Hard rock music has never been in short supply of underrated artists. For as many great acts rise to the top, there are always going to be a few other notable bands that never get their just due. On the flipside, many bands leave the rest of us facepalming and wondering why they got big in the first place.
Throughout the years, many hard rock stations have subjected their audiences to music that makes a mockery out of everything hard rock stands for. Instead of having a balanced mix of artists, some of the most intolerable bands of the rock genre have been played so relentlessly that we've practically developed sonic PTSD from hearing them. While it would make sense for the great music to have staying power, some misguided rock fans have continued to stand by these acts regardless of their lack of material.
Are all these acts reprehensible? That's certainly up for debate, but there was no reason for these bands to keep popping up time after time to grace us with yet another helping of mediocre hard rock music. Keep in mind that everyone has different tastes...but things are about to get ugly.
12. Bad Company
At the start of their career, you couldn't say that Bad Company didn't have potential. With one of the greatest hard rock singers of all time in Paul Rogers, the band's first record ensured that there would be great music to come from this supergroup. Then again, be careful what you wish for.
As the years went on, Bad Company's records would always be good, but also lacking in that one key element to make them great. Though the band had their fair share of hits like "Shooting Star" and "Roll and Roll Fantasy," their brand of blues-soaked hard rock wasn't that much different from the dozens of other rock bands mining the same style.
The public have seemed to cool down on the band over the years, but their original hype of being signed to Led Zeppelin's label and being on par with Zeppelin themselves feels utterly mind-boggling in retrospect. Not everything that the band did was boring, but other than Paul Rogers' voice, there wasn't too much these guys were doing that you couldn't find somewhere else.
Bad Company were a pretty decent 70's rock act, but when you start bringing Led Zeppelin into the conversation, you accept no substitutes.