10 Awesome Rock Bands With One Terrible Album

We all have our off days...

I Give It Away - Red Hot Chili Peppers
Warner Bros.

There are few bands who have successfully maintained a winning-streak throughout their career. Some have pulled it off... , Nirvana gave us three unique and brilliant records in their short lifespan. The Beatles had a few less than stellar releases, but nothing that could be considered terrible. And The Talking Heads have never put out an album that wasn't at the very least interesting.

But sometimes it's the case that the greater the rise the harder they fall. When acts are on the road to glory, there's always the fear that somewhere along the way, they're going to hit a pot hole. The success of a really great album can often be a double-edged sword. The pressure to follow it up, can lead to bands delivering absolute duds. Look at what happened to The Stone Roses... Sometimes a group's 'worst' album is only considered so, due to the prowess of records that have pre and proceeded it. Fleetwood Mac's, Tusk, was no Rumours but it was harshly treated by critics for not following the same themes...

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

10. Cut The Crap - The Clash (1985)

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

The title has come to symbolise, both, Joe Strummer's frustration, and the record's reception. The overriding consensus from critics and fans was that it wasn't worth their time. Dirty Punk, delivered on its name but not on quality: It was reminiscent of the group's early sound, but it felt cheap; the mix was a mess, and Strummer's vocals were muddied by all the thrashing guitars.

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

Cut The Crap, served as a sad goodbye from the pioneers of punk.

 
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