I haven’t done one of these in a while, but I think that it’s time for another edition of 5 Awesome Songs. This time, it’s about good songs by terrible bands. Okay, maybe these bands aren’t objectively terrible, but I don’t like most of their catalogue. However, they’ve all managed to put out a couple of good songs. Here are 5 diamonds in the rough:

1. “F.C.P.R.E.M.I.X.” by The Fall of Troy
Most of The Fall of Troy’s songs are tuneless and involve too much screaming. However, “F.C.P.R.E.M.I.X.” is different. It features a catchy guitar riff, a chorus that begs for a sing-a-long, and a breakdown that showcases the band’s technical flair. Music video.

2. “Re-Arranged” by Limp Bizkit
Do I really need to rattle on about Fred Durst’s misogyny and general douchebaggery? Do I also need to rattle on about how much his band sucks? Limp Bizkit usually sounds like a gang of angry, castrated squirrels with a chainsaw. But “Re-Arranged” is a departure for the band’s usual modus operandi. It features a jazz-infected bass line and drum beat, slowly growing in intensity before exploding into an intense heavy metal number. Music video.

3. “Blindfolds Aside” by Protest the Hero
Protest the Hero is one of the most pretentious bands ever to walk this planet. Heck, they wrote an entire concept about goddess worship. (And it sucked.) “Blindfolds Aside” is a cut from their first album, Kezia (the one that isn’t about goddess worship). The song has some catchy parts in its first few minutes, a blistering metalcore number. But the song really shines in its acoustic outro, featuring dual male/female vocals. Here’s a link to the music video, but unfortunately, it omits the outro.

4. “Trinity” by Paper Tongues
Paper Tongues has unsuccessfully tried to meld rock, hip hop, and funk. Genre-mashing for the sake genre-mashing almost never works. (I’m looking at you Linkin Park. I still haven’t forgiven you for the awful mess that was A Thousand Suns.) But Paper Tongues shines on this track, which sounds less like an experiment and more like a song than the rest of the band’s material. It’s damn catchy, too. Music video.

5. “Snakes on a Plane (Bring It)” by Cobra Starship
I’ve never been sold on Cobra Starship’s brand of party-ready dance punk, but their first single, written for the Snakes on a Plane soundtrack, showed real promise. Featuring William Beckett of The Academy Is…, Maja Ivarsson of The Sounds, and Travis McCoy of Gym Class Heroes, this harsh diatribe against record label executives will get your toes tapping. Unfortunately, it might also make you feel like a sixteen-year-old scene kid. Music video.

Well, that’s it for this installment. Stay tuned for more great music.

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