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TheTideMustRoll
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What band changed the most for you over the course of their career?

I couldn't really fit a good explanation of what I'm looking for into the title of the post so I'll expound a little here. Obviously all bands evolve over the course of their career, but some more than others. Some even shift genres completely and their end sounds nothing like their beginning. What band(s) changed the most for you? What bands did you like/dislike in their early career, only to morph into something you felt the opposite about later on?

I'll start with an example probably no one here has ever heard of. Back in the late 90's/early 00's there was a local band in Tuscaloosa called the Dexateens. They played extremely raucous garage punk and were pretty amazing to see live, but never put out any recordings that I ever knew about. Fast forward a few years and I had left for the Navy. One day I was visiting back home browsing a local record store and lo and behold, there was an actual Dexateens CD sitting there! I bought it immediately and as soon as I got in the car I popped it in the player, ready to hear some of the abrasive nasty punk rock I remembered from seeing their shows. Instead what I got was... some barely-rocking alt-country? What the frick???? Truly one of the most disappointing days of my musical life. Now, for all I know the Dexateens may actually be the greatest alt-country band on the planet, but I'll never know nor care because I want them to be what they originally were.

What I wanted (Fast forward to about the 12:00 mark for the actual music, and also long live the Chukker, which is now dead)

What I got

For some more well-known examples, for a band that I loved early but did not care for later I would offer the Sword, who moved from kickass stoner metal band to some kind of less kickass alt-country-rock thing after about their third or fourth album, and for a band I hated early but grew to love I'd offer Mastodon, who grew from uninspiring grindcore band to absolute maestros of prog metal.


RogerTheShrubber
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re: What band changed the most for you over the course of their career?
Chicago, if you're looking at popular bands. What they did was damn near criminal.


AlxTgr
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re: What band changed the most for you over the course of their career?
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What bands did you like/dislike in their early career, only to morph into something you felt the opposite about later on?



REM. They are two bands to me: Pre-Document and Post-Life's Rich Pageant.



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re: What band changed the most for you over the course of their career?
Radiohead is the one that immediately comes to mind.


bamaphan13
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re: What band changed the most for you over the course of their career?
Jefferson Airplane -> Starship

White Rabbit -> We Built This City


TheTideMustRoll
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re: What band changed the most for you over the course of their career?
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Radiohead is the one that immediately comes to mind.


I could see them because they definitely changed from guitar-driven arena rock to... whatever they are post-Kid A. But I like the entirety of their catalog so I didn't include them.


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Deplorable Duke
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re: What band changed the most for you over the course of their career?
Queen
Metallica
Red Hot Chili Peppers


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redneck hippie
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re: What band changed the most for you over the course of their career?
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Radiohead

good answer

I'd throw in Miles Davis.


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BasilFawlty
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re: What band changed the most for you over the course of their career?
Chicago

I think you have to look at them as "with Kath" and "after Kath". Their sound and direction really changed after his death. And don't get me started on that ass-clown David Foster...
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wareaglepete
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re: What band changed the most for you over the course of their career?
If you listen to Rush on their debut, then 2112, then Moving Pictures, then Power Windows, the differences are striking.


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re: What band changed the most for you over the course of their career?
Your descriptions of The Sword & Mastodon’s evolution’s are spot on.


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VaeVictus
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re: What band changed the most for you over the course of their career?
Smashing Pumpkins

Gish - Cyr is quite an eclectic and excellent ride.


jdd48
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re: What band changed the most for you over the course of their career?
Metallica. Went from the kings of thrash metal to... whatever sound they eventually went for.


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Zappas Stache
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re: What band changed the most for you over the course of their career?
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I'll start with an example probably no one here has ever heard of.
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Dexateens


I think a lot of people know the Dexateens, I saw them twice in Dallas back in the day. A lot of times, a bands recorded material doesn't match their live shows. A recording studio can suffocate a bands sound.


TFTC
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re: What band changed the most for you over the course of their career?
Wilco has evolved quite a bit from A.M.


kingbob
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re: What band changed the most for you over the course of their career?
I didn’t like Panic at the Disco when they first came out, but when Brandon basically ditched the rest of the band and became a solo pop star, it got so much worse.


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ThePenIsMightier
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re: What band changed the most for you over the course of their career?
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REM. They are two bands to me: Pre-Document and Post-Life's Rich Pageant.


I consider Green to be the line of demarcation, but you're right.


Kafka
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re: What band changed the most for you over the course of their career?
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Jefferson Airplane -> Starship
There were actually 3 versions:

J.A. -> J. Starship -> Starship

I point this b/c it was J.S. that had my favorite song from this group in any iteration, "Count On Me", after which Balin left and was replaced by the hideous Mickey Thomas


Kafka
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re: What band changed the most for you over the course of their career?
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REM. They are two bands to me: Pre-Document and Post-Life's Rich Pageant.
I consider Green to be the line of demarcation, but you're right.
Whenever they snuck out of IRS for Warners and started making MTV-style videos


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MondayMorningMarch
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re: What band changed the most for you over the course of their career?
The Beatles went from I Want To Hold Your Hand to Rev 9/Tomorrow Never Knows/Helter Skelter in less than 7 years.
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