Thursday, November 5, 2015

4 rock bands I've tried to love—but just can't

I have a confession to make: I don't like Radiohead. (I know, the horror!) Since I'm a music writer, I've taken great pains to educate myself about the artists that I "should" be into. Sometimes, it's worked out well, like with David Bowie or Bruce Springsteen. But then, there are other bands—bands that I won't deny have had a huge influence on modern music—that I just don't get.

And I WANT to get them, trust me. If any of you can find a way to help me make it through a Radiohead album long enough that I turn into a fan, please speak up. But right now, I find their music so painfully dull that I can't listen to more than a song or two at a time. (For the purposes of this post, I gave it another valiant attempt, but I felt myself falling asleep before one track had finished.)

Sadly, it doesn't end there. At the risk of losing all my music cred, here are 3 more influential artists that I can't muster up enthusiasm for, no matter how hard I try:

The Smiths 
Please please please explain this band to me
Dare I say it? Morrissey does nothing for me. Maybe if I'd gotten into his music when I was younger and angstier, we might have had a chance. Now I just hear about Morrissey being obnoxious and whiny, and I feel okay about my dislike.

Sex Pistols
I'm an Anglophile, but this is one British export that's not for me.
Everything you read about the Sex Pistols mentions how they couldn't play their own instruments, so forgive me for not being too impressed. I do love a lot of punk bands inspired by the Sex Pistols—and I love any excuse to use the word "bollocks"—but I just don't love this band.

Grateful Dead
Seriously, what the hell is this?!?
I took a history of music class in college, and one student chose to do a presentation on the Grateful Dead. I sat through twenty minutes of their trippy teddy bear videos, silently seething with hatred. You know what? I'll be okay if I never learn to love these guys. #sorrynotsorry

1 comment:

  1. Through repeated (forced) listening to Radiohead's 'The Bends' I came to truly like the album. Literally everything else by Radiohead is unlistenable. I do enjoy some of the Grateful Dead's material but the rest those acts of I couldn't agree with you more.