10 Bands So Bad You Forgot About Them

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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.

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.

8. Silverchair
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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20 comments
tednessus33
tednessus33

Silverchair does not belong on this list. Underrated band. First three albums were great. They were only 15 when Frogstomp came out and they still owned bands full of grown men. 

Al_Sharpton
Al_Sharpton

These kinds of lists are better in person, coming from some stupid asshole you can walk away from, not from a writer paid to create thought-provoking articles.

debbie10020
debbie10020

so we've moved from shooting fish in a barrel to shooting fish in a shotglass?


Todd Panah
Todd Panah

Uhh why is silverchair on this list?

Matthew Ashton
Matthew Ashton

HP once called Panic at the Disco "talented hook and songwriters".

victorjarvis
victorjarvis

Well I guess I am too old for the demographics of the Houston Press now. All these bands are from the 90s I believe? That was SUCH a long time ago.

Heather Phillips
Heather Phillips

Alien ant farm actually had some great music should not be on the list, it kinda backfired that their breakout hit was a cover...neither should silverchair. Neon ballroom was a great album. I feel like this list was slopped together and not properly researched.

GlenW
GlenW

Counting Crows

Matthew Ashton
Matthew Ashton

Saw Candlebox last year and it was seriously badass! Didn't even think I liked em until then.

Adrian Diaz
Adrian Diaz

C'mon, Candlebox?! They are and will always be in my top ten, from the 90s anyway...

pkmurray
pkmurray

crazy town - butterfly is usually at the top of these lists.

Michael Terry
Michael Terry

Most off them weren't all that bad, just not all that great, more like one hit wonders.

Michael Terry
Michael Terry

Alien ant farm weren't all that bad and not the worst Michael Jackson cover.

Matthew Ashton
Matthew Ashton

There is bad music in every generation... pointless to write about it....

WhiteLightning
WhiteLightning topcommenter

So happy that I've only ever even heard of one of these outfits. Pop music = (essentially) disposable music. Ear toilet paper.

Caleb Davis
Caleb Davis

I know this is subjective and all, but I will stand up for Alien Ant Farm here. Come on.

Andrew Sly
Andrew Sly

Those bands aren't all from the 90s...

BobbyFreshpants
BobbyFreshpants topcommenter

Ha, Alien Ant Farm, I think they played in Houston about a year or so ago. I am sure they will be like Filter and in 5 years (or this year), will be playing at bars in the suburbs to people who don't even know who they are/were.

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