Cover of Blonde on BlondeA quick look at 5 bands or musicians that I think just don't live up to their massive hype.
1. U2 -- This is a band that has rabid fans. Being a fan of U2 is usually a result of ones college days when it's brainwashed into you by fraternities and overzealous roommates. However if you just sit down and listen to the actual music, the melodies just aren't that memorable and in fact are pretty bland. And also Bono has one of the worst whines in the industry.
2.The Rolling Stones -- Not much to say here. They have some really good tunes. Some of their songs I really enjoy. But to call them the quintessential rock band is pushing it. It's one of those bands where they have tons of albums but only a 10 song CD should be enough to carry their greatest hits, yet to listen to the critics you'd think that every song they made was gold. They haven't quit touring either which is disconcerting. Seeing men in their late 60's still rockin out seems kind of sad in a way.
3. Bob Dylan -- I could go on and on here. Bob Dylan is one of those artists that is hyped by snobby, condescending critics. I have tried to like Highway 61 Revisited and Blonde On Blonde, because I was told by the critics that these are THE greatest albums in history.. so I put in my player and I can't make it through 4 or 5 tracks. It's lousy. And the dude has like 80 albums.. and out of all of those there are maybe 5 good Dylan songs. Way overrated!
4. Leonard Cohen -- I know that most people have not heard of Leonard Cohen. However if you have ever picked up a Rolling Stone or Blender Magazine, or looked at Metacritic.com then you would think that this man is god himself. I HAD to check it out because all I had read about him was that he was one of the greatest songwriters of all time. But the second I put any one of his albums on I wanted to shoot my ears off with a 12 gage. He might have written good songs, but you wouldn't know it because he is also one of the worst singers in history. He holds a tune even worse than Bob Dylan, and that's not great at all.
5. The White Stripes -- It's just bad rock-n-roll. I don't want to relive the 70's garage band stuff. But again Rolling Stone Magazine and Metacritic.com seem to think they are the only thing worth writing about. Jack White is not a great guitarist or singer, and Meg White is a horrible drummer.. So why they are consistently hyped is anyone's guess.
HONORABLE MENTION: Radiohead. 95% of the time they are terrible, yet they have rabid fans.
That was fun. I hope that makes everyone mad! Yay!!