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Aug. 3rd, 2009 | 04:46 pm
music: The Police - Synchronicity

So today I was listening to the Interpol lead singer's solo project as Julian Plenti, and I really hate it. I know it's not cool to like Interpol anymore, but I still do, and I guess I always went for the bass player anyhow.

But it made me think about solo artists and I realized that if I like a band, I almost never like the solo spin-off of it. (Case in point: Amy Millan, I love your socks off, but Honey from the Tombs really sucks.) The only exceptions I can think of are Sting and the Police and Eric Clapton and Cream.

What about you guys?

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from: thalia9
date: Aug. 3rd, 2009 11:19 pm (UTC)
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i'm glad i didn't ban you from having the first comment on my posts, because you are right this time.

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alecks

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from: likeiwassaying
date: Aug. 3rd, 2009 11:04 pm (UTC)
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travis morrison from dismemberment plan

ben folds' solo work is up and down, but I think as a whole a ben folds five fan can find something to enjoy

the elected only has half of rilo kiley (really only blake sennett matters)

jenny lewis has great solo work also from rilo kiley

emily haines of metric

ben gibbard/dntel as the postal service (not exactly a solo effort, but fits your principle)

and I think that julian plenti song is okay, but not really great.

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from: thalia9
date: Aug. 3rd, 2009 11:19 pm (UTC)
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see i don't like any of those, except for the postal service, which i don't think fits the principle.

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Flatch

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from: fletch22
date: Aug. 4th, 2009 12:08 am (UTC)
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I was going to say Jenny Lewis's Acid Tongue. Though I haven't really gotten into Rilo Kiley, so I guess it doesn't really count.

I also really liked Dave Matthew's solo album Some Devil, but he was working with really talented people so also doesn't really count.

I love the Black Keys, and I also really like Dan Auerbach's solo album. I've only heard it once, but I can see myself liking it more than his Black Keys stuff. So there, that counts.

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Flatch

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from: fletch22
date: Aug. 4th, 2009 12:25 am (UTC)
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JT

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the dirtiest hurricane of a friend

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from: ladrona
date: Aug. 4th, 2009 12:46 am (UTC)
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Woah, that one was huge, Fletch. Excellent point.

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Morgan McCrory

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from: plexi
date: Aug. 4th, 2009 12:59 am (UTC)
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^^^

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oneto33

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from: oneto33
date: Aug. 4th, 2009 01:55 am (UTC)
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It's not cool to like Interpol anymore? When do these things happen...

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from: rwjudd
date: Aug. 4th, 2009 02:55 pm (UTC)
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it was never cool to like Interpol

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oneto33

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from: oneto33
date: Aug. 4th, 2009 03:52 pm (UTC)
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i guess it's irrelevant since i'd never pick my music based on what's popular at the time.

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glyn

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from: glynfoodlover
date: Aug. 4th, 2009 04:07 am (UTC)
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phil collins and genesis

neko case and the new pornographers

gwen steffani and fergie... nuff said

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natalie

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from: voler
date: Aug. 5th, 2009 08:44 am (UTC)
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yes, yes, no, no/bothsuck

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glyn

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from: glynfoodlover
date: Aug. 9th, 2009 04:04 pm (UTC)
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hahaha i kndow

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from: freud_chicken
date: Aug. 4th, 2009 10:26 am (UTC)
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John Lennon (The Beatles)

George Harrison (The Beatles)

Paul Simon (Simon and Garfunkel)

Jeff Tweedy (Wilco)

Iggy Pop (The Stooges)

Ozzy Osborne (Black Sabbath)

Janis Joplin (Big Brother and the Holding Company)

David Byrne (Talking Heads)

David Lee Roth (Van Halen)

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from: rwjudd
date: Aug. 4th, 2009 02:23 pm (UTC)
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wait, are these solo artists we like or hate?

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from: thalia9
date: Aug. 4th, 2009 02:35 pm (UTC)
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welcome! are you commenting via openID or did you make an lj?

to meet the criteria here, these are solo artists you like who came from bands you ALSO like. for example i like metric but not emily haines, i like JT but not *nsync, so these don't count.

i'm still only up to three exceptions.

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from: rwjudd
date: Aug. 4th, 2009 02:53 pm (UTC)
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i created an lj. i'm only going to use it to comment on yours...

ooooookay.

Likes

Bob Mould: Sugar, Husker Du
David Bazan: Pedro the Lion, Headphones
Phil Collins: Genesis
Neko Case: TNP (although, this really shouldn't count)
Jeff Tweedy: Wilco, Uncle Tupelo
Mike Doughty: Soul Coughing
Ben Lee: Noise Addict
AC Newman: TNP
Emily Haines: Metric, BSS (but only Knives Don't Have Your Back, not Cut in Half and Also Double)
Stephen Malkmus: Pavement
Many more

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from: gergoeschainsaw
date: Aug. 4th, 2009 03:11 pm (UTC)
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Honey From the Tombs is great! I guess I'm not a huge Stars or BSS fan, so there's not the same level of expectation, but I thought it was a solid indie folksy record. And that's my sort of thing.

Having seen both Wilco and Jeffy Tweedy live, I will say that I much preferred Jeff Tweedy's solo effort.

And Paul Westerberg's stuff after the Replacements is more than listenable, although it definitely isn't art.

For the most part, you're right. It's because a band as a whole can help maintain quality control, tempering each individual member's eccentricities. While a "solo" effort usually involves taking those eccentricities to an extreme. But there are notable exceptions.

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from: gergoeschainsaw
date: Aug. 4th, 2009 03:15 pm (UTC)
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Also Gram Parsons' solo stuff is way better than anything he did in either The Byrds or The Flying Burrito Brothers. But I guess nobody cares except for me.

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paul

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from: snowmanpj
date: Aug. 5th, 2009 02:31 pm (UTC)
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bold assumption, sir.

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