One and Done: 10 Great Bands With Only One Album

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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.


Minor Threat
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.


Black Star
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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dtaggert
dtaggert

How about any of Jonathan Daniel's bands from the mid 80's thru 90's. He had Candy (featuring future GnR guitarist Gilbey Clarke) doing punk-pop, Electric Angels doing the hair-metal thing, & the Loveless doing timeless rock songs. All 3 of these bands only released 1 album.

bmb121488
bmb121488

Yo! Cannibal ox released an album this year. It is an E.P. called Gotham! There is more music to come by Vast Aire and Vordul Mega as Can Ox too! Vast and Vordul have released many solo albums, collaborations and have a crew called IGC : Iron Gallaxy Records! It is worth your time to dig deeper into the crew! 

wmkelly
wmkelly

Derek and the Dominos

cpreston1977
cpreston1977

Minor Threat had more then one album. FYI

David Cook
David Cook

almost the same list i would have put together for this topic. btw, avalanches are almost done with a second full length

CoryGarcia
CoryGarcia moderator

Texas is the Reason was a band that existed who had one great album (and an awesome name).

stevek77536
stevek77536

On a related note, Willis Alan Ramsey's one album in 1972 has achieved cult status.  I was at one of his concerts long ago when he replied to a question about a second album, "There for a while, I thought I WAS working on it, not that any major label shared that opinion."  Eventually, when asked where the new album is, he started responding, "What's wrong with the first one?"  Even more recently, well into a set at Mucky Duck, he asked the audience "Isn't anybody going to ask about the second album?"  So we did.  He's working on it, maybe.

1111
1111

Young Marble Giants - Colossal Youth


horde5150
horde5150

Heavy Bones (That one band Gary Hoey was in) - Self Titled

eudemonist
eudemonist

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