Going the Way of the Big 12: 12 Most Painful Band Breakups
The Big 12 (formerly Southwestern Conference) is the greatest BCS conference after the SEC.
Texas has some of the greatest highest talent in the country, and their recruiting access will shift west if they join the "Pac 16". Great rivalries like
Oklahoma and Nebraska will be no more if the Sooners join the Pac 16 or SEC and Nebraska goes back to the Big 10. These band breakups are just as painful as the legendary Big 12 breaking up.
Feel free to reminisce and comment on bands I might have missed or put too low. Enjoy!
12. Audioslave (2001-2007)
This marriage of former Soundgarden rocker Chris Cornell's vocals with the guitar acrobatics of Tom Morello of Rage against the Machine along with former Rage bandmates Tim Commerford and Brad Wilk was made in heaven.
Audioslave was a successful hard rock supergroup that released two platinum records and had ten top 10 mainstream rock radio singles, including number one hit "Like a Stone." They also were the first American rock band to tour Cuba which is documented in their Live in Cuba DVD.
After breaking up, Chris Cornell embarked on a solo career and wrote the theme for the James Bond flick Casino Royale. The rest of the band rejoined Rage and toured Europe in 2010.
11. A Tribe Called Quest (1988-1998, 2006-2007)
A Tribe Called Quest was one of the most innovative and creative hip hop groups of all time. Their fusion of jazz with hip hop beats and socially conscious lyrics stood in stark contrast with the boastful, violent rhymes of contemporary gangsta rap groups like NWA and Tha Dogg Pound.
In their short time as a group, Q-Tip, Phife Dawg and the boys produced three platinum albums and six top ten rap singles, receiving critical rather than commercial success. This group paved the way for other alternative hip hop groups like The Fugees, Jurassic 5, and The Black Eyed Peas.
All four members have released solo albums, but only Q-Tip's records have charted on the Billboard 200.
10. Run DMC (1983-2002)
True pioneers of hip hop, Reverend Run and DMC dominated the mike with hilarious, hard hitting rhymes and hard rock samples and scratching, courtesy of the late Jam Master Jay.
They were the first hip hop group to go gold and platinum and be on the cover of Rolling Stone. Their career spanned three decades, and their biggest hit was a cover of "Walk this Way with Aerosmith members Steven Tyler and Joe Perry.
Their trademark black leather and gold chains were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2009. DMC made a solo album in 2002, and DJ Run has found new fame in his reality show "Run's House"
9. The Clash (1976-1986)
8. Oasis (1991-2010)
Oasis contained some of the most egotistical rockers in the world. Noel is probably gonna kill me because only Liam Gallagher is in this picture. Pioneers of the Brit Pop movement in the 1990s, Oasis hit the big time with (What's the Story) Morning Glory which went platinum four times in America and contained timeless hits like "Wonderwall", "Don't Look Back in Anger", and "Champagne Supernova".
Heavily influenced by the Beatles, Oasis' catchy riffs and hedonistic lyrics made waves on both sides of the Atlantic, especially Britain where the Gallagher brothers were treated like royalty. However, fame went to these Manchester boys' heads, and their last four albums didn't even receive a gold certificate in USA. Noel and Liam's contrasting vocal styles made Oasis into British rock gods, but their internal fighting led to the band breaking up this year. With six BRIT awards, Oasis will go down as one of the best British bands and alternative rock bands of the 1990s.
7. The Doors (1965-1973)
The Doors were the embodiment of West coast psychedelic rock in the 1960s. Short lived, they will be immortalized forever because of frontman Jim Morrison.
Morrison was a disorderly rocker who popularized leather pants. His lyrics and stage presence was legendary. In eight years together, The Doors sold 75 million albums worldwide and had a couple of number one hits, including classic drug anthem "Light My Fire."
The mystique around Morrison will ensure The Doors' popularity in years to come. The other band members have reunited a couple times, most recently in 2000. Their breakup along with the Beatles signaled the end of an era in rock music
6. The Police (1977-1984)
The Police were the greatest power trio of the late 70s and early 80s. They were extremely talented musicians led by Sting's soaring tenor and jazzy bass, Andy Summer's fresh guitar licks and backup vocals, and drummer Stewart Copeland's steady back beat.
All of their albums hit platinum, and they were the biggest arena rock band in the world at the time of their breakup. Instead of banking on his popularity with The Police, Sting decided to experiment with jazz and world music, releasing many solo albums. He made seven platinum albums and had six top ten hits, but his work pales in comparison with The Police.
The band reunited in 2007 for a huge world tour, and their variety of hits from the tango like "Roxanne" to the reggae infused "Message in a Bottle" and stalker ballad "Every Breath You Take" ensure them rock immortality. It's a shame this trio broke up because their technical proficiency and creativity could have kept them successful
5. Nirvana (1987-1994)
With one album Nevermind, Nirvana ended the era of hair metal and ushered in a new decade dominated by alternative rock. Kurt Cobain's cryptic lyrics, throaty vocals, and melodic guitar solos will always be overshadowed by his tragic suicide.
Nirvana went from being an indie rock band from Aberdeen, Washington to MTV regulars in four years, thanks to their immortal classic "Smells Like Teen Spirit." Not afraid to change their sound, the followup album In Utero had a more noise rock feel with the softer, but pessimistic ballads "Heart Shaped Box" and "All Apologies". Artists to this day like Seether, Nickelback, and Creed have ripped off Cobain's vocal style and the soft verse/heavy chorus formula.
Kurt Cobain's eccentricity and the band's influence on modern rock will leave many to wonder if Nirvana would have continued to innovate. As a side note, drummer Dave Grohl built on success with Nirvana by winning six Grammys with his new band Foo Fighters and also recording with Queens of the Stone Age and Nine Inch Nails.
4. Queen (1971-2009)
Queen literally lived and died by their lead singer Freddie Mercury. His powerful falsetto along with bandmates Brian May, Roger Taylor, and John Deacon's mixture of glam metal, progressive rock, and classical music cemented Queen as one of the greatest arena rock bands of all time.
Their signature song "Bohemian Rhapsody" became a hit 17 years after its release and showcased a rock/opera song put in classical form. The band sold out arenas for three decades and scored ten platinum albums. "We Will Rock You" and "We Are the Champions" will ring out in stadiums, including those of former Big 12 teams, for years to come.
Despite being attacked by the music press, Queen put out great music for three decades and influenced fellow rock legends Nirvana, Metallica, and Iron Maiden with their heavy, but melodic sound. A new generation of British alternative bands led by Radiohead, Muse, and Keane has taken cues from Queen's loud guitars, operatic vocals, and subtle piano. Mercury's untimely death and the lack of a vocalist to replace him caused music fans around the world to shed tears.
3. Black Sabbath (1968-2006)
The fathers of heavy metal, Black Sabbath's riffs will continued to be played by budding guitarists around the world. Their sludgy, heavy riffs and gloomy lyrics stood in contrast to the sunny psychedelia of the 1960s.
With erratic songwriter and vocalist Ozzy Osbourne as frontman, Sabbath released five platinum records while receiving zero radio airplay. Later incarnations of the band were successful fronted by the great metal singer Ronnie James Dio and original guitarist Tony Iommi, but the essence of Black Sabbath were those first six years with Osbourne, Iommi, bassist Geezer Butler, and Bill Ward behind the drum kit. Their most famous songs "Iron Man", "Paranoid", "War Pigs", and "Sabbath Bloody Sabbath" were written during this time. Black Sabbath singlehandedly darkened rock music and invented heavy metal.
Hard rock and metal legends Metallica, Iron Maiden, Slayer, and Megadeth owe their success to Black Sabbath's innovation. There are rumors that the original lineup may get together and make another album. This would make metal heads happier than Nebraska fans if the Huskers won a Big Ten title.
2. Led Zeppelin (1968-1980)
Probably the most musically talented rock band of all time, Led Zeppelin was a perfect balance of Robert Plant's shrieking vocals and stories about Middle Earth and far off lands, Jimmy Page's electrifying guitar solos, John Paul Jones' bass grooves and keyboard compositions, and the late John Bonham's powerful drum fills.
Led Zeppelin's music inspired a cult following and backlashes about possible Satanic lyrics. Their masterworks range from "Stairway to Heaven", which starts as an acoustic ballads and culminates in an epic guitar hero to "Kashmir" which features Plant's primal scream and an infectious keyboard riff to the bluesy "Ramble On" which draws inspiration from J.R.R. Tolkien's Lord of the Rings.
Their records had literally no filler songs and all went platinum. Bonham's death ended the career of the best pure rock n roll bands of all time. However, their t shirts and memorabilia are still popular, and they influenced all rock music after that from artists as diverse as straight up rockers AC/DC to grunge legends Pearl Jams and nu metal bands like Limp Bizkit.
The band with new drummer Jason Bonham played one show in England in 2007, but with Robert Plant indulging in country music, a permanent reunion is unlikely
1. The Beatles (1960-1970)
Nuff said. I can't do justice to the Beatles' career. All pop and rock music flows from these guys. Paul McCartney, George Harrison, and John Lennon found solo success after the most painful breakup ever. The Beatles breaking up is like my Vols' leaving the SEC. Feel free to leave condolences in the comment section.