Worst Rock Band Ever !!!!

Who was/is the worst?
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I really do not understand why the Foo Fighters are so popular.  The lead singer looks the part, but when they start their music, its just dire crap...?  Their music really gives Rock a bad name and a poor reputation, there is no artistic inspiration in their music.  I don't see aspiring Rock guitarists wanting to play their music, there is no catchy riff or even melody in their music, just sensless noise.
In defense of Blue Cheer--I like Summertime Blues and the flip side, Out of Focus.  Kind of proto-punk, proto-grunge.

That indeed is a LONG LIST.  For me, its almost entirely about how good the vocals are LIVE. The right gear and effects musically are not that difficult to make a good guitar/keyboard/bass player sound exceptional.

Where you separate the good from great are the vocals.  Ive seen TONS of live performances over the last 35+ years.  So many of them were so-so to aweful when it comes to the vocals.  In fact its EASIER to point out which band were incredible live becasue the vocals were spot on.


I am so with you regarding Foo Fighters. I've always been amazed by the praise they receive. Horrible, forgettable garbage.  

i also don't get the praise for foo fighters, whose music has devolved to generic, soulless arena rock. i gotta say, however, that the eponymous first album, which grohl played by himself, is a tight, ragged little masterpiece--he had a bunch of good tunes stockpiled before his muse fled. i've always like  "learn to fly" too.
Well more like FOLK-rock, but the Indigo Girls turn my stomach. Instant station change.
What a pathetic display of opinions from people who more than likely never picked up an instrument but rather sit in their Lazy Boy and throw stones. You know the saying,...  This is my first and problably last post due to what I read!
Just for the record, I saw Melissa Etheridge at the Sands during Christmas and she kicked ass!!! Wonder if dbp24 can write, sing, play guitar and drums? I’m going with NO!

I would not have thought about Grand Funk Railroad or Blue Cheer as not being a good group, or even bad.  But now that you mention it way back then I would buy an album for a particular song, listen to the whole album once, and just play that one song repeatedly.  Just like mentioned above, Summertime Blues, or also Some Kind of Wonderful.  There were of course exceptions where the whole album was great, notably the Beatles, some Stones, on and on.
Actually, that was the great thing about CDs when they first came out.  You could program in the songs you wanted to hear and not need to concentrate on dropping the needle in that little groove between songs.  That could be a challenge at times, LOL.
ELO, Bob Seegar,Foreigner, Styx, Lynyrd Skynrd, Kiss, Phil Collins, ELO, Bad Company, Wings, John Lennon, Paul McCartney,Grand Funk Railroad, Bruce Springsteen, Supertramp, and ELO come to mind.

I am so with you on ELO. Always hated their insipid garbage and couldn't understand what others heard in it. 
The worst concert I've ever attended, the 1969 Rolling Stones concert in Baltimore, MD.  They came out on the stage at 10:25pm, took their time tuning up their instruments, seemed to be so drunk and/or stoned that they were out of tune, and the concert ended at 11:00pm.

Fortunately, B.B. King was the warm up act and he was awesome!
I saw that one. I thought Terry Reid opened for the Stones. Also, I thought that was a great concert. Of course......
Hey, whaddya know? The percentage is exactly the same as for classical. 😮 Maybe a little bit lower.
Love Terry Reid. His records aren't getting easier to find. Last time I saw him, he still had his voice, he's a bit mad, but very charming. He must have been a piece of work back in the day. 
I would have to say that the worst rock band ever was probably the one hit non-wonder that recorded what IMO is the worst rock recording I have ever heard. Namely Vito & The Salutations, and their 1963 recording which utterly destroyed the beautiful song "Unchained Melody."

And I say that as one who actually enjoys more than a few so-called "doo wop" recordings.

For those having strong stomachs:


-- Al
terry reid is best known for turning down the vocalist slot in both led zep and deep purple in order to pursue his solo dream. not a good career move, but "bang bang" and "terry reid" are great records if you can find them.
American Idiot (the album) actually has a lot of great hooks and rocks. It is very compressed sounding as I recall, haven’t listened to it in years.
I’ve heard legendary bands/performers who were terrible in live shows, and others who were completely off my radar (and disregarded b/c I didn’t think much of them) who were surprisingly good live.
If you are confining this to recorded performances only, it probably doesn’t reflect what the particular band/artist could do on a good night.
Part of this is subjective too, isn’t it? If you don’t like punk or heavy metal, etc. you aren’t going to think much of someone playing in that genre. Use Bad Brains as an example- these guy were accomplished fusion/jazz players- could turn on a dime. They decided to do a sort of punk/rasta thing which isn’t to everyone’s taste (I dug them), but you can hear how skilled they are as instrumentalists.
I can go from sappy radio pablum from the late ’60s or early ’70s to very heavy rock and enjoy it. Are there bands I don’t listen to? Many. But, probably more out of ignorance or a belief that they aren’t my cuppa than any judgment of musical quality.
If you really want to take issue with musical capability, look at the long list of ’bands’ who relied on the Wrecking Crew to record their albums. A bunch of super-talented session people were really the force behind a huge number of hits from a lot of different bands back in the day.
Agreed Whart. Notice how the longer it goes the more varied the list gets? Hard to believe when all-time greats get mentioned as worst! This has become a name-your-least-personal favorite. so here goes

Here's two that I thought of last night while trying to get to sleep:
Kings of Leon
The Killers
I really dislike both of them. 
Not sure if this falls into the right category, but Elton John is unlistenable to me.  Crocodile Rock - Really?  Puke.
Music categories and labels are somewhat subjective. I consider ABBA to have been not a Rock Band---the OP’s category, but a Pop Group, and a great one. Benny & Bjorn wrote GREAT Pop songs (chord sequences, melodies, harmonies, arrangements, etc.), and the members had good voices, Frida Lyngstad in particular. She has made great music since leaving ABBA as well; watch her You Tube video of the great Jackie DeShannon song "When You Walk In The Room". Glorious! ABBA songs have been celebrated in Broadway shows for a good reason---they're real good ones!
To qualify IMO the band has to have some mainstream success. The Steve Miller Band.has very little to offer😭
... what I think is a great recording/music is the 1st Hoobistank CD; they are pittiful when/if heard live.
As I remember: The Band was rock-solid, recorded or live - almost note for note identical... 
For all the Steve Miller haters, the early stuff was really good, Jacjson Kent State Bles, Gangstr of Love, Space Cowboy, etc.  

I saw them live in 72 if I recall and enjoyed it immensely.

Terrible is the Strawberry Alarm Clock, could not play a lick live.

Steve’s debut album (Children Of The Future. It’s cover looked great under a black light ;-) was credited to The Steve Miller Band, and featured Boz Scaggs solely on rhythm guitar. Boz’s own debut album was a good one, with Duane Allman playing guitar.). I had seen the band the year before (’67), and they were going by the name The Steve Miller Blues Band, which they weren’t, really.

I’ve long wondered if The Strawberry Alarm Clock name was a play on The Chocolate Watchband, the 1965-8 San Jose Garage Band.

steve miller was a natural, which is both a blessing and a curse--on the one hand he could effortlessly knock off a great, simplistic AM tune like take the money and run or the joker, while on the other hand much of his stuff is remarkably underbaked and tossed-off. his late 60s records (e.g. sailor and the above-noted children of the future), when he still cared, are really well-recorded and advanced + he had some really outstanding musicians such as boz and ben sidran (also an uncredited paul mccartney).
Ha, everybody has some band they don't like. But then there will be somebody who disagrees. That's what real diversity is all about.

The Ramones are a misunderstood band. They were an "inside joke", a wink between those who got it. They were waging a deliberate and calculated attack on Progressive Rock, which they and many other Rockers (myself included) despised. While on their first three albums they sound a little "weak" as a band (though the material isn’t), the replacement of Tommy (not a strong drummer) with Marky on the fourth (Road To Ruin, a great album. It was actually produced by Tommy.) cured that. Marky was a very "muscular" drummer, and had been in Richard Hell’s band The Voidoids (and in the Hard Rock band Dust, who put out one album in the early-70’s). The great Jazz drummer Tony Williams in an interview speaking of Marky: "Have you heard the guy in The Ramones? Now THAT is a great drummer."

Here’s a fun fact about The Ramones: In polar opposition to Spinal Tap, the two remaining living original members of The Ramones are Tommy and Marky ;-) !

The history lessons are always appreciated.

On the other hand,  Bill Bruford, Phil Collins & Carl Palmer (among others), said to tell you the feeling is mutual.  
I went through what I guess could be called a Progressive phase. I had the debut album by The Nice, Keith Emerson's pre-ELP band. I even saw them live in late '68. My favorite Rock 'n' Roll guitarist Dave Edmunds had his pre-solo band Love Sculpture, who did a Rock band version of "Sabre Dance" by Classical composer Aram Khachaturian, much as ELP later did with Mussorgsky's  "Pictures At An Exhibition". Dave soon after saw the light, and devoted himself to celebrating American Rock 'n' Roll, recording his debut solo album which included an incredible version of Smiley Lewis' "I Hear You Knocking". Hail, Hail Rock 'n' Roll!
There's hope for you yet!  ;-)

I sort of get where you are coming from though I don't share the position.  It sort of reminds me of some of the aficionados over on the Jazz thread and their view of "real" jazz and jazz purity (my term for it).  Anyway, I'm curious how you felt/feel about the use of strings in rock.  I remember a conversation with a school chum long time ago...musta been in 7th or 8th grade.  He was incensed about the use of strings (maybe a new Doors album had come out).  Thought they had NO place in "rock".  I remember being somewhat taken aback by his vehemence.  Noteworthy that he had much older sisters - suspected influences on the development of his musical taste.  


Seriously.  I'm interested in your perspective on strings in R&R or Rock...either or both.