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  posted on 11/23/2019 at 01:48 PM

My list is endless. I really don't like most music. However, there is the music that for whatever reason you attempted to like, maybe even convinced yourself you liked it until she moved out, you found the record and smashed it with triumphant glee, and cranked your favorite sounds until the dishes piled up and the place got filthy and you realized it was your fault she left you damn slob. Point is, you never did like Nick Cave, or all the other music you tried to like, to be "in", or because you knew it was incredibly good and you felt dumb for hating it :

Joe Satriani - Flying in Blue Dream, tried. BARF, #1 for I feel dumb
Stevie Ray Vaughn - really really tried, saw live in 87, walked out
Jeff Beck - Thought I liked BBB and Wired, wore off quick.
TTB - didn't really try, loved DTB, so figured same for TTB but nope
CDB - actually liked at first, then that infernal sawing just got to me
Dave Matthews
Post-Garcia Dead
Phish, no wait I always hated them
Tom Waits - there, I said it
Jackson Brown - yep Jackson Brown
Bonnie Raitt - Thatll give em something to talk about
Gentle Giant
Genesis
Ok forget prog, I tried to like but only ended up liking a couple groups
Talking Heads - may not count cuz actually really liked but now don't
Ratt - weird one. I love to hate these guys
Def Leppard - What is wrong with me. I like Def Leppard. But they remain on list since this may be a permanent attempt to like.

Oh yeah how could I forget: BLUEGRASS - gave it my all, all that remains is a shudder of Deliverance horror.



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  posted on 11/23/2019 at 03:43 PM
Jeff Beck-loved Wired & Blow by Blow walked out on him, just aweful

Widespread Panic- Opened for ABB, John Bell's voice is chalk on a blackboard and the only high point was Jimmy Herring solos

TTB- Bought the first bunch of albums, saw some shows, done with them

CDB-Loved them and MTB back in the 70's. Once charlie got to be a borned again clownservative, no use for him

Blackberry Smoke-On the fence here, only seen them open once for Mule, they were okay but there was smoke but no fire.

Outlaws-Everyone here knows how I feel about the current stolen band and hanky paul

moe.- noe

Dave Matthews, phish, etc.- Just why???

Journey, Genesis, Rush- No thanks

I don't regret not liking these, some I tried but just ............................. no.

 

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  posted on 11/23/2019 at 06:10 PM
Phish
Rush
TTB
Aerosmith

 

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  posted on 11/23/2019 at 07:47 PM
1) The Grateful Dead. Saw them live in the 70's -80's & 90's I just don't get it. Out of key. out of tune; never able to stay for a whole show.

2) U2 - Masters of two chord rock

3) Pink Floyd

4) TTB - Loved DTB, Liked STB, but together, no thanks

5) Yes

 

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  posted on 11/24/2019 at 10:08 AM
Tom Waits. Iíll never understand.
Jackson Browne
Mike Mattisonís voice

 

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  posted on 11/24/2019 at 10:24 AM
Phish
Genesis.....I believe Phil Collins is evil for all he's done to music. A hack of the highest order

 

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  posted on 11/24/2019 at 11:44 AM
Nice to see Tom Waits mentioned a few times. Biggest waste of $12 for a cd of his.

 

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  posted on 11/24/2019 at 12:13 PM
Jimmy Buffett. I only went because The Neville Brothers opened. It was a weird scene could not take more than 3 songs from him.
 

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  posted on 11/24/2019 at 12:19 PM
Grateful Dead . I remember a friend in college playing me his best bootleg and I said " are you serious, they sound out of tune and slow."
Dave Mathews Band acoustic strumming + violin solos with a side order of garbled lyrics.
Jason Isbell I cant tell a good song from a bad song
Pink Floyd too many babies screaming and helicopters for me
Foo Fighters + Green Day = pop music without the guitar solo

 

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  posted on 11/24/2019 at 12:52 PM
Jeff Beckís later stuff , just too out-there hi-tech instrumental electronica
Wanted to like albums like About Time, 10 Years Afterís 1989 reunion album
Was also super curious to hear J Geilsí record after Peter Wolf left
Stoked/open mind & all, neither reached my ears - not even close - others too

 

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  posted on 11/24/2019 at 01:53 PM
I will start out saying I'm a musical optimist. I go in wanting to hear something that grabs me, but I'm often repelled by some.

I am a beneficiary/victim of my era. I'm 56 and love what I love and vice versa. I grew up in the 70's and most of that music left a mark and still does. The southern rock bug was instilled early and took off in 77 when Skynyrd's plane went down and it only opened me up to more. The ABB had lived off the 1st 5 years for 3 decades. A couple gems (Enlightened Rogues and Seven Turns) but mostly live old catalogue revisits from '69-'73).

The same can be said of CDB, Outlaws, Skynyrd, & MTB. I will never stray far from the early work of these bands. I love 'em.

It took a few years for me to appreciate Blackberry Smoke, but they're one of my favorite active bands and I mean active as relevant because they're still putting out great music.

I love some artist's but not every disc. Jeff Beck is one of my favorite guitarists but the techno crap was sad. I still play JBG w/both of the Rod and Max era's, (Ice Cream Cakes Baby!), Blow By Blow, Wired, The Live Disc, & There And Back are gems. Some hit and miss after that. What Jeff and Roy Buchanan laid down is still consuming the void that Eric Johnson, Satriani, Vai, and others long to fill, but fall short. I do appreciate the skills and love some of the gems.

Stevie Ray will always hold a place in my heart. When the '80's stole the heart out of music I went heavy into the blues. SRV, Albert Collins, Magic Slim, and heroes of the past filled my ears. I grabbed sampler compilations of blues and if I heard a song I loved I went deeper. Mississippi John Hurt, Muddy, Howlin', Otis, Sonny Boy, Terry & Mghee.

I mention that because I was repulsed by what music had become. The MTV disease inflicted a musical generation. The whole Motley Crue, Cinderella, Poison, Ratt, just the whole glam rock pop junk that stole the oxygen out of the music scene. The crotch grabbing hair heads had a target audience and it wasn't me.

Dave Matthews, REM, Talking Heads to me were college pop dribble.

The droning vocals of Pearl Jam drowned out the guitar work. I was never a Nirvana fan, but some tunes had a sound.

Early Genesis with Peter Gabriel and Steve Hackett was intriguing as was some early Yes, but when they got too trippy, I fell. The Phil Collins Genesis became a kind of pop sellout.

Some jam bands lack appeal to me. I was never into Phish, Widespread, Moe I just couldn't get into to it?

I love music with a flare, a bite, a uniqueness, I can except flaws either vocally or lack of biting musicianship if there's a working vibe in there somewhere. America is a band that comes to mind.

Musical love is truly in the ear of the beholder.

 

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  posted on 11/24/2019 at 02:23 PM
Tried to like the laterJohn Coltrane. I like early Coltrane very much. I don't think I will ever "like" his last sounds - but I find them compelling, I hear intense communication, and I keep listening and hearing more - so here is a case of a strong interest that has nothing to with "like" .
 

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  posted on 11/24/2019 at 05:42 PM
Great topic.

I'll start by saying I like Phish and am a huge TTB fan (and DTB as well)

music that I tried to get into and couldn't

Beck

late 80s - 90s GD. I starting listening to them in 73, saw them from 78 - 94 and enjoyed them. September 91 was great. But I can't listen to that era now - has to be late 60s and 70s

Talking Heads - like some of their stuff but so much just doesn't connect

avant garde jazz - agree with Brer Rabbit. Love jazz - Coltrane, Miles, Monk, Parker. I listen to a lot and go to jazz clubs. I totally don't get late era Trane, Cecil Taylor, some electric Miles, Sun Rah.

music I never tried to get - metal, disco, rap / hip - hop




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  posted on 11/24/2019 at 06:30 PM
I'm going to have to add my vote to TTB.

The Dead, well, if you're very mellow, or even seriously stoned, they work out ok.

 

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  posted on 11/25/2019 at 08:39 AM
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Jason Isbell I cant tell a good song from a bad song



Wow! SRV detractors too!!! Different strokes I guess but Jason is an Oasis in the desert for me.

I guess I'll swim against the stream and say The Who. Outside of Baba O'riley I don't get them. I have also tried to like several of today's 'jam bands'...Moe, Wlco, Phish, and they just bore me.

 

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  posted on 11/25/2019 at 09:31 AM
TTB
Dave Matthews
Metallica
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Tried to like the laterJohn Coltrane. I like early Coltrane very much. I don't think I will ever "like" his last sounds - but I find them compelling, I hear intense communication, and I keep listening and hearing more - so here is a case of a strong interest that has nothing to with "like" .


I like Fretsman's description of "musical optimist" & I'm open to hearing new music. I was thinking about the thread a while back for recommendations as alternatives to old stuff. There was a lot of jazz. I try it in fits & starts & it never sticks. Serious question: do you have to sit down & really listen intensely repeatedly to get it? To quote a friend, a lot of it just sounds like musical masturbation.

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  posted on 11/25/2019 at 09:38 AM
Many albums take awhile to grow on me - as always it depends on the listener

 

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  posted on 11/25/2019 at 09:59 AM
+1 Grateful Dead. I respect them, they obviously have their fans, and I dig a lot of their songs (Franklin's Tower, Sugaree, Tennessee Jed)...when someone else plays them (ABB, Susan, Levon). I play with a lot of Dead Heads some of them bring the same "ok is good enough" mentality to any music we play. Their music just never "peaks" it's always the same energy level.

Same with SRV. Lots of respect, I get it, I remember the 80s and how he reopened the door for blues-based rock musicians. But there is something about Texas-based blues that doesn't grab me, and (this is personal taste, I admit) there are about 3 Strat players I enjoy listening to, and 2 of them were in the Allman Bros. I never liked that brittle single coil sound (a warm Strat sound like Khruangbin I dig).

Grand Funk Railroad I will never understand. I'm like Bart Simpson listening to Homer, never sure if someone is serious when say they are a fan. I don't dislike their music, but they never seemed to separate themselves from a lot of their contemporaries to deserve such intense fandom of that period. And their fans seem to be the generation that grew up with them, I don't hear a lot of today's musicians reevaluating or being influenced by them the way you hear The Kinks or The Ramones as an influence. They are no frills rock, but I think that's why they haven't aged well - they don't have a unique sound.

 

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I like Fretsman's description of "musical optimist" & I'm open to hearing new music. I was thinking about the thread a while back for recommendations as alternatives to old stuff. There was a lot of jazz. I try it in fits & starts & it never sticks. Serious question: do you have to sit down & really listen intensely repeatedly to get it? To quote a friend, a lot of it just sounds like musical masturbation.

Some of my favorite music "grew" on me, so I try to be open to everything as well. But if you've tried, why force it? I love me some Sun Ra and electric Miles, but I can't listen to it that often. You have to be in the right mood or head space. And later Coltrane I've tried and it gives me a headache. So, it's ok to just not dig it. It's not on you or the music, just not your thing.

 

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  posted on 11/25/2019 at 10:17 AM
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(This thread is a personal f you to Steve Hoffman, who would never allow it, and banned me from his website for a similar thread. On that forum you get banned if you ever say you don't like stuff - FREE THE STEVE HOFFMAN PRISONERS!)

My list is endless. I really don't like most music. However, there is the music that for whatever reason you attempted to like, maybe even convinced yourself you liked it until she moved out, you found the record and smashed it with triumphant glee, and cranked your favorite sounds until the dishes piled up and the place got filthy and you realized it was your fault she left you damn slob. Point is, you never did like Nick Cave, or all the other music you tried to like, to be "in", or because you knew it was incredibly good and you felt dumb for hating it :

Joe Satriani - Flying in Blue Dream, tried. BARF, #1 for I feel dumb
Stevie Ray Vaughn - really really tried, saw live in 87, walked out
Jeff Beck - Thought I liked BBB and Wired, wore off quick.
TTB - didn't really try, loved DTB, so figured same for TTB but nope
CDB - actually liked at first, then that infernal sawing just got to me
Dave Matthews
Post-Garcia Dead
Phish, no wait I always hated them
Tom Waits - there, I said it
Jackson Brown - yep Jackson Brown
Bonnie Raitt - Thatll give em something to talk about
Gentle Giant
Genesis
Ok forget prog, I tried to like but only ended up liking a couple groups
Talking Heads - may not count cuz actually really liked but now don't
Ratt - weird one. I love to hate these guys
Def Leppard - What is wrong with me. I like Def Leppard. But they remain on list since this may be a permanent attempt to like.

Oh yeah how could I forget: BLUEGRASS - gave it my all, all that remains is a shudder of Deliverance horror.



[Edited on 11/23/2019 by BrerRabbit]


This is a hell of a good list with some exceptions like Jackson Browne and several others.

 

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  posted on 11/25/2019 at 10:56 AM
SRV: I have a love-hate thing with his music. I can only listen to 2-3 songs before the music starts to seem incredibly busy to me because of too many notes being played too fast.

I have a lot of his songs on mixed play lists. Incredible artist that I enjoy immensely in small doses.

Hate/Do not like list:

Pearl Jam: like the guitarist but songs irritate me.

Grateful Dead: I don't get it & never have with the exception of a few songs. What Duane, Dickey and Jaimoe ever heard in them is beyond me. I agree with Greg's take on them.

CDB: after Saddle Tramp I started losing interest. He's the other end of Steve Earle's politics which annoy me. I wish they'd both shut the "F***" up. Find something better to write and sing about than the 2 parasitic political parties.

Marshall Tucker after Tommy Caldwell died.

 

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  posted on 11/25/2019 at 11:32 AM
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I guess I'll swim against the stream and say The Who


Very interesting example for me. I am "trying to like " the Who right now, and it just sounds like kids shouting and banging on garbage cans.

Like many I cut my teeth and grew up on The Who. I did not like or love The Who, I WAS The Who.

Then in 2013 I did the guitars in a local production of Tommy. Great experience, enjoyed very, and the band was stellar.

Must have blown my Who fuse.



 

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I guess I'll swim against the stream and say The Who


Very interesting example for me. I am "trying to like " the Who right now, and it just sounds like kids shouting and banging on garbage cans.

Like many I cut my teeth and grew up on The Who. I did not like or love The Who, I WAS The Who.

Then in 2013 I did the guitars in a local production of Tommy. Great experience, enjoyed very, and the band was stellar.

Must have blown my Who fuse.





Tried to like Face Dances & Itís Hard - same thing with the Deadís In The Dark & Built To Last
Loved Deep Purpleís 1984 reunion album Perfect Strangers - but, as much as I wanted to like its follow up, House of Blue Light.........

Brer do you know Endless Wire at all? Have never heard it before

 

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  posted on 11/25/2019 at 01:12 PM
Have not heard Endless Wire - when/if my Who logjam breaks up I will give it a listen. Then again, maybe some new blood could cure my Whopostasy.
 

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  posted on 11/25/2019 at 02:28 PM
I have mixed feelings about Frank Zappa. I inherited about 20 CDs of his when a friend of mine went to all download / digitised versions of music. Obviously FZ is a monster musician, both in terms of composition and playing, and I like some of his stuff, but some of the jokey material is hokey, and some of the compositions sound more like an "interesting idea" rather than music that I enjoy. That being said, I REALLY loved Dweezil's "Hot Rats" show live, so go figure.

Son Volt's first album is really great, but everything after that doesn't strike me as interesting.

I like a lot of prog rock, and while Martin Barre is an excellent guitarist, I've never been able to fall in love with a lot of Jethro Tull's material.

 
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