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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 04:37:51 PM
I hear Summer's Eve is coming out with a new product called "Billy Corgan"
 
2013-02-15 04:44:00 PM
Like Fleetwood Mac, and their love triangle. Although it was more of a love rectangle. However they did make some of their best music.
 
2013-02-15 04:59:46 PM

FuryOfFirestorm: 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".


However I do recall Tina saying David Byrne was always threatening to quit.  And then Genius of Love hit it big and it made more money than all the Talking Heads material combined.  That gave them a bit of clout dealing with Byrne's threats.
 
2013-02-15 05:00:49 PM

Crewmannumber6: Like Fleetwood Mac, and their love triangle. Although it was more of a love rectangle. However they did make some of their best music.



a fairly prolific TFette let me crash at her house one time, a bungalow in the hollywood hills (just off the 101).  she told me when they bought it, one 'Mick Fleetwood" was on the title search.

i could only wonder how much coke had been ingested there.
 
2013-02-15 05:03:00 PM

InmanRoshi: nmiguy: They forgot the Rolling Stones, oh wait, The Stones are  STILL together after 50 YEARS.

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This band you refer to as the "Rolling Stones", I believe you're confusing them  with "The Mick and Keefy Variety Show,  featuring Charlie Watt's Bored Faces and Ronnie Wood's Nightly Struggle to Keep From Nodding Off On Stage".


One of my favorite party games is asking people to name a "classic" Rolling Stone song and then telling them that, 90% of the time, it was either a Brian Jones composition or a Mick Taylor guitar lick that makes it so. People are always a bit surprised to learn that the coda to "Can't You Hear Me Knocking" was an impromptu jam by Taylor, and it's the best thing on that whole album.

At least Mick is still alive.
 
2013-02-15 05:04:19 PM

pwn3d781: I sort of feel the same way about Rage. Their political ideals aren't aligned with my own, and I'm no counterculture warrior. I rarely wear t-shirts, never mind Che t-shirts. But occasionally, after a long day at work, there's no feeling like blasting "Renegades Of Funk" on the ride home.


Meh, I think the "stance" of RATM was always pretty overrated, both during and in hindsight.   There wasn't really anything ground breaking about them.  They made music to stomp around angrily to.    As such, you need that complimented the need to angrily stomp around.   There are about three time tested standard subject categories in Rock n Roll history.   a)  Woman did me wrong  b)  Parents/society just don't understand me  c)  Da Man.   No one should feel guilty about angrily stomping around to their music simply because they choose time tested formula of Option C.
 
2013-02-15 05:07:55 PM
No Black Sabbath?

Lame list.
 
2013-02-15 05:14:39 PM
I'd have to add Dinosaur Jr to the list... from what I remember reading in Our Band Could Be Your Life, it got crazy acrimonious between all of those guys at the very end.

I'm glad they wound up reuniting... I missed them the first time around, but they were one of the best shows I've ever seen.
 
2013-02-15 05:19:18 PM

threefiveohonetwofivego: Our Band Could Be Your Life


farking PHENOMENAL rock book.
 
2013-02-15 05:31:06 PM
While not technically a breakup, the way Mike Portnoy was ejected from Dream Theater was pretty messy.
 
2013-02-15 05:49:53 PM

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.


For some reason, this makes me think of how Pearl Jam has had basically the same lineup since 1991 (except for drums and their current guy has been with them for 15 years).  For however pretentious we like to think Eddie Vedder can be, he and his bandmates must be doing something right.

(See also: Weird Al and his crew, who go back to about 1980, but we all know Al's a cool dude.)
 
2013-02-15 05:51:09 PM
I liked the Eagles, more so with Joe Walsh. Now after reading some of these farkin comments, I'm feeling like I'm from loserville. Guess that's why I like farkin around.

Carry on.
 
2013-02-15 06:29:34 PM

OldManDownDRoad: only Ringo seems to have kept his cool.


Oh, no, no, no, I don't smoke it no mo'.
I'm tired of waking up on the floor...
 
2013-02-15 06:47:10 PM

JosephFinn: 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.

For some reason, this makes me think of how Pearl Jam has had basically the same lineup since 1991 (except for drums and their current guy has been with them for 15 years).  For however pretentious we like to think Eddie Vedder can be, he and his bandmates must be doing something right.

(See also: Weird Al and his crew, who go back to about 1980, but we all know Al's a cool dude.)


Eddy is a cool dude. Sat behind him in the bleachers at an M's game last year. Knows his baseball, and likes to talk about it. I didn't realize who he was at first.
 
2013-02-15 06:47:59 PM
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pwn3d781: there's no feeling like blasting "Renegades Of Funk" on the ride home.


"Renegades?"  I always thought it was "Redneck Case."

/With a redneck case of funk!
 
2013-02-15 06:50:15 PM

rickythepenguin: threefiveohonetwofivego: Our Band Could Be Your Life

farking PHENOMENAL rock book.


ABSOLUTELY.  See also: American Hardcore, by Steven Blush, I believe.  (Also movie doc. fr.: book.)
 
2013-02-15 07:14:16 PM

ten foiled hats: ...pwn3d781: there's no feeling like blasting "Renegades Of Funk" on the ride home.

"Renegades?"  I always thought it was "Redneck Case."

/With a redneck case of funk!


No, it was always "Renegades."

/trying too hard
 
2013-02-15 07:17:15 PM
How many different combinations of Crosby, and/or Stills, and/or Nash, and/or Young did we get over the years?
 
2013-02-15 07:25:27 PM

DigitalCoffee: How many different combinations of Crosby, and/or Stills, and/or Nash, and/or Young did we get over the years?


Now it's Crosby Stills & Mayer. They sing back up on John's new song Born & Raised

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OLW6aMj45Hc
 
2013-02-15 07:26:52 PM
Sorry. Crosby & Nash. Not Stills
 
2013-02-15 08:40:14 PM

LDM90: Fear Factory? Fired guitar player, 5 years later took him back and fired bassist and drummer. Band now only has 2 permanent members.


Suffer
 
2013-02-15 09:13:27 PM

pwn3d781: I sort of feel the same way about Rage. Their political ideals aren't aligned with my own, and I'm no counterculture warrior. I rarely wear t-shirts, never mind Che t-shirts. But occasionally, after a long day at work, there's no feeling like blasting "Renegades Of Funk" on the ride home.



eh, I understand what you mean, though i would say RATM's politics are more than just some unseen/unheard personal politics of the bandmembers; it's right there in the lyrics.
Otherwise, I think my politics are generally aligned with theirs, I just don't really agree with the songwriting style, I guess.  It feels very immature and I find that those who really like the band are hardcore into the lyrics to the point where I kind of think less about the fans. It just comes off as shallow pseudo-intellectualism. As an adult I just find it way overly serious.
 
2013-02-15 09:18:52 PM

ristst: 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.


Tragic, really.  When they did their reunion tour a few years ago, I went to the Seattle show, and it was so awesome and tight it was unbelievable.  The musicianship on display, across the board, was simply elite.  I couldn't believe this band hadn't played together for the previous 20 years or so.  As it stands, they accomplished so much in so little time, it almost hurts to imagine what they might have accomplished if egos hadn't gotten in the way and they'd put another 10-20 years under their belts.
 
2013-02-15 09:22:20 PM
the Split of the 1973/74 version of King Crimson was pretty messy.....

From what I've read, touring took a toll on them.... David Cross was feeling edged-out sound-wise by the other members on stage (his violin work was being drowned out by Wetton's massive bass sound and Fripp's wankery).. Wetton supposedly had a nasty drug habit. They had to pound unappreciative audiences into the ground with loud, lengthy improvs. The decision was made to eject Cross out of the band, so that by the time "Red" rolled around they were a three-piece, albeit with supporting studio musicians. (Oddly enough, original member Ian McDonald was to become part of the band again, but that was not to be).
The band was very tentative about ejecting Cross however, as Cross would "jump out a window" (quote from Fripp on the Buffamondo show, 1979) if he heard the news, supposedly suffering from depression at the time. But the call was made, and he was fired, and in the interview Fripp seems to regret the way it went down. (ie. a phone call instead of in person). Further tensions arose during the recording of "Red", when Fripp, Bruford and Wetton would creep into the studio and raise their respective levels of audio on the albums tracks, one-upping each other. In the end Fripp came to the conclusion that the end of the world was nigh (citing a huge economic collapse by the end of the decade), and retired from music for 3 years to attend some sort of teachings of a Mr. Bennett.
He supposedly offered for Wetton and Bruford along with the King Crimson name to continue on without him, to tour, but they declined. (They would later work together again in the band UK). Later on in the papers, Fripp cited that King Crimson was "Over. Forever and Ever".
 
2013-02-15 10:13:13 PM
Hrm, I didn't know there was a bad breakup for Rage Against the Machine. I DO remember the Rolling Stone interview with the lead singer that was all about how hard it was to get him to agree to be interviewed but that's only because I think the band's politics are so ridiculously laughable that I loved reading about the group because the members could always be counted on to be total weekend class warriors.
 
2013-02-15 10:34:22 PM

JosephFinn: 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.

For some reason, this makes me think of how Pearl Jam has had basically the same lineup since 1991 (except for drums and their current guy has been with them for 15 years).  For however pretentious we like to think Eddie Vedder can be, he and his bandmates must be doing something right.

(See also: Weird Al and his crew, who go back to about 1980, but we all know Al's a cool dude.)


I know they're, like, FARK most hated band, but U2 has been the same 4 guys since '77, though, from what I've heard, they almost called it quits a couple of times during their tenure.
 
2013-02-15 11:51:45 PM

Usurper4: And Valerie Bertinelli in her prime was cute, but not hot.


I remember at one point she grew a big ol' butt....
 
2013-02-16 12:09:19 AM

pjlawrence81: JosephFinn: 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.

For some reason, this makes me think of how Pearl Jam has had basically the same lineup since 1991 (except for drums and their current guy has been with them for 15 years).  For however pretentious we like to think Eddie Vedder can be, he and his bandmates must be doing something right.

(See also: Weird Al and his crew, who go back to about 1980, but we all know Al's a cool dude.)

I know they're, like, FARK most hated band, but U2 has been the same 4 guys since '77, though, from what I've heard, they almost called it quits a couple of times during their tenure.


shiat, that is a good call.  Rush is probably a little more at 1974.
 
2013-02-16 12:29:59 AM
The Nightwish/Tarja split comes to mind. Considering Anette just called it quits after just two albums, I can guess the common denominator, and it starts with T and ends with s.

/Naming the main character in Imaginaerium Tom?
//Seriously?
 
2013-02-16 01:23:22 AM
Who was at #1? I didn't see numbers .
 
2013-02-16 01:57:00 AM
someone here just wrote the stupidest thing i have ever read about the rolling stones.
seeing as how it's late i'm going to bed.


/wtf
 
2013-02-16 01:30:11 PM

Katya Bolsov: Rammstein


I know things got very tense during "Mutter," mostly because of Richard, but Emigrate specifically saved the band, according to Richard. He was having issues and getting to do Emigrate solved them. He also promised the guys that nothing he did with Emigrate would affect them and Rammstein would always come first with him (he did found Rammstein, after all) and he's proven his commitment to Rammstein ever since. It's been so long since the first Emigrate album because he's focused on Rammstein. The new Emigrate album should be out this year and I can hardly wait.

As for Richard's and Till's oldest daughters being sisters...yeah, it's probably not a good idea to take up with your band mate's former wife and have a kid with her, but I think they've handled that whole thing remarkably well.

The fact that they are all East Germans and have the same cultural background and they felt like aliens when they emerged to the West and so clung to each other helped a lot in keeping them together all these years.

No, things have not always been sunshine and puppies, but that's true in any relationship. The fact that they are still together and are still so close that they spend a lot of time together even when they aren't "forced" together like on tours says a lot.
 
2013-02-16 01:32:59 PM
No mention of the Sex Pistols self-immolating on their US tour? Seriously?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a71_91srz0I (The infamous San Francisco gig. "Ever felt like you've been cheated?)

A burned-out and miserable looking Rotten, Paul and Glen absolutely furious at John's egomania and Sid completely smacked out of his mind. Sid would end up dead later that year.

This is seriously painful to watch.
 
2013-02-16 03:05:14 PM
L.A. Guns
 
2013-02-16 03:38:02 PM
List fails without Van Halen and Soundgarden.
 
2013-02-16 09:08:36 PM
dookdookdook: ABBA turned down a billion (with a "B") dollars for a reunion tour in 2000.  That's true hate.

shiat for a billion dollars I'd whore myself out to singing ABBA music. I don't care if I have to sell my immortal soul to Lucifer to do it.
 
2013-02-17 01:05:41 PM

Third_Uncle_Eno: the Split of the 1973/74 version of King Crimson was pretty messy.....

From what I've read, touring took a toll on them.... David Cross was feeling edged-out sound-wise by the other members on stage (his violin work was being drowned out by Wetton's massive bass sound and Fripp's wankery).. Wetton supposedly had a nasty drug habit. They had to pound unappreciative audiences into the ground with loud, lengthy improvs. The decision was made to eject Cross out of the band, so that by the time "Red" rolled around they were a three-piece, albeit with supporting studio musicians. (Oddly enough, original member Ian McDonald was to become part of the band again, but that was not to be).
The band was very tentative about ejecting Cross however, as Cross would "jump out a window" (quote from Fripp on the Buffamondo show, 1979) if he heard the news, supposedly suffering from depression at the time. But the call was made, and he was fired, and in the interview Fripp seems to regret the way it went down. (ie. a phone call instead of in person). Further tensions arose during the recording of "Red", when Fripp, Bruford and Wetton would creep into the studio and raise their respective levels of audio on the albums tracks, one-upping each other. In the end Fripp came to the conclusion that the end of the world was nigh (citing a huge economic collapse by the end of the decade), and retired from music for 3 years to attend some sort of teachings of a Mr. Bennett.
He supposedly offered for Wetton and Bruford along with the King Crimson name to continue on without him, to tour, but they declined. (They would later work together again in the band UK). Later on in the papers, Fripp cited that King Crimson was "Over. Forever and Ever".


Meh, I wouldn't necessarily call the various and still to this day ongoing King Crimson soap operas "breakups".  They've had so many incarnations of that band that it was more or less personality confilcts that arose at that particular point in time.  They're STILL trying to put a touring band together as far as I know, and the only person who has DEFINITELY called it quits is Bill Bruford, because he's retired from music, period.  Fripp  will always try to squeeze at least one last nut off in the name of King Crimson as long as he's alive, because his ego  won't let him do otherwise.

Adrian Belew and Tony Levin will play with anyone, anytime for any reason and make the best of it.  They've survived Frank Zappa and Peter Gabriel, respectively.  I can't think of two more massive egos than theirs; even Bono could take lessons from these guys.  The other remaining "members" of King Crimson will ride that wave as long as they possibly can, since practically nobody heard of them prior to getting that call from Fripp.

As long as Fripp is on this side of the dirt, there will always be a King Crimson in some way, shape or form.  He might even go the "KISS" route and hire somebody to play his parts and dress up like him.
 
2013-02-18 05:33:21 AM
The Beatles, by far.

Ringo is having them killed off one by one.
 
2013-02-18 07:15:24 AM

JohnnyRebel88: LDM90: Fear Factory? Fired guitar player, 5 years later took him back and fired bassist and drummer. Band now only has 2 permanent members.

Suffer


I used to crank Body Hammer from Demanufacture when I was banging my ex gf. She hated FF so it made for some angry sex! Now that was a messy break-up
 
2013-02-18 12:17:06 PM

Your Average Witty Fark User: List fails without Van Halen and Soundgarden.


Soundgarden broke up? Damn.
 
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