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has anyone ever left a band and gone onto release superior material as a solo artist ?
Pavement >>> Malkmus. He is poo now.
I dun think so. SM's solo stuff is a good half-step short of Pavement. Which SM solo album holds a candle to CR/CR?
BTW, I missed SM (and Pavement for that matter) live and I'm wondering if he pulls Pavement tunes for his shows these days?
but i genuinely do like him and the Jicks more than Pavement. i think his first album is better than any Pavement effort.
lou reed's solo stuff is rubbish (mostly)
and certainly not to the extent that lou reed's largely unimpressive not to say extremely erratic solo career has somehow become better than the velvet underground (!)
(i'd except transformer, coney island baby and maybe berlin from this, again not as as good as the velvet underground, but y'know, transformer does sound an awful lot like a david bowie album with lou reed singing though, which might explain things a bit)
I feel her solo work was better than anything she did herself in The Velvet Underground.
both of these
Fo sure. Some people might say Nick Cave but they would be wrong.
yes on neil
and graham nash!
Wham was so much better than his solo wank.
almost all solo artists have been in bands at some point.
little revelation kinda puts a dampener on the thread
still, patrick wolf, way better than no-wave art-noise maison crimineaux
but now its two threads - who has left a big band to do a good solo career, and what are the names of big solo artist's previous bands!
um john frusciante?
but I'd add Iggy's solo stuff in the 70s was better than the Stooges. Y'know, overall. It's a close call, but I'm far more liable to pull out the Idiot or Lust for Life than Funhouse. (Although Raw Power is still my fav.)
(good call on Raw Power though)
p_c's got a solo album posted in the profile so I doubt we'll need come to blows over this difference of opinion. :-)
No, I'm not being sarcastic E_S. Ig pretty much wrote all the Stooges songs and the Ashton brothers play on Raw Power, so why is it you're singling out the last Stooges album? Is it because of Bowie's influence on the album? Do tell.
oh come on, those two totally count!
I don't mean that in a cheeky way, I'm genuinely interested.
and joanna was in The Pleased.
Jeff Buckley was in some lesser bands
had been in the commitments backing band
Sheryl Crow singing backup for MJ? *runs*
Bob Mould briefly went on to write for WCW. Its not related, but its quite cool really.
and somewhat controversially im tempted to perhaps say malcolm middleton and graham coxon, though in both cases their earlier solo albums are better i think.
But that gets you hung in some countries.