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Old 06-01-2010, 01:10 PM   #1
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Battle of the Bands

Over (quite) a few drinks this past holiday, the topic of over-rated bands came up.

I was severely ridiculed for my top three choices:
  1. The Beatles
  2. The Who
  3. U2

What say you?
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Old 06-01-2010, 01:40 PM   #2
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Well in order of over-ratedness I'd have to say

1, U2
2, Oasis
3, U2
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In no particular order,

U2
Avenged Sevenfold
Rolling Stones

I disagree with MJK's choice of the Beatles and the Who. Every kid who ever picked up a guitar and wrote a song to get the attention of a girl owes a debt to Lennon and McCartney (sorry Elvis fans, he didn't write his own hits and was washed-up halfway through his career). Come to think of it, any successful band who wrote their own material owes them; everything else was by professional songwriters (kind of like today, which in itself would explain quite a bit). Why doesn't this apply to the Stones, you may ask? Because the Stones chased trends, and when they were too old to chase trends they went corporate; "Exile on Main Street" really was their last good album. Outliving your contemporaries doesn't make you great.

I wasn't aware that anyone thought the Who were timeless geniuses, but I was windmilling to "Pinball Wizard" and "Won't Get Fooled Again" when I was 3 so they qualify as influential, regardless the pretentiousness of the Rock Opera concept. We won't hear that kind of songwriting ever again...not even from Townshend himself.

I would be interested to hear what would make the Beatles and/or the Who overrated; that must've been a fascinating conversation and I'm worse off for not having been a part of it.

EDIT: Honorable mention goes to Ritchie Blackmore...I always like me some Deep Purple/Rainbow, but the guy's really not all that great a guitarist, and this is coming from a musician.

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Old 06-02-2010, 01:47 AM   #4
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In no particular order,

Every kid who ever picked up a guitar and wrote a song to get the attention of a girl owes a debt to Lennon and McCartney (sorry Elvis fans, he didn't write his own hits and was washed-up halfway through his career). Come to think of it, any successful band who wrote their own material owes them; everything else was by professional songwriters (kind of like today, which in itself would explain quite a bit).
Yup, they wrote excellent lyrics:
"We all live in a yellow submarine, yellow submarine, yellow submarine..."
"I am the walrus, goo goo g'joob..."

I'd go on, but I'm nauseated just thinking about the drivel they wrote.
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Yup, they wrote excellent lyrics:
"We all live in a yellow submarine, yellow submarine, yellow submarine..."
"I am the walrus, goo goo g'joob..."

I'd go on, but I'm nauseated just thinking about the drivel they wrote.
There's more to a song than lyrics, and even then it's more than just words.

Quoting Frost, Kerouac, or Dante out of context would sound pretty stupid too, wouldn't it?

That said, even I admit "Yellow Submarine" required some of Leary's finest, and according to McCartney was originally meant as a children's song.
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I DO hope your first choice is a joke . I'd go along with Radiohead though.

My choices in no particular order:

1. The Beatles
2. David Bowie (does he count as a band?). If not, then Lou Reed. Also not a band? The Stranglers!
3. The Strokes
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Crosby, Stills and Nash(and sometimes Young)- Good harmonies but overrated in concert and all of them did better work before joining.

Steve Miller Band- I still can't figure out why people think so much of them.

Abba- Their lyrics were painful.

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I DO hope your first choice is a joke . I'd go along with Radiohead though.

My choices in no particular order:

1. The Beatles
2. David Bowie (does he count as a band?). If not, then Lou Reed. Also not a band? The Stranglers!
3. The Strokes
I'm an idiot, and I've completely got the wrong end of the stick on this thread (serves me right for doing it while on a conference call...). My selections were my favourite bands, not overrated bands .

Now I'm going away to have a rethink and a large glass of red wine.

* slopes off re-faced and muttering to himself *
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