NPR has a pretty funny feature on breaking up with your favorite band. When you become obsessed with an artist, it’s inevitable that at a certain point you might shake your head and wonder what the hell they’re doing. Here’s a short list of artist I’ve broken up with.
The Killers started out like a great hook-up that keeps going – their songs were fun, and they seemed to be ready for a good time whenever you wanted it. Then they discovered Bruce Springsteen, and like many hook-ups that last too long – got serious. They made the Springsteen-esque “Sam’s Town”, an album which is easily the most hubristic album of the 2000s.
Despite my inclusion of The Strokes in the 10 Greatest Artist of the Last Decade, The Strokes and I had a pretty bitter break-up. Is This It was loud, brash, and exciting. They cared so much about not caring, that in the end, nobody cared.
Kings of Leon
The worst offenders on this list. As I’ve mentioned many times on this blog, I discovered Kings of Leon around 2005 or 2004, and they were the illegitimate children of the Stooges and The Allman Brothers. The music had a country-twang, but was played at breakneck speed. And then like The Killers, they too, got serious and needed somebody. In a few short years they went from sounding like no one, to sounding like everybody else.
Gaga’s antics didn’t really bother me until she decided to call herself a spokesman of a generation (or something like that). You can’t declare yourself to be the spokesman for people or a group – they have to decide for you. Even Madonna had a sense of humor – something Gaga should think about lifting as well.
What artists have you broken up with?