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Recording Artists Whose Debut Albums Were Nothing Like Their Later Work



Not every famous musician started out confident in their musical style or genre. Whether it had to do with aggressive marketing schemes by record labels or inexperience and insecurity on the part of the artist, some popular names started out with a look and sound that didn't remotely resemble that of when they came into their own.

In one fairly terrifying example, classically trained pianist and composer Tori Amos started out as the front woman for a cheesy 80s synth pop band with the embarrassing name of "Y Kant Tori Read." Even if you don't like Tori Amos in her later years, I think many would agree that she's a least a step above drum machines, synth and mega-hair.

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See videos and read about the earliest music of other acts including Genesis and The Beastie Boys here.

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Michael Bolton's band once opened for Ozzy Osbourne on tour. He even auditioned for the lead vocalist position with Black Sabbath in 1983.
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Ah, they didn't mention Ministry's first album, "With Symphony". It was glam rock. I picked it up when it first came out, and it was OK, but I never followed the band until later, and by that point they were morphed into industrial. I didn't believe it was the same band, it was so different.
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