[DAILY LIST] The Bands That You Want To Break Up

With the White Stripes calling it quits (I want to say finally in here but that’s dick) I felt the urge thanks to Spike over at WYSP to compile a list of alternative rock bands that need to just hang up their guitars and walk away for a while if not for good. I mean these guys did have good runs and all but they seriously got old or they didn’t adapt or they made a few bad albums in a row. It’s all a matter of perspective here. We all know what number one is going to be.

12. Muse
Years of Relevance:
1999-2007
Years of Crap:
2008-Present
Logic:
Twilight killed them. These guys were so amazing on record and everything then Twilight happened. They had to change their sound. They essentially sold out to the man. They said they regret it, but how can you regret an album so craptastic as The Resistance? Sure they had a song specifically for Twilight and that was a huge hit. Can you forgive them? Can I forgive them? Sure if they make an album like their old stuff.


11. Taking Back Sunday
Years of Relevance:
2001-2005
Years of Crap:
2006-Present
Logic:
When pop-punk is popular so are you. TBS had a pair of good albums and a hiatus before Louder Now came out. Louder Now wasn’t that bad but it wasn’t the best thing ever in the history of pop-punk. They lost like what half their members or at least a key member here and there between Where You Want to Be and now? Yeah guys hang it up, you are what approaching your late 30’s. That’s a sign you aren’t in touch with the youth of today.


10. The Fray
Years of Relevance:
2005
Years of Crap: 2005-Present
Logic: You have one song’s worth of relevance and what do you do? Milk the shit out of it. You milk it so hard that you can’t milk it ever again. That’s what these guys did. Oh man did they copy the Coldplay success and run with it like a black man in New Orleans after Katrina with a TV. They sucked so hard that it hurt. They haven’t been heard from in almost 2 years. That says something.

09. Linkin Park
Years of Relevance:
1999-2004
Years of Crap:
2005-Present
Logic:
Growing up I loved this band. Hybrid Theory was one of my faves as was Meteora. But somewhere they lost sight of that and made two mediocre albums that seemingly let me down but not a lot of their fans as the base continues to grow or at least remain the same. Sure songs like “What I’ve Done” have become radio anthems for the 13-18 crowd who just mindlessly follow what is popular, the band might break through and come back to where they were, I have faith in them as compared to the others, but it’s only a sliver.


08. My Chemical Romance
Years of Relevance:
2002-2005
Years of Crap:
2005-Present
Logic:
It’s tough to put the Jersey rockers on this list due to the fact that none of their albums have sounded the same but at the same time…if none of your albums maintain that sound that you fostered from a child then you are doing it wrong. They started off as a hardcore sounding band and moved into the pop-punk/screamo to the rock opera to the indie sounding punk rock.There was no comparison between the albums, sure I think they should call it quits but why when they continue to evolve the way they have been?


07. Coldplay
Years of Relevance:
2000-2007
Years of Crap:
2008-Present
Logic:
Sure Coldplay hasn’t put out a real bad album…yet, but they still should quit. Bands like this never listen and quit while they are ahead. Coldplay had several lawsuits filed against them on their last record Viva La Vida who is to say they won’t have that again? While I am partial to the band I myself think a new record could possibly hurt them more than help them. Why make a meh album when you already have a very solid backing of work to your name?


06. A.F.I
Years of Relevance:
1995-2003
Years of Crap:
2006-Present
Logic: Punk band gets its start as a punk band, moves into the dark abyss of goth and then boom goes into screamo? Such a logical climb for Davey Havok and the gang. Sure Answer That and Stay Fashionable to their last album Crash Love has shown great strides in evolution but where did it reach the point of perfection? I’d say Sing the Sorrow was the band’s last and best great album. As it combined that punk element from their older days with the gothy sound they had developed. It was a great piece of work. Decemberunderground failed to even reach a lofty goal of coming close to it.


05. Coheed and Cambria
Years of Relevance:
2002-2005
Years of Crap: 2005-Present
Logic: Being in a new wave prog band isn’t easy. What makes it harder is interlapping all your albums together and have one giant comprehensive story. Coheed did that. May not have worked the full length they wanted it to but it worked nonetheless. People still buy their albums, shirts and tour tickets. The band though hit a point in 2005 with From Fear Through the Eyes of Madness were they could never go back, mixing pop with their usual sound that their last two albums flopped due to.


04. Green Day
Years of Relevance:
1990-2005
Years of Crap:
2005-Present
Logic:
While it may not be fair to put Green Day on this list because of one alum it totally is fair to do it on the grounds that that album sucks and they road the coattails of American Idiot’s success all the way to Broadway. The band was a great ’90s punk band but once American Idiot became one of the single greatest albums ever made then that’s where it went too far.

03. Kings of Leon
Years of Relevance:
2003-2008
Years of Crap: 2008-Present
Logic: Kings were great when no one knew them, because they didn’t have to try so damned hard to make a good album. Only By Night was their break out smash hit but it wasn’t that great. It was okay. Almost half the album reached top 40 material and that is not what Kings of Leon is about. Shame to say it this band needs to call it quits especially after the garbage that was their last album.

02. U2
Years of Relevance:
1980-1997
Years of Crap: 1997-Present
Logic: Come on, you know when a band plays for almost 30 years they have to be missing a few steps here and there. Bono is the reason why U2 went out of style. He was arrogant and well how can I say this douchey. Sure Pop may not have been a bad album but it wasn’t a great album. With this band you expect big songs, look at the 1980’s singles they had. Amazing. But when the next two decades came it became questionable. Especially with How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb, that song “Vertigo” was so annoying and poppy it made me sick.


01. Weezer
Years of Relevance:
1994-2004
Years of Crap: 2004-Present
Logic: Weezer was a huge part of my youth. the Blue Album and Pinkerton were my high school soundtracks up until they put out Make Believe. That album felt like driveled 1980’s wannabe Cure music. Now of course they tried to make up with it with The Red Album but that failed miserably as they almost got the feel for their first works. Then Raditude and Hurley become pop sensations where Gaga and Perry fans are singing the songs in the car on their iPods. Weezer needs to quit so badly people are willing to pay them to quit.

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As passionate as one can be about certain topics it is hard to make a living with that passion, that being said my passion for nerd culture, modern music and video gaming has yet to translate into anything moderately successful, that and my degree in electronic media, but hey at least I can use that journalism minor. View all posts by Angerbanjo

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