One Bad Apple: Popular Welsh Band Is Tarnished Forever

The music world was rocked when Ian Watkins, frontman of now-defunct Lostprophets, was sentenced to decades of prison time for sex crimes against infants. How could a handsome, charismatic bloke who could have anything and any woman he wants be convicted for such heinous acts? Sadly, his former mates in Lostprophets called it a career and parted ways this past October. They saw the stigma of carrying on with that name as a bad idea.

Will Mike Lewis, Stu Richardson, Jamie Oliver, Luke Johnson, and Lee Gaze recover and have respectable careers after this scandal? Only time will tell. They say time heals all wounds. That may not be enough for Watkins’ victims in this ordeal.

This is the last notable hit of the band. In 2006, it reached #15 on Billboard’s Alternative Songs Chart in the U.S. and went to #8 on the U.K. Singles Chart. Enjoy it while you can, because the group’s catalog might not be played on the radio or available to music consumers for long. This is the classic example of a rotten apple spoiling a good bunch.


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