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24 minutes ago, jengd said:

 

I too like that GD have this reputation, and I also really love Elvis Costello.  I generally find the Beatles just plain boring and bland, I don't get the whole "they changed the world thing" I get that for Elvis Presley and some of his peers but not the Beatles, as for Queen, I find them just completely over the top, over produced is the best way I can describe it (and yes, I know that GD have JoS and other such multi-movement songs so I don't really have a leg to stand on for that one, I don't like Freddie's voice (sorry all) and just have never felt connected or moved in any way by any of their songs.  I actually don't like much that GD have Bohemian Rhapsody play before their shows - this should be on the unpopular opinions thread shouldn't it!  I remember when BH came out, when I was just a teenager and I thought it was hilarious and just rubbish.  Maybe I was just the wrong age at the wrong time to like either band. 

I think what you say at the end there is true for the Beatles too. They are difficult to appreciate in hindsight, because their innovation gets lost in everything they spawned and inspired since. But take a look at a typical top 10 list of popular music from 1963, and you quickly see how different they were from what the world was listening to at the time. Everything that happened in the sixties started with them (or Bob Dylan but that’s a separate conversation)

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3 hours ago, gaslight13 said:

I like The Beatles but not nearly to the level that almost people do so I've also had to explain myself at times too. There are certain bands that have been determined to be infallible and people insist upon reasons if you don't really like them. I'd be curious to know some of your reasons if you want to share! I don't really have any. Just never really connected that closely with 99.9% of their songs.

I feel the same as you, I have nothing against the Beatles and I think there are plain good, but I have no personal connection to them.

3 hours ago, gaslight13 said:

Id argue though that people do pigeonhole Green Day, they just do it incorrectly. They label them as an emo band that's not that good or a pop punk band that's not that good. Both of which come from listening to 4-5 hits, dismissing them as another generic band with a few radio hits and ignoring the rest.

As for me, I randomly fell on 21 Guns and it made me instantly forget what I was doing. I just started searching for more information on the band I could possibly retain within a few hours. So I did discover Green Day with a hit and as it already felt like the most awesome sound I had ever heard, I only wanted to know more and more. And there was much more. :wub: 

2 hours ago, MMwhatsername said:

I get what you mean, but the AI era wasn't serious all the way through. Have you watched Heart Like a Hand Grenade? There are also some hilarious scenes :D

I think the trilogy was the attempt to get rid of a too serious and heavy image, but we all know how that ended... And the trilogy sometimes feels a lot heavier than AI or 21CB for me. 

I got into a bit of AI and 21st CB just before RevRad when it came out, and I didn't find them that dark. I agree their lower level of sense of humor was during the early trilogy era, their attempt to get rid of a too serious and heavy image was in itself too serious and heavy...

1 hour ago, jengd said:

as for Queen, I find them just completely over the top, over produced is the best way I can describe it (and yes, I know that GD have JoS and other such multi-movement songs so I don't really have a leg to stand on for that one, I don't like Freddie's voice (sorry all) and just have never felt connected or moved in any way by any of their songs.  I actually don't like much that GD have Bohemian Rhapsody play before their shows - this should be on the unpopular opinions thread shouldn't it! 

I like your unpopular opinion. :ga:

2 hours ago, MMwhatsername said:

Ooooops sorry for going off-topic.

To someone randomly dropping in here, it may seem just as if we've been squatting this thread. :lol:

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10 hours ago, pacejunkie punk said:

I’ve found you really have to go deep to know them, you can’t judge them by their hit singles which for years was all I knew as with most people. Just the side projects alone was worth going deep for! Now I feel sorry for the ones who are missing out.  When I hear people say they are emo, it makes me realize how much of their humor was buried in side projects those people never saw.

Totally. Admittedly, I didn't go deep with GD's music until this past March. I knew Dookie and AI were really good and that they had a handful of other good songs (ie Good Riddance) but I just figured the rest was relatively generic teen music and didn't invest further as I was leaving my teens (it didn't help that I didn't like the 21CB singles when they first came out). I think the emo thing comes from people my age who were in their teens when AI came out and bands like MCR and Panic at the Disco were huge. Everyone was wearing black, the guys in these bands all wore eyeliner and were angsty, etc. Green Day benefited in a huge way from this trend but I think the their identity as their own band was sort of engulfed by it.  Which leads to a lot of my peers saying "Oh I loved Green Day and MCR during my emo phase." 
 

 

9 hours ago, jengd said:

 

I too like that GD have this reputation, and I also really love Elvis Costello.  I generally find the Beatles just plain boring and bland, I don't get the whole "they changed the world thing" I get that for Elvis Presley and some of his peers but not the Beatles, as for Queen, I find them just completely over the top, over produced is the best way I can describe it (and yes, I know that GD have JoS and other such multi-movement songs so I don't really have a leg to stand on for that one, I don't like Freddie's voice (sorry all) and just have never felt connected or moved in any way by any of their songs.  I actually don't like much that GD have Bohemian Rhapsody play before their shows - this should be on the unpopular opinions thread shouldn't it!  I remember when BH came out, when I was just a teenager and I thought it was hilarious and just rubbish.  Maybe I was just the wrong age at the wrong time to like either band. 

To be fair, The Beatles wrote their own stuff, experimented a lot, and churned out a shit ton of music in a very short amount of time. Elvis had an interesting voice and cool dance moves. I'm not sure but I don't think he wrote any of his music (or at least, much of it was not written by him including Hound Dog). I too thought Bohemian Rhapsody was hilarious (granted I was like 5 when I first heard it) though not rubbish. Maybe just weird as f*ck and I figured it wasn't something a lot of people liked. Boy was I wrong.

 

10 hours ago, MMwhatsername said:

I think what makes them seem so much more serious during that era was also the fact that they suddenly became the voice and face of a whole generation. That's a big responsibility and not so easy to take. I was 17 when AI was released and my generation grew up under the impression of 9/11 and the fear that a 3rd world war could be right around the corner. The fear felt very, very real at times, and we were old enough to feel it and to estimate the horrible consequences of a nuclear war, but still felt too young to be able to change something. AI perfectly hit that nerve. It was the reason I became interested in politics and  started to get involved, and so did many of my friends. And Green Day was the reason. AI was like a catalyzer, as if it was screaming "don't let those bastards of politicians ruin YOUR future". It was serious business, I agree, but it was exactly what we needed. Musicians who took us and our concerns seriously and who told us that we can do it, that we can change the world for good. AI still has that message and that's why I think it's more relevant than ever today.

I'm jealous that your peers were more fired up by the politics of AI than the emo side of it. I think I was the only one in my school who cared about the politics side. 

This is all still sort of on topic right? Weren't we talking about how the whole "God's Favorite Band" thing will be perceived in the grand scheme of how GD has been perceived over the years? It's a stretch but I think we're still on topic, haha.

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