ALBUMS

UGLY ‘N’ WEIRD is a guide to awfully entertaining music. To be included on the site, each artist must have created at least one full-length work that maintains its strangeness over most of its duration.

Many pop artists and rock bands have at least one song that’s a little bit freaky. In the age of the single, these tracks were often reserved for B-sides. Or, when CDs were the dominant format, such songs often got tucked away as hidden tracks. These cockeyed experiments would shock you into wakefulness should you be foolish enough to play the album while you were falling to sleep.

But to be truly Ugly ‘n’ Weird, an artist needs to have created a full-length album of significant oddness and horridness. Not every track needs to be ugly and or weird, but the majority of music contained therein needs to try its best to annoy and discomfort the listener.

Any artist can create something bizarre and experimental. But to do so over the course of an album or, better yet, an entire oeuvre, is an act of such gloriously wrongheaded bravery and potential career suicide, that said artist deserves some recognition. That’s what Ugly ‘n’ Weird is here for.

One album per artist has been selected for review, and together these works compose the Ugly ‘n’ Weird canon.

Here are the albums that have been featured so far, in chronological order. There are plenty more where these came from.

1960s

Cromagnon – Orgasm/Cave Rock (1969)

1970s

1980s

The Flying Lizards – The Flying Lizards (1980)

The Birthday Party – Prayers on Fire (1981)

Butthole Surfers – Locust Abortion Technician (1987)

Alice Donut – Bucketfulls of Sickness and Horror in an Otherwise Meaningless Life (1989)

1990s

Mr. Bungle – Disco Volante (1995)

2000s (and beyond)

Björk – Medúlla (2004)

Liars – They Were Wrong, So We Drowned (2004)

Sleepytime Gorilla Museum – Of Natural History (2004)


* Where there is more than one album for a specific year, they are listed alphabetically by artist name.