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Why do most artists only have 1 good decade?

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2 years ago by Norman in Entertainment > Music

It's saturday and I thought let me throw one debate out there and see what i get back.
I see with artists that they mostly just have 1 great decade. Why is that? I can understand this is the case with sports stars because their performance depends on the body.
Don't you just get better with more experience? It seems classical musicians get better with age but not popular music artists. I'm not an artist so I can't really be the judge. But the examples of this are so common: Billy Joel, Whitney Houston, Michael Jackson, Beatles (they stopped wisely), Elvis Presley, Prince, David Bowie, Abba, Stevie Wonder, Ricky Martin, Enrique Iglesias, The Doors. Many do carry on but not on the same level.

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BVNJ

I don't think that's true mate. A number of those people died so yea that never helps. But beyond that look at U2; the Stones; Radiohead & go down the list. Some don't last others do.

2 years ago by BVNJ

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Frisbee

I think after 10 years a lot of people are out of ideas.

2 years ago by Frisbee

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Ross

Bruce Springsteen, still as good now as he's ever been and still giving the same level of performance despite his age.

Another exception I can think of are Iron Maiden, their latest album is one of their best in my opinion.

However, I do agree with your general point and I think it has to do with a difference in what fans and artists want. If an artist breaks through with a couple of great albums then fans tend to just want more and more of the same, where as artists get bored of this and always want to expand their horizons and experiment with their music, which they have every right to do but it's just not something fans want, so the more they experiment and change the music, the more the fans lose interest and the artist loses momentum

2 years ago by Ross

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Selena  Roberts

I love Bruce, you can't believe his energy. Another artist that keeps strong is Elton John. Maybe he doesn't score hits but he's still a very good singer. About what you say, there's the part of moving away from fans' expectations but also I feel that the rewards are so huge that artists lose their muse. Think of George Michael for instance. When you have millions within 5 or 10 years you become lazy eventually.

2 years ago by Selena Roberts

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robbie_t

Look at Madonna, yes she's batcrazy but still on top after over 30 years and making great music.

2 years ago by robbie_t

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Nobody can eat 50 eggs

I think that most artists have only so many good songs in them. And after a decade or so most of your best ideas have been used, sad but true. That's why you have the great first album thing where bands actually never surpass that masterpiece that kicked them onto the scene. You see it a lot. But you also see bands that keep innovating. I don't actually care if they do stuff later that doesn't really sell, as long as you keep on changing and thinking. That's anytime better than trying to recreate some stale hit from 2001.

2 years ago by Nobody can eat 50 eggs

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Tracey Howell

Yea why it is who knows......I think many artists get criticised so much.....all the tensions they go through in the industry....take the example of Prince...years of wrangling and him writing slave on his cheek......was he ever at the same level again after that?.......of course he still had the same ability the same voice, the same talent......but they took his spark away.

2 years ago by Tracey Howell

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robbie_t

Stress and drugs and stuff like that can't help in the long run.

2 years ago by robbie_t

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That MOVIE Guy

Are you talking only about musicians or also about visual artists and film makers? Cos I think its def not true for visual artists.

2 years ago by That MOVIE Guy

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Iam LmnOP

I think it's just musicians.

2 years ago by Iam LmnOP

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Princess Geena

So why do some artists always make good music? They must be doing something differently.

2 years ago by Princess Geena

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Br0dude

i think its influence dey dont stay fresh & get exposed 2 nu stuff. dey get so busy all dey evr hear is themselvs playing. i know frm experience dey dont take time out to refuel etc so u get burnt out.

2 years ago by Br0dude

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Mongoose

?? It's obvious they get into live albums and compilations & they have enough dosh coming in already.

2 years ago by Mongoose

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pig in the rain

Only 1 good album you mean. A decade would be great.

2 years ago by pig in the rain

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