It’s happened throughout modern music history. No matter what time period, there seems to be four or five current bands that create completely marginal music that are wildly popular for no logical reason other than a large marketing budget by their record company. It’s as puzzling as Lars Ulrich from Metallica somehow forgetting how to tune his drums on “St. Anger” and everything since. One thing we should respect is that these bands are all artists creating art, which is something that most people can’t do. They are also being paid well, so why should they care? More power to them. But seriously, is the music that good? Is it that monumental? Will we remember it twenty years from now? I doubt it. I’m sure there are many that disagree with the following picks. Comment below and let us know why and who your picks for the most over-rated are.
Thanks to this band, the fad of a lead singer now having a bass drum to bang on for a prop to boost visual effect is now “a thing.” They’ve had a few catchy hooks over the past couple of years, but ask yourself – If this hadn’t been jammed down your throat every day since 2012 would you actually be listening to it?
Anyone who isn’t a female (or male) desperately desiring a sexual interlude with Chris Martin is perpetually sick of Coldplay, their general lameness, and over-theatric nonsense. Watching a music video from Coldplay is like watching a high school production of “Cats” and sounds worse that a Casio keyboard set to “rhumba” while bubbling and churning in a fry daddy.
Queens of the Stone Age
If Dave Grohl hadn’t played drums on their first ever single years ago, would anyone have listened? All of their songs sound like a form of spooky Canadian prog-rock set to the whine of a thousand mechanical mosquitoes. I’ve tried, but I just don’t get it.
The Black Keys
I recently did a poll on this one of people who fancy themselves hard-core Black Keys fans. I asked two questions, which were “What is your favorite Black Keys song?” and “Why?” Only one person was able to name a Black Keys song and their answer was “because it’s popular.” They are decent musicians, but not tremendous songwriters. I’ve come to the conclusion it is background noise. I’ve been told, “you should see them live.” Well I have, at Madison Square Garden. And it sounded the same, just live.
Do you know what a Tickle Me Elmo doll undergoing a lobotomy inside a pinball machine in a video arcade in Hell sounds like? Sure you do. Listen to an Arcade Fire song. Not only are there 30 people in the band (OK that’s an exaggeration), but are they trying to look like the entire McPoyle family from “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia?” I understand they are attempting to revive the “David Bowie trapped inside a glass box playing a fife” loving fan-base, but let’s be serious with ourselves. Is their music really that great?