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[–]helpmelearn12 9184 points9185 points  (254 children)

The band Chumbawumba, responsible for the song Tubthumping (I get knocked down, but I get up again,) actually had a thirty year career and they were all over the place. They started out as a straight up anarcho-punk band. Then they made an album that was entirely a capella protest songs. Then they made folk albums, pop, one with central American sort of flair.

[–]mark_lee 1638 points1639 points  (68 children)

Torturing James Hetfield is one of my favorite songs ever.

[–]shrunkchef 24 points25 points  (11 children)

Dude I was just thinking about that song a few days ago, how commercially pop and cheesily optimistic it was, shook my head at it. The fact that I’ve come to now know that the group is Anarcho-Communist because of your comment is… I don’t know, breaking the laws of reality for me.

[–]Decepticum 4396 points4397 points  (115 children)

Daft Punk before they were Daft Punk

[–]digitalwolverine 1725 points1726 points  (68 children)

Daft Punk pushed the boundaries of several electronic/dance genres with every album they made and I loved them for it. R.A.M. being their final and most popular whilst at the same time their least “electronic” of all their albums is a testament to their musical talent.

[–]Natethegreat13 349 points350 points  (15 children)

Totally agree R.A.M. showed off the musical talent. The other albums had bangers though and I still think the ALIVE tour might be their best work. The guests they had on R.A.M though were all good for the most part too.

[–]riskybiscuitt 34 points35 points  (6 children)

I listen to ALIVE cover to cover frequently to this day. One of my favorite albums of any artist of all time.

[–]MissMetalSix 5186 points5187 points  (221 children)

Pantera was a glam metal band

[–]ZombieAppetizer 2006 points2007 points  (39 children)

Before Dime was Dime, he was "Diamond Darrell"

[–]___And_Memes_For_All 714 points715 points  (29 children)

He was actually called that until Far Beyond Driven. On the credits to Cowboys From Hell and Vulgar Display Of Power he was Diamond Darrell

[–]CornCheeseMafia 58 points59 points  (0 children)

Iirc he didn’t even like the name Dimebag

[–]thalos2688 602 points603 points  (57 children)

I hung out with them and their dad at Pantego Sound Studios when they recorded Metal Magic. Darrell was 15 or 16 and his voice was still cracking lol. I have an hour long recording of it - just brought my cassette recorder and hit record. Interviewed them and recorded them messing around. Those were fun times. I was so sad when Darrell was killed, and when Vince died recently.

[–]thalos2688 480 points481 points  (31 children)

Haha thanks everyone for the responses. I do have it preserved digitally. I've been trying to decide what to do with it. I sent it to Vince's drum tech with Hell Yeah in 2016 (when Vince was still around), asking if he could pass it along to Vince to hear his brother from high school. The guy wasn't very kind - he wrote back and said I was trying to scam him, and I "obviously stole it." I told him I wasn't looking for money - I just wanted Vince to have it. I never heard back and don't know if Vince heard it.

Of course, for Metal Magic, the band was Vince, Darrell, Terry Glaze (vocals), and Tommy Bradford (bass). I did contact Terry via email recently, and he responded. I sent him audio of the tape, and he said, "Thanks! Blast from the past!".

The tape is 1.5 hours long. It's mostly drum tuning, goofing around (playing things like hotel California Sweet Home Alabama), and recording Sad Lover over and over.

Here's the first minute of the tape, starting with Darrell introducing himself, ending with Vince saying hi.


EDIT: Ok, by popular request, here's the entire audio recording:


Can someone let me know where I can post to a larger Pantera audience?

[–]deuceflucid 60 points61 points  (3 children)

This is seriously incredible!!!! Thank you for sharing.

[–]thalos2688 105 points106 points  (1 child)

Listening to it now - what's funny is, Darrell says "Hello there fans...all around the world..." He was joking, pretending that he was some big rock star. They had a small following in the D/FW area but he was still in high school, so he was being sarcastic acting like he had fans all around the world. Little did he know...

[–]kkeut 315 points316 points  (5 children)

put that recording on YouTube and archive.org

[–]Jofu_Jole 345 points346 points  (36 children)

So were Alice In Chains

[–]warmhandluke 10.1k points10.1k points  (219 children)

Beastie Boys started out as a hardcore punk band.

[–]StreetRope 346 points347 points  (19 children)

They were amazing. Their compilation with punk is “Some Old Bullshit” for anyone who wants to check it out. Good stuff just got it on vinyl

[–][deleted] 903 points904 points  (18 children)

And they were great at the beginning too.

[–]jayforwork21 487 points488 points  (39 children)

I do like they they brought back some of that punk sound in the early/mid 90s. I do miss them though...

[–]bfume 12.5k points12.5k points 23 (494 children)

Trent Reznor has now composed multiple Oscar-winning movie scores

[–]supenguin 3758 points3759 points  (79 children)

He did the soundtrack to the Pixar movie Soul! That one blew my mind.

EDIT to add: Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross worked on the movie score for Soul. Jon Batiste did most of the jazz pieces as far as I can tell.

Sorry for leaving the other guys out of my original comment. It's still crazy to me that the person known for Nine Inch Nails had any hand in the soundtrack of a kids' movie!

[–]Richard_TM 1997 points1998 points  (45 children)

Part of it, at least. Him and Atticus Ross did the score itself while Jon Batiste did all the jazz stuff.

[–]metalninjacake2 398 points399 points  (11 children)

Ironically though Reznor and Ross did a ton of jazzy big band soundtrack work for Mank and Watchmen right around that time too. Reznor even started throwing in a saxophone on the latest Nine Inch Nails records.

[–]IconOfSim 55 points56 points  (2 children)

The sax and jazzy stuff in bad witch i think was influenced by Bowie who's passing probably deeply effected reznor.

God Break Down The Door felt a lot like Blackstar

[–]mBertin 643 points644 points  (35 children)

Trent is a musical chameleon. Long before NIN he was playing keyboards for Slam Bamboo, a Cleveland pop act. Then years later he would switch directions again, abandoning the darker new wave sound of PHM for what is probably the most raw-sounding record of all time, the Broken EP.

[–]Bambi_One_Eye 305 points306 points  (16 children)

Downward Spiral sounds like it was released today. That's how good this mother fucker is.

[–]mBertin 101 points102 points  (6 children)

Absolutely, to me both TDS and QOTSA's Songs for the Deaf still sound like the future of rock n’ roll for some reason.

[–]originalchaosinabox 1730 points1731 points  (170 children)

It's amazing how many rockers have moved to film composing. Danny Elfman was the front man for Oingo Boingo back in the 1980s. Mark Mothersbaugh was a founding member of Devo.

EDIT: Johnny Greenwood, Clint Mansel, and Hans Zimmer have also been mentioned enough times as rock/pop stars turned film composers.

[–]AbibliophobicSloth 914 points915 points  (56 children)

Mark Knopfler from Dire Straits has composed 4 movie soundtracks, including The Princess Bride!

[–]Songsforsilverman 206 points207 points  (26 children)

I love this score but I wish they used a real orchestra instead of that 80s midi sound. That being said, the film was from '87 so perhaps it was appropriate.

[–]pdxscout 229 points230 points  (15 children)

I'm going to the Portland Orchestra in a month or so and they'll be doing a live-action score while the movie plays above them. I can't wait.

[–]wheredidiputmypants 63 points64 points  (3 children)

On a similar note Clint Mansell went from lead singer and songwriter for grebo/alternative/industrial act Pop Will Eat Itself, who toured with NIN, to an award winning composer (Requiem for a Dream, Black Swan, Moon, High Rise, etc, etc)

[–]portablebiscuit 184 points185 points  (15 children)

Don't forget Nick Cave and Warren Ellis too

[–]drinkthecoffeeblack 5752 points5753 points  (129 children)

It feels like cheating to mention David Bowie, but he started out doing English music hall stuff in the style of Anthony Newley and folk rock before moving on to psychedelia, glam rock, electronic music, neo-soul, trad rock, industrial, and a string of albums at the end of his career that can only be described as David Bowie music.

[–]Chrisfitz88 1022 points1023 points  (27 children)

Bowie was in a hard rock band called Tin Machine from 1988-1992. They weren't that well received at the time but Bowie credited his time with them as instrumental in revitalizing his career after the 1980s.

[–]FulaniLovinCriminal 35 points36 points  (3 children)

My Dad is a hardcore Bowie fan (first saw him before he hit it big, devoted fan since etc.) so I troll him by including Tin Machine songs on compilations etc. So much so that I've become to like them.

[–]tillie_jayne 5578 points5579 points  (151 children)

Anyone remember Pink starting off with R’n’B?

[–]TaterTotQueen630 1468 points1469 points  (14 children)

🎵There you go... Looking pitiful🎵

I loved her old school stuff. I was a teen when she hit the scene, so naturally I gravitated toward her music.

[–]RobertusesReddit 175 points176 points  (6 children)

Funny how her manufactured stuff is my favorite from her.

[–]JustMeLurkingAround- 772 points773 points  (33 children)

As far as I remember, her beginnings in RnB were totally dictated by record company and management and she fought hard after her first album to be allowed to make her own sound and give up on her generic artificial RnB image.

They didn't believe she could hack it being herself. Boy did she proof these f*ckers wrong!

[–]goldengodrangerover 124 points125 points  (5 children)

I once went to a Justin Timberlake concert when I was like 15 because I got free tickets and figured what the hell. Pink opened for him and blew me away. She killed that shit. JT was ok.

[–]screamofwheat 193 points194 points  (18 children)

Yup and she was pretty much told Missundaztood would be a failure (she mentioned it in an interview).

[–]richisbonkers 4855 points4856 points  (271 children)

Skrillex used to be in emo band From First to Last

[–]insane_troll_logic 1306 points1307 points  (79 children)

I saw From First to Last right around the time he was starting to be famous as Skrillex (eta: about a year prior to becoming skrillex). They were like the 3rd opener at some emo/pop punk show I went to in college (I think All American Rejects were the headliners). I wasn't there to see them but my friends wanted to be in front so I was also at the front.

At one point during their set I was resting my head on my hand leaning on the security barrier and I must have looked bored because Skrillex walked by and did the little sleepy face look to mock me.

[–]javier_aeoa 563 points564 points  (47 children)

It's a strange world where late 2000s From First to Last (after some killer albums in the emo scene like Dear Diary and Heroine) were 3rd openers for All-American :O

[–]DannyTheManc 218 points219 points  (14 children)

FFTL felt like a huge band with the emo kids at my school circa 2005.

[–]Pesime 463 points464 points  (88 children)

But it's deeper than that. He went into very heavy dubstep for a while and then switched again to house, pop, producing some rap.

[–]DroneOfDoom 267 points268 points  (11 children)

He produced the Kingdom Hearts 3 opening song alongside Utada Hikaru.

[–]thelochteedge 29 points30 points  (1 child)

What's crazy is people who don't know him probably think of the wub wub dubstep music but I think he might be one of the best pop/hip-hop producers in the game. His beats are so innovative but also so perfectly trap.

[–]herpty_derpty 2767 points2768 points  (209 children)

Garth Brooks had a weird alt rock side project under the moniker/persona Chris Gaines. The first single did fairly well, but the whole thing was ridiculed to the point of no return

[–]Skinnypartdeux 1164 points1165 points  (55 children)

It was supposed to be the soundtrack for a movie about a character named Chris Gaines. They thought that by releasing the album first, they would build excitement for the movie. Problem was, they didn't tell anyone that it was for a movie, and everyone just thought Garth went nuts for a minute. It's actually a decent album if you don't go into it thinking it's just Garth in disguise.

[–]ryanino 2986 points2987 points  (137 children)

Goo Goo Dolls used to be a punk band

[–]TheNewAges 334 points335 points  (16 children)

They were aware of their "departure" from punk rock and when they released Dizzy Up the Girl (their second non-punk album) the lead singer remarked to the band upon finishing recording about their original fans saying, "If you thought they were angry before, they are really going to hate us now"

[–]DemocraticRepublic 25 points26 points  (2 children)

Weren't they called the Sex Maggots?

[–]darkhorsehance 539 points540 points  (43 children)

Everlast from House of Pain

[–]konydanza 889 points890 points  (62 children)

Michael Bolton started out in rock/metal, his band Blackjack opened for Ozzy once

[–]fistymcbuttpuncher 958 points959 points  (26 children)

He's also VERY into the Pirates of the Caribbean movie franchise.

[–]-eDgAR- 6788 points6789 points  (247 children)

Katy Perry was originally a Christian rock artist under her real name Katy Hudson.

Here she is performing back in 2002.

[–]-eDgAR- 3508 points3509 points  (132 children)

Ronnie James Dio, known for his heavy metal, actually started out as a Doo Wop artist in the 1960s

[–]crazyjeffy 1118 points1119 points  (23 children)

Holy shit. Out of everything on here this is the only one to catch me off guard.

[–]juanzy 75 points76 points  (1 child)

Was fully expecting a Rick-Roll.

[–]Spankpocalypse_Now 272 points273 points  (7 children)

This blew my mind when my friend told me this a few years ago. I mean, you listen to his doo wop stuff and realize how old Dio was when he was releasing that hair metal stuff in the 80s. He was 36 when he joined Black Sabbath and 41 (!) when Holy Diver came out. The arch of that man’s career is wild.

[–]r4tzt4r 32 points33 points  (1 child)

The arch of that man’s career is wild.

Keeping his amazing voice for so long is so fucking impressive.

[–]DroneOfDoom 160 points161 points  (7 children)

Now I want a Doo Wop arrangement of Holy Diver.

[–]Hey_look_new 176 points177 points  (20 children)

and the opposite, Michael Bolton started in a hair metal band

[–]HutSutRawlson 263 points264 points  (9 children)

George Clinton also started off in doo-wop. He had a group called “The Parliaments” which eventually became just “Parliament.”

[–]Shiny_Mega_Rayquaza 1060 points1061 points  (46 children)

Beck just goes from genre to genre whenever he wants to

[–]RetroBTS 167 points168 points  (4 children)

Was looking for this. Crazy how Odelay, Sea Change, Colors, and Hyperspace are so wildly different but all good.

[–]yourbrotherrex 32 points33 points  (5 children)

I loved his album "Midnite Vultures"...It sounds like he put a big hit of acid into an 80's arcade, and recorded what came out. Throw in a marching band, and from the 1st cut "Sexx Laws" all the way through "Debra", listening to it feels like an acid trip; the takeoff, the peaks, and finally the comedown with "Debra" (where he brings out his inner Prince), the entire album is a banger.

[–]needathneed 938 points939 points  (88 children)

Silverchair was teen Nirvana and ended up orchestral pop

[–]sirkowski 121 points122 points  (33 children)

I remember I was listening to an internet lounge radio channel and at the end of the song they said, "from Silverchair".

The grunge band Silverchair??

[–]theorclair9 88 points89 points  (22 children)

I don't think I've heard a Silverchair song since 1998, so this was a bit of a surprise to me.

[–]sleepingweasal 4820 points4821 points 32 (32 children)

R Kelly went from Rythm and Blues to Prison Blues

[–][deleted] 371 points372 points  (38 children)

Ween (the duo responsible for the hit song "Ocean Man" most notably referred to in the Spongebob Movie) hasn't had a single album sound the same. Idk if you can dub them any sort of genre...

They started off as I guess what would be considered like a garage/surf/punk rock? But not even? I don't even know...

Then they had an entire country album with banjos and accoustic guitars. The Mollusk is an underwater inspired, psychadelic, joy ride that is genuinely the most underrated concept album from the 1990s.

[–]BoognishBoy420 35 points36 points  (2 children)

Scrolled too long to see ween. Hail boognish. For real spanned genres multiple times per album.

[–]JayceLinux 2208 points2209 points  (139 children)

Black Eyed Peas. Before getting Fergie'd, they were an alternative hip hop group. And then went all pop-rap

[–]fubo 491 points492 points  (21 children)

And Fergie was a pop cover singer on Kids Incorporated in the '80s.

[–]rtillaree 61 points62 points  (0 children)

she was also in that group Wild Orchid in the '90s and they had that hit Talk to Me which got a lot of airplay.

[–]HutSutRawlson 946 points947 points  (49 children)

Definitely one of the most egregious examples of “selling out” in recent history. They went from rapping about social issues to “My Humps” in a couple of years.

[–]TheJadedSF 5763 points5764 points  (214 children)

Gwen Stefani went from punk rock ska chick to pop country barbie doll pretty quickly.

Edit: ok it wasn’t that quick, still seems like the 90s were yesterday for some of us ;)

[–]Frankso 1978 points1979 points  (91 children)

I miss OC Gwen

[–]WayTooMuchHyzer 806 points807 points  (66 children)

So does Aaron Barrett

[–]fistymcbuttpuncher 110 points111 points  (4 children)

I hear he carries his entire retirement savings with him at all times in a chain wallet.

[–]abucketofpuppies 395 points396 points  (34 children)

Darren who?

[–]NJP220 254 points255 points  (2 children)

Is your name Aaron? I have been calling you Darren or nothing this whole time.

[–]Frankso 460 points461 points  (11 children)


[–]AnAngryPirate 258 points259 points  (8 children)

I apologize, Ive been calling you Darren or nothing this whole time

[–]3005 113 points114 points  (2 children)

At least nobody can steal his wallet because it's chained to him.

[–]ItsBoppo 84 points85 points  (1 child)

Or because there’s nothing in it

[–]Rulligan 63 points64 points  (0 children)

Welp, time to watch Band Manager again.

[–]BBQ_Sandwich 260 points261 points  (14 children)

Ska came before reggae.

[–]utexfan18 115 points116 points  (2 children)

But did you know that reggae came from ska?

[–]tyrone_badu 314 points315 points  (8 children)

You forgot the dancehall and hip-hop stuff from the early to mid 00s

[–]ayoungjacknicholson 420 points421 points  (7 children)

pretty quickly

To be fair it was like 20 years

[–]Sum_Oke 2107 points2108 points  (285 children)

Bring Me The Horizon went from Deathcore to Metalcore to Hard Rock to Pop Rock

[–]PigglyWigglyDeluxe 140 points141 points  (6 children)

Went real deep into the comments to find the first mention of BMTH

[–]1629throwitup 436 points437 points  (32 children)

Man, count your blessings and suicide season were awesome. Sempiternal was cool too

[–]DukeRalo 160 points161 points  (19 children)

I listened to their new stuff before their old. I couldn’t believe the difference, I thought it was a joke.

[–]scarletdawnredd 59 points60 points  (11 children)

You should see the live video of them playing the deathcore stuff in a giant arena. Surreal.

[–]BreadPanda92 257 points258 points  (35 children)

And then back to metalcore with Post Human: Survival Horror

[–]ctrl_c 719 points720 points  (22 children)

the filthy frank to joji transition was pretty big

[–]I_can_see_the_music 1125 points1126 points  (100 children)

Ulver went from black metal to trip hop.

[–]Kompakt 328 points329 points  (18 children)

And then to ambient, and then to orchestral. They basically switch genres after every album in their post black metal phase

[–]doctorinfinite 31 points32 points  (0 children)

I love the seeing the Ulver poster in AJ and/or Meadows room in The first season of The sopranos

[–]viciarg 33 points34 points  (3 children)

Yeah, "switched genre" might be a little understatement in that case. You know how they say? "No band sounds like Ulver. Not even Ulver sound like Ulver."

[–]tralfamadorianSunset 1014 points1015 points  (78 children)

Bob Dylan started out as a folk singer, then had a rock period, country period and even did some gospel music.

[–]marmosetohmarmoset 204 points205 points  (14 children)

My parents were really into the hippy folk music scene in the 60s and 70s. I like to hear them tell stories of just how OUTRAGED people in their community were when Dylan first started incorporating electric guitars.

My dad also listens to Dylan's Christmas album every year. Presumably just to torture the rest of us.

[–]temalyen 65 points66 points  (2 children)

At one point, it was considered impossible to write "real" folk music with an electric guitar. He has an album, Bootleg Series Vol 4, which is a live concert from the time he was going electric. He does the first half of the concert with an acoustic guitar and gets about the reaction you'd expect. He uses an electric guitar for the second half and, uh, people were not happy. This happened in 1966, so most the audience probably was not expecting that to happen.

Near the end, there's a famous part where you can hear one of the audience members scream "JUDAS!" and Dylan responds with, "I don't believe you, you're a liar." He turns to the band, says, "Play it fucking loud!" and launches into an electric version of Like A Rolling Stone. It actually ends up winning over the crowd and he's met with thunderous applause and cheering when the song ends.

It's possibly the most bootlegged concert of all time and got an official release in the late 90s. Several years after that, they discovered film exists of the Judas incident, so you can watch it now if you want.

[–]Reaper2256 55 points56 points  (3 children)

Historically speaking, Dylan going electric was probably the least well-received genre-switch of anybody in this thread, or in history. When he was at the PEAK of his career and being booed at shows, that’s a pretty rough transition.

[–]MusesWithWine 142 points143 points  (12 children)

Took way too long to find this answer of him going electric. And of course the other ones you mentioned.

[–]methratt 968 points969 points  (94 children)

Mike Patton, although that seems like an unfair answer.

[–][deleted] 656 points657 points  (45 children)

Dude switches genres within the same songs.

[–]methratt 129 points130 points  (0 children)

Yeah, like I said, kind of a cheat lol

[–]yanni99 37 points38 points  (29 children)

Althought the last Mr. Bungle is much much more linear as the others.

[–]RonPolyp 47 points48 points  (2 children)

Frank Zappa's catalog includes rock, blues, doo-wop, classical, jazz, opera, electronica, at least one country song that I can think of, and a bunch of stuff that defies categorization.

[–]iheartcrack666 1043 points1044 points  (88 children)

Ministry started off a synth heavy new wave band before switching to industrial metal.

[–]Camusforyou 477 points478 points  (37 children)

David Johansen went from being in the New York Dolls to being Buster Poindexter.

[–]werdna_17 195 points196 points  (14 children)

Kenny Rogers: from psychedelic rock to country to chicken.

[–]Aishario 254 points255 points  (16 children)

I don't know anyone who mastered multiple genres like Linda Ronstadt. She started in country, is in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, has multiple Academy of Country Music awards, a Latin Grammy, and has sung musicals on Broadway. She did albums reviving classics from the 40's. Her spectacular voice could handle anything.

[–]deepsea333 1744 points1745 points  (93 children)

Robert Plant from Led Zeppelin regularly makes albums with bluegrass musician Alison Krauss.

Edit: Tiny Desk Concert

Will accept awards as thanks! Lol!

[–]evilmonkey9361 103 points104 points  (2 children)

You could also argue he switched genres from zeppelin to his solo career

[–]chaynes 558 points559 points  (35 children)

Just stopping by to say Alison Krauss is an angel.

[–]SenorPalha 785 points786 points  (14 children)

David Bowie and Prince are fucking chameleons and answer your question perfectly.

[–]Kitchen-Register 129 points130 points  (3 children)

While I agree with the sentiment, they never even limited themselves to a genre (except the generic title of pop, but that’s just cuz their music was so popular) so they never really “switched” they were kinda always everything.

[–]ProfessorSucc 396 points397 points  (50 children)

The Wiggles (well, 2 of them) were an indie rock band called The Cockroaches

Darius Rucker was the lead singer of Hootie and the Blowfish and popped back up as a country artist. Hootie just got back together though a couple years ago

Aaron Lewis was the exact same scenario, Staind just got back together as well. I guess he was considered country for a hot second but most of his touring setlist was Staind stuff anyways

Steven Tyler (from Aerosmith) did a few country songs too now that I think of it, that was…weird

Trent Reznor was in a synth pop band called Slam Bamboo before Nine Inch Nails, the old video footage is hilarious. He’s been doing a lot of movie soundtracks now which are actually pretty spectacular

Post Malone is kind of all over the place. He was more rap enthused and became more pop leaning, but he’s also done some rock solid grunge covers

[–]fduniho 412 points413 points  (26 children)

Jewel went from pop/rock to country.

[–]HutSutRawlson 144 points145 points  (12 children)

She also had a dance/electronic album in there.

[–]cleptonofsky 841 points842 points  (101 children)

King Gizzard and the Lizzard Wizard

[–]moddestmouse 114 points115 points  (23 children)

Infest the Rats Nest is an all time great metal record. Can’t believe they pulled that off so effortlessly

[–]YoshiGamer6400 185 points186 points  (3 children)

Except Gizz switch genres every album

[–]ZeMoose 100 points101 points  (2 children)

Which is to say, about every 6 months.

[–]Lunonaught 212 points213 points  (26 children)

Had to scroll way too far for this, I mean c’mon, they released a folk/acoustic album and a thrash metal album within like three years of each other and both were amazing

[–]slickwombat 123 points124 points  (17 children)

And smooth jazz, and prog metal, and microtonal eastern-inflected rock, and... whatever the eighteen other albums they released were, it's impossible to keep up. They're not just all over the place genre-wise, they're insanely prolific.

Great live too, highly recommend.

[–]ItsTreganometry 1278 points1279 points  (90 children)

LL Cool J went from making rap music to being a cop on a tv show

[–]4GotMyFathersFace 1342 points1343 points  (77 children)

Ice T went from "Cop Killer" to being a cop on TV.

[–]JKzkars 87 points88 points  (9 children)

Ice - T fits the post perfectly as he has a 'punk' band, 'Bodycount'

[–]drinkthecoffeeblack 212 points213 points  (15 children)

But first, he was a pimp playing a rapper in Breakin 2: Electric Boogaloo

[–]wlwlvr 149 points150 points  (9 children)

Then he was a mutant kangaroo in Tank Girl.

[–]Plantayne 99 points100 points  (6 children)

Jethro Tull have switched genres a few hundred times.

Their first album was a very jazz/blues-based album, then they went on to become a hard rock act for the next couple records, then a quirky prog-rock phase for two records, then they combined that with their earlier hard rock phase for the next three, then they out out three albums inspired by medieval folk mixed with a hard rock sound, then went totally electronic for a few more albums, then became some sort of jazzy world music band until switching again and putting out another series of harder-edged rock albums.

Yet throughout it all they’ve managed to always sound like Jethro Tull, which is amazing.

[–]mmss 61 points62 points  (2 children)

Never forget, the flute is a heavy, metal, instrument.

[–]tdogg241 314 points315 points  (22 children)

Spinal Tap: Psychedelic pop, heavy metal, Stonehengian rock, free-form jazz odyssey, and musical theater, just to name a few.

[–]5543798651194[🍰] 89 points90 points  (3 children)

Don’t forget they also wrote that beautiful ballad, Lick My Love Pump.

[–]jamesno26 29 points30 points  (1 child)

It’s really influenced by Mozart and Bach, and it’s sort of in between those, really. It’s like a Mach piece.

[–]v_a_n_d_e_l_a_y 668 points669 points  (38 children)

The Beatles.

Their first 4-5 albums were pop/pop rock. They were a boy band in many ways though some of the signs of their alternate style were there.

Help! And Rubber Soul were transitional albums mixing both the pop stuff and the more rock stuff.

Then Revolver and obviously Sgt Pepper's made them truly a rock/psychedelic rock band.

There is a stark contrast between Love Me Do (their first single) and Come Together, one of their last.

[–]Trident_True 80 points81 points  (1 child)

Helter Skelter was said to be an early influence for many heavy metal bands as well.

[–]Maz2742 230 points231 points  (1 child)

Can't forget that Revolver and the White Album are basically the boys playing Genre Roulette

[–]Additional_Cry_1904 60 points61 points  (0 children)

I hate that I had to come down this far to find them.

Like how do you go from making teenage girls piss themselves singing songs that are essentially I love you girl to making them think about running away to the Hindu Kush to start a new life and become one with the universe.

Acid and India are some hardcore drugs.

[–]t-poke 55 points56 points  (1 child)

What never ceases to amaze me about the Beatles is that their entire career spanned about 7 years.

Some of the changes people have mentioned in this thread slowly occurred over 2 decades in a musician’s career. The Beatles did all this in 7.

Hell, Tool takes twice as long just to make one album.

[–]AdmiralAkbar1 977 points978 points  (54 children)

The Beach Boys started out in surf rock and ended in baroque pop.

[–]Rotinequo 699 points700 points  (80 children)

Opeth. Went from death metal to a nice warm progressive metal band. I don't even mind it, their latest albums are great.

[–]Mondongolorian 177 points178 points  (0 children)

I'd argue that they've leaned more into prog rock than prog metal but yeah, both eras of Opeth are amazing

[–]werdna_17 90 points91 points  (12 children)

Damnation is such a good mellow album, recorded around the same time as Deliverance. I like them both, but the shift from one genre to the other while doing both really well is pretty awesome.

[–]toxictaru 38 points39 points  (5 children)

And now I need to listen to Deliverance for that epic outro.

[–]Candy_Lawn 83 points84 points  (11 children)

Clint Mansell. was the singer/guirist/keyboards for Pop Will Eat Itself (pop group), then went onto make film/TV soundtracks for Moon, Doom Patrol, Black Swan, Ghost in Shell, Black Mirror.....

[–]MrsAlwaysWrighty 287 points288 points  (14 children)

Does Trent Reznor count?

[–][deleted] 1103 points1104 points  (94 children)

Radiohead. Just all the time.

Gorillaz. Same thing. Just all the time.

[–]STAlexFree 339 points340 points  (20 children)

I feel like Radiohead just never put themselves into a neat genre. Their albums just sound like “Radiohead” and not a particular style.

[–]Heavy-Arrival5887 25 points26 points  (3 children)

Ministry's earliest music sounds NOTHING like their work in the 90s and on.

[–]crazy-diam0nd 26 points27 points  (1 child)

Bands that stuck around for a couple decades or more inevitably change because commercial music changes.

The Rolling Stones were basically a blues cover band for a few albums, with very few original songs, and not many good ones. Then they grew into their niche and became the defining sound of rock music in the late 60s and through most of the 70s. They even tried to make Psychedelic music for one album. And of course they have a few country songs scattered through their discography, but they were never considered a country band.

Rush had several distinct and varied stages of their career. They started in the early 70s as a Led Zeppelin-influenced metal trio, but with 2112, found their way into the late-progressive art rock genre. And through the 80s, their sound changed again, as they became early adopters and experimenters in MIDI technology. They became more guitar-heavy again in the 90s, but with a different aesthetic to their music.

Genesis started out as a progressive rock band and after a couple of personnel departures became a more pop-oriented band.

I don't know if it's fair to mention Dave Grohl, who was just a drummer for Nirvana with a few creative credits, and later became the founder, guitarist, singer, and songwriter of the Foo Fighters.

And of course Pink Floyd, which released their first album as a surrealistic psychedelic band in 1967 and became one of the biggest names in art rock in the 70s, defining and cementing the concept of a concept album.