Top 10 Rock One Album Wonders

10 Rock Artists Who Released One Studio Album

It's an interesting phenomena when an artist puts out just one album. These albums mark a place in time for an artist or band captured like a musical snapshot. Some are side projects, some are short lived bands that fizzle out, and some are artists taken away too soon. This list is comprised of artists who released only one studio LP (Long Play) album ever.

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Them Crooked Vultures - 'Them Crooked Vultures'

Them Crooked Vultures album cover
Them Crooked Vultures. Courtesy: DGC/Interscope

This collaboration between Queens of the Stone Age frontman Josh Homme, frequent QOTSA drummer collaborator/Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl, and Led Zeppelin bassist John Paul Jones, recorded one self-titled 2009 album. The album reached No. 12 on the Billboard 200 album chart. The band toured – accompanied by guitarist/backup singer Alain Johannes – throughout 2009-2010. Although Them Crooked Vultures have discussed a follow up album since 2010, their respective schedules so far have not lined up. Watch Them Crooked Vultures perform "Elephants" live here.

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Jeff Buckley - 'Grace'

Jeff Buckley 'Grace'
Jeff Buckley 'Grace'. Courtesy: Columbia Records

Jeff Buckley's Grace album was released in 1994 when grunge was still dominating rock radio. Buckley's only complete studio album sold poorly and received mixed reviews during his lifetime. Since Buckley's drowning death in 1997, Grace has gone on to sell over 2 million albums worldwide. In 2008, the song "Hallelujah" (watch official video) reached No. 1 on the U.S. Hot Digital Songs and No. 2 on the U.K. Singles charts. Grace was ranked #303 on Rolling Stone's "500 Greatest Albums of All Time" list in 2003.

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Army of Anyone - 'Army of Anyone'

Army of Anyone
Army of Anyone. Courtesy: The Firm Music

In 2005, Filter frontman Richard Patrick joined forces with Robert and Dean DeLeo from Stone Temple Pilots. They added drummer Ray Ruzier, then best known as David Lee Roth's solo band drummer, and released 2006's self-titled album Army of Anyone. Although the band was a supergroup, their record sales and concert attendance did not live up to expectations. In 2007 the band parted ways. Patrick went back to Filter. The DeLeos reunited STP with original singer Scott Weiland in 2008. In 2013 they replaced Weiland with Linkin Park's Chester Bennington. Ray Luzier became a full member of Korn in 2008. Watch Army of Anyone's "Goodbye" video here.

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Blind Faith - 'Blind Faith'

Blind Faith U.S. cover
Blind Faith U.S. cover. Courtesy: Polydor Records

After the band Cream's 1968 breakup, Cream singer/guitarist Eric Clapton and drummer Ginger Baker joined forces with former Spencer Davis Group/Traffic frontman/multi-instumentalist Steve Winwood and bassist Ric Grech to form the band Blind Faith in 1969. Blind Faith produced one U.S. platinum selling self-titled album and toured in 1969. After the tour Blind Faith broke up. Clapton and Winwood went on to have successful solo careers. Watch a video for Blind Faith's "Can't Find My Way Home" here.

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The Postal Service - 'Give Up'

The Postal Service 'Give Up'
The Postal Service 'Give Up'. Courtesy: Sub Pop

The Postal Service formed in 2001 as a collaboration between Death Cab for Cutie singer Ben Gibbard and producer/electronic music artist Jimmy Tamborello. The duo put out one album Give Up in 2003 with backing vocals on several songs from Jenny Lewis. The album was an unexpected hit, eventually going platinum in the U.S. The duo toured with Lewis and supporting musicians in 2003-2004. The duo toured again with support musicians in 2013 to celebrate the tenth anniversary rerelease of Give Up but disbanded after the tour. Watch The Postal Service's video for "We Will Become Silhouettes" here.

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Zwan - 'Mary Star of the Sea'

Zwan 'Mary Star and Sea'
Zwan 'Mary Star and Sea'. Courtesy: Reprise Records

After The Smashing Pumpkins first broke up in 2000, frontman Billy Corgan and drummer Jimmy Chamberlain put together the band Zwan with ex-A Perfect Circle bassist Paz Lenchantin, and guitarists Matt Sweeney (currently with Chavez) and David Pajo (currently with Slint). Zwan released their sole 2003 album Mary Star of the Sea which debuted at #2 on the Billboard Top 200 Record Charts. The band had a hit single "Honestly" (watch video), appeared on Saturday Night Live, and toured before Corgan broke up the group in September 2003. Corgan and Chamberlain reformed The Smashing Pumpkins in 2005. Chamberlain left the band in 2009 with Corgan continuing on as the band's only original member.

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Institute - 'Distort Yourself'

Institute 'Distort Yourself'
Institute 'Distort Yourself'. Courtesy: Interscope

Under almost the exact same circumstances as Zwan, Bush frontman Gavin Rossdale formed the band Institute after his band Bush broke up in 2002. Institute recorded the 2005 album Distort Yourself with Rossdale, Bush's 2001-2002 touring guitarist Chris Traynor, bassist Cache Tolman, and drummer Josh Freese (A Perfect Circle, Nine Inch Nails, Weezer). The band toured throughout 2005-2006 with drummer Charlie Walker taking Freese's place. The album debuted at album No. 81 on the Billboard Top 200 album chart and produced the hit single "Bulletproof Skin" (watch video). In 2006, Institute disbanded with Chris Traynor joining Bush as a full member when they reformed in 2010 to the present.

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Perry Ferrell's Satellite Party - 'Ultra Payloaded'

Satellite Party 'Ultra Payloaded'
Satellite Party 'Ultra Payloaded'. Courtesy: Columbia Records

After Jane's Addiction's second 2004 breakup, singer Perry Farrell formed Satellite Party in 2005 with then-former Extreme guitarist Nuno Bettencourt, drummer Kevin Figueiredo, and Farrell's wife, backup singer Etty Lau Farrell. The band released their only in 1997 album with guest musicians including: Red Hot Chili Peppers' bassist Flea, now-former RHCP guitarist John Frusciante, former New Order bassist Peter Hook, and a cast of guests including The Doors' Jim Morrison's voice on the closing track. The album met with lukewarm sales. In 2007, Bettencourt and Figueiredo left to reform Extreme and Farrell reunited with Jane's Addiction in 2008. Watch Satellite Party's "Wish Upon A Dogstar" video here.

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Street Sweeper Social Club - 'Street Sweeper Social Club'

Street Sweeper Social Club
Street Sweeper Social Club. Courtesy: Warner Music Group

In 2006, former Rage Against the Machine/Audioslave guitarist Tom Morello formed Street Sweeper Social Club with rapper Boots Riley of The Coup. Morello played guitar and bass with drummer Stanton Moore on the band's self-titled 2009 LP. Boots Riley's rap style was less politically charge than RAtM rapper Zach de la Rocha and surprisingly humorous at times. Street Sweeper Social Club opened for the 2009 Nine Inch Nails/Jane's Addiction (NIN/JA) tour with a different backing band joining Morello and Riley. The band parted ways in 2010. Watch Street Sweeper Social Club's "Promenade" video here.

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Deconstruction - 'Deconstruction'

Deconstruction. Courtesy: American Recordings

After Jane's Addiction's first breakup – after their farewell tour which culminated with headlining the first Lollapalloza tour in 1991 – bassist/singer Eric Avery and guitarist/singer Dave Navarro formed the band Deconstruction. Deconstruction released one album with drummer Michael Murphy in 1994. Jane's Addiction's other half – singer Perry Farrell and drummer Stephen Perkins – formed the band Porno for Pyros during the same time period. Deconstuction's experimental alternative rock album didn't get much attention. The band made one great album together but never performed live. Watch the video for Deconstruction's "L.A. Song" here. Yes, that's Dave Navarro with a buzz cut.

Jane's Addiction reformed for their "Relapse" tour in 1997 with Red Hot Chili Peppers' bassist Flea filling in for Avery. Since Jane's Addiction's reformation in 2001 they have continued to make albums and tour primarily with bassist Chris Chaney. The band toured with their original lineup – including Eric Avery – from 2008-2010.