Who is the "Worst Rock Band" of All Time?

Who in your opinion is (or was) the worst rock band of all time?

Since everything is subjective and there's no accounting for 'taste', feel free to base your choice on whatever criteria you'd like to, such as:

- lousy songwriting
- lousy musicianship
- lousy vocals
- calculated, contrived (posseurs)
- misc: e.g. their looks/world viewpoints, etc.

N.B.! THIS IS A FLAME-FRIENDLY AND TROLL-TOLERANT THREAD -- FEEL FREE TO ATTACH, MOCK OR RIDICULE ANY OTHER'S CHOICES LISTED HERE.


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jaggy

Talk Tennis Guru
I used to think any that had lost relevance but with all the retro stuff the list would go on forever. Its tough for me to say The Rolling Stones have done much worthwhile since the 60s though.
 

Peters

Professional
Although there's a huge list of professional rock bands I never particularly liked, I honestly couldn't say who I thought were the 'worst'. Most of the time, I could still at least accept they knew how to actually play guitar, drum, etc. Even if the songs were uninspired and the vocalist was weak.

I believe there are certain other genres which are far easier to find examples of complete lack of talent or musical ability....
 

Sentinel

Bionic Poster
Dedan's Penthouse, Marilyn Manson or Insane Clown Posse would be two picks for me. I can't name a song from either thankfully.
That's three you've mentioned :) Hehe.

I never could stand the Beatles. All their songs were "I love you, you don't love me".

I mean come on.

"help i need somebody, anybody" - gimme a break, please. Height of desperation.

"love love me do, you know i love you" -- makes me wanna jump from a cliff. Even a 3 year old could come out with something better.

"come together right now, OVER ME" -- need i say anything. Puke.

"eight days a week, i looooove you" -- so stoned you can't even count

"I wanna be your man" -- first be a man, get rid of your sissy haircuts for starters.

"I'll be happy just to dance with you" -- you'll never get to second base, you loser.

"I'm a loser" -- you got that right, mate.


Dedan's, stringertom, feel free to flame me !!! (and no hard feelin's).
 

hollywood9826

Hall of Fame
Sent, what about Maxwells Silver Hammer? Thats a quality love song for the ages right?

To me the worst band is Nirvana. They had acouploedecent songs, but nothing great. Then all of a sudden ol boy blasts his dome off and they were some kind of trandescant band. Sorry, i dont buy it. Pearl Jam and Alice in Chains were both better.
 

Bartelby

Bionic Poster
Sex Pistols were more of a cultural event than a great rock band whereas the Clash were great.
 

JackB1

G.O.A.T.
That's three you've mentioned :) Hehe.

I never could stand the Beatles. All their songs were "I love you, you don't love me".

I mean come on.
Yes their early songs were simple, but many of the all time best rocks songs are. They had some very complicated stuff later in their career, for example Sgt Peppers.

Do this....Pick out 25 of the best Beatles songs of all time. Then find me another band that has had 25 better songs in a 6 year period?
 

stringertom

Bionic Poster
Reading the OP, I'm sure he had one of this year's R&R HOF inductees in mind...I agree wholeheartedly...if you can't get on stage without looking like it took hours in a Hollywood movie make-up truck you are not a R&R band, you are a bunch of talentless poseurs. I want to rock all night but I sure don't wanna do it to your mindless BS!
 


Kiss = Rock

The thing about music, is there is room for it all, and everyone has an opinion. I actually love Marilyn Manson, Nirvana, Abba, Slayer, the Carpenters, Yanni and other crazy diverse acts....my top 5 Worst
in my opinion of course:


Nickelback
Black Veil Brides
Insane Clown Posse
Linkin Park
Rancid
 

Silent

Professional
Hmmm, Anvil comes to mind. You just have to watch the documentary to understand just how pathetic these guys are.

As well as Spinal Tap.

What was great about Nirvana is they captured the youth's tone, feelings perfectly well. To dislike them is one thing, but to believe they are the worst ? That's laughable.

The thing is, the worst rock band of all time is probably a band that's never made any shows, any albums and have been stuck in their parents' basement their whole "career", i.e. none of us know really. But I guess that's beside the point.
 

r2473

Talk Tennis Guru
We need a poll with "Beatles" as one of the choices so we can make it official that they are indeed the worst/overrated/boring/ band in the history of music.
 

stringertom

Bionic Poster
A true story, this...I was in the middle of flaming troll Senti for his blasphemy concerning the Beatles when it was whisked away into the great wide Ethernet!

I shall resume...get your flame-******ant F1 racer gear on for mocking the guys that unlocked the whole generation of creativity we have enjoyed through the later 20th Century and beyond.

Yeah, yeah, yeah the early lyric content was weak by comparison but the creative juices were strong enough to create "Yesterday", "Eleanor Rigby", "Penny Lane". And that was before the enlightenment in the holy land of mysticism, your own country!

After that, these same lame 4 created something I'm sure you may pause to take notice and, maybe recant afterwards as a result of finding a deeper spirituality than you normally exhibit...

Words are flowing out like endless rain into a paper cup
They slither wildly as they slip away
Across the Universe

Pools of sorrow, waves of joy
are drifting through my open mind
Possessing and caressing me

Jai Guru Deva, Om

Nothing's gonna change my world....

Images of broken light which dance before me
Like a million eyes, they call me on and on
Across the Universe

Thoughts meander like a restless wind inside a letterbox
They tumble blindly as they make their way
Across the Universe

Sounds of laughter, shades of life
Are ringing through my open eyes
Inciting and inviting me
Limitless and undying love
Which shines around me like a million suns
It calls me on and on
Across the Universe

Jai Guru Deva, Om!

Nothing's gonna change my world...
 

Silent

Professional
A true story, this...I was in the middle of flaming troll Senti for his blasphemy concerning the Beatles when it was whisked away into the great wide Ethernet!

I shall resume...get your flame-******ant F1 racer gear on for mocking the guys that unlocked the whole generation of creativity we have enjoyed through the later 20th Century and beyond.

Yeah, yeah, yeah the early lyric content was weak by comparison but the creative juices were strong enough to create "Yesterday", "Eleanor Rigby", "Penny Lane". And that was before the enlightenment in the holy land of mysticism, your own country!

After that, these same lame 4 created something I'm sure you may pause to take notice and, maybe recant afterwards as a result of finding a deeper spirituality than you normally exhibit...

Words are flowing out like endless rain into a paper cup
They slither wildly as they slip away
Across the Universe

Pools of sorrow, waves of joy
are drifting through my open mind
Possessing and caressing me

Jai Guru Deva, Om

Nothing's gonna change my world....

Images of broken light which dance before me
Like a million eyes, they call me on and on
Across the Universe

Thoughts meander like a restless wind inside a letterbox
They tumble blindly as they make their way
Across the Universe

Sounds of laughter, shades of life
Are ringing through my open eyes
Inciting and inviting me
Limitless and undying love
Which shines around me like a million suns
It calls me on and on
Across the Universe

Jai Guru Deva, Om!

Nothing's gonna change my world...
We can't look at this and say:"Ok, I enjoy listening to this band mroe than this other band".

I don't listen to the Beatles, I don't like the music. However, I have to ask myself, what would it be like had they never existed, and then I look at the 30s and the 40s...and I tell myself:"Well, maybe they're not so bad after all".
 

r2473

Talk Tennis Guru
However, I have to ask myself, what would it be like had they never existed, and then I look at the 30s and the 40s...and I tell myself:"Well, maybe they're not so bad after all".
Country Music's golden age:

Carter Family, Jimmie Rodgers, Ernie Tubbs, Roy Acuff, Bill Monroe, Lester Flatt, Earl Scruggs, HANK WILLIAMS, etc.
 

stringertom

Bionic Poster
^^^Another Stephen Wright classic, Ronnie! I wonder if he has any left...two devils of mine need treatment!:twisted:

As another R&R HOF act wrote " Your KISS Is On My List"!
 

Kobble

Hall of Fame
The worst and most overrated was Kiss. You know what they really are, and old promotional poster that when you see it it brings back memories. Other than that, I they were the closest thing to the Mili Vanili of rock.

Overrated List

Beatles (Vocally)

Korn

Green Day -Besides the fact that "When I Come Around" feels like my HS's anthem, and these two dudes would talk about them in a class where I was focused on the hottest girl I ever knew...none of their stuff is memorable.
 

Midaso240

Hall of Fame
Beatles suck vocally. Can't compare to Perry, Bon Jovi, Cornell, Meine and that caliber.
Absolute crap - those mugs can't hold a candle to the Beatles. People are talking about the worst bands ever and bands like the Rolling Stones,Beatles,Nirvana are mentioned. Crazy stuff...

Nickelback
 

Sentinel

Bionic Poster
Sent, what about Maxwells Silver Hammer? Thats a quality love song for the ages right?
Yeah, I remember that now that you mention it.

Growing up in India, it was hard to come by rock music. I grew up on just what my bro played which was a tiny subset of what you had. We had to ask friends or parents to buy us LP's from US/UK. Our stores used to sell crap/pop music. Mostly disco and the stuff for the masses like Abba, Carpenters and what not.

Somehow even among the few bands I liked, I could only like a few numbers. I had almost all the albums of The Who but finally only liked a handful of songs (mosty what's on The Who by Numbers). I loved Led Zep but again only a few tracks. (Stairway to Heaven was too depressing). I never heard most of the other bands such as Rolling Stones, CCR or even famous stars such as Elvis Presley.

Today if i try listening to Pearl Jam or others that people recommend I just don't get it. I guess i have just moved a long.

The only other band I'd mention I liked (other than PF) was Dire Straits but even among them too, the only thing I'd listen to today is their Alchemy (Live) versions of some songs.
 

Vcore89

G.O.A.T.
Sentinel and Tom, there seems to be a love-hate relationship with the Beatles.

When I was at school, kids argued the Beatles are the greatest, simply because of their name, they say it meant ''beatless'', thus they are the undisputed number one. Of course, I just laugh.

After the R' Stones' Forty Licks Tour, I still can't dig why they are great (or even good) and the same goes for the Eagles (at least for me). Longevity, they're both tenacious but as usually is with most bands, the earlier or middle years are always better than the twilight years. GOAT or Worst? Neither. Admittedly, I can hum most of the Eagles' songs and it brings good memories of the old days (though I'm not from their era). Stones, I stopped listening a long time ago and while listening to Adam Levine's "Move like Jagger" (must've been the Victoria's Secret Girls!), it intrigued me enough to dig up some of the old CDs I got and hear for the first time again in as many year ONE SONG (by random selection), Wandering Spirit!

HOF, Good, bad, worst?
 
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JEDBERG

New User
The worst bad that actually made it big time has to be Kiss

Music likes and dislikes are a personal thing. I can understand not caring for the music of artists like The Beatles and Pink Floyd, but saying the are among the worst is just wrong.
 
Bon GUIDO??!!!!!!!!!!!

The worst and most overrated was Kiss. You know what they really are, and old promotional poster that when you see it it brings back memories. Other than that, I they were the closest thing to the Mili Vanili of rock.
Kobble, I think you're spot on. They were a face paint, Long Island gimmick group whose 'catalog' was meh and whose "Guido quotion" was high even for a fax metal band. They were the big brother to another we're-in-it-for-da-money LonG Island outfit, Twisted Sister, whose frontman Dee Snyder is (like yet another L.I. dude, Billy Joel) a pop-ster in rock clothing. "We're Not Goint to Take It" is cheerleader, pep-rally schlock rock at it's worst....and to think they lived off that one song.

I digress: Kiss B-L-O-W, blowed big-time.

About the "Guido quotion": that is not a perjortive term directed towards Italians in this case. It has to do with the 'schmaltz' factor: cheesy, cloyingly formulated product verus an artist who taps into the core of rock, i.e. young people writing and singing about love, alienation, hopes, dreams, etc. and expressing themselves like they MEAN it ..... versus the schmaltzy Bon Guidos and Journeys of the rock world and their teminally unhip lounge lizard-singer sensibilities <----THOSE are the 'Guidos' .....and they come in all different nationalities.

But, again, imho you are spot-on in your assessment of Kiss.




Kobble said:
Overrated List

Beatles

(Vocally)
Oh dear. Do you by chance have a tin-eared brother who knows your username password and posts under your name?
This gives me pause, serious pause .........




Beatles suck vocally.

Can't compare to Perry, Bon Jovi, Cornell, Meine and that caliber.

^^^^^
This MAY be the dumbest fuc.......no, this IS the dumbest ef'ing thing I have ever read here or maybe anywhere. Jon Bon Guido is a horrible 'rock' singer whose vocal chops are nil and whose style and delivery is calculated and contrived. Further, along with lounge lizzard Steve Perry, his 'Guido' quotion is extremely high.

There's a "timbre" which the special rock singers have, a quality that goes beyond striving to "hit that high note."

"Lounge lizzard sensibility" singers (e.g. steve perry) usually base their style around......building up.....to melodromatically hitting "DA BIG NOTE!" (with a cheesy vibrato thrown in for good measure) like so many operatic divas. :rolleyes:---'yawn...oh pleeze...'

Lennon's timbre? Nasally did you say? Ok, but at the same time, you could listen to just one note and knew immediately who was singing. Alone or paired with McCartney's more rounded tone, Lennon could provide grit or a sonant that would compliment McCartney perfectly on many occassion.

Go check out the recent Bruce Springsteen-Jon Bon Guido live version of "Born to Run" and notice how reedy, weak and ultimately PEDESTRIAN Jon Bon Guido's "faux gravel" voice doesn't come close to hanging with Springsteen.

Respectfully (I don't mean this as a flame). I ususally like your posts, I just feel very strongly that you're woefully off-target here and that your post would've been better off being set on fire and dropped off a cliff.

but seriously, if you really believe that?? ......... then you don't ef'fin come close to getting "that thing" about rock ..... regards...





Country Music's golden age:

Carter Family, Jimmie Rodgers, Ernie Tubbs, Roy Acuff, Bill Monroe, Lester Flatt, Earl Scruggs, HANK WILLIAMS, etc.
Ah, Jimmie Rodgers, "The Singing Brakeman" : )

I like listening to John Lennon's "Dream #9" .... The Hollies "Love Potion #9" .... but I really like the 'Blue Yodeler's' "Blue Yodel #9" (with Louie Armstrong and his wife).

I remember a C&W tune released a while back....a song that had one of those cheeky, County & Western word play titles:

"Clap's Just the 'B-side' of Love."


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stringertom

Bionic Poster
I was wondering when you would weigh in on some of the previous drivel, DP...well worth the wait! One thing though, please differentiate between pre-Perry Journey...they were solid and non-sappy with their original lineup. In my opinion, Carlos Santana lost his best frontman when Greg Rolie split the coup!
 

Kevin T

Hall of Fame
I can tell you that nearly the entire west coast doesn't get/go for Springsteen. Personally, I think he's good, not great, but his stuff certainly doesn't resonate to the same degree outside the northeast/middle west. Personally, I tend to cut and run anytime a saxophone makes an appearance. :)
 
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kiki

Banned
I can tell you that nearly the entire west coast doesn't get/go for Springsteen. Personally, I think he's good, not great, but his stuff certainly doesn't resonate to the same degree outside the northeast/middle west. Personally, I tend to cut and run anytime a saxophone makes an appearance. :)
The Boss was a good rock marketeer.He had a very personnal voice and timbre and he certainly was a true professiona with a fairy good band and song writting to cover him up.

Now, he wasn´t as big in the 70´s as he was in the 80´s because he had far tougher competition before.

He gave you a payback for your money on concert but, he clearly is not nearly as big as Zappa or Dylan- who may have been the greatest single individual in R&R history-
 

kiki

Banned
I can tell you that nearly the entire west coast doesn't get/go for Springsteen. Personally, I think he's good, not great, but his stuff certainly doesn't resonate to the same degree outside the northeast/middle west. Personally, I tend to cut and run anytime a saxophone makes an appearance. :)
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stringertom

Bionic Poster
OK but he had far toughest competiton in the 70´s.Never big enough internationally until the 80´s.
There's a great 120-minute plus album and movie of The Bawss' November 1975 performance at London's Hammersmith Odeon. Ticket demand was so big a second gig was added after his dates elsewhere in Europe. Michael Palin documented his experience in the concert audience as part of his published personal diary.

I'm also a big fan of the Showtime special airing currently. Lots of Euro fans are featured.
 

Sentinel

Bionic Poster
Worst bands of all time:

1) Led Zeppelin

2) Pink Floyd

3) Rolling Stones
The best rock band are the rings of Saturn, and the worst is the one between Mars and Jupiter ;)

(I am actually replying to your post on the wedding ring you gave your wife, but am too lazy to look for it).
 

Vcore89

G.O.A.T.
Van Halen is like a spin off of Bon Jovi.:)

But I agree--someone said on thread--the David Lee Roth version is better!
 
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