When it was announced earlier this week that R.E.M. was breaking up after 31 years together, there were likely quite a few long-time fans of the band who were pretty bummed out. Understandably so. It always sucks when a band that you've always liked decides to call it quits. But sometimes a band breaking up is for the best.
Sometimes it's best for the sanity of the band members or it could just be a situation where the band has hit a creative wall and is no longer putting out good music. Whatever the case may be there does come a time when it's just best to move on to other projects. Here is a list of bands that should probably be the next ones to call it a day.
5. Arctic Monkeys
When the Arctic Monkeys released their 2006 debut album Whatever People Say I Am That's What I Am Not they seemed like they were set to become the biggest band from the UK since Oasis. Sadly it's pretty much been downhill ever since for the Sheffield band. The bands sophomore effort Favourite Worst Nightmare had a few solid tracks on it like "Fluorescent Adolescent" and "505" but their last two albums Humbug and Suck It And See have been pretty forgettable. Considering the original songs lead singer Alex Turner contributed to the soundtrack of the British film Submarine were better than anything that has appeared on the last two Arctic Monkeys' albums (the song "Piledriver Waltz" does appear on both the Submarine soundtrack and Suck It and See) it's probably time the band just go their separate ways and let Turner get on with a successful solo career.
4. The Strokes
After releasing the album First Impressions Of Earth in 2006 The Strokes made their fans wait five years before releasing another album. When the bands latest record, Angles, was released earlier this year the collective reaction to the album was an overwhelming "meh." It's disappointing to be sure but the silver lining here is the fact that during the bands hiatus most of the members of The Strokes released some very impressive solo projects. All of which we graded here. Rather than just make their fans wait another five years for another so-so record it would seem to just make more sense to focus on their side projects.
3. Kings of Leon
It would be really easy to just say that Kings of Leon should just break up because they suck. But truth be told the bands first three albums, Youth and Young Manhood, Aha Shake Heartbreak, and Because of the Times, were pretty solid records. Nowadays, however, the band has become a punching bag for most rock critics, which is not entirely undeserved. But there is still hope for the band to ditch their negative image. In a best case scenario Kings of Leon would break up, lead singer Caleb Followill would take some time off get his life sorted out and they can start making some good music again. Even reforming under an entirely different name wouldn't be such a bad thing just so long as they went back to making music that sounds like their pre-"Sex On Fire" days.
2. Limp Bizkit
It may actually surprise a lot of people that Limp Bizkit wasn't already broken up. In fact, the band released released their sixth album Gold Cobra earlier this year. The fact that this album is the bands first record released with the original line up intact since 2000's Chocolate Starfish and the Hotdog Flavored Water is really the only thing notable about it. Other than that it sounds just like a Limp Bizkit record, which would have been really great ten or eleven years. Unfortunately for Limp Bizkit the nu-metal genre they helped make popular is a ship that sailed a long time ago and hopefully won't be coming back. Doesn't look like anyone told Fred Durst.
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