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(Rolling Stone)   The ten messiest band breakups in history. Difficulty: The Eagles aren't at number one   (rollingstone.com) divider line 240
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2013-02-15 09:16:07 AM
Guns and Roses:  how much money did they leave on the table? jesus.

Even worse, the bandmates were unable to agree on a future musical direction. Guitarist Mick Jones was becoming enamored with hip-hop, bassist Paul Simonon liked reggae and frontman Joe Strummer wanted a return to punk. Jones and Strummer were barely talking when they returned from a long hiatus to play the US Festival in 1983. The show didn't go very well, and the Clash felt like sellouts for playing the corporate gig. Jones left the band soon afterwards, and the less said about the Clash's 1985 swan song, Cut the Crap, the better.

there's a heartbreaking moment in the....1991-ish "Westway to the World" documentary, where Joe basically admits without admitting that kicking Mick out was catastrophically stupid.  he's refelcting on how the band ended (with a whimper) and  how they'd forced out Mick.  I haven't sen it in some time but JOe is struggling for words, he appears to be juuuuuust on the verge of crying, and he says something like, "when you have "it", you have the necessary ingredients......don't fark with it.  don't fark with The Document."  and it seems pretty clear it is a mea culpa for what happened.

and in mid 1999, there was talk of a summer 2000 reunion.  *sigh*  a lot of folks have 9/11 as their "Welcome to fark" moment....Joe's death may be mine.
 
2013-02-15 09:18:38 AM

Madbassist1: The best song Sting ever wrote in his solo career doesn't hold up to anything The Police did when they were farking warming up and tuning their guitars, sorry. He's an over-rated self important douche who was not the best part of that band.


Just one of those rare combinations of musicians that fires on all 8 cylinders.  They caught lightening in a bottle....unfortunately one member decides he's the king and pulls the cork.  Yep....extremely unfortunate.
 
2013-02-15 09:19:33 AM
Milli Vanilli?

/runs from thread
 
2013-02-15 09:20:56 AM

qsblues: Milli Vanilli?

/runs from thread


Nice.

10/10
 
2013-02-15 09:22:37 AM
The Fall had 40 or more lineup changes since they formed. They range from half the band being sacked while touring in Australia to a full-on fistfight in 1999. At least one band member comes back to reform, apart from Mark.
 
2013-02-15 09:26:08 AM
Mostly because Mr. White is a liar.
i3.photobucket.com
 
2013-02-15 09:28:43 AM
should Talking Heads be on the list?

i read a bio of them and as i remember it, Byrne went off wtih Eno to make a Serious World Music album that would seal his image as a Serious Artist. left in the lurch, Tina (the inventor of "Nerd Hot") and Chris farked of to jamaica and did Tom Tom Club.

few months later, "Genius Of Love" becomes a massive, multi-genre hit and Byrne's alvum (Bush Of Ghosts?) went largely ignored.....which the author claimed, as i recall, drove a serious and ultimately fatal wedge in the band.

and i'm really hazy on this story, but i think at a party, Tina went up to David (htey hadn't spoken in years or some shiat) and said, "hi, my name's Tina.  We used to be in a band together."   illustrative of the chasm that had developed.
 
2013-02-15 09:29:56 AM
Dammit man, the Doobie Brothers broke up! Sh*t! When did that happen?
 
2013-02-15 09:30:07 AM
i.imgur.com

Insanely creative people can be very difficult to get along with sometimes.
 
2013-02-15 09:32:17 AM

ScouserDuck: I'm pretty sure there is a huge population who hate The Eagles purely because of The Big Lebowski. No, not everyone has to like them, but I have a feeling that it has a similar effect to what the movie Sideways did to Merlot sales.


i've told this story before but, for decades i've hated the eagles. in music threads here, i'd say how much i hate the eagles.  because i do. i farking hate them.

so, people would say, "ok ricky, we get it, 'shut the fark up donny'", or "ok dude, we saw 'big lebowski' too, settle down" and I never got the joke, as i'd never seen TBL.

so it wasn't until about, ohhhh, 2-3 years ago i finally saw Lebowski, and then it all made sense.

bt in point of fact, i farking hate the eagles and always have.  even in high school.  one of my best friends listened to Hotel California before races and I think that's where i developed my hatred of them.  I farking hate the godamn eagles.
 
2013-02-15 09:34:07 AM

roll_with_sobchak: Dammit man, the Doobie Brothers broke up! Sh*t! When did that happen?


I did not think I would see a Romancing the Stone reference today.  Thank you.
 
2013-02-15 09:35:52 AM

rickythepenguin: ScouserDuck: I'm pretty sure there is a huge population who hate The Eagles purely because of The Big Lebowski. No, not everyone has to like them, but I have a feeling that it has a similar effect to what the movie Sideways did to Merlot sales.

i've told this story before but, for decades i've hated the eagles. in music threads here, i'd say how much i hate the eagles.  because i do. i farking hate them.

so, people would say, "ok ricky, we get it, 'shut the fark up donny'", or "ok dude, we saw 'big lebowski' too, settle down" and I never got the joke, as i'd never seen TBL.

so it wasn't until about, ohhhh, 2-3 years ago i finally saw Lebowski, and then it all made sense.

bt in point of fact, i farking hate the eagles and always have.  even in high school.  one of my best friends listened to Hotel California before races and I think that's where i developed my hatred of them.  I farking hate the godamn eagles.


I'm sure plenty of people can't stand them in their own opinion..that's what happens with music. I just have a feeling tons of people saw TBL and then it became cool to hate The Eagles.
 
2013-02-15 09:47:48 AM
List fails seriously without Credence Clearwater Revival.  When the legal aftermath keeps somebody out of studio for ten years, that is saying something.
 
2013-02-15 09:53:48 AM
I'd have to vote for the Mamas and the Papas.  After hearing that John and Michelle hadn't talked to each other in years, I wondered "what the heck could've possibly happened to make them loathe each other so?"

Then MacKenzie makes her "I had a decades-long consensual sexual relationship with my father" announcement on Oprah.

Wow.  Yep, that would do it.
 
2013-02-15 09:55:37 AM

Another Government Employee: List fails seriously without Credence Clearwater Revival.  When the legal aftermath keeps somebody out of studio for ten years, that is saying something.


I missed it too. That was a major oversight. CCR's break-up was so bad, the band's former record company sued the chief songwriter for plagiarizing himself.
 
2013-02-15 09:59:33 AM

DisplacedTexan: I think you give Mindcrime II too much credit.  I wasn't necessarily expecting "The Godfather Part II", but I was really disappointed when it turned out to be "Vegas Vacation".


Still better than Dedicated To Chaos.
 
2013-02-15 09:59:52 AM

Krowdaddy Chixdiggit: pickle65: I hate the farking Eagles man

SO MUCH THIS^^^^^

/Some asshat called them the American Beatles and I was FURIOUS!
//Oh Yea......THEY SUCK!!!


So did the Beatles so they could be called America's Beatles on the basis of overrated and suckness.
 
2013-02-15 10:00:30 AM
He kept screwing up the lyrics until Phil smashed a guitar over his head and stormed out.

They write this as if it's only sort of a big deal. SMASHED a guitar over his brother's head? Couldn't that have killed him?

If this were Guns N Roses, yeah no big deal, but the Everly Brothers? I have my doubts as to whether any guitar smashing over anyone's head actually took place.
 
2013-02-15 10:02:18 AM

ScouserDuck: rickythepenguin: ScouserDuck:

bt in point of fact, i farking hate the eagles and always have.  even in high school.  one of my best friends listened to Hotel California before races and I think that's where i developed my hatred of them.  I farking hate the godamn eagles.

I'm sure plenty of people can't stand them in their own opinion..that's what happens with music. I just have a feeling tons of people saw TBL and then it became cool to hate The Eagles.


When I was in HS I was in choir for a year, and the director made us sing Eagles songs all year.  I've successfully hated them since the mid-90s.
 
2013-02-15 10:05:02 AM

hasty ambush: Krowdaddy Chixdiggit: pickle65: I hate the farking Eagles man

SO MUCH THIS^^^^^

/Some asshat called them the American Beatles and I was FURIOUS!
//Oh Yea......THEY SUCK!!!

So did the Beatles so they could be called America's Beatles on the basis of overrated and suckness.


I am on-board with that statement...I was not furious over the Beatles comparison, I just cannot friggin stand the Eagles!

/Was punished with their shiate music as a youngster!
//Thanks mom & dad!
 
2013-02-15 10:06:20 AM
The James Gang

/Joe Walsh FTW
// too drunk and stoned to notice
 
2013-02-15 10:12:49 AM

rickythepenguin: there's a heartbreaking moment in the....1991-ish "Westway to the World" documentary, where Joe basically admits without admitting that kicking Mick out was catastrophically stupid. he's refelcting on how the band ended (with a whimper) and how they'd forced out Mick. I haven't sen it in some time but JOe is struggling for words, he appears to be juuuuuust on the verge of crying, and he says something like, "when you have "it", you have the necessary ingredients......don't fark with it. don't fark with The Document." and it seems pretty clear it is a mea culpa for what happened.


I'm not sure what keeping Mick in the band would have accomplished ultimately.     He wasn't "kicked out" arbitrarily.   He had found a completely different muse.    It's just like any other relationship ... sometimes they just run their course, there's no one to blame and not really anything anyone could have done differently.
 
2013-02-15 10:14:03 AM

Another Government Employee: List fails seriously without Credence Clearwater Revival.  When the legal aftermath keeps somebody out of studio for ten years, that is saying something.


It says you were successful enough to afford some really good lawyers.
 
2013-02-15 10:14:41 AM

Christian Bale: He kept screwing up the lyrics until Phil smashed a guitar over his head and stormed out.

They write this as if it's only sort of a big deal. SMASHED a guitar over his brother's head? Couldn't that have killed him?

If this were Guns N Roses, yeah no big deal, but the Everly Brothers? I have my doubts as to whether any guitar smashing over anyone's head actually took place.


Yeah, most accounts have him just breaking his guitar, no mention of assaulting Don. BTW, Keith Richards always said Don was maybe the best rhythm player ever.
 
2013-02-15 10:17:12 AM

baltimoreblonde: dookdookdook: ABBA turned down a billion (with a "B") dollars for a reunion tour in 2000.  That's true hate.

I don't think it's hate, it's more like "We're all doing our own thing, and we definitely don't need the money."


Translated from Scandanavian Passive Aggressivene  Politeness , that means "I want to cut out your heart with a rusty spoon and feed it to you".
 
2013-02-15 10:18:13 AM
FTA: Since then, things have only gotten worse between the original crew. Axl called Slash a "cancer" and refused to even attend the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction because his ex-bandmates would be in the room.

This from someone that didn't go back on stage in Montreal claiming "throat problems"...while smoking and drinking.

Fark Axi Rose.
 
2013-02-15 10:22:21 AM

theurge14: Insanely creative


This list includes Oasis, Rage Against the Machine, and the Police.
 
2013-02-15 10:24:49 AM

MFAWG: The Beatles aren't on there? My mother cried for a week. Seriously.


Even though they did break up, IIRC on Ringo's "Goodnight Vienna" album John, Paul and George were part of it in some ways.
 
2013-02-15 10:26:45 AM
bluorangefyre:  And as far as The Beatles, the farther out in time things go, it seems like they felt like a spent force together and wanted to do their own things and go out on top.  I strongly feel that had Lennon not been shot, they'd have gotten back together just to see if they could still do it.  It wouldn't have been the same as Beatlemania, though.

They would've done it as a side project or they would've gone the way of the Stones.  I think the former would've been more comfortable for them.
 
2013-02-15 10:32:21 AM

silvervial: Yet another reason I love Rammstein. The six of them are original members and if one ever leaves the band will cease to exist. They've said its a "six-way marriage" and they all get along, their families get along, some of their children are siblings, they are friends as well as band mates. I love knowing that people I love love each other, too. And they kick ass. So best of both worlds.

Video shoot for "Haifisch" (Shark). Supposed to be angry with each other and about to fight, but Richard and Paul can't even glare at each other without laughing.


DItto.  Freaking love Rammstein.
 
2013-02-15 10:35:06 AM

QifutuWahuta: silvervial: Yet another reason I love Rammstein. The six of them are original members and if one ever leaves the band will cease to exist. They've said its a "six-way marriage" and they all get along, their families get along, some of their children are siblings, they are friends as well as band mates. I love knowing that people I love love each other, too. And they kick ass. So best of both worlds.

Video shoot for "Haifisch" (Shark). Supposed to be angry with each other and about to fight, but Richard and Paul can't even glare at each other without laughing.

DItto.  Freaking love Rammstein.


As someone who just discovered them while posting on this epic thread, yeah, they're damn awesome.
 
2013-02-15 10:40:45 AM

drewogatory: Christian Bale: He kept screwing up the lyrics until Phil smashed a guitar over his head and stormed out.

They write this as if it's only sort of a big deal. SMASHED a guitar over his brother's head? Couldn't that have killed him?

If this were Guns N Roses, yeah no big deal, but the Everly Brothers? I have my doubts as to whether any guitar smashing over anyone's head actually took place.

Yeah, most accounts have him just breaking his guitar, no mention of assaulting Don. BTW, Keith Richards always said Don was maybe the best rhythm player ever.



Maybe he smashed the guitar over his OWN head. Now that would be epic.
 
2013-02-15 10:43:32 AM

Madbassist1: digistil: ecl: sadbad: I love that the article sources most of its quotations from the lead singers. If there's one common thread in all band breakups it's that the ego of the vocalist starts to cannibalize the band. I love that Billy Corgan has the balls to lay the blame for the original Pumpkins lineup collapsing entirely on Iha. I'm not even a big fan of either's music (though I do think that the guitar solo on "Cherub Rock" is one of the best of the 90s - so a point to Corgan), but since 2000 Iha has collaborated with what seems like a ton of people, kept a relatively low profile, seems chill, all while Billy Corgan has constant verbal slappy-fights with Courtney Love on Twitter, a revolving door of bandmates and spends a gratuitous amount of time giving interviews trash-talking all of his ex-bandmates and exes. Oh yes, I'm sure it was all James Iha's fault, Billy.

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Also, Sting is a condescending butthole.

Unfortunately, most successful, insanely talented people are.

The best song Sting ever wrote in his solo career doesn't hold up to anything The Police did when they were farking warming up and tuning their guitars, sorry. He's an over-rated self important douche who was not the best part of that band.


I think "The Onion" nailed this one.

http://www.theonion.com/articles/you-know-i-used-to-be-kind-of-cool- on ce,10932
 
2013-02-15 10:43:32 AM

bluorangefyre: And as far as The Beatles, the farther out in time things go, it seems like they felt like a spent force together and wanted to do their own things and go out on top. I strongly feel that had Lennon not been shot, they'd have gotten back together just to see if they could still do it.


I think they would have gotten back together before John got shot if he hadn't been such a junkie/neurotic mess for most of the 70s.    It's not like any of them had a whole heck of a lot going for them in the late 70s keeping them overly busy.    Wings had run out of steam,  Dark Horse had flopped and Ringo was well ... being Ringo with his movie biz and one off tours.   It kinda felt like they were all consciously or sub-consciously  sitting around with their calenders open waiting for John to get his shiat together and for the phone to ring.  True, George hated Yoko with a passion of a thousand suns, but it didn't seem like anything that couldn't be worked out between he and John.   After John died, it seems they all went to their backup Plan B, and unfortunately that brought about Give My Regards to Broadstreet *shudder*.
 
2013-02-15 10:45:48 AM

jake_lex: How can you have Queensryche's or Rage Against the Machine's breakup here but not Pink Floyd (the Gilmour-led band after Roger Waters' departure had to hire lawyers in every city of their first tour to keep Roger Waters from filing injunctions against them) or, for the love of God, the Beatles?

I guess they wanted to try to not go for the old standby, but Rage's breakup seems like it was just because the other members of the band weren't as serious about the Che Guevara shirts they were wearing as Zach de la Rocha was.


Done in one. Came to say this about PF.
 
2013-02-15 10:49:21 AM

Another Government Employee: List fails seriously without Credence Clearwater Revival.  When the legal aftermath keeps somebody out of studio for ten years, that is saying something.


there's something about CCR's choogling sound that makes me think it is music for dumb people. like that riff in "Down On the Corner"?  It just sounds dumb.  I don't hate CCR, I just think it is music for dumb people.


InmanRoshi: I'm not sure what keeping Mick in the band would have accomplished ultimately. He wasn't "kicked out" arbitrarily. He had found a completely different muse. It's just like any other relationship ... sometimes they just run their course, there's no one to blame and not really anything anyone could have done differently.


yeah....you can hear a lof of him on Combat Rock trying out different things (or even some of Sandinista!) that clearly indicate towards what would become B.A.D.  and Mick has since copped to his own shortcomings (skipping sessions, band meetings, his perpetual tardiness) that kinda forced their hand.....it seems a fait accompli i guess. who knows.

you might want to Youtube a "Jools Holland" appearance of Mick and Paul, circa 2009 or so.  Mick looked old, older than he should.  it was  a quick interview touching on various things, and when the de rigeur, "are you two going to play together?" question arose, I think it was Simmo who shot it down.

(and then about a year later, what dynamic duo joins Gorillaz?)
 
2013-02-15 10:52:26 AM

rickythepenguin: you might want to Youtube a "Jools Holland" appearance of Mick and Paul, circa 2009 or so. Mick looked old, older than he should. it was a quick interview touching on various things, and when the de rigeur, "are you two going to play together?" question arose, I think it was Simmo who shot it down.


huh. it was 2004, but i saw it circa 2009 / 2010 on reruns.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p00593r8

Jools is joined by Robbie Williams, Elvis Costello, Mick Jones and Paul Simonon of the Clash, Estelle, punk trio Green Day and singer-songwriter Nellie McKay.
 
2013-02-15 10:53:55 AM
 Rage's breakup seems like it was just because the other members of the band weren't as serious about the Che Guevara shirts they were wearing as Zach de la Rocha was.

That band was never going to age well. They were trapped stylistically in a genre that probably already felt pretty ridiculous when you were 23, much less 30.
 
2013-02-15 11:02:54 AM

drewogatory:  Rage's breakup seems like it was just because the other members of the band weren't as serious about the Che Guevara shirts they were wearing as Zach de la Rocha was.

That band was never going to age well. They were trapped stylistically in a genre that probably already felt pretty ridiculous when you were 23, much less 30.


That and you could only get away with playing the exact same song 12 times to make an album for so long.
 
2013-02-15 11:08:11 AM

rickythepenguin: yeah....you can hear a lof of him on Combat Rock trying out different things (or even some of Sandinista!) that clearly indicate towards what would become B.A.D. and Mick has since copped to his own shortcomings (skipping sessions, band meetings, his perpetual tardiness) that kinda forced their hand.....it seems a fait accompli i guess. who knows.


I knew a guy who had hung out with them for a while when they were on their 83 tour.    He said Mick had this  little portable  drum machine thing that he was completely infatuated with and was always bopping along on, lost in his own little world.    Paul was always smoked out to the point of being near catatonic.    Joe seemed like he was at his wits end trying to find a way to veer them back on course.
 
2013-02-15 11:08:15 AM

ScouserDuck: I'm sure plenty of people can't stand them in their own opinion..that's what happens with music. I just have a feeling tons of people saw TBL and then it became cool to hate The Eagles.


I'm sure you're right and I even love the movie from when the meme springs. Thankfully I have lots of living witnesses that my Eagles hate stretches back to The Long Run tour when I was in Jr high when all the posers at my school were singing eagles lyrics in the hallway. Still makes me cringe thinking about it and it was over thirty years ago. They are definitely in my top 5 lamest bands.
 
2013-02-15 11:13:59 AM

InmanRoshi: I knew a guy who had hung out with them for a while when they were on their 83 tour. He said Mick had this little portable drum machine thing that he was completely infatuated with and was always bopping along on, lost in his own little world. Paul was always smoked out to the point of being near catatonic. Joe seemed like he was at his wits end trying to find a way to veer them back on course.


wow that's cool.

i hugely regret passing on a Mescaleros show circa 1999, perhaps 2000, just about a mile away from me.  i had been golfing that day and was exhausted.  maybe one year later (obviously) Joe passed away and it wasn't until later yet, that i learned he often stuck around after the show to sign autographs and shoot the shiat.

dammit.
 
2013-02-15 11:17:54 AM

drewogatory: Rage's breakup seems like it was just because the other members of the band weren't as serious about the Che Guevara shirts they were wearing as Zach de la Rocha was.

That band was never going to age well. They were trapped stylistically in a genre that probably already felt pretty ridiculous when you were 23, much less 30.


that's pretty much how I feel about RATM. I loved them when I was a teenagers, but I haven't really had an inclination to listen to them in over a decade now. I'm sure the music is still fine (though I think they broke up after reaching an obvious creative dead-end), but the lyrics strike me as a something a stereotypical college-age kid would write when they first become politically-aware. "Music as a Political Revolution" has always struck me as kind of a lame premise that, at best, only really gives you very shallow converts who wouldn't otherwise give a shiat.
 
2013-02-15 11:20:35 AM

rickythepenguin: should Talking Heads be on the list?

i read a bio of them and as i remember it, Byrne went off wtih Eno to make a Serious World Music album that would seal his image as a Serious Artist. left in the lurch, Tina (the inventor of "Nerd Hot") and Chris farked of to jamaica and did Tom Tom Club.

few months later, "Genius Of Love" becomes a massive, multi-genre hit and Byrne's alvum (Bush Of Ghosts?) went largely ignored.....which the author claimed, as i recall, drove a serious and ultimately fatal wedge in the band.

and i'm really hazy on this story, but i think at a party, Tina went up to David (htey hadn't spoken in years or some shiat) and said, "hi, my name's Tina.  We used to be in a band together."   illustrative of the chasm that had developed.


Ironically, "My Life In The Bush Of Ghosts" is now considered a cult classic by critics, while "Genius Of Love" is mostly known for being the song that Mariah Carey sampled in her 1995 hit "Fantasy".
 
2013-02-15 11:21:42 AM

FuryOfFirestorm: ronically, "My Life In The Bush Of Ghosts" is now considered a cult classic by critics, while "Genius Of Love" is mostly known for being the song that Mariah Carey sampled in her 1995 hit "Fantasy".


yup...you could say Byrne got his revenge...30 years late.
 
2013-02-15 11:23:26 AM

ScouserDuck: That and you could only get away with playing the exact same song 12 times to make an album for so long.


Chili Peppers have been doing it for thirty years now.
 
2013-02-15 11:23:40 AM

rickythepenguin: InmanRoshi: I knew a guy who had hung out with them for a while when they were on their 83 tour. He said Mick had this little portable drum machine thing that he was completely infatuated with and was always bopping along on, lost in his own little world. Paul was always smoked out to the point of being near catatonic. Joe seemed like he was at his wits end trying to find a way to veer them back on course.

wow that's cool.

i hugely regret passing on a Mescaleros show circa 1999, perhaps 2000, just about a mile away from me.  i had been golfing that day and was exhausted.  maybe one year later (obviously) Joe passed away and it wasn't until later yet, that i learned he often stuck around after the show to sign autographs and shoot the shiat.

dammit.


Yeah, a farking shame.   No small wonder a guy who carried a heart that big and open to the world would eventually have it give out on him.
 
2013-02-15 11:24:27 AM

Rwa2play: MFAWG: The Beatles aren't on there? My mother cried for a week. Seriously.

Even though they did break up, IIRC on Ringo's "Goodnight Vienna" album John, Paul and George were part of it in some ways.


Not "Goodnight Vienna" but this one:
upload.wikimedia.org

/only John played on "Goodnight Vienna"
 
2013-02-15 11:31:14 AM
Smiths, Dead Kennedys and Rush.  Top three.
 
2013-02-15 11:31:26 AM

realityVSperception: sadbad: I love that the article sources most of its quotations from the lead singers. If there's one common thread in all band breakups it's that the ego of the vocalist starts to cannibalize the band. I love that Billy Corgan has the balls to lay the blame for the original Pumpkins lineup collapsing entirely on Iha. I'm not even a big fan of either's music (though I do think that the guitar solo on "Cherub Rock" is one of the best of the 90s - so a point to Corgan), but since 2000 Iha has collaborated with what seems like a ton of people, kept a relatively low profile, seems chill, all while Billy Corgan has constant verbal slappy-fights with Courtney Love on Twitter, a revolving door of bandmates and spends a gratuitous amount of time giving interviews trash-talking all of his ex-bandmates and exes. Oh yes, I'm sure it was all James Iha's fault, Billy.

Big Al Anderson & NRBQ and Natalie Merchant & 10,000 Maniacs spring to mind

/Howard Johnson's got his mojo working


I don't remember there being a fight when Merchant left the Maniacs. She was just ready to go solo, and the guys who formed the band wanted it to be their band again, not hers. And even if there were hard feelings - and I'm sure there were - I never saw where Merchant blamed the whole rest of the band for the demise.
 
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