong reasons.. lol

Boy George is a pretty good dj, but does that count?
Oops, it's not 1986 is it.. Um..

Henry Rollins. That at least takes us to 1994.

Kevin Church said...

I find Bjork's solo material a lot more exciting than The Sugarcubes for two reasons: she's willing to experiment and play with new sounds and that dude that barked and whooped a lot isn't on her records

B2 said...

I miss the barking/whooping guy -- I thought he added a lot of texture and served as a good foil to Bjork's voice.