Albums you own or used to own from artists that turned out to be awful people.

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Waiting for his nan, more like.

Terry Micawber (Tom D.), Sunday, 12 November 2017 18:47 (nine months ago) Permalink

My cousn’s good friend’s sister’s aunt said she read somewhere that all the Bowie stuff happened in Hamburg. So it’s settled.

kornrulez6969, Sunday, 12 November 2017 19:27 (nine months ago) Permalink

I have two triple vinyl albums by Swans which set me back a fair whack and which I used to enjoy a lot and even still put on on occasion. but each time I do, i just can't separate the music from the man following the assault accusations against Michael Gira. As people have said upthread, there's a hypocrisy at work here, since I'll happily listen to music by a whole swathe of terrible people

Fox Mulder, FYI (dog latin), Sunday, 12 November 2017 19:30 (nine months ago) Permalink

i love his records dearly but i have no doubt at all that john martyn was a deeply horrible man

plp will eat itself (NickB), Sunday, 12 November 2017 20:00 (nine months ago) Permalink

led zeppelin

Week of Wonders (Ross), Sunday, 12 November 2017 20:05 (nine months ago) Permalink

I'm still listening to Gary Glitter, to be honest, though the Glitter Band albums were much better.

Terry Micawber (Tom D.), Sunday, 12 November 2017 20:15 (nine months ago) Permalink

(if were counting sleeping with groupies and doing drugs)

― i n f i n i t y (∞), Sunday, 12 November 2017 18:11 (two hours ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

you are such a fucking moron that you'd literally place these two things on a parallel?

imago, Sunday, 12 November 2017 20:22 (nine months ago) Permalink

It's been interesting trying to quantify how greatly the reports of Jesse Lacey's (of the band Brand New) misbehavior has affected my ability to enjoy his music. The results have been ...intermittent

ur-oik (rip van wanko), Sunday, 12 November 2017 20:26 (nine months ago) Permalink

how does Lou Reed fit into all this

clouds (peanutbuttereverysingleday), Sunday, 12 November 2017 20:49 (nine months ago) Permalink

Like a sack of rancid shit. He's up there with Lennon re violence towards women.

Zings Can Only Get Better (snoball), Sunday, 12 November 2017 21:49 (nine months ago) Permalink

hey i had this name first xp

clouds, Sunday, 12 November 2017 23:09 (nine months ago) Permalink

I had already bought a ticket to see Ariel Pink before the reports about the first show on the tour where he straddled his partner Charles on stage emerged. I knew he had made a lot of regressive comments in the press, and to some extent misogyny is written into the music anyway. But the stories about that show gave me some pause. I still ended up going, and while I was glad there was no physical abuse, real or feigned, taking place on stage, I also found it kind of a lackluster affair. He'd been more engaging at earlier shows where his behavior was more narcissistic (stage diving, drinking a lot, insulting the audience through a veil of echo on his microphone). I sort of WANT that from him. The dynamic of attraction and repulsion to what he does is part of what makes it compelling.

I was thinking about this too after seeing Lindsey Buckingham and Christine McVie a couple of weeks ago. At the show Buckingham talked a lot about a "karmic circle" that reunited him and McVie and thanked the audience for sharing in it, more than once. But the moment that seemed more truthful was when McVie mentioned sending her song ideas to him, with Buckingham basically altering them totally. He was vaguely defensive in his response before roaring that, as he does, "I had my way." This is all performance too (it was a very good performance!), but Buckingham was clearly playing on a publicly aired history of abusive, or at least aggressive, behavior.

For a more direct answer to the thread question: I actually did sell my handful of Flaming Lips albums some time after Erykah Badu complained that they'd exploited her nude images in a video, and Wayne Coyne responded with total flippancy. I can't remember if this was the main reason now, but over time the "niceness" of stuff like Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots had grown to seem disingenuous.

eatandoph (Neue Jesse Schule), Sunday, 12 November 2017 23:13 (nine months ago) Permalink

michael gira

Week of Wonders (Ross), Sunday, 12 November 2017 23:16 (nine months ago) Permalink

a low cloud in this thread :p

calzino, Sunday, 12 November 2017 23:29 (nine months ago) Permalink

I think you have to assume that just about all mid-70s rock stars were having sex with underage groupies and were therefore committing statutory rape

Zelda Zonk, Sunday, 12 November 2017 23:38 (nine months ago) Permalink

JFC, I'd totally missed that there was a sequel to Mystikal's story

http://www.xxlmag.com/video/2017/09/mystikal-indicted-grand-jury-charges-rape-kidnapping/

Ⓓⓡ. (Johnny Fever), Sunday, 12 November 2017 23:39 (nine months ago) Permalink

I think you have to assume that just about all mid-70s rock stars were having sex with underage groupies and were therefore committing statutory rape

Yes, and before the mid-70s too.

Terry Micawber (Tom D.), Sunday, 12 November 2017 23:45 (nine months ago) Permalink

This thread is quite timely. 70s punk band Crisis are playing reunion gigs at the moment. At the time they were around they were hard left, but the various members went on to bands like Death in June, Sol Invictus and Above the Ruins, the last one were a full on Nazi band on compilations with Skrewdriver. I'm not sure who is actually in the current line up but I don't think I can in good conscience go and see them. I do listen to some of the artists in this thread and other completely reprehensible people who made music I like but I usually justify this by just illegally downloading it so I'm not financially supporting them. This often feels like a cop out though.

Colonel Poo, Sunday, 12 November 2017 23:48 (nine months ago) Permalink

One of the rationalizations I've read from numerous people is that if you're listening to, say, James Brown, he's not openly singing about punching women and that makes it easier to commit to the separation of art from artist. In R. Kelly's case, every time he mentions sex, you know he's talking about a 15 year old.

Ⓓⓡ. (Johnny Fever), Monday, 13 November 2017 00:00 (nine months ago) Permalink

Here's a more obscure one: I used to have an album by the '90s Chicago post-punk band Trenchmouth, probably best known for having a pre-SNL Fred Armisen on drums. A few years ago one of their guitarists, then a college professor, turned out to be a pedophile. I recommend not reading any details of the case beyond what is contained in that article.

JRN, Monday, 13 November 2017 01:54 (nine months ago) Permalink

For me the big one that fits the bill here is Warren Zevon. After reading I’ll Sleep When I’m Dead, the bio written by his ex wife, I️ find it hard to listen to his music anymore. He was such a horrible, mean, irredeemable prick. Close to evil as a drunk, and nearly as bad when he got sober.

kornrulez6969, Monday, 13 November 2017 02:36 (nine months ago) Permalink

wonder if his #1 fan Dave Letterman knew about all that

ur-oik (rip van wanko), Monday, 13 November 2017 02:46 (nine months ago) Permalink

(if were counting sleeping with groupies and doing drugs)

― i n f i n i t y (∞), Sunday, 12 November 2017 18:11 (two hours ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

you are such a fucking moron that you'd literally place these two things on a parallel?

― imago, Sunday, November 12, 2017 12:22 PM (six hours ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

lol i only allow your comments because you suck my socks' dicks fella

i n f i n i t y (∞), Monday, 13 November 2017 02:54 (nine months ago) Permalink

Oh shit, I just remembered that Greg Graffin (Bad Religion) got busted after jerking it in video chatrooms for teenage girls over a period of years. Google tells me that was in 2005. Didn't think it was that long ago.

Ⓓⓡ. (Johnny Fever), Monday, 13 November 2017 06:11 (nine months ago) Permalink

70s punk band Crisis are playing reunion gigs at the moment. At the time they were around they were hard left, but the various members went on to bands like Death in June, Sol Invictus and Above the Ruins, the last one were a full on Nazi band on compilations with Skrewdriver. I'm not sure who is actually in the current line up but I don't think I can in good conscience go and see them.

This line-up of Crisis has just one original member, Tony Wakeford who used to be in the NF and went on to play in DIJ, Sol Invictus and Above the Ruins. Not a very nice man and most of his musical output is pretty sub-par as well. I As for DIJ, I'm still a big fan of their earlier material but haven't listened to his later stuff in years.

heaven parker (anagram), Monday, 13 November 2017 08:05 (nine months ago) Permalink

What a shame ... Trenchmouth was a way better band than lost prophets

sarahell, Monday, 13 November 2017 10:19 (nine months ago) Permalink

Noir Desir is probably the most glaring example.

Bertrand Cantat managed to have a top ten single in France last month despite having been convicted of murdering his girlfriend and, post-prison, by most accounts, driving his wife to kill herself.

Wag1 Shree Rajneesh (ShariVari), Monday, 13 November 2017 11:01 (nine months ago) Permalink

Wow, I was just thinking about starting a post like this:
- 2017 Billy Corgan makes it pretty impossible for me to revisit Gish/Siamese Dream no matter how much I used to love those albums
- That whole fracas with the War on Drugs made Mark Kozalek seem like such an asshole, that I no longer have any inclination to listen to Sun Kill Moon/Red House Painters
- Even though they kicked that Ducktails guy out of the band, I still feel a little conflicted about listening to the first few Real Estate albums

enochroot, Monday, 13 November 2017 13:02 (nine months ago) Permalink

That whole fracas with the War on Drugs made Mark Kozalek seem like such an asshole

far from the worst of Koz iirc

Simon H., Monday, 13 November 2017 13:14 (nine months ago) Permalink

Koz is kind of a sleep around whore or used to be, and a bit of a jerk personally, but I've never once heard of him being abusive

"how does Lou Reed fit into all this

― clouds (peanutbuttereverysingleday), Sunday, November 12, 2017 8:49 PM (yesterday) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

Like a sack of rancid shit. He's up there with Lennon re violence towards women."

it's really hard to square this with the fact that he was then married to laurie anderson for years and years. LIke, did they ever discuss this? he must have been remorseful? I dunno.

akm, Monday, 13 November 2017 14:20 (nine months ago) Permalink

Each new Vybz Kartel skeeves me out a little more, even as it's often anodyne dancehall (though it's frequently really good.) I can accept that he's an awful person while being vital to the genre, but that there's some whole shadow system allowing him to record from prison and monetizing it seems darker still.

Mungolian Jerryset (bendy), Monday, 13 November 2017 14:24 (nine months ago) Permalink

(xp) He was abusive to his first rife, I doubt he was proud of himself over it.

Terry Micawber (Tom D.), Monday, 13 November 2017 14:27 (nine months ago) Permalink

Wife not rife!

Terry Micawber (Tom D.), Monday, 13 November 2017 14:27 (nine months ago) Permalink

x-p
with lou reed you should not forget that he had electroshock therapy as a teenager. probably that did not help.

somehow i find this thread - which reminds me of a pillory - quite partial.

usually the reality is much more complex than the accusations and wrongdoings which find it into the press.

i agree with ShariVari the most striking example is definitely Bertrand Cantat. i cannot listen to noir désir anymore, i was never a fan though.

Ich bin kein Berliner (alex in mainhattan), Monday, 13 November 2017 14:45 (nine months ago) Permalink

Cantat's first album as Détroit, with Pascal Humbert, features several thinly-veiled references to Marie Trintignant (whom he murdered), especially on 'Ange de désolation'. The results are far more disturbing than anything by Varg Vikernes.

pomenitul, Monday, 13 November 2017 15:13 (nine months ago) Permalink

As a general rule, though, I have no trouble dissociating the music from the musician. There are a few exceptions, such as openly fascist lyrics in a language I can understand (Peste Noire is the worst offender).

pomenitul, Monday, 13 November 2017 15:15 (nine months ago) Permalink

I used to own a Ted Nugent album.

never have i been a blue calm sea (collardio gelatinous), Monday, 13 November 2017 15:21 (nine months ago) Permalink

Richard Wagner

clouds, Monday, 13 November 2017 15:50 (nine months ago) Permalink

- 2017 Billy Corgan makes it pretty impossible for me to revisit Gish/Siamese Dream no matter how much I used to love those albums

What is this in reference to? He's an insufferable egomaniac and conspiracy theorist, sure, but that's a pretty low bar imo.

Le Bateau Ivre, Monday, 13 November 2017 15:56 (nine months ago) Permalink

and he seems to have rehabilitated somewhat of late

Simon H., Monday, 13 November 2017 15:56 (nine months ago) Permalink


- 2017 Billy Corgan makes it pretty impossible for me to revisit Gish/Siamese Dream no matter how much I used to love those albums

What is this in reference to? He's an insufferable egomaniac and conspiracy theorist, sure, but that's a pretty low bar imo.

― Le Bateau Ivre, Monday, November 13, 2017 10:56 AM (nineteen minutes ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

Once he appeared on that Alex Jones show, I think I was off the bus for good. I know that doesn't make him a Harvey Weinstein level creep, but I still find in nearly impossible to enjoy to the early SP albums without 2017 Billy Corgan ruining the experience for me. It reminds me of that thread from a while back that posed questions like "What if Billy Corgan shot himself in 1992 and Kurt Cobain lived to appear on Infowars in 2017?"

enochroot, Monday, 13 November 2017 16:20 (nine months ago) Permalink

trying to think what women might fall into this category, but no, i can only think of shitbag men. dozens of them.

plp will eat itself (NickB), Monday, 13 November 2017 16:22 (nine months ago) Permalink

moe tucker maybe, but that's hardly even on the same scale of awfulness

plp will eat itself (NickB), Monday, 13 November 2017 16:23 (nine months ago) Permalink

no.

Mark G, Monday, 13 November 2017 16:25 (nine months ago) Permalink

people are giving lou reed way too much of a pass. the dude beat his first wife

https://www.theguardian.com/music/2015/oct/13/lou-reed-new-biography-domestic-violence-abuse-women

reggie (qualmsley), Monday, 13 November 2017 16:26 (nine months ago) Permalink

nico

Karl Malone, Monday, 13 November 2017 16:31 (nine months ago) Permalink

trying to think what women might fall into this category, but no, i can only think of shitbag men. dozens of them.

― plp will eat itself (NickB), Monday, November 13, 2017 11:22 AM (eight minutes ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

Not music, but Marion Zimmer Bradley books are going to be hard to read

President Keyes, Monday, 13 November 2017 16:33 (nine months ago) Permalink

Also by virtually all accounts acted terribly towards, oh, everyone, for, oh, a lifetime xxp - he just wasn't a good person

treeship: a year in the life (wins), Monday, 13 November 2017 16:35 (nine months ago) Permalink

Marion Zimmer Bradley is a very good example, ugh

omar little, Monday, 13 November 2017 16:37 (nine months ago) Permalink

Jeezus that vid. Just an unprovoked blow to the head while she's photographing.

fuck you, your hat is horrible (Neanderthal), Sunday, 10 December 2017 20:42 (eight months ago) Permalink

The kick, cutting himself, flipping off the crowd, yelling "fuck Muse"...scary behavior

fuck you, your hat is horrible (Neanderthal), Sunday, 10 December 2017 20:43 (eight months ago) Permalink

eh, comparatively speaking, the other stuff is typical dumbass rockstar posturing. is he usually above that sort of behavior?

jesus and figs and science and the foo fighters (unregistered), Sunday, 10 December 2017 21:25 (eight months ago) Permalink

No but all of it put together...

fuck you, your hat is horrible (Neanderthal), Sunday, 10 December 2017 21:32 (eight months ago) Permalink

yeah this harshed my mellow for sure, was OFTM

In a slipshod style (Ross), Sunday, 10 December 2017 22:13 (eight months ago) Permalink

His between-song patter at Wembley a few weeks back was pretty damned weird. I know he fucked his leg and his arm before the tour, he was limping offstage at the end of the gig, I wonder if he's on lots of pain meds? Not excusing his shitty, shitty behaviour at the KROQ thing, of course.

"Taste's very strange!" (stevie), Monday, 11 December 2017 12:47 (eight months ago) Permalink


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