Bands that lost just one player and lost their way

Discussion in 'Music Corner' started by flyingdutchman, Mar 19, 2023.

  1. Booyaa73

    Booyaa73 Often wrong, never in doubt.

    New England
    Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers after Tom Petty.
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  2. Booyaa73

    Booyaa73 Often wrong, never in doubt.

    New England
    Van Halen after Sammy Hagar
  3. Sgt. Abbey Road

    Sgt. Abbey Road Forum Resident

    Graz, Austria
    I know it‘s a controversial opinion, but Genesis also made great records in the 80s, not only in the 70s;)
  4. Madrid

    Madrid Forum Resident

    The Genesis one is interesting and I'm sure there are different views about whose departure had the biggest impact but for me they lost the most when Steve Hackett left, although they still produced some decent stuff. It was never quite as special without him though.
  5. apb

    apb Game on!

    Ramones without Tommy, then Dee Dee.
  6. paperhat

    paperhat Scatterbrained musician

    Sendai, Japan
    Maybe we shouldn't count super obvious subtractions like losing your frontman. The VU after Lou left or The Doors after Jim died are just zombie bands that don't count.
  7. paperhat

    paperhat Scatterbrained musician

    Sendai, Japan
    Smashing Pumpkins after D'Arcy, for example
  8. oxenholme

    oxenholme Senile member

    The Rolling Stones without Brian Jones
  9. arthurprecarious

    arthurprecarious Forum Resident

    North East England
    Nice try. But 60 years of rolling kinda defeats your argument
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  10. rlj1010

    rlj1010 Forum Resident

    Coral Springs, FL
    I know the Elemental and Raoul and the Kings of Spain-era has its fans, but for me...

    ... Tears For Fears without Curt Smith.
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  11. carlwm

    carlwm Forum Resident

    I like the post-Mike albums so I might argue that they changed, rather than lost, direction.
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  12. Man at C&A

    Man at C&A Forum Resident

    Yeah, the feel was all wrong after John Coghlan left. He swung, the drummers afterwards were stiff sounding.
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  13. Jazzlober

    Jazzlober Well-Known Member

    Łódź, Poland
    Agree re Dave Abbruzzese however I don't think Pearl Jam produced a good album after Vitalogy. Yield was ok and some of their albums after then have been abysmal.
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  14. Evethingandnothing

    Evethingandnothing Forum Resident

    Pink Floyd after Rick got fired.
    And you thought I was gonna say Syd.
  15. jacchank

    jacchank Forum Resident

    rochester new york
    fountains of wayne.....with the passing of "adam"
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  16. Royal Swan

    Royal Swan Forum Resident

    London England
    The Hold Steady after Franz Nicolay was let go.

    They really struggled for about five years until he came back.
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  17. Phil Tate

    Phil Tate Miss you Indy x

    South Shields
    Suede after Bernard Butler left. Coming up was great, but Head Music and A New Morning were patchy. Of course the decline was due to Anderson's drug problems as much as Butler's departure. Luckily they found their way again after their hiatus and their latest albums have been terrific.
  18. Kahunasunset

    Kahunasunset Forum Resident

    Pink Floyd after Waters quit.
  19. Marty T

    Marty T Stereo Fan

    CCR after Tom Fogerty left. They ended up releasing one of the most criticised last studio albums in history (though I am among the few that quite like the record). I don't know how much the direction of Mardi Gras had to do with Tom's leaving, but it was the last record. It makes for interesting speculation. With only 2 other guys in the band, John certainly had an easier time pushing the agenda he did. Had Tom gone along with it, the idea that all the band members write and sing songs on the record, would it have been any better with his contributions? I don't recall being too impressed with Tom's solo work.
  20. Umbari

    Umbari Strange Member

    He left them twice, so they became somewhat uninteresting twice. :hide:
  21. Marty T

    Marty T Stereo Fan

    I would agree with this, but "Who Are You" was a purdy lesser album already. The title track is okay, it's been airplayed so much that I've grown to like the energy even if it's not the greatest of Pete's melodies. There may be one other almost worthwhile track on the record and that is indeed more than I can say for the non-Keith Who albums. But I think the losing of the way for The Who was quite clear with Who Are You, before Keith left us.
  22. Kassonica

    Kassonica Forum Resident


    the golden period by nearly ALL accounts was after he 'left'...
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  23. octophone

    octophone immaterial girl

    The House Of Love after Terry Bickers left. Mercifully, the 2nd album was in the can and they recovered themselves in time to make Babe Rainbow but they were an absolute shambles for the whole of 1990. Poor Simon Walker was in and out like the hokey-cokey and everyone else was drunk, cheesed off or both.
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  24. joel80

    joel80 Forum Resident

    Depeche Mode after Alan Wilder left.
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  25. arthurprecarious

    arthurprecarious Forum Resident

    North East England
    Nah! The Who have continued for nearly 40 years since Keith died. Some may not like the direction they took but they certainly aren’t lost.

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