Why even listen to ’em?

What could you possibly get out of listening to a bad album by a great band?


Bad albums by great bands.  If a band’s around long enough, they’re bound to have a dud or two (or maybe several).  It doesn’t matter if you’re Pink Floyd, Bob Dylan, Nirvana, The Clash, whoever.  It happens to the best of us.

History tends to remember the game-changers that made a big splash, the albums that you’ll usually see high up in a “Best of” list.  I’m making this blog to remember the ones that history swept under the rug, the albums that didn’t make a big splash but rather missed the water completely.

But why do it?  Well, sometimes you just need a reason to knock a critically acclaimed artist down a peg.  But more importantly, listening to the worst of the best is a good way to better appreciate the best of the best.  You’ll probably cherish Dark Side of the Moon a whole lot more if you listen to it right after Ummagumma.

It’s also interesting to hear a great band utterly fail on record, especially if it’s a band you love.  It’s sort of like watching a great athlete have a bad game.  Like those last two Kobe Bryant seasons: it’s ugly to watch but you just can’t look away.

I know it’s a little masochistic of me to purposely listen to all this bad music, but I’m doing it so you don’t have to.  Take it as a warning, I guess.  I’d like to believe I’m doing the world a favor.

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