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Artists whose careers were way too short

Artists who died/disappeared/broke up before achieving their true greatness:

Jane's Addiction
Nirvana
Velvet Underground

to name a few......
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He had two hits, Somebody's Watching Me and Obscene Phone Caller, and then disappeared. FWIW, I actually did like those songs when they first came out.
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The biggest tragedy of all has to be Otis Redding. Such amazing music. Also on that list: Big Star, Modern Lovers, Sex Pistols, Hank Williams, Robert Johnson.
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Re: Artists whose careers were way too short

Originally posted by Meatpants
Artists who died/disappeared/broke up before achieving their true greatness:

Jane's Addiction
Nirvana
Velvet Underground

to name a few......
I don't know if I can agree with your inclusion of Nirvana. It's highly unlikely that they'd ever have a bigger album than Nevermind. Of course that's from a commercial standpoint, critically In Utero could have been the start of something awesome for this band.
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Re: Re: Artists whose careers were way too short

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I don't know if I can agree with your inclusion of Nirvana. It's highly unlikely that they'd ever have a bigger album than Nevermind. Of course that's from a commercial standpoint, critically In Utero could have been the start of something awesome for this band.
I'm not an over-the-top Nirvana fan, although I do like both of those records. I would just be interested in seeing how their music changed over time, I do believe Cobain had a lot of talent.
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Eddie Cochran....dead at 21. - Taxi accident in England.

Bobby Fuller....dead at 23 - Murdered, but ruled as a suicide.

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i'm surprised you guys haven't said jeff buckley yet

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I'd have to go with Bradley Nowell from Sublime. I haven't heard anything by that band that I didn't like and I'm sure that if he was still alive today, they'd be bigger than ever.
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Ritchie Valens died before his 18th birthday.
His career lasted a total of 5 months.
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and one of my all-time favorites.....Jeff Buckley.
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Hendrix and Mozart come to mind. These two were some of the greatest and they never reached their peak before dying.
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I don't think the Velvet Underground broke up prior to achieving their true greatness. Do you mean that they broke up prior to people really finding out about their greatness, or do you mean they broke up before they were able to make great music?

Ian Curtis (Joy Division) made some amazing, timeless music before he died in his early twenties -- so I don't believe he died prior to achieving greatness. However, he definitely had more than enough talent to continue making wonderful music.

Buckley I think was just getting started when he died -- so I suppose he'd qualify.

But really -- how do we know how much these artists had left in them when they died? Look at Hendrix; in the few years he was releasing records, he contributed an enormous volume. Do you think he'd be able to keep up that quality at that pace for another decade or two? Or would he peter out like the Rolling Stones and further diminish the greatness of his records from the late '60s by making bland records and milking his fans? (His estate is doing it enough as it is.) We'll never know.

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Originally posted by mljones99

Aalyiah (spelling?)
Obviously a big fan huh?
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Obviously a big fan huh?
I'm not a big fan of R&B type music but that girl had some talent. And she did a decent job acting too.
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Folkies:

Nic Jones - injured in a car accident in 1982 (age 35). He survived but no longer writes/performs.

Stan Rogers - died in a airline accident in 1983 (age 34)


Others lost in their prime to airplane accidents:

Patsy Cline

Jim Croce

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Originally posted by Pikul
I don't think the Velvet Underground broke up prior to achieving their true greatness. Do you mean that they broke up prior to people really finding out about their greatness, or do you mean they broke up before they were able to make great music?
I was thinking in terms of "I really wish they had put out more music before breaking up". In general, I think artists that have recorded 6 or more albums have had a good run.
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