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Supergroups: 10 of the Best From the Past (videos / streams)

Kevin Amorim / Newsday (MCT)

The supergroup -- that pop-music phenomenon where already-famous musicians collaborate to create a new, sometimes short-lived band -- is still alive and well.

Just last year, several supergroups went supernova -- from the hard-rocking and unfortunately named Chickenfoot (Van Halen's Sammy Hagar and Michael Anthony, Red Hot Chili Pepper Chad Smith and guitar virtuoso Joe Satriani) to the power-poppy Tinted Windows (Hanson's Taylor Hanson, Smashing Pumpkins' James Iha, Fountains of Wayne's Adam Schlesinger and Cheap Trick's Bun E. Carlos).

Included in that list is the classic alt-rock trio Them Crooked Vultures -- Led Zeppelin's John Paul Jones, Dave Grohl from Nirvana and the Foo Fighters, and Queens of the Stone Age's Josh Homme.

Here are 10 other supergroups, by era.

-- Kevin Amorim / Newsday (MCT)

 

1. Blind Faith

MEMBERS: Eric Clapton and Ginger Baker (Cream), Steve Winwood (Traffic), Rick Grech

ERA: 1969

KNOWN FOR: Blues rock that rose from ashes of Cream, Clapton and Baker's previous band

SONG: "Can't Find My Way Home"

 

2. Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young

MEMBERS: David Crosby, Stephen Stills, Graham Nash, Neil Young

ERA: 1969-70, off and on to the present

KNOWN FOR: The folkies' second show was at Woodstock

SONG: "Teach Your Children"

 

3. Emerson, Lake and Palmer

MEMBERS: Keith Emerson (The Nice), Greg Lake (King Crimson), Carl Palmer

ERA: '70s, early and late '90s and this spring

KNOWN FOR: Prog-rock's first supergroup (after the first breakup, Palmer joined '80s supergroup Asia)

SONG: "Lucky Man"

 

4. Bad Company

MEMBERS: Boz Burrell (King Crimson), Mick Ralphs (Mott the Hoople), Paul Rodgers and Simon Kirke (Free)

ERA: Early '70s to early '80s, mid-'80s to mid-'90s with new members, original members might be back for U.K. shows in April

KNOWN FOR: Managed by Led Zeppelin's manager, Peter Grant; also signed to Zep's Swan Song Records

SONG: "Can't Get Enough of Your Love"

 

5. The Highwaymen

MEMBERS: Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings, Kris Kristofferson

ERA: '85-'95

KNOWN FOR A legendary outlaw country most-wanted list

SONG: Their version of "Desperados Waiting for a Train"

 

6. Traveling Wilburys

MEMBERS: George Harrison, Jeff Lynne, Bob Dylan, Tom Petty, Roy Orbison

ERA: Late '80s, early '90s

KNOWN FOR: Best supergroup ever? A Beatle, Dylan and Petty? Orbison died after the first album, "Vol. 1," came out

SONG: "Handle With Care"

 

7. The Power Station

MEMBERS: Robert Palmer, John Taylor, Andy Taylor, Tony Thompson

ERA: 1985, 1996

KNOWN FOR: A true '80s deal — two Duranies, a member of Chic and Mr. "Addicted to Love"; its '96 album flopped

SONG: Their version of "Bang a Gong (Get It On)"

 

8. Temple of the Dog

MEMBERS: Chris Cornell, Jeff Ament, Stone Gossard, Matt Cameron

ERA" 1990

KNOWN FOR: A grungy homage to the late singer of Mother Love Bone. Soundgarden's Cornell later went on to front Audioslave.

SONG: "Hunger Strike"

 

9. Velvet Revolver

MEMBERS: Slash, Scott Weiland, Duff McKagan, Matt Sorum, Dave Kushner

ERA: 2002-2008

KNOWN FOR: VR stood in for Van Halen when VH didn't show at the 2007 Rock Hall induction ceremony

SONG: "Slither"

 

10. Child Rebel Soldier

MEMBERS Kanye West, Pharrell Williams, Lupe Fiasco

ERA: 2007-now

KNOWN FOR: There's an album in the works; "Us Placers" made Rolling Stone's top 100 songs of '07 (No. 43).

SONG: "Us Placers"

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