"Macarena or Achy Breaky Heart". Yeah. No fooling the critical listener. Same level as the Grateful Dead.If you strip away EVERYTHING from the Grateful Dead except the recorded studio music - The drugs, the personalities, the deadheads, the scene, the imagery. I mean strip away EVERYTHING - except the music, you're left with a band that left us behind a handful of medium-quality songs. Good enough to recognize, not nearly good enough to justify their popularity. They'd be on par with Squeeze or 10cc or maybe The Outlaws or something. A decent song now and then, nobody's favorite band.
But you CAN'T strip away all of the noise and hype, the history and imagery and the scene - so instead they're huge. Kind of like what happened with the Macarena or Achy Breaky Heart. It became bigger than it should have.
So let those who want to love it do so. They like those tunes, the hippie atmosphere, the spectacle, the t-shirts, the other dead-heads, the history, the scene.
But if you're looking for deep musical genius or skill that you're somehow missing, that you think everyone else is hearing but you're not, it's just not there. Give it up and move on to something you like.
Right. Now tell that to Bob Dylan, Duane Allman, Santana, Peter Green, Branford Marsalis and Ornette Coleman and dozens of other great musicians who loved playing with the Dead.
Next: "I don't get jazz".
"Coltrane: Over-rated noodling?"
"Miles: Out of touch? Can't settle on his sound?"