Most Surprising Change in Direction by a Band

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  1. fleahead

    fleahead Senior Member

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    Grateful Dead going disco with Shakedown Street.
     
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    AC/DC post Bon Scott

    Bon Scott is GOD... Brian Johnson ain't... 'nuff said.
     
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    It's all about the money! If you have a band with a staple in whatever music genre. And the head of your label comes to you and says, "we think music is heading this way and we want your next record to reflect that." "We are ready to may you a disgusting amount of money to write your next record."

    You're going to say no? I don't think so. As much as it is about the music. It's also about these musicians securing a financial future for their families. Some call it "selling out."

    I call it practical mathematics. You're only on top for so long. You have to capitalize on you position. Like a chess game.
     
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    I agree, sadly...record labels & money hold a lot of sway.

    Linkin Park's latest album was a huge change of direction - not really a fan myself but I believe they got a lot of flak for it from their fans and I can't help but wonder if this factored into Chester Bennington's tragic death.
     
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    Chicago went through that record company BS pressure to basically become a backup band for Peter Cetera's turgid balladry.
     
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    I'm going to say Iron Maiden sacking their lead singer (Paul Dianno)
    at a time when they we're really making headway into America.
    The "Killers" album was great (IMHO). I saw them on that tour
    and the band ripped my face off, like a precise army of metal
    warriors... Paul Dianno was smoking butts on stage...
    how bout that? lol. It was a ballsy move changing singers
    to Bruce midstream... but obviously 35 years later, most people
    would say they made a good choice.
     
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    Was he fired or did he quit? I know nothing about the Dianno years.
     
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    Lots of bands and performers of the 60s transformed in the 70s. Look at guys like Nugent with the Amboy Dukes or Kenny Rogers with the First Edition or other guys like Kenny Loggins in the Electric Prunes or Frank Zappa doing surf music.
     
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    Bowie - really his whole career is chameleon, but particularly from persona Ziggy to the Thin White Duke.
     
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    I had read he wasn't keeping up with the band... partying, not taking care
    of his voice, fainting from exhaustion... I believe they let him go.
     
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    Tom Waits...from Closing Time to Swordfishtrombones
     
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    How about Grand Funk Railroad becoming a teenie bopper band?
     
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    The ole Nuge really took me by surprise with these two.....

















    However,the biggest shock I ever received was when I went to see the Rossington-Collins Band.....Dont get me wrong,I loved every minute of it. It was just different from what I expected. I hadnt heard the album yet,so,yaaa,I was surprised.



     
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    I know it's a hits package, but Gold and Platinum was one of the albums I grew up with. I just couldn't make the transition from On the Hunt to the RC Band. In all fairness, it was at a time when many of those older bands hit their maximum suckage factor.
     
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    The Gold and Platinum album,One More From The Road....I grew up listening to these albums extensively.....RC just shocked me by,well,the only word that comes to mind is " mellowness ". And at that age,I was still cocky and such a dumbass that I didnt see the transition was a necessary one. That was a tough time for many older bands,you hit that on the head there,brother.
     
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    If the Radiohead hipsters read this post, they would waterboard you with Pabst Blue Ribbon.
     
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    RHCP went from super funky, to semi funky, to being an alternative rock band by the time "By the Way" was released.
     
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    When Styx thought Mr. Roboto was a great idea.
     
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    I agree, but the guy died, the rest of the band didn't have a lot of choice in the matter. My favorite Metallica is with Cliff on bass, but it's the same scenario.
     
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    I'll never forget the Zappa music from the early '80s with Steve Vai hired to play the "impossible" parts.
    Frank called it stunt guitar - it was weird to hear those parts on Zappa records at the time.

    I miss Frank....
     
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