Plenty of bands don't only make funky jams, they also get some funkin' done in the bedroom, and possibly tour bus with each other. Bands like Fleetwood Mac whose members did a whole lot of incestuous mackin' and bumping uglies over the years.
In honor of this famously horny act coming to town to play at the BB&T Center on June 8, we're taking a look at ten bands who confused the music business with monkey business. Since it is often said the only act that is more intimate than sex is performing music with someone, we will explore the musical acts that put that theory to the test.
10. Sonic Youth
Kim Gordon and Thurston Moore seemed to have the perfect indie marriage. Hitched in 1984, they rode the 1990's alt everything craze all the way to their separation in 2011, which also sadly seemed to end the band.
Before she was on Portlandia, Carrie Brownstein fronted the band Sleater-Kinney. She recorded the first album with her then lover Corin Tucker on the last night of a 1994 trip to Australia. The romance ended a couple years later, but the band continued, led by the duo, for another decade.
Perhaps the sweetest story on the list. Singer Debbie Harry and guitarist Chris Stein were the toast of the New Wave Studio 54 era. But when Stein suffered from an autoimmune deficiency Harry took four years off to nurse him back to health which allowed Stein to have a full recovery and allowed Blondie to reunite in 1999.
7. No Doubt
This southern California pop-punk band tried to be a latter day Blondie right down to platinum trussed lead singer Gwen Stefani romancing with a dark haired sideman in bassist Tony Kanal. Fortunately, Kanal never got sick, the band could continue and Stefani could move on to a more famous paramour, Gavin Rossdale.
6. Jefferson Airplane
Ah, the era of free love, when Grace Slick could sleep with every member of this San Francisco psychedelic band save her fellow singer. The two guitarists. Check. The drummer. Check. The bassist. Check. Who knew that when they were singing that one pill makes you taller they were singing about Viagra?
5. Culture Club
Boy George did a little kiss and tell when he revealed his affair with drummer Jon Moss. Moss denied the affair before relenting, and calling Boy George names that could make him cry.
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4. Ike and Tina Turner
This was not a marriage worth emulating. Ike's 1985 response to Tina's autobiography, I, Tina, was "There have been times when I punched her to the ground without thinking. But I have never beat her." Luckily, metaphorically, it's true that no one can really beat Tina.
3. The White Stripes
When this indie rock duo shot to fame in 2001, Jack and Meg White claimed to be brother and sister. It took hard-edged investigative journalism to reveal they were in fact a divorced couple, and not also siblings
2. Fleetwood Mac
Rumours is one of the best-selling albums of all time, and it is all fueled by heartbreak. Stevie Nicks ended her relationship with Lindsey Buckingham while bassist John McVie and pianist Christine McVie got divorced. While Christine McVie wants nothing to do with the band 30-odd years later Nicks and Buckingham are able to put the past behind them and continue to tour.
1. The Mamas and The Papas
Where to start? Should we start with John Phillips catching his wife and co-singer Michelle Phillips sleeping with the other papa in the band, Denny Doherty? Or with Mama Cass Elliot's obsession with Doherty? We can certainly end with John's daughter MacKenzie Phillips who joined a revamped version of the Mamas and the Papas and claimed to have had a consensual incestuous relationship with her father.
Fleetwood Mac. Saturday, June 8, at BB&T Center, One Panther Parkway, Sunrise. Tickets cost $35.75 to $145.75 plus fees. Visit FleetwoodMac.com.
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