Five Albums That Make Their Fans Insufferable

Categories: 2013

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There's only a few albums in the world that transcend any scene or genre, and build a following in their own, distinct shadows. It's powerful, and it's mostly good, but sometimes the greatest albums of all time can turn good, solid people into an absolutely insufferable demographic. You know what I'm talking about. Those albums. You're at a party, you asked someone about their favorite records, they reply with a record you both like, but their fandom runs in a dark, depressing obsession -- there's a reason Weezer fans always travel in groups. We went ahead and highlighted a few of these albums, if only to help inspire a bit of sanity back into their steadfast followers. It's never good when a human being can be adequately described with the name of an album.

See also: The 50 Most NYC Albums Ever

Illmatic

Like a number of pathetic white men, I learned about this album in high school and proceeded to be an absolute cock to everyone else about it. I only listened to real hip-hop, because there's no feeling of self-accomplishment quite like the feeling of listening to a 70-minute long Roots album without having a single second of fun. Illmatic is, of course, responsible for the artistic trajectory of the following decade in rap, but it's also the number one cause of people taking music way too seriously. I thought I hated Soulja Boy because of Illmatic, and I don't think I can ever forgive it for that.

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In The Aeroplane Over The Sea

In The Aeroplane Over The Sea is arguably the greatest teenaged indie rock album of all time. That does not excuse In The Aeroplane Over The Sea people, mostly in their late-20s, trying desperately not to cringe at lyrical turns they once wholeheartedly believed to be genius. Deep down we all know Jeff Mangum's poetry was about the quality of an incredibly talented 17-year-old, which is why his music resonated so thoroughly with 17-year-olds savvy enough to read Pitchfork, but there's a reason he's only just now playing those songs live after a decades-long hiatus. My senior quote was "and one day we will die and our ashes will fly from the aeroplane over the sea, but for now we are young let us lay in the sun and count every beautiful thing we can see," and I'm OK with that. When you quote those words wistfully, disregarding its newfound, post-adolescent corniness, you seem like a sad person.

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Is This It

Julian Casablancas is a sad drunk asshole who seems to alienate everyone he works with. The dream is over. I'm sorry. He's not Elvis. He co-owns a restaurant and makes barely passable electropop in his free time. He never even fucking played guitar. Is This It is a broken promise. Still, that doesn't stop Team Julian. Team Julian will not rest until their favorite leather-bound shithead is treated like an icon. Team Julian believes that all those critics were taking money under the table from The Vines to pan Comedown Machine, Team Julian is what happens when a false prophet dies, taking all of his believers down with him.


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gjennings3030
gjennings3030

this list is strange, two absolutely mind blowing albums, and 3 pretty meh albums, yall can figure out which is which , but I guess that means it is a good list

M0b_5PaWn
M0b_5PaWn

The Aphex album's got the wrong cover/title, I don't know which you guys were referring to in the review. :/

The "RD.J Album"'s got his face on it. "Selected Ambient Works, Vol. II"'s the album cover you've got up there. Just sayin'.

Andrew Ring
Andrew Ring

You know you're a pretentious hipster when you start complaining about these kind of lists

jaredthiele
jaredthiele

Nice angle. These are all great albums.

Melanie Crabapple
Melanie Crabapple

Why can't people just listen to music without being preachy, pretentious twats about it?

Richard Fox
Richard Fox

anything by nirvana would fit the category.

mrparker12
mrparker12

Surprised that I'm not seeing any mention of Tool's fans or any of their albums on here. I don't think I've ever seen anyone get so worked up as a Tool fan running on top gear.

StrikeforChange
StrikeforChange

You just sound like a "pathetic white m[a]n." It's not Illmatic.  It's you.

KenzoEd
KenzoEd

"...there's no feeling of self-accomplishment quite like the feeling of listening to a 70-minute long Roots album without having a single second of fun."

Typical, New Yorkers shitting on Philly as usual. Cheesecake tastes like shit.

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