The Sucks Series

Gimme Five: 1980s ‘Hair Ballads’ That Don’t, You Know, Suck

Gimme Five: 1980s ‘Hair Ballads’ That Don’t, You Know, Suck

I bristle when folks dismiss everything from this era as garbage.

Gimme Five: Grateful Dead Songs That, Well, Suck

Gimme Five: Grateful Dead Songs That, Well, Suck

Despite the Dead’s success, there have been a few musical blunders along the way.

Worst Beatles Song Ever?: ‘The Ballad of John and Yoko’ (1969)

Worst Beatles Song Ever?: ‘The Ballad of John and Yoko’ (1969)

John Lennon and Paul McCartney recorded “The Ballad of John and Yoko,” a bluesy retelling of Lennon’s marriage to Yoko Ono, between 2:30 and 9 p.m. on April 14, 1969 — and released it later that May. Was it, in fact, the worst Beatles song ever?

Gimme Five: Post-1980 Genesis Songs That Don’t, You Know, Suck

Gimme Five: Post-1980 Genesis Songs That Don’t, You Know, Suck

Though the popular consciousness has placed the terminating line between Prog Genesis and Pop Genesis at the moment in which Peter Gabriel packed up his flower outfit and split, the truth is the group underwent a slower evolution.

Gimme Five: Worst-ever Original Lineup Kiss Songs

Gimme Five: Worst-ever Original Lineup Kiss Songs

Their recent Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction has a lot of fans romanticizing Kiss’ original lineup. It wasn’t all “Deuce” and “God of Thunder,” however.

Gimme Five: 1980s Neil Young That Doesn’t, You Know, Suck

Gimme Five: 1980s Neil Young That Doesn’t, You Know, Suck

There were certainly moments, and they seemed to come in bunches, when Neil Young stumbled so badly in the 1980s that it was difficult to imagine he’d ever regain his footing. But, not always.

Gimme Five: Post-Peter Cetera Chicago Songs That Don’t, You Know, Suck

Gimme Five: Post-Peter Cetera Chicago Songs That Don’t, You Know, Suck

When Peter Cetera’s mid-1980s departure threatened to derail Chicago’s commercial breakthrough, they regrouped with outside writers to keep the streak going. But they never quite regained creative momentum.

Movies that, well, suck: Top 10 Vampire Films

Movies that, well, suck: Top 10 Vampire Films

Vampires have admittedly had a bad run as of late, with the original mythology of these creatures of the night having sunken into downright pathetic territory.

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Gimme Five: 1980s fusion albums that don’t, you know, suck (Part 1)

Recently I issued Part Two of list of five pretty good fusion jazz records from the underrated 80s.

Gimme Five: 1980s smooth jazz albums that don’t, you know, suck

How do you react when you hear or read the term “smooth jazz”? Does it conjure up visions of Kenny G flittering up and down scales as he’s swaying with his long, curly locks tousling about and holding his straight sax off to the side of his mouth?