Bands you've dismissed for non-musical reasons...

zuulzuul Posts: 254
As a life long music aficionado I'm really open to new music and it's rare I dismiss something without hearing it first... but i feel like... sometimes i don't need to hear it to know that i'm not going to like it...

for me... the best example of this is tool. i am of the age that when they came out i was their demographic... and i love all kinds of music related to and similar to tool but for whatever reason i was never curious... my lack of interest was compounded by a completely arbitrary impression and mental image of the average tool fan... for some reason i found the scene surrounding the band to be off-putting...

fast forward to a few years ago when Maynard James Keenan was on Marc Maron's WTF podcast. going into i knew nothing about the dude or his band other than my above mentioned preconceived notions... well come to find out... that like me... tool are huge fans of King Crimson and Bill Hicks. there was a lot more I found fascinating and compelling about the interview but the Hicks and Crimson connection was a big deal for me.

So i went all in on the tool discography... and what do you know? now I'm a big fan... it's great music... and i feel like i needlessly missed out all those years... i'm still not convinced that my impression of their fans is wrong... so i don't feel bad about having not seen them live... but as far as the band and their sound goes... i'm here for that stuff...

what about you? are there any bands or artists that you dismissed for whatever reason only to find out later that you were mistaken and now you're a fan?

I have a similar story about how i became to be a deadhead but i won't bore you with the details...
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  • nooshinjohnnooshinjohn Posts: 17,868
    edited August 10
    Stones... Guns $ Roses... sometimes I don’t like their music because they are complete jerks, even though the music may not be so:bad.

    Dylan and Springsteen come to mind as well.
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  • zuulzuul Posts: 254
    Dylan and Springsteen come to mind as well.

    yup. wasn't until i was in my late 20's early 30's that i finally got around to appreciating the boss and dylan... despite the fact that bob dylan and I share a birthday.... lol... when i was younger i wasn't trying to hear it. basement tapes and planet waves are two of my favorite albums now.
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  • Viking64Viking64 Posts: 2,816
    Insane Clown Posse and Slipknot. I haven't gotten around to listening to them, though. I'm cool with that.
  • Toolfan66Toolfan66 Posts: 13,786
    Not all Tool fans are as you described, actually I don’t think most are, if you ever went to one of their shows you would notice this, but I do understand where you’re coming from, a lot of their fans are complete Tools. For the most part their following reminds me of the Rush following...
  • Toolfan66Toolfan66 Posts: 13,786
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  • mlistens03mlistens03 Posts: 1,405
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  • mhardy6647mhardy6647 Posts: 18,417
    edited August 10
    not sure I've dismissed any for non-musical reasons. Closest would be Led Zeppelin, probably -- since they appear to have been, at least on average, mammoth jerks, they actively ripped off the blues musicians that they ostensibly venerated (although, by and large, the legal system caught up with those unseemly acts)... oh, and their music, by and large, was puerile.

    So, mostly for musical reasons, but not just musical reasons :|

    And, even in the case of LZ, there're a handful of their songs that I do really like. Heck, I even own a few of their rekkids... and I like the one with Stairway to Heaven on it -- and no real title, at least in the English language and Latin alphabet.

    I will admit that, in the intervening decades, Robert Plant has demonstrated that he apparently wasn't cut from the same cloth as his colleagues. He gets a partial pass from me :) (I am sure that'd mean a lot to him ;) )

    EDIT: I wonder what LZ would've been like if, as almost was the case, the band's lineup would have been Plant, Page, Entwistle (who reputedly gave the band its name) and Moon?
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  • stretchlstretchl Posts: 916
    Theodore Nugent, for obvious reasons.
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  • Toolfan66Toolfan66 Posts: 13,786
    I love Ted... for obvious reasons.

    Agreed!!!
  • stretchlstretchl Posts: 916
    mhardy6647 wrote: »
    [/EDIT: I wonder what LZ would've been like if, as almost was the case, the band's lineup would have been Plant, Page, Entwistle (who reputedly gave the band its name) and Moon?

    It was Moonie, not Entwistle.
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  • Msabot1Msabot1 Posts: 2,098
    mhardy6647 wrote: »
    not sure I've dismissed any for non-musical reasons. Closest would be Led Zeppelin, probably -- since they appear to have been, at least on average, mammoth jerks, they actively ripped off the blues musicians that they ostensibly venerated (although, by and large, the legal system caught up with those unseemly acts)... oh, and their music, by and large, was puerile.

    So, mostly for musical reasons, but not just musical reasons :|

    And, even in the case of LZ, there're a handful of their songs that I do really like. Heck, I even own a few of their rekkids... and I like the one with Stairway to Heaven on it -- and no real title, at least in the English language and Latin alphabet.

    I will admit that, in the intervening decades, Robert Plant has demonstrated that he apparently wasn't cut from the same cloth as his colleagues. He gets a partial pass from me :) (I am sure that'd mean a lot to him ;) )

    EDIT: I wonder what LZ would've been like if, as almost was the case, the band's lineup would have been Plant, Page, Entwistle (who reputedly gave the band its name) and Moon?

    Name for me one blues artist that has not borrowed a riff or run or altered it in some fashion or another...You would have to go back all the way back to the first blues master...the one who sold his soul....
  • mhardy6647mhardy6647 Posts: 18,417
    stretchl wrote: »
    mhardy6647 wrote: »
    [/EDIT: I wonder what LZ would've been like if, as almost was the case, the band's lineup would have been Plant, Page, Entwistle (who reputedly gave the band its name) and Moon?

    It was Moonie, not Entwistle.

    Interesting -- I heard it was John... but I didn't fact-check.
    I suspect much alcohol, elephant tranquilizer, or other recreational pharmacological agents was/were involved, regardless. :|
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  • mhardy6647mhardy6647 Posts: 18,417
    edited August 10
    The lack of Ted Nugent in my collection is strictly musically-driven :|
    This despite the fact that he is or was a "real" Ford Bronco owner, I might add.

    De gustibus non est disputandum
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  • pitdogg2pitdogg2 Posts: 10,242
    Culture Club......
  • joecoulsonjoecoulson Posts: 277
    pitdogg2 wrote: »
    Culture Club......

    Lol! That’s awesome. Love their music but definitely not the cover of the book

    For me a few come to mind. Talking Heads. Crazy front man with eclectic style nothing like me, but LOVE their music.

    Used to hate the entire genre of Country music for the longest time because of the stigma of it all being about the cars and women lost, but now I celebrate most of the genre. Beautiful music and specifically bluegrass, some of my favorite music to listen to.
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  • nooshinjohnnooshinjohn Posts: 17,868
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  • stretchlstretchl Posts: 916
    joecoulson wrote: »
    For me a few come to mind. Talking Heads. Crazy front man with eclectic style nothing like me, but LOVE their music.

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  • NightfallNightfall Posts: 7,529
    edited August 11
    None. Good music is good music regardless of the political views of any members.

    Is this how far we've come with the us vs them mentality? Ted Nugent is an incredible guitar player, your loss.

    Edit: I suppose I should clarify that I mean to an extent. I'm not going to listen to a band that spews **** rhetoric or something along those lines
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  • decaldecal Posts: 3,051
    If you can't hear a difference, don't waste your money.
  • nooshinjohnnooshinjohn Posts: 17,868
    I don’t dislike an artist or group based on politics, but rather on their conduct as a human being. Example is Axl Rose.... the guy is a world class tool.
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  • jdjohnjdjohn Posts: 384
    U2...for musicial, and non-musical reasons...
  • Tony MTony M Posts: 5,610
    Kiss and Daft Punk shouldn't be on the list.

    I don't think I'd ever want to go look at and listen to most of that list seeing how they want to portray themselves. :#
    Most people just listen to music and watch movies. I EXPERIENCE them.
  • nooshinjohnnooshinjohn Posts: 17,868
    Kiss I like for fun, but not for serious listening.
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  • pitdogg2pitdogg2 Posts: 10,242
    You wanted the best you got it the hottest band in the land... KISS!!!!!!
  • Viking64Viking64 Posts: 2,816
    pitdogg2 wrote: »
    You wanted the best you got it the hottest band in the land... KISS!!!!!!

    Close.

  • FestYboyFestYboy Posts: 2,530
    Deadmou5 and Buckethead are akin to daft punk and Steve Vai respectively
  • pitdogg2pitdogg2 Posts: 10,242
    Viking64 wrote: »
    pitdogg2 wrote: »
    You wanted the best you got it the hottest band in the land... KISS!!!!!!

    Close.


    Nope mine is exact. Its off Kiss alive. Do better research.
  • Viking64Viking64 Posts: 2,816
    pitdogg2 wrote: »
    Nope mine is exact. Its off Kiss alive. Do better research.

    Don't be so uptight.
  • gcegce Posts: 2,146
    I just don't understand why The Grateful Dead have such a large following. I've tried but I just can't get into them, Musically or vocally.
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