Today I randomly remembered that I used to like Ben Folds Five. Perhaps hoping for something to defend, I just listened to the 30 second samples from the album ‘Whatever and Ever Amen’ on Amazon and I found nothing to defend. In the past, I have definitely been guilty of liking bands that use instrumentation uncommon in rock music. Did I just like BFF because there was no guitar and they used piano and the bass was often fuzzed out? I don’t know, perhaps. But the singing is terrible, the songwriting really cheesy and worthy of an Andrew Lloyd Weber musical but less melodramatic (except “Brick”, which is very melodramatic).
I know there are other bands I once liked 100 years ago but have grown out of but I’m having trouble thinking of the examples. Did I block them from memory? I don’t have any Motley Crue albums anymore but I probably still like them as a guilty pleasure. I don’t love Primus like I used to but I do still like them at least.
Oh, duh! Mannheim Steamroller! I think the MAIN reason I liked them was for the instrumentation. I was dragged to one of their concerts when I was 14 and they were using electric violin and electronic drums and harpsichords and stuff. It was YEARS before I realized the music was really cheesy and the compositions not even very interesting. Too bad I bought most of their albums. God.
Oh! I used to have a Green Day CD! And a Hole CD! And lots of grunge CDs by artists that I don’t hate but don’t really have an interest in now, ie I was once a big fan of Pearl Jam (back in 1992).
Has any of you grown out of an artist? Maybe even one you hate now?