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Hard News: One man’s Meat Puppets is another man’s Poison

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  • Kumara Republic, in reply to Stupid,

    Who was that dick flatmate at Knowles St who played this every fucking morning...???!!!

    Gack. I'd almost forgotten about that 1970s cheese.

    The southernmost capital … • Since Nov 2006 • 5426 posts Report Reply

  • Hebe,

    My 14-year-old son's You Tube favourite at present. Good thing for humanity he goes to a peacenik school

    Christchurch • Since May 2011 • 2896 posts Report Reply

  • George Darroch,

    I find it really difficult to hate. Nothing on the pop charts affects me enough to inspire great negative emotion, and since I live in a post-radio bubble anything frequent is my own now. Those months when I’m back in Auckland my loathing is frequently directed at the buffoons bFM and George see fit to fill the gaps between songs with during morning and drive slots. Good people I’m sure, but absolutely unlistenable.

    What bothers me, however, is hearing bad drumming. It itches and scratches, in all the wrong ways. I blame 15 years affected by hip-hop, jazz, afro-beat, pop, various electronic genres, and Radiohead. The consequence has been to take a lot of the joy from live music, which can rarely compete… my loss.

    ETA: Thanks Hebe, bagpipes. My ancestors have a lot to answer for.

    WLG • Since Nov 2006 • 2264 posts Report Reply

  • Phil Stewart,

    For you youngsters who think it was all fine and dandy in the ’60s, spare a thought for those of us who endured a summer of this:

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 6 posts Report Reply

  • Christopher Nimmo,

    The Pastoral Symphony is pure dreck.

    Wellington • Since May 2009 • 97 posts Report Reply

  • Russell Brown, in reply to Hebe,

    The core difference between men and women is encapsulated in your comment. Or maybe it's this: I love it, my partner loathes it:

    As I noted somewhere else recently, I once got busted playing 'Search for the Hero' on bFM at, like, 8am on Boxing Day. Caller was enraged at my slipping that one in.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 22761 posts Report Reply

  • Russell Clarke,

    Also a special mention for Lulu.

    I have never forgiven her for this.

    -36.76, 174.61 or thereab… • Since Nov 2006 • 164 posts Report Reply

  • Tamara, in reply to JacksonP,

    Ha, my children's grandmother gave it to them and she's unbannable.

    New Zealand • Since Oct 2010 • 115 posts Report Reply

  • Hebe, in reply to Russell Brown,

    You're forgiven for Meatloaf then. But Paradise by the Dashboard Light? I don't think so.

    Christchurch • Since May 2011 • 2896 posts Report Reply

  • Russell Brown, in reply to Tom Beard,

    There have been times in my life when I'd have been tempted to answer "anything with guitars", but that would rule out New Order. What I really can't stand is rawk, especially grunge: sweaty AND angsty is a particularly grating combination.

    Loathe Pearl Jam, love Nirvana, just don't get LA hair metal at all. And Guns 'n' Roses had, like one good song.

    #fightin'words

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 22761 posts Report Reply

  • Tamara, in reply to Tamara,

    oops, misread your comment briefly! Yes, I also make sure it's not on when I'm around.

    New Zealand • Since Oct 2010 • 115 posts Report Reply

  • Emma Hart,

    The core difference between men and women is encapsulated in your comment. Or maybe it's this: I love it, my partner loathes it:

    In our house? One of us loathes Fleetwood Mac. One of us loathes Billy Bragg. In fact, seeing as Karl can't be here, here's the song he hates the most:

    Christchurch • Since Nov 2006 • 4650 posts Report Reply

  • Martin Lindberg,

    Pretty much all the bands that came out of England in the nineties. Oasis, Coldplay, Radiohead. Actually, I didn't even hate them, they were just a giant MEH. It still grated because I was constantly being told how awesome they were.

    Stockholm • Since Jul 2009 • 802 posts Report Reply

  • Russell Brown,

    I still have nightmares about the music played – at great volume – by a group of hippies camped near us at Glastonbury one year. I think it must have been bad early 70s British folk music.

    We were lying in the dark trying to get a little sleep before morning, and they were playing this dreck. I think everyone in range pissed themselves laughing at one point when a song ended and an anonymous camper yelled:

    “THAT WAS FUCKIN’ SHIT!”

    Eventually, I went over and turned down their PA, which was a bizarre experience. They were all tripping so hard they didn’t actually seem to be able to see or hear me, so I just walked over, turned it right down and went back to bed. It took them a good half an hour to manage to turn it back up again …

    Had a similar experience at a UK Womad one year, just Fiona and me in a tiny tent, but the music was the worst reggae I have ever heard. I don't know who the "artist" was, but I do remember one particular chorus went:

    She took me to her mountaaaain
    And showed me her valleeee

    Although mere text does not really convey its comical awfulness.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 22761 posts Report Reply

  • BenWilson, in reply to JacksonP,

    OK, you got me. Not everything that we hate was once good. There's no moment of vulnerability when such a song would have ever had me tapping my feet. Ironic.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 10641 posts Report Reply

  • JacksonP,

    Radiohead and Billy Bragg? I'll be sulking over here in the corner.

    In the mean time;

    Or maybe it's this: I love it, my partner loathes it:

    I love/loathe this at the same time, because it has been played so much in our house/car, with everyone trying to sing along. Bad idea.

    Auckland • Since Mar 2011 • 2448 posts Report Reply

  • Russell Brown, in reply to BenWilson,

    OK, you got me. Not everything that we hate was once good. There's no moment of vulnerability when such a song would have ever had me tapping my feet. Ironic.

    Heh. I'm totally okay with 'You Make Me Feel Like Dancing'. It's a good little pop song.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 22761 posts Report Reply

  • JacksonP, in reply to Russell Brown,

    Heh. I'm totally okay with 'You Make Me Feel Like Dancing'. It's a good little pop song.

    <Words!>

    Auckland • Since Mar 2011 • 2448 posts Report Reply

  • Russell Clarke, in reply to JacksonP,

    Love it, more for the memories associated with it, than for the song itself.

    -36.76, 174.61 or thereab… • Since Nov 2006 • 164 posts Report Reply

  • Hebe,

    My shameful like:

    Christchurch • Since May 2011 • 2896 posts Report Reply

  • Richard Grevers,

    This was never good - and its strong hook makes it bad earworm material:

    Talking of earworms, Nothing Compares 2 U was mine the other day - totally out of the blue.

    New Plymouth • Since Jul 2011 • 143 posts Report Reply

  • Jackie Clark, in reply to JacksonP,

    Oh. Oh oh oh. I used to love this song. I can see why your girls would love it.

    Mt Eden, Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 3136 posts Report Reply

  • Jackie Clark, in reply to Richard Grevers,

    You people are breaking my fucking heart.

    Mt Eden, Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 3136 posts Report Reply

  • Lew Stoddart,

    Practically anything with the fucking autotune; or to be a bit more specific, anything that relies on the fucking autotune to mark out its register as “cheap trick music for empty souls”.

    Seriously, it’s like the music-production equivalent of huffing hydrocarbons. Seems like it might be good for a lark, and heady fun while it’s happening, but if you rely on it, it rearranges your perspective such that you think you’re all good times, carefree and loose – but actually you’re stumbling around with wild eyes, pissed pants and fluoro yellow shite on your face.

    Yeah, ZM, I’m looking at you.

    L

    Wellington, NZ • Since Aug 2010 • 109 posts Report Reply

  • Ngaire BookieMonster,

    Any song which includes a spoken word interlude.
    And yes, that includes Blerta's Dance All Around the World which makes me want to gouge my ears out.

    The only exception to this rule is anything by the Shangri-Las, but only because they are the best pop band ever.

    At the foot of Mt Te Aroh… • Since Nov 2009 • 174 posts Report Reply

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