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20 Terrible Debut Albums by Great Artists

David Bowie, Billy Joel and 18 more iconic artists who made a bad first impression

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David Bowie performing on stage at the Aylesbury Friars on January 29, 1972. (Photo by Michael Putland/Getty Images)

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Rome wasn’t built in a day and, chances are, neither was your favorite artist. Not everyone can be the Ramones and emerge fully formed, making a first impression that lasts a lifetime. From Rock & Roll Hall of Famers to Nineties alterna-heroes, here’s 20 artists that prove that slow and steady can win the race — even after a false start.

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