Another meme from Facebook, but I liked this one quite a bit
It’s easy to list albums that have changed your life. You might as well be asked to list the reasons that you’re cool. But honestly, no one is impressed by your love of the Velvet Underground or your profound appreciation for Howlin’ Wolf. No. What people want is a list of reasons why you’re an idiot. Tearing others down makes us feel better about ourselves.
So, cowboy up and admit your musical faults. Think of 10 albums or singles that you would be embarrassed to let other people know you’ve enjoyed. It’s not fair to list something that you like just because hipster popular opinion says it’s lame.
No. This list is for music that actually makes you embarrassed to have ever like/purchased/rocked out to.
I gotta admit, I own a lot of shameful stuff. I mean, I pretty much exclusively bought CCM music from about 1991 to 1996, so I’ve got a whole lot of bad music. Truth be told, though, I’m not ashamed of a lot of it. It’s a part of my history and still draws fond memories from that time of my life. I should probably be ashamed that I own Petra’s entire discography, even the last couple of albums that weren’t very good, but … I’m just not. Not only that, but the really schlocky stuff I own is on single MP3′s. I don’t own the entire album for a lot of one-wonder type bands from the 80′s and 90′s.
However, that doesn’t mean there isn’t some cringe inducing stuff in my collection. Before you read, don’t judge me. I’ll bet there are some stinkers boxed away in your closet, too.
Newsboys – Boyz Will Be Boyz
Before the Newsboys started cranking out album after album of bland praise and worship music, they had a passable string of albums (Going Public – Step Up To The Microphone), but before that they had some truly awful stuff. “Nothing compares to smooth sound of funky Christian house-beat.” *cringe*
St Elmo’s Fire Soundtrack
I bought this for the Jon Anderson and John Elefante tracks (yeah, that’s not embarrasing at all.) So super schmaltzy and embarassing in an 80′s way. Yeah, you probably cried when they played the theme song and showed all the pictures from your senior year of high school at some end-of-year banquet, too. *cringe*
Whitecross – In the Kingdom
Whitecross was like a Christian version of RATT. The worst part was that the last song was some mix with a rap artist and oh, *cringe*.
Bob Carlisle – Hope Of A Man
I liked Allies a lot in high school, so I bought Carlisle’s first and second solo album and they are so lite-rock CCM. I mean, at least it’s not the album with “Butterfly Kisses”, but, *cringe*.
Guardian: Fire and Love
The volume of my hair doubles just thinking about this album. I’m not a fan of grunge music, but maybe stuff like this shows why it was necessary. *cringe*
Rock Power Praise – Volume II: Christmas Hymns
When it comes to Christmas music, I’m even more shameless. I mean, I’ve got tracks by Hillary Duff and Britney Spears in my Christmas playlist. But this goes too far. It’s Christmas songs done by Christian hair-metal bands, and yes, it’s as bad as it sounds. *cringe*
Kansas: In the Spirit Of Things
It’s not so much that Kansas is something to be ashamed of, but this album was the nadir of their career. I think every 70′s band was shoehorned into hairspray and lots of reverb with cheesy lovey-dovey lyrics in the 80′s. *cringe*
Yes: Open Your Eyes
Kind of the same thing as Kansas, the nadir for Yes. *cringe*
Creed: Human Clay
The sad part is that I bought this for Adriene. *cringe*
Michael W. Smith: Change Your World
I thought this album was the greatest ever in 1992. I’ll be honest, though, I’m only slightly ashamed of this album. It’s got it’s moments. *slight cringe*