Is this another obsolete phenomenon in popular music ??

Discussion in 'Music Corner' started by altaeria, Nov 9, 2019 at 12:48 PM.

  1. altaeria

    altaeria Forum Resident Thread Starter

    I was thinking about bands that were really popular/successful during two distinctly different phases ..... and how that phenomenon will probably never happen again.

    For example- Bands like the Doobie Brothers (original & Michael McDonald version), Yes (classic vs. Rabin era) , Chicago and Genesis (70s vs 80s), and even Van Halen or Fleetwood Mac. These bands were successful, and then made major changes to their lineup and sound, and then were really successful again!

    I suppose this question will only apply to bands/collective acts... since solo artists tend to change styles, but essentially remain themselves :)

    Does the modern landscape of popular music still seem conducive to this anymore? I am admittedly out of the loop. Imagine Dragons might've had two different but successful phases that I am simply unaware of. Has Destiny's Child dropped any new hits without Beyonce? I honestly don't know. Do fans of younger pop acts still have the debate about which distinct phase is better/more legit ??

    Or is this phenomenon truly obsolete now?
    Last edited: Nov 9, 2019 at 1:08 PM
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  2. Strat-Mangler

    Strat-Mangler Forum Resident

    I'd be happy if there'd be any modern music with airplay on the radio that wouldn't use a click track, ProTools, drum machine, and auto-tune.

    Then, I'll be pleasantly surprised.
  3. Jerry

    Jerry Grateful Gort Staff

    New England
  4. altaeria

    altaeria Forum Resident Thread Starter

    No what?

    I am genuinely curious. Which current popular acts had two distinctly different successful phases?
  5. Vaughan

    Vaughan Forum Resident

    Your post seems a little muddled. You ask about bands "ike the Doobie Brothers (original & Michael McDonald version), Yes (classic vs. Rabin era) , Chicago and Genesis (70s vs 80s), and even Van Halen or Fleetwood Mac", and then go on to ask if "Destiny's Child dropped any new hits without Beyonce?", have done something comparable. They're two very different sets of animals, imo.

    As to the proposition in general - surely bands and musicians will be bands and musicians. So yeah, of course it'll happen. Whether it'll be in a band your interested in I don't know, but I don't see any reason to assume band members won't change.
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  6. Jerry

    Jerry Grateful Gort Staff

    New England
    No idea which question you want answered.
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  7. Ned Bode

    Ned Bode More fluid, more rounded, more at ease

    It could be happening all the time, and no one here would know about it.
  8. Zapruder

    Zapruder Just zis guy, you know?

    Ames, IA
    Taylor Swift has two very distinct phases of her career.
  9. altaeria

    altaeria Forum Resident Thread Starter

    One band, post-2000;
    Two distinctly different phases;
    Successful/popular during both phases.
  10. altaeria

    altaeria Forum Resident Thread Starter

    Not talking solo acts....
    but I wonder if those will be the only existing examples
  11. ralph7109

    ralph7109 Forum Resident

    Franklin, TN
    Was about to come with this myself.
    Excellent example!
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  12. RedRoseSpeedway

    RedRoseSpeedway Music Lover

    After Cubbie Fink left Foster The People, their sound changed up to a more modern, electronic sound and scored yet another big hit with “Sit Next To Me” 6 years after their other big hit “Pumped Up Kicks”. But yea I can’t think of much, seemed more a thing of the past.
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  13. altaeria

    altaeria Forum Resident Thread Starter

    Ah, interesting.
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  14. Aerosmith
    Allman Brothers
    Z Z Top
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  15. BlueJay

    BlueJay Forum Resident

    Quite a few 90's Brit Pop bands have recently re-formed and had a new wave of popularity: Ride, Lightning Seeds, Lush, Bluetones, Spice Girls.
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  16. Jerry

    Jerry Grateful Gort Staff

    New England
    I can’t think of one JUST in this century, as that’s too small a time frame. But Johnny Cash overlaps the two centuries.
  17. c-eling

    c-eling Love has no date of expiration...

    Thought I read Ian's finally working on a new album. Geesh it's been 10 years already.
  18. zen

    zen Forum Resident

    For bands, a modern day equivalent...

    phase 1: Maroon 5 has success. Popular hit songs.
    phase 2: Lead singer, Adam Levine in his spare time judges wannabe singers on TV.
  19. Fullbug

    Fullbug Forum Resident

  20. Zeki

    Zeki Forum Resident

    Wilco can certainly be divided into eras (all successful) with the different eras still performed live. The alt-country years (A.M./Being There/Mermaid Avenue); Jay Bennett co-write years (Mermaid Avenue/Summerteeth/Yankee Hotel Foxtrot); the shedding Jay years (A Ghost is Born/Sky Blue Sky); etc.
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  21. ghoulsurgery

    ghoulsurgery House Ghost

    New Jersey
    If we go back to the 90s, Green Day has had two pretty distinct periods of success. First after Dookie and then again after American Idiot. Not sure if I can think of one for a band post-2000 though
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  22. negative1

    negative1 80s retro fan

    The Human league had a lot of success with their 2nd incarnation,
    and made huge impact with 'dont you want me'.

    then years later, they were down to a trio, and had a huge hit
    with 'human'.
    similarly, duran duran made a huge impact with their rio album,
    and had hits off that.

    later on, after they split up, they came back with 'come undone'

  23. Etienne Hanratty

    Etienne Hanratty Forum Resident

    Best I can do is Suede with the Bernard Butler and Richard Oakes years, but even then the transition point was 25 years ago.
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  24. Bug80

    Bug80 Forum Resident

    Good topic.

    A modern example is Radiohead maybe? They went from a "normal" indie rock band (in their own words: just ripping off the Pixies and failing) to a very influential experimental band combining rock and electronics. Both eras were quite successful.
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  25. bataclan2002

    bataclan2002 All You Need Is Now.

    To one of the OP’s examples:
    To me, Beyoncé has made such an impression solo that we have to remember that she was in Destiny’s Child.
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