THREE ODD SPLITS

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THE BEAU­TI­FUL SOUTH

In 2007, fol­low­ing 19 years as one of the most com­mer­cially suc­cess­ful Bri­tish pop bands, The Beau­ti­ful South split up due to (as their wry and un­usu­ally brief press re­lease stated) “mu­si­cal sim­i­lar­i­ties”.

RAGE AGAINST THE MA­CHINE

At the 2000 Video Mu­sic Awards, fol­low­ing Limp Bizkit’s nab­bing of the gong for Best Rock Video, Rage Against the Ma­chine bass player Tim Com­mer­ford climbed onto the stage and made a gen­eral tool of him­self. Com­mer­ford’s solo run, how­ever, went against the strin­gent demo­cratic de­ci­sion-mak­ing process of RATM, which split up some weeks af­ter.

THE SMITHS

When Mor­ris­sey wanted to cover yet an­other 1960s pop song by a fe­male artist, Johnny Marr had had enough: “I didn’t form a group to per­form Cilla Black songs,” he har­rumphed.

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