We have all enjoyed a cross section of bands and artists during our musically formative years. But there are some that we really loved. We collected every album they produced, and, in the pre-internet days, we hunted down every tidbit of information concerning them. For me, I was a huge fan of (and this is a small batch as I actually loved far, FAR too many bands and artists during my younger years), Wishbone Ash, Faces, Be Bop Deluxe, Bruce Springsteen, Yes, early era Genesis, Lou Reed, Slade, The Who, Rolling Stones, and yeah, the list goes on and on.
But, somewhere down the road, often during a peak, some of these bands disappeared. Whether they closed up shop due to internal strife, or important lost members (Led Zeppelin comes to mind), they just plain disappeared, as in stopped making new albums.
Devastating enough at the time. Looking back, I find it even more devastating at MY loss of albums that never got made (double negative, I know). Often, as seems the case, some of these bands continue, usually with band members that are totally unfamiliar. The touring is there. But there are no more important albums being made.
I have an immense love for Slayed!, a classic set from Slade. They continued to make excellent albums but soon Noddy Holder had had enough. Slade tours frequently (without Noddy), and almost always in the UK. But, you know what? I absolutely miss what they could have produced musically along the way.
I miss Faces. I miss Be Bop Deluxe. I miss Cocteau Twins. I miss Led Zeppelin. I miss Lou Reed. I miss Wishbone Four-era Wishbone Ash. I mourn what albums might have been made, today, ten years ago, or in some cases, 20 years ago.
The question of the day today is, what band do you miss?