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It’s all over now – Albums that signalled the end

Second ComingTime is versatile. There appears to be no end to the things it can do. It heals all wounds, for example. It flexes like a whore and, falls wanking to the floor, for some reason. But the main thing it does – apart from the exhibitionist self-abuse – is that it waits for no man. We have to accept, as Ian McCulloch so sagely noted, that nothing ever lasts forever. Not even John Barrowman shows – it just feels that way.

When you’ve run out of time, musically speaking, your descent can be rapid and painful. A standard cliché in rock is that the press build ‘em up and then knock ‘em down. Like all clichés, there is a germ of truth in it, but while the rule of popularity to hip features here – I don’t like them now that everyone else does – the simple facts are that some artists don’t help themselves.

Why is that? Sometimes, you just don’t have anything left to say. The road to musical Valhalla is littered with great debuts which have been pretty much all that was in the can. It’s easily understandable. Bands write their whole lives, shaping and testing songs till they are as good as they’ll ever get. Then they are given six months and told to come up with something better. For many, they’ve shot their bolt with the opening salvo.

So what are albums that featured previously good acts jumping the shark? These may not necessarily be the last albums they produced, rather the one that signalled the lights were out and the premises were empty.

I’ll go with an obvious one – The Stone Roses and “The Second Coming” The only apt thing about that title is that it could also refer to a lot of watery jism, which is what this patchwork album resembles. Yes, there are a few good tracks on it – well, ‘Love Spreads’ and ‘Ten Storey Love Song’ anyway – but considering what they’d been, it wasn’t nearly good enough. They were falling apart, they hadn’t done anything in five years and this was never going to cut it.

But we want to hear the others – acts you loved and then watched as they proved to be flashes in the pan, or simply past their peak. Over to you….

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7 Responses

  1. AFTP.. REM? Be Here Now..Oasis? Kid A..Radiohead.?? Rattle and Hum ..U2 (maybe i being too generous..)??

  2. I’d say ‘Monster’ for REM rather than ‘Automatic’. ‘Be Here Now’ definitely, ‘Kid A’ is a good shout too.

    But the only U2 albums I like came after ‘Rattle and Hum’ so I’d have to say no to that one!

  3. ‘For Those About To Rock’ by AC/DC was a zenith, they’ve done nothing noteworthy since; ‘Painkiller’ by Judas Priest, a voyage into thrash by heavy metal’s most seminal band; ‘Solitude Standing’ by Suzanne Vega, ‘Thingy Music Club’ by Sheryl Crow, ‘Blonde on Blonde’ 😉

  4. ‘Nashville Skyline’ and ‘Blood on the Tracks’, my friend!

  5. Tom Choad?

  6. Good to have ya back Whippet!

  7. yeah, can’t access from work anymore, which is my preferred time to get ELM-ing. Just have to gaze out the window more, I guess…..

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