Wednesday, December 05, 2012

5 Music Acts That I'm Shocked Have Lasted This Long

Let's be honest here, no matter how good a singer or musician you are, there is not a lot of room on the Top 40 for new music. Sure, it helps to be good looking, but since almost everyone who deigns to shoot for longevity in the music industry is hotter than shit, that will not set you apart. Neither will dressing like a freak (anymore) or actually knowing how to sing.

Here are acts that have managed to bottle the longevity lighting, much to my (basically pleasant) surprise.

5 Music Acts That I'm Shocked Have Lasted This Long

1) Pink. I like Pink, really. But, come on, did you expect a chick whose whole persona hinged on her hair color to still be charting hits 12 years after she debuted? I sure as hell didn't.

2) Foo Fighters. I fucking love Foo Fighters! When I listened to them in my dorm room in 1995 I had no idea that they'd still be kicking it almost 20 years later. Amazing. Especially if you consider the fact that they may not have existed (at least not at this level) were it not for Kurt Cobain's unfortunate depression.

3) Green Day. Their first recording came out in 1990. I had just started high school. People! That's an assload of time passed for a punk band, even one that managed not to self-destruct within a couple of years! They've released 15 albums and done a Broadway musical based on their music. All that, and it wasn't until this year that one of them had a public freak-out. Good on you Green Day. Good. On. You.

4) Weezer. Look at that video. They're the comedians of rock, for God's sake! And yet, they've managed to stick around since 1994. God bless 'em.

5) Rihanna. She come out in 2005 looking like a Caribbean Beyonce' clone but quickly went in a very different direction and managed to carve out a constant space at the top of the charts for herself. Seven years on top isn't an eon or anything, but I still find it surprising considering how much competition there is. You go, RiRi.

Whose musical career is still going strong, much to your surprise?


Anonymous said...

I actually did think Pink would stick around. I remember when Foo fighters first came out their videos were goofy but boy can they rock.

I love wheezer as well.

teacups + B cups said...

I think when Pink and Rihanna started, I wouldn't have guessed they'd be around today, but looking at them now, it makes perfect sense. They keep reinventing themselves. Pink is totally relatable and sings about real-life struggles that people connect to. And RiRi...she's just alluring - to men and women.

Anonymous said...

I have not heard of Weezer (not sure if that's me or because I live in Oz) but the rest of the list are fabulous. My favourite has to be Pink. How many number one's can one person make?

Citygirl said...

Crafty: I've found that the longer Pink sticks around the more I like her and her music. She still kinda scares the crap outta me, though!

Teacups: I think Pink probably has another 10 years of hits in her, if not more. But, Rihanna..? I'm not sure. They do keep reinventing their looks, to be sure, and they also do a good job with dance music, more mellow songs and songs with a rock edge. That might be the real key for their longevity.

Becc: It's possible that Weezer just isn't that active in Australia. Since you like Foo Fighters and Green Day, though, I think you'd like them.

Tracey Nolan said...

OMG, truth! You nailed it!


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