- Start as singer in an influential underground band (American music Club and Husker Du respectively) that briefly flirt with success and major labels.
- Split the band up for music influence/ego problems.
- Get a reputation as a really miserable git. When "Black Sheets of Rain" came out the Guardian called Bob "the most miserable man in rock" and Mark of course wrote "If I Had a Gun".
- Release great debut solo album and then a series of patchy follow ups.
- In Bobs case, do the same again with a band call Sugar.
- Endlessly tour with solo acoustic shows.
- Come out of the closet, start hanging around clubs like Trade (or the US equivalent), think that Soft Cell are fab and re-invent yourself as a "electronic" artist.
- Release a series of electronic/dance albums to various amounts of critical praise.
- Finally make a decent comeback album. In Marks case it was "Love Songs for Patriots" and in Bobs case it was "Body of Song".
I just find it strange that the singers of my two fave bands of the late 80s/early 90s both had such similar career paths. They have both gone electronic and produced Pro-Tools albums though the albums have been most different. Marks are still singer/songwriter albums while Bobs still have that hint of power pop guitar in them.