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  • Russell Brown, in reply to Jackie Clark,

    Geoff, you know that I am very fond of you. But, no. Just no.

    Are you seriously saying you don't like Lucinda Williams? I mean, we can still be friends, but ...

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 18503 posts Report Reply

  • Joe Wylie, in reply to Geoff Lealand,

    Never got Morrissey, with his bloody gladiolis and his flat, bordering-on-out-of-tune voice.

    Poor Morrissey.
    Danny Hellman's Morrissey VS Ted Nugent.

    flat earth • Since Jan 2007 • 3325 posts Report Reply

  • Alec Morgan,

    Sorry Values Party people, for me it is anything by John “Garden Fresh” Hanlon, incl. his more recent release CDs.

    Tokerau Beach • Since Nov 2006 • 100 posts Report Reply

  • Simon Grigg, in reply to Peter Darlington,

    Hey, plenty of people seem to love them and all power to them. I just don't seem to get it.

    I'm with you Peter. Mostly my list is songs - some of which I used to love but never want to hear again, which may or may not be of my doing. My blanket artist ban though is relatively concise.

    I hate fey wispy meaningful young men:

    Bon Ivor
    Fleet Foxes

    Drecky MOR pomp rock:
    Dire Straits (Mark Knoffler is the Murray McCully of rock'n'roll)
    U2 (everything after I Will Follow)
    Pink Floyd (everything after Meddle)

    Most American rawk bands that have gathered enough momentum to enter the US Top 20 in the last 40 years.

    The complete Buddha Bar series (try eating out on South East Asian tropical isles and avoiding that shite)

    Happy fucking funky house with "sunshine" in the lyrics.

    And Dylan post 1974.

    I do, however, like Joy Division and Oasis.

    Just another klong... • Since Nov 2006 • 3200 posts Report Reply

  • Russell Brown, in reply to Joe Wylie,

    P. P. Arnold. First to have a hit with First Cut, never bettered IMHO.

    I love Norma Fraser's version -- 1967 Coxsone production.

    Hmmm ... when I'm posting late 60s rocksteady I've definitely veered off the "music I hate" topic ...

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 18503 posts Report Reply

  • Jackie Clark, in reply to Russell Brown,

    I am seriously saying that. That sort of music just doesn't speak to me. It's like - I know I should like Melissa Etheridge, and I don't. KD Laing? Nope. Anyway, if our friendship relied solely on our musical tastes, I think we would be in big trouble.

    Mt Eden, Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 3121 posts Report Reply

  • 3410,

    Norma Fraser's version

    That's the one.

    Auckland • Since Jan 2007 • 2618 posts Report Reply

  • Ross Mason,

    This has got me seriously worried. I have read all the posts and am now having implosive thoughts about which music I like let alone hate!!

    But into the pot comes.......

    | Snoopy's Christmas

    Upper Hutt • Since Jun 2007 • 1479 posts Report Reply

  • Simon Grigg, in reply to Russell Brown,

    Hmmm ... when I'm posting late 60s rocksteady I've definitely veered off the "music I hate" topic ...

    There was a whole series of 60s albums full of rocksteady covers of pop. You'd look at the titles and go eechh, but somehow voices always pulled you through and they were really rather good.

    Hell, I've heard good reggae covers of Sting compositions....

    Just another klong... • Since Nov 2006 • 3200 posts Report Reply

  • Tim Michie, in reply to Geoff Lealand,

    pparnold.com has some interesting stories...

    Auckward • Since Nov 2006 • 543 posts Report Reply

  • Joe Wylie, in reply to Russell Brown,

    Norma Fraser's version

    Interesting, thank you.

    A good listing from Simon.

    Special mention for Smokie & Dr Hook. As sultans of smarm they take some beating.

    flat earth • Since Jan 2007 • 3325 posts Report Reply

  • Ross Mason,

    What was interesting is how people associate their moments in life with music. And thoughts of your own when you hear. eg

    Dire Straits - First heard in the Dry Valleys of Antarctica. The view immediately springs to the fore at the first chords.
    Bye Bye American Pie - The loss of a love.....sigh....
    Any C&W - Cycling across USA/Canada. It was all you got!!

    And.......thankfully forgotten....any of the RWC interlude "songs".

    Upper Hutt • Since Jun 2007 • 1479 posts Report Reply

  • Tom Beard,

    I don't like Country & Western.
    I don't like rock music.
    Ehm, I don't like, I don't like Rockabilly.
    - Rock'n'roll in particular -
    I don't like much, really, do I?
    But what I do like, I love passionately.

    From a song I actually do like.

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 1039 posts Report Reply

  • Peter Darlington, in reply to Simon Grigg,

    Happy fucking funky house with "sunshine" in the lyrics.

    And the saddest part about that is the "sunshine" lyric is often a ripoff of this stone cold classic from Roy Ayers:

    Nelson • Since Nov 2006 • 881 posts Report Reply

  • Lyndon Hood,

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    Has nobody remarked on the ad placement? http://img.scoop.co.nz/stories/images/1203/doyourworst.jpg

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 1094 posts Report Reply

  • Russell Brown, in reply to Jackie Clark,

    Anyway, if our friendship relied solely on our musical tastes, I think we would be in big trouble.

    True dat!

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 18503 posts Report Reply

  • Steve Barnes,

    I challenge anyone to devote an entire 3 minutes 49 seconds of their life to this but the clip is just so cheesy.
    Bring on the dancing horses WTF?

    The thing about the musical, Hair, was they just didn't have a clue about the culture they were trying to depict IMHO. So I find it doubly tortuous.

    The wireless north ;-) • Since Dec 2006 • 4613 posts Report Reply

  • Dean Papa,

    let's not forget Rodney

    Auckland • Since Dec 2011 • 31 posts Report Reply

  • Hebe, in reply to Peter Darlington,

    That Hendrix was rubbish too.

    Heh. And anyone shortened to their last name and enunciated with reverential look; "Clap-tonn", "Towns-end".

    Christchurch • Since May 2011 • 2551 posts Report Reply

  • Steve Barnes,

    But wait...
    there's worse.

    Possibly one of Jackie's favourites.
    ;-)

    The wireless north ;-) • Since Dec 2006 • 4613 posts Report Reply

  • Scott Chris, in reply to JacksonP,

    What’s next? Let me guess, Cocteau Twins and The Jam?

    Not at all and no, I’m not trolling. I’m an admirer of Paul Weller especially.

    In the end, it comes down to what you subjectively like in music, and barring a few exceptions I have a preference for conventionally strong vocals and reasonably varied melodies and arrangements.

    What people heard and liked in the flying nun phenomenon for instance I have absolutely no idea. Most of them could barely play their instruments.

    edit: I think John Peel has a lot to answer for. That guy could really sell 'cred'.

    Auckland • Since Feb 2012 • 167 posts Report Reply

  • Geoff Lealand, in reply to Russell Brown,

    I mean, we can still be friends, but ...

    Wasn't that a Todd Rungren song?

    Screen & Media Studies, U… • Since Oct 2007 • 2265 posts Report Reply

  • Ngaire BookieMonster, in reply to Steve Barnes,

    Heh, I can't hear that without thinking about Arrested Development.

    At the foot of Mt Te Aroh… • Since Nov 2009 • 173 posts Report Reply

  • Geoff Lealand, in reply to Tim Michie,

    pparnold.com has some interesting stories...

    Oh yes, I recall now seeing her name associated with the Sandy Denny tribute show. Something in common there ie self-mutilation in I'd Rather Go Blind?

    Screen & Media Studies, U… • Since Oct 2007 • 2265 posts Report Reply

  • Ngaire BookieMonster,

    I'm so glad someone mentioned the Cocteau Twins. Love them but so bloody hard to sing along to.

    At the foot of Mt Te Aroh… • Since Nov 2009 • 173 posts Report Reply

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