There’s currently a thread about the ugliest rock and roll legal battles, but current events with certain music acts got me thinking about what the ugliest marriage break-ups were in pop music.
Top billing probably goes to the band that got me thinking about this subject, Fleetwood Mac. There are two couples that decoupled there, and there’s STILL tension decades after the break-ups/divorce. Lindsey Buckingham and Stevie Nicks, and John and Christine McVie both rather famously found FM a very tense experience and both Buckingham and Christine McVie either quit or were fired at various times (Buckingham is currently suing the band for firing him recently).
The Mamas and the Papas were also a massive interrelationship crapshow. Cass was crushing hard on Dennie and Dennie slept with Michelle. Michelle and John’s divorce pretty much ended the band, and John’s daughter Mackenzie Phillips wrote in her memoir that John basically molested her long-term.
And then there’s ABBA, another two-couple crap attack. The divorces were reportedly pretty bitter and some of the later songs seem kind of sadistic in the very personal relationship-end subject matter that Benny and Bjorn wrote for Ani-Frid and Agnetha to sing.
Can anyone think of any other bands that fit the theme?