rrnate wrote:While it's not like I love the Eagles or anything, I do think that "hating" them has become a thing in and of itself, with little to do with the quality of their music at this point. I think they have plenty of decent radio hits and I'd put 'em on par with something like Boston (sorry) or even KISS.
Interesting comparison. I probably like the same ratio of KISS as the Eagles. (sorry, I mean "Eagles") A friend has the KISS 5 or 6 CD best of set. I burned 1 CD of stuff that I didn't hate. As a kid, I did not like KISS much either. I graduated 8th grade in '76, so I don't need to tell you that not liking KISS during that time frame was not a popular stand to take. As I believe I have said here before, when the best musician in your band is the drunk guy, you may not be a very good band.
Boston is easier. They had two albums of awesomeness, then did nothing for a decade. Eventually Sholz got done litigating and pooped out "Amanda", but it didn't get played on album rock radio, so I didn't have to hear it much. (Album cost me 9 bucks or whatever, though. I think I played it twice. Still sitting downstairs.) For all his genius, Scholz is right up there in the asshole sweepstakes. Not a Simmons or a Henley, mind you. More like a quieter Lars Ulrich with better lawyers.
But back to the Eagles. Obviously, this is all just personal opinion - everyone else is welcome to love these guys, and they will get no judgement from me. Before Hotel California, to me they were just a pleasant diversion. Not a band I loved or hated, but just kind of "there". The main factors in my change of mind:
- It cannot be overstated how much Hotel California
and The Long Run
got overplayed on local radio. Top 40 played them. The automated station played them. The album rock station played them. All freaking day.
- The songs just seemed to not be as good. Just personal taste - obviously many more people loved them than hated them. New Kid in Town seemed particularly weak to me.
- The critics seemed to give them a pass. Lots of artists that I listened to were derided as "corporate rock", but were a lot less "corporate" than Eagles, and certainly no more faceless.
- Once Al Gore invented the Internets, it slowly became apparent that the key members were giant jerks. Didn't really impact the formation of my opinion, but probably makes it less likely that I would change it.
I have to say, this is a fun thread. Sorry for causing some of the tangents, but I think that is (partly) the point.