Five Rock Supergroups That Actually Worked

Categories: Dig This

Tomahawk.jpg
Colin Rego via Wikimedia Commons
Tomahawk
Not long ago, we finally saw the release of the long-awaited album from Radiohead/Red Hot Chili Peppers supergroup Atoms for Peace, and it got me thinking: Supergroups are a tough trick to pull off. We all fantasize about our favorite musicians playing together, but when it actually comes to fruition, we often have mixed feelings.

There's the excitement, yeah, but it's mixed in with a sense of dread. After all, how many supergroups have turned out to be absolutely awful? The vast majority of them end up being pretty bad, all things considered. Like I said, it's a tough trick. But every once in a while, it oddly enough manages to work out and satisfy fans.


5. Head Wound City
If I told you that the guitarist from the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, notably a not-very-heavy band, was in a band who described themselves as "noisegrind," would you believe me? Well, that's exactly what Nick Zinner did when he joined the supergroup Head Wound City in 2004.

The band also consisted of Jordan Blilie and Cody Votolato from the Blood Brothers, and Justin Pearson and Gabe Serbian from the Locust. In other words, it was a post-hardcore fan's wet dream. The band didn't let down on the only album release they recorded, one of the heaviest and craziest albums any of the members had ever participated in. Blilie put it best, describing it as "kind of like if Alien and Predator started a band instead of fighting each other."


4. Wild Flag
In the '90s, a wave of women invaded punk and planted their flag, proving to the formerly male-dominated punk-rock world that women could rock just as hard. Two of the most important bands on the scene were Sleater-Kinney and Helium.

Unfortunately, those bands no longer exist, but in 2010, Carrie Brownstein and Janet Weiss of Sleater-Kinney united with Mary Timony from Helium and Elephant Six and Rebecca Cole of the Minders to form Wild Flag, a new band in the spirit of the original scene, to rock a new generation.


3. Fantômas/Tomahawk
Two of the best of Mike Patton's post-Faith No More projects have been supergroups. The first, Fantômas, was an avant garde metal band fronted by Patton and featuring King Buzzo from the Melvins, Trevor Dunn from Patton's former band Mr. Bungle and Dave Lombardo from Slayer.

The second, Tomahawk, a more alternative metal group, was composed of Patton, Duane Denison from the Jesus Lizard, Kevin Rutmanis from the Melvins (recently replaced by Dunn) and John Stanier of Helmet.

Both bands have been among the most rewarding projects of Patton's career and have won all the members a great deal of critical acclaim outside of their respective bands.


My Voice Nation Help
16 comments
nunchucksactivated
nunchucksactivated

I like your list but maybe you should do another one to include the greatest super group of all time: The Firm..... R-A-D-I-O-A-C-T-I-V-E

bibulb1
bibulb1

I see no Rockpile here. (And yeah, Traveling Wilburys.)

eudemonist
eudemonist

Down.   NOLA is a masterpiece.

DuckDuckGoose
DuckDuckGoose

Dirty Mac and/or Plastic Ono Band (Toronto version)

jeffbalke
jeffbalke

Traveling Wilburys conspicuously absent. I didn't like it, but the Hagar/Van Halen deal was super successful if not well liked. Audioslave also comes to mind.

Benjamin Yaker
Benjamin Yaker

I'd point out that a couple Les Claypool collaborations, Oysterhead and Colonel Claypool's Bucket of Bernie Brains, were pretty awesome too and the best records that Claypool's put out since the 90s. Oysterhead had Phish's Trey Anastasio and The Police's Stewart Copeland while C2B3 had guitar virtuoso Buckethead, Parliment's Bernie Worrell, and Brain.

Tooooomb
Tooooomb

CSNY, Fleetwood Mac, Eagles, Travelling Wilburys, Cream

budnickto
budnickto

Contraband, Bad English, HSAS, Arcade, Dudes of Wrath, Damn Yankees...I started just by wanting to name random lame ones I remembered from the 80s, but Damn Yankees was actually pretty good.

ClutchTown
ClutchTown

Good list but missing Blind Faith!

Now Trending

From the Vault

 

Houston Event Tickets
Loading...