11 Pop Acts Who Used to Rock
Unfortunately, these acts were all seduced by the bright and shiny side of the music industry. You can say they sold out or went soft, but they all became ridiculously popular after moving away from their rock sound. You wouldn’t even recognize half these artists if we didn’t name them.
Did you know Maroon 5 used to be called Kara’s Flowers? Jumping around in their plaid shirts, colored hair and ripped jeans, Kara’s Flowers came from the school of Nirvana and Soundgarden. Some early footage of the band has surfaced on YouTube, and you won’t believe that people used to mosh to what became Maroon 5.
Before “Iris” and “Black Balloon” gave Goo Goo Dolls and 4x platinum album, Johnny Rzeznik and the boys were a punk rock band that ripped dirty ass solos, and they were signed to Metal Blade Records. They definitely performed one of the biggest 180s in this list, but you can’t blame them for trying a radio friendly sound, as they went from ratty bar band to international headliners.
Oh Gwen, what on earth happened to you? Stefani used to be ska-punk’s princess, but she traded her Cons for glass slippers. Even after No Doubt went pop, Stefani went deeper into the world of glitz with her solo career, which includes unforgivable abominations like “Hollaback Girl.” Bradley Nowell would have been pissed.
Check out these 11 Pop Acts Who Used to Rock in the Loud List above.
10 Insane Bandmate Fights
Not Your Parents' Top 10 Frontmen List