After the Phenomenon

Rumor has it that Butch Vig has been in the studio since August producing Green Day’s follow up to ‘American Idiot’. I was surprised to find out that since their last tour date, Green Day et al have popped up in the form of the Foxboro Hot Tubs.

This got me thinking about artists who have had to follow up on a seminal work.

Since her multi-Grammy winning ‘Back to Black’, **Amy Winehouse **now looks to be days away from deathfrom an addiction to crack/meth. I’m holding no hope she’ll make another–any other–work.

**Alanis Morrisette **found herself in Indiadealing with life after the storm of ‘Jagged Little Pill’ had died down. The gonads and strife of her songs on ‘Jagged Little Pill’ gave way to the soft and spiritual ‘Supposed Former Infatuation Junkie’.

And then…I hear crickets.

What other artists have had to lick some wounds from the shrapnel of their masterpieces exploding on the charts?