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ZilchWoolham

Bands you don't like with members you do like

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Slightly inspired by the overrated bands thread. Do you ever remain unimpressed by a band even though you really quite like one, or several, of its individual members?

Personally, I think Brian May is a terrific guitar player, but Queen never manages to move me. His tone is great, and his solos are exciting and ear-catching, but the songs they're trapped in always leave me cold. It's almost a bit frustrating!

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Stewart Copeland is a great drummer and I loved his work with Stanley Clark on the Animal Logic records. However, the band he made his fame with, The Police, are absolutely sh*t.

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The Who. Fantastic bassist, one of a kind drummer, guitar legend and a really strong singer.
All the right ingredients for a rock band, right?
I just don't get it, about 2 or 3 of their tunes I think are ok but I can't get excited about The Who.

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Florence & The Machine. She has an immense voice, completely wasted in that messy, mimsy indie twaddle.

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[quote name='T-Bay' timestamp='1505325565' post='3371099']
The smiths - take away Morissey and they are great, with him they range from passable to terrible.
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I never got the Smiths either but think Johnny Marr post Smiths did some good work

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I don't really care for QOTSA, but Josh Homme [i]et al[/i] did a cracking job with Iggy Pop on the [i]Post Pop Depression[/i] album and live DVD.

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[quote name='ZilchWoolham' timestamp='1505325220' post='3371094']
Slightly inspired by the overrated bands thread. Do you ever remain unimpressed by a band even though you really quite like one, or several, of its individual members?

Personally, I think Brian May is a terrific guitar player, but Queen never manages to move me. His tone is great, and his solos are exciting and ear-catching, but the songs they're trapped in always leave me cold. It's almost a bit frustrating!
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Agree with that, Brian May is great but wasted on that band. Then again, without Queen he might never have been heard of. Just a bloke in a pub band with an incredible guitarist.

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[quote name='Chris2112' timestamp='1505325450' post='3371098']
Stewart Copeland is a great drummer and I loved his work with Stanley Clark on the Animal Logic records. However, the band he made his fame with, The Police, are absolutely sh*t.
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Not a massive Police fan, though largely due to Mr Copeland's input - has there ever been a more annoying drummer?
I'm sure he is technically very capable, but all that busyness and accenting everything gets very wearing. After about a minute.

Reminds me of Simon Philips, another drummer I'm sure could play everything in 13/9 time if he so desired. However, saw him years ago playing at a Secret Policeman's Ball gig - standard blues
shuffle with Eric Clapton and Jeff Beck IIRC - and he murderedthe song / feel / groove.
IMHO of course :D

Edited by casapete

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[quote name='Bassassin' timestamp='1505327687' post='3371121']
Florence & The Machine. She has an immense voice, completely wasted in that messy, mimsy indie twaddle.
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Missed them/her off my 'overrated' list. Her voice is unremarkable and struggles to sing in tune live,
with the songs sounding like a support band at a 1970's college gig.
I know, I'm probably getting old etc..... :(

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Guns & Roses and Chic for me.
I love Duff McKagan's melodic playing and Bernard Edwards has an amazing groove, but I really don't care for their main bands. Although I appreciate both have played with other projects.

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[quote name='Bassassin' timestamp='1505327687' post='3371121']
Florence & The Machine. She has an immense voice, completely wasted in that messy, mimsy indie twaddle.
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The reverse for me, the band are really interesting, the singing is woeful!

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[quote name='fretmeister' timestamp='1505331497' post='3371175']
Rush. Geddy is amazing. The songs are awful.
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I've always thought Rush are half of a good band. I really like Alex's multi-tracked chordal guitar playing and even his late 70s lead style, before he got all the digital reverbs (side 2 of Hemispheres >> Moving Pictures) and Ged's bass playing - and tone - is tremendous. I've always loathed the dodgy politics, excessive and showy drumming, 'the voice' and 90% of the material (everything except side 2 of Hemispsheres >> Moving Pictures). They don't seem to understand the idea that leaving things out is a good thing. Taste, basically. Ged's playing is great though.

[quote name='super al' timestamp='1505327475' post='3371117']
The Who. Fantastic bassist, one of a kind drummer, guitar legend and a really strong singer.
All the right ingredients for a rock band, right?
I just don't get it, about 2 or 3 of their tunes I think are ok but I can't get excited about The Who.
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This. I have 'Live at Leeds', 'Meaty, Beaty, Big 'n Bouncy' and 'Who's Next' and that's already too many Who LPs. On paper they look like a winner though. In my case, I put i down to Daltry really - I never really rated him. Band's you'd like with a different singer or no singer would be a good thread. I'm sure that's where 90% of the 'over-rated' comments come from. Esp where The Smiths are concerned.

Edited by radiophonic

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I'm totally with you on the who thing. A few great songs, and four awesome soloists.
It works, but I just don't get all the hype tbh

Florence and the machine- awesome musicians that work really well together, but what a terrible shrieker.

I'm kind of torn with the rush question though- love geddys playing, and I believe it carries the band in many ways, but I just can't get past his early vocal style. The only album I actually can listen to relatively often is snakes and ladders. He actually doesn't sound like a nasal mess to me.

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Guns n Roses for me. I love Duff's playing and really enjoyed Velvet Revolver and his last 'Loaded' release. Can't stand Axls whine and snake dance.

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The Foo's for me too.
I like Dave Grohl. Always comes across really well. To be honest, so do the rest of the band.
I'm just not a fan of the music, even though i'd really like to be!!

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[quote name='FuNkShUi' timestamp='1505380902' post='3371421']
The Foo's for me too.
I like Dave Grohl. Always comes across really well. To be honest, so do the rest of the band.
I'm just not a fan of the music, even though i'd really like to be!!
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The recent "Sonic Highways" series would be a case in point. Immensely enjoyable (apart from Taylor Hawkins) but as soon as the Foo Fighters song came on at the end I'd skip to the next episode.

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[quote name='ZilchWoolham' timestamp='1505325220' post='3371094']
Slightly inspired by the overrated bands thread. Do you ever remain unimpressed by a band even though you really quite like one, or several, of its individual members?

Personally, I think Brian May is a terrific guitar player, but Queen never manages to move me. His tone is great, and his solos are exciting and ear-catching, but the songs they're trapped in always leave me cold. It's almost a bit frustrating!
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I always liked the Smiths. I never liked Morrisey. There, I've said it.

While I respect his contribution to music I don't have to like the fellow. I think the Smiths might have stayed on the scene longer with a different front man. Hindsight's a bugger.

[quote name='kendall' timestamp='1505374014' post='3371349']
Guns n Roses for me. I love Duff's playing and really enjoyed Velvet Revolver and his last 'Loaded' release. Can't stand Axls whine and snake dance.
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Me too. To my tinnitus riddled hearing he usually sounds like he could do with a shot of laxative to ease his discomfort.

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[quote name='SpondonBassed' timestamp='1505381384' post='3371427']
I always liked the Smiths. I never liked Morrisey. There, I've said it.

While I respect his contribution to music I don't have to like the fellow. I think the Smiths might have stayed on the scene longer with a different front man. Hindsight's a bugger.
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IMO there's a pretty good chance that with someone less controversial and a more conventional approach to singing and melody as a front man, The Smiths would never have anything more than another Manchester band with a couple of cult singles released on their own label.

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Beatles - but can't stand either singer.

I love the songs. They are well crafted and well performed but I've never liked L&M's voices.
I've got tons of cover versions of their songs in various styles.

They could have been massive with a better singer... ;)

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[quote name='radiophonic' timestamp='1505370925' post='3371323']
I've always thought Rush are half of a good band. I really like Alex's multi-tracked chordal guitar playing and even his late 70s lead style, before he got all the digital reverbs (side 2 of Hemispheres >> Moving Pictures) and Ged's bass playing - and tone - is tremendous. I've always loathed the dodgy politics, excessive and showy drumming, 'the voice' and 90% of the material (everything except side 2 of Hemispsheres >> Moving Pictures). They don't seem to understand the idea that leaving things out is a good thing. Taste, basically. Ged's playing is great though.



This. I have 'Live at Leeds', 'Meaty, Beaty, Big 'n Bouncy' and 'Who's Next' and that's already too many Who LPs. On paper they look like a winner though. In my case, I put i down to Daltry really - I never really rated him. Band's you'd like with a different singer or no singer would be a good thread. I'm sure that's where 90% of the 'over-rated' comments come from. Esp where The Smiths are concerned.
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Lifeson makes my teeth itch when he solos.

In fact I'm not sure he does solo. I think he throws the guitar down the stairs and just records that.

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[quote name='fretmeister' timestamp='1505382783' post='3371446']
Lifeson makes my teeth itch when he solos.

In fact I'm not sure he does solo. I think he throws the guitar down the stairs and just records that.
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Horses for courses, sure, but even this?

[url="https://youtu.be/78D00dYOBrM"]https://youtu.be/78D00dYOBrM[/url]

Edited by LewisK1975

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[quote name='FuNkShUi' timestamp='1505380902' post='3371421']
The Foo's for me too.
I like Dave Grohl. Always comes across really well. To be honest, so do the rest of the band.
I'm just not a fan of the music, even though i'd really like to be!!
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With you on this one Kert, aside of the first 2 albums, which I do like, it's been essentially rock music for folks who don't like rock music.

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