Music Sites and Bad Design

They seem to go hand and hand. We've all got our favorite music websites that we frequent, some are put together really nice, some are not. Surprisingly there are more that aren't than are. I think that made sense. So let's take a look at our first installment of Good vs. Bad design, starting with the bad ones of course.

Rage Against The Machine's website ratm.com looks like they built it in 1995 and haven't updated it since. I never get why a band will put so much time and money in the studio, tour and album packaging then turn around and pay the drummer's nephew $100 to build 'em a website for that world wide web that every ones talking about. Or at least that's what it looks like. They've managed to cram Flash and Frames together creating a lovely digital mush. Rage's music is so powerful and moving it's amazing they couldn't find the inspiration to translate that to the web.

Red Hot Chili Peppers' website for their latest album Stadium Arcadium is such a let down. After receiving an award for an earlier version of their website it's plain to see they've hired new designers. Designers who must have known they're from California, but somehow never actually listened to their music or have seen an actual piece of Chili Pepper footage or merchandise before. Not only that, it doesn't fit with the "outer space" theme that everything else had for the last year or so. Visit the site yourself and your eyes will be raped with enough jpeg artifacts to kill a small animal. I'm a huge fan of these guys and the site does them no justice whatsoever and browsing it is a nightmare. This site is Flash gone wrong.

Nirvana's website hereisnirvana.com is just so... blah. It somehow conveys nothing. Not grunge, not rock, not modern, just a website. You'd never guess these guys turned the music world on it's ass browsing this Official Universal Records template of a website. Just because the band is no more doesn't mean they deserve a There's even a real genuine pop-up advertising the release of some digitally remastered DVD with footage probably from a Handycam, which doesn't seem to make sense itself. Visit this site if you'd like to buy some Nirvana merch, that's about it.

Tune in next time where I'll point out some kick ass band websites and get your mind off these crappy efforts.

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