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  • Being a contrarian is cool

    15. Mär. 2011, 17:50

    Almost as cool as procrastinating by writing music related rants on last.fm instead of doing my math homework. Anyways, here are several bands that that everybody likes / are generally well-regarded within their genre, but I hate/dislike. Go go go musical blasphemy.

    1. The Smiths
    They are generally regarded as 80s alternative Jesus, so theoretically, I should love them to death, since I’m a big fan of the underground/alternative movement of the decade, but I just can’t get into their music to save my life. Why, you ask? Well, let’s just say that I’d rather listen to a bunch of drunken asthmatic cats performing Wagner’s Tannhäuser than to Morrissey singing, and on top of that, I find the man himself to be really insufferable. Also, my life would be happier and healthier if I didn’t have to hear anything about The Queen is Dead ever again.


    2. Radiohead
    Trust me, I tried to like them. The thing is that, when I first listened to Karma Police, I thought “hey, the intro to this song sounds kinda cool”, then Thom Yorke started to sing and he was like KAHHHHMMMMAAA POLLEEEES ARRRESSST DIIIS MAAAN and I was like WHAT IS THIS I DON’T EVEN, I THINK MY EARS ARE BLEEDING. Then I put on Paranoid Android and IT WAS EVEN WORSE OH GOD THE PAIN. So, yeah, pretty much the same as with The Smiths, but taken to a whole new level. Mere words cannot convey a proper analogy for just how abhorrent this man’s voice sounds like to me, but I’ll mention that they make me feel like there’s a bunch of people with jackhammers drilling away at the auditory center of my brain (in a bad way, that is). MAKE IT STOP.

    But this is not the main reason why I have a strong dislike of Radiohead. Normally, I would just ignore them and get on with my life. However, their fanbase contains a certain bunch of individuals who will assume that if you don’t like their favorite band, then you obviously have no taste in music, and their sole purpose in life seems to be making sure that at any given point in time, there will be at least one Radiohead related discussion somewhere on the Internet. We get it, you like Radiohead. Now please STFU.

    *angry hipster mob armed with (ironic) torches and pitchforks appears*


    3. The Doors
    Sweet tap-dancing Jesus, I have an irrational hatred for that Light My Fire song. Or was it Riders on the Storm? Or maybe both, actually, since their music as a whole was a rather underwhelming experience for me.

    *classic rock fans join the mob*


    4. Minor Threat
    I have a great deal of respect for Ian MacKaye, for his work with Fugazi and Dischord records, and I really wanted to like Minor Threat, but after listening to the Complete Discography compilation, I am unimpressed. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying it’s bad and I can definitely see why it was so influential to the whole hardcore scene, but it’s just not very interesting. I dunno, but to me, Minor Threat sound way too much like your stereotypical HURR-DURR-FUCK-THE-SYSTEM-guy-shouting-stuff-while-his-friends-bang-on-their-instruments style hxc band (yes, I'm an art-punkfag, go ahead and hate me). Actually, this is the same complaint that I have about Black Flag. However, I listened to a couple of BF songs a few days ago and found them slightly more enjoyable than I remembered, so I might give MT another listen, and who knows, maybe I’ll change my mind.


    5. Sex Pistols
    I don’t really dislike them, and I’ll be the first to acknowledge their massive influence, but they’re not THAT great. Whenever I hear somebody claiming that Never Mind the Bollocks is the best punk album EVAR, I get homicidal impulses. My main beef with the Pistols is that they overshadow other great bands, like Refused or Wipers who deserve to be at least half as well-known. In addition, dear Sid worshipping kiddies, there are many other punk icons who actually have talent to back up their attitude, like Joe Strummer or Ian MacKaye or Jello Biafra. Try latching onto them for a change. Also, Johnny did a much better work with PiL.


    6. Crass
    After reading about them, these guys seemed really damn interesting, and since I do like my fair share of punk, I thought I’d get into them pretty easy. That was the theory, at least. In practice, their music utterly fails at getting more than a big meeeeeh out of me. I guess that Do They Owe Us a Living and Punk is Dead caught my attention for a while, but that’s not nearly enough.

    *punks join the angry mob*


    7. Christian Death
    Putting aside the fact that I take a sick pleasure in poking fun at goths, I have to admit that first wave goth is actually pretty damn cool, and the Cure-Bauhaus-Siouxsie and the Banshees holy trinity of the genre is definitely on my list of favorite bands (though I’ll still claim that they were just harmless post-punk that had the misfortune of being stuck with a silly tag, just because of the slightly darker atmosphere and aesthetic, but that’s a different matter). Most people who are also into this kind of stuff tend to agree on the fact that, for some obscure reasons that I probably will never be able to comprehend, Christian Death is deathrock God and Only Theater of Pain is the holy grail. I think it's a painfully boring album, and Rozz sounds so same-y on each and every song that I can hardly make it through the whole record without putting my brain in danger of melting from the sheer repetitiveness. But that’s just me.

    *goths are too busy sacking Rome to join the mob*

    There's more, but these are the ones that come to mind of at the moment. Imma do my homework now. Well, more like after I escape from the mob. YOU'RE NEVER GOING TO GET ME ALIVE!!111oneoneone *disappears in a puff of smoke*
  • Silly top 10 quiz-thingy, just for kicks

    6. Jul. 2010, 15:20

    I was really bored, okay?

    Name your top 10 most played bands on Last.fm:

    1 - David Bowie
    2 - Bauhaus
    3 - Joy Division
    4 - Echo & the Bunnymen
    5 - The Clash
    6 - The Cure
    7 - The Velvet Underground
    8 - Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds
    9 - The Jesus and Mary Chain
    10 - The Sisters of Mercy

    Now answer the questions according to the numbers:

    What was the first song you ever heard by 6?
    I think it was A Letter to Elise

    What is your favorite album of 2?
    I really can't seem to be able to decide between In the Flat Field and Mask. When I first started listening to them, I was fairly sure that I liked In the Flat Field the most, but after giving Mask a couple of good listens, I became rather undecided. So, yeah, one of those two.

    What is your favorite lyric that 5 has sung?
    Hmm...at the moment it is London calling to the imitation zone/Forget it, brother, you can go at it alone from London Calling.

    How many times have you seen 4 live?
    Never :(

    What is your favorite song by 7?
    Venus in Furs. I know, I know, how unoriginal...

    What is a good memory you have involving 10?
    Spending a whole math class drawing their logo on my notebook instead of paying attention XD. And getting away with it.

    Is there a song of 3 that makes you sad?
    Heart and Soul and Atmosphere.

    What is your favorite lyric that 2 has sung?
    All our dreams have melted down
    We're hiding in the bushes
    From dead men
    Doing Douglas Fairbanks stunts
    All our stories burnt
    Our films lost in the rushes
    We can't paint any pictures as the Moon had all our brushes
    Extracting wasps from stings in flight
    Who killed Mr. Moonlight?


    From Who Killed Mr. Moonlight. <3

    How did you get into 3?
    After hearing Bauhaus for the first time, my goal in life became getting my hands on as much post-punk as possible. Joy Division looked like the best place to start.

    What was the first song you heard by 1?
    Space Oddity

    What is your favorite song by 4?
    Nocturnal Me. I love this song so much it's unhealthy.

    How many times have you seen 9 live?
    Never. :((

    What is a good memory you have involving 2?
    I think my best memory involving them is hearing She's in Parties for the first time. I will probably never forget that Jesus bunny-ears Christ this is the best thing I've heard in ages, I need MOAR feeling that I got after listening to it.

    Is there a song of 8 that makes you sad?
    The Kindness of Strangers.

    What is your favorite album of 5?
    London Calling. But I also really love The Clash.

    What is your favorite lyric that 3 has sung?
    To the centre of the city where all roads meet, waiting for you
    To the depths of the ocean where all hopes sank, searching for you
    I was moving through the silence without motion, waiting for you
    In a room with a window in a corner I found truth


    From Shadowplay

    What is your favorite song of 1?
    I don't know...Space Oddity? Life On Mars? Starman? Ziggy Stardust? I really can't pick only one.

    What is your favorite song of 10?
    Definitely Marian (version). A honorable mention goes to Nine While Nine

    How many times have you seen 8 live?
    Never. :(((

    What is your favorite album of 1?
    The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars. I'm such a conformist.

    What is a great memory you have considering 9?
    My mother listening to Darklands with me and enjoying it.

    What was the first song you heard by 8?
    Straight to You. It was love at first listen.

    What is your favorite cover by 2?
    Take a wild guess. Here's a clue : it starts with Z and ends with iggy Stardust.
    Ziggy Stardust