The solo career that eclipses the band

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The solo career that eclipses the band

Postby Kenneth Burns » Mon Jul 16, 2012 8:00 am

I've been thinking about David Byrne, whose solo efforts haven't come anywhere near Talking Heads' glorious heights, creative and commercial. What artists found their greatest success after they left a (reasonably) famous band? There's Bjork, there's Peter Gabriel, there's Ryan Adams.

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Re: The solo career that eclipses the band

Postby fisticuffs » Mon Jul 16, 2012 8:24 am

Hmmmm. You could probably say Clapton. Possibly Sting (although I think most would prefer the Police they were rather short-lived). If you expand the conversation to boy bands there are some interesting choices. JT is bigger than N'Sync. Markie Mark is bigger than The Funky Bunch.

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Re: The solo career that eclipses the band

Postby Stebben84 » Mon Jul 16, 2012 8:26 am

Michael Jackson.

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Re: The solo career that eclipses the band

Postby Kenneth Burns » Mon Jul 16, 2012 8:32 am

I thought about mentioning Joan Jett and Lita Ford in the original post, but I'm not sure the Runaways could be characterized as famous in any sense, at least in their time. In some ways what's most important about the Runaways is that they weren't famous.

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Re: The solo career that eclipses the band

Postby scratch » Mon Jul 16, 2012 8:45 am

Rod Stewart even though his recent releases are flaccid at best. Diana Ross, too. And Burning Spear who muddied the naming waters by taking the band's name for his own personal name. Also Linda Rondstadt. Gee, wotta surprise: all I can come up with are dino-rockers.

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Re: The solo career that eclipses the band

Postby fisticuffs » Mon Jul 16, 2012 8:59 am

Phil Collins?

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Re: The solo career that eclipses the band

Postby Kenneth Burns » Mon Jul 16, 2012 9:06 am

fisticuffs wrote:Phil Collins?


Phil is an interesting case in that he was charting hit singles with his band and as a solo artist at more or less the same time. Likewise Michael and the Jacksons. Are there other examples?

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Re: The solo career that eclipses the band

Postby Marvell » Mon Jul 16, 2012 9:31 am

Richard Thompson comes to mind, as does Gram Parsons.

I'm not sure if The Commodores were broken up by the time that Lionel Ritchie got his solo thing going.

Also, Peter Tosh.

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Re: The solo career that eclipses the band

Postby Kenneth Burns » Mon Jul 16, 2012 9:35 am

Beyonce

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Re: The solo career that eclipses the band

Postby Michael Patrick » Mon Jul 16, 2012 9:57 am

If "Gloria" counts as a hit, then Van Morrison should be on the list.

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Re: The solo career that eclipses the band

Postby Henry Vilas » Mon Jul 16, 2012 10:06 am

Steve Winwood

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Re: The solo career that eclipses the band

Postby david cohen » Mon Jul 16, 2012 10:21 am

History is fraught with artists going solo, only to find lukewarm receptions. It's usually the artists who can pull off both simultaneously that get the goods. I was bummed when Jay Ferguson left Spirit to go solo. I wasn't so bummed when Stevie Nicks played Fleetwood Mac and solo interchangeably. Ditto with Jagger or Richards. And there was that gal Tina who left Ike & Tina, I think she did alright.

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Re: The solo career that eclipses the band

Postby rabble » Mon Jul 16, 2012 10:38 am

Oh, nuts. I missed Scratch's post.

Damn. Is Joe Walsh up there anywhere?

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Re: The solo career that eclipses the band

Postby Stebben84 » Mon Jul 16, 2012 10:43 am

Justin Timberlake.

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Re: The solo career that eclipses the band

Postby Right Bower » Mon Jul 16, 2012 10:47 am

I want to say David Lee Roth, just because "Eat 'Em and Smile" is a far better album than "5150." After that though, not so much.


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