4. The Kinks - Everybody's in Showbiz (1972)
The first album to complain about rock 'n' roll touring as we knew it, back when there was still financial record company support. Ray Davies turned his keen observational wit to become Eric Idle in that Monty Python travel agency sketch, bitching and moaning about road food, the same depressing hotels, and the monotony of touring. And yet no groupies. Here's one instance where the Plaster Casters could've provided some well-needed artistry.
5. Mott the Hoople - The Hoople (1974)
The cover -- Mott the Hoople as rock star dandruff in a supermodel's hair (shades of the Monkees' Head?) doesn't even begin to approach the bleakness of nearly every track. From "The Golden Age of Rock and Roll," where Ian Hunter sounds like a miffed that rock stardom isn't as fun as Jerry Lee Lewis made it look, to the nightmarish "Marionette," where he can feel himself being turned into a puppet of the record industry Gepettos, to "Crash Street Kids," where he hopes the emerging punks will assassinate him with tommy guns and put him out of his misery. It's amazing he even hung in there with Mott for another year. Maybe he liked the road cuisine.
6. The Osmonds - Love Me For a Reason (1974)
Beatles For Sale might've sent a signal to fans that the Fabs felt like they were whoring themselves for the Christmas market, but what were fans supposed to make of The Mormon's gift to music dressing like five Huggy Bears? This followed an album called The Plan where the brothers outlined the tenets to their faith, and it failed to make the Top 50. This made it to number 48! And there was rejoicing on planet Kolob once more!