Sometimes in life we make mistakes before we come good. Just check out Matthew McConaughey mugging around in The Wedding Planner and Sahara before winning an Oscar for his role in Dallas Buyers Club. Musicians are no different, with many a great band coming with baggage from past attempts at making it in the industry. Luckily for us, thanks to the internet, those moments are stored forever in an online cache. Here are ten examples of bands and artists who have pasts they'd rather forget.
As anyone who's tried it will know, it's not easy to get away with black lipstick. But if anyone can pull it off, it's Alice Glass. Here she is looking typically insouciant sitting with an unusually conventionally-dressed Yeezy (and Dasha Zhukova). What would a Crystal Castles v Kanye West comeback sound like? 'Challenging', we imagine, judging by the artists' most recent records. Challenging and fascinating. Let's have it.
The world can roughly be divided into two factions – those who love a good switched-on rock anthem and those who believe the phrase "I tell thee" shouldn't be anywhere near popular song – so there's some trepidation about Kaiser Chiefs' fifth album. Expectation's also haunted by the departure last year of drummer Nick Hodgson, who many believed to be the brains of the operation, and Ricky Wilson's arrival on The Voice.
The music of Wes Anderson's films is always a huge part of their absurdist charm. From Seu Jorge's Portuguese cover of David Bowie songs in The Life Aquatic, to the use of Ravel’s String Quartet in The Royal Tenenbaums, Benjamin Britten's transformative opera Noye’s Fludde in Moonrise Kingdom to the rousing score of 2014's The Grand Budapest Hotel, Anderson uses music as a character in itself to augment the plot and create something in and of itself. But he doesn't do it alone. Randall Poster might well have the coolest job in Hollywood.
We’re all aware of those 'artists' whose back catalogues are pure anathema to us that suddenly bring out one excellent track that makes us think, "Where the hell did that come from?" But what about those consistently great bands or artists who serve up a stinker? That one bad apple that threatens to turn the rest? Here's 10 artists and bands we have nothing but respect for that danced into the doggy-do on the rarest of occasions. It’s all subjective of course, but here are some rare chinks in some otherwise immaculate armoury from pop’s illustrious history.