A word of warning for Pearl Jam’s Mike McCready and Duff McKagan, who this week announced a supergroup: Most of the worst come from the world of US rock. The ultimate example being Chickensh… sorry, Chickenfoot, wherein Sammy Hagar and Michael Anthony from Van Halen met RHCP’s Chad Smith and Joe Satriani to make old-bloke radio rock about being “your hoochie-coochie man”. Supermeh.
Touted as the band Guns’n’Roses could have been, the non-Axl Roses recruited Stone Temple Pilots drug fuck-up Scott Weiland as their surrogate frontman for Velvet Revolver and set about pouting and noodling their way to Number One with a grunge pop formula that did neither party justice.
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The epitome of prog, with their symphonic rock and jazz meanders lifting classical riffs wholesale, ELP – the union of King Crimson’s Greg Lake, The Nice’s Keith Emerson and Carl palmer from The Crazy World Of Arthur Brown – sold over 40million albums despite being unbearably pretentious twaddle from start to painfully drawn-out conceptual finish.
The Power Station: The other ones from Duran Duran and Robert Palmer were in danger of actually making a serious dent on international charts with their cheesy New Romantic take on T Rex’s ‘Get It On (Bang A Gong)’ in 1985. Luckily the world quickly saw sense and had them humanely destroyed.
It sounded ok to us in a psychedelic grunge sort of way, but Billy Corgan can no longer listen to Zwan’s 2002 album ‘Mary, Star Of The Sea’, recorded with ex-members of Slint, Tortoise and A Perfect Circle. He says that, because of all the inter-band shagging, drugs and deception, it sounds like “thousands of lies upon lies upon lies”. So just like the average Scottish Catholic sermon then?
We’re all for artists growing up, but for someone made famous by puerile penis pop, it was tough to – like, hur-hur – swallow Tom DeLonge of Blink-182 getting all sincere and meaningful in a cod-U2 style as Angels & Airwaves with various ex-bods from The Distillers, 30 Seconds To Mars, Box Car Racer, The Offspring and Lostprophets.