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Posted 13 September 2017 - 05:53 PM

Slightly inspired by the overrated bands thread. Do you ever remain unimpressed by a band even though you really quite like one, or several, of its individual members?

Personally, I think Brian May is a terrific guitar player, but Queen never manages to move me. His tone is great, and his solos are exciting and ear-catching, but the songs they're trapped in always leave me cold. It's almost a bit frustrating!

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Posted 13 September 2017 - 05:57 PM

Stewart Copeland is a great drummer and I loved his work with Stanley Clark on the Animal Logic records. However, the band he made his fame with, The Police, are absolutely sh*t.
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Posted 13 September 2017 - 05:59 PM

The smiths - take away Morissey and they are great, with him they range from passable to terrible.

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Posted 13 September 2017 - 06:16 PM

Foo Fighters. Love Dave Grohl as a drummer and a person, can't stand 95% of their music or their "actual" drummer. The other guys seem OK.

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Posted 13 September 2017 - 06:31 PM

The Who. Fantastic bassist, one of a kind drummer, guitar legend and a really strong singer.
All the right ingredients for a rock band, right?
I just don't get it, about 2 or 3 of their tunes I think are ok but I can't get excited about The Who.

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Posted 13 September 2017 - 06:34 PM

Florence & The Machine. She has an immense voice, completely wasted in that messy, mimsy indie twaddle.

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Posted 13 September 2017 - 06:35 PM

 T-Bay, on 13 September 2017 - 05:59 PM, said:

The smiths - take away Morissey and they are great, with him they range from passable to terrible.
I never got the Smiths either but think Johnny Marr post Smiths did some good work

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Posted 13 September 2017 - 07:38 PM

Rush. Geddy is amazing. The songs are awful.

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Posted 13 September 2017 - 07:52 PM

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Posted 13 September 2017 - 08:07 PM

View PostZilchWoolham, on 13 September 2017 - 05:53 PM, said:

Slightly inspired by the overrated bands thread. Do you ever remain unimpressed by a band even though you really quite like one, or several, of its individual members?

Personally, I think Brian May is a terrific guitar player, but Queen never manages to move me. His tone is great, and his solos are exciting and ear-catching, but the songs they're trapped in always leave me cold. It's almost a bit frustrating!
Agree with that, Brian May is great but wasted on that band. Then again, without Queen he might never have been heard of. Just a bloke in a pub band with an incredible guitarist.
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Posted 14 September 2017 - 12:10 AM

View PostChris2112, on 13 September 2017 - 05:57 PM, said:

Stewart Copeland is a great drummer and I loved his work with Stanley Clark on the Animal Logic records. However, the band he made his fame with, The Police, are absolutely sh*t.

Not a massive Police fan, though largely due to Mr Copeland's input - has there ever been a more annoying drummer?
I'm sure he is technically very capable, but all that busyness and accenting everything gets very wearing. After about a minute.

Reminds me of Simon Philips, another drummer I'm sure could play everything in 13/9 time if he so desired. However, saw him years ago playing at a Secret Policeman's Ball gig - standard blues
shuffle with Eric Clapton and Jeff Beck IIRC - and he murderedthe song / feel / groove.
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Posted 14 September 2017 - 12:14 AM

View PostBassassin, on 13 September 2017 - 06:34 PM, said:

Florence & The Machine. She has an immense voice, completely wasted in that messy, mimsy indie twaddle.

Missed them/her off my 'overrated' list. Her voice is unremarkable and struggles to sing in tune live,
with the songs sounding like a support band at a 1970's college gig.
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Posted 14 September 2017 - 05:45 AM

Guns & Roses and Chic for me.
I love Duff McKagan's melodic playing and Bernard Edwards has an amazing groove, but I really don't care for their main bands. Although I appreciate both have played with other projects.

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Posted 14 September 2017 - 06:04 AM

View PostBassassin, on 13 September 2017 - 06:34 PM, said:

Florence & The Machine. She has an immense voice, completely wasted in that messy, mimsy indie twaddle.

The reverse for me, the band are really interesting, the singing is woeful!
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Posted 14 September 2017 - 06:35 AM

View Postfretmeister, on 13 September 2017 - 07:38 PM, said:

Rush. Geddy is amazing. The songs are awful.

I've always thought Rush are half of a good band. I really like Alex's multi-tracked chordal guitar playing and even his late 70s lead style, before he got all the digital reverbs (side 2 of Hemispheres >> Moving Pictures) and Ged's bass playing - and tone - is tremendous. I've always loathed the dodgy politics, excessive and showy drumming, 'the voice' and 90% of the material (everything except side 2 of Hemispsheres >> Moving Pictures). They don't seem to understand the idea that leaving things out is a good thing. Taste, basically. Ged's playing is great though.

View Postsuper al, on 13 September 2017 - 06:31 PM, said:

The Who. Fantastic bassist, one of a kind drummer, guitar legend and a really strong singer.
All the right ingredients for a rock band, right?
I just don't get it, about 2 or 3 of their tunes I think are ok but I can't get excited about The Who.

This. I have 'Live at Leeds', 'Meaty, Beaty, Big 'n Bouncy' and 'Who's Next' and that's already too many Who LPs. On paper they look like a winner though. In my case, I put i down to Daltry really - I never really rated him. Band's you'd like with a different singer or no singer would be a good thread. I'm sure that's where 90% of the 'over-rated' comments come from. Esp where The Smiths are concerned.

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Posted 14 September 2017 - 06:58 AM

I'm totally with you on the who thing. A few great songs, and four awesome soloists.
It works, but I just don't get all the hype tbh

Florence and the machine- awesome musicians that work really well together, but what a terrible shrieker.

I'm kind of torn with the rush question though- love geddys playing, and I believe it carries the band in many ways, but I just can't get past his early vocal style. The only album I actually can listen to relatively often is snakes and ladders. He actually doesn't sound like a nasal mess to me.
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Posted 14 September 2017 - 07:26 AM

Guns n Roses for me. I love Duff's playing and really enjoyed Velvet Revolver and his last 'Loaded' release. Can't stand Axls whine and snake dance.
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Posted 14 September 2017 - 09:21 AM

The Foo's for me too.
I like Dave Grohl. Always comes across really well. To be honest, so do the rest of the band.
I'm just not a fan of the music, even though i'd really like to be!!

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Posted 14 September 2017 - 09:28 AM

View PostFuNkShUi, on 14 September 2017 - 09:21 AM, said:

The Foo's for me too.
I like Dave Grohl. Always comes across really well. To be honest, so do the rest of the band.
I'm just not a fan of the music, even though i'd really like to be!!

The recent "Sonic Highways" series would be a case in point. Immensely enjoyable (apart from Taylor Hawkins) but as soon as the Foo Fighters song came on at the end I'd skip to the next episode.

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Posted 14 September 2017 - 09:29 AM

View PostZilchWoolham, on 13 September 2017 - 05:53 PM, said:

Slightly inspired by the overrated bands thread. Do you ever remain unimpressed by a band even though you really quite like one, or several, of its individual members?

Personally, I think Brian May is a terrific guitar player, but Queen never manages to move me. His tone is great, and his solos are exciting and ear-catching, but the songs they're trapped in always leave me cold. It's almost a bit frustrating!

I always liked the Smiths. I never liked Morrisey. There, I've said it.

While I respect his contribution to music I don't have to like the fellow. I think the Smiths might have stayed on the scene longer with a different front man. Hindsight's a bugger.

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Guns n Roses for me. I love Duff's playing and really enjoyed Velvet Revolver and his last 'Loaded' release. Can't stand Axls whine and snake dance.

Me too. To my tinnitus riddled hearing he usually sounds like he could do with a shot of laxative to ease his discomfort.

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Posted 14 September 2017 - 09:39 AM

View PostSpondonBassed, on 14 September 2017 - 09:29 AM, said:

I always liked the Smiths. I never liked Morrisey. There, I've said it.

While I respect his contribution to music I don't have to like the fellow. I think the Smiths might have stayed on the scene longer with a different front man. Hindsight's a bugger.

IMO there's a pretty good chance that with someone less controversial and a more conventional approach to singing and melody as a front man, The Smiths would never have anything more than another Manchester band with a couple of cult singles released on their own label.

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Posted 14 September 2017 - 09:44 AM

Beatles - but can't stand either singer.

I love the songs. They are well crafted and well performed but I've never liked L&M's voices.
I've got tons of cover versions of their songs in various styles.

They could have been massive with a better singer... ;)

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Posted 14 September 2017 - 09:53 AM

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I've always thought Rush are half of a good band. I really like Alex's multi-tracked chordal guitar playing and even his late 70s lead style, before he got all the digital reverbs (side 2 of Hemispheres >> Moving Pictures) and Ged's bass playing - and tone - is tremendous. I've always loathed the dodgy politics, excessive and showy drumming, 'the voice' and 90% of the material (everything except side 2 of Hemispsheres >> Moving Pictures). They don't seem to understand the idea that leaving things out is a good thing. Taste, basically. Ged's playing is great though.



This. I have 'Live at Leeds', 'Meaty, Beaty, Big 'n Bouncy' and 'Who's Next' and that's already too many Who LPs. On paper they look like a winner though. In my case, I put i down to Daltry really - I never really rated him. Band's you'd like with a different singer or no singer would be a good thread. I'm sure that's where 90% of the 'over-rated' comments come from. Esp where The Smiths are concerned.

Lifeson makes my teeth itch when he solos.

In fact I'm not sure he does solo. I think he throws the guitar down the stairs and just records that.

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Posted 14 September 2017 - 09:57 AM

View Postfretmeister, on 14 September 2017 - 09:53 AM, said:

Lifeson makes my teeth itch when he solos.

In fact I'm not sure he does solo. I think he throws the guitar down the stairs and just records that.

Horses for courses, sure, but even this?

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Posted 14 September 2017 - 10:00 AM

View PostFuNkShUi, on 14 September 2017 - 09:21 AM, said:

The Foo's for me too.
I like Dave Grohl. Always comes across really well. To be honest, so do the rest of the band.
I'm just not a fan of the music, even though i'd really like to be!!

With you on this one Kert, aside of the first 2 albums, which I do like, it's been essentially rock music for folks who don't like rock music.
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Posted 14 September 2017 - 10:05 AM

View PostLewisK1975, on 14 September 2017 - 10:00 AM, said:

With you on this one Kert, aside of the first 2 albums, which I do like, it's been essentially rock music for folks who don't like rock music.

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Posted 14 September 2017 - 10:07 AM

View PostBigRedX, on 14 September 2017 - 09:39 AM, said:

IMO there's a pretty good chance that with someone less controversial and a more conventional approach to singing and melody as a front man, The Smiths would never have anything more than another Manchester band with a couple of cult singles released on their own label.

You're probably right but at least you could say you got a singer who used ALL of the notes, not just his favourite one.

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Posted 14 September 2017 - 10:10 AM

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Posted 14 September 2017 - 10:12 AM

View PostT-Bay, on 13 September 2017 - 05:59 PM, said:

The smiths - take away Morissey and they are great, with him they range from passable to terrible.
I can take Mozza for one song, maybe two, but after that I'm done, which is a shame because the rest of them make a very passable noise indeed.

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Lifeson makes my teeth itch when he solos.

In fact I'm not sure he does solo. I think he throws the guitar down the stairs and just records that.
:D I only ever liked Spirit of Radio, but then after a period of extended exposure on Planet Rock I've become a real fan of Rush's 80s and early 90s work and I think Alex does an amazing job, especially his rhythm playing. However, this made me laugh out loud. They are very much a marmite band IMO.

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Beatles - but can't stand either singer.

I love the songs. They are well crafted and well performed but I've never liked L&M's voices.
I've got tons of cover versions of their songs in various styles.

They could have been massive with a better singer... ;)
The only one of that band I have any time for is George.

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Posted 14 September 2017 - 11:43 AM

View PostLewisK1975, on 14 September 2017 - 10:00 AM, said:

With you on this one Kert, aside of the first 2 albums, which I do like, it's been essentially rock music for folks who don't like rock music.

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