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    Actually decent bands ruined by cliche singles

    Was thinking about this the other day. There have been several bands over the years that have just been ruined because they had one or two singles that were massively overplayed. There are a few that come to mind and I'd like to hear your thoughts.

    Wang Chung. Yes, I know. Everybody Have Fun Tonight. But this was actually a really good band. The soundtrack from "To Live and Die in L.A." was brilliant and some of the instrumental tracks are still heard backing commercials or sports programming today.

    Tears for Fears. Yeah, yeah. Everybody Wants to Rule the World. Some of their stuff before and after was actually pretty damn good.

    I'm going to take a beating on this last one: The B-52's. Actually a pretty damn good band but "Love Shack" ruined them. I'm not going to lie, I still have the album "Cosmic Thing" on the iPhone.

    Current artist I think is in danger of falling into this category: Gotye.



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    Re: Actually decent bands ruined by cliche singles

    Blind Melon. They made some really good music, but will forever be known to most as the band who sung "No Rain."


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    Re: Actually decent bands ruined by cliche singles

    I'll actually agree with everything you said, except for the B-52s. They just tried to be too quirky with everyting. They had too much schtick to go along with their music, imo.



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    Re: Actually decent bands ruined by cliche singles

    Quote Originally Posted by Clonefan94 View Post
    I'll actually agree with everything you said, except for the B-52s. They just tried to be too quirky with everyting. They had too much schtick to go along with their music, imo.
    I don't think they had to try very hard to be quirky. Fred Schneider is as gay as a 12 dollar bill. Not that there's anything wrong with that! But I understand what you mean. I'm more of a music guy than a lyric guy so if you sort of shut Fred out they have some pretty good tunes!



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    Re: Actually decent bands ruined by cliche singles

    Quote Originally Posted by ruxCYtable View Post
    Was thinking about this the other day. There have been several bands over the years that have just been ruined because they had one or two singles that were massively overplayed. There are a few that come to mind and I'd like to hear your thoughts.

    Wang Chung. Yes, I know. Everybody Have Fun Tonight. But this was actually a really good band. The soundtrack from "To Live and Die in L.A." was brilliant and some of the instrumental tracks are still heard backing commercials or sports programming today.

    Tears for Fears. Yeah, yeah. Everybody Wants to Rule the World. Some of their stuff before and after was actually pretty damn good.

    I'm going to take a beating on this last one: The B-52's. Actually a pretty damn good band but "Love Shack" ruined them. I'm not going to lie, I still have the album "Cosmic Thing" on the iPhone.

    Current artist I think is in danger of falling into this category: Gotye.
    Did Gotye actually have a career prior to their "cliche" single?


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    Re: Actually decent bands ruined by cliche singles

    Great thread idea. I agree with everything posted here. I think Tears for Fears had a few other singles, but nothing that got near the success.


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    Re: Actually decent bands ruined by cliche singles

    Quote Originally Posted by ruxCYtable View Post
    Wang Chung. Yes, I know. Everybody Have Fun Tonight. But this was actually a really good band. The soundtrack from "To Live and Die in L.A." was brilliant and some of the instrumental tracks are still heard backing commercials or sports programming today.
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    Re: Actually decent bands ruined by cliche singles

    OH!! Some people consider Beck a one-hit wonder ("Loser") with some lesser singles, but that dude has had an incredible career.


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    Re: Actually decent bands ruined by cliche singles

    I kind of disagree with the whole concept of this thread. A hit single that's not representative of a band can be annoying for the "real" fans of the band, but the only way I would consider it "ruining the band" would be if everything they recorded afterwords was clearly and blatantly trying to copy the style of that hit.



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    Re: Actually decent bands ruined by cliche singles

    Quote Originally Posted by Angie View Post
    OH!! Some people consider Beck a one-hit wonder ("Loser") with some lesser singles, but that dude has had an incredible career.
    Those people would be crazy.



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    Re: Actually decent bands ruined by cliche singles

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    Those people would be crazy.
    You are correct, sir!


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    Re: Actually decent bands ruined by cliche singles

    Cake! I love almost all of their songs except for the 2 that I hear constantly (The Distance and Short Skirt Long Jacket)



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    Re: Actually decent bands ruined by cliche singles

    Quote Originally Posted by Angie View Post
    Great thread idea. I agree with everything posted here. I think Tears for Fears had a few other singles, but nothing that got near the success.
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