Trying to start fights already, eh?
Big Star is a great but over-rated band. I also am still trying to warm to Parsons' solo work. I'm liking it more, but I still don't love it like most critics do. The Allman Brothers are not my favorite, but you really should give Velvet Underground and Husker Du more of a chance. I also dig Talking Heads, Yo La Tengo, and some Madonna, but not enough to wrestle anybody over.
Lester, I agree with you to a large extent. I don't dislike these artists at the same level; the common denominator is that I think they get a little overpraised. Big Star is the only artist here I actively loathe; the others I actually enjoy to varying degrees. For instance, Madonna is a decent artist, but I think she gets a lot of credit for having the ability to remake herself and stay ahead of the times. On the basis of the music alone, I doubt she deserves the accolades she receives.
I gotcha. Perhaps some comments on each entry would prevent others from making the wrong assumptions I did. It would also make the list a bit more fun.
Johnny, how about a film list or two?
SONIC YOUTH? C'mon, Johnny, Daydream Nation is easily one of the best 20 rock albums ever made! Good God, man, are you insane?
By the way, I have started work on a 100 Greatest Rock Albums Ever list I plan to begin posting next week. You'll have plenty of opportunities to moan and shoot holes through it beginning then. I have been deeply inspired by your excellent American Rock list.
big star? velvet underground? husker du? sounds like its a whole *genre* of experimental pop music you just don't like. ever hear elliott smith? stereolab? they're amazing musicians borrowing their ideas from these past great guys.
Actually, this list merely refers to artists I consider a bit overrated, not ones I dislike. I like The Velvet Underground and Husker Du, but I don't hold them in as high of esteem as many critics do. In the case of Big Star, I do genuinely dislike them and consider their conception of power pop anything but part of a "whole genre of experimental pop music." Innovative, yes. Experimental, no. There are quite a few experimental artists that I think are deserving of every bit of praise that comes their way, including Frank Zappa, Brian Eno, Eno-era Roxy Music, "Heroes"/Low-era Bowie, Pere Ubu, Suicide, and Pavement. Elliot Smith is also good, although Stereolab is a bit precious for me.
People are talking about the underground and I dont see them on this list. Anyway, husker Du, Madonna, Sonic Youth and the talking Heads dont belong here. I think anyway. Hey its your list Johnny.
Looking back at this list a year later, I see that little has changed. In respect to Sonic Youth and Parsons, its because I haven't had a chance to "relisten." However, although it must stay here a little longer, Big Star in the last year has miracuously come close to graduating from this list! I don't know how its happened, unless I managed to completely ignore Alex Chilton's foolish, infantile behaviour.
You know, I'm glad this list is here. I'm rather cynical, and I always wonder how many of people's opinions are their own and how many they have adopted from the critical mainstream. A list like this definitely marks you as an independent thinker (and, of course, your other lists prove you an independent thinker with loads of good taste). I really enjoy this list.
Thanks Mr. Bangs, of course the same could be said of your own overrated list. I believe the inclusion of Pink Floyd and Zep upset a few people, right? Self congratulations to us independents!
Of course I meant your list of overrated artists, not your "overrated list." All apologies.