Why Creed Sucks

One rock fan's immodest refusal.

By Joey Sweeney
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You know what I'm talking about. We live in an age when you can count the number of major labels controlling what's on the radio on one hand. And one company or another owns something like 60 percent of all the radio stations in the country, as well as the larger venues in each city, which is why they squeeze the bands to play those venues lest they be taken off the radio altogether.

It's a mad, mad world, and it's incumbent upon the largest rock bands of the day to rail against this, to stare their own replaceability in the face and say to corporate America, "Bring it on, you fucking drones!" Creed may be on what is technically an independent label, but to act like they're not part of a machine that treats artists as disposable and fans as dupes would be insane.

On the other hand, you have to hand it to Creed and their neo-sincere, corporate, silent-right ilk: They've made disposable music, profited immensely and sooner or later they'll be gone. It's just the rest of us that have to put up with their shit music until the next thing comes around. Thanks, guys. And happy New Year.

Contributing Editor Joey Sweeney (jsweeney@philadelphia weekly.com) also writes That Dirty Lowdown.

Picks Of the Litter

Predictions for the best albums of 2003.

By Richard Flom

We're nearing the end of 2002, which means there will be a slew of "Top 10 Picks for the Whole Damn Year" in every magazine. I won't comment on the list culture--there have been more articles about lists than there have been lists, and I don't believe in sucking the exhaust pipe of a broken media bandwagon. No, sir.

But I do find these lists instructive and helpful as a consumer. So what I'd like to give you here is a couple picks for next year's pop/rock bonanza. I have full confidence that 2003 will be the Year That Pop Broke and maybe the Year That Rock Broke and certainly the Year That Pop Rock Broke. But will it be the Year That Dance Pop Broke?


So with these predictions in mind, I give you my speculative (but doubtlessly accurate) rundown of the best and most Pazzjoppy in the near future.

1. Love and Theft (Japanese Bonus Tracks) by Bob Dylan
While initially released Sept. 11, 2001, this Japanese import version of the classic album might as well constitute a full-on new release. It contains two extra songs: an impressive cover of "In the Jailhouse Now" and a dazzling new composition called "Dusty, Dusty Boots," recorded during the original Love and Theft sessions.

Also included is an extra limited-edition disc featuring a live version of "Forever Young" from a 1999 tour, every Saturday Night Live appearance Dylan ever made and the Rolling Stones' version of "Like a Rolling Stone" from their Stripped album.

In spite of mostly older material, critics felt no other document in 2003 could match this impressive work.

2. Alive, She Cried by Ryan Adams
Though Adams released 37 records this year (including the sensational Piper on the Moons of Sorrow and the wistful Tons of Beer), it wasn't until he dropped the guitar, threw off the denim jacket and picked up a jazz improv group that he created something truly worthy of the ages. Dubbed "The Theater of Sexual Politics!!!" on the sleeve, these hepcats provide sensitive and arousing accompaniment to Adams' spoken-word pieces and experimental screeching. The incendiary single "Evolution?!?" was the first record in the top 10 to feature the word "vulva" so prominently.

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1. WOW said... on Aug 11, 2009 at 09:18PM

“this writer is a stuck up homo lol... i dont like creed but seriously ahhh. dude do something with your life... then talk”

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2. Anonymous said... on Aug 27, 2009 at 10:04PM

“Really, this person is using "homo" as a pejorative, and we're supposed to take him/her seriously. How's about this writer is doing something with his life by writing about music? How's about you do something with your life and learn how to insult others without resorting to sexual orientation? Or maybe not... I thought this was a great article, although it's pretty old. But Creed apparently is back again for some apocalyptic reason, and America has every reason to be very scared... or at least another excellent reason to not listen to the radio for a while.”

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3. This is funny said... on Sep 3, 2009 at 12:46PM

“These people commented/argued on an article oringinally published in December of 2002. And now, so have I.”

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4. Seneca said... on Sep 19, 2009 at 05:31AM

“Well, here we are in 2009. It has been several years since this article was written, and it's still a strong argument about the way the music industry tried (successfully) to spoon feed us a manufactured band.

Oh yeah, and Creed still sucks.”

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5. mike said... on Oct 26, 2009 at 01:37PM

“Despite rumors to the contrary, Creed still sucks.

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6. Anonymous said... on Dec 9, 2009 at 04:17AM

“creed, pearl jam, and nirvana, who cares who came out first, they all look and sound alike, they suck just like every grunge band out of seattle and anywhere else, oh shit, !!! i forgot about canada, NICKLEBACK, now do you totally awesome grunge loving narrow minded morons who don't know good music know where i'm comming from?”

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7. drummermike said... on Mar 7, 2010 at 01:08AM

“musically adequate,withan ego maniac douchbag frontman.just because things that are bad sell a lot doesn't make them good.e.g.heroin,crack,mcdonalds.this band rode on christianity and religion's coattails,clawed into our psyche,then became a parasite on americana”

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8. Anonymous said... on Jun 22, 2010 at 03:36PM

“Creed is a band Tallahassee, Florida that became one of the 90’s biggest-selling rock bands. Creed disbanded in 2004 after three multi-platinum albums, selling an estimated 35 million records worldwide. The four original members, Scott, Mark, Tom, and Ryan reunited in 2009 and created a new album called Full Circle. In April 2010 they began The 20-10 Tour to perform their new album. InSeats.com has great deals on Creed tickets for all of the stops on their current tour.
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9. scott stapp is a flaming douchebag said... on Aug 3, 2010 at 07:13PM

“i concurr with this entire article because it is true. the band sucks! they lack a huge bit of talent. tremonti is overrated, stapp sucks and i feel bad for the 3rd guy cuz he's stuck in this mess of bulls#!t he can't get out of. it's easy money for him but hey, if i got offered to play guitar in creed i'd tell them to take their entire band and shove themselves up eachother's as$es.”

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10. kevinthebadass said... on Mar 18, 2011 at 09:27PM

“creed rules all of you fucking haters my favorite band is nickelback and they got to may haters to and alot of fans go listen to your fucking justin bieber nickelback and creed both rule in fact nickelback thanks to creed in the state album and silver side up album so fuck off haters creed rule go listen to your baby justin bieber because you guys dont like rock back in 2002 nickelback wasnt like this only creed back in 1997 creed wasnt like this nickelback they were not famous in that time until 2000 with the state with leader of men but just all of you fuck off fuck justin bieber asshole stop maikng fun off creed and nickelback and go fuck justin bieber trust me assholes”

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11. Anonymous said... on Apr 3, 2011 at 01:54AM

“I think its funny that this writer talks about how they rip off pearl jam, but every band nowadays is a rip off of another band, if your gonna insult someone at least do it intelligently.

Rock on Creed
\m/ (><) \m/”

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12. Anonymous said... on Apr 3, 2011 at 01:58AM

“And by the way Nirvana was one of the greatest bands from its time not only did it pave the way for grunge rock but it influenced rock and roll forever.”

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13. Anonymous said... on Apr 20, 2012 at 12:15AM

“Look, Creed dosent suck, They are great live and perform. Everyone copies or plagurises someones eles work if you look close enough, Shall we crucify every band then afetr chuck berry and the Beatles for even trying?? Britney for ripping off Madonna , lady gaga for trying to be madonna?? The only thing Creed should be ashamed about is trying to change their sound and test the boundaries, ala U2 several times, What would Nirvana have done after the same record over and over?? Bands burn out and fade away. Its life folks, get a grip”

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14. Anonymous said... on Jul 24, 2012 at 11:57AM

“creed sucks. mark tremonti is winning best guitarist just because christians are voting for him and he sucks compared to synyster g... he doesnt deserve that award”

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15. jiggle daddy juggler said... on Nov 18, 2012 at 11:52PM

“I was just thinking earlier today how I have not taken the time out of my day to hate on Creed in quite some time. Then I stumbled upon this old article and decided that my hate for Creed is more about telling jokes than musical practices.

So I guess what Im trying to say is that Creed sucks a big ole hairy shlonger”

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16. Anonymous said... on May 30, 2013 at 08:38PM

“Creed sucks for its lack of originality and not I mean not just that it was a blatant copy that would take advantage of the success of Pearl Jam, but because his songs are tedious. You can hear the first beat and you know that is going to repeat all the time, changing only slightly in the chorus, which is common all its shitty fucking songs. That is why creed stinks”

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17. Anonymous said... on Mar 26, 2015 at 06:05AM

“Creed sucks big hairy monkey dicks for not coming up with their own material instead copy a great band from the early 90s. Besides with creed, it's not about the music, it's all about money with these cocksuckers.”


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