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Artists who fell off the face of the Earth after huge popularity.

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous [BG]' started by two fingers, Jan 14, 2020.

  1. two fingers

    two fingers Opinionated blowhard. But not mad about it. Gold Supporting Member

    Feb 7, 2005
    Eastern NC USA
    I was listening to internet radio mining for new songs for my cover band to play. All of a sudden "Ants Marching" by Dave Matthews Band came on.

    Holy crap! I haven't heard a DMB song in a decade!!! There was a time when you could not escape that guy. He was everywhere. I even went to a couple of his concerts myself maybe 15 years ago or so. I played several of his songs in cover bands.

    He/they just dissapeared. (There's no need to link me to current tour dates or projects. Just admit that the guy, and his band, used to be everywhere and now he's/they're basically gone.)

    For the purposes of this discussion, I don't really care WHY a particular artists fell off the face of the Earth. If you wanna share, great.

    But I'm just curious as to other artists/bands who/that used to be ALL OVER mainstream radio, YouTube, and even TV, and are now just..... *poof*.

  2. Mike N

    Mike N Missing the old TB Staff Member Supporting Member

    Jan 28, 2001
    Spencerport, New York
    Gretchen Wilson.
    The Band Perry.
  3. Winslow


    Sep 25, 2011
    Group "W" Bench
    That seems to have happened to a lot of bands in the '90s. I think the time period was right at a technological and cultural crossroads in which major labels still held sway, but there was a sufficiently far-reaching marketing system to generate massive popularity (and revenue) in a short amount of time. With diminished label support for longer-term artist development, "one hit wonder"-ing (or two or three in quick succession if you got lucky) became a viable business plan.
  4. ONYX


    Apr 14, 2000
    Haven't heard anything about or from the Cowboy Junkies in many, many moons. They were all over the radio in the early 90's.
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  5. I know some of they are still active, but I haven't followed them in a looong time:

    Sugar Ray (I happened to like these guys)
    Spin Doctors
    Limp Biskit (not that I care)
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  6. FilterFunk

    FilterFunk Everything is on the ONE! Supporting Member

    Mar 31, 2010
    Air Supply
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  7. DMB are still huge around here, but I'm 45 minutes from their birthplace.

    L7 were never hugely successful, but completely disappeared. They were one of the best live shows I've seen in my life!
  8. More recent, Of Monsters and Men were unavoidable only about 5 to 10 years ago. Coincidentally, We stopped covering Little Talks right around when they fell off.
  9. two fingers

    two fingers Opinionated blowhard. But not mad about it. Gold Supporting Member

    Feb 7, 2005
    Eastern NC USA
    They still play a lot in Virginia?
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  10. Michedelic

    Michedelic MId-Century Modern

    They’re still playing the casino circuit...
    Air Supply - Tour Dates
    so many acts like that had their run, their arc, and either went away for awhile/came back, or still slogged it out low profile, sometimes opening for puppet shows.
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  11. Michedelic

    Michedelic MId-Century Modern

    Tracy Chapman
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  12. DirtDog


    Jun 7, 2002
    Those Foo Fighter guys.

    (just kidding).
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  13. Did they fall off the face of the earth? Or did you just stop paying attention?

    A few years ago I saw Rush touring in support of their last album, and got a shirt. A few days later somebody sees me wearing the shirt and says, "Rush is touring? I didn't even know they were still around?"

    If you go by what's on pop radio, MTV, or other traditional media you have NO idea who's still a thing and who's not, unless you're into the super latest pop stars.
  14. two fingers

    two fingers Opinionated blowhard. But not mad about it. Gold Supporting Member

    Feb 7, 2005
    Eastern NC USA
    Well, let me clarify. Dave Matthews was EVERYWHERE. He was on talk shows on TV, every radio station, and even a guest on lots of other artists' albums. You literally couldn't get away from him if you tried. Then.... poof. He's gone from radio, TV, and other artists' work. The only way to find him is to seek him out. He was literally part of pop culture. He was Seinfeld. Now he's vanished from that.
  15. I see what you're saying about DMB disappearing. (And, truth be told, I'm not complaining about it lol)

    But that seems to have happened to every 90s act, didn't it? I remember when Tori Amos or Nine Inch Nails were big and now they're invisible, even though they're still around.

    As with Rush, or Grateful Dead, or Kiss, DMB still has a core fanbase who follow them around, I'd imagine.
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  16. bearhart74

    bearhart74 Supporting Member

    Feb 26, 2009
    Billy Idol
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  17. jnuts1


    Nov 13, 2007
    DMB is still pretty huge. they just had like 2 radio hits 2 years ago. I just looked it up as I was typing and their 2018 album went #1 on billboard 200 and sold more albums in a week than any rock album in 4 years.

    BUT and a BIG BUT I would not have known that if my wife didn't buy that album...….
  18. jnuts1


    Nov 13, 2007
    the black keys
    Jack white
    jack black

    The real question is who ever stays relevant/hip their entire career? there is literally no celebrity or band that is always the newest hot thing.
  19. bikeplate

    bikeplate Supporting Member

    Jun 7, 2001
    Upstate NY
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  20. One hit wonders have been viable for most of the history of the record industry, certainly long before the 90's.
    The Greatest Songs by '60s One-Hit Wonders
    What killed it as a business model was streaming and the transition to touring and mechandise as the primary income rather than sales. Not many people are going to go see a tour for a one hit wonder.

    Funnily enough, so has seinfeld. :cool:
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