October 19, 2006

Couches, Shots and Bad Music

I spent the night last night on the pull-out sofa in the basement. Before you jump to any conclusions, no, I didn't do anything particularly offensive to Beth. The truth is much more horrible than that - I snore. Every member of the Cactus-Fish household has been inflicted with a rampant case of The Sniffles for the last week (or two, if you're looking in my direction). Tuesday night, well, wasn't pretty. Between Mia snorting and me snoring no one got any sleep. I recall waking up at one point to Beth saying, "oh would you please shut up." That was directed at me. So, last night, I spent the night on the couch. I distinctly recall couches being much more comfortable when I was ten years younger. "Think of it as a bachelor pad," Beth said. So I did what any bachelor would. I did a couple shot (of NyQuil), passed out and woke up this morning beside a strange woman (Mia's doll Lucy).

. . .

Tuesday, I mentioned a couple of bands I can't stand, don't understand or like in spite of my better judgment. Apparently some of you wanted to hear more.

Bands I Can't Stand
In a previous life, Beth was a Deadhead. I fell in love with her in spite of this. See, The Dead annoy the ever-loving shit out of me. Now, I know some of you out there really like them but I? Think they blow mutant donkey penis. To be fair, I listen to and love some stuff lots of other people would hate, like prog-rock epics that wind down after a half hour or hair-metal tracks with more guitar solos than verses or choruses. But alt-country-jam-folk? I don't have time for that shit. That's just an idea that sounds terrible on paper. Who needs to hear how it's executed. What's really disturbing is that I've managed to get Ripple stuck in my head and I know it's going to be stuck there for 24 hours, minimum.

Bands I Don't Get
The three most popular, influential artists I just don't get will surprise you. I mean, I love music. So how could I not get The Rolling Stones or Kiss or Jimi Hendrix? But there it is.

I want to like The Stones. I really do. But I can't get no satisfaction. Their finest moment was 1969's Let It Bleed, containing their two best songs - Gimme Shelter and You Can't Always Get What You Want. Their other output leaves me cold (and by cold I mean I'll go out of my way to avoid hearing their stuff). Mick sounds like a white dude trying to find soul (and never quite succeeding) and Keith's a pioneer whose talent doesn't live up to the legend. After 40+ years of doing what they do, they seem less like dinosaurs and more like parodies of themselves. They're rock legends, for sure, but that doesn't mean I have to listen to them.

Next up? Kiss. Do you need me to defend this? The Detroit Rock City legends are brilliant showmen but when it comes to making music they're only average. I have never heard a Kiss song that made me think anything other than meh. Also, Gene Simmons' tongue kinda scares me. Ditch the make up and smear on some talent, guys. Then I'll listen.

Finally, Jimi Hendrix. Yes, he's a pioneer and he may truly be one of the first legitimate guitar gods, but his voice makes me want to jam a Fender Strat in each ear to knock out the sensory receptors that allow me to understand and interpret sound. Dude, shut up and play yer guitar. Well, I guess being dead accomplished half of that.

Bands I Like Despite My Better Judgment
In the history of music, there have been some terrible ideas. Need I remind anyone of Milli Vanilli? Paul Simon's tragically bad Songs From The Capeman? You get my drift. I'll add another group of artists to the list. Together, they're known as Van Halen, the most successful and greatest terrible band in the history of the universe. And yet I like them.

Why do they suck? They have perhaps the worst rhythm section in the history of popular music. Have a Van Halen album handy? Go crank it up. I'll wait. Hear that bassline? The one that's basically the same note over and over and over again? Mindblowing, huh? Alex Van Halen's drumming isn't much better. Alex is one of those guys who brings a 400+ piece drum kit to the stage and utilizes about one-tenth of it. Sure, Eddie's good but anyone can learn to play fast. Whenever I hear one of his solos, it sounds nice, fast and slick but there isn't any soul. And you're not a good musician if you don't have any soul. Early in their career, Van Halen performed with David Lee Roth at the helm, a man who missed his calling as a third-rate game show host. Yet I did love them. In 1984 I dragged my mom to Target and picked up 1984 and blasted Jump all afternoon, attempting to do that cheesy high-kick thing DRL did in the video. I'm sure I'm not the only kid who injured his groin that way. But truth be told, I liked Sammy Hagar more. The band didn't find any more soul and their rhythm section didn't spring to life with his arrival but at least they were more fun to watch and we weren't subjected to that DLR yelp ever seven seconds.

What about you? There has to be some music out there you hate, don't get or are just plain ashamed to love. Spill.

Posted by Chris at October 19, 2006 7:39 AM
Comments

I was never a Deadhead - a wannabe, at most.

Posted by: Mrs. Cactus at October 19, 2006 7:59 AM

As a matter of fact, Pookie has been giving me a ration of shit lately over the fact that I still love Eddie Rabbitt. When 'I Love a Rainy Night' comes on, and I get all swoony, Pookie get all rolly eyed.

I guess this falls in the category of 'music that other people are ashamed I love'.

Hmm, well I'm still pretty embarrassed over that whole liking Boy George thing back in the 80's. Does that count?

Posted by: Contrary at October 19, 2006 8:10 AM

I don't get barbara streisand.
Maybe I'm not gay enough?

Posted by: s@bd at October 19, 2006 8:11 AM

how many dancing bear tattoos does Beth have? come on Chris...spill it.

Also Kiss? Have you ever actually read KISS lyrics? OMG they are digusting. Seriously "lick it up"? ew.

Posted by: Pamalamadingdong at October 19, 2006 8:21 AM

I don't like James Blunt, he is way too sensitive for me..

Posted by: cmhl at October 19, 2006 8:35 AM

never quite got queensryche (did i spell that right?) - i'm as big a "concept album" fan as the next guy (gal) but just never could get into them guys.

and i know this may be blasphemous to some, but as much as i tried to be a young punk and like the Ramones (and trust me, young punk i was) - something about them rubbed me wrong.

anyone i'm ashamed to like? does Tony Bennett count? how about Wayne Newton... i love me some "danke shoen."

Posted by: monique at October 19, 2006 8:46 AM

I'm gonna make enemies saying so, but I can't stand Dave Matthews - I consider it to be Yanni for frat boys.

Posted by: Betti at October 19, 2006 8:46 AM

Barry Manilow. I'm out and proud for Barry Manilow. Yeah, I said it.

HOWEVER! In my defense, I miss the "storytellers" I grew up with...Billy Joel, James Taylor...

Don't get: Jethro Tull. Stone Temple Pilots. Sarah McLachlan.

Posted by: Pammer at October 19, 2006 9:04 AM

I can't stand The Dead either. I also don't really get The Stones or Kiss - but I do respect them for how they've influenced other rock bands who probably, in turn, influenced some of my favorite bands. I do like Hendrix, though. Starting with him, and proceeding through current music, I think of the vocals as just another instrument. Sometimes you understand them and can sing along - other times they're just out there (screamers, etc) - but it all adds to the mood of the song.

I can't believe you like Van Hagar. VOMIT. (Not that DLR was/is better in any way, shape, or form, but there's little choice between rotten apples.)

I guess I'm most embarrassed to enjoy the music of bands like Third Eye Blind and Eve 6 from the early 90's - pop stuff that eventually led to today's "Emo." But there's no denying that when I'm depressed I can pop in one of their CD's and drive 80 miles an hour on the highway and feel alright.

Posted by: Adam at October 19, 2006 9:13 AM

I never got Van Halen, even back in the day. Can't stand them.

Posted by: jenn at October 19, 2006 9:22 AM

Hmm... I'm a musician and my musical tastes run to the picky side. I tend to hate a lot of mainstream music. It's all so overproduced!

Oh, but I have a secret love of really bad country music. Like, REALLY BAD COUNTRY MUSIC. The kind of country music where they sing about their dog leaving them, their girlfriend dying, their truck getting repossessed. I actually have Rascall Flatts on my iPod. My best friend is the only one who knows how much I love teh country. When we're in her car, we tend to turn up the stereo and sing along.

I am so ashamed.

God, it feels good to get it all out and admit that I have a weakness. I like a lot of "good" /old skool country music as well (Johnny Cash, Hank Williams, Patsy Cline), but, yeah, it's just not cool to love Dolly Parton.

Posted by: Hope at October 19, 2006 9:32 AM

I don't want you rolling on the floor over the stuff I like. Our idea of innovative when I was a kid was Rock Around the Clock. I've updated a little - yesterday I was listening to CCR and The Byrds.

I should like the Dead; they're local, I admire their perservance, and I was very fond of Jerry just for who he was. I've tried but I just don't get it.

Posted by: ann adams at October 19, 2006 9:37 AM

Um... I'm kinda ashamed to say this, you know, as a white law-abiding woman, but I like NWA.

Posted by: ktjrdn at October 19, 2006 9:43 AM

OK, back in the 80's and early 90's I'm ashamed to admit I used to have huge debates with people over which was the better VanHalen - the one with David or the one with Sammy. My answer always was "there's no comparison." Lord, dig me a hole to crawl into.

I have one more. I'm also ashamed to admit that I, who live in country music land and proudly make fun of all shit kickers and country music lovers, secretly love Willie Nelson! Well it's not so much of a secret since it's on my blogger profile. But it is a secret to my children.;)

Posted by: Kelly at October 19, 2006 10:06 AM

I can't talk to you anymore. Van Hagar? Ew. Although, your hatred of the Dead just might cancel out any lingering malice I feel toward you for saying that Van Hagar was better than Van Halen.

Me? Embarrassing: Neil Diamond, Perry Como (I know!), Wham! (I KNOW!), and pretty much any 80s "alternative" band.

Posted by: candace at October 19, 2006 10:07 AM

On long car trips I'll blast The Big B, my man Barry Manilow. Copacabana makes toll booth attendants smile. I also like ABBA and BeeGees. Shameful but true.

I hate Green Day. People tell me that, as something of a punk rock girl, I should really like them, but I don't. If I hear one of their tunes on the radio, I will change the station immediately.

Posted by: Melissa at October 19, 2006 10:08 AM

ktjrdn, don't feel bad, as another white chick, I have a soft spot for Eazy-E. Straight Outta Compton. And on the other side of the spectrum, I really enjoy Frank Sinatra. And Slayer. Yeah, that's weird...but it's what I like. I also have a secret love for Bon Jovi songs. Shh...please don't tell!!

Posted by: Michelle at October 19, 2006 10:19 AM

I'm with you on the Dead thing, 100%. I dated a guy who was a total Deadhead, and I tried like hell to enjoy them but...no dice. As with most bands I hate, however, there was ONE song I liked...Touch of Grey. Same goes for me and the Stones...HHhhhaaaaate....except for Paint it Black. Not sure what's up with that tendency, but, I've pretty well resigned myself to it.

What do I hate to love? probably the same 90s pre-emo stuff mentioned by someone above. I listened to the radio a lot during that time period, and just haven't been able to shake it.

As for being embarassed though...I really can't seem to muster embarassment for anything I like. It's not that my tastes are all that acceptable or mainstream (they aren't at ALL), I just rarely run into issues with it. I guess my love for the Monkees, or 80s pop idols like Duran Duran & Wham would be as close as I can get to embarassing but...it came years before my own musical training taught me how simplistic and formulaic it was. I was weaned on that music...how can I feel bad about having bonded with it?

Posted by: amoredibeniamino at October 19, 2006 10:29 AM

I love ABBA.

and am a MUSIC teacher. Yuck.

Posted by: andy at October 19, 2006 10:34 AM

Thanks for proving that I am not the ONLY one in the WORLD who doesn't care for KISS. Finally the argument between the husband and me can be over.. :)

I am not a huge Paul Westerberg fan. Nor a Matthew Sweet fan. Again, the Husband thinks I'm nuts.

I like music. In fact I can appreciate most music. Not huge on New country or New rap. Give me some Johnny Cash or some Ice Cube, and I'm happy.

I've been listening to the Decemberists a lot lately.. (their new CD came out 2 weeks ago..), and I've usually got some Decendents on hand to listen to as well. Along with Jack Johnson and Ben Harper. Oh and a mix of The Accused, Fear, the Stooges, and the White Stripes.

Some bands I'd rather see in concert.. then just listen too.

Embarrassed about... I am a big fan of Pink Floyd.

I am one big ball of mixed up colorful diverse music.

Posted by: molly at October 19, 2006 10:42 AM

OH--and I DESPISE with every fiber of my being, beyond all things unholy, I EFFING HATE!!!!! HATE HATE HATE Duran Duran. God, they're frieking horrible.

"The Reflex" makes me wish I hadn't knocked that nasty case of syphillis.

too much?

Posted by: andy at October 19, 2006 10:55 AM

So I had this ongoing theme on my own blog for a while.

Can't stand: REO Speedwagon, 38 Special, Boston, Celine Dion, Mariah Carey, Aerosmith

Closet faves: Neil Diamond, loved Van Hagar much more than w/Roth, and ok, I'll say it. Justin Timberlake.

Posted by: Sharon at October 19, 2006 11:20 AM

I'm so glad you don't know me IRL...I've seen Ted Nugent in concert 4 times....

Posted by: fauve at October 19, 2006 11:50 AM

I don't like the Who. Sorry... maybe it's not so much don't like as don't get cause they are tolerable.

The one I'm ashamed to admit that I like? Hmm... probably some of the Hip Hoppy stuff my 16 yo listens to, just don't tell her.

And seeing Sharon's secret fave of Justin Timberlake, to me, he's like nails on a chalkboard.

Hey, you listen to that cd I sent you?

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Thanks!

Posted by: Karen at October 19, 2006 11:50 AM

Don't most Kiss fans own up to the truth that it's all about the performance? Or is it just my husband?

True story: I agreed to include one Kiss song at our wedding reception. The once-packed dance floor cleared like someone had pulled a gun.

A "love gun". Heh.

Posted by: Liz at October 19, 2006 11:50 AM

I LOATHE Jagger & his merry band of corpses. I was talking to a friend just last night in fact about how much I hate them and don't understand why A) they're still touring B) why anyone still likes them and C) why anyone finds them worth shelling a dinner and 4 beers' worth over. Gah. Jerry Hall needs to sue his ass for something else so he could disappear for a while.

I'll raise my hand and say that, yes, I've been to 4 Dead shows. But it's more because some of my friends were Deadheads and I went with the flow. And two of those times had either Neil Young or Sting opening for them in Vegas (I realize, now, that does nothing to justify anything). Although the whole white man/woman flail around with your eyes closed and fruit flies circling your head for the entire concert thing I didn't quite understand. Pakistanis just don't flail around with no rhythm. Some of us may have flies circling around our heads, but they're not fruit flies. That's just nasty.

Never got KISS, although in 2nd grade my mom found it approrpiate to buy me a KISS backpack and lunchbox. Never really understood that. Must have been on sale at K-Mart.

Currently, I don't get all the fawning over Justin Timberlake. He's like everyone's secret indulgence but mine. What gives?

I did have a brief sonic fling with Shania Twain when the "You're Still The One" video came out, but I credit that to hormones over sonic relevance. I know. Street cred. Gone (as if I ever had any).

Posted by: O at October 19, 2006 11:51 AM

The Rolling Stones' new stuff, I don't get it. The old stuff, yes please! Much more bluesy and dirty.

Music I hate? Celine Dion and due to an unwanted overdose in my teen years I can't stand "Everybody hurts" by REM

The one band I really don't get is the Foo Fighters. It just does absolutely nothing for me, nada, niente, nop.

And I not so secretly adore Shakira! Great live performer. Before she crossed over she was actually seen as a rock chick in Latin America and the stuff from that period is pretty good. (Mtv Unplugged)

Posted by: mikkie at October 19, 2006 12:04 PM

My guilty pleasure is Eurodance. Mind you I'm a classically trained pianist, but Eurodance rules.

Posted by: Heather at October 19, 2006 12:05 PM

I hate the dead, too.

Posted by: Jonathon at October 19, 2006 12:13 PM

i saw KISS when they toured with aerosmith. i remember liking kiss more than aerosmith, but i don't remember anything about the music. it was seriously all about the explosions and fake blood.

i like the stones, but only from let it bleed to when mick taylor left. i tried listening to their earlier stuff and i was bored. i tried listening to their new album and i couldn't get through the second song.

Posted by: denise at October 19, 2006 12:47 PM

Can't stand the Dead either. Never could figure it out! But I really can't stand or figure out rap.

Posted by: Maribeth at October 19, 2006 12:47 PM

I loved KISS when I was in 1st grade, but I agree that it was all about showmanship and marketing - you have to admit that was Gene's real genious.
I've tried to like the Stones too, but can't quite get it. You want soul from a white guy - listen to Tom Waits.
If you can get your hands on a copy - find "9 to the Universe" by Jimi - all instrumental. It might just let you like him...

DMB=Yanni? LOL. He was good early on but has definately slid down the slippery slope of mass marketed top40 shit and finally fell off the cliff into the abyss of easy listening.. Sad.

I'd say I hate rap, but I love the Beasties and Busta Rhymes. Same goes for country. I can't stand anything on country radio (its really just pop with a little twang these days), but I dig good instrumental bluegrass. Saw Dave Grisman a few months ago - pretty cool shit. He's faster than most heavy metal guitarists.

I'm NOT ashamed to admit that at 36, my favorite band is still Judas Priest. Saw them last summer for the 8th time - Rob Halford still rocks!

Posted by: JMo at October 19, 2006 1:05 PM

I just don't get The Dead. I really don't. I don't like them or hate them, I just don't get them.

As for music I'm ashamed of liking, nothing comes to mind, but...

I've had the absolute worst song in my head for the last, oh, three weeks or so - one of those cheesy-ass late '80s child abuse ballads. I don't know why it got stuck in my head, but I'm having the WORST time getting rid of it. It's about 20 times worst than Ripple. Seriously.

Posted by: Jen at October 19, 2006 1:12 PM

I was Phish food growing up. My first husband was a ringer for Trey Anastasio. I never got the dead either. Or the Stones. Thankfully I am now old enough to admit just how much I loved Bon Jovi. Only I grew up and they just never evolved so I don't so much love their same-old same old anymore.

I heard raves about the Mars volta and I saw them last month opening for the Chili Peppers and I couldn't make out a single note-it was just noise and chaos. Weird.

Oh and please tell me Beth was sicker than you, because in our house the one who feels the best moves if they have issues so the sick one can have the bed. Cruel that you would always be banished to the couch otherwise.

Posted by: Bridget at October 19, 2006 1:12 PM

I hate Dave Matthews with a passion I can not explain. I cover my ears and go "alalalalalallalala" REALLY LOUD if I hear it.

OMG Make it stop!

Posted by: autumn at October 19, 2006 2:17 PM

Oddly Love: Queensryche. Because they are musicians.

Oddly Hate: I don't "hate" Nirvana, I'm just tired of them. The local alt and rock stations both play the shit out of them and won't stop. I hate the Dead, Phish, and any other dirty pot-head music.

Posted by: Brad at October 19, 2006 2:25 PM

I still love all the 80's music. I can't help it.

Posted by: Queen of Ass at October 19, 2006 2:28 PM

Hate: Mariah Carey, Michael Bolton

Don't Get: The Dead, U2, The Eagles, Modest Mouse, Indigo Girls, Willie Nelson, Jessica Simpson

Love Despite Sucking: Mudhoney, Motley Crue, Ratt, Ozzy, Songs From the Capeman

Posted by: Sarah, Goon Squad Sarah at October 19, 2006 3:39 PM

Well hell, I could have written this post. Only I don't hate the Stones quite as much as you.

Unfortunately (for me to admit), I liked the DLR version of Van Halen better. Don't know why.

Some other bands that I own albums from but prefer not to admit (usually)

Huey Lewis and the News. It was just the right music at that getting free of high school age.

Billy Squire - I played Emotion in Motion my high school year until the tape snapped. And I can still listen to it.

John (no Longer a Cougar) Mellencamp

Jon Bon Jovi

and the band that I swore was going to be huge:

Asia

Posted by: Latte Man at October 19, 2006 3:48 PM

I'll keep my musical secrets just that, thank you!
I just wanted to tell you that I think it quite sweet of you to take your snoring ass elsewhere. In my house, I was always the one heading to the couch, or anywhere else far enough away, to dampen the horrid noise...lol. Hope you all get to feeling better SOON!

Posted by: Jaycie at October 19, 2006 4:32 PM

need to hear from the bands you hate:

Rolling Stones
-Can't You Hear Me Knocking
-Monkey Man
-Waiting on a Friend
-Loving Cup


Grateful Dead
-the Eleven (off of Live Dead --no alt-country here)
-Golden Road to Unlimited Devotion
-New Minglewood Blues
-Cold Rain and Snow (fast and slow versions)
-Cream Puff War
-any Dylan song they cover (Peggy-O, It's All Pver Now Baby Blue, Queen Jane)


I love all dead, 60s rockers, 70s slowdive, 80s drug use, and 90s quick death.

Posted by: Chris at October 19, 2006 4:56 PM

you break my heart, Chris...you break my heart.

Music I hate? Speed metal. I like hard rock, but that's just noise. And anybody who starts off a song with feedback

Music I don't get? How about anything in the top 40. And the Pixies.

Music I like despite myself? John Mellencamp, Supertramp, and cheesy 70s music

Posted by: CroutonBoy at October 19, 2006 5:36 PM

Music I hate: songs on little kids videos, i.e., Barney; Rush; Michael Bolton.

Music I don't get? hip-hop; Yanni.

Music I like despite myself? The Bangles; songs from the 50s; Styx; REO Speedwagon.

I hated to even type that...but gosh, you should see the odd mix I have on my iPod.

Posted by: kristen at October 19, 2006 6:05 PM

I wished I had a bottle of nyquil handy last night. Here I am at home with the sniffles. Must've caught it from you through the internet.

Music I hate (probably because I don't get): Rap.

Music I don't get: Ditto the Stones. What's the big deal about these guys?! Also others I'm probably too dumb to get like Paul Simon, Bob Dylan, Crosby Nash and Whowhathisname. A LOT of classic rock bands I just don't really understand.

Music I like despite myself: Pussycat Dolls. I really tried to hate them, but I CAN'T!!

I'm very proud to like ABBA, the Carpenters, Bee Gees and other oldies bands other folks cringe to hear. And I'm proud of that! Heh.

Posted by: Oakley at October 19, 2006 6:42 PM

don't mean to break any hearts, I am lover, not a Republican...you and I have very similar tastes otherwise...

Verve, Blur, My Bloody Valentine, Galaxie 500, Luna, Doves, American Analog Set, Sound TEAM, Beta Band, Camera Obscura, the Cure, the Diggs, Gorillaz, etc...

I think you'll find that list amenable.

Chris

Posted by: Chris at October 19, 2006 6:46 PM

Such a loaded question. First of all, I liked Sammy way more than DLR and I always get picked on for that. But what can I say? I was a little too young to appreciate the DLR days and Sammy just struck a chord with me. In fact, I saw Sammy solo on my first date with my now ex-fiance. Ever since we broke up, hearing Sammy solo makes me want to put my eyes out :D

Music I don't get: ...I don't really know. There's a lot of music I hate. I call it Puddle of Nickleback. You know, all those Puddle of Mudd/Nickleback/Staind (loved them before they were popular) bands. Hate them, hate them, want them to go away.

Music I feel bad loving: pop music. I love cheesy pop music. Especially Nsync, Britney Spears (I know, shut up), and Christina Aguilera. In fact, my roommate/best friend/partner in crime and I met because of Nsync. True story! :D Also, Coldplay. Not sure why I feel like such a sell-out loving their music but I do. Don't think I'd ever see them live but roommate/best friend/partner in crime has, in a tiny club. And then afterward, she met them. True story! :D

Bands I love and I don't ever, ever feel bad for loving: Dave Matthews Band, Rush, Led Zeppelin, Matt Nathanson, Howie Day, David Gray. Love it. Would bathe in it if I could!

Posted by: Sparkle Pants at October 19, 2006 7:41 PM

First off, can I just say that the only reason I like KISS is because they have a song called "Beth." If you can tell me of another band with a song called "Beth" I will happily switch my allegiance.

Band I hate: REO Speedwagon. My best friend loves them and when she plays it I sing along like the lead singer - "I can't fight this feeling any longrrrrrrrrrrr." Drives me up the wall!

Band I don't get: The Flaming Lips. I want to like them, I really do. But I just can't listen to them.

Posted by: Beth in StL at October 19, 2006 10:05 PM

Thank God I'm not the only person on earth who preferred Sammy Hagar to David Lee Roth! I feel vindicated.

And for the record, I never got the Beatles. Adam & the Ants, I got/get. The Police I got/get. Hell, even the GoGo's, I got. We all have our personal preferences. It's okay.

Posted by: coolchick at October 19, 2006 10:37 PM

I still listen to the stuff I've been listening to since 7th grade. The station I listen to on Sirius calls it Classic Alternative.

I don't get the classic rock my husband loooves. He listens to Hair Nation. Scary!

I never got the whole Grateful Dead thing. I did, however, have a very interesting peeing in public experience at their concert. Good times!

Posted by: Nila at October 19, 2006 11:27 PM

How do I get Hubby to sleep on the couch when he is snoring? I always end up on the couch when he is snoring. I am doing something wrong.

Posted by: Arwen at October 19, 2006 11:49 PM

Nice to know other women have to go through the snoring thing. Gah. I feel for Beth. Been there many times. But now that we have a guest bedroom, I can "escape" when I need to! Ah. Wonderful!

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Posted by: boris at October 20, 2006 12:18 AM

Great topic! I have to say I don't get the White Stripes. From what I've heard of them, I think they are about 30 years too late.

Queensryche has recently resurfaced into my music rotation after a 15 year absence... I think "Silent Lucidity" is a real neat song.

I also didn't think much of Duran Duran when I was in high school, but then the song "Come Undone" came out and I realized I was a bigger fan of theirs than I imagined.

An album I'm ashamed to love: George Michael's Listen Without Prejudice. He "had what alcoholics refer to as 'a moment of clarity.'"

Two other albums that nobody would guess that I would like are:
Stevie Nick's solo album The Other Side of the Mirror. I like it better than anything she did with Fleetwood Mac. The second is Terence Trent D'arby's Introducing the Hardline According To Terence Trent D'arby. Remember "Wishing Well" and "Sign Your Name"? I'd argue that this guy could have been another Sting, and coming from me that is a bold statement.

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Posted by: irgy at October 20, 2006 4:12 AM

I like *early* Stones (Lady Madonna/ Paint it Black vintage). I also like the Dead, right up until they start to jam. I still kind of regret not getting to one of their concerts, though I know the crowding would have driven me twitchy in about 30 seconds.

I don't get (and am deeply disturbed by) The Cheetah Girls(?), who I'd never heard of til yesterday, when I saw them on TV. Like... cleaner-cut Pussycat Dolls? Did the world really need more over-processed vocals from girls in bad outfits?

I am no longer terribly ashamed by liking some old-school country at the holidays (it reminds me of my grandparents).

I am ashamed that my CD collection still (in spite of multiple purges) contains the following albums from high school: Garth Brooks- Ropin' the Wind (BF's fave), and C&C Music Factory. I don't listen to them, but can't seem to get rid of them, either. You cannot prove I ever owned anything by Vanilla Ice or Sir Mix-a-Lot, however! No sirree. Not me.

Posted by: Kate the Shrew at October 20, 2006 10:20 AM

Hope you guys all feel better!

I'm with you on The Dead. And, I'm also with you on The Stones, Kiss, Jimi Hendrix. I'm not with you on Van Halen....

I don't like U2 (so sue me!) ;), nor do I like Hootie and the Blowfish (their name is enough to turn me right off)....

Oh, and I'm Canadian and can't bear to listen to The Tragically Hip. That's, like, unheard of...!

I'm ashamed to say I bought the Creed cd when it came out, and the Dixie Chicks'. I don't like either of these bands now, though. :)

Posted by: Haley-O at October 20, 2006 2:30 PM

I've never liked the Dead, I can't stand Cat Power (fucking get over your damn pouty self already!), Rush (if I wanted to hear the Lollipop Kids sing I'd watch the Wizard of Oz), or Pink Floyd.

But I heart Heart. Sick, isn't it?

Posted by: heels at October 20, 2006 3:35 PM

I have several guilty pleasures, but the one band I never ever got was Rusted Root.

Posted by: Broad at October 20, 2006 9:09 PM

The Dead. UGH. NEVER got that. A good friend of mine used to be in Bob Weir's side band...and it used to weird me out that Deadheads (of course) would even follow the side bands. I just didn't get the appeal...at ALL. Once worked on a music video that Jerry G. was in...he showed up...WITHOUT HIS GUITAR. Hello? (A P.A. was sent out to rent one.)

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Posted by: serge at October 22, 2006 9:15 PM

Thank you thank you thank you for the stones dislike.
I REALLY don't get it. that was the only song and maybe just maybe Angi (if I spell it correctly) - but only in really embarrassing kitsch moments.

I don't understand :
Phish
Grateful Dead
All the new RNB crap

Did you notice that ever since JayZ said that he is not going to do any more music and that a lot of the new music is garbage and you can remember it after a day - he had out out so many new songs?

thanks for your blog I just discovered it.

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