It never fails — an all-star cast of musicians from various backgrounds get together to form a new band and it immediately gets billed as a “supergroup” and the band can never live up to impossibly high expectations. There’s the fleeting exception, of course, but supergroups have flopped with such frequency that the label has become mostly self-defeating.
Remember the VH1 program Supergroup where they thrust Sebastian Bach (Skid Row), Scott Ian (Anthrax), Ted Nugent, Evan Seinfeld (Biohazard) and Jason Bonham (Foreigner) into a lavishly decorated house and forced them to write together? The result was Damnocracy, a short-lived act that seemed consistently lost throughout the series.
Okay, maybe that’s cheating since the network heads clearly put a bunch of rockers with wildly opposing styles together, knowing it would make for better television than music. Let’s shift our focus to Tinted Windows, a peculiar group comprised of James Iha (Smashing Pumpkins), Taylor Hanson (Hanson, yes, the “MMMBop” band), Bun E. Carlos (Cheapt Trick) and Adam Schlesinger (Fountains of Wayne). You don’t need us to tell you that didn’t work out, did you?
There’s plenty more in this Loud List of 10 Supergroups Who Weren’t So Super, including rockers like Slash, Nikki Sixx and others. Check ’em out in the video at the top of the page.