Breaking News: There are reports of Supergroup sightings in the music arena. Yes, musicians from competing bands are becoming friendlier and working together in an effort to make you pay attention. Either that or bands don't get along very well and are insistent on trading away their members to other projects just so they can get some peace. While only a few of the 'Supergroups' listed are really super (you ever hear of padding?), on the level of the Million Dollar Quartet, Blind Faith, Plastic Ono Band or Tigers of Instantaneous Death, they all feature guys from other bands! Sometimes women!
Be sure to list your favorite modern-day Supergroups in the space so generously supplied by Y! Music. "Modern Day" should mean bands that released something in the 2000s. In case you're wondering why Temple of the Dog, Damn Yankees and Asia aren't here.
25) Works Progress Administration (W.P.A.): With a band name like that you know something awesome is going on. My dream has been to name my group The Jesuit Mission Singers and then play superdull folk songs. The only reason anyone would be in our audience is because we promise heat in the winter and air conditioning in the summer. And a free beverage! This band includes Sean Watkins of Nickel Creek, Glen Phillips of the Hampton Grease Band and Luke Bella, with Pete Thomas, Greg Leisz and Benmont Tench on the record.
24) The Baseball Project: Peter Buck of R.E.M., Scott McCaughey of Young Fresh Fellows, Steve Wynn of Dream Syndicate and Linda Pitmon of Miracle 3 perform songs about baseball. Exposing the nasty ugly truth that many rockers also love the World's Most Boring Game - Baseball! (Me, too. I batted .000 my first year in Little League, so you can see why I took up this writing thing!)
23) Unnamed - The Good, the Bad and The Queen: Damon Albarn of Blur, Paul Simonon of the Clash, Simon Tong of The Verve and Tony Allen, the drummer and music director of Fela Kuti's band Africa 70 combine for an album producer by Danger Mouse. The band is considered "Unnamed" despite having no problem coming up with a name for the album. Think harder, guys!
22) Tired Pony: Gary Lightbody of Snow Patrol, Richard Colburn of Belle & Sebastian, Peter Buck and Scott McCaughey of the Baseball Project and producer Jacknife Lee assembled because Lightbody likes supergroups. He has also been part of The Reindeer Section and The Cake Sale. Peter Buck plays with everyone.
21) OFF!: What is the world coming to when you have a hardcore punk supergroup? Circle Jerks / Black Flag singer Keith Morris, Redd Kross bassist Steve McDonald, Rocket from the Crypt / Hot Snakes drummer Mario Rubalcaba and Burning Brides guitarist Dimitri Coats join forces so Raymond Pettibon still has album covers to draw. No better reason than that! Can't wait for Morris' next band, Raid!
20) Atoms For Peace: Radiohead's Thom Yorke and producer Nigel Godrich, Red Hot Chili Peppers' Flea and session drummer Joey Waronker and David Byrne's percussionist Mauro Refosco... work together in a live format. Isn't this starting to read like one long list of liner notes? I'll work on that.
19) Battles: New album has Gary Numan and dudes from Blonde Redhead and the Boredoms along with other guys from Helmet and Don Caballero making music that sounds like David Byrne records played by Satan.
18) Audioslave: Chris Cornell of Soundgarden, who many women have expressed a desire to do sex with, and Bruce Springsteen's buddy Tom Morello of Rage Against the Machine "blend 1970s hard rock with 1990s alternative rock," which is what I thought Soundgarden were doing in the first place.
17) Damnocracy: They appeared on a VH-1 reality show called SuperGroup and were together for 12 days in a Las Vegas mansion, in hopes of reminding people who they were. Sebastian Bach, Scott Ian, Ted Nugent, Jason Bonhan and Evan Seinfeld should have stuck with Bach's insisted name, Savage Animal!!!
13) Bambi Kino - Beatles of Hamburg: When you talk about music re-enactors, you have to mention Bambi Kino, who perform as the Beatles, circa 1960. You know, before the Liverpool lads sold out! You don't have to worry about Bambi Kino playing any of those terrible Lennon-McCartney originals. Nope, it's all "Besame Mucho," "To Know Her Is To Love Her," "Lend Me Your Comb" and other great covers. Unsure if anyone takes on the role of Horst Fascher. Perhaps, Fascher is considered part of the "later" Beatles of 1962. Purism is for purists!
12) The New Pornographers: I'm not really sure if you can have a Supergroup if you're from Canada. Band is mostly known for being Neko Case's backup group. Band members like A.C. Newman and Todd Fancey make solo records to prove their important, too.
11) Child Rebel Soldier: Kanye West decided there should be a hip-hop supergroup and that he should be in it. Doesn't anyone tell these successful solo acts that if you start a group you have to share the money?
10) The Transplants: The only thing greater than a punk rock-rap rock supergroup would be an ambient-darkwave-chill-hiphop-sadcore-dairyqueen-hardcore-dub-turkeygas-house ensemble. Guys from Rancid and Blink-182 keep busy.
9) Chickenfoot: With a name like Chickenfoot, you know it has to be amazing. Any band with singer Sammy Hagar-the Horrible, Joe Satriani, Michael Anthony and Chili Peppers' Chad Smith can't help but be the greatest thing to happen to music since Screaming Lord Sutch.
7) Tinted Windows: I'm sure Bun E. Carlos just wanted to play with the kids. As the resident old man in a group filled with 40-somethings and Taylor Hanson of Hanson, Carlos probably thought these were kids. Ironically, he is no longer the touring drummer in Cheap Trick, having been replaced by Rick Nielsen's son Daxx! However, Carlos will remain as a limited partner with the group.
6) Wild Flag: Corin Tucker is performing with her own band, so the other two members of Sleater-Kinney partner up with Mary Timony of Helium and Rebecca Cole, the drummer for the Minders. As part of the relocation package, Cole was moved to keyboards. This would make me nervous. "Keyboards" is always the most expendable position in a band. I'd say just ask Ian Stewart or the guy from Smashing Pumpkins, but they're both dead!
5) Gorillaz: Staring at a chart of band members past and present one gets a feeling that this is less a band than an internship. They even have "fictional" band members for tax purposes. Wouldn't be surprised to learn they're domiciled in the Cayman Islands.
4) Them Crooked Vultures: Dave Grohl of the Foo Fighters and Josh Homme of the Queens of the Stone Age came up with a way to meet the Led Zeppelin's bassist John Paul Jones by forming a group with him. They even won a Grammy Award.
3) Manraze: High up in Mentertainment these days are body builder Phil Collen of Def Leppard and Paul Cook of the Sex Pistols. Their band Manraze is all about making fun of their bass player Simon Laffy for having been in a band with the unmanly name of Girl. Their second album is coming out on August 2. Break out the Axe body spray!
2) Down: Formed in 1991 and still going, Down is a Super Heavy supergroup featuring Phil "Snow In San" Anselmo of Pantera, Pepper Keenan of Corrosion of Conformity and Jimmy Bower of Eyehategod. Their toe-tapping righteousness makes them suitable for hard rock fans of all ages.
1) Super Heavy: Pardon me for doubting, but I don't think a new band with Mick Jagger, Dave Stewart, Joss Stone, Damian Marley and Indian film composer A.R. Rahman is going to be "Super Heavy." Somewhere, Phil "Snow In San" Anselmo is getting very, very angry.