As a student, I tend to have a lot of time on my hands to search for new music. Yes – you wish you were me. But it seems, as of late, that a fair amount of my waking hours have been spent accidentally stumbling across strange albums while looking for “proper” tracks on Spotify.
Such a regular occurrence it has become, I am able to compile – arguably – the top 5 oddest albums you can find on the otherwise useful music streaming service.
5. Mr. Richard – Polka Dot Puzzle
After searching for Richard Cheese (willingly so), I clicked on this cheery chappie by mistake. You might say that Richard Cheese is actually weirder than this guy, but I thought I’d add him because he sounds like he could do with some free publicity.
I’m not going to get away with this, but he does sound like a combination of The Decemberists and They Might Be Giants.
Following in a similar vein to Hayseed Dixie, this album is one of those where you think “Was this really necessary? I mean…REALLY?”. Perhaps because I’m a resident of the U.K. and altogether unfamiliar with the phenomenon that is bluegrass cover versions, I may just not…get it. Coming from the same people that brought you Vitamin String Quartet, you’re better off listening to them instead – their cover versions are rather beautiful.
3. Worship Jamz
In no way do I wish to offend anyone that has a belief in Christianity, but do you really think God would be happy to listen to a Nu-Punk version of ‘Amazing Grace’ every week at church? No, I thought not…
Give me the droning sound a hundred old ladies in a building marginally younger than their combined age, singing ‘Be Thou My Vision’, any day of the week (but preferably Sunday).
2. Never Mind the Pan Pipes – Indie Pan Pipe Hits
Some awesomely awful stuff here. Ever wondered what Coldplay’s Chris Martin would sound like if he suddenly metamorphosed into a pan pipe? To be honest, the sounds aren’t that dissimilar as I couldn’t differentiate at first. In fact, I’d rather Chris Martin WAS a pan pipe – he’d be slightly more tolerable then.
1. Yoga Pop Ups – Yoga to Metallica
Probably the only album on the list that could double up as a lullaby album for your children (or alternatively, buy the Iron Maiden lullaby collection), this has to be the weirdest album I have come across…ever. And I listened to Lulu…in full!
So there you have it, five of the oddest albums on Spotify. Props to me for not even mentioning Anal C**t once.
If you think you can find an even stranger album, then comment below.