The Worst Supergroups Of All Time
2. Everything Slash Has Been In Since Guns and Roses
While Audioslave seemed to be a project based on a firm footing of musical ability, Slash's ventures since leaving G&R were a predictable disaster. Slash's Snakepit, a band that may as well have been called Fuck You Axl!, was definitive proof, if it were needed, that Slash was not the songwriter he hoped he was, and then worlds of ego collided in the form of Velvet Revolver, with other disenfranchised G&R members and Scott Weiland, of all people.
The second they named their new project The Project, you could tell it was going to be awful. Is this the only project that matters, Slash? Is it? The oxygen of judgment-free hype was pursued in the form of a VH1 documentary, and the eventual name, Velvet Revolver, simply expresses the sort of conceptual ineptitude that was to follow. I mean, a velvet revolver wouldn't even work, would it? The components would be hopelessly lightweight. It's like calling your band Polystyrene Bazooka. Their career followed a similar path to Audioslave's, however - excitement at the new project of famous rock musicians, followed by fans hearing the music and going "oh. Oh dear." The less said about Slash's Superbowl appearance, the better.
I am firmly of the opinion that Zwan are one of the worst things that ever happened. See, you'd forgotten about them until now, hadn't you? You'd repressed the memory of Billy Corgan hiring talented guitarists simply so he could push them down the mix and weep at the sheer emotive power of his own guitar playing, possibly while looking into a mirror as said guitarists brought him food they'd cooked. That's because repressed memories are the only answer to the damage done by this album. It should have killed Corgan's career stone-dead.
In case you've repressed it so effectively that you've no idea what I'm talking about, have a look at Zwan's video for "Lyric". Look at that hat and scarf combo Corgan is sporting. Look at the fact that he is literally leading all the talented musicians he hired out of the dark at the start of the video. Cry at the fact that one of those musicians is David Pajo, who could out-solo Corgan using only his teeth. Just listen with the sound off.
Even Corgan can't stand the album any more, and his favorite possession is probably a photo album featuring only him, with everyone else cropped out of every single photo. Here's what the lead songwriter and man responsible for recruitment said about Zwan recently.
"Thousands of lies upon lies upon lies. I'll never go anywhere near those people. Ever. I mean, I detest them. You can put that in capital letters."
I'm not sure anyone else in Zwan is disappointed by that result.