I’ve been looking for Max’s list of the bands he hated and I finally found it. He sent it in a comment to a post I’d written about stuff I love. How Maxlike of him! Here’s his comment with the list:
Getting back to hatred for a minute, i coincidentally just compiled my own list of classic rock bands I hate. Before making this list, I thought of myself as a classic rock lover (Beatles, Stones, Dylan, Love, Doors, Velvets, Beach Boys, David Bowie, Neil Young, Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix, etc.) But now I am not so sure. I wouldn’t mind if the work of these “artists” was erased from existence:
the eagles / don henley
earth wind and fire
blood sweat and tears
crosby stills & nash
grand funk railroad
the guess who
thin lizzy (except “whiskey in the jar”)
Emerson Lake & Palmer
ten years after
j geils band
genesis / phil collins / peter gabriel
tower of power
three dog night
john cougar mellencamp
A great list I think, very exhaustive. I’m on board with all of them. But as I read the list with a friend, I realized a glaring omission: What about Kiss?!?!?!?!?! Is it because he didn’t consider them a classic rock band but more Metal?? I think it’s just an oversight that would make him smack his head in dismay. The first question I’ll ask him when we meet among the stars out in the cosmos will be: “What about Kiss?!”
I love lists and Max did too. My husband won’t have anything to do with lists. It’s the one thing I would change about him.
I hate so many bands whose names I don’t know that I’ve stopped listening to the radio. I hate the Strokes, for example. I hate every female singer/songwriter who sounds like Dido, so I just call them all Dido. I hate all music with that auto tune thing. I hate every new band I see on the David Letterman show. I hate bands with frantic overactive front-men, or guitar players with funny hats. I hate that guy Bruno Mars. I hate whatshername, the one whose boyfriend punched her in the face.
But I’m going to list my all-time favorite records and then I expect you to do the same.
Astral Weeks – Van Morrison
Forever Changes – Love
The Band – The Band
Burt Jansch – Burt Jansch
Grievous Angel – Gram Parsons
After these five, it would be too hard to choose. I’d have to do a Top 50 and who needs that?
Okay, your turn.