10 Awesome Rock Bands With A Terrible Album

There are few bands that have managed to maintain a winning streak throughout their career. Some have succeeded… , Nirvana gave us three unique and brilliant discs in their short lifespan. The Beatles had a few less than stellar releases, but nothing that could be considered terrible. And the Talking Heads never released an album that wasn’t the least bit interesting.

But sometimes the bigger the climb, the more they fall. When acts are on their way to fame, there’s always the fear that somewhere along the way they’re going to hit a pothole. The success of a great album can often be a double-edged sword. The pressure to keep up with it can cause bands to deliver absolute duds. Look what happened to the Stone Roses… Sometimes a band’s “worst” album is only considered so because of the prowess of the records that came before and before it. Fleetwood Mac’s, Tusk, was not a rumor but it was treated harshly by critics for not following the same themes…

These examples, however, are records that have little or no saving graces.

Cut The Crap marked the end of The Clash as a musical force to be reckoned with. The recording process was marred by creative differences and infighting – resulting in the dismissal of co-lead vocalist, Mick Jones.

The title has come to symbolize both Joe Strummer’s frustration and the record’s reception. The prevailing consensus from critics and fans was that it wasn’t worth their time. Dirty Punk, Delivered on Name but Not on Quality: Reminiscent of the band’s early sound, but felt cheap; the mix was a mess and Strummer’s voice was garbled by all the thumping guitars.

The album contained all the anger of the band’s early days, but rather than being directed at societal injustices or political politics, it only seemed to reflect the reminiscent vibe felt by the remaining members. We Are The Clash, was a desperate attempt to convince audiences that the new line-up still embodied the brilliance of the original. Instead of relying on decent melodies and lyrics, however, the band relied on Sex Pistols-esque chants, which begged for legitimacy rather than proving it.

Cut The Crap, served as a sad farewell to the pioneers of punk.

Virginia F. Goins