Thursday, September 6, 2007

I'm just not one of the cool kids.

A lot of my friends love Dave Matthews. People whose intelligence I respect. So he must be good, right? Right?

I still don't get it. I've listened to it tons. Hours and hours. I tried really really hard to like it.

It's official. I hate Dave Matthews. Deleted every bit of it tonight. Probably 50 songs.

I feel so much better.


oooooops said...

That's because Dave Matthews just sucks. If being one of the cool kids means having to listen to Dave Matthews I shall remain uncool No talent hack playing bland pop rock radio drivel ...

Supersuckers, Supagroup, Unknown Hinson now that's real music

Jay said...

I will admit, I like the Dave Matthews Band. And I can actually (and depending on how long the road trip is often do) listen to hours of their music, especially a full concert. However, with the exception of Gray Street most of the newer stuff just pales in comparison to the older stuff. But thats just my personal preference.

E. S. Collins said...

I like a couple of songs but I think the best thing about the band was the drummer. Matthews' voice is too nasally for me.

IngaYr said...

I like Dave. Used to not but now I do. I haven't listened to all of it though.

But I'm glad you feel better.

The Taco Prophet said...

Jay and Coyote reminded me that I like some of his early stuff. He (sometimes) has a way with words that I really like... not necessarily what he's saying, but with the rhythm and sound of the words he chooses.

And there was one song I really really dug on, but I've long since forgotten which one, and no longer have the song anyway. So meh.

But by and large, I can't stand it. Or him.

Jay said...

Give me one or two lines (probably just one) and I can name that song. And yes, I need a life.

Also, his early stuff was much better and here is the reason why. Most all great works of art comes from that dark, sad, hurt and lonely place inside that comes from being poor, tired, and hungry. It is really hard to go to that place when you have not had a concert that has not sold out in, what, 6-10 years?

I know when I ran sound, the absolute best I ever heard the band play was a practice session right after we found out that all of the money we had made over the last 2 weeks (our first road trip) had been stolen from our rooms while we were eating dinner.

The Taco Prophet said...

I can't remember any of the lines. I just have a general recollection that it was about getting drunk over some girl.

Sucks about the cash getting stolen. I know what you're talking about, though. When you're really feeling the hurt (or whatever the song's about), it just rings truer and works better for some reason.

I hit a nasty low point a few years back, and one of the ways I dealt with it was writing. I mentioned it on Blue's blog a while back: Shitty song, shitty guitar, shitty lyrics. But it made me feel a bit better.

I was absentmindedly strumming through it at practice one night when I was feeling particularly sorry for myself over the whole thing, and the guys asked me to play it. And I uncharacteristically did.

I'm not sure what happened, but by the end I was shaking and felt empty, but the hurt was mostly gone. And even though the song sucks ass, it was awesome that time. When I finished, you could have heard a pin drop. The first response I got from them, after at least 10 or 15 seconds of silence, was: "Where the fuck did that come from?"

Never played it that way since.

I've hung onto that memory. It's a really nice one. I was a way better musician than I have a right to be that night. I've only performed that well on one other occasion (and, fortunately, on that one, there was actually an audience).

Jay said...

Neon shines through smoky eyes tonight
It’s 2 am - I’m drunk again it’s heavy on my mind

I could never love again so much as I love you
Where you end where I begin is like a river going through
Take my eyes, take my heart I need them no more
If never again they fall upon the one I so adore

Excuse me please one more drink
Could you make it strong cause I don’t need to think
She broke my heart my Grace is gone
One more drink and I’ll move on

Grace is gone. Good song. Once again, early work. Not the pop stuff he put out (lets not mention Some Devil or Everyday)

And yes, really I know. I need some form of life besides identifying songs from a vague description.

The Taco Prophet said...

Sweet... yeah, that's the one. And your ability to identify the song based on such a vague description is awesome. I have spoken.