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Posted: 08.24.2003
You make me feel like dancing
Blender has named the 50 worst artists in music history. The only one that left me scratching my head and saying "huh?" was The Doors at #37. C'mon people. You gave up a spot on the list for Leo Sayer for that? Other than said-Doors CD -- here are the CDs I've purchased or owned by other bands on the list:

  1. Tin Machine - Tin Machine - at #12 (Bowie in the $1.99 bin ain't all bad...ok, maybe this time it is)
  2. Richard Marx - Richard Marx - at #30 (it was the best of times, it was the worst of times)
  3. Live - Throwing Copper and Mental Jewelry - at #34 (it's a never-ending debate in this household, I can't help myself and Todd cringes every time)
  4. Blind Melon - Soup - at #40 (Galaxie is one of my all-time favorite songs so deal with it)
  5. The Spin Doctors - Pocket Full of Kryptonite - at #46 (you show me the early 90s college student without a copy, or a copy of a copy of this CD, or a roommate sans one of the above, and I'll call you a freakin' liar)
  6. Toad the Wet Sprocket - Fear - at #49 (actually I didn't buy this one, it was a gift from someone that knew I liked "All I Want")
Leave your purchases in the comments if you'd like. It can be our own little support group of sorts... (Link courtesy of FARK.com.)

Hey boy take a look at me...let me dirty up your mind...

They don't know good music.

¤ ¤ credit: bigA | 08.24.03 at 10:52 AM | link--this ¤ ¤

Man, then call me a liar. I never had the spin doctors CD. I liked them for the first five minutes. I swear.

¤ ¤ credit: statia | 08.24.03 at 11:07 AM | link--this ¤ ¤

You're a couple of years younger than I am though, Statia. That CD was at its height at the beginning of my sophomore year of college -- you wouldn't have even been in college yet. It was released in '91 -- the year I graduated from high school and went off to OU.

¤ ¤ credit: robyn | 08.24.03 at 11:22 AM | link--this ¤ ¤

Yeah, so you're saying that I'm just a kid? I'll remember that when you're older than I am. Oh wait, you are older than I am. :oP I do remember them rather well though. *cringes*

¤ ¤ credit: statia | 08.24.03 at 11:25 AM | link--this ¤ ¤

Do your boobs hang low...

¤ ¤ credit: robyn | 08.24.03 at 11:30 AM | link--this ¤ ¤

i ain't got no future or family tree but, i know what a prince and lover ought to be.

not the greatest song ever, but still, not in the bottom 50 of all time.

Oingo Boingo on that list? are they nuts? where's that guy who sang "Butterfly Kisses"? he should be top 5, for sure!

and dude, he didn't even spell "Color me Badd" correctly. what's up with that?

¤ ¤ credit: mikey | 08.24.03 at 12:37 PM | link--this ¤ ¤

Holy Crap, I've owned 29 of those. Most were on tape, but still. That's a lot of 'crap' to own. I don't care what anyone says, the Gypsey Kings rock.

Heh, you both are older than me.

¤ ¤ credit: Annessa | 08.24.03 at 01:30 PM | link--this ¤ ¤

I was browsing albums (anybody remember albums?) in a store once, and got
to reading the liner notes for an avant garde classical album. The notes
basically consisted of a quote by the composer, along the lines of:

"To take refuge in the past is to play safe, avoidance of the truth. To
burn the past is to play safe, avoidance of knowledge. Wherever we turn
safeness lurks. GIVE ME DANGEROUS MUSIC!"

I was so struck by these ideas (at that time I was a rock musician who
constantly had conflicts with my colleagues along those lines: no, we
don't want to practice "Johnny B. Goode" 97 times in a row until we can
play it the same way every time, because DAMMIT, THAT'S NOT ROCK-AND-
ROLL!) that I bought the album on the spot. It turned out to be the
dullest, most eviscerated exercise in tedium I'd ever heard, and about as
dangerous as warmed-over baby food. Liner notes were awesome, though.
That sombitch should have been a writer instead. :-)

¤ ¤ credit: Rocket Ray | 08.24.03 at 01:36 PM | link--this ¤ ¤

Crash Test Dummies - who bought that CD? I'd like to know so I can smack you over the head with it.

On the other hand, there are several bands on that list whose CDs I own including (don't hit me!) Insane Clown Posse.

¤ ¤ credit: michele | 08.24.03 at 02:38 PM | link--this ¤ ¤

Hey, I grew up on Kansas, Iron Butterfly and Air Supply. Sure, it's turned me into the sick and twisted individual I am today, but still, I wouldn't put them that high on the list. And Vanilla Ice should so be higher on the list than Starship. And Creed should be higher than Vanilla Ice... Just my opinion.

And come on! Who DIDN'T own The Spin Doctor's album? I'm sure they gave it out with happy meals or something. Everyone I know had a copy of that.

¤ ¤ credit: Veshka | 08.24.03 at 03:53 PM | link--this ¤ ¤

I'm not ashamed to admit I own many Richard Marx CDs. Are they just punishing him for that '80's mullet he had? His wife made him ditch the long hair years ago.

Hey, at least I don't have a Michael Bolton CD.

¤ ¤ credit: Shawn | 08.24.03 at 06:14 PM | link--this ¤ ¤

yeesh.. i've owned 26 of them, including vanilla ice, ICP & crash test dummies. aww, well. :)

¤ ¤ credit: Jenna | 08.24.03 at 06:19 PM | link--this ¤ ¤

Hey, I bought that crash test dummies album. I also own that spin doctors album and the Live ablum. I was a freshman in college back then and I still think those albums are cool. I agree with the rest of the list though.

¤ ¤ credit: mace | 08.24.03 at 07:16 PM | link--this ¤ ¤

I can agree with almost everyone on that list, as much as I enjoy The Doors and Oingo Boingo. But Gipsey Kings? What the fuck? Maybe the listmakers were listening to a different Gipsey Kings than I listen to, because I absolutely, positively, speaking a musician, fail to see how they could be on that list. Such a sad day when silicone dolls like Britney Spears are left off a list and the Gipsey Kings are on.

¤ ¤ credit: wealhtheow | 08.25.03 at 09:48 AM | link--this ¤ ¤

Those two LIVE albums remain among my favorites in my entire CD collection. I like Blender's lists, but can't agree with that selection!

¤ ¤ credit: Dara | 08.25.03 at 06:16 PM | link--this ¤ ¤

I have cds by ICP, Primus, Creed, Bad English, Skinny Puppy, Yngwie, Oingo Boingo, Live, The Doors, Nelson, Blind Melon, Whitesnake, Manowar, The Spin Doctors, Goo Goo Dolls, and my mom had Air Supply.

Ah well. At least there is no Celine Dion in my collection.

¤ ¤ credit: kim | 08.26.03 at 04:32 AM | link--this ¤ ¤

I'd like to preface this by saying I used to be a DJ but still that's no excuse for:
4. Kenny G (all the albums) - it's great dinner music
11. Latoya Jackson - was I the only one who liked "Centipede?"
27. Colour Me Bad - guilty as charged. But girls used to love "I Wanna Sex You Up!"
30. Richard Marx - I should've known better
Others include Creed, Arrested Development, Live, Paul Oakenfold, The Doors, Blind Melon, Mike and the Mechanics, Gipsy Kings, The Spin Doctors, Goo Goo Dolls, Master P, Toad the Wet Sprocket. The Doors really don't deserve to be on there.

¤ ¤ credit: KB | 08.26.03 at 12:05 PM | link--this ¤ ¤

Wtf? I love the Spin Doctors and still listen to their CDs regularly. They rock.

¤ ¤ credit: Ashley | 08.26.03 at 04:58 PM | link--this ¤ ¤

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