THREE ODD SPLITS
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.
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.