19 unlikely musical reinventions

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19 unlikely musical reinventions

Before White Lies were monochrome Number One album-scoring doom-mongerers, the West London three-piece were purveyors of cheeky indie-pop under the name Fear Of Flying. Active until 2007, they supported The Maccabees and Jamie T, before realising they could be more successful by ripping off Editors. Photo: Dean Chalkley

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19 unlikely musical reinventions

Kate Nash's 'Made Of Bricks' featured 12 piano-based tracks about cups of tea, cheese on toast and changing the wiring in a three-prong plug (probably). Strange, then, that her new download 'I Just Love You More' is spiky alt-rock in the Breeders tradition. Not that we're complaining. Photo: Ellis Parrinder

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19 unlikely musical reinventions

Kooky piano balladeer Tori Amos started out as the frontwoman of the appallingly-titled '80s synthpop band Y Kant Tori Read. Their self-titled debut didn't sell, perhaps due to the fact the label pulled all publicity for it after two months, but more likely because Amos was pictured on the cover wearing a waistcoat over a dress, holding a sword. Photo: PA Photos

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19 unlikely musical reinventions

Splitting up The Jam at the height of their popularity was one thing, but forming a smooth jazz/soul/funk combo instead was quite another. Unsurprisingly, Paul Weller's new direction, The Style Council, concocted in 1983, didn't quite reach the critical or commercial heights of his former group, but proved that the Godlike Genius was someone up for taking risks. Photo: PA Photos

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19 unlikely musical reinventions

Pantera, the thrash legends we all know and tolerate, started out as a glam metal troupe, squeezing into spandex and stocking up on industrial-strength hairspray. However, 1988's 'Power Metal' album saw new vocalist Phil Anselmo join and the band's image begin to change, culminating in the slacker-metal look you see here. Must have saved a fortune in hair products. Photo: PA Photos

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19 unlikely musical reinventions

After Bros' success with songs such as 'When Will I Be Famous?' in the late '80s, singer Matt Goss embarked on a solo career before appearing on Gordon Ramsay's Hell's Kitchen. Even more bizarrely, he's now reinvented himself as a lounge crooner and is starting a run at Las Vegas' famous Caesar's Palace in March. Photo: PA Photos

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19 unlikely musical reinventions

Born Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta, 23-year-old Lady Gaga didn't always used to be a glamorous sex-robot freak, you know. Certain videos have surfaced online of the diminutive New Yorker performing Alanis Morissette-esque piano ballads complete with – shock horror – her natural dark hair colour. Then peroxide was acquired, R&B producers were enlisted and superstardom ensued… Photo: PA Photos

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19 unlikely musical reinventions

Joaquin Phoenix, best known for starring in films including Walk The Line, Gladiator and Buffalo Soldiers, announced his retirement from acting in 2008 to concentrate on a hip-hop career. Since then, a bearded Phoenix's few forays into rap have been filmed for a documentary, sparking suggestions the career change is a hoax. Let's all really, really hope so. Photo: PA Photos

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19 unlikely musical reinventions

Fleetwood Mac have been effectively two different bands over their career, anchored only by the rhythm section of Fleetwood and, uh, McVie. Led by Peter Green, their early incarnation was as a blues band, churning out gems like 'Oh Well' and 'Black Magic Woman', before they changed into the sleek pop outfit who released 'Dreams', 'Go Your Own Way' and that Formula 1 song… Photo: PA Photos

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19 unlikely musical reinventions

Corrie heartthrob to failed pop singer to Conservative candidate – come on Adam Rickitt, when will you risk it all and go for a wild career change? Like his stalled pop ambitions (remember 'I Breathe Again', girls?), the man's political career came to very little. Thankfully, he's out of the country now, appearing in New Zealand soap Shortland Street. Pic: Photoshot

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19 unlikely musical reinventions

Dr Dre's an ultra-hard streetwise gangsta, right? Well, before NWA the man born Andre Young wore flashy clothes and smart styling as part of the smooth World Class Wreckin' Cru, an LA group who released electro-hop albums in the mid-'80s like 'Rapped In Romance'. Luckily, Dre's skills turned out to be sharper than his wit. Photo: PA Photos

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19 unlikely musical reinventions

In January 2004, Charlie Simpson quit Busted. Noel quitting Oasis it wasn't. Unbelievably, though, his forays into catchy nu-metal with Fightstar slowly began to reap rewards, and the bookings for black-clad virgin convention Download came flooding in. Simpson still wears baggy shorts, though. Some things never change. Photo: PA Photos

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19 unlikely musical reinventions

Sidling onto the scene with The Bravery's self-titled synth-rock debut in 2005, singer Sam Endicott has since become a wildly successful songwriter for hire, writing international hit 'She Wolf' for Shakira. Whatever next? Matt Bowman helming Gaga's next album? Girls Aloud ditching Xenomania for Alan from The Rakes? Photo: Ellis Parrinder

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19 unlikely musical reinventions

Before she sang about oral sex in a cinema on 'Jagged Little Pill' (the album it's illegal for any girl of a certain age not to own), Alanis Morissette released two dance-pop albums, 'Alanis' (1991) and 'Now Is The Time' (1995). 'Ironically', the time for worldwide success came three years later. Photo: PA Photos

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Before forming Alice In Chains, frontman Layne Staley was part of a drag-wearing speed metal-playing combo called Alice N' Chainz. Then he joined a funk band, whose name (and, thankfully, their music) has been forgotten, before forming Alice In Chains, who went on to grunge success in the early '90s, and later in the case of Staley a lonely death from a drug overdose. Photo: PA Photos

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19 unlikely musical reinventions

Quintessentially '80s-influenced squawker Elly Jackson of La Roux once took inspiration from the '70s, and planned to turn her nails-down-a-blackboard voice to folk songs a la late Nick Drake. In retrospect, switching from gentle folk to chart-bound electro was the right choice. Photo: Dean Chalkley

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19 unlikely musical reinventions

Spending much of the '80s as super-earnest purveyors of stadium post-punk, U2 embraced experimentation and irony after 1988's dismal 'Rattle And Hum', coming up with the electro detours of 'Achtung Baby', 'Zooropa' and the dancey 'Pop'. After arguably their most interesting period, the Dubliners returned to meat and potatoes seriousness at the turn of the millennium. All good things…

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19 unlikely musical reinventions

After years as thrash metal behemoths, Metallica grew up on 1996's 'Load'. With newly-shorn looks and smarter clothes, the quartet went for a classic heavy rock sound reminiscent of Deep Purple. Their longest album (at a tedious 78 minutes and 59 seconds), it's not remembered as one of their best, and the band returned to their hairy thrashings within a few years. Photo: Danny North

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19 unlikely musical reinventions

David Bowie is the king of reinventions. From sharp-suited mod to long-haired hippy to glam-rock spaceman to LA plastic soul crooner to coke-addled dictator to Berlin experimenter to '80s chart star to alt-rock bandleader to industrial drum'n'bass man to classic rock icon to recluse. And they were all great - er, apart from the drum'n'bass one. That was rubbish. Photo: PA Photos

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