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Old 30th April 2006, 13:01   #1
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Off The Scale (Bands who started decent.... but got progressively worse)?

Would have to start with The Boo Radleys, who opened up with 3 of the best dreampop EP's ever, then went down Commercial Avenue.

Shame....

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Old 30th April 2006, 14:55   #2
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Old 30th April 2006, 15:03   #3
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Funny, that's the first one I thought of as well.
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Old 30th April 2006, 15:12   #4
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I get the feeling that Genesis might be the "standard" example, actually.

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Old 30th April 2006, 17:01   #5
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Old 30th April 2006, 19:06   #7
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I agree on Metallica but disagree on Styx.

U2 follower of the Genesis tradition.

they only recently returned with a decent album.

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Old 30th April 2006, 19:15   #8
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They're a one-album wonder, pretty much...Such a shame of wasted talent on worthless recordings; Damn that Axl...

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Old 30th April 2006, 19:17   #9
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There are lots of bands who had only one good album in them, or completely lost it at one point, but as for getting progressively worse:

Jefferson Airplane/Starship/Wheelchair
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Old 30th April 2006, 19:31   #10
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Jefferson Airplane/Jefferson Starship/Starship...those I'm familiar with. But Wheelchair? They must have really gone downhill...
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Yeah this covers pretty much every band that ever existed. I'd have a harder time thinking of bands that got better.

I listened to the new solo album from Stephin Merritt of the Magnetic Fields the other day. If he's going in this direction I'm not interested. They were songs for musical theatre. If some unknown had put these up for free on their website they might be amusing in a straight-to-the-recycle-bin way. Glad I listened to it at the store instead of impulse buying it.

The only band I can think of who's maintaining a high level of quality is the Mountain Goats. There are probably a few more but they don't come to mind right away.
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The Magnetic Fields were always hard to pin down, you'd find several genres on a single album. I was never keen on "69 Love Songs", perhaps 68 of them were just crap. How about "69 Crap Songs"?

For me, Oasis have been pretty much one way traffic, but then they were seriously overated to begin with. U2 should have split before the turn of 2000 (along with The Cure and New Order). They could've turned to production instead, or split and reformed with new bands (The Field Mice/Trembling Blue Stars route). The minute your music becomes predictable, you're finished.

[edit]Then there's Morrissey, I can't compare his last 3 albums with his first 3.[/edit]

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The minute your music becomes predictable, you're finished.
Um, Ramones?

U2's main talent was always taking what's hip (at that time) and turning it into stadium pomp (a bit like David Bowie (not counting his complete sellout phase), only with less taste and talent). Now that 'hip Britain' is recycling the early 80s they're simply recycling themselves.
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Um, Ramones?
AC/DC probably come under that heading too

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Now that 'hip Britain' is recycling the early 80s they're simply recycling themselves.
I'd consider it to be 'recreating', rather than recycling. After all, the new batch isn't strictly post-punk/new wave, you have all kinds of modern influences being thrown in.

Worse is to come, wait till they get they're hands on Madchester & Britpop.

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AC/DC probably come under that heading too
If it means creating a good concept and then recyling that for future albums, then I'll stick the band on repeat...Sure beats the hell out of bands who would start out great and then fuck up by going "experimental"...

Don't get me wrong, though...There are quite a few bands I like that have drastically changed their sound from one album to the next, but there's a big difference between "experimental" and "suck"...

We can always apply that to everything else too...

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Don't get me wrong, though...There are quite a few bands I like that have drastically changed their sound from one album to the next, but there's a big difference between "experimental" and "suck"...
Aerosmith, for not experimenting.

I can't understand those bands who become commercial after they've already made it big (with a decent sound). It's like squeezing every last penny out of your career.

They'll only waste the money on ripped jeans....

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It's the environment they get into when they get famous.

It's hard not to become like them (or swallow a shotgun).
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I agree on Metallica but disagree on Styx.
i agree that Metallica sucks. i was never really a big Styx fan but i do have their Greatest Hits CD.

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U2 follower of the Genesis tradition.
i don't agree with U2 being a band that's gotten worse. i think the sound they made just changed a bit in the 90's. i like the 80's stuff the best.

i don't even know who Genesis is.

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Old 5th May 2006, 07:26   #20
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i don't even know who Genesis is.
I'd pay good money for that.

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[edit]Then there's Morrissey, I can't compare his last 3 albums with his first 3.[/edit]
"You Are The Quarry" (and the singles' B-Sides) was a good album sandwiched between two average ones. Excellent songs on there especially "The World Is Full Of Crashing Bores".
The new one ("Ringleader Of The Tormentors") is just boring. 90% of the music on there is just too ordinary for words and whatever he thinks, Morrissey needs good music to sing to. And his new lyrical approach doesn't help ("I entered nothing/And nothing entered me/Till you came/With your key", that's not a very subtle way of telling about homosexuality).
He should phone up Johnny Marr or at least ditch his new guitarist/composer.
Speaking of Marr, he should phone up Barney Sumner and convince him to make the 4th Electronic album
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Old 5th May 2006, 14:40   #22
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ATB
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The Crystal Method
Weezer? though I'd argue that their second album was their best
In that vein, definately The Rentals
Third Eye Blind

this is tough because so much of the music I listen to is in the form of compilations..
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P.O.D.

the only album i like from them is Satellite. the newer albums just don't have very much to them. Payable on Death was "ok" but i wouldn't spend money on iy. i might check out Testify but it looks as though it's going to be another album like Payable on death.

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No Doubt's Tragic Kingdom was the better album, the others I didn't have much intrest in and Gwen's solo album (IMHO) is just plain crap.
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I'd pay good money for that.
Bleh, I never thought I'd defend Genesis but this one at least is a good album (better imo than certain overrated bands from the same era).
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I was fortunate to have parents who had no interest in music whatsoever, so I was spared 99% of the 70's.

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Speaking of Marr, he should phone up Barney Sumner and convince him to make the 4th Electronic album
I heard Johnny got fed up with Barney's perfectionism (either that or I just made it up).

You could argue that Electronic themselves went downhill, but to be fair they started from a VERY high standard. Anyone who debuted with "Electronic" would have to go downhill from there.

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Korn. I loved and still love their first album, while I could feel the suck multiplying after every sequal.

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I heard Johnny got fed up with Barney's perfectionism (either that or I just made it up).

You could argue that Electronic themselves went downhill, but to be fair they started from a VERY high standard. Anyone who debuted with "Electronic" would have to go downhill from there.
Interesting, never heard about that. I thought Electronic was put on hiatus simply because Barney got along with the other NO guys again.
Electronic is probably dead and buried now. But if a fourth album had to surface, I'd like to be a return to the first album; rather than the rock stuff of Twisted Tenderness.
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But if a fourth album had to surface, I'd like to be a return to the first album; rather than the rock stuff of Twisted Tenderness.
I think everyone would hope for the same.

A side-note (but very relevant), any NO fans should check out "Submission" by G.D. Luxxe, 1999. My wife thought it was NO, only it's better than anything they've done since "Republic".



One of many quotes (of praise) from one of many sites:

"Having re-written the rulebook several times, with his work with labels like Cheap & Angelika Kohlermann, Gehard Potuznik finally produced his best work with Submission. Like the best album New Order never wrote, Submission is packed with some of the finest electro-pop available, and within minutes will have you bouncing around your room, singing into hairbrushes and dreaming of global pop-stardom." (John-P)

There you have it, a seriously good neworderish album.

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