A Global Army of Veteran Rockers
Remember when Fonzie Jumped the Shark in Happy Days? After that, the show had no where to go but down...
Here is my preview of bands that have run out of creative juice. Please see my blog for the full list
Stones - Tattoo You
Guns and Roses - Appetite (yes, I think they peaked then)
Rod Stewart - Blondes have more Fun (He was pretty much finished after the disco thing)
The Clash - Combat Rock
I just re-ripped this one the other day. Much filler, especially the Linda song, but Silly Love Songs and Let 'Em In pretty much give this album a free pass IMHO. I know some rock fans hate those songs but not me...
Jumping the Shark = Bad Idea; therefore, you should equate the first terrible album by a band as the JtS point of reference.
Here are a few where the bands jumped the shark with me. Completely subjective of course:
REM - Reveal
Genesis - Duke
Roxy Music - Manifesto
The Who - Who Are You
Pink Floyd - The Wall
The Clash - Combat Rock
Yes - Drama
The Damed - Strawberries
The Stranglers - Feline
Queen - Jazz
Kiss - Dynasty
Cheap Trick - The Doctor (although they did recover several years later)
Aerosmith - Permanent Vacation
David Bowie - Tonight
REM - Reveal>> A much better candidate than AftP referenced above. For me those first 4 albums is the sacrosanct top shelf, then maybe a LITTLE step down from there (there had to be, that is the best run out of the gate at the start of any rock band's career ever)....but then MANY years of pretty good music followed (with some filler)...so Reveal is better
Genesis - Duke>> Wrong! the best post-Gabriel album
Roxy Music - Manifesto>> Roxy never jumped the shark
Pink Floyd - The Wall>> I dig it buy I see your point
Yes - Drama>> Agreed
I would agree with Pink Floyd, except I would push it back to anything post-Syd.
Boston, any note played after the first album released in 76.
Agree Gail....Boston had one of the best albums ever, then kaput!!!!
Good blog, great topic.
But sorry. The Stones were finished as soon as Woody joined. Approx. 8 years earlier than "Tattoo"...
A few more. Just some personal choices where I jumped off.....don't need to have anyone tell me I'm wrong:
The Cars - Panorama
New Order - Brotherhood
Deep Purple - Stormbringer
Van Halen - Diver Down
PIL - This Is What You Want....This Is What You Get
Blue Oyster Cult - Spectres
Ultravox - Vienna
Bad Company - Desolation Angels
Sparks - In Outer Space
X - Ain't Love Grand
Paul McCartney - Pipes of Peace (came back to earth with Flaming Pie)
XTC - Oranges & Lemons
Joe Jackson - Beat Crazy
Squeeze - Cosi Fan Tutti Frutti
Nick Lowe - Pinker and Prouder Than Previous
Devo - New Traditionalists
Talking Heads - Little Creatures
Gang of Four - Hard
Psychedelic Furs - Midnight to Midnight
The Cure - The Head On The Door
Black Flag - My War
REO Speedwagon totally sold out after NINE LIVES....Springsteen sold out with BORN IN THE USA.....Klaatu sold out with ENDANGERED SPECIES (even containing a song called SELL OUT SELL OUT), but they were threatened by Capitol Records!!!
Bruce's Born in the USA feels the most commercial to me and he mostly was mid Shark after Nebraska but when he really has something to say he is on. I love My City in Ruins from The Rising. Like EC one has to pan for nuggets in recent offerings but when he hits the spot. I have only seen him twice and in recent years, 09 and in November of last year. Even though he may be hit and miss in his album work, as an artist, he remains one of the best live shows, a peak experience.