The Six Coolest Members of Otherwise Uncool Bands

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4. Mickey Madden, bassist of Maroon 5

Before Maroon 5 formed, its core members were in a quirky alt-pop band named Kara's Flowers. It was far superior to the band who made "Moves Like Jagger." Bassist Mickey Madden is the only member of Maroon 5 who seems remotely cool, probably because he's the member who still keeps a little bit of slacker in his personal aesthetic.

See also: The Making of Maroon 5's Call and Response: An Oral History

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3. Marc Ribot, guitarist for Diana Krall

Avant-garde guitarist Marc Ribot is well known for playing with Tom Waits, and he has released some unbelievable weirdo solo guitar records. So it seemed unusual when he backed up Diana Krall on Colbert Report a few weeks back. For Krall, Ribot is a cred move. This is not unusual in the field of artists who have enough money to hire anybody. Free improv drummer Chris Corsano plays with Bjork for no apparent reason, but the Krall and Ribot pairing is far more uneven.

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kikojonesusa
kikojonesusa

This is probably one of the 6 uncoolest--and lamest--articles in the Voice, ever.

zingo-spleen
zingo-spleen

Rick Nielsen?  LOL - he plays that guitar to MAKE FUN of guitarists who take themselves too seriously.  He would be the first to admit he's not a virtuoso. Other than that, your list is dead on.

dm_7
dm_7

Wow this article is full of such negativity and sactimony. I don't know if you intended to make this article come across as funny or cool but it's kinda pathetic. Instead of blasting negativity into the world why don't you actually do something positive? I don't like certain bands but I have enough respect for those musicians who actually do make music and entertain people.

Paw1
Paw1

OF course you think John Frusciante is cool.  You gave this week's cover to a band that can't play.

Lisa Criss Mueller
Lisa Criss Mueller

You must check out Awkward Band and Musicians Photos page. The descriptions are hilarious..

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