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2021-01-16 5:54:19 PM  
There's at least a couple albums here that I will fight people over.

A Momentary Lapse of Reason?  It's not Waters, sure, but by that point Waters was still wanking over WWIII.  I'd accept Radio Waves off Radio KAOS as a great song from a bad album, come to think of it.  But even if you're claiming aMLoR is a bad album, On The Turning Away is overwrought and turgid.  Learning to Fly's the best song on the album, IMO, with One Slip as a close second.

90125?  Not Yes's best, sure, but not a bad album at all.  ATCO really should have let them call the band something else.  I'd argue Leave It is the best song, although that may just be my love of vocal harmonies.

Hot Space?  Seriously?  I mean...[looks at track list].  Okay, maybe they've got a point here.
 
2021-01-16 6:15:42 PM  
No "Beth" from KISS?

No "Only Women Bleed" from Alice Cooper?

Is subby a millennial?
 
2021-01-16 6:16:24 PM  
Momentary Lapse of Reason was a pretty decent album.  Granted, I haven't had the urge to listen to it in a long time.
 
2021-01-16 6:17:13 PM  
 
2021-01-16 6:18:49 PM  

Alphax: Momentary Lapse of Reason was a pretty decent album.  Granted, I haven't had the urge to listen to it in a long time.


That happens.

I reached a point a few years back where I realized I'd heard enough Led Zeppelin.  I still like it, it's still good stuff, but I've heard it all enough times that I don't need to hear it more.  (I'll make exceptions for Fool in the Rain, and maybe Immigrant Song, depending on my mood.)

Pink Floyd's at a similar spot for me, to be honest.
 
2021-01-16 7:17:23 PM  
Queen and David Bowie really did a fine job reworking Vanilla Ice's "Ice Ice Baby" (although we all know that nothing is as good as his original tune).

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2021-01-16 7:34:08 PM  
yay, dinosaur bands
 
2021-01-16 8:32:11 PM  
Never Say Die?
I never understood the hate for that album.
Some great songs on there.
Junior's Eyes, Over to You, A Hard Road, to name a few.
 
433 [TotalFark]
2021-01-16 8:57:33 PM  
"Anyone Can Play Guitar" from Radiohead's Pablo Honey is perfectly cromulent, as are one or two others given the era.  Those others, they're not ACPG or Creep, though.  Kind of a shame to consider the album "bad," it's a great example of its time but it's just not The Bends or anything after that.

I got that feeling from quite a few of these selections.  More than decent with a standout or two, but just not the best representative of a bands... oeuvre?
 
2021-01-16 9:15:33 PM  
Wait, wouldn't it be punch in the turd bowl?
 
2021-01-16 9:20:00 PM  
Hot Space was not good by any conceivable metric but there was one redeeming track

Queen - Under Pressure (Official Video)
Youtube a01QQZyl-_I
 
2021-01-16 9:21:31 PM  
Did they say Van Halen III, the Gary Charone album, was their third album? What the hell is that? All that research "I'm assuming" and you screw that up?
 
2021-01-16 9:23:20 PM  
The Clash - Cut The Crap is crap.  There's no way around it but This is England is their last great song.

This is England - The Clash (1985)
Youtube L4YtR9SsY2Q
 
2021-01-16 9:28:49 PM  

433: "Anyone Can Play Guitar" from Radiohead's Pablo Honey is perfectly cromulent, as are one or two others given the era.  Those others, they're not ACPG or Creep, though.  Kind of a shame to consider the album "bad," it's a great example of its time but it's just not The Bends or anything after that.

I got that feeling from quite a few of these selections.  More than decent with a standout or two, but just not the best representative of a bands... oeuvre?


I love the hell outta that album.
 
2021-01-16 9:38:37 PM  
The Unnamed Feeling is a great f**king song.
 
2021-01-16 9:51:25 PM  
Sirens is maybe the fifth- or fourth-best song on Lightning Bolt, which as has already been noted here for others isn't actually being labelled a bad album...

Someone had a deadline to meet.
 
2021-01-16 9:52:19 PM  
I'm so glad they mentioned "Shake Your Foundations".
 
2021-01-16 10:07:19 PM  

kazrak: A Momentary Lapse of Reason? It's not Waters, sure, but by that point Waters was still wanking over WWIII. I'd accept Radio Waves off Radio KAOS as a great song from a bad album, come to think of it. But even if you're claiming aMLoR is a bad album, On The Turning Away is overwrought and turgid. Learning to Fly's the best song on the album, IMO, with One Slip as a close second


At the time, I noticed most of the people that really disliked seemed to indeed focus on how it was not Roger Waters era Floyd.  Well no shiat?  I'm not sure what they were expecting, circumstances as they were.  Seconded on the two standouts as well.
 
2021-01-16 10:09:55 PM  
90125 wasn't a bad album, really, it just wasn't supposed to be a Yes album. Their follow-up, "Big Generator," was largely forgettable.
 
2021-01-16 10:10:32 PM  
Wrong song off of Momentary Laps of Reason.    Learning to Fly is the best song on that album.
 
2021-01-16 10:15:21 PM  

Snapper Carr: Hot Space was not good by any conceivable metric but there was one redeeming track

[Youtube-video https://www.youtube.com/embed/a01QQZyl​-_I]


...as stated in the article.
 
2021-01-16 10:15:40 PM  

kazrak: There's at least a couple albums here that I will fight people over.

A Momentary Lapse of Reason?  It's not Waters, sure, but by that point Waters was still wanking over WWIII.  I'd accept Radio Waves off Radio KAOS as a great song from a bad album, come to think of it.  But even if you're claiming aMLoR is a bad album, On The Turning Away is overwrought and turgid.  Learning to Fly's the best song on the album, IMO, with One Slip as a close second.

90125?  Not Yes's best, sure, but not a bad album at all.  ATCO really should have let them call the band something else.  I'd argue Leave It is the best song, although that may just be my love of vocal harmonies.

Hot Space?  Seriously?  I mean...[looks at track list].  Okay, maybe they've got a point here.


Yeah, I liked Momentary Lapse of Reason. You brought up good songs, but I like On the Turning Away as well.

Of course, part of that might be that I went and saw Floyd in concert the first time when they toured for that album. 😁

I also saw them tour in support of The Division Bell, not as good as MLoR, but still an awesome concert.
 
2021-01-16 10:25:20 PM  

kazrak: A Momentary Lapse of Reason?  It's not Waters, sure, but by that point Waters was still wanking over WWIII.  I'd accept Radio Waves off Radio KAOS as a great song from a bad album, come to think of it.  But even if you're claiming aMLoR is a bad album, On The Turning Away is overwrought and turgid.  Learning to Fly's the best song on the album, IMO, with One Slip as a close second.


I like Radio KAOS, but I was more partial to 4 Minutes and The Tide is Turning than Radio Waves.
 
2021-01-16 10:30:10 PM  

Cafe Threads: No "Beth" from KISS?

No "Only Women Bleed" from Alice Cooper?

Is subby a millennial?


Is this not good songs from bad albums, implying that the single song was the ONLY bright spot?
Beth was from Destroyer, which had Detroit Rock City, King of the Night Time World, God of Thunder, Do you Love Me.....
I know it's subjective, but if you liked Kiss at all, I gotta believe that more than just Beth is gonna stand out here.
 
2021-01-16 10:41:01 PM  

Mole Man: 433: "Anyone Can Play Guitar" from Radiohead's Pablo Honey is perfectly cromulent, as are one or two others given the era.  Those others, they're not ACPG or Creep, though.  Kind of a shame to consider the album "bad," it's a great example of its time but it's just not The Bends or anything after that.

I got that feeling from quite a few of these selections.  More than decent with a standout or two, but just not the best representative of a bands... oeuvre?

I love the hell outta that album.


"You" is a great track and it was first on the album. This list is meh.
 
2021-01-16 10:54:15 PM  
While Van Halen had a lot of awesome stuff in their catalog, the band's third record didn't really sit well with everyone.

Ummmmmmmmmmmmmmmm..................
 
2021-01-16 10:55:25 PM  
Black Sabbath - Never Say Die - A Hard Road
Better than the title track.. (their pick)
 
2021-01-16 11:01:40 PM  

gopher321: yay, dinosaur bands


Well shiat, I'm just glad you'll never get old.
 
2021-01-16 11:03:21 PM  

exadeath: Black Sabbath - Never Say Die - A Hard Road
Better than the title track.. (their pick)


You could make one decent record out of Technical Ecstasy and Never Say Die. So, say 8 out of 17 tracks.
 
2021-01-16 11:07:18 PM  
Locked In is the best song on Turbo.
 
2021-01-16 11:26:36 PM  
I thought the album was called "Van Halen 3" because only Ed, Alex, and I have a copy of it.
 
2021-01-16 11:42:56 PM  

exadeath: Black Sabbath - Never Say Die - A Hard Road
Better than the title track.. (their pick)


Never Say Die is an absolute masterpiece. People shiat on it because it isn't as good as the first 6 Sabbath albums. You know what else isn't as good as the first 6 Sabbath albums? Every album by every band ever.
 
2021-01-17 12:03:23 AM  

Dumb-Ass-Monkey: While Van Halen had a lot of awesome stuff in their catalog, the band's third record didn't really sit well with everyone.

Ummmmmmmmmmmmmmmm..................


I know, right? It was only released on CD and tape.
 
2021-01-17 12:19:54 AM  

kazrak: There's at least a couple albums here that I will fight people over.

A Momentary Lapse of Reason?  It's not Waters, sure, but by that point Waters was still wanking over WWIII.  I'd accept Radio Waves off Radio KAOS as a great song from a bad album, come to think of it.  But even if you're claiming aMLoR is a bad album, On The Turning Away is overwrought and turgid.  Learning to Fly's the best song on the album, IMO, with One Slip as a close second.

90125?  Not Yes's best, sure, but not a bad album at all.  ATCO really should have let them call the band something else.  I'd argue Leave It is the best song, although that may just be my love of vocal harmonies.

Hot Space?  Seriously?  I mean...[looks at track list].  Okay, maybe they've got a point here.


Came here for all of this, leaving happily.
 
2021-01-17 1:11:59 AM  
We've established that the list is garbage. I'm going to represent for Megadeth - Risk: Not their best work (no sh*t) but "Prince of Darkness" isn't close to the best track on there. "Insomnia" is killer, "Crush 'em" isn't bad. If you've ever read anything about the album, and why it was titled Risk you'd get that they were  trying new styles. Some worked, some not so much.
 
2021-01-17 2:08:47 AM  
Korn did a dubstep album? 

Ugh.
 
2021-01-17 2:17:52 AM  
Pablo Honey might be the worst Radiohead album, but it's still a great album.
 
2021-01-17 2:24:34 AM  
If you have to pick one track off of Van Halen III to say it is good, FIre in the Hole is the wrong track.  From Afar is a good tune, best on that album.
 
2021-01-17 2:48:10 AM  
Going for the humour and saying Queen and Bowie reworked Vanilla Ice doesn't really work when you get the Van Halen III wrong AND you don't seem to understand what irony means... CCR album was bad because the normal song writer let others write most of the songs, but ironically the best track on it was written by the regular song writer? Ummm. That's not ironic.
 
2021-01-17 3:09:58 AM  
 
2021-01-17 3:54:28 AM  

Great_Milenko: Locked In is the best song on Turbo.


Out in the Cold is my favorite song on that album.
 
2021-01-17 4:30:02 AM  
pink floyd - not now john (Remastered 2011)
Youtube KVvF0s9oRUM
 
2021-01-17 4:40:42 AM  
Tony Carey - A Fine, Fine Day (1984)
Youtube kYrRJfHVof4
 
2021-01-17 5:29:34 AM  
Listening to Momentary Lapse tonight.. lots of pretty keyboards, even if some of it reminded me of the music my old Sound Blaster card could make in the early 90's.  The last track, Sorrow, used to give me automatic goosebumps when it started.
 
2021-01-17 5:58:53 AM  
Mr. Wilson
Youtube XJTAS3Jz3Zw
 
2021-01-17 6:26:28 AM  

Keller: Going for the humour and saying Queen and Bowie reworked Vanilla Ice doesn't really work when you get the Van Halen III wrong AND you don't seem to understand what irony means... CCR album was bad because the normal song writer let others write most of the songs, but ironically the best track on it was written by the regular song writer? Ummm. That's not ironic.


'Ironic' has got to be the most misused word in the English language.

Now, is that ironic?
 
2021-01-17 6:46:36 AM  

Cafe Threads: No "Beth" from KISS?

No "Only Women Bleed" from Alice Cooper?

Is subby a millennial?


Did... did you just call Welcome to My Nightmare a "bad album"????
(Or have you got the idea backwards?)
 
2021-01-17 6:50:15 AM  

gunsmack: We've established that the list is garbage. I'm going to represent for Megadeth - Risk: Not their best work (no sh*t) but "Prince of Darkness" isn't close to the best track on there. "Insomnia" is killer, "Crush 'em" isn't bad. If you've ever read anything about the album, and why it was titled Risk you'd get that they were  trying new styles. Some worked, some not so much.


I saw them on the tour for Risk. When I saw a mosh pit form for a track like "Breadline" I was pretty done with that album; sorry.
 
2021-01-17 7:01:42 AM  
20. Radiohead - Creep (Pablo Honey)
To kick things off this week, we have Radiohead's legendary tune "Creep." While the song remains a classic, the band's debut album "Pablo Honey" didn't really have much else to offer.


...and they stole it:
The Hollies - The Air That I Breathe (Audio)
Youtube EozcNss6A8U


12. David Bowie - Blue Jean (Tonight)

I'll admit it's never even occurred to me to listen to the Tonight album, but I have heard "Blue Jean" and it's a great song, so I'll give them that one.

6. Mötley Crüe - Home Sweet Home (Theatre of Pain)
This is the band that made "Shout at the Devil", so in my book you can take this song and the album it came from and leave. Massive step down. It's fine that Vince Neil can't sing to save his life when you do something like "Shout..." but not so much on a long, drawn-out number like this.

5. Judas Priest - Turbo Lover (Turbo)
On the other hand, Halford CAN sing, so this album's still fun in a way even if it's really... "special"... compared to the albums 4 years to either side of it.
 
2021-01-17 7:07:11 AM  
I enjoyed AMLOR...learning to fly is a great tune
 
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