“Opinions are like assholes; everybody has one.” – Clint Eastwood (The Dead Pool)
‘‘Lists’ are all the Internet rage these days with numerous websites devoted almost solely to the effort of compiling nonsense into usually mind-numbing joy of time wasting. It is more than fair to say that most lists are akin to you considering you Mother’s cooking as the best in the world. Sure her lasagna is meaty and delicious but her stroganoff is a plate of salty creamy crap but you devour it with pure adulation every time. Yummy.
Yesterday, since I am awesomely with it, I found a list from 1991 from Jimmy Guterman and Owen O’Donnell that they compiled for a book titled The Worst Rock n’ Roll Records of All Time: A Fan’s Guide to the Stuff You Love to Hate. I was mesmerized by their seemingly narrow point of views, hilarious thoughts and mostly needless commentary on some great and not so listenable albums. You know what Clint Eastwood says say about opinions…
Again, I am so timely. This book has been picked apart more times than a roadkill raccoon on a Texas country highway. But in hopes of capturing some of the luster of publishing ‘lists’ I thought it a good idea to pull some of the good-great albums that made their list as ‘worsts’way back when and perhaps kill some time before the weekend’s activities get rolling.
So here we go, here some albums Jimmy Guterman and Owen O’Donnell deemed ‘worsts’ and accompanied by their opinions (in-part) at the time.
50. U2 – Unforgettable Fire (1984)
“They think they are the most important band in the world, and sometimes they are. On “The Unforgettable Fire”, they don’t even come close.”
44. Elvis Costello and The Attractions – Goodbye Cruel World (1984)
“Even diehard fans like us came away from “Goodbye Cruel World” wondering if it really was a suicide note for his career.”