Which One Album Should Bands Never Have Recorded?

Here’s a new one for you. In light of Noel’s recent comments about ‘Standing On The Shoulder Of Giants’ (essentially “we should never have made ‘Standing On The Shoulder Of Giants’”) we’ve been casting our eyes over some band discographies and looking for that one album that really doesn’t deserve to be there.

Forget bands who’ve got progressively worse, or better, or suffered patchy careers throughout, we’re after suggestions for bands with one release that really lets the team down, the musical equivalent of a summer temping for the EDL on an otherwise watertight CV.

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We’re talking ‘Yellow Submarine’. Blur’s ‘Leisure’ (the LP Damon himself deems “awful”). Or Led Zeppelin’s ‘In Through The Out Door’, an album the band later called “soft” and “not the greatest thing in the world”, an album packed full of abysmal efforts, not least the only two tracks Jimmy Page had no part in writing: ‘South Bound Saurez’ and ‘All My Love’. The latter in particular, while a nice enough ballad to Plant’s recently-deceased young son built on Bonham’s trademark snare strut and some decent-ish synth work, wasn’t exactly ‘Good Times Bad Times’.

There’s been nominations from the office for Lou Reed’s ‘Metal Machine Music’ and Blondie’s ‘The Hunter’, a shout out for ‘Hail To The Thief’, Springsteen’s ‘Human Touch’ and the Manics’ ‘Lifeblood’. This blog, meanwhile, suggests David Bowie’s ‘Never Let Me Down’.

But what would you nominate?

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