Thread: Bands That Were Hugely Popular But You Never "Got It"

robslob - 5/6/2019 at 12:41 PM

1. Supertramp: Lots of hits, tons of airplay. I just never liked them. It was the vocals for me.
2. Def Leppard: Just never quite got it. I can't ever remember a tune I liked.
3. Metallica: Just never liked anything I have heard. And no, I'm not anti-metal: As a kid in the 70's I was way into Sabbath and Judas Priest. I just never got Metallica, they always sounded like irritating noise to me.


VTAB - 5/6/2019 at 01:11 PM

Wow, did you nail that one, Supertramp cannot listen to something awful with that sound. ELO is another.


Buckeye - 5/6/2019 at 01:27 PM

In the rock genre I would have to say just about all the Arena Rock bands. IE Boston, Foreigner, Styx ect. Yuck. I don't care for Def Leppard, or Rush either. They may have a song or two I like but there is just something about that over processed sound that turns me off, or maybe its the high pitch male vocals. I like rock gritty and grungy.


BIGV - 5/6/2019 at 02:42 PM

1) Pink Floyd
2) U2
3) Grateful Dead


blackey - 5/6/2019 at 03:09 PM

Kansas
Moby Grape
The Knack
Def Leppard
Molly Hatchet


BIGV - 5/6/2019 at 03:17 PM

quote:
Molly Hatchet


"Hugely popular"?


musicmann - 5/6/2019 at 03:55 PM

1. Rush
2. Styx
3. Guns and Roses


Skydog32103 - 5/6/2019 at 04:34 PM

Van Halen. I like a few tunes like Ice Cream Man and Hot for Teacher, but thatís it.


kevdab - 5/6/2019 at 05:29 PM

Journey
Foreigner
Styx
Queen


BrerRabbit - 5/6/2019 at 05:56 PM

Worse for me is bands where "I got it", and can't stand what I got. Too many to name - I'll go with sckeys on most arena bands.


ABBDutchFan - 5/6/2019 at 06:13 PM

Grateful Dead
Def Leppard
Cheap Trick (liked the 2 big hits from the Budokan live album but can't stand their guitar "player")
Van Halen
U2 (after approx. 1990)


kevdab - 5/6/2019 at 06:18 PM

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Worse for me is bands where "I got it", and can't stand what I got. Too many to name - I'll go with sckeys on most arena bands.
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Boston
U2
Fleetwoodmack


hedges - 5/6/2019 at 06:55 PM

the cars
reo speedwagon


pops42 - 5/6/2019 at 06:58 PM

Moody blues, U2, Styx, ELP, Chicago (1984- now) Phish, Garth Brooks.

[Edited on 5/6/2019 by pops42]


alanwoods - 5/6/2019 at 07:16 PM

Yes.


Skydog32103 - 5/6/2019 at 07:23 PM

Talking Heads


detterm - 5/6/2019 at 08:12 PM

U2
REM
Bob Seger

A combination of "not getting it" and a bombardment on the airwaves.


fensranger - 5/6/2019 at 08:29 PM

Grand Funk Railroad
U2
Yes
Steve Miller Band


tiderule1 - 5/6/2019 at 09:01 PM

Bon Jovi


pops42 - 5/6/2019 at 09:20 PM

Bro- Country


jszfunk - 5/6/2019 at 10:13 PM

quote:
Bro- Country


Ha!!!! I just about spit my tea out on that one!! I will throw in any Country music of the last 25 yrs on that too. Just don't get it. Commercialized, dime a dozen,.

Springsteen- Never got him and He is probably one of just a few I would turn off or switch to another station ASAP!I

Grateful Dead
Pink Floyd
Pearl Jam


Lee - 5/6/2019 at 10:13 PM

Rush. Can't stand Geddy Lee's voice.


Lee - 5/6/2019 at 10:15 PM

Steely Dan is another one.


dimplesjbc - 5/6/2019 at 10:15 PM

Bruce Springsteen
Def Leppard
Guns & Roses
Bob Jovi
Van Halen
Radiohead
U2
Coldplay
Motley Crue


JimSheridan - 5/6/2019 at 10:29 PM

I respect the talent of The Police, especially the drums, but they never fully grabbed me. Sting's solo career turned me off even more.


shep66 - 5/7/2019 at 02:04 AM

Wow, so many of my favorite all time bands are on this list. Still listen to lots of this music, some curious mentions. Here's one that I still can't stand. R.E.M. Here's a few more. Beck, Nirvana, Metallica, Dave Matthew's Band. To each his own I guess.


shep66 - 5/7/2019 at 02:09 AM

quote:
Van Halen. I like a few tunes like Ice Cream Man and Hot for Teacher, but thatís it.


Sorry. You need to be disqualified from posting based on this comment alone.


50split - 5/7/2019 at 03:08 AM

styx
reo speedwagon
journey
foreigner
def leppard
poison
boston
etc.


goldtop - 5/7/2019 at 03:24 AM

The Talking Heads....I'm sorry but the guy simply can't sing...


Skydog32103 - 5/7/2019 at 01:39 PM

quote:
Sorry. You need to be disqualified from posting based on this comment alone.


Itís just an opinion. If I didnít heave to hear the same dozen hits played thousands of times a day on the radio, maybe Iíd feel differently.


slothrop8 - 5/7/2019 at 01:43 PM

Van Halen
AC/DC
The Eagles
The Beach Boys
Kiss
All punk bands
All hair metal
Van Halen again
AC/DC again


BIGV - 5/7/2019 at 01:44 PM

quote:
Here's one that I still can't stand. R.E.M.


Couldn't agree with you more, whiny vocals to say the least.....


amyjared - 5/7/2019 at 02:39 PM

I love this thread! So many of the bands you never liked are my favorites, Grateful Dead, Bruce, REM, Talking Heads, etc. The bands that I never got were The Scorpions, Whitesnake, Poison, etc. Most all of the hair-metal bands just escape me for some reason.


DeadMallard - 5/7/2019 at 04:48 PM

I love the music of the Stones but find Mick personally disgusting. Always have. There is something about his persona that just grosses me out. I also can't stand his voice.


I also love Zeppelin's music but don't listen to it very often because of how they ripped off other songwriters. Even more, what bothers me is what a thug & coward Peter Grant was. No one in the history of R & R needed to be taken outside and given an ass kicking like that **** .

I love this thread also. Very cool & surprising opinions.

[Edited on 5/7/2019 by DeadMallard]


stormyrider - 5/7/2019 at 05:46 PM

never was into Heavy Metal hair bands from 80s onward, punk


Arena bands I specifically don't like are Guns and Roses, Van Halen

when I was in college (76-80), I basically was anti everything that was popular (ie Fleetwood Mac w Stevie Nicks, Billy Joel from Stranger album and beyond, Steve Miller Band, Eagles, Cheap Trick to name a few. Some of this has become tolerable as the years have gone and you don't hear it everywhere, some hasn't

ETA - probably not meant as part of this, but never liked disco or rap. I must be one of the few people on earth that doesn't like Michael Jackson and can't stand the Thriller album.

[Edited on 5/7/2019 by stormyrider]


steved - 5/7/2019 at 05:54 PM

No you're not.

I have been spoiled by the ABB. Don't like much rock.

Was always in to jazz and blues. Some fusion.

But I do like the Dead, the Band, old MTB, CSNY and some others.


Bill_Graham - 5/7/2019 at 09:29 PM

ABBA

Could have something to do with an ex-neighbor in the condo complex I lived in playing them at top volume all hours of the night while on a nightly drunken bender but never got the appeal of there bland music.


Bill_Graham - 5/7/2019 at 09:31 PM

Dave Matthews Band

Very talented band but can't stand Matthews' voice and it sounds like elevator music to me. But the women seem to love him.


bird72 - 5/7/2019 at 10:36 PM

Most of the bands named have at least one passable song......

or at least have a song........

but of course, then there is Phish.....



crazyjoe - 5/7/2019 at 11:34 PM

I don't know why, but I've never been more than a casual fan of Clapton, Zappa, the Dead and Springsteen. Just can't dig the Journey, Boston, Styx, REO genre...........Peace.......joe

Totally don't get the Dave Mathews thing.

[Edited on 5/7/2019 by crazyjoe]


cmgst34 - 5/8/2019 at 01:57 AM

U2. By far. I think there must be some alien mind trick to make people think theyíre good. I try to at least get where folk are coming from when I donít care for the band. U2. Nope. It donít make no sense.


BIGV - 5/8/2019 at 02:54 AM

quote:
U2. By far. I think there must be some alien mind trick to make people think theyíre good. I try to at least get where folk are coming from when I donít care for the band. U2. Nope. It donít make no sense.


Agreed, Their guitar player, "The Edge" is the absolute master of two chord rock


JakeBlues69 - 5/8/2019 at 02:23 PM

Phish
Dave Matthews Band
I tried very hard to appreciate these two bands, but I just don't get it.


cyclone88 - 5/8/2019 at 02:45 PM

Journey & Foreigner were chick bands because of the lyrics so there's that.

Never liked:
Springsteen/E St.
Moody Blues
Pink Floyd
Queen

Too many to list of those I didn't try to like. I don't think you should have to work to "get" music. Always open to something new, but it has to be music not noise or whining for me.


BIGV - 5/8/2019 at 03:24 PM

quote:
I don't think you should have to work to "get" music. .


This was always my "issue" with "Deadheads"

Me: The Dead do nothing for me
DH: Have you seen them "live"?
Me: Yes, 70s. 80s & 90s
DH: Have you listened to this show?
Me: No
DH: I'll burn a copy for you
Me: No thanks
DH: Did you see Jerry solo?
Me: Yes, at the Keystone in Berkeley
DH; Did you like it?
Me: I left during the show
DH: Musta been an off night
Me: OK
DH: Dude, you gotta go see Ratdog


BrerRabbit - 5/8/2019 at 04:12 PM

Off topic re rock bands, but on the question of "getting music" . . .Lately have been "working to get" John Coltrane's later work, Ascension, Om, very challenging, I don't "get it", but there are brief flashes of understanding. At first listenings it sounds like chaos.
Some of my favorite music I didn't get at first - I remember my first exposure to Hendrix, smashing my pop-programmed ears to dust. I didn't like it, but knew there was exploration and discovery calling, so I kept listening, "working to get it". Unlike Coltrane, which may take lifetimes to get, I got Hendrix.

Mountain Jam I didn't get at all when Eat a Peach came out - those sides made zero sense, didn't get played much, until I worked to get it and started hearing the musical conversation - that recording pretty much was Jamming 101 for me.




[Edited on 5/8/2019 by BrerRabbit]


BIGV - 5/8/2019 at 04:35 PM

quote:
Off topic re rock bands, but on the question of "getting music" . . .Lately have been "working to get" John Coltrane's later work, Ascension, Om, very challenging, I don't "get it", but there are brief flashes of understanding. At first listenings it sounds like chaos.
Some of my favorite music I didn't get at first - I remember my first exposure to Hendrix, smashing my pop-programmed ears to dust. I didn't like it, but knew there was exploration and discovery calling, so I kept listening, "working to get it". Unlike Coltrane, which may take lifetimes to get, I got Hendrix.

Mountain Jam I didn't get at all when Eat a Peach came out - those sides made zero sense, didn't get played much, until I started hearing the musical conversation - that recording pretty much was Jamming 101 for me.


Interesting take. Music for me is similar to storytelling or better yet reading. It has very little to do with comprehension, only what appeals to your individual sense. You brought up "Mountain Jam" which I "got" immediately....I heard simple the wandering down a path, the joy of sitting in the woods and the attempt to find a different way out....They were weaving a tale, all on the same page, loved it. Other bands don't speak in the same tongue or tell their stories differently...It all boils down to what grabs you.... I still don't get Hendrix and have tried on numerous occasions to listen to Miles Davis and man, I just can't see it through his glasses.....


pops42 - 5/8/2019 at 04:38 PM

Kiss


BrerRabbit - 5/8/2019 at 04:49 PM

Yeah Miles, early no problem but again his later stuff, I have yet to pick up the thread, still trying. For some weird reason despite the audio assault Coltrane beckons. Re Mountain Jam, when Eat a Peach came out I was a little kid still spinning Beatles 45s. Man, once I got Mtn Jam - that was the record that gave me my jazz ears.


cyclone88 - 5/8/2019 at 04:54 PM

quote:
At first listenings it sounds like chaos.


There's a difference between "working to get" and "education." To me, education doesn't have to be formal, but it means you expect basic music elements like pitch, melody, and form. Add in personal taste based on what you've heard during your lifetime & you've formed a basis for why you like/dislike certain genres or bands. "Working to get" implies the music is flying in the face of your musical education & personal taste & you're going to be damned sure you understand it before you reject it. I don't want to work to reject Steven Tyler's vocals; life's too short.

Music is visceral & personal. It's also situational. If you're at your friend's wedding & their favorite song is something inane, you'll get up & dance because they're your friend.

[Edited on 5/8/2019 by cyclone88]


BrerRabbit - 5/8/2019 at 05:07 PM

hahaha - gotta love this, egghead posts about Miles, Coltrane, Mtn Jam, a one word post "Kiss" appears. lol, man you just gotta put on those headphones and keep spinnin that Kiss until you UNDERSTAND.


porkchopbob - 5/8/2019 at 05:57 PM

quote:
For some weird reason despite the audio assault Coltrane beckons.


Here's a really great video that breaks down "Giant Steps". Not trying to change anyone's mind or tastes - I'm not always in the mood for Coltrane or a huge fan either - but helps to understand, or at least appreciate, just what Coltrane was doing.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=62tIvfP9A2w

And here is Coltrane's "circle of 5ths" which diagrams his changes, which might sound random but are almost mathematical.


BrerRabbit - 5/8/2019 at 06:38 PM

Giant Steps is within reach, 1960, A Love Supreme, what '65, was still on our plane of existence. I was talking about his last couple years before he died, 66-67 starting with Ascension, then even further out -his music alienated his fans, it is extremely demanding . Folks were walking out of his shows in droves by then. You have to engage and actively listen.


cyclone88 - 5/8/2019 at 08:54 PM

Forgot the biggest mystery to me - Buffett.


Stephane - 5/8/2019 at 10:20 PM

quote:
And here is Coltrane's "circle of 5ths" which diagrams his changes, which might sound random but are almost mathematical.



Enlightening. Thanks.


stormyrider - 5/8/2019 at 10:25 PM

quote:
Giant Steps is within reach, 1960, A Love Supreme, what '65, was still on our plane of existence. I was talking about his last couple years before he died, 66-67 starting with Ascension, then even further out -his music alienated his fans, it is extremely demanding . Folks were walking out of his shows in droves by then. You have to engage and actively listen.


It took me a while to "get" him, but now I love Coltrane. Coltrane's Sound, Giant Steps, A Love Supreme, among others from that era are staples. Live at the Vanguard is a great box set, but Chasin the Trane is beyond me.
His later stuff is still beyond me and I don't listen

The 1st Miles record I bought was Kind of Blue - as soon as I dropped the needle on it I went nuts over it. I love that era and the Quintet that followed. It took me longer to get into his fusion stuff - some I really like, some I dont.

Bird, Monk - loved immediately

Oddly enough, it took me a little while to fully get my favorite rock bands, except the Beatles. I liked the ABB AFE album when I bought it (especially Stormy Monday - part of my screen name), but it took a few listens to fully appreciate WP.
Same for the Dead - some tunes I liked right away (I Know You Rider - the rest of my screen name) but the longer jams took more time to get into. Same is true for Phish
Now I love pretty much everything by all of those bands, ESPECIALLY the long jams


dzobo - 5/8/2019 at 10:38 PM

ELO
Dave Mathews Band
Guns & Roses
Rush
Bon Jovi
Hair & Metal Bands


BIGV - 5/8/2019 at 10:45 PM

quote:
Forgot the biggest mystery to me - Buffett.


One of a small handful of shows I've walked out on before the show was anywhere near finished.


pops42 - 5/8/2019 at 11:15 PM

quote:
Forgot the biggest mystery to me - Buffett.
parrot heads are a cult.


JimSheridan - 5/9/2019 at 02:16 AM

<< I don't think you should have to work to "get" music. >>

I half agree with this. Many of my favorite songs entered my heart instantly.

I'll offer two "howevers":

1. Some songs that are instantly pleasing do not have staying power. Sometimes it is not the song's fault; the darned thing just gets overplayed. But sometimes the same catchiness that made it instantly appealing becomes cloying, or does not reward repeated listening.

2. Some of what become my favorite songs do take me a while to get used to. Sometimes the song is just far out or outside of my expectations. It could be that a band keeps changing (King Crimson, Miles Davis, Wilco) so it takes me a while to appreciate the new sound and not merely miss the old sound.

Sometimes the song has odd or dissonant qualities that just take a while to wrap your head around. I liken this to certain flavors, like broccoli rabe or hoppy IPAs; they might just be too bitter or too SOMETHING at first, but once you get the taste, you crave it.

Music, literature, food, movies, human beings - sometimes the strange stuff that takes some getting used to becomes your favorites.


emr - 5/9/2019 at 02:37 AM

quote:
quote:
Giant Steps is within reach, 1960, A Love Supreme, what '65, was still on our plane of existence. I was talking about his last couple years before he died, 66-67 starting with Ascension, then even further out -his music alienated his fans, it is extremely demanding . Folks were walking out of his shows in droves by then. You have to engage and actively listen.


It took me a while to "get" him, but now I love Coltrane. Coltrane's Sound, Giant Steps, A Love Supreme, among others from that era are staples. Live at the Vanguard is a great box set, but Chasin the Trane is beyond me.
His later stuff is still beyond me and I don't listen

The 1st Miles record I bought was Kind of Blue - as soon as I dropped the needle on it I went nuts over it. I love that era and the Quintet that followed. It took me longer to get into his fusion stuff - some I really like, some I dont.

Bird, Monk - loved immediately

Oddly enough, it took me a little while to fully get my favorite rock bands, except the Beatles. I liked the ABB AFE album when I bought it (especially Stormy Monday - part of my screen name), but it took a few listens to fully appreciate WP.
Same for the Dead - some tunes I liked right away (I Know You Rider - the rest of my screen name) but the longer jams took more time to get into. Same is true for Phish
Now I love pretty much everything by all of those bands, ESPECIALLY the long jams


Coltrane's first "Live at The Village Vanguard" which i heard when I was 13 changed my life and musical tastes forever. Agree with the progression of being out there. His later work with Pharoh Sanders sounded like birds ripping the flesh off each other.

Coltrane; then the Doors then ABB (which led me to the blues. had to be the only kid in my school who owned a Willie McTell record


emr - 5/9/2019 at 02:38 AM

quote:
Steely Dan is another one.



Onlt concert my sona and I walked out at the end and both shrugged


emr - 5/9/2019 at 02:39 AM

quote:
Forgot the biggest mystery to me - Buffett.


Quite simple. People like to drink and party too much. The man is a genius; parlayed one song into a billion dollar empire.


BIGV - 5/9/2019 at 05:17 AM

I absolutely don't get Phish

https://youtu.be/aNHIFM0Y87c

And yes, this ^ is what I hear


matt05 - 5/9/2019 at 01:39 PM

quote:
quote:
Forgot the biggest mystery to me - Buffett.


Quite simple. People like to drink and party too much. The man is a genius; parlayed one song into a billion dollar empire.



he has a few big well known tunes
cheeseburger in paradise
it's 5 o' clock somewhere
margaritaville
come monday (imo his best song)


StratDal - 5/9/2019 at 02:24 PM

ELP. Talented musicians but boring. Same way I feel about Clapton.


ABBDutchFan - 5/9/2019 at 04:28 PM

Bloody hell, i forgot to mention KISS. Good call Pops42! How could i have forgotten to mention them.


ABBDutchFan - 5/9/2019 at 04:28 PM

Bloody hell, i forgot to mention KISS. Good call Pops42! How could i have forgotten to mention them.


BrerRabbit - 5/9/2019 at 04:42 PM

quote:
I absolutely don't get Phish

https://youtu.be/aNHIFM0Y87c

And yes, this ^ is what I hear


That vid is too hilarious - a friend sent it to me, it had me in tears, almost choked I was at a diner, had to shut it off.

So yeah, never got Phish myself. Didn't grab me enough to try. Gotta be some draw at first, with Phish, it was a pushaway. Just seemed kind of contrived. Changed my mind some recently - very much dug a recent live of the Anastasio Band, 2016 Red Rocks however, solid, very tight, great horns, good god the trombone girl was as hot as her chops.


BrerRabbit - 5/9/2019 at 05:00 PM

I challenge anyone to get this - Mick Jagger and David Bowie Dancin In the Street:

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=BHkhIjG0DKc


dzobo - 5/9/2019 at 05:28 PM

quote:
<< I don't think you should have to work to "get" music. >>

I half agree with this. Many of my favorite songs entered my heart instantly.

I'll offer two "howevers":

1. Some songs that are instantly pleasing do not have staying power. Sometimes it is not the song's fault; the darned thing just gets overplayed. But sometimes the same catchiness that made it instantly appealing becomes cloying, or does not reward repeated listening.

2. Some of what become my favorite songs do take me a while to get used to. Sometimes the song is just far out or outside of my expectations. It could be that a band keeps changing (King Crimson, Miles Davis, Wilco) so it takes me a while to appreciate the new sound and not merely miss the old sound.

Sometimes the song has odd or dissonant qualities that just take a while to wrap your head around. I liken this to certain flavors, like broccoli rabe or hoppy IPAs; they might just be too bitter or too SOMETHING at first, but once you get the taste, you crave it.

Music, literature, food, movies, human beings - sometimes the strange stuff that takes some getting used to becomes your favorites.


Agree! Agree! Agree! Good stuff can eventually get through, even if strange or just different at first. Love the mention of of the other categories of the arts and people too. To extend it a bit further I'd like to add cultures. Been fortunate enough to visit and even live in other countries. Viva la difference! Wish everyone had the opportunity. Can add so many more colors to your palette.


BrerRabbit - 5/9/2019 at 06:47 PM

Absolutely - could start a new thread on what you didn't get at first but ended up into. I am always searching for new sounds.


IPowrie - 5/9/2019 at 08:35 PM

Arcade Fire
1980's and on Aerosmith


playallnite - 5/10/2019 at 07:51 PM

Sorry people, Derek and Susan, in one ear and out the other.


Lee - 5/10/2019 at 08:06 PM

quote:
quote:
quote:
Forgot the biggest mystery to me - Buffett.


Quite simple. People like to drink and party too much. The man is a genius; parlayed one song into a billion dollar empire.



he has a few big well known tunes
cheeseburger in paradise
it's 5 o' clock somewhere
margaritaville
come monday (imo his best song)


Come Monday is a beautiful tune. But come on, we all you he made his fortune off of one song.


Stephen - 5/10/2019 at 10:13 PM

Haven't heard it in years but recall really liking Jimmy Buffett's take of the Kinks' Sunny Afternoon -- good one for him to cover, kinda fits in with the Margaritaville vibe in a way


matt05 - 5/11/2019 at 12:14 PM

quote:
quote:
quote:
quote:
Forgot the biggest mystery to me - Buffett.


Quite simple. People like to drink and party too much. The man is a genius; parlayed one song into a billion dollar empire.



he has a few big well known tunes
cheeseburger in paradise
it's 5 o' clock somewhere
margaritaville
come monday (imo his best song)


Come Monday is a beautiful tune. But come on, we all you he made his fortune off of one song.










well he did have a cheeseburger in paradise chain too so that made him tons of money. I have been to a margaritaville and every 10 seconds they play "it's 5 o'clock somewhere' so I'd say it's integral to his big business. he has a clothing line too based off of that song. sandals, bathing suits, etc. imo the man has written some great tunes and to make that much money off of that few hits he is a genius or someone around him is


DeadMallard - 5/11/2019 at 03:25 PM

quote:
I challenge anyone to get this - Mick Jagger and David Bowie Dancin In the Street:

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=BHkhIjG0DKc




I rest my case:

I love the music of the Stones but find Mick personally disgusting. Always have. There is something about his persona that just grosses me out. I also can't stand his voice.


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