Peter Frampton ‘Doomed Rock’ Shock Claim
It’s what we here at Classic Rock have suspected all along – Peter Frampton’s double-live album Frampton Comes Alive! sent rock music spiralling into a pit of doom forever.
The website Spike.com has named Petey’s 1976 in-concert opus as the No.1 classic album which accidentally ruined music.
Well, as Spike.com rightly says, Frampton Comes Alive! ‘…literally changed music overnight, turning the record industry into very big business, pushing music further away from its artistic roots, ushering in the era of pop stars and turning musicians into products and brands’.
Also making it into the Top 10 Classic Albums That Accidentally Ruined Music are:
* Rage Against The Machine’s self-titled effort. ‘They had no interest in the message of the music, all they cared about was screaming “Fuck you, I won’t do what you tell me” just because they thought it sounded cool.’
* Guns N’ Roses’ Appetite For Destruction. ‘Somehow acts like Buckcherry and Hinder took heavy influences from this band and created some of the most horrific watered-down pop-rock ever heard. Thanks to GN’R, douche rock was officially born.’
* The Sex Pistols’ Never Mind The Bollocks. ‘The popularisation of Never Mind The Bollocks ended up becoming the de facto uniform for both the sound and look of “punk” and also transformed the entire movement against its original purpose.’
* Van Halen’s self-titled debut. ‘Their undeniable influence helped create a buttload of trash that totally devolved rock.’
The only omission from the list, as far as we can see, is Wrathchild’s Stakk Attakk.
No, hang on… now there’s an album that intentionally ruined rock!