Let's face it , there are many rock bands - particularly in the metal, punk and prog scenes - who are lost way up their own jacksies thanks to delusions of self importance. Their lyrics are often clumsy, pretentious and portentous and the arrangments plodding and over-elaborate. Worst of all humour is notable by its absence. So, here are some initial nominations for the Hall of Shame, which no doubt many of you will object to/disagree with.
Dream Theater - they have a concept album called 'Scenes from a Memory' split into Acts 1 and 2 which are further split into scenes including Overture 1928.
ELP - hard to argue against including them esp when they came up with Works 1 which had Emerson doing a piano concerto!
The Alarm - IMO The Clash are one of the most overrated rock bands ever but The Alarm took them as a template and came up with plodding fists in the air anthems like 68 Guns. And they had ridiculous barnets.
Manowar - laughable wannabee macho types who used to bleat on about being real metal and had this 'death to false metal' pose. And they werent being ironic.
Creed - if you think the original Grunge bands were introspective and intense this second wave grunge-lite combo took seriousness to a new level. Lightheartedness wasnt in their vocabulary
Spandau Ballet and Duran Duran - so self consciously stylised and Simon Le Bon's lyrics in particular are generally risible
Stryper - US christian hairmetal band although you could include pretty much any of their contemporaries
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