Rock bands/artists who went pop

Discussion in 'Music Corner' started by seed_drill, Feb 13, 2018.

  1. PyroMessiah

    PyroMessiah Forum Resident

    Martinsburg, WV
    Dan Hartman? I was shocked when I learned it was him singing "Free Ride"
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  2. Murph

    Murph Somewhere...under heaven

    Ambrosia. From prog to Lite-FM
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  3. DJ LX

    DJ LX Forum Resident

    Madison WI
    Or Scott Walker.
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  4. cungar

    cungar Forum Resident

    Torrance, CA
    Because people expect millionaire heavy metal bands to always wear black leather and shop at Hot Topic.
  5. Paradise Lost, who went from metal to synthpop. And back again.
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  6. davebush

    davebush New Test Leper

    St. Catharines, ON
    David Sylvian could qualify.
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  7. Depeche Mode may qualify too. They started off as a bouncy synthpop band and developed into a darker-hued synth rock band, complete with real guitar flourishes.
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  8. Juanes was a serious metalhead with his band Ekhymosis before selling his soul out to the Grammys.
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  9. Havoc

    Havoc Forum Resident

    I think you'll find many who'll tell you that Simple Minds did, I'd agree. I didn't live their early years so the change wasn't as dramatic for me. I discovered them right at the time they were touring New Gold Dream after I had heard some tracks off Sons and Fascination. Sparkle in the Rain came out not long after and when I saw them in 84 they appeared more like a college rock band that was about to break over so when it did, I wasn't all that phased by the turn to "that song" and the following top 10 album. Not many bands have the career trajectory that they did, I maintain they were going to break over regardless of whether they did the song or not. They were immersed in American radio, had a hard hitting drummer and wanted that Jimmy Iovine sound all over the songs Bruce, MellenCougar and the Pretenders had. I think the suspicion arises out of their fanatical resistance to making NGD2 which caused them to go with Steve Lillywhite who really had them ditch some very interesting demos in favor of a larger piano, guitar sound as opposed to the electro awesomeness on the demos.

    Anywho, they did go mainstream but I think it was more a case of wanting that sound as opposed to "selling out", they were good enough to grow their audience without an "out of nowhere #1 single" but to many it looked like they went for the $. Opinions may vary.
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  10. redfloatboat

    redfloatboat Forum Resident

    Queen didn't turn into a pop band. They always kept being a rock band that also played more catchy pop/rock stuff. There is pop on the third album and the second, and the fourth.
    I should point out that there is nothing wrong with pop music either, i love it. I've alway gotten the impression that a lot of people seem to look down on pop music, don't know why, is it coz it's 'popular?'
  11. MarcS

    MarcS Forum Resident

    Oradell NJ
    Moody Blues & Chicago
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  12. ponkine

    ponkine Forum Resident

    Rush in the 80s

    Most of then indie acts like Coldplay, The Killers, etc
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  13. searing75

    searing75 Forum Resident

    Western NY

    Pop Song ‘89(transcends pop really)
    Shiny Happy People
    Everybody Hurts
    At My Most Beautiful
    She just wants to be
    Leaving New York
    Make it all ok

    Love the crap out of them no matter!
  14. Eleventh Earl of Mar

    Eleventh Earl of Mar Somehow got them all this far.

    New York
    Not judging on Japan's work - I don't really put Brilliant Trees in the pop section - it's definitely an art rock record.
  15. Ethan B

    Ethan B Forum Resident

    san diego
    No he went Dad rock. Pipe and slippers.
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  16. Ethan B

    Ethan B Forum Resident

    san diego
    I wonder if he ever played there or went on holiday.
  17. Andersoncouncil

    Andersoncouncil Forum Resident

    upstate NY
    I'll admit that I've not heard much from Maroon 5. Were they more of a rock band when they started out?
  18. Avenging Robot

    Avenging Robot Forum Resident

    I remember reading on an interview that they felt ripped off by Joy Division/New Order, in particular the way Peter Hook played bass. In retrospect, "Ahead" is better than anything New Order put out during the '80's IMHO. I'm not putting New Order down, I just think "Ahead" is freaking brilliant.
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  19. TheMovieRad

    TheMovieRad Forum Resident

    Los Angeles, CA
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  20. jon9091

    jon9091 Master Of Reality

    Paul Weller broke up The Jam to start The Style Council

    Styx was Prog then Prog Pop Rock then just Pop

    Aerosmith was a hard rock and went pop rock mtv band
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  21. segue

    segue Forum Resident

    Goatwhore is pretty much the only band that has not gone pop (yet)​

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  22. Cassiel

    Cassiel Sonic Reducer

    NYC, USA
    The Nihilist Spasm Band haven't.
  23. Mike Reynolds

    Mike Reynolds Forum Resident

  24. They stopped playing Rod around the disc era on rock radio as I recall.
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