Friday, April 28, 2006

50 Worst Albums of All Time

Here is the list of the 50 worst albums ever made as compiled by Q Magazine.
50. Beck – Midnight Vultures
49. Neil Young And The Shocking Pinks – Everybody’s Rocking
48. Milli Vanilli – All Or Nothing
47. Ozzy Osbourne – Under Cover
46. Oasis – Standing On The Shoulders Of Giants
45. William Shatner – The Transformed Man
44. Kiss – Music From The Elder
43. The Travelling Wilburys – Vol 3
42. Babylon Zoo – The Boy With The X-Ray Eyes
41. Paul Simon – Songs From The Capeman OST
40. The Others – The Others
39. Big Country – Undercover
38. Chris Rea – The Road To Hell Pt2
37. Shania Twain – Come On Over
36. Kula Shaker – Peanuts, Pigs & Astronauts
35. Puff Daddy – Forever
34. Fishspooner - #1
33. Billy Ray Cyrus – Some Gave All
32. Ace Of Bass – The Sign
31. Stevie Wonder – Woman In Red
30. Michael Jackson – Invincible
29. Various – Christmas In The Stars: Star Wars Christmas Album
28. The Rolling Stones – Dirty Work
27. Destiny’s Child – Destiny Fulfilled
26. Vanilla Ice – Hard To Swallow
25. The Cranberries – To The Faithful Departed
24. Lauryn Hill – MTV Unpugged 2.0
23. Alanis Morissette – Supposed Former Infatuation Junkie
22. Robson & Jerome – Robson & Jerome
21. The Clash – Cut The Crap
20. Mariah Cary – Glitter Original Sound Track
19. Goldie – Saturnz Return
18. Crazy Frog – Crazy Hits
17. Bob Dylan & The Grateful Dead – Dylan And The Dead
16. Spice Girls – Forever
15. Various – Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Heart Club Band – Original Sound Track
14. Terence Trent Diabolical – Neither Fish Nor Flesh
13. Bruce Willis – The Return Of Bruno
12. Tom Jones – Mr Jones
11. Limp Bizkit – Chocolate Starfish And The Hot Dog Flavored Water
10. Tim Machine – Tin Machine Ii
9. Westlife – Allow Us To Be Frank
8. Mick Jagger – Primitive Cool
7. Kevin Rowland – My Beauty
6. Naomi Campbell – Babywoman
5. Billy Idol – Cyberpunk
4. Lou Reed – Metal Machine Music
3. Various – Urban Renewal: The Songs Of Phil Collins
2. Spice Girls – All Their Solo Albums!
1. Duran Duran – Thank You
I find the list a bit too contemporary. I’m sure the sixties and seventies had more bad albums than show up here.
A major omission is “Philosophy of the Word,” a 1969 album by the group widely credited as the worst group ever to record, The Shaggs. Susan Orlean profiled the group in the New Yorker a few years back and wrote about the recording session that produced that one album: “In March, 1969, (their father) took the girls to Fleetwood Studios, outside Boston, to make a record. According to the magazine Cool and Strange Music!, the studio engineer listened to the Shaggs rehearse and suggested that they weren't quite ready to record. But Austin insisted on going forward, reportedly telling the engineer, ‘I want to get them while they're hot.’”
You can sample their dreadful music on
Bill Shatner is on the list. But what about other TV stars who made awful albums? Leonard Nimoy? Jack Webb? David Soul? Where are they?

I’ve found a few jingles from my favorite out of town rock stations, the ones I listened to in the sixties.
Where are a number of jingles from WLS in Chicago. Don’t miss the famous “radar weather eye” jingle.
Here is a long jingle for WOWO, Fort Wayne.
Another popular distant station was Chicago's WCFL, the Voice of Labor. This is a 1965 jingle.
Here’s a spot for Ernies Record Mart, the legendary advertiser on WLAC’s John R Show.
I’ve also located almost an hour of John R's show.


At 10:51 PM, Anonymous Jeff Bradley said...

Boy, those are some bad albums! Awful music has its uses, however.

When my wife and I were at UT and we wanted people to go home from a party, we would put on the "B" side of the In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida album by Iron Butterfly.

Invariably, that music would make people gather up their stuff and shuffle out the door.



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