Musicians Who’ve Jumped the Shark

Posted Mon Jan 26, 2009 2:36pm PST by Shawn Amos in GetBack

I thought this was a good find, and made me feel all warm and fuzzy 🙂

It’s hard for musicians to stay on top. Scratch that. It’s impossible for musicians to stay on top. We live in a world of fads, passing fancies, and ever-changing moods. So it’s understandable that some artists do whatever it takes to stretch their 15 minutes to 30. It’s a long ride coming down, and no one wants to hit bottom. Can you blame them for getting a little desperate as the fall begins? So if that means they have to trade in a few integrity chips at the table, c’est la vie.

You were once a Top 10 pop star, and now you’re the host of a tabloid TV show? So what? At least everyone still knows your name, Mark McGrath. You were once at the forefront of rap’s new wave, and now you’re making mashed potatoes with Martha Stewart? At least you’re still the leader of the Dogg pound, right, Snoop? You’re now spending nights writing a music blog? Uh… let’s move on.

Everyone’s gotta make a buck, and I’m not begrudging anyone the right to do so. Still, these folks have jumped the shark. It’s that sad show business tale dating back to the days of ’70s olde, when TV’s Fonzie traded in his motorcycle for a pair of water skis. He not only jumped over some sharks, but he also dragged “”Happy Days”” down into the critical gutter. What was once a beloved show became a joke (even though it stayed at the top of the ratings for a while longer). To this day, the shark-jumping episode lives in infamy and serves as shorthand for those moments when all cred is lost. Yikes.

Here are five musicians who have jumped the shark in their music careers and the precise moment when it happened. These folks’ credibility is gone forever, as they’ve become the captains of their own cheesy industries. They are not musicians anymore; their purpose is now to keep their brand alive by any means necessary. But name recognition doesn’t mean much when fans no longer look to you for inspiration.

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The album is coming along…slowly but surely.

The album is coming along, even though it has taken quite a bit longer than I anticpated.  I’ve decided to release a full length which is still only half of the material I have written, but thats on the horizon too :).

I’ve been listening to a lot of Pete Yorn, Ryan Adams, Keane, Damien Rice as of late and they have manifested themselves a bit in the “Dion Roy” album though none of the songs really sound like any of them, which I think is a good thing.


Things are moving along and Ill be sure to update everyone through all twenty zillion facebooks, myspace, yourspace, blah blahspace, and twitter once we are ready to go.





Ryan Adams and the Cardinals no more? Read on….Engaged to Mandy Moore…

I just read this article and it looks like Ryan Adams will be taking a hiatus from music to write books. He said that this was because of tinnitis and other ailments. Wow.  

(from the guardian link below)



Ryan Adams has announced a musical hiatus, dissolving his band and looking forward to “quieter times”. In a voluminous blogpost, the singer-songwriter also announced an end to: smoking, blogging, insomnia, “narcissistic over-indulgent behaviour” and his relationship with “someone I loved”.

He explains in his blogpost: “Me – 34, a non-smoker and happy for the first time in my life,” he began, before explaining that Ryan Adams and the Cardinals will play their final gig on 20 March in Atlanta, Georgia. The Cardinals have been Adams’s backing band on five albums, starting in 2005.

“Atlanta will be my last venture with the band and I am grateful for the time we have had and maybe someday we will have more stories to tell together,” he wrote. “I am, however, ready for quieter times as I think it is very evident I am struggling with some balance and hearing issues.”

Adams said he is suffering from “inner-ear issues”, tinnitus and other problems that affect not just his hearing but his balance. Responding to recent accusations of drunkenness at gigs, Adams said his behaviour was caused by the “tremendous pain and nausea” from these health issues.

Although he is taking a break from music, Adams vowed to continue with creative work. “I LOVE writing,” he said, promising two books in addition to Infinity Blues, an anthology of poetry and short stories due this year. But this affection for writing does not extend to blogging.

“I won’t be blogging here anymore – but not for effect – it just is not being kind to myself – I need a life that is mine – I need to grow up and grow into who I have subtly been working back towards … Love is the great teacher and I am happy to be learning now. Happy to be listening to that over this never ending painful ringing.”

Adams complained that the celebrity life is not as “glamourous” as it looks, nor as “monetarily … rewarding as people would like you to believe”. “Yes,” he wrote, “it is soul destroying.”

“Maybe I will work my way back into some kind of music situation but this is the time for me to step back now … My dream was to try and tap into [the] energy I saw watching Minutemen VCR tapes … of Mike Watt’s crazy shaking leg and his electric fingers – or how Sonic Youth droned into beautiful clouds those guitars shaking, Kim and Steve rattling the pulsing lines into feverish thudding imaginary subway cars racing through my heart.”

With or without an editor, those books can’t come soon enough.The article can be found here.

UPDATE: Ryan Adams is engaged to be married to Mandy Moore – thats the REAL Reason Ryan adams is ending his music career for awhile! Sheesh!
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Dion Roy’s Top 5 Albums of 2008

1.    Glen Hansard – “Once” – It’s my favorite because this album was so simple, yet so rich. I wish I had written some of these songs.

2.    Ben Folds – “Way To Normal” – Simple because of Cologne, this album like many of Ben’s albums really moves you, then makes you laugh one song later.

3.    Death Cab for Cutie – “Narrow Stairs” – This album is just a ton of what makes Death Cab so catchy. It’s so hard to make follow up albums, and this one can hold its own.

4.    Joe Hedges – “Curvature” – Something about July for Kings solo project that is just incredible, this might be an 06/07, but I got into it this year, and it deserves to be on the list for me.

5.    Ryan Adams – “Easy Tiger” it takes 2 when it used to take one. Ryan getting back to being a rock star, but carefully balancing the cardinals influence.

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