We love a badly produced album

Ramones

 

Much as we love a well-recorded album, occasionally nothing can beat a really dirty production.

When you listen to the Ramones first album, you are not listening for transparency and clarity, you’re listening for amphetamine-fuelled rake-thin teenagers playing in a garage band.
In fact that’s the operative word, I like my garage bands to sound like they were recorded in a garage.

So, on this slightly contentious subject, we’d like to know what your favourite badly-produced album is. Whether it’s the headbutt of noise that is The Stooge’s Raw Power, the lo-fi fidelity  scratchy strangeness of Daniel Johnston’s ‘Yip Jump Music‘ or the compressed-to-death-but-perfect for-playing-loud-in-a-pub Oasis first album, let us know here.

5 Comments

  • celt16 says:

    Eva Cassidy – Time After Time – great voice, tragically silenced too soon – thikn what a decent recording job would have done for this album!

  • noeluk says:

    A friend introduced me to The Moldy Peaches a couple of years ago. Raw production – could have been recorded on a £5 walkman, but it adds to the naive teenage tunes and it’s childishly funny in parts. Try ‘Anyone Else But You’, or, ahem, “Downloading Porn with Davo”. We actually used it as a production style reference for some TV ad music recently.

  • Pete says:

    Mouldy Peaches is great example. I always loved the noise in any of Mick Collins’ projects especially The Gories and the Dirtbombs.

  • John says:

    All the Will Oldham Palace albums. While I love the wonderfully natural recordings of the Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy albums, the earlier Palace stuff is full over amazing tunes and wonderful lyrics – but sounds ike it was recorded in a shed.

  • gareth says:

    The smiths-The Smiths,

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