Wednesday Question: Worst Releases By Great Bands?

This time we want you to have some fun with your nominations and showcase the low points in our heroes' careers.

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The Wednesday question and it's resulting top 10 are one of our favorite parts of the week. We get to find out what UG readers really think about a topic, then compile it for the rest of the internet to enjoy over the weekend before repeating it the next week.

But we always tackle the best of something. This time we've decided to flip it around, and have some fun with poking at the worst of something instead.

So this week we're asking you to answer the following:

What Is The Worst Release By A Great Band?

This could be a single or an album, but could even be a piece of merchandise or something equally creative if you can think of it. We have a feeling that a certain angry record by Metallica will make the chart, or maybe that set of dildos from Rammstein... but we'll leave the nominations to you.

Place your nominations in the comments, and as usual, vote with the upvote buttons on each post. If you add a reason for your nomination, you might be quoted in the resulting post on Friday.

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    Shark Sandwich wasn't really a good album
    Lulu. Duh.
    No St. Lulu is the worst... A mashup of Metallicas St Anger drums over the entire Lulu album... WHERE IS YOUR GOD NOW???
    Does anyone realise that this includes things that aren't albums as well? Everybody has gone off on album directions xD there's surely got to be worse things. I'm going with the Justin Bieber dream catcher... That shit's just creepy.
    The only think Metallica did wrong with lulu was brand it with metallica. If they put a different name on it, it would have been just a nice little album. Its not the most terrible music ive ever heard, but you expect metal from metallica and it makes you hate it. But lets be realistic, its all just vibrations and how can you hate a vibration. You hate the image.
    Lulu is rather unlistenable. I've tried. There are segments of Reed babbling on about a bleeding cock, spermless, and... I think I've blocked the rest out. I can't even let the album play while I do something else. It's the worst CD I've ever payed for... Bought it first week because it had Metallica's name on it. I was kinda hoping for magic on par of Neil Young & Pearl Jam, but nooooo!!!
    Oh please, St. Anger was still worse than that.
    St. Anger is actually pretty good considering the context that the album was made; Metallica were in a very stressful time, and St. Anger reflected just that. I personally love St. Anger.
    Some Kind of Monster and St. Anger were what introduced me to the band. I can't say I'm a huge fan of that album, but in the proper context it's quite a good album.
    "St. Anger is actually pretty good considering the context that the album was made" .. "We're angry and stressed, so let's completely invalidate all that by turning it into an horribly-produced and angsty piece of trash that will be marketed to twelve year olds!"? Because that's what they needed to do, right? Not make legitimately angry, Metal music that is perfect for those kind of times in your life. And of course, it has nothing to do with the fact a certain riffless, bassless, and angsty genre was popular at the time.
    I really like St. Anger. That, along with their first three are the main Metallica albums I listen to. Lulu was one of the worst things ever.
    Scream by Chris Cornell.
    Scream was good. He wanted to experiment and pulled it off. Like Kiss doing Dynasty, but currently. He also pulled the songs off nicely live, along with Sound Garden, Audioslave and his solo stuff. The guys a genious.
    *genius* and thats a rather strong word imo. he does have one of the strongest and most memorable voices in rock
    You are right. Genious is a strong word. I guess that is where I was going with this. As in, your description of his voice.
    Metal Machine Music - Lou Reed
    all other answers are invalid compared to this one. If anyone doesn't agree, look up this album.
    The category is worst alums by great artists. You are missing the great artist. Lol
    Dude, Lou may have ****ed up with Metallica, but his work with Velvet Underground was very influential to most of the music that came after 1967. Not to mention some of his pretty cool solo albums, like Transformer, Berlin, New York, Sally Can't Dance, etc...
    I know, I'm just trolling here. He's made some great, unique music. But that album is a bit unbearable.
    I guess you are right UG: Lulu - Metallica
    It isn't a Metallica record. It is a collaboration between Lou Reed and Metallica. Granted, it is the worst rock record (if you could call it that) ever released, but it isn't a Metallica record. Now to actually answer the topic question: Chinese Democracy by Guns N' Roses. It's a bad album by itself. Add in the fact that it was 13 years in the making and it becomes 100 times worse. When I first listened to it, I was still standing by the belief that St. Anger was the worst rock record by a great band ever, but Chinese Democracy actually made me listen to St. Anger again (and as it turns out, it's not that bad of an album. Just bad production). For an album to change your outlook on another album, it either has to be really good or really bad, and in this case, it's an absolute piece of crap.
    I happen to think chinese democracy is a wonderful album (catcher in rye for example, is an amazing song)
    Also, if you think its going to be "guns n roses", then its going to suck, because obviously, its not going to sound like izzy and slash (and the others), when its not. you have to see it as a different band, like linkin park or green day or any other band who made a U-turn in sound.
    You're ignoring the difference here. Bands like Green Day and Metallica changed their sound, but they did so together, with the same band members. Guns N' Roses was never just Axl Rose, it was a group of 5 musicians who came together and made something special. Chinese Democracy is just Axl Rose, it's not Guns, at least in my opinion. To me it's like if Robert Plant made an album and released it as a Led Zeppelin record or if Mic Jagger released a record as The Rolling Stones.
    Exactly. If you listen to it as Axl And Friends instead of GNR, it's a pretty solid album.
    wondering if some of the criticism of Chinese Democracy has to do primarily with the fact a certain top-hat wearing guitar player isn't in the band...that said, i really like the cd. Some tracks more than others, but if you listen closely, you can hear the different layers to the music itself. If you listen to it with the intent to compare it to Appetite, well, it is going to suck. Listen to it for what it is and perhaps you may come to respect it.
    Personally, I thought CD was different but ok when I first listened to it. After listening to it a few more times it really began to grow on me. I guess the main problem in reception for that album is that people were expecting something somewhat similar to Appetite for Destruction, but in reality with the Use Your Illusion albums GNR's sound was obviously already shifting away from that sound (even with the almost intact original lineup). That said I still don't find it anywhere near as good as AFD or UYIs but it aint bad
    The awesome thing is, any way you look at it, Axl Rose is a complete perfectionist. Every second he spent actually developing the record had a purpose. I know that on "november rain," the orchestra in the beginning on the recording is actually something that Axl constructed over months by himself on a keyboard, layering and harmonizing, and weaving texture around. and he recorded every track individually, on his synthesizer, even the flute "soli" right before he sings. It's an audio masterpiece, and love him or hate him, yes, Axl is a crazy s.o.b., but my God he is ridiculously intellectual and gifted, as a poet, composer, and vocalist.
    Not only was it like 15 years in the making, but they spent $13 million making it. For something that took that long and that much money to make, it really is a poorly produced album full of terribly mediocre songs.
    Chinese Democracy? Chinese Democracy.
    Fuck off. That's a pretty damn good album. Just because Slash isn't on it, that doesn't automatically make it bad. It's got a few bad songs on it, but it's got more good ones than bad.
    Chinese democracy was a great album, the Spaghetti Incident was much worse