Ghost Of A Saber Tooth Tiger
Consider Sean Lennon.
His father was one of the most popular and influential musicians of the 20th Century. As the founder, leader and driving force behind The Beatles (at least in their early years), John Lennon came to be viewed as either a dangerous radical peacenik or crackpot (for the record the Feds leaned toward radical).
Lennon was so revered in some circles that an extended period of debauchery, following a break-up (later repaired) with Yoko Ono in the '70s, was euphemistically dismissed as Lennon's "Lost Weekend."
When Sean was born, John walked away from music for five years. When the senior Lennon returned to music and the public eye, he was tragically cut down by an assassin's bullet. As a result, Lennon became both martyr and mystic. Imagine.
Sean's mother, Yoko Ono, a Japanese conceptual artist (whatever that is), was universally blamed for breaking up The Beatles - as if a single person could be held responsible for that fiasco. Though she claimed to be unaware of The Beatles popularity when she met John, she was constantly accused of self-promoting Machiavellian schemes. Beatles fans despised her and, it appeared, the former Beatles themselves only grudgingly accepted her in the years following the group's dissolution. Especially after John's death.
Sean's older step-brother (John and Cynthia Lennon's only child), Julian, launched a successful solo career in the mid-80s. Something Sean never accomplished in his first three decades. Sean's adolescent public appearances were mostly confined to attending tributes to his late father. His solo musical career, session work and even a partnership with The Strokes Albert Hammond Jr. produced more misses than hits.
In '08, at approximately the same age his father was going through his "Lost Weekend", Sean founded The Ghost Of A Saber Tooth Tiger with his significant other, musician/model Charlotte Kemp Muhl. The pair, both multi-instrumentalists, met four years earlier at the Coachella Music Festival and took the band's name from the title of a short story written by Muhl.
When they met Muhl was unaware of Lennon's parentage (shades of Yoko and John). "Her parents thought I was just a delinquent, by virtue of association with the famous hippie delinquents," explained Lennon. "So it was nice because it was like a bridging of gaps and a collision of galaxies."
Ghost Of A Saber Tooth Tiger made their debut during an '08 Valentine's Day performance at Radio City Music Hall. The duo's first album, "Ghost Of A Saber Tooth Tiger (Acoustic Sessions)," dropped two years later and was followed by "La Carotte Bleue" which contained electric versions of "Acoustic Session" tracks.
Next up was the '14 release "Midnight Sun."
Ghost Of A Saber Tooth Tiger Albums:
2010 Acoustic Sessions
2011 La Carotte Bleue
2014 Midnight Sun
Sean Lennon Albums:
1998 Into The Sun
1999 Half Horse, Half Musician (EP)
2006 Friendly Fire
Sean Lennon/Albert Hammond, Jr.
2006 Yours To Keep
2008 Como Te Llama