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Making Sweet Music: 15 Groups With Famous Relationships

Bands known for their breakups, make-ups, marriages and divorces

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The old adage "Don't mix business and pleasure" doesn't apply to the music industry. This Valentine's Day, we're showcasing some artists that found love in the workplace. Whenever members of a group get together, it can result in an invigorating period of creativity. . . or things crash and burn when the romance ends. What follows are 15 examples of noteworthy intraband relationships and how they – and their bands – fared, for better or worse. By Daniel Kreps

Talking Heads Tom Tom Club Tina Weymouth Chris Frantz

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Talking Heads

One of the longest running still-active married couples in rock, Talking Heads bassist Tina Weymouth and drummer Chris Frantz (pictured) have been married since 1977. Their relationship has spanned three bands – Talking Heads, the Tom Tom Club, and the David Byrne-less one-off the Heads – and the duo continue to work together as producers and musicians, even making a cameo with Gorillaz. Members of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, the Frantzs reside in Connecticut. 

The Cramps Lux Interior Poison Ivy

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The Cramps

The Cramps had dozens of band members come and go, but at the core of the psychobilly act was longtime couple Lux Interior and Poison Ivy. From 1979's Gravest Hits to 2004's Fiends of Dope Island, Interior and Ivy had one of rock's most enduring and creative relationships. Sadly, Interior passed away in 2009. He and Ivy had been together for 37 years. 

Debbie Harry Chris Stein Blondie

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Blondie

Singer Deborah Harry and her guitarist boyfriend Chris Stein were in a bunch of different bands before Blondie put out its debut in 1976. As their relationship began to disintegrate following addiction troubles and money issues, not to mention Stein's bout with a serious illness and Harry's sex symbol status, Blondie also went on the fritz, eventually breaking up in 1982. Stein continued to work together musically with Harry throughout her solo career, and Blondie reunited in 1997. The band has continued on since. 

X John Doe Exene Cervenka

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X

Los Angeles punk band X enjoyed their most rewarding creative period from 1980 to 1985. Those years – which saw the release of their landmark Los Angeles and Wild Gift, two of Rolling Stone's 500 Greatest Albums of All Time – coincided with the marriage of bandmembers Exene Cervenka and John Doe. After the couple broke it off, X slowly disbanded and then went on an indefinite hiatus, during which time Cervenka married (and divorced) actor Viggo Mortensen. Thankfully, X has persevered through the Doe/Cervenka divorce and Cervenka's multiple sclerosis diagnosis by continuing to sporadically perform.

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