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

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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

even big n rich sell records right?

pfunkboy (Herman G. Neuname), Thursday, 23 September 2010 14:46 (eight years ago) Permalink

they sell FUCKTONS of records!

bang (HI DERE), Thursday, 23 September 2010 14:46 (eight years ago) Permalink

58. Andrew WK

Aqua Buddha (herb albert), Thursday, 23 September 2010 14:48 (eight years ago) Permalink

^ yeah!

got electrolytes (The Cursed Return of the Dastardly Thermo Thinwall), Thursday, 23 September 2010 14:50 (eight years ago) Permalink

Not sure I understand the meaning of the word "megahyped" in re: half these bands

Mo Tucker Mo Problems (Noodle Vague), Thursday, 23 September 2010 14:52 (eight years ago) Permalink

57. Dave Matthews Band (in the UK)

rhythm fixated member (chap), Thursday, 23 September 2010 14:54 (eight years ago) Permalink

but dmb were never hyped in the uk. Probably never even written about. Noone outside of ilm has probably heard them in the uk!

pfunkboy (Herman G. Neuname), Thursday, 23 September 2010 14:55 (eight years ago) Permalink

I remember a huge poster campaign! 'Who is Dave Matthews?'

rhythm fixated member (chap), Thursday, 23 September 2010 14:56 (eight years ago) Permalink

56. clap your hands and say yeah

Zeno, Thursday, 23 September 2010 14:58 (eight years ago) Permalink

55. kula shaker

Zeno, Thursday, 23 September 2010 14:58 (eight years ago) Permalink

Andrew WK was fairly successful. WTF

Lazarus Niles-Burnham (res), Thursday, 23 September 2010 14:59 (eight years ago) Permalink

I remember a huge poster campaign! 'Who is Dave Matthews?'

That really worked, didn't it?

Tom A. (Tom B.) (Tom C.) (Tom D.), Thursday, 23 September 2010 14:59 (eight years ago) Permalink

^ a million selling album is a failure?

pfunkboy (Herman G. Neuname), Thursday, 23 September 2010 14:59 (eight years ago) Permalink

John Mayer is consistently regarded as the hit singer over here, except his hit total is one album on the chart here for 1 week.

Mark G, Thursday, 23 September 2010 15:00 (eight years ago) Permalink

Check: Dreamworks roster circa 2000. Cupcakes (industry hype), Palo Alto (Rick Rubin producing)...

Excluding Skits and Such (Eazy), Thursday, 23 September 2010 15:02 (eight years ago) Permalink

Kula Shaker did alright!

54. Joe Lean and the Jing Fucking Jang Fucking Jong.

mike t-diva, Thursday, 23 September 2010 15:06 (eight years ago) Permalink

^ thanx for nothing there, mike

Tom A. (Tom B.) (Tom C.) (Tom D.), Thursday, 23 September 2010 15:09 (eight years ago) Permalink

^ had erased them from my memory till then

Tom A. (Tom B.) (Tom C.) (Tom D.), Thursday, 23 September 2010 15:10 (eight years ago) Permalink

In the interests of useful info rather than self-plugging, here's a piece I co-wrote five years ago where the likes of Orlando, Birdland and Brinsley Schwarz explained what went wrong. We got curt refusals from Gay Dad and Terris.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/music/2005/jan/28/2

Haunted Clocks For Sale (Dorianlynskey), Thursday, 23 September 2010 15:11 (eight years ago) Permalink

I have a promo copy of Joe Lean's unreleased debut. It will be worth literally pennies one day.

Haunted Clocks For Sale (Dorianlynskey), Thursday, 23 September 2010 15:11 (eight years ago) Permalink

Oh man, World of Twist :(

Tom A. (Tom B.) (Tom C.) (Tom D.), Thursday, 23 September 2010 15:14 (eight years ago) Permalink

Any band that gets megahyped in the US is already popular. Milli Vanilli is probably the closest I can think of to a group that turned hype into spectacular failure.

skip, Thursday, 23 September 2010 15:14 (eight years ago) Permalink

Proteges and familiar relations of successful artists/industry-folks have that big push and fail in the U.S. all the time.

Excluding Skits and Such (Eazy), Thursday, 23 September 2010 15:18 (eight years ago) Permalink

I have a promo copy of Joe Lean's unreleased debut. It will be worth literally pennies one day.

I have an ultra-collectible six-track promo CD of the self-same lost masterpiece! Unfortunately, it is unplayable on any CD player which I possess.

mike t-diva, Thursday, 23 September 2010 15:19 (eight years ago) Permalink

where the likes of Orlando, Birdland and Brinsley Schwarz explained what went wrong.

Birdland were successful! They brought me and my wife together.

meta the devil you know (onimo), Thursday, 23 September 2010 15:21 (eight years ago) Permalink

so in the US, hype from indie mags doesn't count as hype? cuz that's just what most of the UK examples are.

لوووووووووووووووووووول (lex pretend), Thursday, 23 September 2010 15:22 (eight years ago) Permalink

32 Birdland Sleep With Me Single Feb 1990

Mark G, Thursday, 23 September 2010 15:22 (eight years ago) Permalink

Well, the hype I was originally alluding to was the "big spend on advertising"...

Can you buy good coverage from the UK indie mags?

Answers on a postcard...

Mark G, Thursday, 23 September 2010 15:24 (eight years ago) Permalink

there must have been loads of hype for garage and jungle acts too

pfunkboy (Herman G. Neuname), Thursday, 23 September 2010 15:25 (eight years ago) Permalink

Scene-specific dance acts have their own criteria for success though.

rhythm fixated member (chap), Thursday, 23 September 2010 15:27 (eight years ago) Permalink

In dance music, Alex Reece was a big flop but so was every "crossover" drum'n'bass act really. Even Goldie and Reprazent lost momentum very quickly.

Haunted Clocks For Sale (Dorianlynskey), Thursday, 23 September 2010 15:28 (eight years ago) Permalink

Also on Dreamworks: Chicks

seandalai, Thursday, 23 September 2010 15:28 (eight years ago) Permalink

53. Credit To The Nation

pfunkboy (Herman G. Neuname), Thursday, 23 September 2010 15:28 (eight years ago) Permalink

Hype from "indie mags" means something completely different, and a much much lower level of attention, in the USA.

he's always been a bit of an anti-climb Max (jon /via/ chi 2.0), Thursday, 23 September 2010 15:29 (eight years ago) Permalink

has ms dynamite ever been seen again?

pfunkboy (Herman G. Neuname), Thursday, 23 September 2010 15:29 (eight years ago) Permalink

I see her in the shops buying sweets for her kids sometimes.

rhythm fixated member (chap), Thursday, 23 September 2010 15:30 (eight years ago) Permalink

And Lady Sovereign's the one selling her the sweets

Tom A. (Tom B.) (Tom C.) (Tom D.), Thursday, 23 September 2010 15:30 (eight years ago) Permalink

Lisa Mafia on Sov's days off.

rhythm fixated member (chap), Thursday, 23 September 2010 15:31 (eight years 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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