In honor of the Divine Fits album dropping next week we decided to craft a list of the top 10 supergroups to form throughout the years. What makes a supergroup is a little hard to define, so we decided to create just a few quick guidelines when discussing various groups eligibility for the list. First, the group must consist of 3+ members, and those members must have had a previous notable project prior to the formation of the group. This eliminates The Throne (Jay-Z and Kanye) and other notable duo collaborations. In addition, the supergroup must have released a studio album, and not just performed together live and/or released solely live recordings. We also eliminated outfits that might be termed more of a “collective” with a lot of rotating members (i.e. Broken Social Scene, New Pornographers), which made it ambiguous to determine the mindset of actually forming a cohesive group. That is pretty much it.
With those guidelines, the stable of supergroups was a little thinner than we thought going into making this list. Not many of the groups have even released more than one successful album. Supergroups often burn hot but also burn very quickly. Another issue we noticed is that when bringing together several ultra-influential members from disparate groups it appears difficult to gain a cohesive focus on the project at hand. Often, the members seem either too overbearing when all combined, or sometimes too passive. Either way, all the groups below have had some measure of success when combining their collective powers. Enjoy, and as always let us know what we overlooked, missed, or overstepped our bounds.
As a head of three major rock outfits (The White Stripes, The Raconteurs, The Dead Weather) and a long-time favorite all three of LxL’s constituents, Jack White (and his debut solo album Blunderbuss) is a natural to get our three-way review royale treatment. As arguably the most hyped release of 2012, the amount of discussion and hype surrounding an album such as this often gets so bloated that the album itself turns out to be a bit of a disappointment, and I will say that upon first listen I thought that may have been the case. But Blunderbuss is not the sort of album that hits you over the head the first time you hear it (even if “Sixteen Saltines” does), but slowly crawls its way into your head and heart.
Last night I completed my seventh cross-country road trip in 7 years. For one reason or another, a road trip from Indiana to California (or vice versa) has been necessary for me quite frequently in recent years. Sometimes it’s to accompany a friend, sometimes for fun, and sometimes it’s simply necessary to get myself to-and-fro. This time it was the latter, and since my schedule had changed dramatically at the last minute, I had no one to ride with me. So I packed up and shipped out on the 36-hour journey solo-style. The solo trip actually turned out to be much more fun than expected. I definitely had some hang-ups along the way, but I also got to make numerous stops to see good friends (LxL’s own Austin included) and also had plenty of time to listen to some good music. In some cases, I managed to wipe out multiple bands complete discographies. Below are some of my favorites from this road trips playlist selection. Also, I’d like to apologize in advance if the title causes some confusion, but I unfortunately will not be talking about the Red Hot Chili Peppers in this article … sorry.
We here at LxL all have a special affinity for Jack White. Let’s be honest, if you like music, you probably do too. He wears so many different hats that it would be hard not to please someone, somewhere down the line. Whether it is the grungy blues of what was The White Stripes, the poppy guitar-driven melodies of The Raconteurs, the hard-hitting force of The Dead Weather, or playing along for country legend Wanda Jackson, almost everyone can connect with Jack somewhere along the lines.