What's the deal with supergroups? They're rarely as great as the sum of their parts, or able to overcome the ghosts of bands past. Even the most commercially successful all-star bands usually fail on a musical level. Can they simply not live up to the hype? Or, as The Guardian proposed in this 2009 article discussing the phenomenon, is the "stink of last-ditch careerism" to blame for their often disappointing results? Whatever the reason, there have only been a few supergroups worthy of the name since Eric Clapton formed Cream in 1966. Far more common are the utterly terrible results of collaboration gone awry.
Cream: A supergroup that doesn't suck.
Read on for the ten worst supergroups ever to stalk the earth.
10. Monsters of Folk
Who's in it: Jim James from My Morning Jacket, Conor Oberst and Mike Mogis from Bright Eyes, and M. Ward
Why they suck: This is a classic example of a supergroup failing to live up to its potential. Four guys from admittedly pretty good bands that ended up producing some extremely weak sauce.
9. The Good, the Bad, & the Queen
Who's in it: Damon Albarn of Blur, Paul Simonon of The Clash, Simon Tong of The Verve, and Tony Allen, former drummer of Fela Kuti's band Africa 70
Why they suck: In a word, boring. Since the pseudo-demise of Blur, Damon Albarn's had a hand in about a million projects. TGTBATQ is proof that not all he touches turns to gold.
Who's in it: Les Claypool of Primus, Trey Anastasio of Phish and Stewart Copeland of The Police
Why they suck: Easily the most controversial inclusion on this list, the Wikipedia description of their music as "bass-oriented funk metal" is enough to turn the strongest of stomachs. Still, they do have their devotees--including, apparently, Reverb editor Chris Kornelis. Care to fess, Chris?
Who's in it: Members of The Smashing Pumpkins, Slint, Tortoise, Chavez, and A Perfect Circle
Why they suck: Well, first off, the vanity project of known egomaniac and control freak Billy Corgan is bound to run into some... artistic challenges. Basically, their music was really shitty, though Corgan disagreed. Of their acrimonious breakup, he said, "The music wasn't the big problem, it was more their attitude," then proceeded to trash-talk members of the band by name. Are you sure it wasn't your attitude that was the problem, Billy?
6. The Power Station
Who's in it: Robert Palmer, former Chic drummer Tony Thompson, and Duran Duran's John Taylor and Andy Taylor
Why they suck: Despite the popularity of "Some Like it Hot" (which reached #6 in the U.S. charts), it-- shocker-- hasn't held up over time. Power Station ran from 1985-1995, not the best time for over-produced pop made by past-their-prime stars.
Who's in it: Former members of Yes Billy Sherwood and Tony Kaye and Bobby Kimball, frontman of Toto
Why they suck: Who knew that adding a member of the awesome Toto to Yes would create a band worse than Circa? The "clever" combo name doesn't help matters.
Who's in it: Soundgarden's Chris Cornell and Rage Against the Machine's Tom Morello, Tim Commerford, and Brad Wilk
Why they suck: Rap rock meets grunge in an unfortunate but highly lucrative pairing.
3. Mike + the Mechanics
Who's in it: Though they've gone through multiple lineup changes, the initial iteration was Mike Rutherford of Genesis, singers Paul Carrack (Ace, Squeeze, Roxy Music) and Paul Young (Sad Café), Adrian Lee on keys and drummer Peter Van Hooke
Why they suck: First offense: the plus sign. Second offense: "The Living Years," "Silent Running," or any other of their bland, corporate, chart-invading singles.
Who's in it: Sammy Hagar and Michael Anthony of Van Halen, Joe Satriani and Red Hot Chili Peppers' Chad Smith
Why they suck: Merely to mention the name is to strike fear into the hearts of hard rock fans. A bundle of uncreative rock clichés so ridiculous they named their second album Chickenfoot III.
1. Alter Bridge
Who's in it: Mark Tremonti, Brian Marshall, and Scott Phillips, all of Creed, and Myles Kennedy, the frontman of Slash's current solo project.
Why they suck: Do you really need to ask? It's three-quarters of Creed
Who do you think was the worst supergroup of all time? Call them out in the comments!