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The solo career that eclipses the band

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Re: The solo career that eclipses the band

Postby Detritus » Wed Jul 18, 2012 9:49 pm

Roxy Music. Brian Eno.
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Re: The solo career that eclipses the band

Postby bdog » Wed Jul 18, 2012 10:08 pm

George Michael
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Re: The solo career that eclipses the band

Postby scratch » Thu Jul 19, 2012 9:30 am

bdog wrote:George Michael


If George Michael being bigger than Wham qualifies, then I suppose Marc Bolan being bigger than T Rex does, too. My only hesitation, probably no more than quibbles, include that Wham was a duo and, as someone asked about Hall & Oates, does a duo constitue a "band"? I suppose if Bob Dylan constituted a "band" in another thread, then duos are bands. too. Also, I hesitated with Bolan and T Rex because the act started as a duo and was always pretty much a supporting act for Bolan.

Then there's Ricky Martin eclipsing Menudo, if that doesn't lower the bar too far.
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Re: The solo career that eclipses the band

Postby fisticuffs » Thu Jul 19, 2012 9:38 am

I'd wager in some circles Rhett Miller is bigger than Old 97's.

Conversely Malkmous is NOT bigger than Pavement.
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Re: The solo career that eclipses the band

Postby david cohen » Thu Jul 19, 2012 7:55 pm

I don't think Peter Tosh ever eclipsed the Wailin' Wailers or BMW in Jamaica, the states or Europe. But, that's not to say he wasn't big time shit. Demand drove BMW into the stadiums, especially in Europe. I saw them in Italy during the summer of 1980 and it was one wild scene. Now, if the Marley estate would just release more live material like the Tosh estate has done. We were just watching the rehearsals for that final US Tour in September 1980 the other night. Being an international reggae star has always been dangerous business!
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Re: The solo career that eclipses the band

Postby Huckleby » Fri Jul 20, 2012 8:22 am

Did Morrissey eclipse the Smiths?
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Re: The solo career that eclipses the band

Postby Huckleby » Fri Jul 20, 2012 8:28 am

Michael Jackson eclipsed the J5.

Most of the suggestions in this thread are of solo artists that continue to make good music, but don't eclipse the mother ship. Natalie Merchant? There should be some sort of punishment for these outburts.
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Re: The solo career that eclipses the band

Postby rrnate » Fri Jul 20, 2012 9:14 am

Exhibit A - Kenny Rogers (First Edition)

Exhibit B - Vince Gill (Pure Prairie League)

Country music!
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Re: The solo career that eclipses the band

Postby pjbogart » Mon Aug 27, 2012 12:12 am

bdog wrote:George Michael


George Michael's "Listen Without Prejudice" is not only better than anything Wham ever put out, it's actually a very good album. Back when I was a snobby Pitchfork-type, before there was such a thing as Pitchfork, I got a bit of shit for my "Listen Without Prejudice" praise. It's a very good album. By any standards.

Huckleby wrote:Did Morrissey eclipse the Smiths?


Holy fuckin' fuck! Wha??? "Viva Hate" was pretty good, but Morrissey isn't even shy about admitting that he went out and found a Marr acolyte to write the guitar parts. If The Smiths ever do a reunion tour I'll cash in my 401k just to buy a ticket but I can't be bothered with Morrissey solo. The Smiths were Morrissey and Marr. They aren't separable.

To the OP, I'd say Frank Black has created quite a catalog of great albums, by volume better than the Pixies but none of them better than any one Pixies album, but "Pistolero" comes close. If you told me that you thought it was better than "Bossanova", I wouldn't argue. But really, Frank Black was the Pixies, so the fact that his solo music is almost as good as the Pixies shouldn't come as any great surprise.

Soft, LOUD, soft, LOUD!!! The man virtually invented modern alt rock.
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