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Bands it was cool to like without actually having to listen to
« on: January 25, 2018, 09:58:05 am »
Spinning off from Ian's comment on the thread about Mark E Smith...

"The Fall were one of those bands that it was cool to like without actually having to listen to"

What artists / bands / albums / songs etc would fit into our personal lists of cool but unlikeable? The criteria is that whatever you nominate has to be "critically acclaimed", "classic" etc., but, to you, either unfathomable or just plain crap.

I'll start by taunting the prog-rockers and nominating Yes.  I loved a lot of prog and still play imaginary drums to early Genesis records (yes, I know  :facepalm: :facepalm: :facepalm: ) but I could never get Yes.  It always sounded to me as though five people had all turned up in the recording studio on different days, had a noodle for a couple of hours, and then gone home again without ever listening to what the others had done.
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Re: Bands it was cool to like without actually having to listen to
« Reply #1 on: January 25, 2018, 10:30:45 am »
can I nominate the Beatles, with a range from the sublimely excellent to the absolutely tedious and sublimely awful.
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« Reply #2 on: January 25, 2018, 10:37:35 am »
can I nominate the Beatles, with a range from the sublimely excellent to the absolutely tedious and sublimely awful.

+1

They had their moments, but I've always preferred the Rolling Stones.

I'm mostly on the same page as Redlight regarding Yes, though I do have the 90125 and Big Generator albums, which were somewhat more commercial/accessible.
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Re: Bands it was cool to like without actually having to listen to
« Reply #3 on: January 25, 2018, 10:57:28 am »
The Greatfull Dead.
Rather cool, but actually rather tedious.
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Re: Bands it was cool to like without actually having to listen to
« Reply #4 on: January 25, 2018, 11:12:18 am »
The Smiths - winey adolescent rubbish. Johnny Marr is a pretty good guitarist though.
I think you'll find it's a bit more complicated than that.

Re: Bands it was cool to like without actually having to listen to
« Reply #5 on: January 25, 2018, 11:14:33 am »
The Smiths - winey adolescent rubbish. Johnny Marr is a pretty good guitarist though.

He was awesome when with The The.

Yeah the Smiths were for self-interest but awkward teenagers. 

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« Reply #6 on: January 25, 2018, 12:03:19 pm »
Let’s just summarise this as "Pretty much anything that was promoted by the late great John Peel".

I’ll slip in my suggestions of:

Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds.  I can probably deliver a poor recollection of Red Right Hand and that one he did with Kylie on Murder Ballads.  Anything else, not so much.

PJ Harvey.  I can belt out Sheena an Gig's chorus, but the rest of her ouvre I probably couldn’t even bring to mind.

The Pogues. Led by Mark O’Smith (aka a drunk with fucked up features and a surly attitude, real name Shane McGowan) I’m impressed by anyone who can recall more than Fairytale in New York and maybe the chorus of Dirty Old Town.

I rebut the Smiths. Great band. People who don’t like them probably think Boner of U2 is a genius.

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Re: Bands it was cool to like without actually having to listen to
« Reply #7 on: January 25, 2018, 12:51:36 pm »
I'm rubbish at album/track-listings, but will quite happily stick on an album by PJ Harvey or Nick Cave.

Surely the obvious one is The Ramones - Cool to like (judging by the T-shirts), but I've never listened to an album.  :o
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Re: Bands it was cool to like without actually having to listen to
« Reply #8 on: January 25, 2018, 01:32:06 pm »
Was about to start a similar thread a few weeks back prompted by hearing the Fall on the radio. In no particular order:

The Fall
Morrissey
The Smiths after about the second or third album
The Beatles
The Verve

I'm sure more will come to mind later

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Re: Bands it was cool to like without actually having to listen to
« Reply #9 on: January 25, 2018, 01:42:15 pm »
The Greatfull Dead.
Rather cool, but actually rather tedious.
I've always thought that the Dead ought to be my kind of band (freaky, psychedelic stuff), but every time I try to listen to them I have to turn them off because I can't stand that country shit.
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Re: Bands it was cool to like without actually having to listen to
« Reply #10 on: January 25, 2018, 02:09:13 pm »
The Greatfull Dead.
Rather cool, but actually rather tedious.
I've always thought that the Dead ought to be my kind of band (freaky, psychedelic stuff), but every time I try to listen to them I have to turn them off because I can't stand that country shit.

I like country but The Dead were not very good at it. Give me Gram Parsons or Johnny Cash any day.
I think you'll find it's a bit more complicated than that.

Re: Bands it was cool to like without actually having to listen to
« Reply #11 on: January 25, 2018, 03:06:55 pm »
Frank Zappa / Mothers Of Invention  ::-)

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Re: Bands it was cool to like without actually having to listen to
« Reply #12 on: January 25, 2018, 03:25:55 pm »
I'm surprised no-one has mentioned Pink Floyd yet, so I will. 

On the positive side, for prog-rock stuff, I still enjoy the Moody Blues - 50 years since Days of Future Past - arguably the first concept album.
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« Reply #13 on: January 25, 2018, 03:55:47 pm »
erm, I've listened to whole Floyd albums, more than once.

Can't make it through more than one Rolling Stones song though.

Frank Zappa - cool to claim you really dig the music (but how much did you actually listen to)?

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« Reply #14 on: January 25, 2018, 04:05:30 pm »
FFS, when has any prog rock been "cool"?!

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« Reply #15 on: January 25, 2018, 04:20:46 pm »
Can't make it through more than one Rolling Stones song though.

Burn the heretic! Any fool knows Exile is the best rock album ever.
I think you'll find it's a bit more complicated than that.

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« Reply #16 on: January 25, 2018, 04:55:30 pm »
I'm rubbish at album/track-listings, but will quite happily stick on an album by PJ Harvey or Nick Cave.

Surely the obvious one is The Ramones - Cool to like (judging by the T-shirts), but I've never listened to an album.  :o
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« Reply #17 on: January 25, 2018, 07:31:10 pm »
Captain Beefheart, Can, any krautrock, a lot of grunge (it wasn't all as tuneful as Nevermind), about 90% of 4AD bands, anything by Nick Cave.
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Re: Bands it was cool to like without actually having to listen to
« Reply #18 on: January 25, 2018, 07:44:03 pm »
I'm surprised no-one has mentioned Pink Floyd yet, so I will. 
I was actually thinking of Pink Floyd in relation to this thread. I'm not quite old enough to have been into them when they were cool but I did listen to one of their albums the other day (the one with the Bicycle song). Alternately lovely and excruciating. But they don't really count because they haven't been cool for 40 years and I don't like them.
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Re: Bands it was cool to like without actually having to listen to
« Reply #19 on: January 25, 2018, 07:48:09 pm »
The thing about Pink Floyd is that the Syd era was so radically different from the disgruntled outpourings of Roger Waters that they might just as well have been two different bands.  But anyway:

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Re: Bands it was cool to like without actually having to listen to
« Reply #20 on: January 25, 2018, 07:54:02 pm »
Frank Zappa / Mothers Of Invention  ::-)

Best understood as a live band. They were well rehearsed and had a repertoire of covers, admittedly always with one of Frank's solos in the middle. Whipping Post was one such.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ufb6vuYhpKw

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« Reply #21 on: January 25, 2018, 08:14:04 pm »
I like Pink Floyd from Atom Heart Mother to Animals, a lot.  The Wall is hit and miss.  I like all The Smiths albums although the first album is badly produced.  So there.
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Re: Bands it was cool to like without actually having to listen to
« Reply #22 on: January 25, 2018, 08:38:26 pm »
Frank Zappa / Mothers Of Invention  ::-)

Best understood as a live band. They were well rehearsed and had a repertoire of covers, admittedly always with one of Frank's solos in the middle. Whipping Post was one such.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ufb6vuYhpKw

I didn't know Whipping Post was one of theirs, I've heard a Plant/Page version of that

How about Oasis and Blur ? Never liked either of them
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« Reply #23 on: January 25, 2018, 09:35:43 pm »
Whipping Post was an Allman Brothers tune. It became a ritual to request it from any band. So Zappa obliged. Has anyone mentioned the Velvet Underground, or Henry Cow?

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Re: Bands it was cool to like without actually having to listen to
« Reply #24 on: January 25, 2018, 10:43:53 pm »
Glad the Ramones have been mentioned. I can’t stand them but I thought I was the only one. Is it just their punk pioneer status that people like them for or do they actually listen to those terrible songs?

I never really got Nirvana. I kind of understood why they were cool but the music did nothing for me. I had a friend who was very into them from the early days. She tried to drag me along to a gig at a tiny venue, just a few months before Teen Spirit catapulted them to megastardom. I turned it down. One of those gigs that would earn you much cred for being able to say ‘I was there’ but... meh.