Hate the Artist, Love the Song!

Discussion in 'Music Corner' started by hayden10538, Mar 24, 2017.

  1. hayden10538

    hayden10538 Well-Known Member Thread Starter

    Essex, England
    Way back in the early eighties there came unto the UK charts a band.

    A band with one of the most annoying lead singers ever! Their songs were horrid, and the singer was miserable and whiney. A more depressing band you couldn't hope to find. They were called The Smiths and the singer was called Morrisey. I hated them with an almost religious passion, and I was ecstatic when they split up in 1987.

    Then something weird happened. In 1988 Morrisey released a solo single called Everyday Is Like Sunday and, despite my feelings about him, I found I actually Liked the song. It's very catchy (I think filming the video in my home town may of helped endear it to me!).

    Dammit, I was conflicted!

    It would've been OK if it had been just that song, I could've coped! But, dammit, if he didn't go and do it again some years later with another great song, called First Of The Gang To Die.

    Morrissey-First Of The Gang To Die

    I still can't stand the guy, but I have to admit, despite myself, I really like these two songs! The same goes for the irritating pop brat Justin Bieber. Can't stand him either. Every time I see him, I just wanna punch him! But! I really love his song Love Yourself, It's a great tune!

    There are a few other times this has happened. I never liked these Artists, but I love the songs:

    Divine Comedy - The Pop Singer's Fear Of The Pollen Count
    Terrorvision - Tequila
    Robin Thicke - Blurred Lines
    Lady Ga Ga - Born This Way & Telephone (With Beyonce)

    So, has anyone else been conflicted by their hatred of an Artist with their love of one of their songs?
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  2. John54

    John54 Forum Resident

    Joni Mitchell - Carey

    Grand Funk Railroad - Bad Time
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  3. Synthfreek

    Synthfreek Drum machines are not inherently evil.

    Austin, TX
    I pretty much hate whoever that is in your avatar picture.
  4. InStepWithTheStars

    InStepWithTheStars It's a miracle, let it alter you

    North Carolina
    I find Oasis to be tedious and annoying, but "Don't Look Back In Anger" is simply an exceptionally great song. Probably because Liam isn't singing!

    My problem with Oasis though is the vocals (annoying and grating) and the lyrics (verse 1: mildly interesting concept, verse 2: change two words from verse 1). The music on just about all of the songs I've heard I think is very good. But I already have Revolver - Oasis is kind of the revisited, revamped outtakes from that.
  5. hayden10538

    hayden10538 Well-Known Member Thread Starter

    Essex, England
    That's Jeff Lynne in his Idle Race days!
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  6. stewedandkeefed

    stewedandkeefed Came Ashore In The Dead Of The Night

    Queen - Crazy Little Thing Called Love
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  7. Daniel Plainview

    Daniel Plainview God's Lonely Man

    Whitney Houston - Million Dollar Bill
  8. Synthfreek

    Synthfreek Drum machines are not inherently evil.

    Austin, TX
    Yes, he is the worst except for that Imposters Of Life's Magazine song.
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  9. JamesD1957

    JamesD1957 Forum Resident

    Cypress, Texas
    Rock and Roll Part Two - Gary Glitter
  10. Parachute Woman

    Parachute Woman Forum Resident

    I've never cared for Bob Seger (hate is a strong word) but I think "Night Moves" is excellent. Especially that break down at the end about waking up to the sound of thunder.
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  11. Man at C&A

    Man at C&A Forum Resident

    The ultimate answer. I love all of Gary Glitter's glam era hit singles but hate the artist, for reasons that have nothing to do with his music. This is why I don't feel bad liking the music. It has nothing to do with his crimes, which I have absolute contempt for.
  12. Jackson

    Jackson Forum Resident

    MA, USA
    Urgent - Foreigner
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  13. themisto

    themisto Forum Resident

    Los Angeles, CA
    Phil Collins - In The Air Tonight
    Reo Speedwagon - Keep On Loving You
    WHAM - Everything She Wants
    Sting - Brand New Day
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  14. strummer101

    strummer101 Yeah, sorry about that...I've been busy.

    Lakewood OH
    Elton John, "Madman Across the Water"
    Otherwise, the guy mostly grates on my nerves.
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  15. Maestro63

    Maestro63 Forum Resident

    Dave Matthews - crash into me


    Bruce Springsteen - radio nowhere
  16. idleracer

    idleracer Forum Resident

    :kilroy: I could never stand the sound of Barry Manilow's nasal croak, but I will admit that "Could It Be Magic" is a good composition. I would probably enjoy hearing it if it were performed by a reasonably good singer.
  17. Brian Kelly

    Brian Kelly 1964-73 rock's best decade

    Ted Nugent is a jerk, but I love "Cat Scratch Fever" and I love Nugent's guitar in the Amboy Dukes "Journey To The Center Of Your Mind".

    John Fogerty also comes across as a complete a***hole, but I love most every CCR song and much of Fogerty's solo work.
  18. Brian Kelly

    Brian Kelly 1964-73 rock's best decade

    And then there is Kiss, I couldn't stand them and their whole image, but by golly I love the song "Hard Luck Woman".
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  19. Uncle Miles

    Uncle Miles Wafting in and out of Forum

    Phoenix, AZ USA
    "Stranglehold" by Ted Nugent
  20. hayden10538

    hayden10538 Well-Known Member Thread Starter

    Essex, England
    UK Boyband Take That did a version in the early nineties!

    Better, or worse?
  21. limoges

    limoges Forum Resident

    San Antonio, TX
    "Black Hole Sun" by Soundgarden
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  22. Joe N

    Joe N Forum Resident

    That's because he lifted the music from a Chopin piano prelude.
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  23. Joe N

    Joe N Forum Resident

    I don't care for Bob Seger either (yes, hate is way too strong a word), but the one song of his I really like is "Main Street".
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  24. "Buzzin'" - Asian Dub Foundation
  25. Bobsblkwax

    Bobsblkwax Forum Resident

    Yeah. It looks like Ted Nugent wins.
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