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Acclaimed Artist that you just can't get

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Acclaimed Artist that you just can't get

Postby Huckleby » Mon Sep 26, 2011 8:16 pm

John Hiatt. I should like him, I like the style, but it sounds to me that he can't sing very well. As a Grateful Dead fan, that ought to be no barrier to my appreciating the music, but I just am not inspired. I think his bands are musically excellent, but I just don't get the emotion behind the songs.

My exposure to him is a half dozen times I've seen him on TV.
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Re: Acclaimed Artist that you just can't get

Postby Igor » Mon Sep 26, 2011 9:31 pm

Steely Dan from my formative years. Probably Kings of Leon now.
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Re: Acclaimed Artist that you just can't get

Postby ilikebeans » Mon Sep 26, 2011 11:37 pm

Bob Dylan
Patti Smith
Nirvana
The Smiths (and by extension, Morrissey)
The Kinks
Beastie Boys (except The In Sound from Way Out!--awesome)
The Ramones
Lady Gaga
Madonna
The White Stripes
Eminem
Public Enemy

... and many more that no one cares to hear about.
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Re: Acclaimed Artist that you just can't get

Postby Igor » Mon Sep 26, 2011 11:53 pm

ilikebeans wrote:The Kinks


Although I like the Kinks a lot, the albums that I like (Lola vs. Powerman..., Misfits, the 80's albums) are probably the *wrong* ones to like. So maybe that is a partial vote somehow.
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Re: Acclaimed Artist that you just can't get

Postby Huckleby » Tue Sep 27, 2011 12:09 am

ilikebeans wrote:Bob Dylan
Patti Smith
Nirvana
The Smiths (and by extension, Morrissey)
The Kinks
Beastie Boys (except The In Sound from Way Out!--awesome)
The Ramones
Lady Gaga
Madonna
The White Stripes
Eminem
Public Enemy

... and many more that no one cares to hear about.

wow. you are one cantankerous guy. I can see all of these choices, however, even though I like many of them. Except Madonna, she's not qualified as "acclaimed" musically, she just liked to mess with people and make dee money.
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Re: Acclaimed Artist that you just can't get

Postby ilikebeans » Tue Sep 27, 2011 12:43 am

Huckleby wrote:wow. you are one cantankerous guy.

Perhaps, but my "like" list is much longer.
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Re: Acclaimed Artist that you just can't get

Postby chainsawcurtis » Tue Sep 27, 2011 7:38 am

Huckleby wrote:My exposure to him is a half dozen times I've seen him on TV.


There's your problem, right there. Go down to the library and pick up some of his disks. Alive at Budokan is a great collection. Walk On may be his best work (and a Rolling Stone record of the year, I think) but his work has been spotty over the years as is anyone's. I had to listen to Master of Disaster a half dozen times before I decided I liked it but took to The Open Road immediately
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Re: Acclaimed Artist that you just can't get

Postby Igor » Tue Sep 27, 2011 8:15 am

chainsawcurtis wrote:(and a Rolling Stone record of the year, I think)


I actually like much of what John Hiatt does; however, Rolling Stone liking it does give me pause.
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Re: Acclaimed Artist that you just can't get

Postby Prof. Wagstaff » Tue Sep 27, 2011 9:08 am

Y'know, I could probably make a really long list, but I figure personal taste is personal taste, and as chainsawcurtis says, everyone's recorded output is spotty, so I feel bad singling out anybody in particular because I could have simply been exposed to the wrong stuff or heck, maybe I was just in a bad mood the day I heard them or whatever, so I'll just say The Beach Boys and be done with it.
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Re: Acclaimed Artist that you just can't get

Postby juanton » Tue Sep 27, 2011 9:27 am

Wilco.

Blech.
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Re: Acclaimed Artist that you just can't get

Postby Detritus » Tue Sep 27, 2011 10:08 am

Mozart. I mean, geez, what's with all those notes?
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Re: Acclaimed Artist that you just can't get

Postby Galoot » Tue Sep 27, 2011 10:14 am

John Hiatt is one of my favorite artists, but I see how others might not like him much. "Walk On" and "Crossing Muddy Waters" are two of my favorite albums of any artist.

One I just don't get--Red Hot Chili Peppers. Every song they do sounds the same, and I can't stand the lead singer's whiny voice. When their songs come on the radio, I find something else to listen to.
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Re: Acclaimed Artist that you just can't get

Postby Huckleby » Tue Sep 27, 2011 10:59 am

Prof. Wagstaff wrote: I'll just say The Beach Boys and be done with it.

See now, you were pretending to be a real nice guy, then you slip the knife in.

I feel your ear pain, I used to dislike the BBs, but then I started listening to "Pet Sounds" because everybody said it was so great, and then I figured out it really is pretty great. I checked out their old stuff. You have to be in the mood. Maybe you have to be older than 50.
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Re: Acclaimed Artist that you just can't get

Postby Prof. Wagstaff » Tue Sep 27, 2011 11:00 am

OK, I'll list another one because I am truly baffled by all the praise heaped on him: Leonard Cohen.

He's always seemed to me like the least interesting guy at a really bleak open mic party for horrible poets.
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Re: Acclaimed Artist that you just can't get

Postby ilikebeans » Tue Sep 27, 2011 11:14 am

Prof. Wagstaff wrote:He's always seemed to me like the least interesting guy at a really bleak open mic party for horrible poets.

I'm going to be chuckling about that line all day.
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