For this week’s Discussion, PropertyOfZack is piggybacking off of our friends over at AbsolutePunk to make a list of some of the The Biggest Bands (in our scene) To Crossover To The Mainstream. Ten years ago, bands like New Found Glory, Taking Back Sunday, and Hawthorne Heights were all at the cusp of success, but the mainstream audience has shifted music tastes into something new once again. Our scene burst nearly as quick as it bloomed, in terms of mainstream success minus a few bands here or there. But with the recent success of fun., Gym Class Heroes, and Cobra Starship, we thought it would be fun (no pun intended) to make a list featuring crossover bands from the last ten or so years. Feel free to reblog this with your thoughts and what wave of bands you think will be on the next list while checking out mine below!
They had to be first on the list, didn’t they? In many ways, besides Green Day, blink-182 were the first band to turn pop—punk, or whatever genre you’d call it, into a mainstream massive success. Enema Of The State truly hit the world in 2000 and then came continued success from both blink and a slew of other pop-punk bands for the next five to seven years. It’s worth noting that blink-182 has also crossed through three generations of fans with Enema, Untitled, and their reunion. 20 years and 27 million albums.
Fall Out Boy and My Chemical Romance
As time goes on, I continue to see similarities between both of these bands. Both the success and timeline of their singles and two major albums are oddly similar, and their career path is as well. FOB and MCR are the two largest crossover successes in the more “punk” area of this scene since blink-182.
Gym Class Heroes
These guys, or Travie, are essentially top 40 pop stars by this point. Each of their albums before their last spawned a slew of hits, but The Papercut Chronicles II launched Gym Class Heroes into an interesting area of stardom. A majority of the band’s singles have been because of guest stars, but there’s no question that “Stereo Hearts” pushed the band to a whole new level in the mainstream world. The only issue is is that they no longer have true fans in this lil ol’ scene of ours.
Was the whole point to make this a crossover success? Cobra Starship and Gym Class Heroes both started in the Decaydance/pop-punk scene, but unlike the other bands on this list, they’ve left it for good and will no longer be welcomed back. Cobra slowly built off singles, but Night Shades was just impressive in terms of its success. Several singles that enjoyed endless radio play came from the release, but like Gym Class, they seem to have no real true fans anymore. Success is a tradeoff.
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Gym Class Heroes will be releasing a music video for “Martyrial Girl$” on Monday. Check out a teaser from the band below by clicking “Read More.”
Gym Class Heroes Cancel Shows In Hawaii, California