The best thing about having a rockstar brother? You get front seat tickets to every show.
The worst thing about having a rockstar brother? You get front seat tickets to every show. It’s like life is rubbing it off, you know. Like the world didn’t have enought musical talents and you were left with like a pint while your brother got a whole guddamn truckloads.
Here they are, the musical geniuses and the unfortunate other brothers.
10. Pete and Simon Townshend
WINNER: PETE TOWNSHEND
The Who’s songwriter, guitar god, and visionary is a rock legend. His influence in music has been well recognized. His songs are so great that almost every genre has attempted to cover it all the way to Broadway and Guitar Hero.
LOSER: SIMON TOWNSHEND
Simon tried his hand on a solo record and hardly anyone noticed it. He tried doing it the band way with Casbah Club but he had more success playing rhythm guitar on The Who tours.
10. Mick and Chris Jagger
WINNER: MICK JAGGER
Mich Jagger set the bar in live performances so high everyone who tried getting there fell flat on their faces and died. He can make any dance move look so fuckin’ rock and roll.
LOSER: CHRIS JAGGER
Chris has a group called Chris Jagger’s Atcha! Blues Band. In all fairness to Mick, he tried to help his brother out by announcing that he will be a guest in the band’s tour but that didn’t help the ticket sales.
9. Eddie and Alex Van Halen
WINNER: EDDIE VAN HALEN
I know, I know. He, uh, self destructed but we all have to admit that during his prime, he managed to create a permanent imprint to the rock and roll world. He is one of those guys who made tapping, intense solos and high frequency feedback so popular. And who will forget his acrobatic stage performances? He has already been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
LOSER: ALEX VAN HALEN
Yeah, Eddie’s lead from his brother is not as significant as the others’ on this list. Alex was the drummer of Van Halen and he was nominated with his brother for a Grammy Award in 1997 for Best Rock Instrumental Performance for their work on Twister but between the two, Eddie emerged as the more recognized one.
8. Kevin and Michael Bacon
WINNER: KEVIN BACON
I like Kevin Bacon… as an actor but how can you not win if you have already established your respectable legacy as an actor? It’s a little unfair for the other brother but well…
LOSER: MICHAEL BACON
Michael has a longer musical career. He has written hundreds of songs for television shows and motion pictures but he simply didn’t stand a chance with Kevin. It’s not like he scored a Grammy or had a multi-platinum record.
7. Nick and Drew Lachey
WINNERS: Nick Lachey
After 98 Degrees Nick, courtesy of his high profile relationship with Jessica Simpson, enjoyed greater amount of commercial success than his younger brother Drew. He launched the TV show Newlyweds: Nick and Jessica, he starred in the television special The Nick and Jessica Variety Hour. They won several awards. He launched solo albums, SoulO and What’s Left of Me. He had several recurring roles in hit shows like Charmed and One Tree Hill.
LOSER: Drew Lachey
Drew’s solo career comprised of a championship trophy on Dancing with the Stars.
6. Thom and Andy Yorke
WINNER: THOM YORKE
The Radiohead frontman, Thom Yorke, has a hauntingly beautiful voice and has been credited be the epitome of a non-commercial musical career success should be. He is not even around regularly. He comes around once in a while but his name is forever attached to the sincerest form of music.
LOSER: ANDY YORKE
Thom’s younger brother had a late ’90s band called the Unbelievable Truth (named after the Hal Hartley cult film). They disbanded after three albums, and Andy released a solo record, “Simple,” in 2008. That’s about all you can say.
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