Everyone knows what a guilty pleasure is. Some people like the faux punk rock of Avril Lavigne. Maybe you like Candlebox a little bit more than you should. You think seeing the Spin Doctors light up a small county fair near you is the bees knees.
But, what about the stuff you are supposed to like but you don’t?
I am a huge music fan and a musician and I have some biggies. First of all, I don’t understand the love of Johnny Cash. I liked the movie and I don’t hate every song, but even people who don’t like that style of music will say they love Johnny Cash. I don’t know whether it is just cool to like him or people actually do, but I don’t get it personally. Cash’s music seems harmless and mostly boring to me despite the personality of the man singing. That being said (until now) I’ve mostly kept this to myself because I realize how much everyone else loves Cash and how much I am “supposed” to like him and respect him.
Who are those artists for you guys?
DP: Mine is Bob Dylan. I can tell myself he’s a great song-writing talent, I can point to songs like “All Along the Watchtower” that have been covered by countless bands, made more famous by Jimi Hendrix and DMB. I can certainly agree to his overall impact and importance to the musical landscape of the last half-century. And, with all of that said, I simply can NOT listen to his music. Whether it’s cliche to say his voice is unbearable or not, I just can’t do it.
Andrew: There are a handful of bands I would consider guilty displeasures. I’ve never much cared for the Rolling Stones and I find the Velvet Underground to be virtually unlistenable. But I’m going to get sacrilegious here and go with Bob Dylan. I’ll begin with the caveat that “Blood on the Tracks” is actually one of my favorite albums of all time. But outside of that, no matter how hard I try, no matter how many times I listen, no matter how badly I want to hear “it”, I just don’t. His songs mostly feel the same to me and I find it burdensome to listen to an entire album from start to end. I get the cultural relevance and I don’t begrudge anyone else’s enjoyment of his music. But for me, his body of work just doesn’t do anything for me at all.
TD: I am a big time Beatles enthusiast. They are the greatest band of all time, and their music is loved by people in their 80’s and my four year old son. I mean seriously, who doesn’t like the Beatles?
On the other side of the coin for me is The Rolling Stones. Are they a great band? Yes, they must be. look at all the records they sold and how they have sold out stadiums for decades. As for their music, it’s fine. They have some great songs, no doubt about it, but to me, to put them in the same league as The Beatles is blasphemy.
There is nothing worse than when a Stones fans tries to tell me that they are better than The Fab Four. They aren’t. Pure and simple. The Beatles literally were trend setters. The Stones were an immensely popular rock and roll band. There’s a difference there.
Scott: Assuming I cant just use the whole genre of country music (so, so awful), I’m going to go with Beck. I love experimentation, post-modern effects and the occasional barb with the machine. But for whatever reason, I just could never get into Beck. I can respect his success, commercial appeal and the fact that Odelay and Sea Change have sold copious units. You just won’t find any of his stuff within my iTunes library.
So, not that it makes you right or that any of these artists stink, but who are your guilty DISpleasures? Who are you “supposed” to like that you just can’t get into?