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(Ultimate Classic Rock)   So long, farewell. Forty-one of rock music's greatest finales   (ultimateclassicrock.com) divider line
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2021-04-13 10:29:52 PM  
Um, no.  How about 41 finales from rock music greats?
 
2021-04-13 11:34:54 PM  
You don't have to go home but you can't stay here...

Goodbye Goodbye - Oingo Boingo
Youtube cxK1MUK8AlM
 
2021-04-14 1:50:34 AM  
Started solid. Interest started waning when they trashed Chinatown. Checked out when Cut the Crap showed up.
 
2021-04-14 2:13:48 AM  
King animal?
 
2021-04-14 2:16:31 AM  
I remember when the Airplane reunion album came out. "Planes" is a rocker, but lyrically it makes "We Built This City" sound like a lost Dylan song.
 
2021-04-14 2:44:14 AM  
Oh look.  A list.  On the Internet.
 
2021-04-14 3:22:56 AM  
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Much like Blackstar, he knew he was dying and used that to fuel his art.
 
2021-04-14 4:29:22 AM  
It always seems so messed up to me that Queen's final album after Freddie's death "peaked at #58 in the US."

What the fark, America?  This is Queen we're talking about.  QUEEN.  I thought you was cool, America, but I guess not.
 
2021-04-14 4:45:03 AM  
I would not list "Naked" in there. It felt more like a David Byrne solo album with Talking Heads as the backup band. The last real TH album was True Stories.
 
2021-04-14 4:46:15 AM  

Socrofece: It always seems so messed up to me that Queen's final album after Freddie's death "peaked at #58 in the US."

What the fark, America?  This is Queen we're talking about.  QUEEN.  I thought you was cool, America, but I guess not.


There was a backlash in America against Queen when people found out Freddie was gay.
 
2021-04-14 4:49:02 AM  

Socrofece: It always seems so messed up to me that Queen's final album after Freddie's death "peaked at #58 in the US."

What the fark, America?  This is Queen we're talking about.  QUEEN.  I thought you was cool, America, but I guess not.


I think a lot of Americans were barely aware of Queen at all, until the first Wayne's World movie introduced them to Bohemian Rhapsody.  At that point, I'd only really heard their soundtrack music from Flash Gordon and Highlander.
 
2021-04-14 5:03:58 AM  
Jefferson Airplane's last performance:

Paul Kantner's Final Rehearsal
Youtube 7QawAQXifQY

After all those years, Kantner was still trying to figure out how to play "She has Funny Cars".

David Freiberg looks a little "far and round" in that video.  Still sounds good though.
 
2021-04-14 5:14:24 AM  

Tyrone Slothrop: Socrofece: It always seems so messed up to me that Queen's final album after Freddie's death "peaked at #58 in the US."

What the fark, America?  This is Queen we're talking about.  QUEEN.  I thought you was cool, America, but I guess not.

There was a backlash in America against Queen when people found out Freddie was gay.


Not so much found out, but once it was confirmed, if you bought a Queen album, you were a <word I've gotten a fark vacation for using>-lover who had AIDS.  And you were a homo.  And you had AIDS.  And you weren't cool.
 
2021-04-14 5:25:34 AM  

Alphax: Socrofece: It always seems so messed up to me that Queen's final album after Freddie's death "peaked at #58 in the US."

What the fark, America?  This is Queen we're talking about.  QUEEN.  I thought you was cool, America, but I guess not.

I think a lot of Americans were barely aware of Queen at all, until the first Wayne's World movie introduced them to Bohemian Rhapsody.  At that point, I'd only really heard their soundtrack music from Flash Gordon and Highlander.


Queen was incredibly popular in the States until this happened


Queen - I Want To Break Free (High Quality)
Youtube eM8Ss28zjcE



It started with Hot Space which was the followup to "The Game" (which was hugely successful both commercially and critically - though perhaps less so the latter).  The band transformed from arena rock to gay disco and that didn't sit well with a lot of older fans.  By 1984, rock had gotten really macho in the US and the sight of Freddie Mercury in drag was not well received.
 
2021-04-14 5:36:31 AM  

Alphax: Socrofece: It always seems so messed up to me that Queen's final album after Freddie's death "peaked at #58 in the US."

What the fark, America?  This is Queen we're talking about.  QUEEN.  I thought you was cool, America, but I guess not.

I think a lot of Americans were barely aware of Queen at all, until the first Wayne's World movie introduced them to Bohemian Rhapsody.  At that point, I'd only really heard their soundtrack music from Flash Gordon and Highlander.


I don't know, We Will Rock You/ We Are the Champions was everywhere when I was a kid and The Game was monstrous as well. They were popular enough that Weird Al made a parody.
 
2021-04-14 6:11:19 AM  

tkgeisha: Alphax: Socrofece: It always seems so messed up to me that Queen's final album after Freddie's death "peaked at #58 in the US."

What the fark, America?  This is Queen we're talking about.  QUEEN.  I thought you was cool, America, but I guess not.

I think a lot of Americans were barely aware of Queen at all, until the first Wayne's World movie introduced them to Bohemian Rhapsody.  At that point, I'd only really heard their soundtrack music from Flash Gordon and Highlander.

I don't know, We Will Rock You/ We Are the Champions was everywhere when I was a kid and The Game was monstrous as well. They were popular enough that Weird Al made a parody.


I admit that I was rather musically sheltered as a kid.  Didn't really start listening to FM radio much before 1983 or so.. nearly every radio we had before then was AM only.
 
2021-04-14 6:29:41 AM  

Socrofece: It always seems so messed up to me that Queen's final album after Freddie's death "peaked at #58 in the US."

What the fark, America?  This is Queen we're talking about.  QUEEN.  I thought you was cool, America, but I guess not.


Two words:

Bicycle
Race
 
2021-04-14 6:49:22 AM  

foo monkey: Not so much found out, but once it was confirmed, if you bought a Queen album, you were a <word I've gotten a fark vacation for using>-lover who had AIDS.  And you were a homo.  And you had AIDS.  And you weren't cool.


I guess I can see that.  I had a friend in school who asked me if people would "get the wrong idea" about me because my two favorite bands were Queen and REM.

But then again, at my first job at a restaurant, the big fat manager guy would say "Queen was the greatest farking band of all time" and the cool stoner delivery guy who dated strippers would say "hell yeah they were."
 
2021-04-14 7:19:50 AM  
It should only count as finales if the artist actually knew it would be their finale.
 
2021-04-14 7:21:13 AM  

foo monkey: Tyrone Slothrop: Socrofece: It always seems so messed up to me that Queen's final album after Freddie's death "peaked at #58 in the US."

What the fark, America?  This is Queen we're talking about.  QUEEN.  I thought you was cool, America, but I guess not.

There was a backlash in America against Queen when people found out Freddie was gay.

Not so much found out, but once it was confirmed, if you bought a Queen album, you were a <word I've gotten a fark vacation for using>-lover who had AIDS.  And you were a homo.  And you had AIDS.  And you weren't cool.


it's gross to remember the degree of suck we grew up in.  as far as i can tell, the 70s and decades before were about all this social change for the better, full of promise, and then the 80s and AIDS and Reagan just shiat on all of it.  tell someone under 20 that you were worried people might find out you were into a band that was *full of queers*; they'll tell you it's time for assisted care.  now if we could just suck less at racial justice, we'd be catching up where we were before.  there's a MLK quote about how each time the pendulum swings, it's further on the side of good.
/thread and mental jacking ended
 
2021-04-14 7:49:08 AM  

Socrofece: It always seems so messed up to me that Queen's final album after Freddie's death "peaked at #58 in the US."

What the fark, America?  This is Queen we're talking about.  QUEEN.  I thought you was cool, America, but I guess not.


2 things at work here: chart numbers are completely meaningless, and the record sucks.
 
2021-04-14 9:34:20 AM  
If this article is going to call Squeeze the Velvet Underground's last album instead of Loaded, then they for damn sure should be calling Full Circle the last Doors album instead of L.A. Woman.
Sorry, TFA author, don't get to have it both ways...
 
2021-04-14 9:40:42 AM  

firesign: If this article is going to call Squeeze the Velvet Underground's last album instead of Loaded, then they for damn sure should be calling Full Circle the last Doors album instead of L.A. Woman.
Sorry, TFA author, don't get to have it both ways...


Actually now that I scanned even farther, there is no consistency whatsoever. Some of these are the last album of a "classic lineup" (Doors, Skynyrd), some of them are the literal last studio album the band released/recorded before quitting/breaking up (Velvet Underground, Beatles), some of them are reunion albums (Jefferson Airplane, Twisted Sister), some of them are collaborations (Reed/Metallica)...
 
2021-04-14 9:43:29 AM  
And while I'm at it, Hypnotic Eye wasn't Petty's last album. By that token, Mudcrutch 2 was. And it's great.
 
2021-04-14 9:43:43 AM  

firesign: firesign: If this article is going to call Squeeze the Velvet Underground's last album instead of Loaded, then they for damn sure should be calling Full Circle the last Doors album instead of L.A. Woman.
Sorry, TFA author, don't get to have it both ways...

Actually now that I scanned even farther, there is no consistency whatsoever. Some of these are the last album of a "classic lineup" (Doors, Skynyrd), some of them are the literal last studio album the band released/recorded before quitting/breaking up (Velvet Underground, Beatles), some of them are reunion albums (Jefferson Airplane, Twisted Sister), some of them are collaborations (Reed/Metallica)...


And some of them, like Janis Joplin and Jimi Hendrix , aren't really what anyone would call "finale" albums. Those are called unfortunate final albums.
 
2021-04-14 11:37:16 AM  
Big Black's "Songs About F*cking" was a good end-record.  Various circumstances meant they were going to break up, and they delivered a strong, worthwhile album, and even a little note about too few bands knowing when to call it quits.
 
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