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Posts Tagged ‘Metallica’
Everyone has an opinion and here is mine: many of the so-called “legendary” rock bands are terrible. Perhaps it is because i am looking back in history at many of these bands/artists and was not there in their heyday, perhaps it is because i do not use drugs, or maybe i’m just an ungrateful curmudgeon who is bitter because these bands sold billions and trillions of records and my demo tape is going nowhere collecting dust in my closet. Either way, below is a list of bands that i think are overrated, intolerable, and un-listenable; bands who make me reach for the off button and swear off the radio every time I hear a song by any one of them.
Aerosmith- Perhaps my most reviled band; I don’t like anything about them. I don’t like the music or the personalities, the album art, the interviews, or “Wayne’s World.” Steven Tyler’s lyrics could be the worst thing about this band, though. Here is a sample from the “classic” song “Last Child:”
Yes sir, no sir
Don’t come close to my
Home sweet home
Can’t catch no dose
Of my hot tail poon tang sweetheart
Sweathog ready to make a silk purse
From a J Paul Getty and his ear
With her face in her beer
Heh? What is he talking about? I don’t like to make fun of people, so I’ll hold my fire there. However, I can’t say I’d ever buy a book written by Mr. Tyler. Also, I don’t ever want to hear “I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing” again.
Also, American Idol is rock and f’n roll.
Boston/Journey- I can’t stand these “power rock” bands and their endless balladeering. Sure, it’s nice to have an epic, powerful song, but when EVERY SONG is similar, going for the same feeling, the effect is lost on me. It’s the same reason I can’t really listen to Comeback Kid anymore. There is something to be said for diversity and creating an album, not just a disc full of singles which you hope to have memorable hits with.These two bands really exemplify the excess and uselessness of radio rock, too. The album art is probably the worst I’ve seen, too, and I like Slayer. At least these bands didn’t put their own pictures on their album covers…
the Eagles- I think this is just due to the fact that Don Henley rubs me the wrong way. I’ll give you Joe Walsh; “Rocky Mountain Way?” “Life’s Been Good?” Sure, I’ll take those songs. Anything by the Eagles, though, is just Top 40 dreck to my ears. Or maybe it’s just that I don’t like California. Regardless, I don’t want to hear this band again. And I’ll never understand why their greatest hits album is one of the best-selling albums ever.
Metallica- I really tried with this band. I bought “Master of Puppets” and I liked it in high school, but now, I just can’t get into it anymore. Perhaps my view is tainted by the albums this band put while I’ve actually been alive, but regardless, I just think of “St. Anger” and “Re-Load” every time I hear a song by this band. “Harvester of Sorrow?” I’m sure it’s a good song, but I just see the clenched fist of “St. Anger” in my mind; I see Lars Ulrich sitting in the courtroom, bringing Napster to its end; I see James Hetfield with short hair, I hear his radio-rock voice, I think of the “Black Album,” and the effect is lost on me. Sorry, I know I shouldn’t judge the music by the personality, but I’ve done it with all the other bands I’ve written about in this silly article, so why stop now?
Green Day- I hate pop-punk, but I really, really hate Green Day. Perhaps what most infuriated me about this band was that “American Idiot” album. I just couldn’t get away from the grenade artwork, that “Boulevard of Broken Dreams” song, any of that stuff. It was everywhere! The band made famous for songs about marijuana, masturbation, and an album named “Dookie” are now political experts who know more than people who actually know what they are doing? Cool. All we need now is Gwar’s new “serious” anti-war album, or that new opinion column by Will Ferrel in the New York Times and the world will be a better place.
What “classic” bands do you hate? Are my opinions invalid, way off-base? Am I a moron? Probably. Comment below!
Kirk Hammett is definitely my favorite member of Metallica.
He’s generally a quiet dude who goes about his job of churning out killer riffs and shredding solos while not doing too much to disturb the often times volatile personal chemistry between Lars and James.
But apparently he’s got a hidden dark side. Namely, he kicks little girls off stage during concerts. Literally, kicks them off stage. Don’t believe me? Just watch the video:
Okay, so maybe it’s not all as pernicious as it sounds. The girl, who is the daughter of the band’s stage manager, was standing on the edge of the stage as huge black beach balls fell from the rafters. Hammett was in the process of kicking them as they fell to the stage, and I can’t really blame him for not seeing the half-pint kid standing behind one of the balls that he decided to boot. The band released a statement saying that the girl was not physically hurt. Maybe in the future, her dad will have the sense to “manage the stage” a little better and move his daughter out of the way of flying orbs.
Lissie (full name Elisabeth Maurus) first came to my attention (and undoubtedly many others) when she posted an exquisitely triumphant live cover of Kid Cudi’s hit song “Pursuit of Happiness” on YouTube.
The performance had all the hallmarks of a great cover – the song’s foundation remained firmly in place so that it was recognizably derived from the original, but it was presented with just enough new context and impassioned delivery to make it an entirely new experience unto itself.
Lissie then saw increased traffic flowing to two earlier covers that she had also posted to YouTube – one for Metallica’s “Nothing Else Matters” and the other for Lady Gaga’s “Bad Romance”. Both songs further established Lissie as an artist with undeniable talent. But the question remained – could she pull off the same magic with her own original songs?
After all, it’s pretty hard to make a career solely as a YouTube cover artist.
Avenged Sevenfold have always been a band that I felt mixed emotions about.
On the one hand, I was opposed to their whole brand of shallow, image-obsessed, machismo-drenched pap. On the other hand, their technical skills, particularly on guitar, are absolutely top-notch. Not only that, but they write undeniably catchy songs. It’s just so hard to get into a band if you think they’re a bunch of douchebags.
But the potential has always been there to rise above their collective flaws, which is why I gave this band another chance to win me over with their new album Nightmare.
And I’m glad that I did. Nightmare is the definition of everything that can be good about the genre of pop metal.
I was perusing Kid Cudi’s Facebook page when I came across this awesome cover he posted of his song “Pursuit of Happiness” by Lissie. I hadn’t heard of Lissie, an Illinois-based indie rocker, but this cover is so damn good, I’m gonna have to check her out.
Lissie’s debut album, Catching A Tiger, is out now in the UK. Us Americans (as opposed to U.S. Americans) will have to wait until August 17th to get it here in the States.
Check out a couple more sweet covers she’s done after the jump:
I’ll say this about Serj Tankian – the man is fearless.
That’s the only way to describe his latest solo project, Elect The Dead Symphony, which saw him get up in front of the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra, a 70-piece ensemble, (in a dashing white suit no less!) and perform completely new orchestral arrangements of his heavy metal material. And make no mistake, this wasn’t a Metallica S&M style concert, where the electric guitars and yelling were accompanied by bombastic orchestral scores. No, this was an entirely new imagining of his songs as purely symphonic pieces.
Sound like a huge disaster? Well, Serj does have at least one thing going for him in this regard and that’s his voice. Simply put, Serj has a massive set of pipes, a huge range, and anyone familiar with his work in System of a Down knows that his singing has a uniquely operatic style.
Unfortunately, just because his voice may be up to this monumental task does not mean that his songs are.