It’s never pretty when great bands splinter – whether temporarily, or forever and ever, amen.

But things can get a hell of a lot uglier real quick when that splintering results in one or more band members recording a solo album that, how shall we put it, stinks to high heaven.

Unlike goose eggs laid by artists born solo (e.g. David Bowie’s Never Let Me Down), such blunders can end up compromising the parent band’s own, previously unblemished, godlike legacy.

This point could be argued about every release in the above gallery.

Click through as we recall the Worst Solo Albums by Superstar Band Members.