In every used CD bin or rack, no matter what store you go to, there are some albums that can inevitably be found somewhere at the bottom. It’s like used bins are a centrifuge for mass-produced music with only the lamest, most poorly aging albums filtering to the bottom. Here are the albums you can find in just about any used bin in the country.
R.E.M. - Monster
Oh god, this album. This fucking album. Monster is like herpes for music stores. You get rid of one copy and three more take its place.
Hootie and the Blowfish - Cracked Rear View
Please, lame white guys from the 90s who wore hoodies with cargo shorts, nobody wants this album and there’s a reason the record store has 40 used copies. Just throw it in the fucking trash.
Stone Temple Pilots - Purple
Everybody bought this album in 1994 before we all remembered, “Oh, right. We already have Pearl Jam. We don’t need this shit.”
There was never a time when it was cool to own Will Smith’s album of inoffensive rap songs. Whenever you finally realized that and sold the thing back to the store was too late.
Who would’ve guessed that a guy who wears those wool hats with the dangling pom poms on them would make an album that was anything but timeless?
Alanis Morissette - Jagged Little Pill
Every time you see this album in a used bin, it means that somewhere out there is a well-adjusted woman who was once an angsty 90s teen.
There was only one album in the 90s with a naked child on it that was worth buying and this wasn't it.
Soundgarden - Superunknown
Dudes across America sold this album back to the store promptly after they looked down and realized they were were wearing choker chains and black nail polish.
Mighty Mighty Bosstones - Let’s Face It
It really seemed like the world was ready to embrace ska for a second there in 1997. This album got a major label release and one of the songs was even used in the movies Krippendorf’s Tribe and Father’s Day. Remember those movies? (No? Well, check the used DVD bin.) But then the general public seemed to collectively turn around and say, “Nah, just kidding, we hate this pussy horn shit!”
Does anyone even remember what this band actually sounded like? Or do we just remember this terrible cover in our faces at every turn?
Backstreet Boys - Millenium
Before you try to sell this album to a record store, think: Is the 50 cents they will maybe give you for it worth the embarrassment of admitting you own this?
Presidents of the United States of America - S/T
Three million copies. A song about a can of peaches sold three million copies.