KISS’ Music From The Elder was released 24 years ago today (November 10) and was so poorly received that the band didn’t even tour in support of the album. Of course, this is just one of a number of flops the classic rock world has seen. Here’s some of the most notorious.
Keith Moon, Two Sides Of The Moon – Many people are torn on whether Moon was being serious or having a bit of a laugh when he released his first (and only) solo album, which was a covers album. But the fact that he sang on all ten tracks yet only played drums on three is just wrong.
Bob Dylan, Self Portrait – Unlike Moon, Dylan really was joking on this 1970 double-album. In a 1984 Rolling Stone interview, Dylan said he was tired of being the voice of a generation stating, “I wish these people would just forget about me. I wanna do something that can’t possibly like, they can’t relate to.” Mission accomplished!
Lou Reed and Metallica, Lulu – In theory, an album collaboration between Reed and Metallica sounded like an awesome idea, but considering a majority of the album is done in spoken word, you can understand why it was so poorly received by critics and fans alike.
Van Halen, Van Halen III – Two words: Gary…Cherone. That’s all you need to know.
Erica Banas is a rock/classic rock reporter who never leaves home without her iPod, because to her, there’s something very comforting about carrying around every piece of music she’s ever owned in her life.