What's the all-time most-annoying album you've had the misfortune to acquire?

For some folks, it might be polka tunes; for others, that tuba quintet CD they were given as a birthday gift. What single recording have you acquired that has proven to be the most annoying?

What's the all-time most-annoying album you've had the misfortune to acquire?
Here it is (and I still have it)
54% (27 votes)
Here it is (and I got rid of it)
30% (15 votes)
Don't have one
16% (8 votes)
Total votes: 50

Geordy Duncan's picture

Jagged Little Pill by Alanis Morrisette. What a piece of trash. Just goes to show us the buying mentality of the masses.

Paul J.  Stiles, Mtn.View, CA's picture

I still have it (them), but there have been enough that I can not point the finger at a mere one.

KRB's picture

Van Halen III. They're just trying to hard and it's not working.

Tuna's picture

Boy, there have been several, but the one that pops into my mind rightaway was an album by that avant garde jazz [?] group Oregon. I read a rave review about the group, so wanting to expand my listening horizons I bought a copy. It blew my doors off alright, but in a very negative sense. I absolutely couldn't stand it. And I couldn't get rid of it fast enough. To this day I still feel that nobody in that group had a clue how to play their instruments or carry any kind of tune. The only thing I can figure is that they really had the BS factor going strong to have any audience at all. You know, the you don't get it line or look from someone who doesn't get it either but desperately wants you to think he or she does. A very poor excuse for music, in my book. In fact, it has left a lasting impression. I still fear unknowingly picking up another cutting edge [?] jazz disc, without knowing the artist first.

Al Marcy's picture

I love the tuba sextet ...

OBG's picture

Meat Loaf: Bat Out of Hell. It's so awful I threw it out of the radio station's window into a blizzard so the other DJs couldn't inflict it on unsuspecting listeners.

T.O.  Driskel's picture

About seven years ago my then teenage son gave me a CD of a guy named Bushwick Bill, I now know why Tipper Gore was so fervant in her battle to see parental warnings on music!

Chris V's picture

The soundtrack (on CD) of the original The Planet of the Apes. The artwork does not match the version that is currently listed on Amazon.com, but perhaps it was a cheapo reissue or something, but the sound quality totally ruins the fantastic soundscape created by Jerry Goldsmith. Yuck!

Tom Warren's picture

Herbie Hancock's Head Hunters, one the albums that ushered in the biggest mistake in jazz history: funk/fusion. Throw in Weather Report & Return to Forever.

gruf's picture

Eruption by Mountain.

Tony's picture

Without question, for me it's the eponymous LP from Red Knuckles and the Trailbrazers, aka the alter, electronic ego of those acoustic maisters of Bluegrass, Hot Rize. Now, I love those songs... they're up there with Zappa's for humor, musicianship and inventiveness., yet to some people—like my wife—they grate. Perhaps it is my singing along?

Dan Petri's picture

The most annoying album I ever bought was Kate Bush The Kick Inside. I bought it on a recommendation from a friend. Maybe it's just me, but she has the most annoying voice I have ever heard.

Dahai's picture

Poem (Flute collection by Stereophile). Great recording; absolutely horrible music; lifeless performance. Bored me to death...

Gripweed's picture

Led Zeppelin's first LP.

David L.  Wyatt jr.'s picture

It was something by the Vanilla Fudge, a gift from my mother. Parents who aren't music lovers shouldn't buy records for thier children. On the other hand, at least it wasn't bubblegum music.

Franko's picture

Seastones. The cover lists a '70s-era who's who of players, including Jerry Garcia, Grace Slick, David Crosby, etc. I thought I was grabbing a treasure when I purchased back in '74 or so. Sadly, the record is some weird collection of annoying computer-generated blips and beeps that goes on forever. When we first played it with my college buddies, I left the room for a minute, and when I returned, the guys had changed the speed from 33 to 45—and, you guessed it, I never did notice the difference!

Gerald Clifton's picture

Feets Don't Fail Me Now by Herbie Hancock. I like jazz—fogie jazz, I guess. You know, Duke, the Count, Ramsey. I am not among the cognoscente, however, and am a sucker for any vinyl, and I keep hearing/reading that Herbie is jazz, so when I saw this one at Rockaway for $8 I jumped on it. Disco! It sounds like Disco! Disco SUCKS! Always has, does, and always will. I liked Herbie's picture on the cover, but then they didn't show the bell-bottoms, either. I should have known from the flared collar. Frisbeed the sucker. Vacuum-cleaned it with the Goodyears on some Buick. Disco. Hmmph. Can you imagine? In this day and age?

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Jared Gerlach's picture

I was unfortunate enough to be given a 45 RPM single of "Walk Like an Egyptian" by the Bangles. It was a gag gift. (At least, it made me gag.)

Colin Robertson's picture

This is a "kinda." Now don't get me wrong, I love the Chili Peppers, but why the hell has Anthony Keidis been so monotone in the latest two Red Hot Chili Pepper albums? Super annoying! I generally don't buy stuff unless I have some inkling that I will like it, but occasionally I'll buy something, and end up hating it, returning it (with a loss), and buying something else. Such as the case with that Billy Corgan supergroup, I forgot the name already...

Roy Edelsack's picture

Moby Grape Wow/Grape Jam. I loved this band and couldn't wait for their second album, but Arthur Godfrey! At 78 rpm! What a bringdown!

Peter MacHare's picture

I was so disappointed when my heros The Rolling Stones sold out and released Their Satanic Majesties Request, but they redeemed themselves rather nicely on their next effort Beggars' Banquet and it was safe for me to go to school again.

audio-sleuth's picture

The Shaggs.The cover says it all. Frank Zappa said he wanted the Zoot Alures band to do "My Friend Foos-Foot" but Steve Hunter or Waddy Wacthtel couldn't learn the lead. Who could?

Keith Y's picture

I don't buy annoying music!

acres verde's picture

Captain Beefheart Trout Mask Replica. Thank you Robert Harley. The most annoying and impenetrable collection of noise artifacts I have ever had the displeasure of dragging my needle across. Please tell me what kind of dope makes this listenable, let alone recommendable.

Sylvester Coulomb's picture

An Evening of Comedy with Sam Tellig.

WALTER E.  HART's picture


Tony R.  Harrison Sr.'s picture

1) Anything by Kenny G, 2) "Don't worry, be happy."

Dave's picture

The Byrds' Sweetheart of the Rodeo: overwrought and overrated. Some critics will use anything to further their careers.

Tony P., NY's picture

Kenny Loggins' Greatest Hits, I thought it would all be like Loggins and Messina, boy was I wrong.