One and Done: 10 Great Bands With Only One Album
The Modern Lovers
The Modern Lovers, produced by John Cale, were one of the godfather bands of punk rock as we know it today. Nevertheless, they only managed to make enough material for one album. Record labels milked the same session for two different records that consisted of all the same songs, but the band really only ever recorded enough for one incredible self-titled debut.
Rites of Spring
Emo finds its roots primarily in one album: Rites of Spring's self-titled debut. It was the lone album they recorded, but it inspired an entire world of punk rock which was disparate from the hardcore that had come before. This hardcore could employ emotional hooks and lyrics for which the genre had previously been too masculine.
Members Guy Picciotto and Brendan Canty would revolutionize hardcore again when they formed Fugazi a few years later with Ian MacKaye, who had produced the Rites of Spring record.
Fugazi didn't just spawn from Rites of Spring though. That band also found its origins in another legendary hardcore punk band. Minor Threat, which MacKaye fronted, had an incalculable influence on the future of hardcore punk, and even spawned an entire social movement with the song "Straight Edge." 1983's Out of Step ended up being their only full-length though.
The union between rappers Mos Def and Talib Kweli is still a celebrated one any time it happens, but unfortunately for us they've both had extremely successful solo careers. That means their 1998 album Mos Def and Talib Kweli are Black Star remains the only collaborative album the two have released, and it also remains one of the greatest hip-hop releases of all time.
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