Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Top 10: When Good Artists Go Bad

I listened to these albums so that you don’t have to ……

Neil Young: Everybody's Rockin' (1983) Geffen records pestered Young into make a ‘rock’ record. What they got was 25 minutes of rockabilly songs……..the eighties was a difficult period for Neil fans.

The Rolling Stones: Dirty Work (1986) Mick and Keith were barely speaking when this album was made……… it shows

David Bowie: Tonight (1984) On the plus side it has ‘Loving the Alien’, but that’s about it …… did I mention there’s a duet with Tina Turner on here, yes THAT Tina Turner.

Bob Dylan: Down in the Groove (1988) This is just completely pointless.

Lou Reed: Metal Machine Music (1975) A double album consisting of nothing but guitar feedback. Apparently not a joke.

Paul McCartney: Wings Wild Life (1971) Honestly, a five year old would be embarrassed by the melodies on this album.

The Clash: Cut The Crap (1985) Billed as a ‘Futuristic’ synth-punk album. In reality Joe Strummer having a very bad idea.

Roger Waters: The Wall-Live in Berlin (1990) A live ‘re-imagining’ of one of the greatest albums of all-time. It has Bryan Adams singing Pink Floyd, I don’t need to tell you anything else.

Eric Clapton: No Reason To Cry (1976) How can an album with Clapton, backed by The Band and a duet with Bob Dylan be this bad ? ……. more accurately described as ‘No Reason To Buy’ ….. ok that’s a bit cheap, but you get the idea.

Bruce Springsteen: Human Touch (1992) He ditched the E-Street Band and decided to release two albums on the same day. This is the lesser of the two. A record full of the worst kind of generic ‘rockers’ imaginable. Not good.

And there’s plenty others out there, I’ll come back to this topic again in the future.

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