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Discussion in 'Bad Dog Cafe' started by Justinvs, Jul 7, 2012.
High School Musical, not a documentary?
I just thought of one: The Archies.
Oh sure, Veronica finally had to replace Betty on the tamborine, and Archie only knew three chords, but man they could rock that "Sugar, Sugar!"
Peter, Paul & Mary?
Four Jacks and a Jill?
Frankie Valli and the 4 Seasons?
Tell me it ain't so
Would that be Archie Bell of the Drells?
Frankie Vallie began his professional career in 1951. The Four Seasons came together in 1960 with many variations along the way. Sorry.
Mary Travers sang backup for Pete Seeger, so PP&M was not her first gig.
Doncha just love Wikipedia?
& The Choir Invisible?
well, you could count the Naperville CL, but we don't have a hit yet!
I was thinking The Byrds. Yeah, McGuinn was a sideman, and Crosby was in some kind of folk ensemble and Chris played bluegrass, but it was the first electric rock band for any of them.
What about R.E.M, B-52's and Kings of Leon?
Look them up and let us know.
Hard to tell from the Wiki entries. I suspect the B-52's would qualify, not sure about the others.
The Kinks (?)
Sorry, no. The guy that wore the Fleegle costume changed after the first season.
BTW I just made that up
Indeed. Even the Jackson 5 started as a trio... [according to Wiki ]
I find it hard to figure how there exists anyone with any success in the music biz, who never had fits and starts with other minor or barely existing 'groups', however tentatively they were held together. A budding musician will seek to jam with others early in their musical development, to learn how to play well with others. It's part of the learning process of being a musician. And as a budding musician develops, his musical direction will go in a certain direction, while his peer musicians' directions go in other directions. And so musical projects fall to the side, as this all sorts itself out. Invariably, a percentage of musically talented people decide they want to put their primary time and effort into other areas [say for instance, something that might more readily pay the rent], and they keep music as an avocation, or even, drop it entirely as a hobby. So then the one dude who is really serious about his music, has to move on to another musical project.
As a teenager, I had a 'band' in high school. It amounted to a guy who couldn't sing, me budding and barely listenable on guitar, and my other buddy, who was learning bass. We had no gigs, and we actually rehearsed with a drummer twice. What we had, was a lot of talk and dreams. So what? We were kids. But I did grow some, musically, during that time. Does that qualify as 'one of my first bands'?
I think its an impossible criterion.
Johnny Cash and band. No drummer and barely any good to play with anyone else.
I looked up REM, and it seems that they do fit the criteria. I can't find any info about them being in other bands before they all got together.
Kings of Leon also fit the criteria.
Ricky Wilson had been in other bands before joining the B-52's, so they don't fit.
The drummer and singer for Kings of Leon played together for a while before forming a band with their brother and cousin. Not sure if that counts or not.
I don't know how big you're looking for, but a more recent band would be the "Kings of Leon."
Yeah, I agree finding a successful band made up of complete musical virgins would be all but impossible. Probably have to narrow it down to bands without members who had been regularly gigging as members of other groups before joining the band they found success with. Still a hard criteria to meet.