Remember William Hung? Well, his 2004 Christmas release "Hung For The Holidays" made many "worst album" lists. I don't really understand that. Isn't that the same as picking up a pile of dog crap in the street and joyfully exclaiming "Phew! Look what I almost stepped in?" If you expect nothing, you can't be disappointed in nothing.
David Bowie's 1987 release "Never Let Me Down," received 3 stars from Rolling Stone magazine upon its release, and the All Music Guide politely refers to it as "interesting." I expect great things from David Bowie, not a record filled with hokey narration, cheesy production and a duet with Mickey Rourke. I think it's Bowie at his worst.
That said, here is long time record guy and personal friend of mine, Mark Levine, offering up his "Worst Records Of 2008," along with some brief and mildly scathing commentary as we continue the year-end collection of lists, on our way to my Best of 2008. Burning Wood will intermittently offer up best and worst lists from our readers (if you've got one, get it to me) to help guide you through your last minute Christmas purchases and illegal downloads.
WORST RECORDS OF 2008
Submitted by Mark Levine
VAMPIRE WEEKEND- VAMPIRE WEEKEND
This over-hyped, tuneless. pretentious, genre defying crap is painfully bad, yet everyone seems to love it. They are the new Shins.
I was excited about this. I love Greg Dulli and his band The Afghan Whigs, but his collaboration with Mark Lanegan is really tough to listen to. Not a song here.
JACKSON BROWNE- TIME THE CONQUEROR
QUEEN & PAUL RODGERS- THE COSMOS ROCKS
Individually, I'm sure these guys are capable of better than this. There's no cohesion at all. Instead of trying to create new music, they meet in the middle and basically sound like bad Bad Company.
KINGS OF LEON-ONLY BY THE NIGHT
More terrible rock from the most overrated band this century. Seriously bad stuff. As bad as the last record. No songs, and tired ripped off riffs. See them perform live at "sold out?" Madison Square Garden.
HOLD STEADY- STAY POSITIVE
TV ON THE RADIO- DEAR SCIENCE
Admittedly this is better than I expected, but that's just because I hated their last record so much. Again, not worthy of the hype.
MY MORNING JACKET- EVIL URGES
There is nothing here. But they're playing the Garden on New Years Eve, so what do I know.
THE KILLERS- DAY & AGE
I really want to like them, but every record just disappoints me. Big production can't hide that it just seems kinda empty. They're playing the Garden too. Unreal.
MADONNA- HARD CANDY
I hate her, and now everyone else does, too. I love being a trendsetter. Hopefully her next release will be about her chicken arms and man hands.
I liked the Jackson Browne record, was disappointed with the tuneless Gutter Twins, and totally agree with Mark's assessment of the Kings Of Leon. But for me, the most overrated band in recent years has to be The Hold Steady. People, who for years refused to listen to the E-Street Band, have embraced this third-rate rock and roll band that has been making a living ripping off the E-Street Band catalogue. Bring back John Cafferty & The Beaver Brown Band. I posted a Hold Steady video below. What do you think?