Sonic Youth Split: Rock Couple Splits that Didn’t Split the Band!

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Thurston Moore and his longtime love and bandmate have split.
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Thurston Moore and his longtime love and bandmate have split.

Everyone knows you're not supposed to mix business with pleasure, but in the world of rock and roll that golden rule often goes out the window!

With the news that Sonic Youth co-founders Thurston Moore and Kim Gordon have split after 27 years of marriage, it got us to thinking: does a band romance breakup mean it's the end of the band?

Check out these bands that lived on-- even after the members' romantic relationships fizzled.

Fleetwood Mac

Stevie Nicks and Lindsey Buckingham were rock and roll's royal couple back in the early days of Fleetwood Mac, but their breakup in the mid-1970s didn't signal the demise of the band. While there were some tension-filled years and some definite breaks in the band's chain, today Nicks still professes an undying love for Buckingham, and in a 2011 interview with Spinner even compared their tumultuous relationship to "Twilight's" Bella and Edward. According to Billboard, Fleetwood Mac will go out on tour next year.

The White Stripes

As their band's success took off, Jack White and his White Stripes band mate Meg White pretended to be siblings, but by 2001 the jig was up. They were actually a married couple, with Jack taking his wife's surname after they tied the knot. Although they divorced in 2000, the band played on-- for another decade! In 2011 The White Stripes announced they were calling it quits via a letter to their fans, but this clearly wasn't a result of post-divorce stress.

Sonny and Cher

Pop duo Sonny and Cher had hit songs ("I Got You Babe") and a hit comedy show, but primetime's 1970's super couple didn't completely hit it off in the marriage department. No matter. While they stopped making beautiful music together after their 1975 divorce, they did continue with a post-split TV show in 1976 and reunited several times after that, most memorably for a 1987 appearance on "The David Letterman Show." In 1998, Cher gave a tear-filled eulogy at Sonny's funeral.

No Doubt

Gwen Stefani and No Doubt bassist Tony Kanal were dating (for seven years!) in the band's early days, but by the time they recorded the band's breakout album, "Tragic Kingdom," they had broken up. But the band still lives on, despite solo projects. And although she later married Bush front man Gavin Rossdale, Stefani even continues to write songs about Kanal, including her 2005 single, "Cool."

As for Sonic Youth, while Thurston Moore and Kim Gordon will proceed with a November tour in South America, a band spokesman said Sonic Youth's plans beyond that are uncertain.

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