Concept albums that never quite took off...No Neo Nazi!!!

Don the Radio Guy

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Blue Oyster Cult – Imaginos: This entire album is a trainwreck – it was written and conceived by BOC's drummer in the 70s, but was only recorded in the late 80s, ten years after they stopped being relevant and five years after the drummer got kicked out of the band. Ouch. Anyway, it is the past and Imaginos is some kind of explorer. Too bad for him he falls under the thrall of the Aztec gods, who teach him how to change shape and send him to Europe, where he meets and kills Dr. Frankenstein. He moves into Frankenstein's castle, but then he goes back to Mexico and finds a magical mirror, which he steals from the Aztec gods and gives to his grand daughter for her birthday. In vengeance, the gods use the mirror's evil powers to bring about World War One. What?
 

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Trent Reznor's Tapeworm project
Tapeworm is a defunct side project of Nine Inch Nails which existed in various forms from 1995 to roughly 2004. Tapeworm never released any recordings, but was frequently referenced in interviews. The band started as a side-project between Nine Inch Nails frontman Trent Reznor and live-band members Danny Lohner and Charlie Clouser. Through the years the group expanded and evolved numerous times to include artists such as Maynard James Keenan, Atticus Ross, and Alan Moulder, effectively turning the project into a supergroup. After many years of rumors and expected release dates, Reznor announced the end of the project in 2004.
I heard Phil Anselmo and a bunch more were going to do songs for it to, but whatever.
 

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I don't think you quite know what the idea of a concept album is.

Here's another fucking awful concept album.

Yeah

Tapeworm was supposed to be more of a super group than a concept album.

Although Trent does seem to like the idea of concept albums.

The Downward Spiral is a "loose" concept album. There is a pretty interesting interpretation of it here - http://www.4degreez.com/nailz/ninterpretations/downspiral.html

Year Zero is also a pretty good one.
 

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oh okay

albums that suck
I think the possibility of a concept album failing is much greater than it succeding, but there are good concept albums.

The Downward Spiral
Tommy
Sgt Peppers
Pet Sounds


Then there are duds that pretty much ruin bands that I used to love...

Like...

 
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I think the possibility of a concept album failing is much greater than it succeding, but there are good concept albums.

The Downward Spiral
Tommy
Sgt Peppers
Pet Sounds


Then there are duds that pretty much ruin bands that I used to love...

Like...

but the thread title says "never quite took off"

a bit confusing
 

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I don't think you quite know what the idea of a concept album is.

Here's another fucking awful concept album.

But it sold a shit load of copies. Read the thread title, its concept albums that never took off, not concept albums that you just dont like.

I never considered TDS a concept album, more a bad break up album. I guess that could be considered a concept but to each their own.
 

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But it sold a shit load of copies.
So did this.



It's not that I don't like them. I figured it meant concepts that don't get off the ground. Most Pink Floyd fans would put Final Cut in that category, and it's one of my favorite albums.
 

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But it sold a shit load of copies. Read the thread title, its concept albums that never took off, not concept albums that you just dont like.

I never considered TDS a concept album, more a bad break up album. I guess that could be considered a concept but to each their own.
You mean the title didn't give it away for you? It is more than a breakup album - It is a "a guy breaks up and goes into a full blown drug induced suicidal spiral where he loses all faith in god, love, and life" The songs are all told from the perspective of the main character and it isn't autobiographical so to me it qualifies as a concept album.

I always thought of "The Fragile" as the break-up / death of a loved one album moreso than TDS.

Personally though, I like the concept of Broken.... "I hate my record company so I am going to make an album so different than my first one that it will destroy my career, alienate my fans, and piss off the label to no end... I'm even going to make a snuff film set to the album" Not that it worked, it made him a much better artist and it is great.
 

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Blue Oyster Cult – Imaginos: This entire album is a trainwreck – it was written and conceived by BOC's drummer in the 70s, but was only recorded in the late 80s, ten years after they stopped being relevant and five years after the drummer got kicked out of the band. Ouch. Anyway, it is the past and Imaginos is some kind of explorer. Too bad for him he falls under the thrall of the Aztec gods, who teach him how to change shape and send him to Europe, where he meets and kills Dr. Frankenstein. He moves into Frankenstein's castle, but then he goes back to Mexico and finds a magical mirror, which he steals from the Aztec gods and gives to his grand daughter for her birthday. In vengeance, the gods use the mirror's evil powers to bring about World War One. What?

That's the most convoluted and stupid storyline for a concept rock album I've ever heard. In my drunkest moments I couldn't come up with something like THAT. Holy fuck-a-roni
 

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So did this.



It's not that I don't like them. I figured it meant concepts that don't get off the ground. Most Pink Floyd fans would put Final Cut in that category, and it's one of my favorite albums.
Final Cut and every one of Roger Waters' solo albums.

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