Where Are They Now? 1994's Biggest Pop Acts

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Then: It takes a special kind of band to work the word "placenta" into a pop song, but that's exactly what Live did on their 1994 hit "Lightning Crashes." It's a song about a woman dying at the same time as a baby is born. (Like "Mmm Mmm Mmm Mmm," it was produced by Jerry Harrison of the Talking Heads.) The group also scored hits with "I Alone" and "The Dolpin's Cry." The mass culture lost interest in Live pretty quickly, but they had a huge global fanbase and played to pretty large audiences until they broke up in 2009.

Now: Live had a very nasty break-up. Simply put, the band claimed that lead singer Ed Kowalczyk demanded a far larger piece of the group's total money than he deserved. They responded by splitting up, but earlier this year they returned with a new singer, Chris Shinn. Relations between Kowalczyk and the rest of the band remain highly strained, so it's hard to imagine a reunion at any point in the near future. Kowalczyk and the new incarnation of Live are both regulars on the current Nineties-nostalgia circuit, sort of like how Dennis DeYoung and Styx now compete for the same bookings. 

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