Brother Against Brother (or Sister): Music’s Top 10 Sibling Band Breakups

Brother Sister Bands

5. The Kinks

 

Brother Against Brother (or Sister): Music’s Top 10 Sibling Band Breakups

Ray and Dave Davies were the youngest of eight siblings, and spent over 30 years leading The Kinks before finally splitting up in 1996 after a long commercial decline and too many brotherly spats. Since the band dissolved, the Davies brothers have maintained solo careers while shooting down talk of a reunion. One attempt to write together in 2013 ended in an argument over credit for the influential guitar tone on “You Really Got Me,” while a brief 2015 live performance together was a one-off that never led to anything bigger.

 

4. Chevelle

 

Chevelle

The Loeffler brothers formed Chevelle in 1995 with Pete on guitar and vocals, Sam on drums, and Joe on bass. But in 2005, after the release of their third album, the Illinois hard rock band announced that Joe was leaving Chevelle amicably, while Joe has maintained that his brothers fired him. The band has continued with Pete and Sam’s brother-in-law, Dean Bernardini, on bass, but holidays have reportedly been awkward for the Loeffler family. “Christmas was pretty weird, to say the least,” Pete Loeffler told Launch Radio Networks in 2007.

 

3. The Replacements

 

Brother Against Brother (or Sister): Music’s Top 10 Sibling Band Breakups

In the late ‘70s, teenage guitarist Bob Stinson bought his mischievous 11-year-old brother Tommy a bass, and started a band to keep him out of trouble after school. Over the next few years, The Replacements became one of the leading lights of the burgeoning college rock scene and then a rising major label band, known as much for the band’s drunken antics as frontman Paul Westerberg’s songs. As Bob Stinson’s drinking spiraled out of control in 1986, he either left the band or was fired, depending on who tells the story. Tommy Stinson remained in the band until their 1991 breakup, but he never played again with Bob, who died of organ failure from years of drug abuse and alcoholism in 1995.

2. Oasis

 

Liam Gallagher and Noel Gallagher of Oasis

Even when Liam Gallagher singing his older brother Noel’s songs made Oasis one of the biggest bands in the world, the pair were known for their combative relationship. A 1995 recording of the brothers arguing during an NME interview circulated as a bootleg entitled Wibbling Rivalry that actually sold well enough to chart in the UK. And a year later Liam famously sat in the audience heckling his brother during Oasis’s MTV Unplugged taping. But the Gallaghers didn’t actually feud enough to break up the band until 2009, splitting off into Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds and the Liam-fronted Beady Eye. A decade later, they don’t seem any closer to reconciliation – when Dave Grohl recently called for a petition to reunite Oasis in 2019, Noel Gallagher, in turn, suggested a petition to break up Foo Fighters.

 

1. Creedence Clearwater Revival

 

Creedence Clearwater Revival

As Tommy Fogerty & The Blue Velvets and then The Golliwogs, Tom Fogerty wrote and sang lead with his younger brother John on rhythm guitar. But by the time they became Creedence Clearwater Revival, John had become the primary singer and songwriter of the group, eventually taking full artistic control of the quartet. Tom Fogerty, who fought with his brother about making the band a more democratic unit, quit CCR in 1970, and things got even more contentious within the remaining trio, before they finally split up in 1972. John Fogerty was so angry about CCR’s breakup, and ensuing lawsuits over the band, that for years he wouldn’t even perform their songs in his solo concerts. The Fogerty brothers rarely spoke for 20 years and had just begun to reconcile shortly before Tom’s death in 1990.

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