Question of the Day: Which Frontman Should Go Solo Next?

on May 25, 2012, 8:07pm

questionoftheday1 Question of the Day: Which Frontman Should Go Solo Next?

Today, My Morning Jacket frontman Jim James announced plans to release his debut solo album. When said LP drops sometime early next year, James will join an illustrious list of well-known frontmen, from Peter Gabriel to Rod Stewart, who have made a go of it on their own. Some have had success as their own creative entities (Phil Collins, Lindsey Buckingham), while others have proven that going solo isn’t always the best approach (see: Chris Cornell’s Scream).

Which prominent rock/pop frontman would you like to see drop a proper solo record? Maybe someone like The Flaming Lips’ Wayne Coyne, The National’s Matt Berninger, or Foo Fighters’ Dave Grohl? Is there ever an instance where a frontman shouldn’t go it alone? Or, are these albums a “requirement” for all truly successful frontmen?

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November 29, 2012 at 4:39 am

daniel johns

July 27, 2012 at 11:45 pm

Isaac Brock

May 27, 2012 at 5:46 pm

Kevin Barnes (of Montreal)…kidding…

May 26, 2012 at 1:43 pm

For the most part I hate it when frontmen break away from their bands. That being said I would probably buy a Jeff Tweedy solo LP. 

May 25, 2012 at 11:34 pm

Scream was not Cornell’s first solo endeavor.  Rather, it was his third solo outing and an experimental one at that.  FYI, Cornell’s initial venture as a solo artist yielded the brilliant Euphoria Morning in 1999.  Several years later, he released a solid follow-up album, i.e., 1997’s Carry On.  And in more recent years, Cornell’s acoustic solo performances, some of the rarest and most exceptional of today’s musical offerings, have come to be lauded by critics and fans alike.

Know this.  True artists, particularly the most versatile and talented of their kind, often take risks stylistically.  Chris Cornell is one such artist.

May 25, 2012 at 9:29 pm

I personally don’t get the point of a frontman doing a solo album.  Maybe a side-project or super group, but if they’re already the face of their current, successful band, what’s the point? I understand Jack White doing it because The White Stripes was such an idiosyncratic sound, and in his other projects Jack’s been able to do things that he wasn’t able to do with Meg. But was there really a benefit to Brandon Flowers making a solo record when it just sounds like another crappy Killers album? If a frontman’s solo record sounds like something his/her band could already do, it’s an insult to their band, and it’s slapping the faces of their bandmates.  Do something different or don’t do anything at all.

May 25, 2012 at 8:59 pm


May 25, 2012 at 9:59 pm

Yanni. The Acropolis has just been holding him back.

May 25, 2012 at 8:44 pm

The first Foo Fighters album is basically a Dave Grohl solo album, but I’d love for him to release one under his own name. He’s more than capable of playing all of the instruments himself


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