10 Albums That Killed Artists' Careers
If you wanted any credibility as a pop star in the late '90s, most of your songs had to be laced with alternative tendencies. Even though the sound of grunge had long since fallen by the wayside, the angsty attitude and youthful lyrics still had a firm hold on the pop scene. Just before the age of boy bands, the New Radicals came out with one of the brightest pop gems of the decade.
Maybe You've Been Brainwashed is an absolute joy to listen to, with care-free songs like "You Get What You Give" being juxtaposed with more heady tracks like "I Hope I Didn't Just Give Away the Ending." So if a record is this good, how did it end up costing the band its life? Well, this was a case of a band calling it quits before they reached their full potential.
Given the sudden rush of fame, frontman Gregg Alexander began to loathe his new life as a superstar, often performing with his hat pulled down so as to not see the crowds he was performing to. Shortly after wrapping up a leg of the tour, Alexander cut ties with the rest of the band and began a successful life as a songwriter outside the spotlight. He might be in a better emotional place now, but it's a shame we'll never see how great this band could have been.