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Re: What's your Unpopular Music Opinion?

Originally Posted by Kurt D
Here's my unpopular opinion (I am a lifelong lover of music, and sometimes musician):

Hatred of entire genres of music is lame.
I'll agree that "hate" is a strong word, but there are whole genres of music that just don't speak to me at all, I don't actively hate it but don't get any enjoyment listening to it.

For example, I have yet to find any polka songs that I like to listen to.

How much death metal do you like? I constantly hear people say "OMG, I can't stand those cookie monster vocals, how can people listen to that, blah blah blah". And this is often from people who like "normal" metal.



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Re: What's your Unpopular Music Opinion?

Originally Posted by cultshock
I'll agree that "hate" is a strong word, but there are whole genres of music that just don't speak to me at all, I don't actively hate it but don't get any enjoyment listening to it.

For example, I have yet to find any polka songs that I like to listen to.

How much death metal do you like? I constantly hear people say "OMG, I can't stand those cookie monster vocals, how can people listen to that, blah blah blah". And this is often from people who like "normal" metal.
I'm not at all a death metal scholar. I reviewed a Gorgoroth DVD for this site and liked it quite a bit, I think I have a Gojira album or two, some Mastodon, love Ministry, etc. etc. but I don't really know what I'm talking about. BUT, I think there is something to like in all music.

I guess the Bluegrass thing was interesting to me since there is so much metal that is hyper fast like plenty of bluegrass.

I don't have any polka albums, but I love how it has influenced Mexican music, etc.

I just think it's great to have an open mind when it comes to music, because there are fantastic examples of every type, and the language is truly universal - all the letters are the same, they're just put together in different ways.

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Re: What's your Unpopular Music Opinion?

Originally Posted by Kurt D
I'm not at all a death metal scholar. I reviewed a Gorgoroth DVD for this site and liked it quite a bit, I think I have a Gojira album or two, some Mastodon, love Ministry, etc. etc. but I don't really know what I'm talking about. BUT, I think there is something to like in all music.
I guess you are not a death metal scholar, none of those bands are death metal bands. (some aspects of Gojira perhaps, but the others are black metal, prog metal and industrial respectively). But I'm just messing with you my friend.

I get your point about having an open mind, but I guess we all run into personal taste boundaries at some point. I love extreme metal, but I also love bands like The Cure, The Smiths and Depeche Mode. I like a lot of classical, I like some blues and some folk. I love bands that have unlikely combinations, like Zeal and Ardor, which is black metal combined with African-American spirituals. I like to be surprised in music, style changes, mood changes, tempo changes, complicated rhythms, etc. within a song, which is why some genres like reggae, are too rigid and formulaic for me.
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Re: What's your Unpopular Music Opinion?

Originally Posted by cultshock
I guess you are not a death metal scholar, none of those bands are death metal bands. (some aspects of Gojira perhaps, but the others are black metal, prog metal and industrial respectively). But I'm just messing with you my friend.

I get your point about having an open mind, but I guess we all run into personal taste boundaries at some point. I love extreme metal, but I also love bands like The Cure, The Smiths and Depeche Mode. I like a lot of classical, I like some blues and some folk. I love bands that have unlikely combinations, like Zeal and Ardor, which is black metal combined with African-American spirituals. I like to be surprised in music, style changes, mood changes, tempo changes, complicated rhythms, etc. within a song, which is why some genres like reggae, are too rigid and formulaic for me.
Yeah, I just reread my review to learn that Gorgoroth is black metal (anti religion?) and not death metal (anti-government?) ...

At any rate, liking music is just like enjoying a really good cup of coffee. If there are genres that are not to your taste, it's a character defect.

Also, high five. (and yes, I did know that every other band I mentioned wasn't death metal, Gorgoroth was my best chance! )

Zeal and Ardor sound really interesting, so I will check them out!
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Re: What's your Unpopular Music Opinion?

Originally Posted by Kurt D
Here's my unpopular opinion (I am a lifelong lover of music, and sometimes musician):

Hatred of entire genres of music is lame.
I think coming into and opinion thread and commenting that someone's opinion is lame is...uh...lame.

And you're lame!

And that's all I got. Took me several minutes to come up with that.

Spoiler:
And Fuck Polka! (Sorry Weird Al. )

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Re: What's your Unpopular Music Opinion?

Originally Posted by Spiderbite
I think coming into and opinion thread and commenting that someone's opinion is lame is...uh...lame.

And you're lame!

And that's all I got. Took me several minutes to come up with that.

Spoiler:
And Fuck Polka! (Sorry Weird Al. )
I am lame, but am I unpopular?

Don't answer that ...
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I didn't really listen to the radio nonstop back in the day. Not even in the background.

Going through the songs on Rumours, the only one I immediately recognize is "Don't Stop Thinking About Tomorrow". IIRC, it was a song played frequently at Bill Clinton's various political rallies and inauguration in the early 1990s.
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I feel like it you've spent more than 12 minutes in a grocery store at any point in the last 30 years, you would have heard half the songs on that album.
Originally Posted by Toby Dramit
I don't hear Fleetwood Mac that often at my local grocery store but I do hear plenty of Baker Street, Night Moves, Brother Louie, Sultans Of Swing, Miss You, Witchy Woman, Piano Man, Pilot (Ian Thomas), All My Love, and Feel Like Makin' Love on a regular basis.

Of course, I pop into the store today and the first song I hear is Go Your Own Way ...

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Followed immediately by All My Love ...










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I had to stand in line at the post office earlier long enough to hear four modern country songs on the intercom. They all had the same melody and instruments with a dude's nasal whine about a barn, pickup truck, a couple of six packs and god.

It has been awhile since I read The Divine Comedy but I am sure I was just in one of Dante's levels of hell.
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Re: What's your Unpopular Music Opinion?

Thsi weekend I went down a Rabbit Hole watching YouTube videso about bands caught faking it onstage. KISS came up in a few videos.

MY UnPop Op is...I believe there have been KISS shows where Gene and/or Paul had someone fill in for them in costume.
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Re: What's your Unpopular Music Opinion?

Originally Posted by Kurt D
Here's my unpopular opinion (I am a lifelong lover of music, and sometimes musician):

Hatred of entire genres of music is lame.
I will say there is one sub-genre of music I really dislike. It's a type of jazz that is very sax-heavy, easy listening music. I don't know the official description. But in our house we know the genre because when our kids were little they frequently went to the Burger King around the corner from our house. That location always played this XM radio station that had this wailing, easy listening jazz saxophone music. We have dubbed the genre "Burger King Jazz". Sometimes the kids will hear it in an elevator or hotel lobby and shout out "Burger King jazz!". I'd love to know what it actually is -- I thought it was New Age Jazz but that's far more mellow.
Anyway, I pretty much hate that type of music.
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I'm With You and The Getaway are the best post Blood Sugar Sex Magic Red Hot Chili Peppers album.
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Re: What's your Unpopular Music Opinion?

Are you asking for an an unpopular opinion regarding popular music or an opinion about unpopular music?
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Re: What's your Unpopular Music Opinion?

Originally Posted by Ash Ketchum
Are you asking for an an unpopular opinion regarding popular music or an opinion about unpopular music?
We’ve already got a bit of both so let ‘er rip.
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Re: What's your Unpopular Music Opinion?

Originally Posted by Decker
I will say there is one sub-genre of music I really dislike. It's a type of jazz that is very sax-heavy, easy listening music. I don't know the official description. But in our house we know the genre because when our kids were little they frequently went to the Burger King around the corner from our house. That location always played this XM radio station that had this wailing, easy listening jazz saxophone music. We have dubbed the genre "Burger King Jazz". Sometimes the kids will hear it in an elevator or hotel lobby and shout out "Burger King jazz!". I'd love to know what it actually is -- I thought it was New Age Jazz but that's far more mellow.
Anyway, I pretty much hate that type of music.
Muzak? Elevator music?

Music in restaurants sort both fascinates and annoys me.

In most cases it's just completely unnecessary, and the restaurants are paying a premium to be able to play it.

And in a lot of cases it's annoying and too loud. A few years ago I waited in a McDonalds while my wife doing Christmas shopping. And nothing is more boring to a man than standing around while your wife is buying a bunch of gifts for other women. Now McDonalds is usually a pretty chill place to set up your laptop and do some computer stuff on their wifi, so I had her drop me off there. But I get in there, and they have this godawful country-western Christmas music blaring. It's shit like "Rudolphy the Red Nosed Reindeer" and "Jingle Bells" with yodelly vocals and jangly guitars played at Spinal Tap 11. Sat in there for like two hours nursing some chicken nuggets and a constantly refilled Diet Coke while Yodelin' Andy ran through every Christmas song known to man. Thank Krampus I had my noise-cancelling headphones, but even those didn't cancel the noise as promised. Can't imagine having to work in there.

And I hate loud music in restaurants, anyway, because I have to shout my orders and other requests over the music, and, on top of that, these places only seem to hire low talkers like the puffy shirt woman.

Speaking of Muzak, and apropos of nothing, back in the heady days of Napster I downloaded an elevator music version of Metallica's "Master of Puppets." It was labeled as a "Moby remix" and it's hilarious and brilliant. I've never been able to find out where it came from or who made it in the years since.


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No, not Muzak. Original compositions.

Checking the Sirius XM description, it's Smooth Contemporary Jazz as a genre.
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I much prefer smooth jazz or something like that in the background than what my wife and I have been hearing a lot lately in restaurants.

We will go to a nice place for dinner lately and so many nice places have hip hop or dance music playing and it is usually thumping. I'm talking heavy bass beats and dudes rapping about their dick. It is totally bizarre, and it has happened multiple times lately. There is a time and place for that kind of music but mid and upper tier restaurants for a relaxing meal is not it.

If the music is blasting at a place, I have no issue asking a manager to turn it down, off or to something else. Literally every time the waiter, bartender or assistant manager thanks us and advises that the in-charge manager keeps it like that all the time and they despise it. They also advise that even though people complain, the manager always goes back to the same thing the next day or later after some customers leave. This has happened at least a dozen times to us in the past couple of years. If it is too annoying and nothing is going to be done about it, we just leave and never go back. We wanted a night enjoying a meal out, not a dance club visit.

Must be a new generation thing. Like taking your babies, toddlers, and dogs to fucking bars and breweries. Don't even get me started on that shit.
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Re: What's your Unpopular Music Opinion?

Originally Posted by Decker
No, not Muzak. Original compositions.

Checking the Sirius XM description, it's Smooth Contemporary Jazz as a genre.
https://youtu.be/jWfax0-3k8A?si=ZzS847JRmAusd-3Q
I was going to come in and say it's "smooth jazz", but you beat me to it. My kids put smooth jazz on in the house all the time and it drives me bonkers. I'm not sure they like so much as they just don't know what else to put on.
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My Dad puts on 'Smooth Jazz' for the dog every time he leaves the house.
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Brit-pop > Grunge
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Smooth Jazz flies in the face of everything that's actually cool about Jazz -- the virtuosity, the creativity, the inventiveness. It seems to only exist to be inoffensive background music, and even with those exceptionally modest goals, it fails miserably.
It would have been hilarious if in La La Land, Ryan Gosling still wanted to open a jazz club and preserve Jazz music, but only liked Smooth Jazz.
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This will surprise no one, but there is a decent amount of smooth jazz that I like as well.
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Originally Posted by rocket1312
I was going to come in and say it's "smooth jazz", but you beat me to it. My kids put smooth jazz on in the house all the time and it drives me bonkers. I'm not sure they like so much as they just don't know what else to put on.
In college, the only reliable radio station I could get to come in for my alarm clock radio played smooth jazz when I needed to get up. It was terrible music to wake up to, but it did the job better than the beep. I didn't realize how bad smooth jazz could get until November rolled around, and they started playing smooth jazz versions of Christmas music. Ugh.
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The song Do You Realize?? by The Flaming Lips is pure treacle.
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Is there even a popular music opinion about the song Do You Realize? by The Flaming Lips?
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I thought all the kids loved it!

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