An interesting variant on this, and one I am occasionally guilty of myself, happens when a band with a long career has a period of commercial failure after
their success - this is particularly true of bands from the '60s.
"The Beach Boys
? Don't like the early stuff - Surfin' USA
, Little Deuce Coupe
... Far prefer Friends
or The Beach Boys Love You
. You've never heard of them? Shame..."
? Don't like all that You Really Got Me
, All Day And All Of The Night
stuff... I prefer the later stuff - The Kinks Are The Village Green Preservation Society
, Arthur, Or The Decline And Fall Of The British Empire
- you know, the good