Rockstars Who Shockingly Hated Their Own Albums

By Jack Ripley | November 4, 2023

Radiohead - 'Pablo Honey'

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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Radiohead is a band that has become synonymous with art rock. Though they were initially known as one of the biggest stars of alternative rock, it was their work from Kid A to A Moon Shaped Pool in 2016 that truly cemented their status as sonic trailblazers. However, what many forget is that this band was almost labeled a one-album wonder.

Their third album, OK Computer, is an outright classic. However, the band's first outing with Pablo Honey is a release that the band doesn't enjoy revisiting. While most of the album consists of the standard angsty alternative rock of the day, much of the band's frustration comes down to the lead single, "Creep."

Even in the studio, the band hated this song. Guitarist Jonny Greenwood intentionally tried to sabotage it in between takes. As Radiohead has continued to produce music, "Creep" remains a classic of the '90s, but the band has almost completely excluded it from their touring setlists for years now. While it's one thing to dislike an album, Pablo Honey (and "Creep" specifically) is the one thing that Radiohead pretends doesn't exist.

The Rolling Stones, 'Their Satanic Majesties Request' 

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The Rolling Stones ventured into a new musical territory with Satanic Majesties Request, an album that featured a psychedelic sound with unconventional elements like Mellotron, African rhythms, and sound effects. The band self-produced the album as their manager/producer, Andrew Loog Oldham, had left the group. Recording was complicated by drug use, legal issues, and jail sentences of band members. The group members were rarely present in the studio together, leading to a prolonged and disjointed recording process. Additionally, members often showed up with guests, further hindering productivity in the studio.

Even though the album includes two absolute bangers in "She's A Rainbow," and "2000 Light Years Away," members of the band tend to distance themselves from the record as a whole whenever it comes up. In 1995, Mick Jagger said of Satanic Majesties Request:

It's not very good. It had interesting things on it, but I don't think any of the songs are very good. There's two good songs on it. The rest of them are nonsense.