Top 25 Overrated Indie Rock Bands (5-1)
After much complaining (most of it justified), I've finally updated one of this website's oldest and most controversial lists. At almost 4 years old it was really about time. I just want to be clear that not all of the bands below are bad by any means, however, they do not necessarily deserve the heaps of praise they receive. Here's to hoping that this list inspires as much anger and as many death threats as the first one!
5. LCD Soundsystem- In the original version of this list I blamed a general disdain for electronica as a large catalyst for not liking this band. My taste in music has changed drastically since then. Now I know that that's not the reason I don't like LCD. I now call bands like Boards of Canada, Vitalic, The Knife and Hot Chip some of my favorites. LCD Soundsystem remains in my doghouse. Just average, uninspiring dancetronica...
* Exceptions- Gotta give it up to “All my Friends.” I can at least recognize that Sound of Silver is a pretty good album even if I'm almost never compelled to listen to it.
4. Flaming Lips- You stay around long enough and you're bound to produce a few tolerable songs. Through the course of 27 years and 13 albums I might be able to laboriously assemble a decent top 10 list from their gratuitous discography (and I just did). However, Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots is as close as they came to making a complete album that you can actually get through.
* Exceptions- As mentioned, Yoshimi. That album does have the Lips only 2 must have songs in “Fight Test” and “Do you Realize.”
3. The White Stripes- Am I the only person out there that thinks that White Blood Cells is just about the most pedestrian album ever written? I realize that the White Stripes had a big role in starting the whole Garage Revival fad which became ubiquitous a year later. I know that creativity is important to many and that's understandable. However, I'm of the persuasion that creativity and a song called “Seven Nation Army” should only be able to get a band so far.
*Exceptions- Their last 3 albums have admittedly had killer lead singles (“Seven Nation Army,” “Blue Orchid,” and “Icky Thump”). Too bad these are their only 3 good songs.
2. Bjork- She's sort of like the less talented, even weirder fraternal twin of Thom Yorke with all of her avant leanings and eclectic u-turns over the years. She just tries too damn hard to be different and all of those experiments feel forced, soulless and unbelievably offensive to the ears. Her music is pretentious, distant and nearly impossible to suffer through.
*Exceptions- Closest thing I've ever heard to a decent Bjork song is “Hidden Place” and “Pagan Poetry.”
1. Sonic Youth- It's number one, I have to make it a doozy. Sonic Youth are creative, skilled and critically acclaimed almost to the point of worship. One problem, they create music that is nearly impossible to listen to, let alone enjoy. I cannot pretend like I have Sonic Youth's entire catalog but the 100 or so songs that I do own are basically just there for decoration. I might switch on a track or two every year or so when I'm feeling masochistic.
*Exeptions- Dirty and Goo had a couple decent tracks, namely “Drunken Butterfly” and “Kool Thing”
LET THE BASHING BEGIN, FRIENDS!! Let it rip on the comments section below. I'd love to see your own lists.
Updated on 08/27/12 by the Rock Czar
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