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Old 02-14-2011, 07:49 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Does a Band's Popularity Affect Your Taste?

I remember my dad telling me that he liked The Beatles until they really blew up. After that he couldn't be bothered with them.

Do people here (in general) devalue bands just because they're popular? And if so, why? Is it simply because you think they're overplayed, or is there a "snob effect" invloved, where you only like being known for liking more obscure bands?

Personally I think I'm pretty good with not doing this. If you like something, you like it. My love for bands like Led Zeppelin, The Beatles, etc. isn't affected in the slightest because of their popularity. Of course there are many popular bands I don't like, but that's just a matter of taste.

EDIT: This isn't asking about when a band changes their style to gain more fans.

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Old 02-14-2011, 07:56 AM   #2 (permalink)
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No, it doesn't. I like Franz Ferdinand, I Like Dire Straits.
But some bands do change their music when they get famous.

I do have a hard time taking bands from the Netherlands serious.
Especially when they come from somewhere near. It somehow feels like I have to like that band because they come from where I come from.
Nevertheless, I have quite some records in my cabinet that are from bands from Limburg (The province where I live).
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Not really, if i like a band's music then i listen to them, regardless of how popular they are. I certainly don't listen to underground bands just for the sake of it. If a band changes their sound to gain more commercial interest and if their new sound doesn't appeal to me i would be less inclined to listen to them, not because of their new-found popularity, but because of their new sound.

The overplaying factor does have some effect though. If you're over-exposed to a band or a particular song being played on the radio constantly then you get sick of them after a while. But that doesn't happen to me too often.
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Old 02-14-2011, 07:59 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Exactly what Zero said. Literally.

It's not so much how popular they are, it's more how sick I am of hearing that one song that EVERYONE loves so much.
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The overplaying factor does have some effect though. If you're over-exposed to a band or a particular song being played on the radio constantly then you get sick of them after a while. But that doesn't happen to me too often.
Not with every song hear. I can't hear Stairway to heaven or Bohemian Rhapsody anymore, but I still like Sultans of Swing and Hotel California.
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A song / band's popularity doesn't generally sway my opinion one way or the other. If I like it, I like it.

With that said, as soon as a song is used in a commercial and I have to hear that one snippet of the song a thousand times, I grow to dislike that song and even think of it as cheesy.
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Not with every song hear. I can't hear Stairway to heaven or Bohemian Rhapsody anymore, but I still like Sultans of Swing and Hotel California.
I see what you mean but really it's a personal thing. It varies from person to person. There are some songs i never get sick of hearing but not too many.
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Not at all, albeit music I do like happens to be unpopular most of the time, and music that's popular I tend to not like. However, there are very melodic, rhythmic, and philosophical reasons for this.
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Nope. It affects me talking about the band, ie if someone here asks me about Radiohead it's probs all been said before so I cba, but the music doesn't change any.
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