Name your lame duck artist........

What artist do you put above all others in terms of lack of talent but somehow has achieved success?

For me Madonna has to be the queen of mediocrity (mediocre being a compliment in this case) - can't sing or act and what's with the fake english accent after living there a whole two years.
And don't get me going with all these new female jazz "singers" with that vomit inducing vibratoless whisper that seems to have become mandatory in that genre today......Jones clones.
Michael Bolton has to be at the top of that list....
Kenny G can join Bolton up there!!!!
Rod Stewart joins Bolton for me on that list.
Add Michael Buble to the list,half decent voice but I fail to see what all the hype is.
Absolutely michael bolton followed by GOO GOO DOLLS and Air supply.
Snora .......
+1 for Madonna.
Remove the shock value and musically, shes the female version of Don Johnson.
William Shatner ???
Bono. Talent vitiated by self-righteousness.
Milli Vanilli?
Leonard Nimoy, and another anti madonna vote for me as well as bolton, kenny G, and of course yoko ono
Metallica has to be the most over rated and non deserving band. They were just really lucky and are the most over paid garage band in all of music. Slayer, Megadeth, Priest, Maiden can actually write and create worthy material.
Kenny G. is a popular guy to knock just like like Barry Manilow but his album "Classics in the Key of G" is an excellent album, audiophile quality and very well done. I don't have a comment on any of his other stuff but this one is really worth a listen.

Thanx, Russ
The Doors. Really.
Stevie Nicks - Most $ ever extracted from half an octave of range.

Joe Jackson - Listen to something new - Joe'll rip it off in next album

Bono's got talent up the wazoo next to "the edge". Same guitar riff (shuffle actually) on every track - AND, he made #26 on best guitarists - Bwhahahahahahah
Madonna +1
Poison and Motely Crew (same band)

I really like Mettalica though, I think a bunch of their albums absolutely rock, with great musicianship and excellent writing.
I will have to defend Metallica also as I really think their earlier albums (Ride the Lightning, Master of Puppets, the Black album) defined heavy metal and were very well done.
a few more not mentioned cher, peter allen, barry manilow and the best for last Harry Connick Jr oh God save us..

All of the other bands you mention have given Metallica gigantic heaps of recognition for their influence. And it is one behemoth of an influence.

If you're actually going to badmouth Metallica's first four records while exalting the joys of Megadeth and Slayer, I have no words for that level of silliness!
Bary Manilow makes me puke when I'm having a hangover. Same with Kenny G and Yanni.
I always reply to this question with the same answer:

Barbra Streisand - talentless, nasal, flat, and couldn't carry a tune in a bucket. Not a good actor either.


Neil Diamond - wrote some good tunes, but can't sing to save his life - his voice always reminds me a broken tailpipe dragging on the pavement. Sorry.

billy joel. for more, see: chuck klosterman
anybody notice how much Yanni looks like Vlad the Impaler?
Don't forget Sheryl Crow !
Sorry, I forgot Leonard Cohen = pretentiousness at it's dynamic best.
Kris Kristoffersen
Another vote for Sheryl Crow. Also, your'e gonna hate this, but, the Black Eyed Peas and U2. It seems, the more popular artists become, the more I am dumbfounded by their lack of talent. Hey, Kristopherson CAN write.
I am astounded at the quack quack suggestions of some of the the treads.
I have one; any American band that professes to be 'punk'.
Patricia Barber, just execrable. It really doesn't get much worst than this. She makes Michael Bolton seem like Placido Domingo.
And I thought Simon was bad!!
Patricia Barber - I think she goes in the studio and says "pull my finger", sticks it in a jewel case and people actually pay for it - amazing!

Why is it that people like Michael Bolton, Dr. John, Willie Nelson, Michael McDonald & Joe Cocker live so long and folks like Roy Orbison & Elvis Presly, aned Pavorotti, did not?

Possessing a wonderful voice is apparently terminal.

Certainly for the last 10 years, I'd have to go with Kayne West.

But he's laughing all the way to the bank.
Yeah, I was listening to my local jazz show the other night, and thought, "Jeez, what is this?" It was Patricia Barber, and just horrendously awful (not that she has "made it," but still really bad.)
Can all the million's of music loving people who have purchased albums/cd's of all the lame duck's being touted on here, all be tone deaf?
Yes they can.
Nickelback, in addition to all of those mentioned above. Also Springsteen as of the past several + years.
All jazz artists that aimlessly meander through zillions of musical notes that does not have a melody line that can be followed by the listener.

Absolutely agree. Bought one of her albums and thought it was ok, bought more and not only will she make you doze off but they all sound exactly the same, no flavor whatsoever. Funny thing is now you have all these other chicks trying to emulate her. The name too.......sounds like a little old lady with a sewing machine.
NickelBack, Beyonce, Mariah Carey, Kanye West, Madonna, anybody from American Idol, and many more.
kiss,madonna,kanye west
Phil Collins as a solo artist, must take the biscuit and is ahead of Duchess Madge as the numero uno fairground duck.
Ouch! Panning Billy Joel.....and Patricia Barber? Have another listen and get out of your rut. Sorry, but both are brilliant! Innovative artists always seem to have the hardest challenges. Of course.
Well, I guess Viridian and Thomastrouble have no taste at all. Never to be trusted on music, I now know.
Earl Shive, Nero and Michelangelo get my vote.
What........Madonna HAS talent, or was that Patricia Barber?

Love to hear your lame duck nomination...would that be Elvis, Jimmy Hendrix or Stevie Ray Vaughn?
Kanye West - talented as a producer but massively overrated overall......never was a fan though.
It's true, I have no taste at all; I never claimed to. Sorry that I hurt your feelings Rnm4, but it's all just personal taste. Then again, little boys who indulge in ad hominem arguments don't get out much. If you don't like the message, always best to attack the messinger, LOL.
Isn't it time we talk about Cole and Krall as well? Now that we have the cockroaces scurrying from the light, we might as well start bleeding these other two sacred cows whose time has passed, to mix metaphors.

While avoiding the pretentious posturing and feigned gravitas of Barber (nothing like using the words "Cafe" and "Cool" in your album titles, if that isn't a tip off nothing is) these two chantueses still manage to really chew their way through innocent, classic, songs that really deserve better in terms of both phrasing and tempo. No, probably not horrible, though Cole can actually grate at times, but lacking expression and depth to their singing. I know, no need to tell me again. Guilty, I have no taste.
I gotta join in bagging Diana Krall, Patricia Barber, and Norah Jones. After reading audiophiles go on and on about them, I had to download a few cd's to see what I was missing out on. That's just music-lite. Not saying they don't have talent or good voices, it's just their music is soooo bland.

Phil Collins is another talentless gasbag. Even his drumming is sappy(though skilled). He's as cheesey as Bolton and Yanni.

Green Day deserves special attention for claiming to be punk, or even punk-inspired. They're just David Cassidy with spiked hair and tattoos.

Mariah Carey and Whitney Houston have a special place in Lame Duck Land. How they've gotten away with the vocal masturbation for so long, I don't know.

And while I'm at it, can we ban the word "Diva" for the rest of this century. The only ones who have any right to assume that title these days are Drag Queens. At least they have originality.

I'm gonna through The Eagles under the bus, too. Loved them in the 70's, but listening to them now just highlights how incredible schmaltzy they were. Really, "Tequila Sunrise" and "Disco Strangler"?

Sheryl Crow is this generation's Barry Mannilow - her talent is in writing 30 second tv commercial jangles.

Hey, I'm loving this thread, it's kinda cathartic.