Usually when a band breaks up, there's a lot of furor about it, and a lot of mourning, even if the band hadn't done much of anything for a while. At least that's what happens with bands who have dedicated fanbases.
It's a little bit different when it's a band that was a fad to begin with and just quietly dissipates, or a band that just faded into complete obscurity to the point that no one knew or cared that they broke up. So as a notice to all of you who may have failed to hear about these, here's some bands who broke up with no fanfare.
Static-X Static-X theoretically "broke up" in 2009, but front man Wayne Static kept the name alive with a new lineup behind him until 2013. It's not like anyone would have noticed if the players behind him were different anyway, as everyone's view of the band was obscured by Wayne's hair.
But last year Static officially called it quits and embarked on a solo career, which, again, makes little difference because of that hair. If you actually liked Static-X, don't despair because Static's solo band hits Scout Bar on Wednesday.
A Life Once Lost Known primarily for one metalcore hit back in the day, "Vulture" which (admittedly was pretty badass), A Life Once Lost decided to pursue a career of artistic integrity after the fortunes of fads fell off. They started doing experimental psych-rock, bizarrely enough.
I saw them at SXSW in 2013 playing this new music, and it was very strange. It also made no sense when they closed the set with "Vulture," which sounded like a completely different band. Perhaps realizing nobody cared about their new music, A Life Once Lost broke up later in the year.
Diddy Dirty Money Did anyone even know Diddy started a band? I mean, really? This was all about the newly rechristened Puff Daddy from the very beginning, and his efforts to promote his "band" went absolutely nowhere. Anyone that bought their one record, Last Train to Paris, bought it because they wanted to hear new music from Diddy.
Diddy Dirty Money died in 2012 after an impressive five-year run for a band barely anyone noticed had formed in the first place. Diddy went back to making music as Puff Daddy, and everybody was probably better off.
Scissor Sisters Known to many serious music fans as "that one band who ruined ''Comfortably Numb' forever," Scissor Sisters were actually bizarrely popular for a time. Thankfully, that all faded away along with the whole glam-rock revival of the mid-2000s.
The group officially called it quits in 2012 after releasing the album Magic Hour, thank God. It's an "indefinite hiatus," but that's just code these days for a breakup. If they do come back, though, please nobody tell me.
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INXS For most people, INXS broke up the day Michael Hutchence was found dead. For the other members, it improbably dragged on for years. There was that stupid TV show where they looked for a new singer on top of a lot of other lead-singer drama, which was mostly pointless because no one cared at that point. They even asked Mike Patton to sing for them, and he laughed in their faces.
INXS finally let the group die a merciful death in 2012, while opening for matchbox twenty on tour. That's right. They were opening for matchbox twenty, and that's what finally convinced them it was over. Gee, how could you tell?
A Static Lullaby Post-hardcore and emo is my favorite type of music, so watching so many bands pop up over the years and ruin it has made me die inside more than a few times. A Static Lullaby was one of those shitty mainstream post-hardcore acts that I never really paid much attention to and before starting this article, I honestly had no idea that they broke up in 2012.
I guess the only thing to say is that when your most popular song is a cover of "Toxic" by Britney Spears, you're probably screwed right then and there. By the way, that fad of metal/punk bands covering pop songs? Also died in 2012.
Wayne Static, formerly of Static-X, plays Scout Bar (18307 Egret Bay Blvd.) tomorrow night with We Are the Riot, Corvus, the Filthy Dead and Mike Terror. Doors open at 7 p.m.
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