Worst failed solo careers?

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  1. SeepSprite

    SeepSprite Active Member Thread Starter

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    What artists from hugely successful bands went on to have zero success as solo artists? I'm talking no Top 50 entry's on any major music chart...both with singles and albums.

    I believe Scott Wieland is a good start. Who else?
     
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  3. jon9091

    jon9091 Master Of Reality

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    Robin Zander trying to be Tom Petty (amongst others)

     
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  4. SeepSprite

    SeepSprite Active Member Thread Starter

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    Mick's first album made the UK Top 10, I'm interested in knowing about solo artists that achieved virtually nothing.
     
  5. I looked up Roger Waters chart results out of curiosity. Turns out he did okay, with all his solo studio albums landing in the top 50. Good on ya, Rog!
     
  6. bRETT

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    This thread can end now.

     
  7. Runicen

    Runicen Forum Resident

    You could probably write a short book about King Crimson alumni who landed with a resounding thud on attempting to go solo.

    Pete Sinfield's solo album didn't amount to much, nor did Gordon Haskell's first album or two. Granted, that might be too niche to apply here.
     
  8. SeepSprite

    SeepSprite Active Member Thread Starter

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    Kelli Ali from the Sneaker Pimps is one. SP had a Gold selling album and scored a UK Top 10 hit with "6 Underground". Kelli was soon kicked out of the band and released a few albums none of which have charted.
     
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    Tony Banks. All the other Genesis guys had excellent solo stints.
     
  10. vinylphile

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    David Lee Roth
     
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  11. xfilian

    xfilian Well-Known Member

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    Not to mention the most successful tour ever undertaken by a solo artist. He definitely does not belong here.

    Nick Mason on the other hand..
     
  12. Duke Fame

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    One Double Platinum, two Platinum and one Gold Record say otherwise.
     
  13. DaveinMA

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    You're not wrong, but somehow Sinfield's album is still available almost 45 years after it came out. Haskell's had a successful solo career in Europe.
     
  14. NiceMrMustard

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    Mick Fleetwood?
     
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  15. Cassiel

    Cassiel Sonic Reducer

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    Elliott Easton and Greg Hawkes of The Cars have both released non-charting solo albums (Ben Orr and Ric Ocasek managed chart showings with their solo efforts).
     
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  16. Duke Fame

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    Outside of one song, maybe Philip Bailey?

     
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    Peaked at 155 on the Billboard charts
     
  18. Cassiel

    Cassiel Sonic Reducer

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    The Visitor cracked the Top 50 in the US.
     
  19. bob60

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    Les McKeown from the Bay City Rollers. Not one chart single or album.
     
  20. Oatsdad

    Oatsdad Oat, Biscuits and Abbie: Best Dogs Ever

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    This is a good thread question! :righton:

    In the US, the various solo Spice Girls couldn't sell anything - but they all had hits in the UK, so I guess you wouldn't count them, right?
     
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  21. reb

    reb Long Live Rock

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    The Davies Brothers from The Kinks, I can't recall much if any solo success.
     
  22. Oatsdad

    Oatsdad Oat, Biscuits and Abbie: Best Dogs Ever

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    The album did get to #22 in the US - all on the back of that one song, granted, but at least it still sold!
     
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    Geoff Tate has had a tough run since leaving Queensryche.

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    Peter Criss after leaving KISS?
     
  25. Oatsdad

    Oatsdad Oat, Biscuits and Abbie: Best Dogs Ever

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    A couple of Kinks-era solo songs went top 20 UK.

    To be fair, Ray didn't try to be a solo artist until the Kinks were kaput, and that was at an age when any success would've been unlikely.

    If the band had split in 1978 and he'd gone solo, I think he'd have had some success...
     
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