🎵 How Good Are They Really 🎵 Busted/McFly

Time for another one, obviously…

Twilight Sad take up 87th place:

Leaderboard
Artist Rating
Aretha Franklin 4.64
Nina Simone 4.57
A Tribe Called Quest 4.56
Kraftwerk 4.50
Neil Young 4.48
Miles Davis 4.42
Alice Coltrane 4.42
Talking Heads 4.39
R.E.M. 4.38
John Coltrane 4.37
Beastie Boys 4.36
Scott Walker 4.36
Otis Redding 4.34
The Velvet Underground 4.33
The Temptations 4.32
David Bowie 4.31
The Beatles 4.31
Pixies 4.30
Leonard Cohen 4.30
The Cure 4.28
Boards Of Canada 4.28
Björk 4.27
Mogwai 4.24
Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds 4.22
Marvin Gaye 4.21
Fugazi 4.21
Tom Waits 4.20
Johnny Cash 4.19
Aphex Twin 4.18
PJ Harvey 4.17
Stevie Wonder 4.17
Four Tet 4.17
Nirvana 4.15
Joy Division 4.15
Radiohead 4.13
The Supremes 4.13
Pavement 4.12
The Four Tops 4.12
Minutemen 4.12
Prince 4.11
Wu-Tang Clan 4.11
Cocteau Twins 4.11
Orbital 4.11
Nick Drake 4.10
De La Soul 4.10
The Stooges 4.10
Jason Molina 4.10
Elliott Smith 4.09
Yo La Tengo 4.09
Pulp 4.08
Public Enemy 4.08
Sonic Youth 4.08
Sleater-Kinney 4.08
Kate Bush 4.07
OutKast 4.07
Slowdive 4.07
Portishead 4.03
Super Furry Animals 4.03
Black Sabbath 4.03
Simon & Garfunkel 4.02
Joanna Newsom 4.02
Mclusky 4.02
MF DOOM 4.01
Sufjan Stevens 4.01
The Knife 4.01
My Bloody Valentine 4.01
Run The Jewels 4.00
Sharon Van Etten 4.00
The Roots 4.00
New Order 3.99
Bob Dylan 3.97
Kendrick Lamar 3.97
Wilco 3.97
Frightened Rabbit 3.97
Low 3.96
Robyn 3.96
Grandaddy 3.96
Built To Spill 3.94
The Beach Boys 3.93
Jimi Hendrix 3.93
Sigur Rós 3.93
LCD Soundsystem 3.92
Arab Strap 3.91
Joni Mitchell 3.89
Massive Attack 3.89
Janelle Monáe 3.89
The Twilight Sad 3.88
Frank Ocean 3.86
Spiritualized 3.85
Bruce Springsteen 3.84
Deftones 3.84
Future Of The Left 3.84
Siouxsie & The Banshees 3.83
Underworld 3.82
The Kinks 3.82
At The Drive-In 3.82
Guided By Voices 3.82
Deerhunter 3.81
Fucked Up 3.80
Run-D.M.C. 3.78
Young Fathers 3.78
The Clash 3.77
Dolly Parton 3.77
Pet Shop Boys 3.76
Modest Mouse 3.76
Trail Of Dead 3.76
Hüsker Dü 3.74
Blondie 3.73
Bright Eyes 3.71
Rage Against The Machine 3.71
Nine Inch Nails 3.70
The Walkmen 3.70
The National 3.68
Paul Simon 3.68
M.I.A. 3.68
The Ramones 3.67
Spacemen 3 3.67
ABBA 3.66
Fiona Apple 3.66
Kanye West 3.65
Solange 3.65
Arcade Fire 3.64
Mercury Rev 3.63
Blur 3.61
The Magnetic Fields 3.61
N.W.A. 3.61
Beck 3.59
Elvis Costello 3.59
The Smiths 3.57
British Sea Power 3.56
Sunn O))) 3.55
Beyoncé 3.54
Yeah Yeah Yeahs 3.54
Eels 3.52
Carly Rae Jepsen 3.51
Roxy Music 3.51
Mastodon 3.51
Daft Punk 3.50
The Chemical Brothers 3.49
Jimmy Eat World 3.49
Explosions In The Sky 3.49
Bob Marley & The Wailers 3.48
Jeff Buckley 3.47
Teenage Fanclub 3.47
The Flaming Lips 3.46
Hot Chip 3.44
Bon Iver 3.43
Idlewild 3.42
The Fall 3.42
George Michael 3.41
Madonna 3.40
Manic Street Preachers 3.39
Fleetwood Mac 3.39
Queens Of The Stone Age 3.39
Big Thief 3.39
The Postal Service 3.38
The Notorious B.I.G. 3.37
TV On The Radio 3.37
The Go! Team 3.36
Toots & The Maytals 3.35
The White Stripes 3.34
Supergrass 3.32
Dr. Dre 3.32
Leftfield 3.32
Sepultura 3.32
Hole 3.31
Squarepusher 3.31
Iggy Pop 3.31
The Decemberists 3.31
The Smashing Pumpkins 3.30
Suede 3.30
Steely Dan 3.29
Elton John 3.28
The Pogues 3.28
Kylie Minogue 3.27
The Specials 3.26
Vampire Weekend 3.26
Doves 3.26
Richard Hawley 3.25
Death Cab For Cutie 3.24
Laura Marling 3.24
James Brown 3.23
Sugababes 3.22
Thin Lizzy 3.22
Hall & Oates 3.21
Rihanna 3.19
The Prodigy 3.18
Led Zeppelin 3.16
Ash 3.16
The Streets 3.16
Pink Floyd 3.15
Pearl Jam 3.15
Taylor Swift 3.14
Jay-Z 3.14
Arctic Monkeys 3.14
Goldfrapp 3.14
Gorillaz 3.13
Interpol 3.12
TLC 3.12
Lana Del Rey 3.11
Los Campesinos! 3.10
The Rolling Stones 3.09
Animal Collective 3.07
Iron Maiden 3.06
Placebo 3.06
The Charlatans 3.06
Destiny’s Child 3.05
HAIM 3.05
Primal Scream 3.04
The Divine Comedy 3.04
Everything Everything 3.04
The Strokes 3.03
Elvis Presley 3.02
System Of A Down 3.02
AC/DC 3.00
The Bee Gees 2.99
Weezer 2.97
Grimes 2.96
Garbage 2.96
Amy Winehouse 2.95
Girls Aloud 2.93
Frank Sinatra 2.92
2Pac 2.91
Elbow 2.91
The Stone Roses 2.90
The Doors 2.89
Franz Ferdinand 2.89
The Mars Volta 2.89
Ariana Grande 2.88
Tool 2.88
The Coral 2.88
Lizzo 2.86
Belle And Sebastian 2.85
Britney Spears 2.85
Metallica 2.81
Green Day 2.81
Madness 2.80
Slipknot 2.80
James 2.78
Foals 2.76
The Jam 2.75
Basement Jaxx 2.75
Alanis Morissette 2.75
Miley Cyrus 2.73
Oasis 2.71
Whitney Houston 2.69
The Verve 2.67
Slayer 2.65
The Sex Pistols 2.63
Faithless 2.63
Lady Gaga 2.61
Queen 2.60
Billy Joel 2.57
Foo Fighters 2.57
U2 2.55
My Chemical Romance 2.54
Justin Timberlake 2.52
The Maccabees 2.52
Biffy Clyro 2.48
Dire Straits 2.43
The Beautiful South 2.43
Meat Loaf 2.43
Bloc Party 2.41
Cher 2.40
Michael Jackson 2.39
Eminem 2.38
Mariah Carey 2.32
Jamie T 2.32
Coldplay 2.31
IDLES 2.29
Rancid 2.26
Guns N’ Roses 2.26
The Killers 2.22
The Who 2.22
Blink-182 2.21
Muse 2.20
Robbie Williams 2.20
Katy Perry 2.18
Bon Jovi 2.11
No Doubt 2.10
Christina Aguilera 2.09
The Offspring 2.08
Moby 2.06
Adele 2.05
Aerosmith 2.03
Drake 2.02
Kings Of Leon 2.01
The Libertines 1.99
Red Hot Chili Peppers 1.90
The Eagles 1.86
Limp Bizkit 1.82
The Spice Girls 1.81
Take That 1.76
Stereophonics 1.74
KISS 1.73
Kasabian 1.57
Ed Sheeran 1.29

Let’s do this!

BUSTED

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  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5

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MCFLY

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BUSTED ALBUMS

  • Busted
  • A Present For Everyone
  • Night Driver
  • Half Way There

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BUSTED SINGLES

  • What I Go To School For
  • Year 3000
  • You Said No
  • Sleeping With The Light On
  • Crashed The Wedding
  • Who’s David
  • Air Hostess
  • Thunderbirds
  • 3AM
  • On What You’re On
  • Nineties
  • Radio
  • Shipwrecked In Atlantis

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MCFLY ALBUMS

  • Room On The 3rd Floor
  • Wonderland
  • Motion In The Ocean
  • Radio:ACTIVE
  • Above The Noise
  • Young Dumb Thrills

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MCFLY SINGLES

  • 5 Colours In Her Hair
  • Obviously
  • That Girl
  • Room On The 3rd Floor
  • All About You
  • You’ve Got A Friend
  • I’ll Be OK
  • I Wanna Hold You
  • Ultraviolet
  • The Ballad Of Paul K.
  • Don’t Stop Me Now
  • Please, Please
  • Star Girl
  • Sorry’s Not Good Enough
  • Friday Night
  • Baby’s Coming Back
  • Transylvania
  • The Heart Never Lies
  • One For The Radio
  • Lies
  • Do Ya
  • Stay With Me
  • Party Girl
  • Shine A Light
  • That’s The Truth
  • Love Is Easy
  • Love Is On The Radio
  • Happiness
  • Growing Up
  • Tonight Is The Night
  • You’re Not Special

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What about?

(Not that I care about either band.)

Fightstar were alright

2 Likes

In b4 hOw DiD tHeSe gEt A hGaTr!!!

4 Likes

But seriously, they’re both poor male rip offs of:

1/5

2 Likes

The first Fightstar ep is actually quite decent.

2 Likes

Both better than Ed Sheeran. McFly give off massive Daily Mail vibes. Maybe I’ll be proven wrong on that.

1 Like

I’ve still given them a 1. It’s not an Ed Sheeran 1 but it’s a 1 nonetheless

4 Likes

Enjoyed this one when it came out, not listened in a long time though. Love the artwork

1 Like

Also, does anyone remember The Dumdums?

I think they came out about the same time but never got big like Busted.

8 Likes

A double 1/5 I’m afraid.

1 Like

I’m sure I saw them at King Tuts on my first week of uni so would have been about September 2000. Feel like these two bands must have been later than that or I didn’t see them as part of the same kind of scene - thought the Dum Dums were more kind of pop punk than just throwaway pop bands.

I saw them at a local-ish festival maybe around my last year of uni (99/00) - maybe they were more pop-punk than pop (I can’t remember) but they were definitely in that same SM:TV generation.

I can never remember which is which so will average their scores. 1 for each.

3 Likes

A disjointed low in both band’s discographies, but it at least helped get Busted back together

Busted are a 1/5. Always fucking hated them and writing out their singles list lead me to notice that a lot of their lyrics are pretty dodgy. For example:

You’ve always been this way since high school
Flirtatious and quite loud
I find your sense of humour spiteful
It shouldn’t make you proud
And I know your pretty face gets far with guys
But your make up ain’t enough to hide the lies
Are you sure that you’re mine?
Aren’t you dating other guys?
Cause you’re so cheap
And I’m not blind
You’re not worthy of my time
Somebody saw you sleep around the town
And I’ve got proof because the word’s going around
[Verse 2:]You left your phone so I invaded
I hated what I saw
You stupid lying bitch, who’s David?
Some guy who lives next door?
So go live in the house of David if you like
But be sure he don’t know Peter, John or Mike!

Gross.

McFly can have a generous 2 for a couple of undeniable bangers and seeming like nice eggs.

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I do remember them chiefly because they somehow got that gig playing Wembley in support of Bon Jovi and then shortly after made an announcement they were splitting up because their ambition as a band had been to get big enough to play Wembley and they did that so that was that.

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Night Driver is a very credible synth-pop album.

A pity that people lumped Busted especially in with boybands and thought they didn’t write their own tunes, just because they were kids willing to do the Smash Hits/CBBC circuit.

Definitely more of a Busted person, and they were a big gateway band for me. Also, it can’t be understated how much they stood out on the radio with pure power-pop, in comparison to all the boy/girlband and RnB-influenced stuff. A song like Air Hostess is perfectly pitched to introduce a green kid to the potential thrills of rock music, in a way that, I dunno, Ballroom Blitz might’ve done in the 70s.

McFly OK but got increasingly more twee and musical-theatre.

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