Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Bands (and Artists) I Probably Should Like (But Don’t) - Part 3

OK, it’s been almost 3 weeks since I added Bob Seeger to Journey on the list of bands I probably should like (but don't)... Part 3? How about U2?

Success? Deemed among the most critically and commercially successful groups in popular music, they have won more Grammy Awards than any other band (22). In 2005, the band were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in their first year of eligibility. Rolling Stone magazine ranked U2 at number 22 in its list of the "100 Greatest Artists of All Time". Their global rank at is #125

And I just really do not like them.

I thought “Sunday Bloody Sunday” was pretty good, but everything since seems largely the same…. “Still Haven’t Found What I’m looking For”, “Pride (In The Name Of Love)”, “With Or Without You”, “New Year’s Day”… Sorry, it just doesn’t do anything for me. I think there’s something about Bono’s vocal style. Or maybe just an aversion to people how only have 1 name….

And I just can’t take all of the media fawning over just how IMPORTANT they are. It’s just music, OK? It doesn’t qualify you to be some mystical leader…. On the other hand, I suppose they do deserve “props” for actually being engaged in trying to help peoples around the globe….. But I still don’t like their music.

I don’t have a single U2 song on my iPod. Nor Journey. Nor Bob Seeger.

Anybody with me on this?


Ol' Froth said...

I've never been a U2 fan either. I can't stand Journey. Bob Seger I'm meh about. Don't like him, but don't dislike him either. I really dislike "Turn the Page" though.

John Roberts said...

Agree with Journey and U2, but I like a lot of Bob Seger. I remember buying the "Night Moves" album in '76 on a whim, and becoming a fan. Warehouse records in New Orleans sold LPs for $3.99 back then, so even on a part-time, minimum wage income I could afford to experiment.