The Exploding Hearts were a very promising punk band from a few years back. They released one album (Guitar Romantic) independently that I just thought was awesome. They were in negotiations to sign a deal and then promptly crashed their van. Everyone but the drummer died.
Rockpile, as far as I know, made one album, Seconds of Pleasure. The band included Nick Lowe and Dave Edmunds, and the lineup recorded albums released as solo projects for those two, but only released the one album under the name Rockpile. I wish they had stayed together long enough to produce more material as a band.
Kak. Nice little psychedelic group that recorded one fine album, then vanished.
Blood Sweat and Tears. At least, the original group fronted by Al Kooper: they fell apart after one superb album, but a few of the group managed to replace them with the David Clayton-Thomas version that we all know.
**Derek and the Dominoes. ** (There were two live albums after “Layla,” but one was never officially released).
Keith Moon. One of rock’s greatest drummers, he put out a solo album “Two Sides of the Moon” (the front cover showed his face; the back cover showed his . . . moon).
Attila. One of the worst albums in the history of rock, and it seems to be out of print despite the fact that this was the first effort by someone who became a major star: Billy Joel. Joel doesn’t even talk about this one, and even his biggest fans pretend it doesn’t exist.
4 Non Blondes released Bigger, Better, Faster, More which was an awesome album. Unfortunately, it was their only album. Lead singer Linda Perry is still fairly active in the music world but no more 4NB.
Man, you have great taste, Crotalus - I love Rockpile! Teacher, Teacher, along with Crawling from the Wreckage and so many others on that CD - great stuff.
One could argue for The Stone Roses - their eponymous album was revolutionary in the early 90’s - very influential in Britain, since it was poppy, guitar-oriented and the band was from Manchester - influencing folks like Oasis and all the other Brit-poppers. Brilliant stuff, but then they got tied up in contract disputes and their next album was held up for years. By the time it came out, they had faded a lot - nothing near their original profile.
Really too bad - one of those start-to-end great albums…
I must be completely misremembering 4 Non Blondles. I could have sworn they disbanded because a key member had died. No mention of anything like that on Wikipedia (nor any mention of such a rumor) so I must be way off.
As for the topic, I can think of several bands/singers who never lived up to their one big album, but I can’t conjure up anyone who gave up after one album.