Most of us, at some time in our lives, have looked through our old music collection and said out loud, ‘What on earth was I thinking?' A member of a popular online forum recently reached out to the community, having asked the same question. Many replies echo those thoughts, and here are ten albums we thought we had left behind.
1. Sisqo: Unleash the Dragon
It's incredible how often a popular Sisqo song appears on threads of this kind. Sisqo released his album Unleash the Dragon in 1999, which was put forward by the original poster. They said they looked back at their former self and thought, “I don't know who this kid was.”
2. Limp Bizkit: Significant Other
Mentioning Limp Bizkit brings a mixed reaction to this forum, with many stating that they still listen to the band's albums from the late '90s and early 2000s. One who avoids the group now claims he was a 34-year-old man before he realized what some of the song titles and lyrics meant.
3. Spice: Spice Girls
One commenter told the community she had been going through her father's record collection, and he was “embarrassed” to find two Spice Girls CDs. Had they not been accidentally uncovered, I suspect they may have been thrown in the trash.
4. Breakaway: Kelly Clarkson
A respondent listed many albums they were proud of before rounding off with this Kelly Clarkson release from 2004. While they admit it was a weaker part of their collection, they acknowledged that it “could've been so much worse.”
5. Trout Mask Replica: Captain Beefheart
I can sympathize with the person who stated that they are “still trying to understand Captain Beefheart.” He's so cool and alternative, but I find the music impenetrable. The Captain is somebody we think we should like, but many of us can't.
6. Remember You're a Womble: The Wombles
For those unfamiliar with the TV series, the Wombles were fictional animals living in Wimbledon Common in London, using discarded litter for better purposes. They were groundbreakers as one of the first sets of up-cyclers. They also had a band that is best forgotten, and that's why one respondent must have been laughing when they said they'd bought their brother The Wombles album for his birthday. The brother was unavailable for comment.
7. Borders & Boundaries: Less Than Jake
The ska punk boom was short-lived, and many of the albums, Borders & Boundaries included, failed to stand the test of time. One forum member feels it's because ska was so much better live. “Nothing like being upfront in a crazy crowd right by the horn section.”
8. The Simpsons Sing the Blues: The Simpsons
The specific track the commenter refers to here is “Do the Bartman.” In their words, they “dare not go into the cassette box” as they are “too scared of what else might be there.”
9. Come On Over: Shania Twain
Sometimes, we just grow out of certain music, but one respondent is puzzled about why they've changed their view of Shania Twain. “Now I hate all her songs,” they admit before adding, “I don't know what changed.” Clearly, she don't impress them much.
10. Darts: Everyone Plays Darts
I'll finish with my embarrassing confession. In the late 1970s, when I started to pick up iconic punk albums, I also had a soft spot for 1970s doo-wop revivalists' Darts. I still can't explain it: I guess I just liked the catchy tunes, but I can't believe I ever thought that Darts were ‘cool.'
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