Re: Least Favorite.......with a twist.
posted at 7/16/2010 2:21 PM EDT
In Response to Re: Least Favorite.......with a twist.:
I hate to pile on, but I cannot stand Pink Floyd either. Partly it's the dark, depressing tone. Partly it's that they play the same handful of tunes incessantly on every station I have programmed on my Car stereo. And finally, it's just not very musical to my ears. It's synthentic, it doesn't sound like musicians are producing it with their own hands. You reach a certain age, you don't want to be depressed by music. Life will have been giving you a beating by then as it is. Same reason I can't watch any film that features someone dying of cancer. Seen it several times for real, why the hell would I want to voluntary relive those experiences. I'm mystified by Nirvana's popularity too. Especially when anyone tries to claim they were doing something new. Been there, heard that, right from day 1 with those guys. And new was all they supposedly had, they were pretty weak musicians.
Posted by SlimPickensII
I've heard this before about Pink Floyd, and though I understand it, I don't agree. There is definitely a place for introspection in popular music (i.e. Leonard Cohen), and "depressing" is often in the ears of the beholder. Floyd is one of those bands, IMO, whose work approaches the symphonic, and that type of music is not for everyone.
They Might Be Giants wouldn't necessarily occur to people as being dark and depressing. I mean, they make records for kids. Their song "Don't Let's Start" has a lyric: "Noone in the world ever gets what they want, and that is beautiful. Everyone dies frustrated and sad, and that is beautiful." If you know the song, you know how upbeat and cheery the music is. A depressing thought conveyed in a non-depressing way is somehow less depressing, don't you think??
As for Nirvana, I agree they weren't new (SLTS has the exact same riff as 'More Than A Feeling')...but I also think they were aware of that, too...which is why Cobain thought they didn't deserve all the adulation they received. In the end, he just couldn't take it. But I disagree that they weren't good musicians. I think Dave Grohl is one of the best drummers around today, and Cobain was a very skilled guitarist as evidenced by his unplugged performance. Their mystique is very much grounded in the brevity of their existence.