10 bands that broke up right after success

Sometimes people just want to play good music. Unfortunately, sometimes they may end up playing around the world, selling millions and having to deal with annoying record companies, fans and band mates. Then they quit.

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Sex Pistols

The Pistols were a meteor of almost-never-seen-before raw music and outrageous lyrics and behavior. In two years they made their way to a likely censored top of the UK Singles Chart with “God Save The Queen” (1977) and later the same year released the legendary “Never Mind the Bollocks, Here’s the Sex Pistols”. Next January, singer Johnny Rotten left the band after delivering the iconic “ever get the feeling you’ve been cheated?” goodbye, and they split. But that’s just the first end of a longer story, of course.

 

The Verve

Richard Ashcroft walking in the streets is one of the most memorable images of 90’s music. “Bitter Sweet Symphony”, the song he sang in the video while walking, was the peak of a seven-year, three-album career. It got them a Grammy nomination and led “Urban Hymns” (1997) to the top of the UK Albums Chart. Two years later, exhaustion caused them to break up for the second time (of a total of three until now).

 

When in Rome

One of the classic 80’s one-hit wonders, When in Rome released their self titled only album in 1988. Said hit, “The Promise”, went to no. 1 in the US Dance Chart. Three more singles that no one remembers followed, and then they split in 1990 “over musical differences”.

 

Berlin

Another classic 80’s one-hit wonder, Berlin was more of a real band. They started in 1978, grew bigger and then glued “Take My Breath Away” to our brains in 1986. Originally from the Top Gun soundtrack, the song was given to them by legendary producer Giorgio Moroder. It won Academy Award for Best Original Song that year, but also caused dissent within the band, who broke up the following year.

 

Fine Young Cannibals

A very 80’s drum sound, a unique sounding singer e four chords gave Fine Young Cannibals their biggest hit in “She Drives me Crazy”. They already had some hits in their first album, but “The Raw & the Cooked” (1988) opener went to no. 1 Billboard Hot 100, followed by “Good Thing”. However, the pressure that came after made them stop. “They kept saying to us our next record had to be even bigger which was really stupid. That was one of the main things that killed it for me”, said singer Roland Gift.

 

At The Drive-In

At The Drive-In were just beginning to take over the world with one of the albums that defined what rock music was going to be in the 00’s, “Relationship of Command” (2000). In March 2001, after a series of distressful situations, they announced an “indefinite hiatus”. Guitarist Omar Rodríguez-López and singer Cedric Bixler-Zavala went on to form fairly successful The Mars Volta before ATDI reunited – twice for now.

 

Jane’s Addiction

With “Nothing’s Shocking” (1988) and especially “Ritual de lo Habitual”, Jane’s Addiction were one of the pioneers of the alternative rock generation in the mainstream. Drugs and egos ended that first period in 1991, when they headlined the Lollapalooza festival, created by singer Perry Farrell for the band to say their goodbyes.

 

4 Non Blondes

4 Non Blondes formed in 1989, released their only album, “Bigger, Better, Faster, More!” in 1992 and dropped “What’s Up?” into radio and memes and Netflix shows in 1993. Singer and songwriter Linda Perry left for a solo career in 1994, ending the band. She later produced and wrote songs for several pop acts, like Christina Aguilera and Courtney Love.

 

New Radicals

Later in the 90’s, the alternative dream was already dead when the New Radicals made a revolution in a shopping mall in their debut video for “You Get What You Give”, from 1998’s “Maybe You’ve Been Brainwashed Too”. Frontman Gregg Alexander didn’t even wait for the second single and cut the band’s head off to become a producer-writer for other people.

 

Death From Above

To be fair, Death From Above never got the type of success of other entries on this list. But this canadian duo did achieve cult status in their first stint, that left us “You’re a Woman, I’m a Machine” (2004). “We both changed so much that the people we were by the end of it probably wouldn’t have been friends if they were to meet for the first time again”, wrote bassist Jesse Keeler in 2006, regarding his relationship with drummer-vocalist Sebastien Grainger. They came back in 2011.

The 10 best-selling rock albums of the 2000s (of original material)

Chester Bennington tragically left us yesterday. So as a gift to all of his fans, we’re putting up a list where his band places first, second and third – showing how they pretty much ruled a generation. We’re not counting compilations. And we’re missing a lot of other good band here. But hey, the numbers don’t lie.

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1) Linkin Park – Hybrid Theory (2000)

Linkin Park’s debut, released in the middle of the “nu metal” wave, an instant phenomenon.

 

2) Linkin Park – Meteora (2003)

In “Meteora”, Linkin Park followed more or less on the steps of the first album, with equally positive results.

 

3) Linkin Park – Minutes to Midnight (2007)

In their third album, Linkin Park was already showing how they would develop away from their primary sound. A path they would explore on almost all of their career.

 

4) Evanescence – Fallen (2003)

“Fallen” presented Evanescence’s dark sound and Amy Lee’s beautiful voice to the world.

 

5) Green Day – American Idiot (2004)

With “American Idiot”, Green Day reinvented themselves and regained their top spot in the rock world.

 

6) Coldplay – A Rush of Blood to the Head (2002)

Coldplay cements their status with a second album as powerful as the first.

 

7) Blink-182 – Take Off Your Pants and Jacket (2001)

“Take Off Your Pants and Jacket” was Blink’s last shot as a straight pop punk band. A very nice shot.

 

8) Coldplay – X&Y (2005)

Coldplay sticks to their melodic pop rock and hits it again.

 

9) U2 – All That You Can’t Leave Behind (2000)

Finally a band from another era! U2 got used to grandness, so it had to be them really.

 

10) Nickelback – All the Right Reasons (2005)

And now the rock radio landscape of the 2000s is complete.

10 women who rock with keyboards and great songs

Rock music has many outputs, but at the same time, it became intrinsically associated with guitars. Well, not for these women. They manage to do the job with powerful voices, lyrical prowess and a set of keys.

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Nina Simone

Nina Simone’s career developed parallel to the birth of rock tradition, and today she is recognized as an influence by numerous artists. One of the strongest voices of the civil rights movement, her activism went into the music. She wrote several protest songs, and in this rendition of “Mississipi Goddam”, first record on “Nina Simone in Concert” (1964), you can see the anger on her face.

 

Joni Mitchell

Canadian folk icon Joni Mitchell, in turn, is well placed in the rock n’ roll timeline: she has been called “the most important and influential female recording artist of the late 20th century”. Her incredibly rich tales are packed with sounds from jazz to folk, and although she is mainly remembered playing guitar, her influence was also felt for the piano tunes. She didn’t attend the festival, but made “Woodstock”, from “Ladies of the Canyon” (1970), a hymn of the era.

 

Tori Amos

Amos came around in the middle of the nineties’ alternative wave with an unequivocally visceral and feminine piano-driven take on pop rock. She has released 14 albums, expanded her sound and lyrical depth even more and garnered a devoted following. From her 1991 debut “Little Earthquakes”, “Precious Things” is a rarely matched display of emotions from its starting riff.

 

Fiona Apple

Apple came around at the end of the alternative wave, strongly enough to get a Grammy for Best Female Rock Vocal Performance for the single “Criminal”. Since then, her music went from jazzy to indescribably unique – piano and clever lyrics remaining. “Fast As You Can” pointed that direction in her second album, “When the Pawn…” (1999).

 

 

Amanda Palmer

Since her breakthrough with duo The Dresden Dolls, Amanda Palmer jumps from one project to another. In almost all of then, she uses the piano to form a vigorous base for intense and inventive songs of personal confusion. Sometimes this vigor comes in a more straightforward rock style, as in “Girl Anachronism”, from the Dolls’ 2003 self-titled debut.

 

Bat For Lashes

Natasha Khan’s music is as diverse as it is dark, even when it’s electronic or evokes sensuality. In “Siren Song”, from “Two Suns” (2009), she takes the place of a sweet lover whose “blond curls slice through your heart”, and then shows her “wickedness and sin”. The transformation is felt in the music, and it’s as fascinating as it seems.

 

Amy Lee

Although it became known in the company of her band Evanescence, Amy Lee’s combination of piano and voice is equally potent when isolated. It can be heard in several songs, like the ballad “Lost in Paradise”, from “Evanescence” (2011).

 

Cat Power

Chan Marshall is an explorer of sounds whose career built up from the nineties to become a fans’ and critics’ favorite in the next century. Her simple songs and smooth voice reveal very personal feelings, as in the hit “The Greatest”, from “The Greatest” (2006).

 

Kate Bush

Kate Bush had a memorable start with the UK Singles number 1 “Wuthering Heights”, written when she was 18. That launched an almost 40 years long career of notoriously eclectic and experimental music and performances. Her piano is a bit drowned in “Love and Anger”, from “The Sensual World” (1989),  but the song shows well her mix of styles – besides, it would be too cliché to stick to “Heights”.

 

Tarja Turunen

Finnish soprano Tarja Turunen entered the world of rock as singer of the metal band Nightwish. But since her departure in 2005, she’s been playing a lot of piano on her solo career, with four albums already released. “Innocence”, from “The Shadow Self” (2016) is an example of Tarja’s piano and metal mix.

7 songs about Jesus on wheels (and 4 about him doing other stuff)

Two thousand years passed and, guess what? Jesus Christ is alive and kicking! He developed an interest for driving, riding and even building wheeled vehicles. And doing other stuff with musicians he meets along the way.

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by Sean Bieri

Ugly Kid Joe – Jesus Rode A Harley

All heaven breaks loose in a hard rock party. For some reason, the Lord’s got “big red eyes”. And we also get unholy glimpses from the past of Moses, Noah and Mary.

 

Tom Waits – Jesus Gonna Be Here

Jesus is coming, driving a brand new Ford to save Tom Waits. And he better hurry, because the guy is clearly suffering.

 

Craig Finn – New Friend Jesus

The Hold Steady’s singer Craig Finn is invited to the Nazarene’s car and develops a very close relationship. Then he uses it as last resort to impress someone.

 

Screaming Blue Messiahs – Jesus Chrysler Drives a Dodge

In this rockabilly tale, the Messiahs give him a nickname, a matching vehicle of choice, and inform us he “drives it on the wages of sin”. The Virgin Mary is also involved somehow.

 

Jim White – If Jesus Drove A Motor Home

Jesus is a recurring source of inspiration for Jim White. This time the singer raises lots of questions about the driving savior, beginning with “I wonder would he drive pedal to the metal, or real slow?”

 

ZZ Top – Jesus Just Left Chicago

It is never said Jesus is on wheels here, but since he crosses the US, we’ll assume he didn’t do all the trip walking like the old days.

 

Ministry – Jesus Built My Hotrod

In this 90’s hit industrial collab, Jesus is not the one driving, but the constructor. The lyrics, sung by completely drunk Butthole Surfers’ Gibby Haynes, don’t say much, but spoken word explains that “Jesus built my car / It’s a love affair”.

 

Jello Biafra & Mojo Nixon – Are You Drinkin’ With Me Jesus?

That’s a cover of folk duo Lou and Peter Berryman, about a guy who can not believe his luck finding the son of the man himself at the bar. But we’ll leave you with the underground icons’ partnership, which by the way is not the only one worth looking up.

 

King Missile – Jesus Was Way Cool

From the album “Mystical Shit”, this monologue gives us all reasons why Jesus was cool, including that “he could’ve played guitar better than Hendrix”.

 

John Prine – Jesus, The Missing Years

It is well known that nobody knows what happenned to Jesus between ages 12 and 30. Well, John Prine set out to solve the mystery.

 

The Dead Milkmen – I Dream of Jesus

Well this one is too… inventive to describe. Just listen.

10 songs about pets

For some strange reason, pets have the power to melt any possibly cold human heart. And rock musicians, who tend to swing between the tough and the sensitive, are no exception.

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Pink Floyd – Seamus

Very unlikely for Pink Floyd, “Seamus” is a short funny acoustic blues number. It is inspired by Humble Pie’s Steve Marriott’s dog and features Seamus himself.

 

Led Zeppelin – Bron-Y-Aur Stomp

Also acoustic, this one is almost a love song. Robert Plant sings about walking with his merle in the woods. “You’re the finest dog I knew, so fine”, says mr. Plant.

 

Red Hot Chili Peppers – Blues for Meister

Done in their older, way more interesting style, this song is sung by bassist Flea, mourning his passed away calico.

 

Queen – Delilah

“Delilah” is a very happy love song until Freddie Mercury remembers his tortoiseshell cat pees “all over my Chippendale suite”.

 

The Suicide Machines – Sometimes I Don’t Mind

A very cute pop punk homage to a dog who licks his hands and then he gets a rash, but that’s ok.

 

Blondie – Sunday Girl

“Sunday Girl” was written by Blondie guitarist Chris Stein for Debbie Harry when their cat Sunday Man ran away.

 

Soundgarden – Never Named

We don’t know if the dog mentioned by Chris Cornell in this tale of self deprecating humour did actually exist. But the lyrics describing a tipical dog-owner relationship (“I had a dog / He was a mix / He loved me like a God / But I was just a kid”) grant it its place in this list.

 

Sublime – I Love My Dog

Besides getting this remake of Bad Brains’ “I Luv I Jah”, Lou Dog was actually treated as a member of the band before his owner and singer Bradley Nowell died tragically. He is also mentioned in songs like “What I Got”, “Doin’ Time” e Garden Grove.

 

Guns N’ Roses – Used To Love Her

There is some debate as to wether this is about a dog or not. It’s funnier if it is, so we’ll believe it.

 

Porno for Pyros – Pets

This song is actually about martians coming to “take over for us” because humanity is too failed. Then the pets will be us!