There is a reoccurring phenomenon among musicians to collaborate and explore new musical horizons. Sometimes its a wonderful convergence of talents providing an enjoyable listening experience, and sometimes it’s such a tremendous disaster that WE NEVER SPEAK OF IT AGAIN.The occurrence I am referring to is, of course, the Super Group ideal.
“What exactly is a ‘Super Group’?” you may be asking yourself right now. Well, it’s simple really: A “Super Group” is a band comprised of singers/musicians from previously existing bands/solo acts that converge to make music, often in a different genre than what they are known for. It’s a pretty cool idea, in theory. Unfortunately, these endeavors tend to fail more often then not, and their memories kind of just fade away.
Case in point, this terrible VH1 venture Damnocracy. Featuring Ted Nugent, Scott Ian (Anthrax), Sebastian Bach, Jason Bonham (Jason Bonham Project, Led Zeppelin), and Even Seinfeld (Biohazrd).
The majority of the time this occurs in the Rock genre, however it is not limited to it. There are Super Groups in almost every genre, including Folk, Country, and even Hip-Hop/Rap. For instance: Young Money.
*shudders* *tries not to vomit* *ears bleed*
Sometimes these artists come together in an effort to just have fun and entertain, like Me First & the Gimme Gimmes, which includes members of various punk outfits like NOFX and Lagwagon.
Their live album was recorded at a Barmitzvah, enough said.
Then there are the groups that attempt to be genuine, but end up being downright terrible. Prime example would be this abomination known as Chickenfoot.
You’d think a band with guitar legend Joe Satriani and Red Hot Chilli Peppers drummer Chad Smith would be awesome, but Sammy Haggar’s lyrics just kind of extinguish all hope of sincerity.
It’s not always terrible though, I promise. In fact, one of the greatest bands of all time was a Super Group. With the combined forces of George Harrison (the Beatles), Bob Dylan, Roy Orbison, Tom Petty (Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers), and Jeff Lynne (Electric Light Orchestra) we were presented with the glorious band known as The Traveling Wilburys.
“NO ONE is better than The Traveling Wilburys!” – Martin, “Questionable Content” www.questionablecontent.net
It’s hard to truly determine which band was the first actual Super Group, but it’s a safe assumption to think the idea has basically been around for awhile. It is also safe to assume that the idea of the Super Group will be around for as long as music exists. Who knows, maybe one day The Traveling Wilburys may even be dethroned. I doubt it, but we’ll see.