It’s said that musicians play music to, uh, attract others. These musicians didn’t have to go very far.
New York avant garde musicians Thurston Moore and Kim Gordon formed the pioneering alternative rock band in 1981. They married three years later, and their daughter, Coco, was born in 1994. In 2011, Gordon learned that Moore had been seeing another woman for three years. That marked the end of their marriage, and after 15 albums, the end of Sonic Youth, too.
Today, Carrie Brownstein is best known as the star of the sketch comedy show, Portlandia. She first rose to stardom in the early ‘90s as guitarist of the rock band Sleater-Kinney. In 1995, Brownstein told a reporter from Spin that she was bisexual, and that early on in Sleater-Kinney’s formation, she had dated Sleater-Kinney singer Corin Tucker. “One More Hour,” a song on the band’s third album, is about their breakup. (They remain friends and frequent collaborators.)
It’s well known that the soft rock band’s 1977 blockbuster album Rumours is about the breakups of various band members with each other. After having joined the band as a couple in 1975, Lindsey Buckingham and Stevie Nicks broke up during the recording of Rumours—Buckingham wrote “Second Hand News” about it, and Nicks wrote “I Don’t Want to Know” about it. Christine McVie wrote “You Make Loving Fun” about a new love, who she was seeing after separating from her husband, Mac bassist John McVie.
Yo La Tengo
The influential New Jersey rock band was formed in 1984 by guitarist Ira Kaplan and drummer Georgia Hubley. They were already dating when they decided to form the group, which didn’t have any other permanent members until 1991, and they’re still married and still fronting the band together.
When the White Stripes burst into the mainstream in 2002 with “Fell in Love With a Girl,” the duo purposely tried to confuse the media. Members Jack White and Meg White told some reporters that they were brother and sister. It wasn’t true—they’d married in the late 1990s and divorced in 2000, before the White Stripes found commercial success. Interestingly, Jack took Meg’s name when they married (and kept it after they were divorced). His given name is Jack Gillis.