David Bowie is the perfect example of a musician who had to wait. The musician-born Davey Jones had been working desperately on his career since before the Beatles hit it big, but the breaks kept passing him by. Finally, in 1967, he changed his name to David Bowie and broke away from his record company, striking out on his own. Success soon followed with his top 5 single “Space Oddity,” and from there, the rest is history. It is said that Bowie had to wait so long for his chance that when it finally came he knew exactly what to do, navigating the confusing system of contracts and promotion with ease and laying the foundation for a lasting career.
People remember Soul Asylum as the producers of a few unforgettable grunge hits in the mid 90s who mysteriously disappeared after their anthem “Frustrated, Inc.” served as a goodbye letter from the band. What they do not realize is that Soul Asylum was the third part of the famous early 80s Minneapolis triumvirate of rock. Although the Replacements and Husker Du went on to found alternative rock, Soul Asylum had to wait almost ten years for their turn in the spotlight. When it finally came, they made the most of it and retired on a high note.
Most people remember Tori Amos as a beautiful and sensitive redhead behind the piano. They are unaware of her hair metal debut album, “Y Kant Tori Read.” It is probably just as well that they have not heard of it. Tori was not ready for stardom in 1988, so it took her a few more years to find her perfect sound.
Since their 2001 breakthrough “Yoshimi Battles The Pink Robots” the Flaming Lips have become synonymous with high tech psychedelic music and sprawling, chaotic live performances. But the history of the band stretches all the way back to 1983, when they formed in a suburb of Oklahoma City. They were a constant fringe presence through the early years of college rock, charting only once with their novelty hit “She Don’t Use Jelly.” Few at the time suspected that they would someday become one of the biggest and most profitable touring bands of all time.
Although Tupac Shakur’s meteoric career seemed to happen overnight, he had been laying the foundations of his success for years before. Shakur had been trying to perform professionally since his early teens, but the breaks kept passing him by. He even had to work as a background dancer for the 90s rap ground Digital Underground. He was meant for greater things than the “Humpty Dance,” and he found them. But it was his willingness to work hard and do what it took to succeed that brought him to stardom.
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Kandace Heller is a freelance writer from Orlando, Florida. Kandace enjoys writing, reading and going to the beach. For band members looking to make their big break like the bands in the article, Kandace suggests visiting SonicBids.