I happened to stumble upon a video of Terence Trent D’Arby today. “No doubt some of you younger dopers are scratching your heads, saying Terence who who?” But in 1988, he burst upon the national music scene in a blaze of glory. “The new Prince!” "The future of rock & roll!’ “Guaranteed to be the next big thing in music!” were some of the things the gushing music press were exclaiming.
To be fair, Mr. Darby did have a number one record, and his first album sold well, but after that…by 1989, he wasn’t even in the “where are they now?” category, more like “who was he?”
Around about the same time, a group called Hothouse Flowers came out. Every time they came on the radio, the announcer promised that “these guys are gonna be BIG!” Why did every music critic think these guys had a future? Because they were from Ireland - just like U2!!! Hothouse Flowers lasted less time and had even less impact than Darby did.
Anyway, that got me to thinking about who else was announced to be “the Next Big Thing” and just fizzled out? This seems to happen most often in pop music, but doesn’t have to be limited to it. Take comedian / film “star” Yahoo Serious for example. But what other examples do you remember of Next Big Things that didn’t take?