1987 – present (31 years)
There are two bands named The Bad Examples.
1. The Bad Examples are a alternative pop rock / indie group from Chicago, Illinois who have had some success in European markets also. They formed in 1987. The driving force behind the band is singer songwriter Ralph Covert who also plays rhythm guitar. The band has significant changes in the line up from album to album which lends itself to variations in their sound. Even though the line up changes, for the most part it recycles itself within a core group of musicians.
The Bad Examples are not disbanded but are limited in performing and putting out new albums. This is due to the fact that Ralph Covert is currently creating music for children under the Ralph’s World brand. Ralph’s World is rock n’ roll musically but the lyrics and themes are oriented towards kids. Some of these albums have been nominated for Grammy Awards. Ralph's World is currently contracted with Disney. In addition, the lead guitarist of the Bad Examples, John Duich, died of heart failure in 1998.
The Bad Examples put out 5 full length LPs on Waterdog Records. Bad Is Beautiful features the song "Not Dead Yet" which received airplay on WXRT 93.1 in Chicago as well as other college stations in the area.
2. The Bad Examples Is an electronic Tiki band from Düsseldorf, Germany, consisting of
Jochen Hennes, Ralf Linden and Stefan Schwander. They released five albums between 1995 and 2007. Their sound is like age-old drum machines, analogue synthesizers weighing more than a hundred-weight and a Fender Rhodes piano uniting seamlessly with digital samples, groove boxes and sequencers, resulting in an electrifying mix of exoticism, dub and soundtrack. Schwander has had many other projects over the years, he is currently active under the name Harmonious Thelonious and as one-third if the trio The Durian Brothers.
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