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Posted: 04 Aug 06, 02:43 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Not the best way to describe it, I know, but the idea makes sense.

So, I was thinking: which groups have spawned the most successful side projects. For instance, after The Beatles, each member achieved success, whether as a solo artist or in a group. Macca achieved the most success, of course, but even Ringo had a few solo hits. Regardless, the work of Macca, The Wings, George, Lennon, and The Traveling Wilbury's all began with the Beatles.

But in Queen, the solo/side work of Roger, Freddie, and Brian is more in the Ringo category than Macca. Sure, Freddie and Brian had a few sporadic hit singles, but nothing sustained. Brian's second album stalled, while Roger's solo work and his stuff with the Cross failed to ignite anything but a bonfire.

So, what other bands spawned at least three successful side/solo projects? I can think of Genesis, which included Gabriel, Collins, and Mike and the Mechanics, but nothing else off the top of my head. Most other bands spawned vanity projects (U2's Passengers) or stalled solo careers (Roger Daltry) than sustained success.

Any suggestions?




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Posted: 04 Aug 06, 02:46 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

is sting considered? i mean, he was from police, right? :)

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Posted: 04 Aug 06, 02:49 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Sure, he would count as being really successful.

But the question is more about bands that have spawned the most success. Sting is the only member of the Police to achieve success outside the band.




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Posted: 04 Aug 06, 02:51 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

oh okay. haha. i'm out of ideas. :)

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Posted: 04 Aug 06, 02:52 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Zeni wrote:

Not the best way to describe it, I know, but the idea makes sense.

So, I was thinking: which groups have spawned the most successful side projects. For instance, after The Beatles, each member achieved success, whether as a solo artist or in a group. Macca achieved the most success, of course, but even Ringo had a few solo hits. Regardless, the work of Macca, The Wings, George, Lennon, and The Traveling Wilbury's all began with the Beatles.

But in Queen, the solo/side work of Roger, Freddie, and Brian is more in the Ringo category than Macca. Sure, Freddie and Brian had a few sporadic hit singles, but nothing sustained. Brian's second album stalled, while Roger's solo work and his stuff with the Cross failed to ignite anything but a bonfire.

So, what other bands spawned at least three successful side/solo projects? I can think of Genesis, which included Gabriel, Collins, and Mike and the Mechanics, but nothing else off the top of my head. Most other bands spawned vanity projects (U2's Passengers) or stalled solo careers (Roger Daltry) than sustained success.

Any suggestions?



I don't think U2's Passengers album counts as all 4 members are on the record.

Larry & Adam had a huge(?) hit with the Mission Impossible theme. xD But that was just a one off thing.

Bono is pretty active when it comes to side projects, no actual solo albums though. He had a hit with Clannad...can't remember the name... xD


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Posted: 04 Aug 06, 08:10 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

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what was that band George Michael was in?I know that weren't amazingly famous but he is and it started from them


Wham!
They were pretty big back then.


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Posted: 04 Aug 06, 09:17 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

I always liked Sting's solo work than The Police.

Most of the tracks by The Police has that same lame reggae riff which bores me to death.
At least Sting seems more creative, mature and his work has more variety.

Now back to the original subject I think Peter Gabriel and Phil Collins deserve honorable mentions.


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Posted: 04 Aug 06, 09:18 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Not sure how much this counts, but Talking Heads:

Chris Franz & Tina Weymouth: formed the Tom Tom Club in 1981, released a huge hit single called 'Genius Of Love' that was sampled by many, many artists, including some smash hit single by Mariah Carey;

Jerry Harrison: released a solo album or two before becoming a producer, producing Live's "Throwing Copper" album which was a hit in its day;

David Byrne: became a solo artist in his own right.


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Posted: 04 Aug 06, 11:02 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

How about The Rolling Stones?

- Mick Jagger started his solo career in 1984, which caused a rift between him and Keith Richards and nearly broke up the band; he's released four solo albums so far.

- Keith Richards started his solo career in 1988 as a reaction to Jagger's first two albums, and his "Talk Is Cheap" was more popular than anything Jagger did.

- Bill Wyman has been releasing albums since at least 1974, and left the band in 1993 to pursue his own music.

- Charlie Watts has been fronting the Charlie Watts Orchestra since about 1986.

- Ronnie Wood started off as a solo artist in 1974 and has released many albums since.

- Mick Taylor left the band in 1974 to start a solo career; it wasn't as popular as it could've been, but he still releases albums to this day.

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Posted: 04 Aug 06, 12:34 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

MICHAEL JACKSON!!!! Duhhh! :D


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Posted: 04 Aug 06, 12:35 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

There's plenty or R&B artists who had successful solo careers after being part of a group.

Diana Ross and Smokey Robinson are two examples.


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Posted: 04 Aug 06, 12:50 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Mr.Jingles wrote:

There's plenty or R&B artists who had successful solo careers after being part of a group.

Diana Ross and Smokey Robinson are two examples.


Ok, good point. I had not thought of any of the old Motown groups.

And I'd give Lester a brief mention, too, for the Rolling Stones, but some of their success is debatable. I guess what I had in mind was a side/solo project that was 50-75% as successful as the original group.

Yeah, it's not an exact science. Just an interesting issue to discuss.


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Posted: 04 Aug 06, 13:06 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Dave Grohl?


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Posted: 04 Aug 06, 13:37 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

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Posted: 04 Aug 06, 13:39 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

whats the dude from culture club? didnt he do something after the band


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Posted: 04 Aug 06, 13:49 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

The Yardbirds(Eric Clapton, Jimmy Page)
Cream(Clapton, Gingerbaker)


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Posted: 04 Aug 06, 14:52 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

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whats the dude from culture club? didnt he do something after the band


Boy George William.

What about Fleetwood Mac? Stevie Nicks did well on her own, I'm not too sure how well the others did.

Good call on Michael Jackson Burak.

Steve Perry had a few hits on his own, just a couple though I think.

I'm not coming up with anyone off the top of my head that had success as a band after leaving another successful band, which is I think what Zeni is looking for. Lemme think for a little bit.


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Posted: 04 Aug 06, 14:54 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Steve Perry had a few hits on his own, just a couple though I think


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Posted: 04 Aug 06, 16:48 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

iGSM wrote:

Dave Grohl?


That should be on another topic about artists being on a successful band, and remaining successul on another one.

Chris Cornell
Slash
Scott Weiland
Vince Clarke



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Posted: 04 Aug 06, 16:52 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Zeni wrote:

Mr.Jingles wrote:

There's plenty or R&B artists who had successful solo careers after being part of a group.

Diana Ross and Smokey Robinson are two examples.


Ok, good point. I had not thought of any of the old Motown groups.

And I'd give Lester a brief mention, too, for the Rolling Stones, but some of their success is debatable. I guess what I had in mind was a side/solo project that was 50-75% as successful as the original group.


The Stones haven't really had much success as solo artists, to which possibly they were even less successful than the 4 memebers of KISS releasing solo albums at the same time.

Mick Jagger's alleged sexcape with David Bowie, (according to Bowie's ex wife) remains the most talked about topic related to a member of the Stones going solo.


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