Why do you like the music you like?

Discussion in 'The Clubhouse Bar' started by dundeesmiffy, Mar 7, 2009.

  1. dundeesmiffy

    dundeesmiffy Guest

    Yeah, so why do you like the music you like/listen to.

    I like music that's well put together, just like, well made music that's catchy and a bit different...or sometimes bands with slightly lower integrity come up with total belters like The Libertines who write some awesome songs and fizzle out before they got a chance, that's f***ing rockstar.

    Although I listen to fair different types of metal, hardcore, punk, early emo and screamo*, some good "eeeemo"**, hip-hop, post-rock and some decent drum and bass, not Pendulum, not Pendulum ever.

    *not the MCR bullshit you're used to, if you're interested in what emo really is, check out the wikipedia pages on emo and scream, all I'm saying is read it and keep in mind that what a lot of people consider emo as a totally different style of music from the likes of **** bands that you see 14 year olds in to on Trisha etc. honestly, try, please, because it annoys these people when you confront them with that knowledge, you get to trounce them with superior music knowledge...and everyone knows how awesome that feels when it's little fannies like that.

    **By this I mean bands like Soasin who have amazing musician ship and a f***ing amazing vocalist. I dream of a world where I don't have to explain this to people.
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  3. gingergenius

    gingergenius Guest

    <div class='quotetop'>QUOTE (dundeesmiffy @ Mar 7 2009, 04:52 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}></div>
    It depends, and for me it isn't about genre because you'd do well to find an area of music that's missing from my iTunes.

    Basically, music I like is usually a combination of all, some or even just one of these qualities:

    1. The melody is very catchy
    2. The lyrics are clever
    3. The vocalist is good
    4. There's a background rhythm, such as a beat/ bassline/ riff which is good
    5. The production is good
    6. There's a feature which is euphoric or nostalgic
    7. The instruments are played by talented musicians
    8. The music is in an interesting language that adds to the sound
    9. The music represents a scene/ culture
    10. The music is experimental/ improvised/ innovative
  4. Laetca

    Laetca Guest

    Basically, because you do XD

    There's only that far you can go in explaining your preferences, in the end it all boils down to a simple "because".

    I'll admit gingergenius' criteria are very good too though.
  5. shtove

    shtove Guest

    Joy. Grief. Taking the ****.
  6. alexrugby

    alexrugby Guest

    <div class='quotetop'>QUOTE (shtove @ Mar 8 2009, 03:38 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}></div>
    I like music that fills my insight all the time I listen to these records, that is just additional breath-type of mine existence
  7. Fred187

    Fred187 Guest

    I'm a guitarist, so I like all sorts of guitar music. But, generally, I just really like music that generates a feeling - whatever that feeling might be. That's what's missing in a lot of manufactured music - you can manufacture all the frills, and all the key changes, but you just can't manufacture soul...
  8. alexrugby

    alexrugby Guest

    <div class='quotetop'>QUOTE (Fred187 @ Apr 6 2009, 03:01 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}></div>
    Actually it's difficult to answer

    I like all the Led Zeppelin songs (and other bands too of 60s and 70s)

    And its very difficult to say why I like these genuinely brilliant songs, they are more than music and anything else

  9. Hall

    Hall Guest

    I have a Led Zeppelin poster on my wall and Physical Graffiti is one of my favourite records!
  10. Meh

    Meh Guest


    Pink Floyd, Porcupine Tree, Muse, The Mars Volta, Radiohead, Sigur Ros, Jeff Buckley... is my type of music.

    I do like falsetto a fair but and anything that takes music to a higher level. I'm not one for three/four chord songs on shredding guitar by mop haired superstars - so no Oasis or any of that landfill indie that infests the charts for me!
  11. Sir Speedy

    Sir Speedy Guest


    I love their original lyrics and concepts. I love the range of instruments that are played, even if it's not played by a member of the band (the sax in Us and Them is one of my favourites...) and their music appeals to a whole range of my emotions.
  12. shazbooger

    shazbooger Guest

    I'm getting to the age where finding "new" bands is getting a bit pointless, so I've started going over the old stuff again, reliving my youth through music induced memories.

    Currently its the Levellers and New Model Army (years of drinking, concert going and confusion), followed up by a healthy dose of Counting Crows (a Russian girl in London), The Frames (a 14 band concert on Brittas bay beach in Wicklow), Steve Earl (a Bar in bray), Pink Floyd (my big brother coming home from years away), and Freebird (Sitting in a bar in Brighton, 16 years old, blind drunk and 4 feet away from a set of speakers half the size of the bar itself, all the time sitting beside the biggest hairiest man Ive ever seen who was drinking Newcastle Brown Ale).

    Well thats this weeks mix. Totally random I know but every song is a journey back in time. Not sure where I'm going next week.
  13. Meh

    Meh Guest

    I'm too young to have appreciated Pink Floyd but since my Dad gave me their CDs I've been hooked.

    Dark Side of the Moon is perhaps the most innovative record of all time. Many of the bands I listen to; ambitious bands like Porcupine Tree, Radiohead etc use techniques that Pink Floyd were using years ahead of their time. I just love how open minded they were.

    Nice to see people have good taste on here.
  14. monkeypigeon

    monkeypigeon Guest

    <div class='quotetop'>QUOTE (Meh @ Apr 29 2009, 07:31 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}></div>
    I heart Hall's music taste. Can't wait to see the Mars Volta in Oxegen, though besides Francis the Mute I don't think they've produced any great albums. Francis the Mute however is simply amazing.

    As for my own music taste.
    I stayed quite indifferent to music untill about 4 years ago, when at the ripe old age of 15 I came along some rocking. First of course it was the very easily accessable world of heavy-rock. A couple of catchy Darkness songs kicked that off and I grew to like bands such as System of a Down which I could generally rock along to. This has been left behind for the most part as it's all very simple for my liking but it was an important stepping stone...

    But then I found Led Zeppelin III in the living room...and from there it bloomed. I still consider them one of the greatest rock bands ever. Their diverse range, excellent individual talents which seemingly fuse effortlessly into one. The Eagles are considered the band the produced much of the great acoustic work of the era but I think LZ more than match them for that. They dabble in various other genres and Led Zeppelin and Led Zeppelin II of course set the scene for the arrival of heavy rock due to their heavier take on the rock-blues of the time.

    The late 60s and and 70s held my imagination for a long time. From the witty British Invasion bands through to the emergence of the likes of Deep Purple and Black sabbath. The 80s are a lost cause to me. When I think of 80s all I can think of are the artificial Hair-rock bands with limited talent and an anthem writing machine. The best thing to emerge from the era was the influence of the keyboard which would inspire the indie 'dream pop' revolution of the mid 90s, the Red Hot Chilli Peppers and a want for musical change that manifested in the emergence of grunge.

    I can sense a sigh of discontent that generally comes with the word grunge, but the depth of grunge is often underestimated. The winding and seemingly irrellivant solos I accept are an unwanted side-dish to a music that's often reminiscent of the 70s. Chris Cornell's early vocals (before his vocal-chords were shredded by smoking an who knows what else) bring back memories of robert Plant in the Immigrant Song. The likes of Pearl Jam's debut album Ten are full of songs of raw emotion that refuses to distract from the music itself. The influence of Nirvana on an entire generation can't be forgotton and there are various groups besides the big Seattle 4 often forgotton but just as important. Many of these forgottan bands are those 'supergroups' formed by members of members of the big four et al. This closeness and sense of community shines again reflects back to us what the Grunge scene really was...a reincarnation of true rock. For when else was the great age of supergroups but the late 60s and 70s when the world was blessed with the likes of CSN & Y and Cream.

    Lest I forget another great benefit of Grunge I deliver message of the reaction from Britian to this new wave of popular American aritists infringing on the Biritish Charts. I give you Brit-Pop. Very different to what's emerging in Seattle at the same time but equally influential. The likes of Oasis remind us of the Beatles (some would even say a poor impersonation) and Pulp and Blur dealing with many social issues of the time. Music by the people for the people?? A stark contrast to the glam-ballads about being a rockstar.

    What of now? Our first post mentioned the popularity of poor quality emo. Screamo and Emo have the same unforunate ratio of talentless pretenders : musical maestros as most other genres. Unfortunately it's the talentless who often succeed in that market. In the ranks of those who experiment (Radiohead) or slowly build a fanbase (Elbow) we still see a steady stream of great rock bands emerge. Every generation is plagued by the popularity of manufactured homogenous bands loved by those who are little more than indiffereent (or simply bandwagoners). It's the bands we remember in ten years time that I'm usually listening to. I rarely delve in the music of the moment.

    I do however see an emergence of bands willing to expeiment with complicated math-rock and eloctronic productions with great talents. Songs like Atlas by Battles assure me that something new is always around the corner and this era is no write off for musical talent.

    I also like to delve in some forms of Metal and more experimental classical music. But that's for another day. At the moment I'm sliding towards sould and blues...with Billy Withers and Bobby Bland coming to mind, unchartered waters for me that I look forward to washing my hands in.

    Why do I like the music I like? Not because it's what's cool at the time. or what sells. But because some musician wanted to write it, and developed it with care and though influenced by something he heard written with thought and care. It's then that I want to listen with both thought and care. This the music I grow attached to. When something is grown with care it is easy to care for it.
  15. Woldog

    Woldog Guest

    Ill Nino, Spineshank, The Living End, ACDC, The Offspring, System of a Down, Dropkick Murphys, select songs of MCR, Les Miserables (a musical) Occasional gangster rap, Children of Bodom.

    I like everything, I don't care what anyone else thinks about my music preferences they don't have to listen to it do they.
  16. shazbooger

    shazbooger Guest

    <div class='quotetop'>QUOTE (Monkeypigeon @ Apr 29 2009, 11:19 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}></div>
    But the music is cool yeah?
  17. I guess I'll repeat this everytime but I'm a headbanger ("metalhead"). I always listen to Iron Maiden, Motörhead, Megadeth, Ozzy and AC/DC, although it's hard rock. When I'm bored I listen a bit from Judas Priest, Metallica, lots of Van Halen and Rata Blanca (that's a national band)
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