Bands you have always disliked

Not sure how much this applies but I have been thinking lately about those bands that I have always labeled for myself as bands that I dislike – toying with the idea of listing those bands for myself and experimenting with exploring their music more deeply and opening myself to them to see if there is anything that I am missing through my labeling. This may be a “someday/maybe” category – partially depending on if it gathers any steam on here!


6 Responses to Bands you have always disliked

  1. hypothesis says:

    I’ve never envisioned myself as having “labels” for bands like that.

    If I think of the bands I like, I just start running through the list in my mind knowing full well I am forgetting about hundreds of others.

    As for a list of bands I dislike, I really would not know where to begin because I would have to think of the band first and then decide if I had already determined whether or not I disliked them or not.

  2. aposteriori2 says:

    You have kind of said that in the past to me in different words – that you manage to have an openness to most things –

    I have a list in my head of bands that I dislike….and they are fixed for the most part – Joan Baez I dislike a LOT, even though she dated Dylan and you would think that I would like her, Journey YUCK just plain YUCK, I hate Hootie – mostly because I like how “I hate Hootie” sounds and when they came out there was some DJ somewhere saying Hootie every nano-second of the day 7 days a week 24 hours a day. There are exceptions – I started out hating Bon Jovi and I like him very much (got to know him in the hair band period and he has outgrown that to the point that even his hairband stuff sounds good now, I hated Greenday because everyone tried to shove it down my throat that they were Punk and I listened and reacted to that more than listening to their actual music – which is REALLY GOOD and I like them a lot.

    I sort of suspected that your success with not labeling and with not allowing yourself to have fixed impressions of things would make this experiment moot for us.

  3. aposteriori2 says:

    I go to great lengths to set things up so that I can use the word “moot” – I just do.

  4. hypothesis says:

    I don’t think the point is moot . . . I mean, you could try to convince me that having a dislike list is a good, or beneficial, or at least a nice thing to have.

    It won’t work, but you could try.

    I might be able to get my mind around songs I dislike . . . but I dunno, someone could possibly cover a bad song and make it likable.

    I am the worst pessimistic optimist!

  5. aposteriori2 says:

    I dont see having a dislike list as a good thing at all – expanding my mind and freeing myself from rules and preconceptions and labels is my goal at this point….and also finding gems in areas that I have historically dismissed – it is an expanding thing

    I do have to say that I am not sure if you dont have some of this with bands – you like music a lot and are very much into it and aware of it – are you SURE there are bands who’s songs come on and you change the station as soon as you figure out that it is them? Or in a music store – are there certain CD’s that you always skip or dismiss without a second glance? I know for sure that your frame of reference is not to limit things by labeling things as things that you dislike – but does the reality REALLY match your self perception? Could be and if it does – I am in awe of your ability to do it!

  6. hypothesis says:

    When I go into a music store, I usually have a few things in mind, they may be all from the same genre or not.

    I guess what I’m saying is that if I really thought long and hard about it I’m sure there are some bands/artists, perhaps a couple of entire genres that I dislike. But I do not concern myself with my dislikes at all. I never really thought about it until you mentioned it.

    Take Barry Manilow for instance. I’m not even sure of any particular song he sings, but if I hear him on the radio I would most likely change the station. But even thinking about it right now, there may have been a song or two of his that I liked, or kinda liked.

    To me it is like peas. I do not like them, no sir. And I will avoid them if practical. But if someone serves me macaroni salad and it has peas in it, I’ll eat it anyway. If someone were riding in my car and wanted to listen to Barry Manilow when he came on the radio, I’d let them.

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