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Playing With: Old Shame
Basic Trope: An artist disavows some of their earlier work.
  • Straight: Bob and the Tropers are a generation-spanning band. They hate their first album with a passion.
  • Exaggerated:
    • Bob and the Tropers hate anything they haven't put out in the past year.
    • Bob and the Tropers go to great lengths to make sure that all copies of their first album are destroyed and no more are made.
  • Downplayed: Bob and The Tropers don't like their old stuff, but they can tolerate it.
  • Justified:
  • Inverted:
    • Bob and The Tropers love their back catalog and hate their current work with a passion.
    • Alternatively, their final album became final exclusively because of how bad a job they did, and even they realized it, causing them to disband.
  • Subverted:
    • Bob and the Tropers' first song is also their least favorite, but they are the first to condemn a widely hated cover by Chris and the Rifles. After Chris and the Rifles' rendition hits the airwaves, they appreciate their song more.
    • "What's that? You want to hear 'Our First Hit'? ...Sure, okay."
  • Double Subverted: "...is what I would say if that song weren't a piece of crap!"
  • Parodied: As soon as Bob and the Tropers complete an album, a guest appearance, a tour, or even a song, they immediately disavow it as crap.
  • Zig Zagged: "...But it's popular and the crowd seems to like it, so I can tolerate it!"
  • Averted: They like all their stuff.
  • Enforced: Bob and the Tropers signed a contract that requires them to hate their first album.
  • Lampshaded: "Yeah, we hate our first album, don't we all?"
  • Invoked: Bob and the Tropers are attempting to get their record label not to release a Greatest Hits Album, so they vilify their old stuff.
  • Exploited: Their main competitor, Alice and the Heartthrobs, make all their albums like the widely-hated first album specifically to irritate them.
  • Defied: Bob and the Tropers decide they don't like their first album very much, but that statement might anger their fanbase, so they decide to keep their opinions secret.
  • Discussed: "You think we would hate our first album? WRONG!!!"
  • Conversed: "It's so obvious they loathe their first album."
  • Implied: Bob gives an interview in which he mentions most of his group's discography, with the notable exception of "Our First Hit," as the sort of music people will still want to listen to in six hundred years.
  • Deconstructed: Bob and the Tropers get so caught up in their loathing of the first album that they can't focus on making better music, which they now know how to do, and disband before their time. Because they had pinned their futures to music, the band members have no traditional job skills and, aged somewhere between 26 and 50, are reduced to Burger Fools.
  • Reconstructed: Bob and the Tropers' first album was really that bad, and because both they and the audience are able to forget about it, they can move on to make better albums.
  • Played For Laughs: Jimmy starts a petition to have Bob kicked out of Bob and the Tropers for his instrumental role in the creation of "Our First Hit."
  • Played For Drama: After Bob and the Tropers disband, they all become total recluses and die alone.
  • Plotted a Good Waste: Bob and the Tropers don't work very hard on their first album, so the remainder of their discography looks better in retrospect.

Gee whiz, man, I can't believe you want to go back to Old Shame. I can't believe I created that page — it is utter dreck on every level!

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