We all have our musical tastes- musicals for Nick, 'Danny Boy' as done by RuPaul for Deep, and so on.
And everyone tries to sell their choices to others.
But don't oversell.
In high school, before they really broke, one kid was talking constantly about U2. In the end, I agreed that they were a very good band- but he was calling them the 'Greatest Band Ever' in the early1980s. That seems a bit...ummm...premature (that's what she said). Of course I believe the second greatest band in his universe was The The, so they couldn't all be home runs....
And in the early 1990s, I travelled regularly for work. I stayed in Johnson City, and watched MTV while doing paperwork. And one of the VJs (I really don't recall which one OTHER than I am certain it wasn't Pauly Shore) talked every single day about how incredible Pearl Jam was. To this day, I have no interest in listening to their music as they were oversold.
I also recall in the 1980s, Spin Magazine regularly ran features on the greatest songs of all time- and I recall that one time, 'It Takes Two' by Rob Base and DJ EZ Rock was voted the greatest of all. Personally I think that's a case of being contrarian simply to be contrarian.
Another group that in the end I liked but it took me a while to appreciate because of the over-hype is the Dave Matthews Band.
Let me give you a hint- let the music speak for itself. If it's really that good, people will notice.
-Zjabs (Rochester's Official Columnist)
PS. To the headline writers out there- we're not ALL in the business. I say this because of a recent Yahoo! headline I read- it read 'No Doubt to drop new album.' Now I know that in the biz, you say 'my album drops Tuesday', and that means it's coming out on Tuesday. BUT in general speak, if Deep were to say 'I'm going to drop my Saturday ,music columns...', then we'd no longer have to trudge through them. (As he'll not tell you, in this case, it meant No Doubt is bringing out a new album).
© 2012 Zjabs - 5/12/12