Why some albums apparently suck, according to the actual band members:
1. WEEZER: Pinkerton (1996)
When it first came out, frontman Rivers Cuomo said: “The most painful thing in my life these days is the cult around Pinkerton. It’s just a sick album, sick in a diseased sort of way. It’s such a source of anxiety because all the fans we have right now have stuck around because of that album. But, honestly, I never want to play those songs again; I never want to hear them again”. he added it was a “hideous record…a hugely painful mistake.”
It was dubbed the 3rd worst album of the year by Rolling Stone, but over the years it built an overwhelmingly positive acclaim. Rivers also changed his mind about it and said that the record was “great…brave, and authentic”.
2. THE ROLLING STONES: Their Satanic Majesties Request (1967)
Mick Jagger: “There’s a lot of rubbish on … Satanic Majesties. Just too much time on our hands, too many drugs, no producer to tell us, ‘Enough already, thank you very much, now can we get just get on with this song?'”
3. COURTNEY LOVE: America’s Sweetheart (2004)
Courtney Love: “The sound on America’s Sweetheart sucked beyond words. The production was a nightmare. Linda and I had written some really good songs, but they were rendered lazily and sound like shit. The art was horrific and not my idea and the label didn’t back it at all. I was busy taking drugs to dull the pain of having lost everything and made a shit album to boot […] I was so druggy I thought it’d be cute to rip off ‘Teen Spirit’ on ‘I’ll Do Anything’ “.
4. REM: Around The Sun (2004)
Peter Buck: “[The LP] just wasn’t really listenable […] It sounds like what it is, a bunch of people that are so bored with the material that they can’t stand it anymore.”
Albums aren’t the only thing their hating on.
Lead singer Michael Stipe on their hit “Shiny Happy People”: “I hate that song”
5. THE CLASH: Cut The Crap (1985)
Joe Strummer was having a tough time dealing with the death of his parents and the band’s lineup changes. He explained that he “f***ed off to the mountains of Spain to sit sobbing under a palm tree” rather than focusing on the record.
6. THE STROKES: Angles (2011)
Julian Casablancas: “There’s a bunch of stuff [on it] that I wouldn’t have done”
Nick Valensi: “[the studio sessions] were awful”
7. PINK FLOYD: Atom Heart Mother (1970)
David Gilmour: “A load of rubbish.”
Roger Waters: “[It should be] thrown in the dustbin and never listened to by anyone ever again.”
8. OASIS: Be Here Now (1999)
Noel Gallagher on the sound of the LP: “A bunch of guys, on coke, in the studio, not giving a f***. All the songs are really long and all the lyrics are shit and for every millisecond Liam is not saying a word, there’s a f***ing guitar riff in there in a Wayne’s World stylie.”
What’s more, Liam Gallagher hates their huge single “Wonderwall”. His thoughts on it: “I can’t f***ing stand that f***ing song! Every time I have to sing it I want to gag”
9. BLUR: Leisure (1991) & The Great Escape (1995)
Damon Albarn: “I’ve made hundreds of mistakes. I’ve made two bad records. The first record [Leisure], which is awful, and The Great Escape, which was messy.”
10. FOO FIGHTERS : One By One (2002)
Not the full album, but…
Dave Grohl: ” “Four of the songs were good, and the other seven I never played again in my life.”
11. THE BEACH BOYS: MIU Album (1978)
Mike Love: “[The studio sessions were] too democratic”
Denis Wilson: “It’s an embarrassment to my life. It should self-destruct… I hope that the karma will f*** up Mike Love’s meditation forever”.
12. EMINEM: Encore (2004)
Eminem: “Looking back on it now, there was some pretty mediocre things that I was putting out […] When I was making ‘Encore’, my addiction took on a life of its own”.
The record had songs like “Like Toy Soldiers” (below) to songs like “Just lose it”. His mentor Dr Dre laughed at him when he recorded “Weenie”.
13. MANIC STREET PREACHERS: Lifeblood (2004)
The band dubbed it a commercial failure and Nicky Wire said they refused to play ‘The Love Of Richard Nixon’, a single from the LP, at their live performances.
14. THE VELVET UNDERGROUND: Loaded (1970)
Frontman Reed insisted that poor editing ruined his best songs and admitted that he “gave up on it”. He quit the band before the record was released.
15. BAD RELIGION: Into the Unknown (1983)
This album was so controversial it wasn’t even released on CD.
Brett Gurewitz: “[The album was a] terrible misstep”
16. DAVID BOWIE: Never Let Me Down (1987)
David Bowie was going through a difficult time during the production of this LP. He explained that “Never Let Me Down had good songs that I mistreated. I didn’t really apply myself […] I wasn’t quite sure what I was supposed to be doing.”
17. DEERHUNTER: Turn In Up Faggot (2005)
Bradford Cox: “I hate that album, I really do […] There’s lots of embarrassing stuff.”
18. LYKKE LI: Youth Novels (2008)
Lykke Li: “I cannot stand my first album. It is so bad. I sucked.”
19. BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN: Born in the USA (1984)
Bruce Springsteen: “A group of songs about which I’ve always had some ambivalence”.
20. THE WHO: It’s Hard (1982)
Roger Daltrey: “It’s Hard should never have been released. I had huge rows with Pete. I said, ‘Pete, this is just a complete piece of shit and it should never come out!'”
21. THE BEATLES: Let It Be (1970)
John Lennon: “We never really finished it. We didn’t really want to do it. Paul was hustling for us to do it. It’s The Beatles with their suits off.”
He explained that recording this final album was “hell”. It cause many arguments and they weren’t happy with the final product.
22. U2: Pop (1997)
The Edge (guitarist, not us.. hehe): “A compromise project by the end […] It was a crazy period trying to mix everything and finish recording and having production meetings about the upcoming tour. If you can’t mix something, it generally means there’s something wrong with it.”