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Did Spinal Tap kill of the supergroups?

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    Posted: 29 Jul 2018 at 23:27
You used to hear about "supergroups"  the Beatles, Rolling Stones, The Who, Rush, Led Zeppelin, Queen. etc.etc.  You generally don't hear the term supergroup anymore, even when it could be applied to one of these old bands.  Did the mockumentary, "Spinal Tap" kill off the supergroup?  Or did its demise come about some other way?

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My understanding of the term "supergroup" is not to apply it to the greatest but rather an offshoot band formed among musicians who had already been in successful bands. 
http://https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_musical_supergroups
Example :Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young thanks wiki
Crosby, Stills & Nash (CSN) is a vocal folk rock supergroup made up of American singer-songwriters David Crosbyand Stephen Stills and English singer-songwriter Graham Nash. They are also known as Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young (CSNY) when joined by Canadian singer-songwriter Neil Young, who was an occasional fourth member. They are noted for their intricate vocal harmonies, often tumultuous interpersonal relationships, political activism, and lasting influence on US music and culture. Crosby, Stills & Nash were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and all three members were also inducted for their work in other groups (Crosby for the Byrds, Stills for Buffalo Springfield and Nash for the Hollies).[5] Neil Young has also been inducted as a solo artist and as a member of Buffalo Springfield.

-I get it though, no one band dominates for long in any form of popular music that I'm aware of, it's probably my age lol. Even what is today considered "iconic" is nothing compared to the deity level of awe for Led Zeppelin or the St Vita's dance like hysteria of The Beatles. There was a violinist who drove women crazy too, I digress.
Most popular hit music is not enjoyable for me. People change, these days sweet music to me is the way my car sounds after servicing. Good link here- scroll down and see most influential musicians top 120. It's a little surprising. 


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Good point, lot of the names before formation, and often after, are who? (not The Who).  I mean, part of the interest in a supergroup is that, oh man, so and so was really good in this band, and such and such in that, and now they are together!  How cool will it be!

And sometimes it is really cool, but sometimes it is a matter of too many chiefs, and not enough Indians.  Or maybe they pursue some esoteric notion of music which doesn't have commercial appeal.

I guess I am no longer one of the cool kids<grin>, forgetting what a supergroup is.  But I do think that most groups make it because they somehow click with an audience.  Supergroups are a little different, because people expect them to click, but that may not really be under their control.  People often _want_ to believe in them, but that doesn't guarantee that they will get something that works.

I remember Asia, lauded as the first supergroup of the '80s.  I knew about the first two albums, Asia and, Alpha but I thought Alpha was a nonentity, a snooze, but the other two after them?  never heard of them, and at that time, I was paying attention.
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The problem with 'supergroups' was that they were never really all that super despite being composed of what was considered an elite of musicians. One expects a religious experience when these groups form but to be honest the closest to that is achieved when old favourite bands reform surprisingly. The effect ios usually short lived.

Spinal Tap were never a supergroup anyway since they were founded by a pair of nobodies living next door to each other. Nor were Spinal Tap pushing music forward, as they seemed - under one guise or another - to be merely reacting to fashion in music. They remain in the 'Where are they now?" pile.

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I have never watched all of This Is Spinal Tap, but as parody, parts of it are hilarious.  'Turn everything up to 11.'  But, I think it really takes someone who lived through the Heavy Metal (or bad hair metal) years to identify with it (and then quietly sweep it under the rug, and pretend like nothing ever happened).  So, no, it is not really supergroups that they are ironically referring to (although some supergroups are like that).  It always seems like its the drummer who ODed.  (what do you call someone who hangs out with musicians?  A drummer).  "Momma, when I grow up, I want to be a musician."  "Dear, you can do one or the other, but not both."

No, I don't mind Caldrail, but I do think that Spinal Tap kind of captures the spirit of such 'great' bands such as Quiet Riot, Twisted Sister, and Ratt.
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Ah, but then Spinal Tap is Britain's greatest ever rock band (arguably). The film is very funny and for me quite poignant, because it resembles my own experience of being in the music industry in those heady days of the eighties and nineties. Only I'm not quite so famous. Sigh.
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