Ten Bands Who Peaked With Their Debuts

Seeing all of the baseball prospects competing during Spring Training means that winter has finally passed, but it also reminds me of those young players who had sensational rookie seasons only to falter for the rest of their all too brief careers. The one who really stands out, possibly because the catchy song that was written for him, is Joe Charbeneau.
He took the city of Cleveland by storm with his power, leading the Indians to an exciting season en route to being selected as the American League Rookie of the Year in 1980. That year proved to be by far the best in a career-best described as bittersweet, but also one that was immortalized with that self-named song.
On the subject of music, that particular endeavor has had its fair share of Joe Charbeneaus, or artists who peaked on their very first album. Here are ten of those, limited to performers who had at least four studio albums in their discographies.
Aztec Camera with High Land, Hard Rain
Roddy Frame was a teenager when he wrote the beautiful songs here, including "Oblivious", "Boy Wonders" and "Down the Dip."
The Smiths with Self Titled
Two enthusiastic talents, Morrissey and Johnny Marr, combined to create the magic on this first disc that they could not even top with an excellent follow up called The Queen Is Dead.
Joe Jackson with Look Sharp
While wondering if she was really going out with him, Jackson also created ten other songs that matched, or in some cases, even topped that single.
Toto with Self Titled
Soft rock hits about Africa and Rosanna came years later, but they certainly paled compared to this record's gorgeous blend of electric rock, catchy pop and piano ballads.
Asia with Self Titled
Four music veterans made up this supergroup, so it is no wonder that their opening record was well-received because of hits like "Only Time Will Tell", "Sole Survivor" and "Heat of the Moment."
John Prine with Self Titled
Such a great collection of songs left Prine deemed as the new Bob Dylan and, although he made many exceptional records afterward, none ever attained the heights of album one.
The Strokes with Is This It?
Bursting onto the New York rock scene as the new century approached, these guys owned rock for a year because of songs like "Last Nite" and "Together, Apart" that ensuing efforts have for some reason never matched.
Bob Welch with French Kiss
Nearly a decade previous he had fronted Fleetwood Mac, whose current members helped him reach the Top Ten with hits such as "Sentimental Lady" and "Ebony Eyes."
The Stranglers with Rattus Norvegicus
Black and White was a great album, but its offerings still could not beat the likes of "Peaches", "Goodbye Toulouse" and "Get a Grip On Yourself."
The Fratellis with Costello Music
These alternative Brits made some refreshing power pop on this initial record and, even though they are still making quality stuff, none of it has been able to outshine this collection of songs.
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