Dynamic Duos Disbanded: The Money May Be Good, But Not Good Enough To Talk To You!
As Jack White soldiers on with his solo career, it's time here at List of the Day to use this flimsy premise to remember all the great musical duos who are no longer intact. Obviously, there have been more than 25, but it's my job to make the square peg fit into the round hole. I've tried as best I can to avoid duos who are said to be on hiatus, figuring if they can't decide if they're still together, why should I?
An alarming amount of lazy musicians maintain they're still working together and could conceivable release something in the next decade. I ignored dynamic duos who performed in bigger organizations. Therefore, Lennon and McCartney were ineligible. "The Ballad of John and Yoko" may be all them, but it's still credited as Beatles, The.
But that still leaves plenty of quality twosomes to remember. The ranking was, as always, carefully programmed, with positions mostly determined by how I typed them out in the first place. Maybe you enjoy cutting and pasting, but I find it annoying.
25) Buckner and Garcia: Like most people, I assumed the duo who recorded "Pac-Man Fever" to be Richard Buckner and Jerry Garcia, but according to Wikipedia, the most semi-reliable source for news on the web, it's an Akron-based duo of Jerry Buckner and Gary Garcia. The original recordings are not currently available and re-recordings of such classics as "Froggy's Lament," "Do The Donkey Kong," "Ode to A Centipede" and, of course, "Pac-Man Fever" are what's available for purchase. Doesn't anyone value art anymore?
24) Zager and Evans: "In the Year 2525," a number one hit in 1969, when we were all led to believe man landed on the moon in preparation for an MTV ad campaign, is arguably the greatest song ever written about the year 2525, which none of us now living will be able to confirm its accuracy. The duo smartly put Zager ahead of Evans, knowing full well the "Z" catalog would put this near Frank Zappa as opposed to the Easybeats.
23) The Louvin Brothers: Satan Is Real has become a legendary album cover and hopefully a few hipsters who enjoy laughing at it have taken the time to listen to the record within its cover and discovered that Ira and Charlie Louvin's harmonies are far more listenable than the racket heard in most Brooklyn bedrooms. A trust fund is nice, but it won't give you a career.
22) Richard and Linda Thompson: Their divorce album, Shoot Out the Lights, makes them all the more legendary. Sure, Richard on his worst day can outplay just about anyone on guitar, and Linda, even when her vocal cords are paralyzing, can outsing the auto-tuned geniuses that litter the computer-as-music generation (don't get me wrong, I love machines!), but everyone knows complacency and good manners are instantly forgettable. Linda with a bottle, looking to smash it on Richard's head, is a ratings winner. Everyone take your chances on the Wall of Death.