Top Ten Thursday: Super Supergroups

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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.
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Rocket Juice & the Moon Review

Rocket Juice & the Moon

Rocket Juice & the Moon

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Damon Albarn is a man who has worn many hats. In the last ten years, he has released albums with four different bands (most notably Gorillaz and Blur), all projects which have been more than respectable. Flea from Red Hot Chili Peppers fame is another person who has started spreading his wings, having played with Thom Yorke’s super group Atoms for Peace and now with this new project with Albarn. Rocket Juice & the Moon is a space funk super group from Damon Albarn, Flea (bass), and Tony Allen (drums) from Afrobeat legend Fela Kuti’s band. For their self-titled debut release, the funk trio also pulls in plenty of guests from rappers to brass bands to world music artists, for what is no doubt a fun listen but not much beyond that.
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