You probably know someone like this: a guy (or a woman) who through having loads of talent or tons of luck or both has become successful. They have everything anyone could ever hope to have: money, notoriety, stuff—access to all kinds of pleasure and adventures and opportunity. Everyone you know wishes they could be this person.
And then they screw it all up.
Not by bad luck or illness or any other misfortune, necessarily. They just make some bad decisions or questionable moves that damage or destroy their careers and their lives.
Sometimes this downfall happens in slow motion over a period of weeks or months or even years. But sometimes, the crash comes in seconds. And in the end, there’s no one to blame except the person themselves,
This sort of things happens in music a lot. Ego, bad advice, hubris, arrogance, drugs, stubbornness, being out of touch, mental illness—all these things can lead to tarnished legacies at the very least and full-on catastrophes at worse. This week’s episode will be devoted these stories of spectacular acts of self-sabotage.