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Mix: What Happened To…

Dear bands we like(d) but stopped listening to, one-hit and one-album wonders, defunct-too-soon artists, and established or on-the-rise musicians who seemingly disappeared,

We miss you.

Below, listen to songs and musicians The Spec ladies haven’t forgotten about…


Artist: Nelly Furtado | Song: Explode
I listened to much of Whoa, Nelly! released in 2000 and Folklore released in 2003 but my listening trailed off around the release of Loose in 2006. However, Google tells me Furtado released a Spanish album, Mi Plan, in 2009 and is set to release a new album this summer. I’m interested to hear what direction she takes her music.

Artist: Low vs Diamond| Song: Heart Attack
I dug “Life After Love” from their 2007 EP and “Heart Attack” from their self-titled debut album. The only album they ever released. Low vs Diamond, where are you?

Artist: The Whitest Boy Alive | Song: High On The Heels
After searching the band to see where they are now, I was surprised and excited to discover they have plans to drop a new album this year, three years after their last release.

Artist: Norah Jones | Song: Come Away With Me
I can’t confirm, but I’m pretty sure every person over the age of 18 knows this song. Norah Jones took the music world by storm in 2002 with her debut album, Come Away With Me, which sold over 20 million copies and earned her five Grammy Awards. But I can’t seem to think of a single song after that album.

A simple search tells me I’ve been missing out on the genius that is Jones. She has released three albums since 2002, and all but one have reached #1 in the United States. I have a lot of catching up to do.

Artist: The Bravery | Song: An Honest Mistake
The Bravery has not released an album of new music since 2009’s Stir In The Blood. However, they released a live album and recorded “Ours” in 2010, which is included on the soundtrack for The Twilight Saga: Eclipse.

A look at their website reveals the most recent blog post was December 2010 and states the band has “resolved a legal dispute with their former record label and will go on to release a new single and album following a residency at London’s Hoxton Bar and Kitchen and further UK shows.” Maybe they are still drinking in the bar? Waiters in the kitchen? All I know is I’m anxiously awaiting a new album.


Artist: Enon | Song: Rubber Car
I stopped listening to them after Hocus Pocus. I really had no reason to. This is a good example of the adage, “you don’t miss it until it’s gone.”

After I stopped listening, they released a compilation album in 2005, a fourth full-length album in 2007, and a few singles. They were also featured on Yo Gabba Gabba! in 2010 and toured with Caribou in 2010 and 2011.

Those facts make me cringe, but even more disturbing is that the band recently confirmed that they’re pretty much done and will not release another album. I guess it’s time to play catch up with what I’ve missed and add to my disappointment about their disbanding.

Artist: K’s Choice | Song: Home
A quick Google search shows that the band is still making music. I started listening to them after their Almost Happy album, released in 2000. They didn’t release another album until 2010, but by then I’d exhausted myself, I guess, with their previous four albums.

Artist: Lovage | Song: To Catch a Thief
A friend of a friend made me a mix CD of Lovage and that’s how it all began. Dan the Automator, where did you go?

Artist: Honey Is Cool | Song: Drums and Boys
OK, we all know what happened here — Karin Dreijer moved on and became far more popular, the lead lady of The Knife and Fever Ray. No complaints regarding that, but I wonder what could have been with this band.

Artist: Little Joy | Song: With Strangers
Am I being unrealistic and impatient with this one? I’m aware that the band, specifically Fab Moretti, is probably busy with other projects, but another Little Joy album would be a dream realized for me.


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