Is there anything worse than a band you love putting out a crap album? I cringe every time The Rolling Stones release something new. Everything was great up through 1972; Exile on Main St. was probably their peak. Things were okay -- if a little spotty -- until 1981; Tattoo You and Some Girls are both very solid, and though Goats Head Soup and It's Only Rock 'n Roll struggle heavily, each album has a few excellent songs. Black and Blue is just terrible though; there's no excuse for that "Cherry Oh Baby" cover.
Unfortunately, everything from Undercover on is abysmal. Since 1983, everything they've put out sounds like a garage band comprised solely of dads and accountants whose biggest influence is The Rolling Stones. It's like this (at 4:01):
It's not a secret that I'm a very very big Rolling Stones fan. Part of being a true fan is being completely honest with yourself about what is good and what is not. The Stones have put out a lot of both. And while I feel that they truly are one of the best rock bands in the entire world, it's hard to defend them when they keep putting out things like this:
Look. I love a good Richard Manuel falsetto. His version of "I Shall Be Released" is heartbreaking in its perfection and the fact that Bob Dylan wouldn't let him sing it during The Last Waltz is a musical travesty. (It's also proof that Dylan is a real egocentric dick.) It would be easy to say "It's just too whiny," but I love a sappy song. "It Makes No Difference" is as sad bastard as it gets and it's in my "Top 3 Songs by The Band" list. For some reason, I just can't listen to "Whispering Pines."
This baffles me.
"Beyond the Sunrise" - Belle & Sebastian
Unfaithful by Rihanna. Always hated it.
I am a ride-or-die Mountain Goats fan, and I want so desperately to love everything John Darnielle ever produces, but ... something about the horns on Transcendental Youth just sound like elevator music to me. I'M SORRY JD.
Also I feel this slightly less after hearing her intro to it live (WITH TYNAN!), but "Silas" by Betty Who just doesn't fill me with sunshiney face-punching glee as the rest of that album.
"Dear Diary" by Britney Spears, OBVIOUSLY.
"Love is Like a Butterfly" is the worst Dolly Parton song ever.
"Brick" by Ben Folds Five. I'm pro-choice, not pro-abortion-soft-rock.
I WAS LITERALLY TYPING "BRICK" WHEN YOU SENT THIS. Ugh, I've always felt like such an asshole for hating it.
[Note from Claire: I thought the lyric was "She's a prick and I'm drowning slowly" until about two years ago.]
I love Bowie but I hate when he covers songs! His version of "Let's Spend The Night Together" sucks balls.
Because Hannah brought up Bowie, I feel like we can no longer ignore the 1985 Jagger/Bowie cover of "Dancing in The Street." If it hadn't been made for charitable purposes, I would assume the whole thing was an absurd joke. Mick and David (it's weird to call him "David") seem to be embroiled in a battle of silliness, and the result would be hilarious if they weren't completely sincere.
Actually, it's still hilarious. Mick Jagger taking a sip of soda mid-song while the wind tousles his billowy shirt is one of the funniest things I've ever seen in a music video.
I don't hate it at all.