Most Surprising Change in Direction by a Band

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  1. Spiteface

    Spiteface Senior Member

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    As the title says, in this thread we will talk a bit about the most startling "new directions" taken by bands over the years.

    This is dance music trio Sub Sub, and their biggest hit, Aint No Love (Ain't no Use)



    They were likely to remain One Hot Wonders for the rest of the 90s. Then in 1996, their studio burned down. Faced with a decision to either give up, or carry on, the three of them opted to continue making music, changing their name to Doves, re-emerging in 1998 with the "Cedar" EP:



    Still bends my mind to think both tracks I just posted were made by the same people within 5 years (the former came out in 1993). I particularly recommend their first album as Doves, "Lost Souls"

    Feel free to post similar reinventions/rebirths etc here.
     
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    Stevie 202 Senior Member

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    When Genesis went from being a prog-rock band to being a dance band.

    When Fleetwood Mac went from being a killer blues band to being a sucky radio band.

    There's a few more.....it'll come to me eventually...
     
  3. cybermgk

    cybermgk Singin' the body lectric Premium Member V.I.P. Member

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    Rock and Roll Radio Album from the Ramones, just baffling.
     
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    RUSH

    for me . . . after Moving Pictures there is nothing, and I mean nothing, that makes me want to pick up the guitar and play it.

    Surprising change ??? I'm not sure of that, they seemed to be going in THAT direction, but man . . . disappointing.
     
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    KISS Dynasty album, a 1979 foray into disco music...

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    tolm Bigsby Junkie

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    Two words: Jazz. Odyssey.

     
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    I am sure it has nothing to do with record compagnies/producers and/or prospect of big money but all to do with a natural shift in music affinity, we all evolve during our life afterall.

    :hmm:
     
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    Jefferson Airplane into Jefferson Starship
     
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    Fleetwood Mac
     
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    Frampton in Humble Pie to Frampton Comes Alive.
     
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    Who I'm back. Back in the New York groove.

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    Rolling Stones stopped trying to be a straight "blues band" and became the greatest rock and roll band on earth.

    Even these guys were an "r&b" band. R&B? I don't think so.

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    Compare Ministry's first album with everything that came after that. Pop/New Wave to pioneering industrial metal.
     
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    Monster Magnet.
    Their first albums were super psychedelic.
    After Dopes to Infinity, just straight hard rock. :dunno:



     
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    I clicked on this thread to type something like this. It was all Geddy Lee btw. Alex's guitar turned into background chime after MP.
    Ged gets a little defensive when this is brought up.
     
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    I strongly disagree.

    Rush were always on an evolutionary path, and all their albums are laced with amazing guitar work from Alex.

    IMO
     
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    This is the comparison I was gonna make :thumb:
     
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    I can't deny that they were always on an evolutionary path, that's why I don't think the change was that surprising. Although not Alex's fault, the last half of the 80's was unimpressive. From the 90's onward, I agree that his guitar work was amazing. Just not a style that I wanted to play or replicate. I could actually FEEL his early work. Made me WANT to pickup the guitar ! Kinda like Tony Banks and Rick Wakeman keyboard solos make me want to play the keyboard.
     
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    Seriously?

    Clearly neither of you have ever listened to "Vapor Trails", "Snakes and Arrows", & "Clockwork Angels" (I could easily list a few more).

    I understand that music appreciation is subjective, and our tastes all differ. But Alex's influence on the song-writing has been profound since perhaps "Test for Echo". In fact, Rush has been producing some damn fine guitar-rock for the past 20 years.

    I was as disappointed as everyone else when the New World Man single was released in 1982 and as a result I pretty much stopped following the band. That is until a friend of mine convinced me to go see them again in 1996, because in his words "something is up...I think they're back". As it turned out, he was right (oh man, and they performed 2112 in full during the '96 tour...wow!). I was quickly back on the Rush train and have been ever since.

    I strongly encourage you to at least pick-up "Snakes and Arrows" & "Clockwork Angels", you may be surprised by what you hear.

    Cheers!
     
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    The first one that comes to mind for me is Fleetwood Mac going from a killer Blues band to a straight up Pop band.
    Closely following in the same path from Blues/Rock to even worse Pop was Journey! Their first three albums were great.
     
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    Not for bands like AC/DC and Motorhead, they've been making the same records over and over again for decades....everything must stay the same!
     
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