Rockstars Who Shockingly Hated Their Own Albums

By Jack Ripley | January 20, 2024

The Clash – 'Cut The Crap'

Not every hit album is revered by the artists who recorded them. Some of the most popular and important albums of the '70s, '80s, and '90s are downright hated by the bands who made them happen. Many of us remember these albums from their release, and they became part of our musical identity. However, unbeknownst to many fans, some of these albums were not held in high esteem by the very artists who created them.

From David Bowie to Metallica, these albums range in genre and era, but all share the commonality of being loved by fans and loathed by their creators. Join us as we take a closer look at these iconic albums and the reasons behind the artists' disdain. Don't miss out on this inside look into the music industry's most controversial albums.

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The Clash's final album, Cut The Crap, not only marked the end of their career, but also nearly destroyed their legacy. By the time the band entered the studio, drummer Topper Headon and guitarist and co-vocalist Mick Jones had been fired. Frontman Joe Strummer reunited with the band's original manager Bernie Rhodes, a partnership that had previously caused chaos within the band. This time, Rhodes wanted to co-write the songs and produce the album, leading to disagreements with Strummer and bass player Paul Simonon over the direction of the record.

Cut The Crap was a disaster, with Rhodes' lack of production experience resulting in cluttered tracks, excessive guitar parts, and overbearing football-terrace vocals. The album was so poorly received that the band refused to tour in support of it. Strummer was so dismayed by the negative press that he moved to Spain. Cut The Crap has never been re-released, and its songs are rarely included on Clash compilations. It's a sad finale for one of the most influential punk bands of all time.

Bob Geldof, "Do They Know It’s Christmas?"

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While not a full album, Geldof's ire for this inspiring holiday tune has to be recognized. Even though the song raised awareness of the famine in Ethiopia while raising £8 million for charitable causes that doesn't mean that Geldof is happy with his work. He said:

I will go to the supermarket, head to the meat counter and it will be playing – every [explative] Christmas... I am responsible for two of the worst songs in history, One is 'Do They Know It's Christmas?' and the other one is 'We Are the World.'