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Yeah. Liked 'em and still do. So what? and what's it to ya?! :-)
Not everything they ever did, of course.
By the way, re Bee Gees, not the Saturday Night Fever stuff but way earlier...Odessa. They were more of a Prog Band back then. Talking late '60s/early '70s.
Hey - at least I never went for Michael Jackson. (That oughta raise a few eyebrows. Too bad.)
I feared I might offend, but wasn't the intent. I own albums by all these folks other than Bread which were purchased when first released. The Fogleberg albums were played heavily while in college. Still wish you heard more early Bee Gees. I even was at a Fogleberg concert when he intro'd one of his songs as "the song that put me in elevators everywhere", so he even recognized some change in status of his music. Was just. Curious what others thought. Can't say I pull any of them off the shelf though compared to Steely Dan, Dire Straights or Mark Knofler, Led Zeppelin or the Beatles which I will often grab.
All of the above plus Yello, BoneyM, Eruption, Enigma, Aquarium... Is this a test on how "low" does one go?..., am I the winner? :-) Please, I wanna win this one! ;-)
Even downloaded Lady Gaga and Kanye West, but could not go there without soiling myself.
@ghosthouse, you got yourself a comrad, for some reason I do not get Mike Jackson also.
*L* I listen to all sorts of things that might send me off to the audio 'rubber room' with one of those tightly fitting coats with those stylish belts. And I don't care what you might think when I cue up Deadmau5 followed by Nine Inch Nails followed by something even more extremely off the rails. ;)
Playing something 'outside your age group' should be recognized as a right and a privilege. Any opinion to the contrary is just that, and is subject to being ignored...
Can I have an 'Amen'? *G*
@czarivey - I agree with you about Quincy and the quality of the MJ recordings. Highly polished, excellent "product"...BUT (recognizing the irony here) for me, it ain't got no soul! Lack of a shared cultural experience, maybe.
@gonetotc - I really wasn't offended and do think I get where you are coming from starting the thread. Kind of fun from that perspective especially given good dissenting commentary. A couple of worthy suggestions made already for addition (Abba and Kenny Loggins). How about Neil Diamond? Barry Manilow?
@Sevs - re MJ, always nice to have comrades. Never downloaded Lady Gaga or Kanye. Would be worried about an emergency laundry drill myself. Barry Manilow is another like that for me (though I remember liking "Mandy" when it was getting AM airplay but don't tell anyone).
re Lady Gag Me - Avoid her in general and specifically during the SuperBowl. Although, my wife (whose opinion I respect), based on that appearance, says she's got some pipes..."She's like Madonna (read: talent for self-promotion) but can really sing." Hmmm...maybe add Madonna to the list.
I will admit at 56 years of age to listening most of those in my more melancholy moods. Seal and Croft was big in my teen years, early Bee Gees I liked until disco entered the scene. Davis Gates had a wonderful voice. Did't do much Fogelberg. The rest of my days were filled with Deep Purple, Sabbath, Zeppelin, Tull etc. until I discovered blues...
Oh yeah Stain’ Alive, no joking great song.
I’m over being laughed out for my music preferences my taste is across the board but at least I cant be laughed at for not having an open mind/ heart to different kinds of music. There are those who seem to listen to the same type of music over and over, boring. That would drive me nuts.
When I was much younger, who I listened to was my identity. Now that I've matured (I guess) I listen to whatever sounds good to me. And that is the way it should be. Pigeon-holing one's self because of what others might think puts the blinders on to all the great music out there. I know for me that when I walked into Fingerprints in Long Beach and heard Prefuse 73 I found new reasons for loving music. I will never forget that experience and how it helped to renew the love affair.
Funny thing about that music - there's a band for every ear.
GH, I do hope that you'll someday dig on Prefuse 73; but beyond the folks in the record store, I don't know anyone else who enjoys them or that genre. Still, it has really brought passion back to my music world, even for the things I have known for so long.
I do know of all the bands mentioned by the OP but am the least acquainted with Dan Fogelberg. A buddy that I've seen 40-50 shows with is a Fogelberg fan.
I need to check out the four bands mentioned by the OP since I have Spotify. Thanks to GH on that count.
Awesome thread; carry on.
In short; Yes. Whether you’re drawn to the genre or not, all the groups you first listed produced/wrote great melodies and in my view that's what it's all about ... that and the arrangement. Sadly, much of the !@#$%*! produced today and for perhaps that past two decades, is a pathetic and sad attempt to pass noise off as "music" .... but, the millennials & X generations lap it up to the tune of billions of dollars annually. There is very little or no variety … one, two, maybe 3 chords repeated over and over with a backdrop of syntho-babble …. a mindless bunch of flats and sharps and an arrangement that are agonizingly unimaginable and unmusical. There are a very few, what I call good bands out there ….. but the greater majority is just processed crap. I’ll step off my soap box now.
I agree with exactly what Vindanpar said about the Carpenter's. Wouldn't give them the time of day, back in the day. Now I listen to them and am bowled over by the quality of Karen's voice and the professional and artful production of the songs. "We've only just begun" sounds particularly amazing on my system, as well as, the other songs mentioned above. I must be over the hill. And far away.
@pokey77 You hit the nail on the head. My identity was also defined by what I listened to. I missed out on so much, due to my un willingness to acknowledge any music that was not "cool" A pivotal moment in my life occurred around 25 years ago when I saw a Cyndi Lauper live video. She was singing Time After Time. I noticed immediately the beautifully played arpeggios with none other than Rick Derringer on guitar. I was shocked at first, I mean, this was Rick Derringer.With Cyndi Lauper?? What's going on here?? Then I started to pay attention to the quality of Cyndi's voice. At that moment I new that I had, due to my own stubbornness, missed out on a wealth of music because it was "un cool". I vowed to never again dismiss any music before I gave it a chance, be that a specific artist or genre. I now own and enjoy so many different varieties of music, and I have successfully passed this philosophy on to my son, who is a music lover, and still in his teens.