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08-25-2004, 06:04 AM
This topic is always good for a laugh, and I could sure use one...

I went looking through some of my collection while boxing up a bunch of my music to get ready for my move. I found a few turnips in there, here they are in reverse order (to purposely reveal the magnitude of their crappiness):

3) Godsmack - Awake - This is a pretty terrible follow up album to a rather mediocre but enjoyable debut that offered some promise...These guys have just gotten worse ever since. I can't believe I sold this on ebay for $9.25!!!

2) Metallica - Load - As I recall, when I bought this album, it was in the "Alternative" section of the music store...fitting, because I certainly wouldn't call this Heavy Metal. These guys never really rebounded from this bomb.

1) Creed - My Own Prison - I actually bought this...yup....paid real money for it...bought it off a friend's advice who told me these guys were the biggest baddest underground rock band in America that year (1997?)...he told me in a few years these guys would have tons of immitators and start "the next big sound" in music. (well, I guess he was right, but...) I haven't spoken to this guy since 1999. So c'mon, if I can fess up to this, you can fess up to your "coasters"!!!

I've got quite a few other lemons, these are just ones that I passed on the sale rack at the CD store across the street this morning!

08-25-2004, 06:29 AM
They were for my son who was 6 at the time ( I think)

1. Butt Street Boys - For my son. What a mortifying development to have to walk my ass into a stor and ask for that. The guy in charge was a friend though he said, "he's only 6 so I'd not be concerned, if he's still listening to this chite at 10, you got problems!"

2. N-Suck - Same scenario as above. Both CD's now lanquish in a bin somewhere in the basement, thank merficul Jesus.

3. Chicago 5 - No one to blame but me for this one. I was on drugs, what can I say.

That's all, thank goodness.

Da Worfster :D

08-25-2004, 06:32 AM
Someday your boy will appreciate the de-masculinizing that you chose to go through for him Worf...now, since you get a pass on 2, gotta fill us in on two other flop that were your doing alone! :)

08-25-2004, 07:00 AM
Oasis, What's the Story Morning Glory - It seemed like a good idea at the time. All my friends were going gaga over Wonderwall so I picked up the disk. I kinda enjoyed it for a few spins but quickly came to the conclusion that it sucked. Besides, Noel Gallagher is a schmuck. I can't respect him or his music. It currently sits in the "gotta take these to the used record store" pile.

The Dixie Chicks, Wide Open Spaces - This was a bad impulse buy after just seeing them perform at Lillith Fair. They were a fun act to watch and I guess I just got caught up in all that "Chick Power" crap. Anyway, another purchase sitting in the "sell" pile.

Holly Cole, Temptation - I like Holly Cole. But this CD is like listening to a collection of voice exercises. It's the worst thing that I've ever heard from her. The production is horrible. She sounds horrible. It's probably one of the worst CDs I've ever owned.

08-25-2004, 07:31 AM
Leonard Cohen - The Future. An evil cross of Chris Rea and Barry White. His monotone voice is enough put a chronic insomniac to sleep. The dead come alive and b*tch slap the person playing this dreadful music yelling "I'm supposed to be resting in peace dammit".

Blind Melon - Blind Melon. It was in the used bins marked down to 3 bucks. I knew one song, No Rain, so I decided WTF. In the end, I wished I had my 3 bucks back.

Foreigner - Inside Information. I've had this autrocity for years. I think I've played it maybe twice. Why, I ask, is it still in my collection? The answer my friend is blowing in the wind....the answer is blowing in the wind.

Oh what fun!


08-25-2004, 07:32 AM
Is Holly Cole that babe who stomps around in Army Boots on one of Peter Gabriels concert dee-vee-dees?


08-25-2004, 07:53 AM
I only have short-term memory left, so I dunno about years ago, but in the past year or so:

1) Ed Harcourt's last release, whatever it was called. It was so bad, I mailed it to Davey.

2) The Microphones, Live In Japan, or some such nonsense. It was so bad, I mailed it to somebody here, mebbe Stone.

3) See #1- it was so bad, it deserves to be mentioned twice.

mad rhetorik
08-25-2004, 08:51 AM
Are we counting stuff that got bought and sold back, bought and destroyed, or both? ; P

1. Kid Rock: <b>Devil Without A Cause</b>
I still can't figure out why I ever purchased this. Guess I was in that "pseudo-rebellious teenage moron" stage.

2. Blackstreet: <b>Another Level</b>/some Boys2Men disc/Keith Sweat
Technically I didn't buy these. My mom gave them to me (honest!). Barely ever listened to them for obvious reasons. Lame faux-R&B sh<a>it.

3. Joan Osbourne: <b>Relish</b>
Lame female singer/songwriter. Bought it for that damn "If God Was One Of Us" song. Got suckered in big time. This got sold back.

I owned some other unlistenable stuff, most of it given to me from others. A "Wolfsongs" disc (oy!). A dance remix disc containing that goddamn "Macarena" thing (that was a bad, bad year). An album from Bonnie Raitt, which I gave to my mom 'cause she was the only one who listened to it. Some other albums of unimaginable crapitude that I can't remember right now.

A lot of it got destroyed in really imaginative ways circa 10th grade. This was when I listened to nu-metal for a little while, and enjoyed garbage like Korn and Limp Bizkit (the latter in tiny doses--they weren't very good even back then). So needless to say, I was big into breaking s<a>hit for laughs. The crap albums got disposed of via pellet rifle "plinking," bonfires, curb stomping, firecrackers, and the obligatory sledgehammer, among other things.

Some more recent purchases that I've sold back were Captain Beefheart's <b>Trout Mask Replica</b>, The Blood Brothers' <b>Burn Piano Island Burn</b>, Sublime's self-titled, and Queensryche's <b>Empire</b>. They weren't awful enough to justify destruction, not even the Capt. Beefheart which I thought was obscenely bad music (at least it had imagination).

08-25-2004, 09:56 AM
When I was 11 years old I bought

Kansas--Point Of Know Return


Styx--The Grand Illusion

A year later I bought

Supertramp--Breakfast In America

These were just about the only deviations from the four bands whose catalogs I was almost exclusively purchasing in at the time, which was right after I'd gotten my first stereo. That's three, right? Blecchh. Never sunk to any Boston records, though. Two years later I bought REO Speedwagon's Hi Infidelity. Or did I just borrow it from a friend? Yeesh. I started to tire of AOR, but my friend got more & more into it, so I heard more & more stuff that I liked less & he liked more as we grew apart. The more he got into bands like Rush the more I just stuck to my Beatles & Rolling Stones records. By the time I got the first Ramones record we weren't really friends anymore. He didn't understand why I didn't want to go see Don Henley.

08-25-2004, 10:27 AM
...and J wins by a knockout.

08-25-2004, 11:05 AM
Hmmm....I had some old Dokken and Damn Yankees cassettes too that probably deserve honorable mention...never did have mullet though, at least I can say that!!!

Some of you guys really make me feel better about some of my blunders...but I still think Creed takes tops so far!!!

Finch Platte
08-25-2004, 11:30 AM
...at the moment.

It was an impulse buy in a drug store. Soothing Sounds Of Summer Rain, or something like that.

I put it on, closed my eyes and began to drift off, only to be rudely awakened by THUNDER. It didn't say anything about that on the cover. :rolleyes:

Hey, FA- send me that Chixie D!cks CD, wouldja? They're hot, and they hate Bush, too.



08-25-2004, 11:58 AM
hey kexo, if you actually listen to the music on that Creed album, you might be pleasantly surprised.

The guitarist is surprisingly good and when i want to listen to some poppier music from the late 90's, that creed disc is the way to go. Not a fan of the lyrics or what's "behind them", just in it for the music. In that case, good album, i own it.

My worst albums are 2 Boyz II Men c.d.'s and possibly the Smash Mouth c.d. i bought for $4.99 before they hit it big. A few weeks later it was selling for $15. I still felt ripped off.

08-25-2004, 12:55 PM
Here's 5.

I "win".






08-25-2004, 02:01 PM
The things I bought back when I was 15 and stupid and buying everything and anything that was metal..

Y&T - "Open Fire" "Black Tiger" and "In Rock We Trust" - might be 3 or 4 worthwhile songs among all 3 albums..

Raven - "Stay Hard" - a member of the NWOBHM (New Wave of British Heavy Metal) pack falls flat on their faces when trying to make a commercial metal album with a ballad even! *hurl*

Grim Reaper - "Fear No Evil" what a horrible metal album. What a joke.

Accept - "Russian Roulette" I can't believe I bought this knowing full well that there were albums by Husker Du that I did not own yet. I'll stand up for "Balls to the Wall" and "Metal Heart" even but this one just blew chunks.. big overproduced mess.

Ratt - "Invasion of Your Privacy" - should have stopped at "Out of the Cellar" (a great pop metal album.. well, except for the 6 or so tracks of filler).. their 2nd album has 9 whopping tracks of filler. Yuck.

Saxon - "Innocence is No Excuse" - why I bought this and not one of their older classic albums is beyond me. Even "Crusader" ruled over this crappy album.

Black Sabbath - "Born Again" - ok a few cuts totally rock, and I do listen to it out of nostalgia now and then.. I used to really think this album was evil. Now it's just a big silly overproduced mess of an album. Audio muck. But yet, part of me wants to defend it.. it's just so offensive.. with that devil baby on the cover.. Christian groups were quoting lyrics on tv.. "Good life is contradiction, because of crucifixion, if you're ready and have the need, I will take your soul and plant my seed" I thought it was ironic that Ian Gillian was in the musical Jesus Christ Superstar.. muaahahha (throws devil horns in the air)..

speaking of..

Dio - "Sacred Heart" - ok we all know "Diver Down" was a classic, and "The Last In Line" even had bright spots, but this one was just parody. What a waste of time and money..

How long does this parade of mediocrity go on?

I have 3 Krokus albums.. 'nuff said.

AC/DC - "Fly on the Wall" - man, wasn't the lackluster "Flick Of the Switch" clue enough that I had too many AC/DC albums?? This one blew chunks. Why didn't I know about the Ramones or the Sex Pistols???

and....roll the drums.. Loverboy's "Lovin' Every Minute Of It" yes, I got laughed at hard for that one.. don't ask for a preview copy please, it's long since been purged from my cd collection..

oh wait.. roll the drums again.. Journey's "Raised On Radio" (record club special.. so at least I didn't pay full price...) you may stop laughing now. No really, stop it.

oh wait..forgot one more.. big drum roll.. Night Ranger's "Seven Wishes"

ok, I think my credibility is now totally blown, and maybe it's easier to understand why I don't know anything about 60's music.. I was wasting my time listening to crap!


08-25-2004, 04:00 PM
Yeah, I think Troy might be the winner. Although Krokus and Saxon (on Jar's list). Wow. That's almost as good as David Soul.
I embarrassingly recall having most of J and Jar's list plus most of SHAUN CASSIDY.
It's amazing I turned out okay, considering the music I grew up with.
I tried to post a picture of Shaun Cassidy's "Under Wraps" LP. He has white rays of light shooting from his fingertips on the album cover!!! How cool is that? Why don't more artists do that today? They really should. It's a powerful image, those rays of light coming from the fingertips! I'm sure that's why I ran to my mom in the Kmart store and asked for my allowance so I could buy it.
I don't know how to post pictures, like Troy did. I tried the right click "copy picture". Didn't work. :(
You all would very much enjoy this particular Shaun Cassidy image, I'm quite sure.

08-25-2004, 04:02 PM
oh wow I guess it DID work!

08-25-2004, 06:22 PM
See above. I know I should be shot... Can't help it. I had to see if that cut out bin special was as bad as I feared... it was.... it was and is...

Can't put the picture up here, you'd go blind.

Da Worfster :eek:

08-26-2004, 12:58 AM
Oh, the shame...

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Rick Springfield - Living In Oz

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Scandal - The Warrior

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Bad English - Bad English

But Troy still "wins". :D

08-26-2004, 03:47 AM
I'm a fan of Mark Tremonti's guitaring, I guess, it's the cheese-ball post-grunge Scott Stapp singing that makes me want to vomit. That and some of the filler sucks. I hate front loaded albums!!!
But man that singer's a cheese-ball. Not a drama-queen, more like a modern day Fonzie who's not cool!
To be fair to Creed though, I don't know why they got dubbed a Pearl Jam rip-off...PJ hasn't been as heavy for a decade, and tends to be more "jammy" sounding...

08-26-2004, 03:49 AM
"In Rock We Trust"...oh man, the memories!!!

Whatever happened to R.J. Dio? He was flying around on some dragon last I saw him!!!

08-26-2004, 06:36 AM
"In Rock We Trust"...oh man, the memories!!!

Whatever happened to R.J. Dio? He was flying around on some dragon last I saw him!!!

he recently sued an indie rock band called Dios for infringement..

08-26-2004, 06:52 AM
he recently sued an indie rock band called Dios for infringement..

Poor Dio....how the mighty have fallen.

BTW, Tenacios D's "Dio" is a great tune!!!

08-26-2004, 07:05 AM
For what it's worth, I have a couple of Shawn Cassidy albums AND at least one Eddie Murphy LP too.

Ex Lion Tamer
08-26-2004, 07:33 AM
My excuse? He was a high school buddy, so I had to buy it.

08-26-2004, 08:53 AM
It's hard to name just three but if I had to they'd be:

The Cardigans - Whichever one made them famous here. What can I say, the chick was hot.

Tony Rice - ???? Bought it at the recommendation of audiophiles...nuff said.

Sleater Kinney - One Beat?? Recommended by some tool that writes for Sound & Vision...fecking dreadful album!

Runners up:

Veruca Salt - Their first album?? One catchy tune...

Samia Farah - Self-titled. Anther one with about only one good track...plus the French language ranks up there with a dentist's drill.

Luna - Got a lot of recommendations...a crap album with a horrendous cover of Sweet Child O'Mine.

No Doubt - Their first album. My wife (then girlfriend) liked it but for some reason refuses to buy CD's, forcing me to buy them, then complains that I buy too many. Had to do it again today at lunch...she's been dying for that Modest Mouse album so I picked it up, along with three others for me!

William Orbit- ??? Complete crap...only thing I can be thankful for is that I bought it used for $6.

Ratt - Ratt N' Roll 81-91. One of those BMG "I can't find anything else I really want..." moments.

W.A.S.P. - Best Of. See above.

Toploader - Onka's Big ???? They were getting lots of mentions on NME's sight. As with all of the 90's British bands I picked this one up without ever hearing a lick...the chance I took today with The Shins first album and Mooney Suzuki's latest. The album cover was taken across the street from where my wife and I stay when we go to London. Other than that it sucks...

Best part is...I'm keeping them all for 20 years from now when my kid pulls them out and says..."dad, you're taste in music is dreadful!"


N. Abstentia
08-26-2004, 09:23 AM
Queensryche - Q2k. Yeah, Hear In The Now Fronteir was a letdown, considering Promised Land, Empire, Mindcrime, and Rage were some of the best albums ever created which each one being better than the previous one. I figured Frontier was a near miss and they would be back to old form with Q2k.Nope. What the hell happened? There's not one listenable song on here.

Nirvana - Nevermind. Maybe too much hype? I don't think so. I bought this before anyone knew who Nirvana was. Thought it was the worst CD I'd ever heard so I threw it away. A year later, it's huge. Figured I missed something so bought it AGAIN. Nope. Still unlistenable. Still a no talent hack playing guitar and singing. This time I sold it, as now there were plenty of kids who would buy it. Didn't even keep a burned copy.

Yes - Tormato. Fragile? Great! Close to the Edge? Great! Oceans, Relayer..not so great. Going For The One? GREAT! THE BOYS ARE BACK!! Tormato..ugh. Even the band hated it while they were making it.

08-26-2004, 09:34 AM
Out of all the posters to this thread, my vote for best worst albums (i.e., the albums listed as worst that I think are the best) goes to Forever Autumn, with mad rhetorik coming in second and BillB coming in third. OK, as for Forever Autumn's post, I've never heard Holly Cole's Temptation, but, hello, <i>it's an album of Tom Waits covers</i> -- there's no way it can suck that badly. And I think Wide Open Spaces is a quite solid album and What's the Story (Morning Glory) an excellent album.

As for mad rhetorik, I'm not familiar with the Blackstreet album that he cites, but I think both that Kid Rock and the Joan Osborne are pretty darn good (although Kid Rock clearly is aimed at a younger demographic than I belong to, so I'm not exactly throwing that album on a lot).

BillB comes in third for mentioning such quality bands as The Cardigans, Sleater-Kinney and Luna. (Actually, I personally like these bands better than I like Kid Rock or the Dixie Chicks, but BillB's choices are less demographically predictable and thus get less demerits :) ).

I still think Troy wins for worst worst albums.

J gets the award for most confrontational list of worst albums, as he just goes and names three classics of mid-70s Cheese Rock that are clearly dear to the hearts of a few of a certain age on this board. At least, J, you could've mixed it up a bit, era and genre-wise. :)

Of course, I should go ahead and post my "worst" albums, but I'd really have to look at my cd collection to remind me, because I never listen to them.

UPDATE: OK, In Absentia gets late-breaking honorable mention for referring to Kurt Cobain as a no-talent hack.

08-26-2004, 09:35 AM
Worst part about this thread is how many of these CD's I currently or previously owned :)
I wonder if I'll get flamed for adding:
<b>Led Zeppelin - Coda
Deftones - Deftones
Pantera - Far Beyond Driven</b>
to the list...

08-26-2004, 12:48 PM
Led Zeppelin: Houses of the Holy

I was a kid, waited like 2 or 3 years for Led Zep to release something after #4. Stirway to Heaven was the most awesome song, number one on every list, I peddle my bike at least 45 minutes each way, rip off the plastic, see a naked man with a wig on the cover (uh-oh) slap that thing on my Pioneer PL-12D turntable and hear...

Oh-Oh-Oh-Oh-Oh ....OH
Baby , pleeease don't Go..oh oh oh oh oh

It was worse than finding out there was no Santa Clause

and I never gave Zep another chance....

08-26-2004, 02:00 PM
Led Zeppelin: Houses of the Holy

I was a kid, waited like 2 or 3 years for Led Zep to release something after #4. Stirway to Heaven was the most awesome song, number one on every list, I peddle my bike at least 45 minutes each way, rip off the plastic, see a naked man with a wig on the cover (uh-oh) slap that thing on my Pioneer PL-12D turntable and hear...

Oh-Oh-Oh-Oh-Oh ....OH
Baby , pleeease don't Go..oh oh oh oh oh

It was worse than finding out there was no Santa Clause

and I never gave Zep another chance....

I remember reading that Bonzo had a really difficult time learning how to play the reggae rhythm of that song.

N. Abstentia
08-26-2004, 03:25 PM
UPDATE: OK, In Absentia gets late-breaking honorable mention for referring to Kurt Cobain as a no-talent hack.

...and he dresses funny.

08-27-2004, 10:01 AM
...and he dresses funny.

Speakin' of dressing funny, who are those funny-lookin' dudes in your avatar?

08-27-2004, 02:36 PM
Steve Miller Band - <i>Abracadabra</i> - A really popular song, and like anyone else, I jumped on it. Miller was so strapped for ideas on this one that he even recycled a moderate hit, 'Heart Like A Wheel', in the form of the brainless 'Give It Up'. In fact, the whole LP played like a bad Leo Sayer album. But even the most ardent bubble-gummers though this one was weak.

Paul McCartney - <i>Pipes Of Peace</i> - What a saccarined piece of crap, worse even than <i>McCartney II</i> and that's an accomplishment from a guy who made some seriously foo-foo pop in the '80s. I maybe played this one three times ever, and eventually giving it to my niece, who hated it. Total gak.

Ted Nugent - <i>Little Miss Dangerous</i> - Even Teddy succumbed to the uber-'80s, plasticy production (I guess then, so did I). This one was embarrissing and most everyone was I knew was blown away at how bad it was. Ted never recovered.

Journey - <i>Raised On Radio</i> - In '86, these guys were the velveeta of cheesy rock --- nuff said.

Ratt - <i>Invasion Of Your Privacy</i> - I didn't jump on the Ratt bandwagon when <i>Out Of The Cellar</i> came out. But I decided to give them a shot on their second album. Yeeowch! This one is cheesy '80s hairy metal at its worst. I couldn't give it away.

Blue Oyster Cult - <i>Club Ninja</i> - I'm really embarrissed for these guys. Most devout fans of the band that I knew cringed when they heard it. Not that there weren't some good songs on this album (well, maybe two). They were pressured into making an 'up-to-date' synthetic plasticy '80s rock sounding album. The very pressure that befell the likes of even...

Judas Priest - <i>Turbo</i> How big a sellout was this? Can you say drum machines? Can you say twinky synths? What a turd. Halford was even quoted a few years later, calling it a "little girl's album".

Quiet Riot - <i>QR III</i> - I new enough people who owned <i>Metal Health</i> that I never needed to buy it. I think I was in a record store when I saw that pre-orders were being taken for QR3, so I jumped on the bandwagon. (wow, I musta bought more crap in '86 than I have in my whole life) The biggest hit these guys ever had was a cover, which should tell you about the extent of their talent. This one was ditched after one listen.

These don't even include the Top-40 drivel I bought just to play for girls while on dates;-)

08-27-2004, 03:48 PM
I absolutely hate to admit this.

Okay, I was looking for a song. A recent song. A song that I really liked.

Found out it was from the band Saliva. From thier recent album Survival Of The Sickest.

I bought it.

Well, the song I liked is cool but the rest totally sucks. Come to find out they're just another corporate mainstream suck arse rock band. I feel cheated.

But that song was cool.

I saved it to my hard drive and the CD is going back to the used store to recoup some of my loss.


Dusty Chalk
08-27-2004, 06:08 PM
I don't even remember the name of the band, but the album cover was a bunch of topless dudes getting real close to each other, and I think the big song was something like "where can a man...find such a woman..."

Actually, doing some additional net research, it looks like I'm mixing up two things. The latter is Tycoon, "Such a Woman", but I have no idea who the former is. But I do remember being almost too embarassed to buy the album with the cover, and then being real disappointed that the only good song was the hit song.

11-01-2004, 08:56 PM
Here's 5.

I "win".






WOW!!! That's all I can say!!!

Finch Platte
11-01-2004, 10:34 PM
..."Dad, you're (sic) spelling is atrocious!" :p


11-06-2004, 08:36 AM
for some reason, saw this movie at the drive-in, and was really enthralled. especially by "Woman in the Moon". so i bought the soundtrack.


then there was this(small pic)


there there was this


and this


luckily, by the time of the mid-80's, i was smart enough to avoid the hair bands and crap pop of the period. no night ranger or ratt in my collection.

11-07-2004, 10:52 AM
im surprised no ones been macho enough to mention Barry Manilow. I remember as a kid my mom got us 2 or 3 of his 8 Tracks.

arrgg does anyone remember the classic HIFI 8 TRACK

as soon as i had enough money saved the first real rock and roll album i bought was AC/DC Back in Black. what a classic album.

11-07-2004, 12:32 PM
hi Rufus... I was young enough then that I did buy Night Ranger and Ratt.. fortunately I was "saved" by Husker Du and the Replacements!

only 4th post here?


11-08-2004, 07:32 PM
i used to post on the old board a bit, even got a copy of rave recs volume 3, and a couple other comps. but when the board changed, it seemed like a lot of people left, or quit posting so much, there wasn't that much activity going on, and it was harder to track conversations in this format, so i just kinda stopped coming by.

not to mention that i hadn't bought any new cd's since yankee hotel foxtrot until just a few weeks ago. no spare cash for music. and i haven't heard much on the radio over the past few years that really moves me much, so........... lately, i bought the wilco book, learning how to die, and so for the past month or so have just been basically infatuated solely with wilco, uncle tupelo, and related stuff. but maybe i'll pop by more often. it seems i'm getting a bit bored by some of my other forums i hang out at, so maybe i can get into some of the stuff here.