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Music/Bands everyone else likes that you don't

Goldie Glocks

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The 1st album was awesome.

I couldn’t wait for the 2nd album and the 1st single. I remember Much Music building up the anticipation for the Monkey Wrench Video and then... . WTF is this crap?

I’ve never gone back to give the a second chance.

There’s the odd single on the radio that isn’t horrible, but none of has any soul or conviction. Stacked Dead Actors was cool

I’m sure one day I’ll get over the Monkey Wrench thing. Maybe.
Look I'm not going to try and sell it to you or convince you or anything like. But I will say that the first 3 Foo albums were the **** and you should do yourself a favor and really give them a listen when you have some time.

The second half of 'There is Nothing Left to Lose' has some really, really excellent songs.
 

pete692

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The Smiths. I simply don’t get it.
They have about 12, maybe make that 9, stone cold amazing songs, and that for me is enough to pull the whole catalog through. But I hear ya. I’m like this with the Cure
 
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Jayyj

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On here, Van Halen. I keep my mouth shut on here about them, not wanting to be that guy that has to pour cold water on an artist someone else is into, but since it's a venting thread I'm going to get it off my chest. I can't stand anything about them, sorry.

They were before my time and I don't think they had quite such a lasting appeal over here so except for the guitar magazines rabbiting on about them every now and then they were mercifully kept off my radar until I joined TGP, then suddenly it's like they were the natural successor to the Beatles... I'm mean, I'm happy that other people get a lot of of them, but it's not for me.
 
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On the flipside yet again.

The one band I just don't quite seem to 'get' is Radiohead. I have nothing against them, I don't dislike them by any means, I think they do make very creative unique records but it hasn't really spoken to me in any sense. Maybe it will later on down the road and sometimes in life, for whatever reason, I will finally have that moment of finally getting it. Some friends of mine are Radiohead fiends. I've heard OK Computer and Kid A but the reason why I didn't find them appealing was I already listened to Autechre and Future Sound of London and the like for many years prior. I still think it's cool that lots of kids were into such experimental sounding music though.

A few more that I just don't get that seem to be popular

Father John Misty or any of those 'revival' bands that try and look like they were time traveled from 1973
Arcade Fire
The Black Keys
The Decemberists
Any "Verb the Noun" band, ala Cage the Elephant

Again, not hating on these bands at all, I know they are wildly popular with millions of fans and they can sell out theaters and arenas and their fans simply love their music. I am way too old to say "This band sucks!" just because it's not my thing, as I know if I listed some of my favorite bands here, other people would say the same thing like "I just don't get Cocteau Twins or Killing Joke"

That's what is neat about art. What sounds good to me sounds like nails on a chalkboard to someone else. I enjoy celebrating the difference of opinion we all have.
Back when we had to buy records, we all became attached to bands and albums. Unless you were listening to radio, you wanted albums you could like from end to end.

These days, you can choose a genre on Spotify and let it rip in the background. I just listen to whatever comes up and find that I enjoy a lot of unexpected bands.

Prior to this I might have agreed that Cage the Elephant is not my thing, but in random indie rotation, I have found that I do like at least one song. In Spotify random indie mode, I like a lot that I probably wouldn't if I had to lock in on one band for an entire album.

I have let go of my having to like everything from a band and just consume music.

In the past, people have insisted that I would love Radiohead, and I could not sit through an album. I could probably like a song if I didn't have to cosign an entire discography to get to it.
 

John Thigpen

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The song are just blah to me:

Joe B
Greta Van Fleet
Grand Funk Railroad
Most 60's bands (The Byrds, CCR, Cream)
Santana
Zappa
Velvet Underground
The Doors
Many. many more...
KISS
Grateful Dead
Talking Heads
Tom Petty
Ramones
RHCP
REM
Do you actually like anyone?
 

pete692

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Many. There are tons of bands out there, and I’m picky with who I like.
I think you might be carrying some “baggage” that is acting like a gatekeeper to what you like and don’t like. The fact that you can be “picky” about what you like tells me there is some higher thought process that is allowing you or preventing you from enjoying some of these artists. To me, music is like an infection, I have no choice in the matter whether I like something or not, I just realize which is the case subconsciously. If there is another barrier present that prevents me from enjoying the music purely on its own merits, I will evaluate the music based on what that barrier is. For instance, I really think a lot of Michael Jackson’s music is pretty great, but all the baggage of his history creates too much of a distraction for me to enjoy. In your case, maybe it’s the “scene”, or the era of certain music that creates the baggage, maybe you don’t like hippies, or cats who wear leather fringed vests, who’s to say? It’s all valid. Taste is a fascinating subject.
 

8raw

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My usual answer to this question is Pink Floyd, since they are one of the top sellers of all time. I don't think they would care much about my opinion though since they outpaced me 120,000,000 to 0.
 

0_0

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They have about 12, maybe make that 9, stone cold amazing songs, and that for me is enough to pull the whole catalog through. But I hear ya. I’m like this with the Cure
Right there with you. The only Smiths record I've owned was a Best Of. Maybe half a dozen songs I think are fantastic and the rest is just somewhat meh to my ears.

Plus Moz is, well...Moz.
 

8len8

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I think you might be carrying some “baggage” that is acting like a gatekeeper to what you like and don’t like. The fact that you can be “picky” about what you like tells me there is some higher thought process that is allowing you or preventing you from enjoying some of these artists. To me, music is like an infection, I have no choice in the matter whether I like something or not, I just realize which is the case subconsciously. If there is another barrier present that prevents me from enjoying the music purely on its own merits, I will evaluate the music based on what that barrier is. For instance, I really think a lot of Michael Jackson’s music is pretty great, but all the baggage of his history creates too much of a distraction for me to enjoy. In your case, maybe it’s the “scene”, or the era of certain music that creates the baggage, maybe you don’t like hippies, or cats who wear leather fringed vests, who’s to say? It’s all valid. Taste is a fascinating subject.
You are thinking about this way more than I ever have. There are hundreds of bands that I like, so if I don’t like a band I don’t analyze it to determine why.
 

0_0

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For instance, I really think a lot of Michael Jackson’s music is pretty great, but all the baggage of his history creates too much of a distraction for me to enjoy.
This is an interesting subject/topic that might be a whole other thread.

How hard is it to separate a person from their art?
 




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