The band may not straight-up pretend that the amputated musician never existed, but the hows and whys of that person's sudden departure are rarely discussed.
Turns out that the words these forgotten originals were routinely bizarre, racist, and/or totally insane.
Humanity has produced a lot of terrible music over the years, and we just don't have enough room to keep it all lying around. Some stuff, though, needs to be made available immediately.
Some marketers are content to slap any old catchy riff into their ads, regardless of the incredibly awkward context that the lyrics might create.
If cooler heads hadn't prevailed, history might remember all of these differently.
There's a lot of propaganda out there about not putting angel dust or airplane glue or thumbtacks in your face holes, and most of it is terrible.
Here is the real story about the people behind five pop songs about unconventional women.
These songs were all big hits, but for one reason or another found big success in very specific, truly bizarre corners of life.
Second fiddle is a hard instrument to play, especially when you know you deserve better.
Since we're on the verge of celebrating two decades of completely telegraphed swear words, I wouldn't mind seeing some labels put in place for some of the other unwelcome surprises that tend to pop up in modern music.