TAFC#9: Your Favorite Band Sucks! (aka Most Overrated Rock Band)
by Michele Christopher
It's new poll time! This one was suggested by one of our writers and we like it a lot because it invites controversy. And as you know, we love inviting controversy into our world. There's nothing like an argument between Led Zeppelin haters and Jimmy Page worshipers.
Which leads us to the theme of this poll:
Most Overrated Rock Band
Sure, one man's Lynyrd Skynyrd is another man's Radiohead. I have no idea what that means, but you get where I'm going. Maybe you can't understand why the Grateful Dead has a Jim Jones-like cult. Maybe you think people who love The White Stripes lack some important chromosome. Maybe you just want to lurk in the comments and be ready to pounce on anyone who dares to call Nirvana overrated.
We've spent so much time giving love to songs and bands and movies in our polls, we think it's time to break out the Haterade. It's March. It's freaking cold outside and there's a layer of ice clinging to my front lawn and my hockey team is slowly taking a dive in the standings. I don't know about the rest of the editors here, but I sure could use some band-hating diversion.
Keep in mind we are talking ROCK bands here, so keep your ABBA hatred on deck for now.
The FTTW editors get you started with their own picks:
Pearl Jam. One incredibly great album followed by a crapload of mediocrity, reaching the pinnacle of suckitude with their cover of Last Kiss. They started out as a "ten" but never reached the perfection of that first album again.
The Eagles. To quote a wise dude: I hate the fuckin' Eagles, man!
This is a tough one. I really don't think anyone is overrated, I just don't like a band that everyone else seems to like. People can play whatever they want and they can get hugely popular and influence all these people and they can be the shiny little branch on the tree, but when it comes down to it, I don't like them. I missed something everyone else got.
So when I say I think they are overrated, please just think of it as they are doing their own gig and someone somewhere likes them.
Just not me.
That being said, my list of bands that somehow missed the mark on me are.....
Idunno. I missed something there.
Whiff! Right by my head.
The Grateful Dead
Well, I just struck out.
Oh man, so much hatred, so little time.
Fuck everything about those pretentious Irish fucks. Seriously. My disdain for them is so great that I can't even form sentences.
I can name at least 5 hard rock/metal bands RIGHT NOW with a female lead singer that are better than Evanescence. And in each case, the singer is hotter than that bitch Amy Lee and could probably beat her ass too.
Do I even need to say anything?
As I said, someone likes them somewhere and what the hell.... If people like them, what can I say? People seem to be happy listening to them. Just not me.
So let's have it, faithful FTTW readers. What's the most overrated rock band, according to your impeccable taste?
Nominations open til Wednesday midnight. Official poll goes up Thursday, you get results on Friday. We're quick like that.