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I looked for a thread like this but didn't find one, so here it is! I thought it'd be fun to share some of our more controversial music hot takes.

I'll start with a batch:

  • Christmas music isn't that bad.
  • Kanye West is literally mentally challenged but music critics interpret his zaniness as brilliance because they don't want to appear racist.
  • The Sex Pistols were shit as a band and only got their reputation due to their aesthetics and controversies. The fact that Sid Vicious was probably their most famous member after Johnny Rotten yet did not even play on their one and only album says it all.
  • Metallica would've been a NWOBHM band (but American) if it weren't for Dave Mustaine joining, and thrash metal might've never been a thing without him.
  • When a band releases a self-titled album (that isn't their debut album), it is usually a sign of a midlife crisis and/or having run out of creativity.
  • Hiphop is better when it is about selling drugs and shooting people as opposed to political/societal insights.
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Artists like Ed Sheeran & Coldplay aren't actually that bad but get a lot of unwarranted stick.

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There's plenty of good modern music being made and it caters to many individual tastes. However, most of it will not stand the test of time and will be completely forgotten in just a decade or two. Not sure if that's an unpopular opinion though.

Complexity does not necessarily make music better.

Rock & roll will never die.

I think extensive screaming/growling and overly harsh vocals ruin metal.

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5 minutes ago, nudge said:

I think extensive screaming/growling and overly harsh vocals ruin metal.

:ph34r::ph34r::ph34r:

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1 minute ago, Panflute said:

:ph34r::ph34r::ph34r:

Yeah I put that one down for you :D 

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3 minutes ago, nudge said:

Yeah I put that one down for you :D 

To be fair I've been listening to just metal with relatively normal vocals as of late. :ph34r:

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11 hours ago, nudge said:

I think extensive screaming/growling and overly harsh vocals ruin metal.

I respect most opinions. But not this one.

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15 hours ago, Panflute said:
  • When a band releases a self-titled album (that isn't their debut album), it is usually a sign of a midlife crisis and/or having run out of creativity

Black Sabbath:

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Also totally agree re: the Sex Pistols. A band assembled by a fashion designer... they’re basically the same as any other boy band but they did heroin. Same with the Velvet Underground tbh, except Andy Warhol pushed them to writing better songs.

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15 hours ago, Stan said:

Artists like Ed Sheeran & Coldplay aren't actually that bad but get a lot of unwarranted stick.

 

Coldplay a long time ago were an entirely respectable inoffensively mild brit pop rock band. Then they became a literal piece of shit around Mylo Xylophone microphone and never looked back. They deserve all the stick they get. Ed Queeren is a mildly above average pub acoustic twat who looks like Chuckie from rug rats. 

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52 minutes ago, Devil-Dick Willie said:

 

Coldplay a long time ago were an entirely respectable inoffensively mild brit pop rock band. Then they became a literal piece of shit around Mylo Xylophone microphone and never looked back. They deserve all the stick they get. Ed Queeren is a mildly above average pub acoustic twat who looks like Chuckie from rug rats. 

Looks like I posted in the right thread then :D

 

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11 hours ago, Dr. Gonzo said:

I respect most opinions. But not this one.

I guess I'm doing this thread justice then :P 

Anyway it's a matter of (acquired) taste. I understand how harsh vocals can be used to capture and convey extreme emotions and create an atmosphere blah blah blah but I honestly prefer being able to at least partially understand the lyrics instead of listening to intense prolonged unintelligible screaming, squealing, gurgles and guttural diarrhea. It is a pity as while I enjoy the music a lot, too harsh vocals completely ruin it for me.

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Stormzy's music is crap and certainly not 'iconic' or any of the other superlatives that people claim

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31 minutes ago, nudge said:

I guess I'm doing this thread justice then :P 

Anyway it's a matter of (acquired) taste. I understand how harsh vocals can be used to capture and convey extreme emotions and create an atmosphere blah blah blah but I honestly prefer being able to at least partially understand the lyrics instead of listening to intense prolonged unintelligible screaming, squealing, gurgles and guttural diarrhea. It is a pity as while I enjoy the music a lot, too harsh vocals completely ruin it for me.

Tbh that’s probably more of a popular opinion, given the overall popularity of death and black metal.

It’s definitely an acquired taste, and I’ve come to see harsh vocals as another instrument in the heaviest shit I listen to. It actually serves an important purpose in super guitar centric metal - since normally lead guitar and vocals live in the same frequency range, harsh vocals serve the purpose of giving guitars more space in a mix.

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Banjo > Ukulele 

Flute > Piano

Western metal music and sub continent qawali music is the greatest fusion if done correctly 

 

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Oh here's another one I've probably had forever.

Master of Puppets is not the perfect Metallica album many people make it out to be, and is inferior to both Kill 'Em All and Ride the Lightning.

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On 16/12/2019 at 01:20, Panflute said:

I put in a debut album clause. :D

Oh yeah you did, I didn't see that - my bad xD

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9 minutes ago, Dr. Gonzo said:

Oh yeah you did, I didn't see that - my bad xD

Wouldn't want to throw both Black Sabbath and Iron Maiden under the tour bus, that would've been too much edge even for me.

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On 17/12/2019 at 23:48, Dr. Gonzo said:

Radiohead has been shite for twice as long as they were good.

I’ll fucking fight you to the death 

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I hate this new trend of pop-rnb with a down-tempo dreamy feel. It is like they all listened to one Coteau Twins song and though 'If I slow this down to 1/3 speed and remove half of the instrumentation, I can sell this'.

Drake sounds like he needs to blow his nose.

Most rappers that focus on violence and the superficial are rubbish. In fact rap is one of the most eclectic genres of music with very few able to claim that they've made something worth remembering or listening to. 

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Is the Sex Pistols opinion unpopular, seems to be the general consensus on them? Very limited musically but can't help but love Rotten's energy and lyrics, would have been great to be young when they came out, after years of 'Glam rock' bollocks and bloated prog rock disappearing up its own arse, just pure youthful bounce music.

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The Kinks were better than the Beatles, and their lyrics are way more profound and overall better. 

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Bob the Builder, Postman Pat and Thomas the Tank Engine, got addicted to the opening songs watching our grandsons growing up and watching the latter. :D

On a serious note, I loved the Beatles but did not like listening to Ringo singing, especially these songs...

  • Octopus's Garden (Abbey Road)
  • Act Naturally (Help)  
  • What Goes On (Rubber Soul)
  • Yellow Submarine (Revolver)

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10 hours ago, The Artful Dodger said:

Is the Sex Pistols opinion unpopular, seems to be the general consensus on them? Very limited musically but can't help but love Rotten's energy and lyrics, would have been great to be young when they came out, after years of 'Glam rock' bollocks and bloated prog rock disappearing up its own arse, just pure youthful bounce music.

I guess it differs. I'm not really aware of their critical reception beyond their reputation, but growing up I had a lot of friends who were into metal, punk and other alternative stuff, and I remember them being venerated by many.

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Didn't the Sex Pistols kick out the guy who wrote most of their songs (and had most of the musical ability in the band) just to replace him with Sid Vicious, a guy who couldn't even play?

Glenn Matlock I think his name was (or is)… but I quite like the song "Pretty Vacant" by the Sex Pistols & he wrote that. But they're really just the first boy band ever - all manufactured by a fashion designer.

Sort of like Velvet Underground & Andy Warhol, but less talented...

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15 hours ago, The Artful Dodger said:

Queen are absolutely awful, make music for bad weddings. 

Not fond of a lot of their better-known works (I would happily never hear Bohemian Rhapsody ever again), but their output towards the end of Mercury's life was superb. Innuendo is a fine album, and the sheer defiance Mercury had to keep on working and recording songs like These Are the Days of Our Lives and The Show Must Go On is genuinely incredible. 

14 hours ago, DeadLinesman said:

The Beatles were meh.

Same. I actually quite like some of their generic pop stuff like I Wanna Hold Your Hand but I have always felt that to truly get them you had to be there as a teenager in the 60s watching them change the face of the entire planet. Same for people like Bob Dylan and David Bowie.

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