“Breaking up is hard to do” said Neil Sedaka in his 1962 hit, and boy, was he right. The potential of some of the best bands in the world have been unfortunately cut short by a nasty break up. Fights have ensued and artistic differences turned in to all out wars, halting many bands in their tracks and leaving the world guessing at how great they could have become. The six bands below all had their own reasons for separating, but we sure wish they hadn’t.
Recognizable for their singles Cold Hard Bitch and Are You Gonna Be My Girl?, Melbourne-based rockers JET have called it quits (at least for now) after a decade of making music together. The break was prompted by two members (Nic Cester and Cameron Muncey) leaving the band and the remaining members (Mark Wilson and Chris Cester) forming a new band. JET’s catchy lyrics, scratchy vocals, killer guitar riffs, and undeniable style cannot be compared to any other artist of the 2000s. This generation needs a group that produces music that rivals the “classics,” so hopefully JET will heed this call and return to each other because really, they are meant to be.
Pink Floyd’s musical history has so many ups and downs that you would be lucky not to get sick when reading about it. The official demise of Pink Floyd came in 1994 when they released their last studio album. While the run of Pink Floyd and the influence they have had on music is undeniable, petty fights and vendettas stopped their musical brilliance dead in its tracks. Especially now, with all the advancements in musical technology, Pink Floyd’s psychedelic rock could be bolder and more brilliant than ever upon an (unlikely) return.
Announcing their breakup in September of 2011, powerhouse band R.E.M. is one that will be sadly missed. Their breakout hit Losing My Religion made them a staple in the alternative rock scene of the 90s, but disputes among their record label caused their split. While R.E.M. would never stand a chance of returning to music with their current sound, as proven by the disappointing sales of their latest album, a return to their formal musical glory could prove promising. If only, if only...
An almost perfect combination of Nirvana and Pearl Jam, Australian rock band Silverchair announced their “indefinite hibernation” in the summer of 2011. Throughout their run as one of Australia’s most recognized musical forces, Silverchair’s sound continued to change and grow. The band vowed they would stop making music if they weren’t having fun, and after twenty years this became the case. But, if their hibernation proves boring, Silverchair could always return. Their music, while vast and innovative, still has room to evolve and grow.
The Mamas & The Papas
Releasing four albums in three years, The Mamas & The Papas had eleven Top 40 hits including California Dreamin’ and Look Through My Window. Disbanding in 1971 after the sales of their fifth studio album failed to make the UK charts, most of the members moved on to solo projects. Together though, the four members of this group created wholesome, foot tapping music that puts a smile on everyone in ear shot. If they were to reunite, more classic music could be expected which might just be what everybody needs.
Damien Rice & Lisa Hannigan
Technically, Lisa Hannigan and Damien Rice were never in a band together, but Lisa collaborated with Damien for six years in live shows and on the majority of his album O. She parted ways with Damien in 2007 to start her solo career. Both of these artists are amazing individually, but together, they are pure perfection. The world could use a little more brightness and these two could definitely provide us with that. This is only hoping that they will jump back in to the studio and give us some more musical magic. It’s never too late!