The fault landed mostly on Jagger who, afraid to fall behind in this crazy new MTV generation, forced reggae and new wave influences in 1983's Undercover. Jagger also famously clashed with guitarist Richards who, finally emerging from a decades-long drug coma wanted to steer the band to its blues and rock roots. The compromise resulted in an unfocused and inconsistent album that alienated preexisting Stones' fans and repulsed the MTV crowd Jagger was so convinced he wanted.
U2 Takes a 12-Track-Long Shit
The Edge, guitarist and No. 1 contender for the title of "Stupidest Alias in U2," described 1997's Pop
as "about as far away from U2 as it is possible to be," which was correct. U2 was a good band and Pop was a shitty experiment in arrogance.
U2, presumably armed with the idea that "We're U2, we can do whatever the hell we want," marched into the studio and proceeded to churn out 12 tracks of synthesized, sampled, techno dance beats with a few traces of guitar and some obligatory Bono wailing. When you're possibly the biggest band on the planet, we don't really understand the mentality in branching out to different genres. Who are you trying to reach, Bono? Is it space? Are you trying to conquer space, Bono? Do you think that space likes shitty dance music? That's pretty presumptuous, even for you, Bono.
The Red Hot Chili Peppers had turned some heads with the innovative funky, rap-rock blend of Blood Sugar Sex Magik
. They hoped to keep turning those heads until they snapped right off with 1995's One Hot Minute
. Their recording process reads like a "how to" guide for great bands who want to make sure they never sell another album.
Step One: Get rid of song writing partner and guitar visionary John Frusciante.
Step Two: Replace him with metal-inspired possible trannie, Dave Navarro.
Step Three: Press record.
Singer and songwriter Anthony Kiedis was so depressed that he fell back into drugs after five years of sobriety. As a result, the album was less about sex and funk and more about drug-induced soul searching and heavy metal. Dave Navarro, the source of the metal, was reportedly concerned about the RHCP recording process. He often wondered why so much "jamming" was involved in the making of the album, which lead many music scholars to question whether or not Navarro had actually ever heard the Chili Peppers.
The album was commercially and critically unsuccessful and, with Frusciante's return to the band a few years later, it's easier for everyone to just pretend One Hot Minute never happened.