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Bands that should have split earlier in their career

Discussion in 'music' started by Nigel, Oct 28, 2017.

  1. Ragaman

    Ragaman pfm Member

    Very true
    Alt-j... meh

    Oasis should never have begun with Liam on vocals, that nasal whine, makes me shiver.
  2. Whaleblue

    Whaleblue The Mighty Deoxitiser

  3. Vinniemac

    Vinniemac pfm Member

    I would add XTC to that list.
  4. Seeker_UK

    Seeker_UK Waiting for the streetcar..

    Amon Duul II should have given up after 'Live in London'; it all got a bit 'average' from then on.
  5. PsB

    PsB Citizen of Nowhere™

    I've never understood this idea that artists should stop after "their best work".
    - "best work" in whose opinion? The artist's? The critics? The punters, who pay to listen and presumably derive some satisfaction from the experience?
    - critical opinion changes with time. New ideas take time to make their way, people revisit and re-evaluate things and sometimes find what they missed the first time round. Van Gogh was never commercially successful, and there are many musical equivalents.
    - artists create for a variety of reasons: some are driven, some need to make a living, some just can't think of anything better to do, etc. Who are we to tell them to stop?

    I wouldn't pay £10 to go to listen to Pink Floyd these days, but if they're willing to play and people are willing to listen to them, who's to complain?
  6. RickyC6

    RickyC6 Infuriate the frog-men

    Somebody should have told Queen to stop.
  7. lsinclair

    lsinclair file under 'curmudgeonly'

    It wasn’t possible, they were having such a good time, having a ball, yeah.
  8. Natara

    Natara pfm Member

    I think Paul Weller split up The Jam at the perfect time and to date has resisted any temptation to reform them and yes I know many of you think he should have quit himself long ago but I'm just talking about The Jam here.
  9. Yank

    Yank Bulbous Also Tapered

    ...if you can tolerate the baby talk. I can't.

    Two recent examples, where the singer is obviously on a different talent and marketability level to the rest of the band are Alabama Shakes and Black Keys. And true to form, Brittany Howard and Dan Auerbach have been lured away and into solo careers that just aren't as interesting as what they did before. But that's what producers and record company suits do.
  10. Yank

    Yank Bulbous Also Tapered

    Well, if holding The Jam together long past their sell-by date would have postponed or even eliminated the emergence of Style Council, then it would have been a net good thing.
    ciderglider likes this.
  11. herb

    herb music live

    Having been there from the start I think that the Rolling Stones should have disbanded when Brian Jones died. But they then did quite well I suppose underJagger/Richards. Will they ever quit?
  12. Natara

    Natara pfm Member

    You just couldn't help yourself could you.
  13. lsinclair

    lsinclair file under 'curmudgeonly'

    I reckon they would have done if the Beatles had broken up by then (ie during the Let It Be recordings.)
  14. foxwelljsly

    foxwelljsly Keep Music Vile

    Steely Dan, The Beatles, Kraftwerk, Spirit, King Crimson and The Feelies spring to mind as bands that have near flawless extensive studio catalogues.

    Whereas loads of metal and punk bands have forged 40 year careers playing to audiences that only want to hear stuff off their first 4 or 5 albums. I can’t stand Iron Maiden, but I admire their bloody mindedness for playing the whole of their latest studio album to a festival crowd.
  15. Colonel_Mad

    Colonel_Mad pfm Member

    Couldn't the Beatles have got together half way through their career? Shame they're blighted by all that "I love you, you love me, let's all go to the lavatory" nonsense that's irrelevant to anyone who wasn't 15 in the early 1960s.

    Half Man Half Biscuit are another to add to the list of bands whose consistency warrants them not splitting up. About 13 albums now and almost impossible to order from best to worst. Consistent standard, no duff tracks. If you like their Plan A, and don't mind them not having a Plan B, they're unsurpassed in that respect.
  16. neildalton

    neildalton Active Member

    Roxy Music at FYP; Floyd, sans-Syd, was a century of shit; NERD should have confined their efforts to a few killer 45s, as should B52s and the Pistols; the Roches should have left it with their debut; the Stones at Goat's Head Soup. Then there's The Byrds and the Beach Boys. David Bowie should have gone on holiday after Heroes, and not returned until he was ready to make The Next Day. Someone should have spoken to the Black Keys when they wandered into the studios with Turn Blue under their arm.

    On the other hand, though, what are these guys going to do? They have no other skills.
  17. Tony L

    Tony L Administrator

    Wow, that’s a bit harsh! Lots of later stuff I love by many of those bands. Whilst Roxy and Floyd both changed line-up with large impact I’d still give them to Avalon and The Wall respectively. The B52’s first album is an absolute classic and the next three are well worth having. Bowie had a wobble after the superb Scary Monsters album, but came back strongly later with 1. Outside and remained strong from that point (Earthling being a bit of a dip for me). The Pistols only had one album in them, two if you count the official bootleg Spunk.
  18. darrenyeats

    darrenyeats pfm Member

    Pre-Animals PF is rubbish IMO!
  19. rbrown

    rbrown I think therefore I think I am

    I’ll add Dire Straits, who went rapidly downhill after Communique imho.

  20. neildalton

    neildalton Active Member

    I recall seeing Dire Sraits a few times at the start (c. 1977/8).

    They were atrocious. Somehow, though, with the passage of time, they managed to get worse.
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