Embarrassing albums: What are your most shameful musical secrets?

Spicegirls_lLast week I posted the news that Creed is reuniting for a new album and tour, and I was expecting an avalanche of "Creed sucks!" and "This is the end of times!" comments. But instead, many of you were actually excited by the big news. Even more shocking, you admitted it. In public!

I have to say, I found this kind of inspiring. I decided to clean out the skeletons in my own musical closet. After all, who am I to judge Creed fans when I own every Sugar Ray album? Can I really dis Scott Stapp when I’ve willingly purchased a Jordan Knight CD? I even got my fellow EW staffers to come clean with their secret stashes. See below:

Michael Slezak: My iPod is named “Home for Tragic Divas”: Kina, Lina, Cherokee, Nicole Renee, Joi, and pretty much every no-hit-wonder no-last-name female R&B artist of the last decade…you can find ‘em all within!

Leah Greenblatt: Oh god. I love all the horrible grungey-come-lately ‘90s anthems, with their horrible horrible fridge-magnet lyrics. Candlebox, “Far Behind”: “Mayayayaybay, I didn’t mean to treat you oh so baddd…”  Oh, but you did it anyway, didn’t you? Or Bush’s “Glycerine.” Is it about soap? Don’t care! And basically the entire Stone Temple Pilots greatest-hits catalog: “I AM smellin’ like a rose that somebody gave me on my BIRTH-day DEATH-bed” = POETRY. I am fired now?

Mike Bruno: Hell, that ain’t even embarrassing — how about TWO Slaughter records and TWO Skid Row records. I was a total Slave to their Grind.

Jeremy Medina: I want to play, too! One word, three syllables, folks: Nickelback. And I also own multiple albums from the following: Linkin Park, Smash Mouth, Sugar Ray, Sum 41, Papa Roach, 3 Doors Down, Chevelle, Staind, Limp Bizkit, Unwritten Law, Fuel, Puddle of Mudd, Simple Plan and the band that started it all, CREED. Also please notice the key words in that sentence: Multiple. Albums.

Whitney Pastorek: Please. My entire record collection is shame. Barenaked Ladies? We got that. Phil Collins? Sure. Spice Girls? I own the MOVIE. I love mainstream country, for crying out loud. I have Peter Cetera’s autograph. I once drove to San Diego to see Huey Lewis. Once sat in the parking lot at Jones Beach to listen to a Warrant/Quiet Riot/Poison show cause I was too broke to buy a ticket. And I can legitimately call Amy Grant a formative influence. Do I apologize? I do NOT!

Sean Howe: And then there’s the weird postmodern double-bind: I can wear my Rush or Journey t-shirt tomorrow, but everyone will think I’m going for irony points. Do you think I’m joking when I heap praise on Hall & Oates? (Hint: No.)

Clark Collis: I suspect I’m the only Music Mix staffer, or person on the continent of America, who thinks “Can U Dig It?” by much derided UK rap-rockers Pop Will Eat Itself to be one of the greatest singles of all-time. “Alan Moore/Knows the score”? They were right in 1989, and they’re right now. Plus, singer Clint Mansell now does the music for Darren Aronofsky’s movies. So, you know, up yours.

Phew, we feel better already! What about you, Music Mixers? Did you shell out money to see Hoobastank in concert, or rush out to get a copy of Sisqo’s Unleash the Dragon? Did you wear a Kottonmouth Kings t-shirt or vote for Willa Ford on TRL? It’s okay to share. This is a safe place. 

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Photo Credit: Everett Collection


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  • kaf

    I have seen Meatloaf and Clay Aiken in concert. They were both great, so THERE!

  • DVRme

    Sadly, I have the Grease2 soundtrack…nothing like singing “Let’s Bowl..Let’s Bowl…Let’s Rock-n-Roll” while stopped at a stoplight and getting busted by the next car ;)

  • MJMN

    I have so much crap on my iPod from my Dad’s music files. When the whole Napster thing was blowing up, he went a little crazy with the downloading – got a book of Billboard’s top 100 songs from the 70s through the 90s and attempted to download them all.
    Things that I have willingly added myself: Bullet Boys, Danger Danger, Dangerous Toys, Ratt, Warrant, Poison, Slaughter, Winger, Cinderella, Trixter and on and on. I love hair bands and I am not ashamed!
    My mom just busted out my poster-sized blown up picture of me and Jani Lane from when I was in 7th grade (ca. 1991). My husband was unimpressed and looked really embarrassed for me.

  • chucks

    the photo on this post reminded me that my first concert ever, circa 1994, was the spice girls. and it was good, dammit.
    also, i own the soundtrack to “duets” and still contend that gwyneth paltrow and huey lewis singing “cruising together” is magical.

  • Corey

    I don’t get it. What is there to be ashamed of in liking The Barenaked Ladies? They have a pretty great body of work, and Gordon is a phenomenal album.

  • monica

    i’m always surprised by how much kylie minogue (and, hello, all the remixes) i have on my itunes. maybe i mean delighted. yes, i am *delighted* by how much kylie i have.

  • flapdragon

    Years ago I got roped into one of those Album-of-the-month things and ended up with Rick Springfield’s “Tao” record, which I then proceeded to MEMORIZE. I won’t tell you how old I was (let’s just say, old enough to know better) but I loved that record and would totally put every one of those songs on my playlist if I could. Celebrate Youth!!

  • Thomas Bush

    Milli Vanilli anyone? Fat Boys – Coming Back Hard Again.

  • Elizabeth

    I pride myself on my wide range of music. I have everything on my ipod. When I was in college we had theme music days in our apartment. Things like “Canadian Music Day” where wwe were onyl allowed to listen to Canadian music (it led to a lot of Tegan & Sara, Feist, and Celine dion). I must say that there are some albums I am ashamed of though that include but not limited to:
    Hanson (all albums including the Christmas one)
    Celine Dion
    Paula Abdul
    Samantha Ronson(I went through this phase where I thought she and Lindsay Lohan were the most fascinating celebrities ever and in an attempt to learn more about SamRo I got all of the music of hers that I could find)
    Ricky Martin
    Spice Girls
    and a smattering of 60’s and 70’s pop songs.

  • David

    I’ve seen Grease2 which I suppose is a dubious achievement of sorts. “Coo-oo-oo-oo-ool rye-DER.” My collection includes Sugar Ray, Hanson, Lifehouse, Counting Crows, .38 Special, Little River Band…the list goes on and on.

  • Ms. Bad Taste

    OK, I’ve got a LOT of skeletons in my musical closet…where should I begin?…
    It’s not so much about albums, but rather, which bands have I actually spent money to see live?
    In the dark days of middle school I saw:
    The Goo Goo Dolls…THREE times
    The Offspring
    Less Than Jake
    Third Eye Blind
    Bon Freaking Jovi
    Matchbox 20
    Should I keep going?

  • Jerry

    Uhm, I feel Belinda Carlisle’s “Live Your Life Be Free” was the best Pop album of the entire 90’s. But I tell no one cuz no one has even heard of it. Others? Bananarama, Rick Astley… And I’m the proud owner of every Manilow album. Every last one. Unapologetically. :)

  • palady

    I saw *Nsync when I was 14. Man, it was amazing. I remember now ten years later, how much fun I had at that concert. It truly was the best night ever. I still listen to the No Strings Attached album and long for them to reunite.

  • John

    So not only do I own most of those albums, I actively make people listen to them… hmmm no wonder I have no friends.
    Eh, at least I don’t own any DMB… that would be really really embarrassing…. jk jk

  • oasisbraves

    OASIS. They are the BEST BAND of all time. America just doesn’t get it.

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