Countdown 100: Bands that got megahyped that failed spectacularly...

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95. Terris

patapon pataphysics (a passing spacecadet), Thursday, 23 September 2010 13:54 (eight years ago) Permalink

94. Babylon Zoo

Tuomas, Thursday, 23 September 2010 13:55 (eight years ago) Permalink

93. Brinsley Schwarz

... this is the British example that was always brought up, pre-punk at least, not sure what went on with them tho

Tom A. (Tom B.) (Tom C.) (Tom D.), Thursday, 23 September 2010 13:55 (eight years ago) Permalink

94. Brinsley Schwarz, for similar reasons to 96

xpost OK, 93 then.

Mark G, Thursday, 23 September 2010 13:56 (eight years ago) Permalink

92. Puddle Of Mud

Les centimètres énigmatiques (snoball), Thursday, 23 September 2010 13:56 (eight years ago) Permalink

91. Black Kids

seandalai, Thursday, 23 September 2010 13:56 (eight years ago) Permalink

90. Jobriath

... artists count too?

Tom A. (Tom B.) (Tom C.) (Tom D.), Thursday, 23 September 2010 13:57 (eight years ago) Permalink

re: 93. They had a gig at the Filmore, supporting Van Morrison I believe, they ferried the UK press out with a "free trip to the best new band ever" ticket, but the trip was a nightmare and the gig was over when the press got there. no forgiveness.

Mark G, Thursday, 23 September 2010 13:57 (eight years ago) Permalink

89. Tapes N Tapes

ilxor has truly been got at and become an ILXor (ilxor), Thursday, 23 September 2010 13:58 (eight years ago) Permalink

88. Supercharge

Mark G, Thursday, 23 September 2010 13:59 (eight years ago) Permalink

87. Nasty Rox Inc.

mike t-diva, Thursday, 23 September 2010 14:00 (eight years ago) Permalink

86. Campag Velocet.

mike t-diva, Thursday, 23 September 2010 14:00 (eight years ago) Permalink

85. Sigue Sigue Sputnik

kornrulez6969, Thursday, 23 September 2010 14:00 (eight years ago) Permalink

84. Spelt Like This.
83. The Roaring Boys.

mike t-diva, Thursday, 23 September 2010 14:01 (eight years ago) Permalink

(Not Sigue Sigue Sputnik though, a number two hit, followed by a bunch of stuff that did OK, as well as could be expected)

xpost, funnily enough!

Mark G, Thursday, 23 September 2010 14:01 (eight years ago) Permalink

92. Puddle Of Mud

― Les centimètres énigmatiques (snoball), Thursday, September 23, 2010 9:56 AM (4 minutes ago) Bookmark Suggest Ban Permalink

only 5 million copies? FAIL

^^^that's lightweight jammin (Whiney G. Weingarten), Thursday, 23 September 2010 14:01 (eight years ago) Permalink

82. Ultrasound.

mike t-diva, Thursday, 23 September 2010 14:02 (eight years ago) Permalink

3 Sigue Sigue Sputnik Love Missile F1-11 Single Mar 1986
20 Sigue Sigue Sputnik Twenty-First Century Boy Single Jun 1986
10 Sigue Sigue Sputnik Flaunt It Album Aug 1986
31 Sigue Sigue Sputnik Success Single Nov 1988

Mark G, Thursday, 23 September 2010 14:02 (eight years ago) Permalink

81. Fischerspooner

Tom A. (Tom B.) (Tom C.) (Tom D.), Thursday, 23 September 2010 14:03 (eight years ago) Permalink

80. Fischer-Z

Mark G, Thursday, 23 September 2010 14:04 (eight years ago) Permalink

79. Animal Collective

79. Jimmy the Hoover

Tom A. (Tom B.) (Tom C.) (Tom D.), Thursday, 23 September 2010 14:05 (eight years ago) Permalink

78. Advertising

The EMI band that was going to save them after the Sex Pistols debacle.

Mark G, Thursday, 23 September 2010 14:06 (eight years ago) Permalink

83. The Roaring Boys.

Wow, had forgotten that lot!

jesper olsen twins (NickB), Thursday, 23 September 2010 14:06 (eight years ago) Permalink

78. Advertising

Tot Taylor, right?

Tom A. (Tom B.) (Tom C.) (Tom D.), Thursday, 23 September 2010 14:07 (eight years ago) Permalink

77. King Trigger

jesper olsen twins (NickB), Thursday, 23 September 2010 14:08 (eight years ago) Permalink

76. Doctors of Madness

Tom A. (Tom B.) (Tom C.) (Tom D.), Thursday, 23 September 2010 14:08 (eight years ago) Permalink

75 a) Orlando; b) Plastic Fantastic; c) Dex Dexter; d) and so forth

Ismael Klata, Thursday, 23 September 2010 14:08 (eight years ago) Permalink

Minty!

jesper olsen twins (NickB), Thursday, 23 September 2010 14:09 (eight years ago) Permalink

There's almost like a whole subgenre of just-before-punk British flop bands from 1975-1977, when the record companies had no idea what they were doing anymore. About 5 of them have already been mentioned. Almost all the Pub Rock bands for a start

Tom A. (Tom B.) (Tom C.) (Tom D.), Thursday, 23 September 2010 14:12 (eight years ago) Permalink

73 RPLA
The RPLA Debacle

pfunkboy (Herman G. Neuname), Thursday, 23 September 2010 14:12 (eight years ago) Permalink

72. Canibus

^^^that's lightweight jammin (Whiney G. Weingarten), Thursday, 23 September 2010 14:13 (eight years ago) Permalink

71. Mick Jagger solo

Ismael Klata, Thursday, 23 September 2010 14:13 (eight years ago) Permalink

78, yep.

The biz being so london-centric, a whole host of pub rock bands got signed because they worked well in a pub, but outside of that, no-one cared. none got megahyped though, aside from the Brinz, as mentioned. Oh, Dr Feelgood did, but hey: Success or what?

Mark G, Thursday, 23 September 2010 14:14 (eight years ago) Permalink

70. Theaudience

jesper olsen twins (NickB), Thursday, 23 September 2010 14:15 (eight years ago) Permalink

I didn't realise Deaf School got megahyped - they were a brilliant band!

village idiot (dog latin), Thursday, 23 September 2010 14:18 (eight years ago) Permalink

69. Lone Star.

mike t-diva, Thursday, 23 September 2010 14:20 (eight years ago) Permalink

68. S*M*A*S*H

meta the devil you know (onimo), Thursday, 23 September 2010 14:20 (eight years ago) Permalink

67 Blue Rondo a la Turk

66 Animal Nightlife

65 King

sonofstan, Thursday, 23 September 2010 14:21 (eight years ago) Permalink

64. Funkapolitan

Tom A. (Tom B.) (Tom C.) (Tom D.), Thursday, 23 September 2010 14:21 (eight years ago) Permalink

63. Ultrasound

pfunkboy (Herman G. Neuname), Thursday, 23 September 2010 14:22 (eight years ago) Permalink

63 already 82.

Mark G, Thursday, 23 September 2010 14:23 (eight years ago) Permalink

62. Campag Velocet

rhythm fixated member (chap), Thursday, 23 September 2010 14:26 (eight years ago) Permalink

^ been done

62. Slade (in the USA)

Tom A. (Tom B.) (Tom C.) (Tom D.), Thursday, 23 September 2010 14:27 (eight years ago) Permalink

61 : Tiny Dancers

the sheer extravagence on the promos etc (and weren;t they famously one of the last big ££ signings prior to the big EMI shakeup), but did anyone buy the album ?

mark e, Thursday, 23 September 2010 14:30 (eight years ago) Permalink

60. Northern Uproar

pfunkboy (Herman G. Neuname), Thursday, 23 September 2010 14:35 (eight years ago) Permalink

59. These Animal Men

ledge, Thursday, 23 September 2010 14:39 (eight years ago) Permalink

do american mags not hype up anything?

pfunkboy (Herman G. Neuname), Thursday, 23 September 2010 14:43 (eight years ago) Permalink

I'm trying to remember the last actually hyped American band that had zero success; even The Click 5 had like one hit song.

bang (HI DERE), Thursday, 23 September 2010 14:45 (eight years ago) Permalink

I don't know if Christiana DeBarge was actually megahyped but she performed on So You Think You Can Dance once and then was never heard from again

bang (HI DERE), Thursday, 23 September 2010 14:45 (eight years ago) Permalink

Or MIKA who I mentioned above. Life in Cartoom Motion was number 1 in several countries charts, he was a bit pf a celebrity, remember seeing him in magazine covers and being harrassed by paparazzi... but every subsequent single and album ever since failed to hit as hard and I don’t think I’ve seen anything about him in almost a decade.

✖✖✖ (Moka), Tuesday, 5 December 2017 20:32 (one year ago) Permalink

I don't think anyone that actually ever got a number 1 hit can be considered to have "failed spectacularly"

Οὖτις, Tuesday, 5 December 2017 20:33 (one year ago) Permalink

Mika was on UK X Factor as recent as two months ago.

But yes, Shakey OTM.

Gholdfish Killah (Turrican), Tuesday, 5 December 2017 20:34 (one year ago) Permalink

there seems to be a great deal of confusion about what the words "megahyped" and "failed spectacularly" mean

― Οὖτις, Tuesday, December 5, 2017 3:31 PM (one minute ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

yeah so many of the bands mentioned in the initial 2010 posts don't fit those criteria at all. Tapes N Tapes is a good example of a band that had a HUGE p4k push and went nowhere. they didn't fail spectacularly & weren't megahyped by anyone else in the media, but they absolutely sit alongside Voxtrot

flappy bird, Tuesday, 5 December 2017 20:37 (one year ago) Permalink

I guess the fact that a lot of Pitchfork hyped American indie from the '00s was fucking terrible is neither here nor there.

Gholdfish Killah (Turrican), Tuesday, 5 December 2017 20:39 (one year ago) Permalink

no it definitely is, if you look at most of the bands posted itt they're all either average or fucking awful.

flappy bird, Tuesday, 5 December 2017 20:43 (one year ago) Permalink

Terris still remain the best example - endless hype in the UK music press from 1999 to 2001, even landing an NME cover without having released all that much. Their singer, if I recall, was giving it the big licks onstage a lot and totally thought his band were the mutts nutts. They didn't have a Top 10 single, the album performed dreadfully and they got dropped. The NME suddenly were like "meh, fuck 'em" and moved onto The Strokes.

Gholdfish Killah (Turrican), Tuesday, 5 December 2017 20:43 (one year ago) Permalink

yeah that's a perfect example

flappy bird, Tuesday, 5 December 2017 20:44 (one year ago) Permalink

idk Sheer Mag seemed to be getting a push from p4k and Rolling Stone in 2015 and 2016 and they dropped a debut album this year that I'm not seeing on any EOY lists

President Keyes, Tuesday, 5 December 2017 20:45 (one year ago) Permalink

To this day, I've still never heard a Terris track. Gay Dad were similarily hyped, and utterly shit, but I still managed to hear the singles from the first LP without even trying.

Gholdfish Killah (Turrican), Tuesday, 5 December 2017 20:48 (one year ago) Permalink

I was going to say--hippie alert--Blind Faith, but I didn't realize their debut hit #1 in both the States and the UK. They didn't get a second album out, though.

clemenza, Tuesday, 5 December 2017 20:48 (one year ago) Permalink

How about Rita Ora's US career? (I know she's actually had success elsewhere but I don't think "hook singer on the Iggy Azalea single people barely remember" qualifies in the US as spectacular success.)

Embalming is a flirty business (DJP), Tuesday, 5 December 2017 20:50 (one year ago) Permalink

Well the NME had just came from helping these guys take over the world:
http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-Yksb7SyiQWQ/UHf4digZMxI/AAAAAAAAL64/nsUwk2Pf7xE/s1600/tiny2.jpg

everything, Tuesday, 5 December 2017 20:51 (one year ago) Permalink

I don't think the NME were banking on them putting out overblown, progged out double CD debut album, which they promptly gave a middling review to.

Gholdfish Killah (Turrican), Tuesday, 5 December 2017 20:59 (one year ago) Permalink

They certainly crashed and burned quite spectacularly. Split up about a year after that cover - which may have contributed to their demise.

everything, Tuesday, 5 December 2017 21:06 (one year ago) Permalink

I'd say the fact that they didn't get on too well with each other was the main reason they split.

Gholdfish Killah (Turrican), Tuesday, 5 December 2017 21:14 (one year ago) Permalink

I want to say JJ72, but they managed to make it to a second album. God, the late '90s/very early '00s were a fucking strange time.

Gholdfish Killah (Turrican), Tuesday, 5 December 2017 21:18 (one year ago) Permalink

Then how about Kelly Clarkson?

― ✖✖✖ (Moka), Tuesday, December 5, 2017 3:27 PM (forty-eight minutes ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

is this trolling

sick, fucking funny, and well tasty (katherine), Tuesday, 5 December 2017 21:19 (one year ago) Permalink

Sheer Mag = jury is still out, but yes I could definitely see them becoming one of these bands. Another contemporary that absolutely fits the bill is Downtown Boys.

flappy bird, Tuesday, 5 December 2017 22:06 (one year ago) Permalink

oh!! and METZ. huge p4k push circa 2012, nice festival slots, solid tours, each album has essentially been ignored. when I was in Toronto recently (their hometown), I saw a poster for their new record and realized I hadn't thought about them in years.

flappy bird, Tuesday, 5 December 2017 22:07 (one year ago) Permalink

Sheer Mag not capitalising on large rock publications writing about them probably has something to do with their having zero interest in the perceived benefits of that

thirst trap your hare (DJ Mencap), Tuesday, 5 December 2017 23:54 (one year ago) Permalink

or their profound stupidity

flappy bird, Tuesday, 5 December 2017 23:57 (one year ago) Permalink

yeah those idiots probably think they're actually enjoying being in their band

thirst trap your hare (DJ Mencap), Wednesday, 6 December 2017 00:02 (one year ago) Permalink

FISCHERSPOONER

kurt schwitterz, Wednesday, 6 December 2017 00:06 (one year ago) Permalink

^otm

flappy bird, Wednesday, 6 December 2017 00:08 (one year ago) Permalink

yeah moka imho yr thing is interesting and might yield some good groans and lols, but different enough to have its own thread. equivalent or overlapping with bands that got megahyped and it was enough to give them a moment of success but the public didn't really buy it and they disappeared back whence they came - your duncan sheiks and jimmy rays, and their indie equivalents (where mgmt miiiiiight qualify but idk then we're just doing one-album wonders... they have fans and still put out music).

kelly clarkson is ludicrous though.

the pleather of pleather paul (Doctor Casino), Wednesday, 6 December 2017 00:36 (one year ago) Permalink

Not trolling on Kelly Clarkson it’s been years since I heard about her didn’t know she was still huge in the US.

✖✖✖ (Moka), Wednesday, 6 December 2017 04:19 (one year ago) Permalink

Color me underwhelmed...from Justin to this!??

frogbs, Wednesday, 6 December 2017 04:20 (one year ago) Permalink

But yeah my examples are on the wrong thread was thinking of diminishing returns rather than undelivered promises.

✖✖✖ (Moka), Wednesday, 6 December 2017 04:23 (one year ago) Permalink

Kinda happens with most artists

President Keyes, Wednesday, 6 December 2017 10:49 (one year ago) Permalink

I've not listened to it in donkeys years but I remember quite liking the Terris debut EP. Live they were very good too, in an intense way. The debut album was fucking awful, though.

I've literally never heard of Voxtrot before today.

Hey Bob (Scik Mouthy), Wednesday, 6 December 2017 13:43 (one year ago) Permalink

I've literally never heard of Voxtrot before today.

me neither.
i am going to have to try and find that terris album this weekend aren't i.
pretty sure i found a skinny promo cd-r in the bins around the time they were being hyped, but not sure i ever actually listened to it.

mark e, Wednesday, 6 December 2017 13:52 (one year ago) Permalink

I'd say the fact that they didn't get on too well with each other was the main reason they split.

― Gholdfish Killah (Turrican)

maybe. they got back together some years back. they do pretty well as a cult prog band appealing to the cardiacs set - they were just never going to be the Monsters of Britpop the NME thought they were after hearing "Kurt Russell".

bob lefse (rushomancy), Wednesday, 6 December 2017 14:21 (one year ago) Permalink

Jimmie Ray..... my god, flashbacks

brimstead, Wednesday, 6 December 2017 14:59 (one year ago) Permalink

What was that guy all about

brimstead, Wednesday, 6 December 2017 15:00 (one year ago) Permalink

who wants to know

the pleather of pleather paul (Doctor Casino), Wednesday, 6 December 2017 15:05 (one year ago) Permalink

Metz seems kind of unfair to list here. They have a niche and they fill it.

Simon H., Wednesday, 6 December 2017 15:06 (one year ago) Permalink

I'm guessing the new freebie NME doesn't have the space to hype obvious chancers any more, I kind of miss that now it's gone.

Matt DC, Wednesday, 6 December 2017 23:16 (one year ago) Permalink

I'd always assumed The Vines were an answer to this question but fuck me their debut sold 1.5m copies. How big do you need to be to do that these days?

Matt DC, Wednesday, 6 December 2017 23:19 (one year ago) Permalink

ha, the Vines were my first thought when I saw this thread title, too.

Would someone like Jay Electronica count? He got a ton of hype and co-signs back in 2007 but then has released 2 solo songs and about a dozen guest verses since then.

methanietanner, Wednesday, 6 December 2017 23:29 (one year ago) Permalink

Jay Electronica is a great pick for the niche level of hype he got

shackling the masses with plastic-wrapped snack picks (sic), Thursday, 7 December 2017 09:22 (one year ago) Permalink

Jimmy Ray was hyped? Moreso than those other 90s one-hit-wonder acts like Marcy Playground or the “This is the story of a girl who cried a river and drowned the whole world” band?

Mr. Snrub, Thursday, 7 December 2017 12:12 (one year ago) Permalink

Obie Trice
Lupe Fiasco

Mr. Snrub, Thursday, 7 December 2017 12:13 (one year ago) Permalink

Did anyone care about Obie once?

President Keyes, Thursday, 7 December 2017 13:47 (one year ago) Permalink


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