Re: General catch-all music discussion
posted at 7/30/2013 1:01 AM EDT
In response to devildavid's comment:
In response to RockScully's comment:
In response to Hfxsoxnut's comment:
I should add that there are different schools of thought on this. There are certain musicians who are or were adamantly opposed to drugs. Randy Bachman of the Guess Who and BTO says he's never even had a drink in his life (he's a Mormon), and he has written and played some of the best songs in Canadian music history. (Ironically, perhaps, he's a close friend of Neil Young.)
Frank Zappa was militantly anti-drug. He would kick you out of his house or his band if you did drugs. Rory Gallagher didn't tolerate drugs around him either. And again, these are two great musicians and songwriters.
Whatever works, or doesn't work, I guess, is the bottom line.
I think using the words Randy Bachman and "good" and tying it into never having a drink explains why Randy Bachman isn't that good. lol
It's like Ted Nugent. The guy can't write a song to save his life and he's never had a drink, smoke, nothing. Yet, Nugent would mock Jerry Garcia, which is hilarious to me.
I am a firm believer in creative people using creative things to alter their minds a bit. Obviously, losing your edge is another story.
Just because you don't like Bachman's or Nugent's work does not mean they have not written good songs. And what about Zappa and Trower? No put downs for these two? If someone is already creative why do they need substances to alter their mind? What is gained in doing so? Be specific.
DD - You and I have occasionally been at odds about different musical issues, respectfully and enjoyably, IMO....but nothing annoys me more than people that don't seem to be able to understand the difference between "I don't like it" and "I think it's low quality".
I've disliked U2 intensely since around 1985. Springsteen for most of his career. Ad infinitum. But I think those two are very talented....just not my thing. On the flip side, I love the Mummies beyond all reason...and the Invisible Men....and many others that push all my buttons - all important to me - but I wouldn't try to claim they are Julliard magna cummm laude instrumentalists with Cohen lyrics written on their partner's bodies.
Embarrassing that some can't understand and appreciate the difference.
p.s. - I love the Guess Who and think their/Bachman's music was of an extremely high quality.....and I loathe Ted Nugent's music and, to paraphrase Saint Dorothy Parker of the pisstake....I don't see any there there.