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If you told 1994 that the kid from Hanson would eventually end up in a band with a Smashing Pumpkin and a member of Cheap Trick you'd have been forced to eat your 14-hole Doc Martins. But Taylor's desire to be taken seriously as an adult combined with Iha's no-longer-secret love for power pop propelled this unlikely union.
There are lots of supergroups who aren't actually "super" and Broken Social Scene) were probably the least super of 'em all when the 'You Forgot It in People' album broke in 2002. When that happened this collective of aspiring Toronto musicians suddenly became world famous, helping springboard and acts like Feist, Metric and Stars. They were, in essence, a reverse supergroup.
One of the guys from Nirvana calling on his friends to start another band after Kurt Cobain dies seems relatively conventional, right? That is, until you get to Hawkins. Not many people can say they went from working with Sass Jordan and Alanis Morissette to one degree of separation from 'Nevermind.'
So how is Nine Inch Nails' Trent Reznor, one of the scariest dudes from one of the scariest bands ever, suddenly end up in a band with that hippie chick from West Indian Girl? He put a ring on it. That he would be part of a supergroup is no real surprise, though. Reznor's also been part of don't-bring-'em-home-to-your-mother industrial acts Revolting Cocks and Pigface.
What do you think the hook was that Albarn used to lure in Allen? "Hi, my name's Damon. I'm in a band made up of cartoon characters. Wanna be my drummer?" Nah. It was probably, "Hey Tony, I've got the guy from the Clash on board to play bass. Whaddaya say?"
The dissolution of the Smashing Pumpkins resulted in a number of weird off-shoots and Corgan's attempt to go post-rock with dudes from Slint and Chavez ranks right up there. Granted, Corgan and Sweeney were real-life buddies, but those guys inhabit an entirely different musical world than Mr. '1979.'
The drummers from the Police, Rush and Tool walk into a bar... and the result is too many drummers. If your first instinct, like everyone's first instinct, is to blame Claypool for this percussive wildebeest, you'd be wrong. It's totally Copeland's fault. On the bright side, this is way more fun than Sting's lute music.
We're mostly going to blame Bach for this because he's tried pretty much every musical hat he's come across since getting turfed from Skid Row. He's spent time on Broadway, was in the VH1-created supergroup Damnocracy with Ted Nugent, and became a reality TV country musician, too, but none of those are as weird to music nerds as teaming up with a Breeder.
Perhaps the most super of all supergroups, the Traveling Wilburys' weirdness comes in the form of its cross-generationalism. Sure it's plausible that '70s pop-prog producer Lynne would know his workman rock peer in Petty, but that they were both in the same social circle as '60s icons Dylan and Harrison is the stuff of imagination. Throw first generation rock 'n' roller Orbison into the card game and you end up with a group whose various members had ruled popular music since all the way back in 1957.
And then there's SuperHeavy, the undisputed No. 1 strange supergroup and inspiration for this whole list. Jagger and Stewart make sense. They've worked together in the past. And the Traveling Wilburys actually recorded their first album at Stewart's studio, so he knows all about all-star bands. Stone? Well, there's always room in a collective for a pretty young woman who can sing. But throwing Bollywood soundtrack master Rahman, who won an Oscar for 'Jai Ho,' into the mix is where things start to get far out. Then add Damian Marley, son of Bob, and you end up with a band that now officially puts Mick Jagger one degree of separation from both Nas and a Pussycat Doll. And that's super strange.