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That Awkward Moment When You Buy the Wrong CD

On Friday night, I was killing some time and ran in to a music store at my local mall. I decided to pick up another Attack Attack! CD. I already own the deluxe reissue of the band's self-titled record and thought another album would be good to throw on my running iPod. Well, I grabbed an Attack Attack! disc and checked out. Imagine my surprise when I popped the disc into my CD player and was met with some pop rock and not screamo. Yes, I picked up the UK Attack Attack! - not my beloved boys from Ohio. Alas, I was mad!

The only other instances of bands having the same name I can think of off the top of my head is Wrathchild and Skid Row. I feel stupid and can't believe I bought the wrong band's album, but I was just grabbing whatever and all the Attack Attack! albums were in the same bin. So really, I blame F.Y.E.

Oh, and if you don't know Attack Attack! (the Ohio version!) here's "Smokahontas."

Reader Comments (14)

There is also a German band called Warrant that predates Jani & the gang.

BTW, I love the old Skid Row stuff. Great blues rock.
October 19, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJT
This kind of thing goes on all the time, Aside from Wrathchild & Skid Row, There's a couple others that spring to mind. JT mentioned Warrant, there was also the Canadian Pretty Boy Floyd vs. the L.A. band. And the most blatant I can think of, Pomp/Glam rock geniuses ANGEL, vs. the myriad of latin pop solo artists that also go by the name.You'd think that after 7 albums they'd be only ones that could legitimately use the name.
October 19, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAce Steele
I screwed up once and picked up a Cd WHAT I THOUGHT was one of my favorite bands DIRTY LOOKS. I was horrified when I played it, the sound coming from my speakers was NOT Dirty Looks it was some crappy noise from The Dirty Looks!
October 19, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKEVON
Back in 1989 0r 1990 I went into my store at the mall (The Wall) now FYE and bought the cassette tape Flesh & Blood thinking this was Jeff Pilson's new band after Dokken was done. When I popped it in my Sony Walkman the music was CRAP! I though Jeff, what did you do?!?! Well, wrong band! They sucked. Jeff's band became War & Peace and they rocked!!!!
October 19, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMrMusic
My worst experiences like this were due to the Columbia Record Club when I forgot to send back the card declining the pick of the month.

A couple of times I was pleasantly surprised, but then one day I got stuck with a tape by Lillian Axe, which I absolutely hated - just not my thing. About 2 days and 2-3 listens later (I gave it an honest try) I symbolically tossed it out of my car on the highway.

There was a happy ending, though: I never again forgot to send back my reply card.
October 19, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterbryon
Was trying to find some metal i could play on franciscan's radio station (we can only play christian music,boo!) thought it was the 80's stryper type band mastodon. nope its the thrashy (kinda) current band mastodon which i actually have been recommended. Of course i would buy their worst album. HAHA!
October 19, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterShadow
There was a band in the late 60s called Iron Maiden, as well as another band from back then called Scorpions. this really does happen all the time. Okay, now for the ultimate story...Back in 1977, I received ted nugent's Cat Scratch Fever 8-track as a Christmas present. I shoved the 8-track into the player, ready to crank up the Nuge, when, to my surprise, I heard some very mellow guitar and a female lead singer. I kept listening, thinking that the tunes would get harder, but they never did. It turns out that, although the 8-track was clearly labeled as Cat Scratch Fever, complete with the artwork and everything, the tape inside the cartridge was of an album by the Captain and Tennille. We of course returned it to the store to get the right 8-track, but now, all these years later, i wish I had kept it because it was so bizarre.
October 19, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterBob
I worked in a record store back in the day and this is my favorite oops-up. There is a band called Dog Eat Dog that came out with an album called "Warrant" within weeks of Warrant releasing the album "Dog Eat Dog". Guess they thought they were gonna cash in on the money-house that was Warrant!!! I am thinking they should have called their band "Cherry Pie"...may have had some better sales!!!!
October 19, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterChuckT
In the world of The Holy Grails of Hair Metal, where it seems many of you fear to tread, there are a number of bands named Kid Wicked or similarly spelled variants of the same name...all from the late 80's/early 90's except one that's more recent and currently active.

There are three bands with the name Kid Wicked, another one spelled Kid Wikkid, Sebastian Bach's band before Skid Row and lastly, the Holiest of The Holy Grails, Kidd Wikkid.

It's the recent one that's terrible. AVOID at all costs.

The Holy Grails you may only be able to dream about because the CDs' prices are stratospheric. But they are all well beyond worth every penny and you can check 'em out on YouTube format least a good preview listen...

Kid Wicked, "Non-Stop Primitive" is phenomenal (check out cuts from that album on YouTube.

Then there's Sebastian Bach's totally Glam Metal band, Kid Wikkid, that he was lead singer for before he joined Skid Row. Listen and see the picture of him with the Hugest of Hair. I actually like these guys better than Skid Row.

And last but far from least, the piece de resistance, Kidd Wikkid. One of the Top Five Holy Grails of Hair Metal. Totally Youtube 'em out! They sound like Boston meets Queensryche! Beyond real and so is the price. They only printed 500 of them and if it even does show up on Ebay, it will go for about $1,200 and worth every penny!
October 20, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMetalboy!
Oh, and a touch of Dokken, as well can be heard in Kidd Wikkid's sound. Remember, I said Kidd Wikkid not Kid Wikkid (Bach) tho that would be awesome if you bought that by mistake as that's nearly as rare and amazing!
October 20, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMetalboy!
Funny that you brought this up. I was looking through Decibel and saw an ad for a new CD from The Union. Now I know that this has nothing to do with Corabi or Kulick there are lots of Union fans that might not realize it. It reminded me of how several acts have added "the" to an previously used name. There was Killers, Paul DiAnno's band; the The Killers a recently popular act. Streets was the project of the former Kansas singer and The Streets a pop act. What bugs me is even though the acts may not sound similar, the CD's may be in same bin and the customer has no clue unless they are really knowledgable.
U guess I am going to call my new band The Kiss and go from there.
October 20, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterScott Whitt
I accidentally bought a cd by a band called 'Warrant' called 'Rockaholic' expecting some well written pop-metal songs with the Amazing Jani Lane on vocals. Instead I got some cheese-ball record with barely any hooks and some extremely limited musical chops. *sarcasm*
October 20, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKenny Ozz
ROFL! Kenny Ozz, I'd like to buy you a beer for that!
October 21, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAce Steele
I'll take it Ace!
October 21, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKenny Ozz

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