December 5, 2011
As you know, the vast majority of time at musicforants.com is focused on supporting good music, but we also acknowledge there’s some pretty abysmal artists out there sucking up the airwaves. The last couple years we’ve pitted what we consider to be the two of the most disgustingly bad artists against each other to decide once and for all who is the worst of the year. In 2009, you guys decided that the cringe-worthy Postal Service rip-off act, Owl City was the worst, beating out formidable competition from frat-boy white rapper, Asher Roth. Last year, it was the contest of artists with irritating punctuation marks, Ke$ha vs 3OH!3 (of which Ke$ha walked away handily with the grand prize as the worst).
This year we have obnoxious, gimmicky black culture-exploiting rapper / youtube sensation Kreayshawn. She’s like the female version of Vanilla Ice (but more annoying), with a voice that’s about as pleasant as nails on a chalkboard. Seriously, just listen to her try to freestyle and tell me you didn’t throw up in your mouth a little. On the other side of things, you have Loutallica, the absolutely unlistenable collaboration between legendary Velvet Underground frontman and the aging-not-so-gracefully metal band, Metallica. Chuck Klosterman put it best saying “It’s not really designed for people who like music. It sounds like what it is: an elderly misanthrope reciting paradoxical aphorisms over a collection of repetitive, adrenalized sludge licks”. Even the typically affable, Bethany Cosentino of Best Coast chimed in calling Lulu “the worst thing i’ve ever heard”.
As always it’s up to you to decide which one is worse. Put your votes in the comments (preferably with reasoning included). I’ll post the results on my twitter feed. If your eardrums can handle it, you can sample both artists below:
And so I don’t leave you on a completely negative note, here’s 10 new bands that we loved in 2011: Youth Lagoon, Unknown Mortal Orchestra, The Weeknd, Yuck, Shabazz Palaces, Lord Huron, Claims Casino, Nerves Junior, Caveman, Psychic Twin.