The Point At Which People Stopped Caring About Veteran Bands Output

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#1

Some bands tour relentlessly right up until they can be classified as veterans.

With many of these bands, there is a point at which no-one gives a shit about their new stuff and just wants them to play their hits. With many bands, there’s a distinct marker as to where the classic give-a-shit era ends, and where the subsequent albums only get their songs played live on the tour they are literally on.

Pearl Jam would be Yield I reckon


#2

I held on until Riot Act, which I still have a soft spot for. But they’ve released one solitary song I’ve liked since then.


#3

Yeah, reckon it’s either Yield or Riot Act. For me it would Riot Act, but for many penoids here I imagine it would be Yield.


#4

Black Album for Metallica.


#5

7th son of a 7th son for iron maiden (think bring your daughter… is all anyone wants to hear released after that)


#6

I think I at least like everything that Pearl Jam has done (with the exception of “Let the Records Play”, ugh), but I think a case could be made for the classic era ending sometime between 1998 and 2006.

Yield is undeniably fantastic and creative.
Binaural was secretly very good.
Riot Act I need to revisit - I remember parts being kind of clunky but there was also a creativity and strangeness to it.
S/T - I haven’t listened in awhile but I loved it when it came out. It was pretty much as good as a “late period band drops any pretense of artistic evolution and just delivers something they’re good at” album can be.

Everything after has pretty much felt like S/T but not as good.


#7

GIMME FUEL GIMME FIRE GIMME THAT WHICH I DESIRE! OOH!


#8

I don’t think I can assess Metallica fairly - I was starting to discover indie rock around the time St. Anger came out, and I admittedly let the backlash to it dissuade me from buying it and going further with them.

I will say that Reload has some great songs. “Fixxxer” in particular is fantastic.


#9

and fear of the dark!


#10

REM after (and many would argue before) Up.


#11

U2 at All That You Can’t Leave Behind.


#12

Arcade Fire after Reflektor


#13

The Rolling Stones should be top of this list, surely? Tattoo You, if you’re being generous; Exile (a few later tracks aside), if you’re not.

I guess this is actually quite a tricky topic, given that most bands establish a ‘standard setlist’ by the third album. The favourites are known and new tracks are rotated in.

At the other end of the spectrum, you have Elbow who I paid £40 to see because I liked their first two albums. They played one track from their third album, then nothing from before Seldom Seen Kid. :expressionless:


#14

Foo Fighters - I stopped paying attention after ‘In Utero’


#15

Muse at Black Holes and Revelations for me, Clive


#16

Zooropa for me, Clive. Well, apart from Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me, Kill Me


#17

Sonic Nurse was the last Sonic Youth album that I really cared about. Rather Ripped was ok. Can’t really say much about The Eternal. Probably only listened to it twice.


#18

For me it would be washing machine for sonic youth.

Vs or maybe vitology for pearl jam


#19

A thousand leaves for me, but I realise that wont be the majority view


#20

That album and NYC Flowers and Ghosts are bit sub-par, but Nurse is excellent