No, I don't mean to sound defensive. Everyone has their own tastes. That's completely cool.
If anything, I just wanted to make an objective point. Again, I don't even like a lot of the bands I listed. Certainly not my favorite bands.
I just think it's too easy to dismiss the impact certain bands have had. I'm not talking about anyone directly, but this conversation pops up a lot in life. Particularly in bars when people are drunk. There just seems to be a kind of snobby dismissal of music that has become popular, so popular that it defines a decade or even an era. But I find it strange that particularly in music critics there is a complete change of opinion when it comes to the quality of a band or an album years later.
I think it's almost become "cool" to hate Nirvana. And yet, I daresay everyone still has there copy of Nevermind or Unplugged and when they listen to it, remember why that time of music began in the first place. I think there is something to be said for longevity. Nirvana still gets radio play.
A lot of bands that were popular for such a short time and seemed to be riding the wave, instead of creating it, disappear entirely.
It's like hating Michael Jackson as well. We all know, at one point in time, the man was a genius. Prince as well. Even Madonna.
And so, because they are popular and so ingrained in the culture, people naturally want to rebel and dismiss it.
I dunno. I get into arguments like this all the time. I'm not taking it personal at all, and I hope none of you are either. Again, I'm coming from a more objective point. Personal taste of an individual is what it is.
Pretentious rant over.