Lou Reed – Metal Machine Music (1975)
A double album of layered guitar feedback and noise which came out at the height of The Velvet Underground leader’s commercial success.
Stevie Wonder – Stevie Wonder’s Journey Through the Secret Life of Plants (1979)
Arguably the greatest two-disc concept album about photosynthesis.
Neil Young – Trans (1983)
Young thoroughly pissed off his new label by releasing a vocoder-heavy, synth-rock album.
Bob Dylan – Saved (1980)
One of Dylan’s infamous Christian releases, Saved featured mellow, keyboard-laden church-like hymns of praise.
The Flaming Lips – Zaireeka (1997)
Oklahoma’s beloved weirdos release a four-disc album where each CD was meant to play simultaneously.
The Fireman – Strawberries Oceans Ships Forest (1994)
No, I’m serious. Paul McCartney anonymously released an ambient techno album.
Devo – E-Z Listening Disc (1987)
The synth-pop pioneers release an album of their hits, redone as muzak.
KISS – Music From the Elder (1981)
A musically misguided, pompous attempt at a concept album based on a story by lead jackass Gene Simmons.
Garth Brooks – In the Life of Chris Gaines (1999)
“Chris Gaines” was a character created by Brooks in order to reinvent himself as a rocker. Basically, Brooks recorded an album of terrible music and wore a shitty wig on the cover.
John Lennon and Yoko Ono – Unfinished Music No. 1: Two Virgins (1968)
Known most famously for the nude cover photo, Two Virgins is the product of a single night of musical experimentation.