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Florence and the Machine. What's going on there?
pretty much every single one of them looked miserable
About the headline Ally Pally...
Don't seem to recall hearing a single positive thing said about Kroeger & Co.
They've become a universal byword for "crap", kind of like the Bee Gees during the disco era. Must be weird to have that happen to your band.
a crowd of us were gathered round asking him why he does, not aggressively, but in a similar way you'd ask an alien questions if you saw one for the first time.
He got really defensive saying things like "yes I know it's one song again and again but it's a really good song and I like it". Still none the wiser.
They seem to be weirdly appealing to bassists as apparently their bassist is really technically proficient, why be in such a ploddingly dullard band if that's the case is my question?
To the extent that I've often had to justify not really liking them, as opposed to the other way around.
But he hides it behind a mask of low-key hostility.
and he still resents people singing it every time he would speak in school.
Christian music (CCM as it's called) sells really well in the States but it roundly derided in the UK. Same with a lot of country acts.
it's also not that popular; just popular among certain groups.
It has insufficient exposure in the UK to get to the level of requiring derision.
Google "Florida Georgia Line". "bro-country"
Bro-country has to be the single worst invention in the history of music.
Welcome to Bro Country
Never met anyone who admitted to liking SFG.
Some of the shit in this thread (Muse, Coldplay, U2) is loved by everyone and their grandmas.
Florence in the machine
Muse are awful
Despite the often inconsistency of both of their output. Seem to remember loads of people loving Coldplay on here circa 2011 too.
I really like Florence '+' the Machine. Dog Days Are Over and Shake It Out are two of the best singles of the century. I've tried not to enjoy this music and I've failed, frankly.
have suffered for Jo Whiley ubiquity and the use of Dog Days Are Over for nearly every bloody motivational ad or uplifting bit of VT on television. That and crucifying You've Got The Love. Dog Days Are Over is a tune and there's no shame in liking it.
not sure I've ever heard anyone refer to themselves as a Matchbox 20 fan.
also I think Radiohead is the band everyone likes, but no one will admit to liking.
Their debut, as middle of the road as it was, actually was full of tunes.
He likes them because his wife likes them.
He doesn't actually know any of their songs.
STILL headlining festivals.
but they were momentarily very good.
I genuinely think bands that go down the football transfer route (new guitarist, bass payer, drummer, etc) - shouldn't be able to call themselves the same name. It'd be a bit like Alan Shearer turning up down the park and calling himself Newcastle United.
They have sold 10 million records world wide yet have no good features. So unbelievably bland, its the sort of music people who think My Chemical Romance are geniuses compare them to.
in Europe, thankfully never got much of a following in the UK. Check them out they are truly terrible.
I think in continental Europe there is a lot more sort of standard 'rock' music than in the UK. Here in Italy the charts seem to be dominated by middle aged/old blokes with guitars playing sort of standard issue U2 or Coldplay-ish music. In terms of UK/US music I'd say rock bands with big chords and clearly heard vocals are the most popular - coldplay, muse, skunk anansie (weirdly massive, do they sell any records at all in the UK?). For 99% of Italians UK music is Pink Floyd and Queen.
It’s music for people who like nice men singing nice songs.
Surely nobody likes Nightwish..?
I'd forgotten about them. "Symphonic metal" has to be the worst thing of all time, not excluding ebola
theShipment and MsWza are both on board with Counting Crows.
I love me some Crows.
Still big enough for stadium/arenas bizarrely
there's an advert in Australia for the equivalent of Tesco (Coles) which features Status Quo having rerecorded Whatever You Want with supermarket specific lyrics and play the song while looking happy about it through the whole thing.
They're playing a pub near me in East Yorkshire next month (I'm not going)
by accidentally visiting their website EVERY BLOODY TIME I try and book rail tickets online.
like the bastille type ones. No one ever talks about them.
They're well shite though. Really really shite.
were headlining some surfwank festival at croyde beach when we were on a family holiday there. Noisy bastards.
loads of people like them
- One man known to have been violent towards his girlfriend
- One other man also known to have been violent towards his girlfriend
- One guy who I'm pretty sure is racist
- One guy who wears a gopro on his helmet and puts up videos of cars doing the slightest bit of motor vehicle dickery, but never posts the red lights he runs, or the time he ran over a pedestrian at a pelican crossing
- One guy who is actually one of the nicest people I know, but his band is total shit, and I keep going to watch them on account of them being nice eager kids that love being all guitary and all I can think through the whole thing is "good God I've wasted another evening" and the pubs they play rarely have good beers on tap.
Well obviously these bands are huge because loads of people like them and buy their records and go to their concerts. So presumably you mean "bands who are massive but nobody I know likes or admits to liking".
explain "Bands who are massive but that nobody likes"
I'll stamp your indie card on your way out. When you get to ten stamps you get two free vinyls
at least not by me. you're being a bit weird tbh.
sorry for being weird. I just don't understand this thread.
It's clearly about "Bands who are massive but I don't like." Then a lot of 6th form posturing about which big bands people don't like. Pointless.
it's more about bands who are inexplicably massive
but I don't think there are many bands whose popularity you could easily explain. Trends happen, something tips and a band becomes massive. There is no formula why some do and some don't.
It was pretty unthinkable when Adele was starting out that she would become one of the biggest arists in the world. But she did and it's really refreshing that she did.
I'll personally never understand why people like Ron Sexsmith and Ed Harcourt aren't absolutely huge but for whatever reasons it didn't happen for them.
I was quite obviously taking the piss!
out of people sneering at populist bands because they presume their opinion counts for more than millions of record buyers because they post on the music website drownedinsound.com.
nobody is doing this
I don't know how to link to posts but upthread:
• "Florence and the Machine. What's going on there?"
• "Coldplay baffle me. Obviously."
• "It's really hard to work out what sort of person would like The Script"
• "Nickelback have become a universal byword for "crap""
• "Muse are awful"
• "Tokio Hotel...so unbelievably bland, its the sort of music people who think My Chemical Romance are geniuses."
"I think Radiohead is the band everyone likes, but no one will admit to liking."
I'm no fan but I can understand that just because I don't like something it doesn't mean it's crap
they're totally shite. everyone knows
I guess the 50 million albums they've sold is proof of that
And stuff I just can't understand anybody liking (even though its success makes it clear they do)
my granny LOVES Radiohead but she'd never admit to liking them to the rest of her WI pals.
stop making such sweeping generalisations!
Mumford & Sons ?
Not sure some people get the point of this thread.
I’ve known people from a wide variety of backgrounds. But I’ve never known anyone who claimed to like Annie Lennox.
And yet, she seems to get wheeled out for every municipal open-air concert in the UK (Live8, Live Earth, Queen’s Jubilee, etc), as though she’s some kind of universally-adored icon of pop music.
but people loved the Eurythmics
see also: Paul Weller
My parents like her
Loads of people love Weller, he's had a really critically successful solo career too. Hardly inexplicable
Bastille - terrible example, on Radio 1 all the time, headline massive festivals, people always banging on about them, massive band
The Wombats - great example, when the hell did anyone last so much as think of them let alone mention them, and yet they're headlining one of the biggest venues in London
It's not about what you 'like' - it's about the perception you have of a band's fanbase size
This forum has never got more sophisticated than a "list bands you do like" / "list bands you don't like" two thread paradigm.
Theoretically, I can see why he'd be popular, but I've never heard anyone say anything particularly positive about him.
All "The New Jimi Hendrix" mainstream media hype and no actual fans. Doubt anyone I know can name more than one of his songs.
Are You Gonna Go My Way
I don't really get it either, but I know people who like them otherwise.
Pretty much every subculture that existed back then had seemed to have Chili Peppers fans among their number. I remember hearing them played in metal clubs, indie clubs, chain bars, and even hearing a remix of 'By The Way' at a trance night I got dragged along to. Even my parents were fans.
If anything, what's odd is that all those fans seemed to develop collective amnesia shortly after Stadium Arcadium came out.
...you don't really get an idea of the scope of the amount of fair weather bobbins folk shell out real, human money for. Pop stuff will always befuddle me but it's stuff like, as mentioned above, The Wombats or The Hoosiers and stuff like that. Dunno...only takes one B&Q advert and they'll have a career for life playing Uni open days and stuff. I worked at HMV and it was one of the many, many soul crushing things seeing people stagger towards the till with a handful of Hoosier/Fratellis/Enemy CD's.
I literally don't know one person who was excited when The Courteeners/The Automatic/The Hoosiers etc. were announced at those uni things.
It's like some self fulfilling prophecy. Band gets some major airplay, inevitably sells about 400 copies or whatever you need to be a hit nowadays, song gets rammed down peoples throats,clueless uni organisers think "give the people what they like" and hire them for extortoionate rates.
I'm getting a little off track, but I'd wager a lot of the good examples of this are things that have got massive and continuous mainstream exposure either due to the amount a label has invested in them, or their commercial potential selling other shit other than records so they end up just... existing, with no one particularly giving a damn. Kraviz seems like a good example of this
she's a total babe and plays some pretty decent techno <3
A lot of those bands have catchy indie-lite songs and are played a lot on local radio, Magic FM, Capital FM etc which loads of people listen to in their cars and in offices. That is why they are massive.
People like their songs. Crazy isn't it?!
Pretty sure their first album is one of the biggest selling records ever (definitely in the top 20). When a band gets as big as that they generally have at least one song that everyone knows, but I genuinely wouldn't recognise a single second of their music
George Michael. A 25 year solo career, 7 UK solo number one albums, played at the Olympics closing ceremony and still shows up on chat shows every now and then. Never met anyone who said they liked him...
loads of people like him. He hasnt done anything decent in a decade but hes made loads of absolute tunes
plus as a person hes brilliant
I've LITERALLY never met someone who has admitted to liking George Michael.
Everyone seems to hate them. Except me. I think they are amazing. Those first six albums - exceptional.
does not *really* like music
And you know it.
There's probably an argument for Elton John. As in people like him but bar Rocket Man, Daniel, Tiny Dancer and Bennie & the Jets the music is dogshit.
He's got loads of good ones, but I doubt anything after about 1983.