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* Music/TheMegas' Get Equipped album, although still amazing, had a sort of amateurish feel to it. Their later songs are noticeably better made although Megatainment could be chalked up to Entertainment System collaborating with them on it
** Just compare any Get Equipped song to the acoustic album or any song on the Sparked a War single.

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* Music/TheMegas' Get Equipped ''Get Equipped'' album, although still amazing, had a sort of amateurish feel to it. Their later songs are noticeably better made although Megatainment ''Megatainment'' could be chalked up to Entertainment System collaborating with them on it
** Just compare any Get Equipped ''Get Equipped'' song to the acoustic album or any song on the Sparked "Sparked a War War" single.



* For their first two albums Music/TheMonkees simply provided vocals to songs written by outside writers, with music by session musicians (except Creator/MichaelNesmith, who was allowed to write and produce his own songs). Then, after music coordinator Don Kirshner was fired, they got to record the albums ''Headquarters'' and ''[[LongTitle Pisces, Aquarius, Capricorn and Jones, Ltd.]]'', where they played their own instruments, wrote a good portion of the songs, and demonstrated that they really had some talent. And if you look on the back cover of ''Headquarters'', they literally grew beards as well (though they shaved them off in time for the second season of the TV show).

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* For their first two albums Music/TheMonkees simply provided vocals to songs written by outside writers, with music by session musicians (except Creator/MichaelNesmith, who was allowed to write and produce his own songs). Then, after music coordinator Don Kirshner was fired, they got to record the albums ''Headquarters'' and ''[[LongTitle Pisces, Aquarius, Capricorn and Jones, Ltd.]]'', ''Music/PiscesAquariusCapricornAndJonesLtd'', where they played their own instruments, wrote a good portion of the songs, and demonstrated that they really had some talent. And if you look on the back cover of ''Headquarters'', they literally grew beards as well (though they shaved them off in time for the second season of the TV show).


* Music/TheMoodyBlues: What the heck happened between ''The Magnificent Moodies'' and ''Days of Future Passed''?
** Denny Laine and Clint Warwick quit, and Justin Hayward and John Lodge replaced them.

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* Music/TheMoodyBlues: What the heck happened between ''The Magnificent Moodies'' and ''Days of Future Passed''?
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''Music/DaysOfFuturePassed''? Denny Laine and Clint Warwick quit, and Justin Hayward and John Lodge replaced them.


* ''On the Third Day'' saw Music/ElectricLightOrchestra shift from a side project to an actual band. ''Eldorado'' grew a larger beard, but ''A New World Record'' made them famous in their homeland and established them as a pioneer in symphonic rock.
* Music/EltonJohn grew his beard with his SelfTitledAlbum, which was actually his second album. It featured the hit "Your Song" and made him one of the quintessential singers/pianists of TheSeventies. But ''Goodbye Yellow Brick Road'' had "Saturday Night's Alright for Fighting", a song showing that he was not just a singer-songwriter and had heavier material to write.

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* ''On the Third Day'' saw Music/ElectricLightOrchestra shift from a side project to an actual band. ''Eldorado'' ''Music/{{Eldorado}}'' grew a larger beard, but ''A New World Record'' made them famous in their homeland and established them as a pioneer in symphonic rock.
* Music/EltonJohn grew his beard with his SelfTitledAlbum, which was actually his second album. It featured the hit "Your Song" and made him one of the quintessential singers/pianists of TheSeventies. But ''Goodbye Yellow Brick Road'' ''Music/GoodbyeYellowBrickRoad'' had "Saturday Night's Alright for Fighting", a song showing that he was not just a singer-songwriter and had heavier material to write.


* While none of the member of Music/{{Genesis}} are well known for their beards, it's generally agreed that the introduction of Music/SteveHackett and Music/PhilCollins boosted the band from a largely forgettable pop and folk group to being one of the giants of ProgressiveRock. If there are any literal examples, then Phil's beard during the ''Music/ATrickOfTheTail'' and ''Wind and Wuthering'' tours would have to count, given that ''Seconds Out'' (recorded during those tours) is generally considered to be their best live album. And after he shaved it off, the band really began to change direction and lost a lot of their progressive rock prestige.

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* While none of the member of Music/{{Genesis}} are well known for their beards, it's generally agreed that the introduction of Music/SteveHackett and Music/PhilCollins boosted the band from a largely forgettable pop and folk group to being one of the giants of ProgressiveRock. If there are any literal examples, then Phil's beard during the ''Music/ATrickOfTheTail'' and ''Wind and Wuthering'' ''Music/WindAndWuthering'' tours would have to count, given that ''Seconds Out'' (recorded during those tours) is generally considered to be their best live album. And after he shaved it off, the band really began to change direction and lost a lot of their progressive rock prestige.


* While none of the member of Music/{{Genesis}} are well known for their beards, it's generally agreed that the introduction of Steve Hackett and Music/PhilCollins boosted the band from a largely forgettable pop and folk group to being one of the giants of prog rock. If there are any literal examples, then Phil's beard during the Trick of the Tail and Wind and Wuthering tours would have to count, given that Seconds Out (recorded during those tours) is generally considered to be their best live album. And after he shaved it off, the band really began to change direction and lost a lot of their progressive rock prestige.

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* While none of the member of Music/{{Genesis}} are well known for their beards, it's generally agreed that the introduction of Steve Hackett Music/SteveHackett and Music/PhilCollins boosted the band from a largely forgettable pop and folk group to being one of the giants of prog rock. ProgressiveRock. If there are any literal examples, then Phil's beard during the Trick of the Tail ''Music/ATrickOfTheTail'' and Wind ''Wind and Wuthering Wuthering'' tours would have to count, given that Seconds Out ''Seconds Out'' (recorded during those tours) is generally considered to be their best live album. And after he shaved it off, the band really began to change direction and lost a lot of their progressive rock prestige.



* Music/GogolBordello's third album Gypsy Punks was where the band really amped up the punk element, the album features far rockier songs than their previous albums. It set the stage for the follow up Super Taranta which brought them even more success.

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* Music/GogolBordello's third album Gypsy Punks ''Gypsy Punks'' was where the band really amped up the punk element, the album features far rockier songs than their previous albums. It set the stage for the follow up Super Taranta ''Super Taranta'' which brought them even more success.


* Music/TheRunaways, despite the success of their single "Cherry Bomb", were commonly derided as merely a gimmick band, and their amateurish early performances did little to help their image. Internal tensions and Kim Fowley's poor management prevented them from ever really growing their metaphorical beard. However, members Joan Jett and Lita Ford went on to grow their own beards with highly successful solo careers. Also of note, vocalist Micki Steele was briefly a member before going on to major mainstream success with The Bangles.

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* Music/TheRunaways, despite the success of their single "Cherry Bomb", were commonly derided as merely a gimmick band, and their amateurish early performances did little to help their image. Internal tensions and Kim Fowley's poor management prevented them from ever really growing their metaphorical beard. However, members Joan Jett Music/JoanJett and Lita Ford Music/LitaFord went on to grow their own beards with highly successful solo careers. Also of note, vocalist Micki Steele was briefly a member before going on to major mainstream success with The Bangles.


* Music/JanetJackson's first two albums, 1982's ''Janet Jackson'' and 1984's ''Dream Street'', were complete and utter flops as the general public wrote her off as yet another Jackson coasting on [[Music/MichaelJackson Michael]]'s fame (and not even the first girl). But 1984 was also the year Janet turned 18 and was free to control her career as she wished. She severed business ties with her brothers and [[StageMom her father Joe]] (who was her manager), and was introduced by her record label to Minneapolis production duo Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis, best known for their work with Prince. Janet went as far as to move to Minneapolis during the production of her third album to escape her family's influence, and her newfound freedom became a huge creative theme for the album. ''Control'' debuted at #1, is regarded as one of the greatest pop albums of all time, and made Janet Jackson a superstar in her own right.

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* Music/JanetJackson's first two albums, 1982's ''Janet Jackson'' and 1984's ''Dream Street'', were complete critical and utter commercial flops as the general public wrote her off as yet just another Jackson coasting on [[Music/MichaelJackson Michael]]'s fame (and not even the first girl). But 1984 was also the year Janet turned 18 and was free to control her career as she wished. She severed business ties with her brothers and [[StageMom her father Joe]] (who was served as her manager), and was introduced by her record label to Minneapolis [[UsefulNotes/TwinCities Minneapolis]] production duo Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis, best known for their work with Prince. Music/{{Prince}}. Janet went as far as to move to Minneapolis during the production of her third album to escape her family's father's influence, and her newfound freedom became a huge creative theme for the album. theme. ''Control'' debuted at #1, is regarded as considered one of the greatest pop albums of all time, and made Janet Jackson a superstar in her own right.


* Music/JanetJackson's first two albums, 1982's ''Janet Jackson'' and 1984's ''Dream Street'', were complete and utter flops as the general public wrote her off as yet another Jackson coasting on Michael's fame (and not even the first girl). But 1984 was also the year Janet turned 18 and was free to control her career as she wished. She severed business ties with her brothers and [[StageMom her father Joe]] (who was her manager), and was introduced by her record label to Minneapolis production duo Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis, best known for their work with Prince. Janet went as far as to move to Minneapolis during the production of her third album to escape her family's influence, and her newfound freedom became a huge creative theme for the album. ''Control'' debuted at #1, is regarded as one of the greatest pop albums of all time, and made Janet Jackson a superstar in her own right.

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* Music/JanetJackson's first two albums, 1982's ''Janet Jackson'' and 1984's ''Dream Street'', were complete and utter flops as the general public wrote her off as yet another Jackson coasting on Michael's [[Music/MichaelJackson Michael]]'s fame (and not even the first girl). But 1984 was also the year Janet turned 18 and was free to control her career as she wished. She severed business ties with her brothers and [[StageMom her father Joe]] (who was her manager), and was introduced by her record label to Minneapolis production duo Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis, best known for their work with Prince. Janet went as far as to move to Minneapolis during the production of her third album to escape her family's influence, and her newfound freedom became a huge creative theme for the album. ''Control'' debuted at #1, is regarded as one of the greatest pop albums of all time, and made Janet Jackson a superstar in her own right.

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* Music/JanetJackson's first two albums, 1982's ''Janet Jackson'' and 1984's ''Dream Street'', were complete and utter flops as the general public wrote her off as yet another Jackson coasting on Michael's fame (and not even the first girl). But 1984 was also the year Janet turned 18 and was free to control her career as she wished. She severed business ties with her brothers and [[StageMom her father Joe]] (who was her manager), and was introduced by her record label to Minneapolis production duo Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis, best known for their work with Prince. Janet went as far as to move to Minneapolis during the production of her third album to escape her family's influence, and her newfound freedom became a huge creative theme for the album. ''Control'' debuted at #1, is regarded as one of the greatest pop albums of all time, and made Janet Jackson a superstar in her own right.


* Music/{{Pink}}'s 2000 debut ''Can't Take Me Home'' was moderately successful but met with lukewarm reviews; critics labelled her an R&B knockoff of Music/FionaApple. She got the hint, and her second album ''Missundaztood'' combined her tough-girl appeal with a more appropriate rock flavoring. This new style took off and cemented her as a superstar.

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* Music/{{Pink}}'s 2000 debut ''Can't Take Me Home'' was moderately successful a moderate success, but the album met with lukewarm reviews; critics labelled her an R&B knockoff of Music/FionaApple. reviews and was criticized for being generic pop-R&B. She got the hint, and her second album ''Missundaztood'' combined her tough-girl appeal with a more appropriate rock flavoring.sound. This new style took off and cemented her as a superstar.


* Music/TheMoodyBlues: what the heck happened between ''The Magnificent Moodies'' and ''Days of Future Passed''?

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* Music/TheMoodyBlues: what What the heck happened between ''The Magnificent Moodies'' and ''Days of Future Passed''?



* Music/MyBloodyValentine grew the beard when their second album, ''Music/{{Loveless}}'', propelled them from an influential shoegaze band to ''the'' influential shoegaze band.

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* Music/MyBloodyValentine grew the beard when their second album, ''Music/{{Loveless}}'', propelled them from an influential shoegaze band to ''the'' '''''the''''' influential shoegaze band.



* Music/{{Radiohead}} definitely grew the beard when they put out their second album, ''The Bends''. They went from a generic rock act to a promising one and, from there, one of the biggest bands in rock.

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* Music/{{Radiohead}} definitely grew the beard when they put out their second album, ''The Bends''. They went from a generic rock act to a promising one and, from there, one of the biggest and acclaimed bands in rock.



* Music/{{Silverchair}}, with "Diorama", once they grew up, stopped whining, and brought in Van Dyke Parks.
** Silverchair's problem was that the band's musical and lyrical content had become hijacked by the skeletons in its lead singer's closet. The CD booklet for "Neon Ballroom" had an upbeat front cover which concealed some extremely disturbing imagery, and the themes in the songs (and some of the filmclips) were worse.

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* Music/{{Silverchair}}, with "Diorama", ''Diorama'', once they grew up, stopped whining, shedded their angst, and brought in Van Dyke Parks.
** Silverchair's problem was that
Parks, though the band's musical and lyrical content had become hijacked by the skeletons seeds of their later more experimental material could be seen in its lead singer's closet. The CD booklet for "Neon Ballroom" had an upbeat front cover which concealed some extremely disturbing imagery, and the themes in the songs (and some of the filmclips) were worse.''Neon Ballroom''.


* When Music/MandyMoore's career started in 1999, she was lumped in with the pop princess craze, her first couple of [=CDs=] full of bubblegum hits such as "Candy". After a few years of nearly exclusively acting, Moore leapt back into the music scene with her 2007 album "Wild Hope", a vastly different album from her earlier work and one that received a good deal of critical praise. "Amanda Leigh", released in 2009, has received even more favorable acclaim, and even Moore's acting career seems to be improving with films such as ''Disney/{{Tangled}}'' on her resume.

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* When Music/MandyMoore's career started in 1999, she was lumped in with the pop princess craze, her first couple of [=CDs=] full of bubblegum hits such as "Candy". After a few years of nearly exclusively acting, Moore leapt back into the music scene with her 2007 album "Wild Hope", a vastly different album from her earlier work and one that received a good deal of critical praise. "Amanda Leigh", released in 2009, has received even more favorable acclaim, and even Moore's acting career seems to be improving with films such as ''Disney/{{Tangled}}'' ''WesternAnimation/{{Tangled}}'' on her resume.


* Prog-power-something band Music/{{Kamelot}} started off in the middle of the 90s as a band with respectable musical ability but were held back by [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HGFaTg58PFg Mark Vanderbilt]] who could only be described as a singer in the loosest sense of the word. Vanderbilt's and his replacement with Roy Khan signaled the start of their evolution into a mature power metal sound. Whether this happened on their fourth or fifth album is debatable, but with each release leaning more and more away from power metal it's possible that they're still growing a very big beard that will be complete at some point in the future. (Relatedly, said new vocalist Roy Khan appears to sport a slightly stupider beard each time an album's released. Could this be a coincidence?)

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* Prog-power-something band Music/{{Kamelot}} started off in the middle of the 90s as a band with respectable musical ability ability, but were held back by Mark Vanderbilt, who could only be described as a singer [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HGFaTg58PFg Mark Vanderbilt]] who could only be described as a singer in the loosest sense of the word. word]]. Vanderbilt's departure and his replacement with Roy Khan signaled the start of their evolution into a mature power metal sound. Whether this happened on their fourth or fifth album is debatable, but with each release leaning more and more away from power metal it's possible that they're still growing a very big beard that will be complete at some point in the future. (Relatedly, said new vocalist Roy Khan appears to sport a slightly stupider beard each time an album's released. Could this be a coincidence?)


** Music/PeterGabriel went through this process again with his solo career. While his first two albums are well-respected, ''Melt'' is generally considered by most people (and by Gabriel himself) as the record where his career as a solo artist truly began to take off, and proof that he could produce substantial work outside of and distinct from Genesis.



* Prog-power-something band Music/{{Kamelot}} started off in the interesting experimental genre of [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HGFaTg58PFg abominable]] in the middle of the 90s, after which the departure of (I have to use this word in its loosest possible sense) "singer" Mark Vanderbilt and his replacement with Roy Khan signaled the start of their evolution into a mature power metal sound. Whether this happened on their fourth or fifth album is debatable, but with each release leaning more and more away from power metal it's possible that they're still growing a very big beard that will be complete at some point in the future. (Relatedly, said new vocalist Roy Khan appears to sport a slightly stupider beard each time an album's released. Could this be a coincidence?)

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* Prog-power-something band Music/{{Kamelot}} started off in the interesting experimental genre middle of the 90s as a band with respectable musical ability but were held back by [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HGFaTg58PFg abominable]] Mark Vanderbilt]] who could only be described as a singer in the middle of the 90s, after which the departure of (I have to use this word in its loosest possible sense) "singer" Mark Vanderbilt sense of the word. Vanderbilt's and his replacement with Roy Khan signaled the start of their evolution into a mature power metal sound. Whether this happened on their fourth or fifth album is debatable, but with each release leaning more and more away from power metal it's possible that they're still growing a very big beard that will be complete at some point in the future. (Relatedly, said new vocalist Roy Khan appears to sport a slightly stupider beard each time an album's released. Could this be a coincidence?)

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* Music/{{Sabaton}} had its third album ''Primo Victoria'' end up this way. That album was when Sabaton started focusing on [[HorribleHistoryMetal war and history]], and coincidentally was when they really hit their groove. They had previously recorded ''Fist for Fight'' and ''Metalizer'', which were more generic HeavyMithril albums. They arguably grew a second beard with ''The Art of War'', which in addition to containing their now-customary opening track "Ghost Division", is when their synth-backed PowerMetal sound ''really'' solidified (the previous albums featured less synth and were still more TraditionalHeavyMetal).

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