Just in time for the holidays, I give you a gift: humiliation.
As music fans, we all have guilty pleasures. But some transgressions are beyond the average youthful exuberance of a Fear of the Dark picture disc or a genuinely curious Fade to Bluegrass country Metallica tribute. I’m not talking about non-metal but still rocking bands like the Foo Fighters or They Might Be Giants, either. The following releases are in my record collection in physical form (not just a random Itunes download; hello LMFAO!). They are also, to varying degrees, shameful. Enjoy!
10. Lords of Acid – Lust. Porno Techno – what could go wrong? Hindsight renders this super-cringeworthy.
9.Coldplay – A Rush of Blood to the Head. I don’t remember when or why I bought this. Because I took drugs to forget.
8. Anthony Stewart Head – Music for Elevators. I’m a huge Buffy fan. I even have the soundtrack to the musical episode; which is quite good. Then, I got a little too meta and ordered this:
An ugly business. Testosterone shots were required.
7. Lee Aaron – Slick Chick . This the first of her jazz albums. You heard me. “Hey Slim – you got some old Lee Aaron stuff. Metal Queen – Yeahhhh! What’s this, then. Oh.”
6. Flyleaf –S/T. Ugh. Like a Muppet Babies version of Hole. With Jesus.
5. Kylie Minogue – Fever. In my defense – she’s hot and the song’s message is true. It won’t get out of your head. It’s also tremendously amusing next to Ministry on my shelf.
Here’s a remix, because I bought the DOUBLE DISC version and my shame is endless:
4. Sarah McLachlan – Every goddamn thing. I had a crush; it was a phase.
This isn’t all of them. There were also posters and T-shirts. Note who the “neighbours” are.
Silver lining: thanks to this self-excoriation exercise, I found this:
Hey, does anyone else have an urge to donate to their local animal shelter?
3. And during that same period in my life (a period I now refer to as The Time I Misplaced My Balls For Awhile) I obtained this:
Yup. Those are most certainly the autographs of Canadian acapella indie band Moxy Früvous. Talented folks, very entertaining, but badasses perhaps not.
2. L’ensemble Cercamon – Blau. So I used to work at a Renaissance Faire. So I got into some of the performances. Swords are metal. Jousting is metal. Ale and mead are metal. Why can’t this be metal?
I also have several Medieval Bæbes records and and an album where a harpist covers Sting. So go to hell.
1. I’m not even going to speak the name. I’m just going to leave this, and say that there was a time when there was way too much of this:
I’m on some sort of FBI list just for doing this.
There’s my deal. I double dog dare you to join me. What do you have that’s bad? And I don’t mean early Manowar bad, I mean watched the Grease episode of Glee with your Mom bad. Hit the comments with your shameful confessions!