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Posted on 05/01/2013 4:06:21 PM PDT by Para-Ord.45
#5: Pink Floyd
Lets tackle Roger Waters reputed antisemitism first, since it lets me put off having to actually talk about his dreadful music for a bit.
I grew up trying to avoid The Wall. It was ubiquitous in my steel mill home town a whining drone blaring from every paneled suburban basement and tricked out Chevy van.
#4 Bob Marley
The king of rasta music (and his idiotic religion) inspires so much loathing I barely have to do more than cut and paste this entry. Thanks, other people!
Remember that tribute to Bob Marley at this years Grammy Awards? Neither does anyone else, because it was terrible. The most entertaining part? You can actually see all these A-list performers suddenly remembering, too late and on live TV, that Bob Marleys songs are, in fact, really really bad.
#3: Stevie Wonder
At the risk of wandering into Elvis Costello territory yes, he really did say this Im gonna come right out with it:
If Stevie Wonder wasnt black and blind, theres no way hed be as highly esteemed as he is.
A white guy who named himself Wonder would never hear the end of it. Instead, we never hear the end of Stevies songs, especially on American Idol.
OK, so thats not his fault, but you know what is?
Besides The Secret Life of Plants and I Just Called To Say I Love You and Ebony and Ivory?
#2: The Doors
The Doors are like certain Twilight Zone episodes or The Shawshank Redemption:
Really deep and profound if youre 12 years old.
Jim Morrisons lyrics sorry, I mean poetry is, well, let this guy say it:
Jim Morrison wrote a lot of poetry, and most of it was ( ) pretentious, regrettable, faux-intellectual diarrhea. Reading Jim Morrison the poet is like watching a shirtless SAE pledge strumming James Blunt on his old acoustic in the university commons during spring break: totally insufferable, uninspiring, and distasteful.
By the way: the dude who wrote that is a fan of The Doors.
#1: Bruce Springsteen
Bruce Springsteen is a pompous blowhard whose overwrought, arrested-adolescent lyrics make Jim Morrison sound like Philip Larkin.
And like Morrison, he wrote about stuff he knows nothing about like having a real job and, like both Morrison and Stevie Wonder, he gave himself a ridiculous penis nickname: The Boss.
The only reason Because the Night is good is because Patti Smith co-wrote it.
But as usual, it took an Englishman to give Springsteen the thrashing he deserves:
Someone like Tom Waits makes me feel like I understand America a little better. Springsteen makes me feel hopelessly estranged from the place with his hyperventilating soap operas about young lovers riding outta this one-horse town on the back of a hurricane down the highway of dreams. ( )
His lyrics are wrought from overcooked high school poetry (we ride through mansions of glory on suicide machines), homespun hokum, and the York Study Notes to John Steinbeck.
Springsteen appeals to the eternal adolescent in every rock fan, but not the fun, irreverent version, rather the inner Holden Caulfield, earnestly searching for ANSWERS and TRUTH, desperate to be a hero in the drama of his own life, utterly incapable of laughing at himself or the world.
Roger Waters hates his fans so much he built a Wall between him and them and people still paid to see that crap.
And Springsteen !? LOL Was turned off by this multi-millionare droning and moaning on about the plight of the working man while flying around in private jets from his mansions. Hey "Boss" practice what you preach, give 99.99% of your money back. What? No? Thought so.
Spot on to me, although I wouldn’t complain too much if Marley slid off the list for numerous others.
Roger Waters IS a musician and if we’re supposed to be talking about his musicianship then...YEAH! He’s damned good musician.
When I was in college I went out with a girl from a decaying industrial town outside of Pittsburgh. She absolutely loved his album “The River”. I listened to it and told her, “He’s mocking the people you think he cares about. He thinks they’re trash.”
Well, so much for that relationship.
Pastime Paradise and Village Ghetto Land were pretty good yet, in general, I agree...especially w/ #1. Springsteen was on the covers of Time and Newsweek at the same time which was the first I had ever heard of him...imagine my disappointment upon actually hearing his crap.
Well I certainly agree about The Doors, but I know very few musicians who don’t recognize the likes of Pink Floyd and Marley as true innovators with extraordinary talent.
Floyd’s lyrics in The Wall might be “self centered” but the work itself is universally recognized as a piece of musical genius. Marley created a completely new, fresh, and thrilling sound from the Trenchtown slums - did about 10 things extraordinarily well and was the first to do them - and that’s more than I can say even for the Rolling Stones.
On the political business, if that were a criterion I’d never enjoy a music track or a Hollywood movie.
Never could understand the Doors popularity! As a musician, I thought they sucked! And Morrison was so pretentious that it hurt! Back then I was a big Zappa fan.
He’s wrong about Bob Marley but spot on about the rest.
My sister’s appraisal of Springsteen’s vocal prowess is one that I can’t best: the man sounds like he is constantly defecating (and struggling with the effort to boot) when he attempts to sing.
If Waters isn’t bleating antisemitic drivel or wallowing in self-pity over the father he lost in WWII, he won’t shut up about Syd Barrett, who was himself overrated. Face it, Roger: Gilmour is a darn good musician by contrast, and Floyd wouldn’t be what it became without him. Get the reunion done and stop shafting your fans; even the Sex Pistols had reunion shows.
When I found out what Marley’s “religion” was, I just shook my head. Haile Selassie?
I agree on Springsteen most definitely. I don’t agree on Pink Floyd. The others, kind of indifferent.
Reverse list of writer/musicians ?
Zappa would be near to No.1 . Clever, funny,inventive and a fine guitar player to boot.
That is funny and so true. The only Springsteen that I've remotely liked is Dancing in the Dark.
I smell a ‘Rick Rolled’ coming up.
The freak from Culture Club ... thankfully, I don’t recall its name.
No worst musician list is complete without Michael Bolton
Bob Marley is classic and timeless.
None of these bands are over-rated IMHO.
Was turned off by this multi-millionare droning and moaning on about the plight of the working man while flying around in private jets from his mansions.
You hate him, as do I, but it is not because of his music.
Lady gaga? She can’t help it if she was born that way...
They forgot Phil Collins
Pompous overblown ass with simplistic crap that is only suitable for garbage Disney movies now.
And for anyone that disagrees, I have three words:
SU Su Sudio
Floyd had really interesting ‘music’ once you get into it...if you can that is. But although I did like the wall, His daddy issues were pathetic in the way he rode them to riches.
ZERO respect for the guy on a number of levels.
There’s only two Pink Floyd albums I care to listen to, Dark Side of the Moon and Animals.
The Wall doesn’t do it for me.
I went through a “Doors” thing just around the time I graduated high school... then I grew up. I can’t understand why I was so into them now.
I would disagree with Stevie Wonder. I grew up in the early 70’s in Detroit and Stevie was part of the soundtrack of my growing up years. Too many good songs to be put on this list I think.
Waters... ehh.. I can see why he’s here. He was quite an innovator during most of his Floyd years. -Til The Wall.. As for his bass playing, he’s not great. Listen to the records. Lots of one note strumming. But I believe he’s a great producer.
Just my 2cents... I ain’t nobody...
#5: Pink Floyd: I’ve always loved Pink Floyd. I must have gone to many midnight showing of them live at Pompey as well as the Wall.
#4 Bob Marley
Never liked him.
#3: Stevie Wonder
Never liked him.
#2: The Doors
I love the doors.
#1: Bruce Springsteen
Not only do I intensely dislike his music and voice but despise him as a person.
Thankfully they didn’t have the Who on here. They’re another band I must have seen, “The Kids are Alright” over twenty times at midnight movies. If you like this movie, beware, there’s a newer movie with the same title and it’s about some lesbos and ‘their’ kids or something but Roger Daltry is nowhere to be found. And something makes me think their kids are anything but alright.
Springsteen does not belong on this list.
There were good albums but mostly very weak and repetitive. Then again, I started following them in their later years.
I don't know anything about Bob Marley, but for the other four on this list I have some tunes that I really like, some I just can't stand, and many others that I'm completely indifferent about.
One thing I would point out though, is that I was never a fan of Pink Floyd when I was young but grew to appreciate them over time. And for Bruce Springsteen, the process was the opposite.
AC/DC Shoot To Thrill
5 - Any boy bands where they don't play their own instruments
4 - Eminem
3 - Puff Daddy or whatever he calls himself.
2 - Nirvana
1 - Green Day
Funny thing about women, though - she stopped liking him when he released the song “ I loved you but I lied.” I remember many women didn't like it because he “lied” even though that wasn't what he meant. That song ended his career. Lol.
Let me cover my head first, OK......Bob Dylan. Never understood the magic, never will.
Only one of the best rock drummers, ever.
all of the beatles.
whoever the idiots were that sang sweet home alabama.
lots of others.
Glad I’m not the only one. I like Pink Floyd and The Doors too.
Springsteen’s live arena shows back before Born to Run were great. Stevie Wonder had a good album in Innervisions.
Now Geddy Lee, there's a train wreck, or more like fingernails on a chalk board of a voice if there ever was one.
Oh, I'm supposed to give him a pass because he's kinda sorta a libertarian.
Not gonna do it.
What about Bieber and Timberlake and the whole load of pussies that came out of boy bands and YouTube?
And sure all reggae music is basically just one song ... or at least it all sounds that way to the zombies that dance to it while stoned out of what's left of their minds. So you won't get much of an argument from me about Marley.
Actually Steve Wonder was pretty good when he was young. Same for Springsteen IMO, I kinda liked some of his early stuff but fame and fortune seemed to affect a change in each of them.
In my books Pink Floyd is tied for worst with The Moody Blues.
Aw gee... now I'm about to have a flashback to 1977...
Please, somebody put on some Van Morrison.
"The only reason music critics love Elvis Costello is because they all look like Elvis Costello." -- David Lee Roth
"Why should I change? He's the one who sucks!"
I agree. I have a friend who travels all over to see Dylan. He leaves me cold.
Queen sucks, sucks I tell ya, SUCKS!!
Bohemian Rhapsody is total crap.
There. I said it.
Two words: Paper Late.
But, the beginning of Hold On with the drum riff is good, the rest crap.
Land of Illusion? Mega crap.
Them are fightin' words here in the South!
The Bass Player from Atlanta Rytum Section, Paul Goddard, Johnnie Deranza (spelled correct ) The Elvan Bishop Band's Lead Guitar. Everybody in the Marshall Tucker Band, and Guitar Madness that was Molly Hatchett, their are so many more....
Also check out the band that never made it big that should have... Fountainhead
Check out "Stay Away" and "t's A Pirate's Life For Me"....
The Doors was 60s music. Sure if you want to compare Jim Morrison with Blake or Wordsworth he’s going to appear shallow, but as 60s music goes, he wasn’t that bad.
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