As with all of my Top Ten (or in this case, Five) Lists, these may incite a heated debate. To clarify, this list is full of bands that I have some to moderate respect for (Nickelback and Kid Rock just got disqualified), but that don't do it for me. This could be a little like when one of your friends says a particular celebrity girl is good looking, but you disagree because she's not your type. One of the reasons I'll write this is because people will request for me to play songs by these bands, and I essentially refuse to take any time out of my day to learn anything by them. Without delay, here are some bands that don't inspire me at all, but that I don't find wretched:
5. Smashmouth - Many people forget their first album featured a decent song in "Walking On The Sun" and also was Parental Advisory for Explicit Lyrics! What?! When I first mentioned them, you probably thought of one of two things- the song "All Star" on the Shrek Soundtrack or two, their cover version of "I'm a Believer" which was featured on the, uh- well, the Shrek Soundtrack. As soon as they jumped on the kiddie movie bandwagon there was no going back. On the bright side, it has effectively ended their ability to produce new music and they have wandered into obsurity. They may still be receiving royalty checks from their clear and utter sell out, but one thing no one can call them is "cool."
4. Lenny Kravitz - "Are You Gonna Go My Way?" had shades of Jimi Hendrix somewhere in there, but Lenny's entire catalog is riddled with songs that do not make my ears perk up. It seems like every song of his that I hear is a hollow version of something else I've already heard. "Fly Away" is a good example of that. I'd say that song feels like Lenny woke up one morning and said, "I don't really like this Pearl Jam/Stone Temple Pilots thing, but the people sure do! Let's write an Alt-Rock song!" Once every six years I'll find myself listening to a Kravitz song and enjoying, but once that one song is over his whole catalog feels stale again.
3. Lynyrd Skynyrd - I know a lot of people might disagree, or even dislike me as a person for this opinion, but this band does nothing for me. "Sweet Home Alabama" is easily the most overrated song ever written. Well, that is until Kid Rock ripped it off and used the beat to make another hit song last year. LS's extended guitar solos may be musically impressive, but many times they are tedious and uninteresting. And don't get me started on the people who yell out "Free Bird!!!" at every concert. I do respect a certain amount of their musicianship, and the fact that a plane crash cannot stop this band from touring (I have no idea how many of the original members are left, but it can't be many.) However, listening to "Sweet Home Alabama" have consumed any less than 8 strong cocktails should be considered pain on par with Chinese Water Tourture.
2. Sublime - Alright we get it! Alternative rock with a Latin/Reggae vibe that talks excessively about dirty sexual stuff and weed. The jig is up! Had their lead singer Bradley Nowell not died, this band would not have sniffed the popularity they garner today. I'm pretty sure I've had people attempt to fight me over this opinion. I know life and death are serious things, but they should not affect how well a band is remembered. John Lennon was murdered and Kurt Cobain eligedly committed suicide and both of their bands are way better than Sublime. I literally change the channel every time they come through on my car's radio waves which is why they make the list.
1. The Red Hot Chili Peppers - No band exemplifies the theme of today's post than RHCP. While the picture to the right should be enough to get my point across, I have musical gripes as well. The overall feel of their music too frenetic for me to really get into (note: there is plently of loud and fast music that I like- read frenetic as "wild, all over the map, and trying to squeeze too many notes into places where they don't belong.") The musical talent is clearly there, but the sound that they produce does nothing for me. Anthony Kiedus' voice grates on my ears (perfect example is the chorus to "Soul to Squeeze" off the Coneheads Soundtrack.) There was definitely points in my life that I wanted to like RHCP (Blood Sugar Sex Magik and Californiacation were the their two closest albums to winning me over, but alas it was not to be.) Also, what's up with them having an album called Californication, a song called Dani California, and them mentioning California as much as possible in every song. It's a pretty sweet state to live in, but even the Golden State can be diminished by over-referencing.
So that's my list. For any person that takes offense to any group on this list just remember, I still do mildly respect all of these bands- I'm just letting loose with why they don't quench my thirst for good music the way other bands do. Feel free to let me know in the comments bands that you may half-way respect, but can't stand to listen to- hell, you can even tell me if this list makes any sense! Happy Hump Day!
PS: No new Lost on tonight, so no Lost blog either. Sorry folks! Complaint letters can be sent to ABC.