Why release an album anonymously? It could be that the musical content is so fucking terrible that you don’t want anyone to know it’s you. Or it could be an attempt to break free of the public’s perception of what you should sound like. Many records have been released anonymously, or have at least attempted anonymity by changing the artists name. Let’s check them out, shall we?
Ready For The House
For many years, the artist known only as Jandek released albums of atonal acoustic guitar accompanied by harrowing, bizarre stream-of conscious vocals. Only when he started performing live in 2004 was his identity revealed.
Released in 2012, Rendervoux was an instantly accessible set of pop and rock songs created by “a longtime Hollywood-based musician and entertainer who has chosen to release his album anonymously, in an attempt to see how the music holds up on its own.”
Derek and the Dominos
Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs
Why did Eric Clapton want to release this album anonymously? It totally rips!
Sharpen Your Teeth
A side-project finally revealed to be credited to Modest Mouse frontman Isaac Brock, Ugly Casanova The Story goes that in 1998 a man named Edgar E. Graham, a.k.a. “Ugly Casanova”, impressed himself upon the band Modest Mouse while backstage at a concert in Denver, Colorado. Frontman Isaac Brock recorded Graham’s songs anonymously and released them under the name Ugly Casanova.
While it’s not really an anonymously released album, Tomahawk released their 2007 album with the title. The group led by Humboldt native Mike Patton explored and created strange interpretations of traditional Native American music.
Sweet Southern Sugar
Well, this record wasn’t actually released anonymously, but it should have been. Rock is a Trump-loving, homophobic ass-weasel and his rap and rock career has been the audio equivalent of a steaming pile of antelope shit.
Inside the Shadow
Anonymous was a psychedelic rock group from Indiana featuring members Ron Matelic (vocals, guitar), Glenn Weaver (guitar, bass), John Medvescek (drums), and Marsha Rollings (vocals). There ya go, they’re no longer “Anonymous.”
What the hell was Garth Brooks thinking on this one? Releasing a rock album under an alter-ego and appearing on the cover in makeup with black hair. It may not have been anonymous, but it sure was weird as hell.
Diaji Al Joor
A Saudi black metal band whose members are anonymous in order to prevent persecution by Saudi authorities.
Again, not anonymously released, but it should have been. The music is exactly what you’d expect from an aging, misogynistic, arrogant sociopath. Fuck that guy and his music.