Most bands spend their hours whiling away at that big hit, the one that will line the pockets with enough dough that they’ll never have to worry again.
Sometimes when that happens, though, it spells the end (or the beginning of the end) of the band.
Take, for example, Train’s “Drops of Jupiter.” Huge hit. Great — if overplayed — song. The problem comes from the fact that after a band gets a hit, many spend the rest of their career attempting to recreate the miracle. And though Train has had many good songs since this one, most of them have been in the same vein (and same sound) as their “big” hit.
Since it all sounds the same, the public gets tired and moves on, leaving the band relegated to oldies irrelevancy, or, worse, nostalgia.
Too bad the band’s big hit wasn’t “Meet Virginia” from the first album. Then again, if it were, people would probably be sick of that, too.
Oh, poor, fickle public … and the bands that try to cater to them.
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