You can bring back one

Which one?

  • A: Michael

    Votes: 3 25.0%
  • B: Whitney

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • C: Freddie

    Votes: 3 25.0%
  • D: Prince

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • E: Bob

    Votes: 3 25.0%
  • F: Pac

    Votes: 3 25.0%

  • Total voters
    12

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djefferis

djefferis

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Who on the list other than Tupac arguably was not solidly on the downside of their career at the time they passed ?

Not like any of them were members of the 27 club who departed in their prime. Aside from Tupac (who was talented - but probably the “least” impactful on the list) - Marley was the closest to his peak as a musician on the list - but both were faces of a genre that had a brief moment and was fading into obscurity as far as the general public was concerned.

The others were mainstream pop artist - they would have broken through at any time - Tupac was talented - but be honest - he was an industry creation - built up by the hype machine. Marley was very talented - and probably would have made more of an impact later in his life outside of music IMHO - similar to Ali outside of boxing.

Mercury had a chance to have that type of impact too potentially - but he also could have went the other way - being more reclusive and just living in his own little bubble like Prince did later in his life.

MJ had way too many issues to continue to make music. Whitney was done and would never be anywhere near her peak either. Prince wanted total control of his product and would have struggled to gain distribution.

To me - there are so many others that checked out too soon to waste time talking about bringing any of these back. They left their mark and they gave us the best they each had - we got their best and never missed out on “what might have been”.
 

djefferis

djefferis

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Michael, Freddie, Bob and Pac with the most votes

Whitney and Prince getting no love.

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And you expect either of them to get much love ?

Both pretty much had fallen off the music landscape 5 years before they passed. Whitney it was a pretty steep drop off precipitated by drugs - Prince was more “self imposed” as he just got further and further out there hoping that someday the industry would change and he could just sell music directly and bypass the labels.

In a way - Prince was actually a visionary on that side of things. Never been easier for an artist to break through without a label since the early 70s. Back then - it was all about getting play on the radio - DJs had the ability to pick up some obscure record by a newbie - play it and let the public reaction build. Now it’s instagram/you tube and all the other channels - of course with so much crap out there - it’s still tough to stand out until you get a bit of a roll going and people talking/promotion from the platform.

Prince was a bit like Bowie in this way - way forward thinking.
 
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