Bucket Bros: The Carpenters of Comedy
Bands I Used to Hate
I have gotten to the point where I bands I used to hate are all I listen to anymore. Coldplay got big and I hated them. The Killers rolled up and I despised them Keane was annoying. I wanted to punch Panic At The Disco in the face. Now I don't listen to Metallica or Marilyn Manson, only these "softcore sellouts who fail utterly in the kicking ass department."
Why the transition? Because the bands I used to like have either stopped making new music or washed out with mediocre new CDs, and the bands that started out annoying have gotten better and better over the years.
Oh sure, there are bands like Foster the People, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, The Black Keys, MGMT and more that I liked right out the gate, but still it's at least about half and half between bands I immediately like and those I don't want staying on my playlist years down the road.
Part of it is that when you are young, you rally mindlessly behind one genre. For me it started out country the rock then rap, but after awhile you stop like any band that "rocks" or has a "sick flow" and start liking bands on a case by case basis.
You begin to ignore what your friends are listening to or what sells the most and start forming your own opinions. This does not mean listening to indie garbage to feel special, but it does mean hating pop music even if the singing stripper lady has big boobs or the cool guy looks popular in the video. It does mean realizing rap is as dead as rock.
It means picking and choosing music based on quality. John Legend may be R&B and he may not sell ten million copies per cd but he is still worth not only 99 but 999 Jay Z's.
Foster the People may be an indie band that got lucky and made it big with a weird combination of indie alt, pop, and club music, but they are still worth an infinite number of Nickelbacks.
And to touch on the past, Bob Dylan is worth the hype but the Beatles, Elvis Presley, and The Rolling Stones are not.
So the next time you judge a band based on their first single guessing they will disappear in six months before learning how to play anyway, stop and think, will these guys be the next Killers or Coldplay? Because hating music is the biggest excuse to sit in silence.
— Mars (Email the Bucket Bros)
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