Wednesday Question: Best Side Project?

This week we'll be exploring the side projects domain. There's plenty to chose from, vote for your favorites now!

Wednesday Question: Best Side Project?
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If there's one thing in the rock world that just screams hit and miss, it's the side projects. Artists sometimes feel the need to express themselves in a slightly or drastically different manner, so occasional side projects simply come naturally. Despite often being successful, they also have a tendency to end up as flops due to numerous factors. But we'll put that aside and focus on the best. So this week we'll explore the side project domain. As the title clearly indicates, this week's Wednesday question is:

What is the best side project of all time?

There's a lot to chose from here. Tool's Maynard James Keenan and his side projects might pop up to your mind first, but basically every sub-genre has it's representatives. Did you know that In Flames were actually founded as a side project? If we were to dwell into the grunge domain, there's Mad Season. Among the hard rockers, there's Alter Bridge. Then there's Porcupine Tree, MD.45, Gov't Mule, the list goes on and on. So whoever your favorite may be, make sure you mention them in the comments and possibly secure the band a spot in the top 10. Just to get the facts straight, a side project is a musical endeavor of one or several musicians already known for their involvement in other groups. Same rules as usual apply - post one nomination per comment and upvote other comments you agree with (or downvote those you don't like). We'll gather up the results by Friday and traditionally compile our weekly list. May the best side project win!

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    TryTheKetchup
    I'd go with Raconteurs.
    UniformRecon
    I prefer Dead Weather over Raconteurs since DW is personally more original.
    RaKooN13
    I honestly prefer Dead Weather over Raconteurs as well because I can actually get into it. DW is more interesting to me, I love their sound.
    Badmotorfingers
    Temple of the Dog
    shwilly
    Love Them Crooked Vultures but they still have to release an album that's as much of a classic as TOTD. It's right up there with Ten and Badmotorfinger. I can't believe they recorded that stuff in just 2 weeks
    bobmarley_fan
    Temple is not really a side project. It was a tribute album made for Andrew Wood. Great Album, but not a side project...In my opinion Another couple side projects that I liked, that I have not seen mentioned is Layne Staley's Mad Season Traveling Wilburys
    Tkwndbobo
    it was a tribute to Andrew Wood that they did on the side of their other bands...
    TryTheKetchup
    Gorillaz! Great work, solid band.
    sideslick
    The amazing thing is how there is such a massive "history" about the virtual band, in addition to some kick-ass songs!
    Badmotorfingers
    A Perfect Circle
    Kriggs
    Them Crooked Vultures
    javdoc
    Dig TCV and gave them a vote, but isn't it more of a supergroup than a side-project? Seems like there's a real grey area to this question....
    sideslick
    I'm pretty sure TCV is John Paul Jones' main-project. He isn't doing much else today, is he? I really don't know.
    third(-)eye
    Eh? I love TCV and all, but how is this WINNING???
    CultofSG
    Thank you. TCV are good, but not anything over-the-top special. People just look at the lineup and freak out. Add on the fact that people on this site worship the ground Homme and Grohl walk on and you have your winner.
    Elderer
    Hey you forget that guy..whats his name?...oh, JOHN PAUL FUCKING JONES!
    SFosterS
    Couldn't disagree more. I have haven't herd anything as dynamic, interesting, sexy, dangerous, melodic, heavy and original in a long, long time. John Paul Jones is a freak of nature and TCV showed me he must have a played a much larger role in LZ than I had previously thought. Caligulove, Spinning in the Daffodils and Bandoliers were incredible songs. Best rhythm section alive today if you ask me. Watching Grohl follow Jones and Jones trying to throw him off without success in the live shows while they both grin like thieves was a beautiful thing. Them Crooked Vultures FTW!!!!
    lamnoob
    Because all the fan boys are voting for their heros Dave Grohl (who apparently is the second coming of Christ or something), and Josh Homme (who to me makes his guitar sound like a dying midget on acid, not like music at all)
    Badmotorfingers
    Audioslave
    Kriggs
    I'd count them as a full time band. But if not, then I'd say Velvet Revolver just in case.
    Franko 316
    Side project ≠ Super Group. Despite how great those two bands are.
    Dead Eye Dick
    I do think Audioslave is eligible as chris cornell put his solo career on hold to make it happen.
    ashers67
    I agree, but the article says "Just to get the facts straight, a side project is a musical endeavor of one or several musicians already known for their involvement in other groups." So I guess Audioslave is eligible too
    sideslick
    RatM and Soundgarden were split during the time Audioslave was together. It couldn't be a side-project if they weren't working on their "main-project".