Late Bloomers


#1

Bands that rocketed into the public eye after scrapping away for years as relative unknowns

Biffy Clyro
Pulp


#2

Elbow


#3

Elbow
The Flaming Lips


#4

Snow Patrol


#5

The National


#6

Robyn


#7

Charles Bradley released his debut album at the age of 63.


#8

Seasick Steve


#9

Guided by Voices


#10

Thee Oh Sees


#11

They are still relatively unknown aren’t they? I mean, not much bigger than they were 5/6 years ago.


#12

Sun Ra. Very little of his early life is known (apart from a rumour that he spent time in prison for draft-dodging), yet he suddenly appeared on the Chicago jazz scene, aged 32, immensely talented, restlessly creative, and from Saturn.


#13

not really big but the guy from Beach Slangs like mid -40s


#14

Correct! Forgot the point of my own thread.


#15

Suppose you could put Leonard Cohen in this bracket then also?


#16

Absolutely.

And LCD Soundsystem. And wasn’t Sufjan in his 30s when he released Illinoise?


#17

Not so much to do with physical age of artists, but mainly bands who have suddenly made it to the “big time” later in their careers


#18

James Murphy was 32 when Losing My Edge was released. Sufjan was 30 at the time of release for Illinois :+1:


#19

M83. Took them for album 6 to get huge airplay and start playing big venues.


#20

Apparently Charles Bradley had been trying to get his career off the ground since the mid-nineties, performing as a James Brown impersonator.

I think James Murphy, Leonard Cohen and Sufjan Stevens all had varying levels of success before hitting it ‘big’ at the ages mentioned above…