This one may stir up a little controversy. There are several bands throughout the history of rock music that I think aren’t worthy of the hype and reputation surrounding them. Without further ado, here we go…
Creedence Clearwater Revival — I don’t get these guys — a bunch of San Fransicso, semi-hippies trying to imitate swampy Southern rock. Don’t get me started on John Fogerty’s horrid screech of a voice. The only time I’ve ever liked any of their songs is when someone else covered them.
The Rolling Stones — When it comes to the big boys of 60s British rock, I’m always going to choose the Beatles. I don’t absolutely hate the Rolling Stones, but I’m not a fan either. I can see why they’re at least somewhat important, but I don’t get the hype. If anything, they’re the least overrated of the bands on my list.
Talking Heads — This group, which had a following in the 80s for some reason, is just…for lack of a better word…dorky. Their music exemplifies so much of what was wrong with 80s music, and I can’t understand why they were so popular. David Byrne’s lame sprechstimme style (like Fred Schneider, only serious and not campy) and the band’s oddball lyrics and quirky arrangements sound totally dated.
The Doors — Here’s a band I have absolutely no use for. Where do I start? Pretentious lyrics, overdrawn instrumental breaks, controversy masquerading as relevance? Or should I go ahead and say it: Jim Morrison sounded like a lounge singer. Sorry, I’m not buying it.
Nirvana — This just might be the one that will get me in trouble with some folks. I actually respect much of their stuff, and I’ll even go as far as to say I liked their Unplugged album. But, other than bringing us Dave Grohl, I just don’t see why they’re hailed as groundbreaking and so important. I’ll never forget riding between Athens and McDonough the day Kurt Cobain died, and being sad, until the announcer referred to him as “the poet of our generation,” at which point I nearly gagged. What I like of Nirvana’s music I like for entertainment value…no more, no less…and that’s why I think they’re overrated. Or would overhyped be more appropriate?
There’s my list. I realized as I got to the end how cranky it sounded, but after all, it’s just my opinion…