10 Greatest Albums Created Amid Feuds
SANTA MONICA, CA - JANUARY 16: Fleetwood Mac (L-R Mick Fleetwood, Stevie Nicks, Christine McVie, John McVie and Lindsey Buckingham) pose for photographers backstage at the 5th American music Awards held at the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium on January 16, 1978 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)
Fights among musicians have evolved into an integral component of the development of rock music. It does more than simply inject important drama into the mix; it also adds a dynamic to the music itself and, ironically, ensures that everyone is giving their utmost. Several legendary albums from several legendary artists were brewed in this strong concoction.
Captain Beefheart – Trout Mask Replica (1969)
Rather than recording during a quarrel, Trout Mask Replica was more comparable to a horrific CIA mind experiment. Yet, it is often regarded as the craziest masterpiece ever created.
The Beatles – Let It Be (1970)
A large portion of the Let It Be fight was captured on video, making it the most renowned and well-known dispute in the annals of music history. When asked whether he believed The Beatles were largely done after the Let It Be recording sessions, Ringo Starr simply said, “Oh yeah,” a few years after the album was out and the band’s journey was being reviewed. They had gone through so much together that their eventual separation was inevitable; it wasn’t that Yoko Ono or some other pretentious hypothesis was to blame.
Simon & Garfunkel – Bridge Over Troubled Water (1970)
Starting off as an adolescent combo in a small-town newspaper, Simon & Garfunkel went on to become a worldwide phenomenon by the end of the 1960s. But he also realized that if he wanted it to soar, he would have to give it to Art Garfunkel, who sang it as if it had been created for him. Paul Simon’s predicament was that everyone would assume Garfunkel had penned the song. They ended on bad terms, but only after they released this gem of an album, Bridge Over Troubled Water.
The Doors – L.A. Woman (1971)
According to experts, the most important contributors to financial success are also the most likely to fail. Jim Morrison was a genius, and The Doors were a stellar group that complimented him superbly. The classic rock ‘n’ roll record L.A. Woman is a perfect example of this. That was also the place when everything finally began to fall apart. By 1971, Morrison died in his Paris apartment, and that was the end of The Doors’ fame.
Fleetwood Mac – Rumours (1977)
Each member of the band was experiencing intense emotional upheaval and used enough cocaine to snowcap a mountain while they were recording Rumours. And yet, they pull off one of the best albums ever, and we wouldn’t have it any other way.
The Clash – Combat Rock (1982)
The Clash achieved unprecedented global success with their fifth studio album, Combat Rock, thanks to the album’s catchy singles like “Rock The Casbah” and “Should I Stay Or Should I Go?” But it almost wiped them out entirely as well.
The Verve – A Northern Soul (1993)
When you consider that the entire album’s production was a drug-fueled fiasco, The Verve’s breakthrough success with Northern Soul is more impressive. This whole process had been a nightmare thanks to leader Richard Ashcroft’s creative dictatorship since he had refused to consider any ideas or suggestions from his bandmates. Owen Morris, the show’s producer, lost his cool and slammed his hand through a window.
Oasis – What’s The Story Morning Glory? (1995)
Although Noel and Liam had always been competitive, the success of Oasis elevated their sibling rivalry to a whole new level. Owen Morris, the film’s producer, says that despite these issues, working on What’s The Story, Morning Glory? was enlightening and enjoyable. Except for the time when Liam hooked up with a neighborhood dealer and brought a couple of his friends back to the studio. The studio was trashed throughout the night, that drummer Alan White thought the band would break up right after that.
The Ramones – ¡Adios Amigos! (1995)
When Joey Ramone’s girlfriend Linda Danielle broke up with him and started dating Johnny Ramone in 1982, tensions between the bands flared to a new high. They continued to barely tolerate one another for the following 14 years as a band. Tommy Ramone had grown tired of Johnny’s tantrums at this point and had already decided to leave the band. Dee Dee Ramone likewise “lost it” and started a rap career in 1989. It left just original members Joey and Johnny Ramone in the band.
Blur – 13 (1999)
Once Damon Albarn had settled down with Jamie Hewlett, he joined Blur in the studio to record 13. Producer William Orbit noted, that there was a conflict between Damon’s more experimental direction and Graham’s punk one, indicating early on that tensions were running high. Graham’s won, but by then bitterness had festered.