Just got back from a John Cale show. For those that don't know he was the second fiddle (or I guess viola) in the Velvet Underground. It made me start thinking of creaative duos where one seems so much more dominant and successful than the other. As an example, John Cale's show was in a bar with maybe 200 -300 people, when I saw Lou Reed it was at an amphitheatre with probably 3000-5000 people, and he still regularily plays venues this large.
For those of you looking for a good show to see, if he comes to your town, go see John Cale. A crazy/eerie version of heartbreak hotel, a great version of pablo picasso and lots of his original work. He did not play any VU, kind of disappointed, but then again he has over 20 albums of his own.
Can you think of other duos/bands that were great together, pretty good separately, but one definitely has done better than the other?
My list would include:
Ozzy vs the rest of Sabbath
Grohl vs Novoselic
Cher vs Sonny