One Album Wonders
A one-off never to be forgotten
The news that former Mötley Crüe vocalist John Corabi has been performing his old band’s self-titled 1994 album on tour got us thinking about bands who’ve recruited a new frontman or guitarist for just one album, capturing one, never-to-be-repeated moment in their career. Here’s eight stand-alone albums worth investigating...
Faith No More – King For A Day… Fool For A Lifetime
When ‘Big Sick Ugly’ Jim Martin was fired from/quit Faith No More following the completion of the touring cycle for 1992’s_ Angel Dust_ album, Mike Patton recommended his childhood friend (and fellow Mr Bungle member) Trey Spruance as his replacement. This line-up of FNM duly recorded the excellent, thrillingly eclectic King For A Day… album, but Spruance elected not to tour with the band, leading to keyboard tech Dean Menta holding down the position for the following two years. Curiously, in 2011 Spruance played his very first gig with the band in Santiago, Chile, at a special one-off show where the quintet performed King For A Day… in its entirety. Fuck knows why, but then it’s often best not to try to second guess Faith No More’s peculiarly warped logic.
Black Sabbath – Seventh Star
Following an ill-fated collaboration with ex-Deep Purple frontman Ian Gillan on 1983’s Born Again album, Geezer Butler and Bill Ward quit Black Sabbath leaving Tony Iommi as the group’s only original member. The disillusioned guitarist duly decided to park the Sabbath name and record a solo record, for which he recruited old friend Glenn ‘The Voice Of Rock’ Hughes (coincidentally another Deep Purple alumni) on vocals. When the album was completed however, Iommi’s management decided that it should be released not as an Iommi solo project, but as ‘Black Sabbath featuring Tony Iommi’, a calculated move to trade on the commercial pull of the Sabbath name. The problem with this, however, was that with its glossy production and more conventional hard rock stylings, Seventh Star sounded absolutely nothing like a Sabbath album. On tour in the US, the union swiftly ended in tears, with Hughes getting into a physical altercation with the band’s tour manager, and being sacked after just five dates: Iommi’s non-confrontational but less-than-subtle way of firing the singer was simply to slip a UK-bound flight ticket under his hotel room door. Ouch.