Aaah the tricky second album syndrome, it catches a lot of bands on the hop doesn’t it? After all you have a decade or so to piece together the tunes for your first album, while the second is often flung together in a heartbeat after months of touring.
If you are smart you have saved a few great songs from your early days to tide you over. If not then you better hope that the substance induced writers block disappears and fast.
The tricky part is deciding do you simply try and replicate that first album and risk accusations that you haven’t moved on? Or take the band in a different direction and then risk alienating the fans who loved your early stuff. Either route is fraught with danger.
Here then are twelve apocryphal tales of bands whose second albums were in one way or another disastrous. Some of them, in fact many of them, are actually pretty good, but, poor reviews, a lack of hit singles and a general falling from fashion meant that they stalled, and in some instances killed, a band’s career.
So have a look through the list and tell me which ones I have missed in the comments.
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6 Kula Shaker - Peasants Pigs and Astronauts
Kula Shaker's debut, K, might feature some cheesy lyrics and fairly obvious 60s steals, but it is still one of the 90s key albums for me. Cue the follow up, Peasants Pigs and Astronauts, which took the odder side of that debut to the max. A few stronger tunes would have been good too. It wasn't helped either by the choice of single, Mystical Machine Gun, having such a naff title, terrible lyrics and dull extended intro. In spite of being a permanent member of Amazon's 1p CD club there are those who love this album. They cite Timeworm and Radhe Radhe (more curry psych in the vein of Govinda) as key moments. They may have a point.