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We're the Replacements: The Top Nine Bands Who Did Better With a New Frontman

by Theta1138   January 07, 2010 at 10:00AM  |  Views: 7,085

Some bands are a group effort, but with other bands, one guy gets all the credit, becomes the face of the band...and then he's gone.  Sometimes, though, it turns out the frontman was the one holding them back from fame and fortune.  Here are a bunch of bands who should've ditched their frontmen a hell of a lot sooner.

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By Dan Seitz

9. Survivor


Survivor, with lead vocalist Dave Bickler, released a minor song you might have heard of called "Eye of the Tiger."  After the minor success of said movie theme song, they put out the album "Caught in the Game," which wasn't quite as successful.  Soon after that album tanked, Bickler became ill and had to drop out, so they recruited Jimi Jamieson, whose biggest achievement to that point was singing background vocals for ZZ Top.

They promptly put out Vital Signs, which had three hit singles, followed by When Seconds Count, which didn't even crack the top twenty but still sold half a million albums.  Survivor broke up in 1989, giving it eleven years before the inevitable reunion tour, while Bickler went on to sing for the Bud Light "Real Men of Genius" promos.


8. AC/DC


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Okay, okay, AC/DC didn't fire Bon Scott, and they weren't planning on doing it, but unfortunately Scott's vomit, as we all know, had other ideas.  At least he died like a rock star.

On the other hand, after they hired Brian Johnson they completed Back In Black, and it's kind of hard to argue with the results. Black is the fourth highest-selling album in the U.S., as in ever, and gave us classic love ballads like "You Shook Me All Night Long" and "Hell's Bells."  And, a few road bumps and crazy drummers aside, they've been going strong ever since.  In fact, just this year they finally took the title of highest-grossing Australian act from the Wiggles, fixing a long-standing blemish on Australia's reputation as the manliest country on earth.


7. Journey


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Journey started out as a bunch of San Francisco musicians playing jazz fusion, and was about as successful as any jazz fusion band is.  Once they realized that jazz fusion wasn't going to make them rich or even get them laid, they hired front man Robert Fleischman to try a more contemporary sound.  To give you an idea of just how well that went, the first time a Journey track Fleischman sang on was released fifteen years after it was recorded.

After packing Fleischman off to a career of solo albums nobody bought, they hired Steve Perry off of a turkey farm (no, really, at the time, Perry was working on a turkey farm).

Seven best-selling albums, several epic power ballads, and one very regrettable arcade game later, Perry left the band in 1998.  A decade later, after years of toiling in semi-obscurity, the rest of the band found a Filipino singer doing a great Steve Perry impersonation on YouTube and hired him...yielding yet another platinum album.  Never underestimate the power of power ballads!


6. Iron Maiden


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Forget losing the frontman, Iron Maiden went through more band members than a nymphomaniac groupie.  At the start, between Steve Harris and Dave Murray, it was like a heavy metal soap opera: somebody was always being fired, quitting, or both at the same time.  At one point Harris fired the entire freakin' band.  Finally, they locked in their lineup, including epic metal front man...Paul Di'Anno.

By 1981, whether it was because Paul Di'Anno wanted to go in a deep, profound new artistic direction (his version) or because he did more drugs than was healthy even by metal standards (everyone else's version), Di'Anno got the boot and was replaced with Bruce Dickinson.  For some reason, having a stable frontman helped the band: the first album Dickinson was on, Number of the Beast, went to number one in the U.K. and was top of the charts across most of the world as well, and Maiden's been doing pretty well ever since.  Well, except for the VH1 reality show with the plane.  That was just embarrassing.


5. Black Flag


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Punk bands are never noted for their stability, but even by that standard, Black Flag is just a little bit special.  They managed to drive away one singer because a show got too violent, forcing them to play "Louie Louie" (and later getting him credited as Chavo Pederast), and then managed to wear out the voice of Dez Cadena, who luckily was a pretty good guitarist.

Stuck for somebody to scream into the mic, Henry Rollins happened to be handy, and they hired him.  They promptly recorded and released Damaged, one of the greatest punk albums ever and the peak of Black Flag's catalog.

Then they weren't legally allowed to use their own name for a couple of years because of a legal argument with their original label.  So they were successful and kept their punk cred!