One and Done: 10 Great Bands With Only One Album

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In today's society of more, more, more, it's becoming a bit of a rarity, especially with all those reunion albums that keep coming out, but sometimes legends have been made from just one big hit. Ever so often one album comes along that is so monumental, we all fall in love with it, and then the band quickly dissolves.

A recent mainstream example would be the Postal Service, but it's especially common in the punk world for a band to make a massive splash and then disappear just as quickly as they appeared. Here are ten who have remained steadfastly committed to being one-off bands, never mind the fame or acclaim.


The Avalanches
Electronic pioneers the Avalanches have never broken up or disappeared completely, but they put out their one record Since I Left You in 2000. A promised follow-up has never materialized, but they're popular on the festival circuit to this day.


The Kodan Armada
The Kodan Armada is not an especially familiar name, but they were an incredible hardcore punk/screamo band that existed during the mid-2000s. Their style was too heavy to take off in the mainstream, but the one album they managed to get out, a live record called A Collection of Songs, sounds every bit as vital as it did back then.


Cap'n Jazz
Cap'n Jazz was no less prolific, releasing tons of splits, singles, and compilation appearances, but they were never an album band. They made one record called Burritos, Inspiration Point, Fork Balloon Sports, Cards In The Spokes, Automatic Biographies, Kites, Kung Fu, Trophies, Banana Peels We've Slipped On and Egg Shells We've Tippy Toed Over. That was it, but the Kinsella brothers who anchored the band have gone on to become legends in the punk world.


Cannibal Ox
Def Jux and the indie hip-hop movement of the early 2000s can largely be credited with the larger direction of the genre today. Where would a guy like Kid Cudi be without the blueprints laid out by producer El-P and the classic group Cannibal Ox? The Cold Vein was their only studio record, but it still holds strong today. They're intent on making a new one now, but so far have only finished a few singles.


The Sex Pistols
It's pretty amazing considering how widespread their influence has been and their stature in the punk world, but Never Mind the Bollocks, Here's the Sex Pistols was the only album the volatile band managed to get out before they broke up. Of course, their legacy has been milked as much as possible with live and compilation releases ever since.


Anatomy of a Ghost
You may not have heard of Anatomy of a Ghost, but you've likely heard of their direct successor band: Portugal. The Man. Before John Gourley and Zach Carothers were making music with Danger Mouse, they recorded Evanesce, one of the strongest post-hardcore records of the early 2000s, with Anatomy of a Ghost. The band fell apart immediately after and spawned the softer, more introspective music of Portugal. The Man.


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11 comments
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

Neck -- Should My Fist Eye

Snot --  Get Some

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