Worst album ever? Sadly, it's Duran Duran
Duran Duran's 1995 album Thank You has been named the worst album ever, according to a poll in Q magazine. An editor for the magazine told a British newspaper that Thank You, which spent 3 weeks in the best-selling charts, was "abysmal on every level."
"Sometimes these things are redeemed by some sort of kitsch value, it didn't even have that," Gareth Grundy said. The album was a collection of cover songs, including Lou Reed's Perfect Day, Bob Dylan's Lay Lady Lay and Elvis Costello's Watching the Detectives.
Other panned albums included Billy Idol's Cyberpunk and Mick Jagger's Primitive Cool.
Duran Duran later called Thank You "commercial suicide" but sadly may not have learned their lesson. Band co-founders Nick Rhodes and John Taylor are producing a compilation album of their early influences, including David Bowie and Kraftwerk. Meanwhile, word on the remembertheeighties.com website is that the band is working on an album of original material and should have a single out by summer.
What's on your list of worst albums?
I'm thinking a Duran Duran list of covers isn't significant enough to take the top spot. How about U2's Zooropa and Pop? REM's Green. The Clash's Cut the Crap. Anything by KISS after 1978. Tell us what's on your list.