10 Bands So Bad You Forgot About Them
There are two kinds of reactions to a long-forgotten song. First, and most optimal, are the obscure bands whose music hits your iPod and brings on the euphoria of resurrected-music magic.
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But then there are the ones that play over the loudspeaker in the dusty aisles of your local discount store as you shop for marked-down electronics, and that when you hear them cause immediate claustrophobia.
These are not the bands that give you the happy-happy joy-joy's when you hear them again. These bands cause total discount-electronics-aisle meltdown, and you'd probably forgotten about them until this blog. We're sorry.
Honorable Mention: Tonic
Just as a disclaimer, I am adding Tonic to the list under complete duress, which everyone reading this blog should know. It is all unabashed love from my end, but I am adding Tonic at the urging of the rest of the editorial staff, whose musical opinions I halfheartedly respect. However, they're still the sweetest '90s band ever in my book, and can do no wrong. So sorry, Tonic, but to quote another lyrical genius, Mystikal, "It ain't my fault."
10. Theory of a Deadman
These dudes are responsible for those musical gems "Hate My Life" and "Bad Girlfriend." The truth is, they sucked. Their music sucked. These lyrics sucked: "You lie about you and you lie about me / You lie about your exes and the STDs / You grew up rich in the Florida Keys / You lie about everything."
There's a good chance you forgot the band existed because of that exhaustive level of suck they emitted. But even if you haven't forgotten that Theory of a Deadman existed, we bet you wish you could.
9. Vertical Horizon
Oh, Vertical Horizon. You're not everything we want, despite the yearning of your song titled just that. We don't miss you too terribly much, even though you were kinda popular. Thing is, your music was really kinda sucky, and we don't really mind that you've all moved on to bigger, less sucky pastures.
Besides, we are reminded of you every time we catch a Bruce Almighty rerun while hung over, since they dropped "You're a God" into that film, and that's just about enough for us.
You know, we kinda liked Silverchair once upon a time on that one decent album they recorded. They were kind of sweet. But then you know what happened? A ton of suck, and we happily forgot that they existed, once upon a high-school time.
So basically, here's what happened to our love with Silverchair. Frogstomp was awesome, and we dug "Tomorrow" in our own angsty, pseudo-alt-kid way, so we had high hopes for their followup album. Until Freak Show actually dropped, that is. Once that pile of unnecessary suck hit, we were over it and on to bigger, less silver things.
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