Music you put off listening to and now love

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Music you put off listening to and now love

Postby Clumpy » Fri Apr 10, 2009 10:24 pm UTC

I'd like to dedicate a thread to bands that, as the title says, we never bothered listening to for a long time and then they became one of our favorites. Most of these bands are very, very popular but somehow the ubiquity of their name made me put them off until I finally hit them up. Criteria for a band like this includes the fact that their songs are played constantly on the radio.

My list:

The Beatles (about three years ago)
Nirvana
Soundgarden
Radiohead (last year I finally put in a concerted effort to understand them)
The Pixies (hated them until I finally sat down and really listened - now they're my favorite)
Pink Floyd
Dido (seriously)

Does anybody else have any experience with this?

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Re: Music you put off listening to and now love

Postby Aethernox » Fri Apr 10, 2009 10:53 pm UTC

Mr. Bungle's Mr. Bungle and California. Tomahawk's Anonymous. The first seemed a bit too immature at the time, I don't have any excuses for the second, and, originally, the third just sucked.

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Re: Music you put off listening to and now love

Postby ChocloManx » Sat Apr 11, 2009 1:21 am UTC

Stravinsky. I had a CD of his Psalms Symphony which I wrote off after listening to it once, but recently got to love. Same thing happened with Prokofiev's 1st and 5th symphonies. Also Paul Hindemith and Shostakovich.
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Re: Music you put off listening to and now love

Postby 1337geek » Sat Apr 11, 2009 2:00 am UTC

Barry Manilow. Weird, huh? I thought for sure I wouldn't like him. Turns out he's really good.

Meat Loaf/Jim Steinman. My dad always told me that "Bat Out of Hell" was the greatest album ever, but I didn't believe him. Then one day I listened to it, and now I can't imagine life without it.
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Re: Music you put off listening to and now love

Postby Clumpy » Sat Apr 11, 2009 6:50 am UTC

Aethernox wrote:Mr. Bungle's Mr. Bungle and California.


Man, I checked out Mr. Bungle as soon as I heard about them so it might not be relevant, but I get a chill every time somebody mentions California. My favorite album of all time.

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Re: Music you put off listening to and now love

Postby Aethernox » Sat Apr 11, 2009 8:28 am UTC

Clumpy wrote:Man, I checked out Mr. Bungle as soon as I heard about them so it might not be relevant, but I get a chill every time somebody mentions California. My favorite album of all time.


Oh, I agree completely. It's an amazing album, I was just a bit hesitant to try it.

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Re: Music you put off listening to and now love

Postby tin » Sat Apr 11, 2009 7:21 pm UTC

I shunned Santigold, for a reason I forget (wait...I remember. I thought she was an almighty rip-off of M.I.A), but i've recently started to love her stuff.
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Postby kaniman2 » Sun Apr 12, 2009 1:41 am UTC

The only band I can think of at the moment is Arcade Fire. I bought Neon Bible about six months after its release, listened to half the album once, and never listened to it for another year. It was really good after the second and third and fourth listens for some reason.
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Re: Music you put off listening to and now love

Postby Rhubarb » Sun Apr 12, 2009 9:51 am UTC

Sonic Youth. My friend lent me a couple of their CDs a few years ago, but they didn't do anything for me. Recently I got Spotify though and I've had a chance to listen again, and now I think they're really good.

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Re: Music you put off listening to and now love

Postby bbq » Sun Apr 12, 2009 1:39 pm UTC

65daysofstatic. I am listening to The Distant and Mechanized Glow of Eastern European Dance Parties E.P right now, and it is amazing. :) So I'm downloading more of their stuff.
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Re: Music you put off listening to and now love

Postby Rhombulus » Sun Apr 12, 2009 3:00 pm UTC

Against Me! - I heard all of the ridiculous hype from the punk community, then just kinda forgot about it after New Wave was released. I got ahold of Reinventing Axl Rose a few months later and couldn't stop listening
Alkaline Trio - Again, heard the insane hype, then never really listened to it. I got Goddamnit and immediately loved it.
Death Cab for Cutie - Noticed that a large amount of teenage girls were obsessed with 'em, so I dropped 'em off my music-to-get list. Got Transatlanticism from a friend and realized why so many people liked it. Awesome sleeping music.
Vampire Weekend - Although I'm not crazy about 'em, they still are pretty damn catchy. Again, I ignored the hype.

I still haven't listened to the Pixies, much of the Sonic Youth, GY!BE, Woody Guthrie, any artists in the growing alt-country movement, or Bad Brains.
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Re: Music you put off listening to and now love

Postby SkaBassist » Sun Apr 12, 2009 6:57 pm UTC

I made the mistake of not looking up every single band that was at Lollapalooza when I went, and so I missed out on the following bands:

-Noah and the Whale
-Eli "Paperboy" Reed and the True Loves
-DeVotchKa
-Foals

What a shame.

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Re: Music you put off listening to and now love

Postby Guy_At_A_Keyboard » Tue Apr 14, 2009 9:17 pm UTC

Radiohead. I got Kid A from the public library and found it really inaccessible, but put it on my computer anyway out of a sense of obligation. Over time, I did this with other albums of theirs. A couple months ago, I started listening and realized "holy crap, this is really good!" I now have everything of theirs but Pablo Honey, and I only really want that for 'Creep.'

Also, Modest Mouse. I heard Dashboard on my radio, and got 'The Moon and Antarctica.' It was mostly acoustic, meandering, and had lyrics about planets and gravity and death. My reaction was "This is total stoner music." I really liked 'Lives' and 'Alone Down There,' though. It lingered on my iPod until I had heard it a few times, until I started really liking it.

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Re: Music you put off listening to and now love

Postby Clumpy » Wed Apr 15, 2009 10:10 am UTC

Guy_At_A_Keyboard wrote:Also, Modest Mouse. I heard Dashboard on my radio, and got 'The Moon and Antarctica.' It was mostly acoustic, meandering, and had lyrics about planets and gravity and death. My reaction was "This is total stoner music." I really liked 'Lives' and 'Alone Down There,' though. It lingered on my iPod until I had heard it a few times, until I started really liking it.


I love the raggedness and creepy appeal of that album. They really hit their peak with that one.

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Re: Music you put off listening to and now love

Postby humectant » Fri Apr 17, 2009 11:57 pm UTC

Simon & Garfunkle. Good god, I can't believe it took me so long to listen to them, but they're FANTASTIC. Acoustic/folk has never been better.

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Postby obituary » Sat Apr 18, 2009 3:55 am UTC

John Mayer.

I always said I didn't like him, except I'd only heard like one song. I have Vultures stuck in my head all the time now. I love it!
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Re: Music you put off listening to and now love

Postby Smiling Hobo » Sat Apr 18, 2009 3:59 am UTC

humectant wrote:Simon & Garfunkle. Good god, I can't believe it took me so long to listen to them, but they're FANTASTIC. Acoustic/folk has never been better.
I've been putting them off, as well...hmmm, maybe I'll go look up some of their stuff now. Thanks for reminding me. I like folky acoustic stuff, so this should be fun.

Anyway, let me think of a few...

The Beatles
Pink Floyd
Arcade Fire (Kind of)
Neutral Milk Hotel

They're all pretty popular, and have plenty of raving fans, which is kind of what made me avoid them at first. But then I realized all the praise was very much warrented.
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Re: Music you put off listening to and now love

Postby Rhombulus » Sun Apr 26, 2009 1:24 pm UTC

I've been putting off Neutral Milk Hotel, the Arcade Fire, and Jack Johnson for forever.
Do I need to hurry up and listen to any of 'em?
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Re: Music you put off listening to and now love

Postby Goatboy » Thu Apr 30, 2009 11:42 pm UTC

I just did this two days ago with Jane's Addiction. I'd always known of Jane's Addiction, but had managed not to listen to them. The first song I heard Perry Farrell sing was "Hot Lava" with DVDA on the Chef Aid Soundtrack. Then I was given Good God's Urge by Porno For Pyros at Christmas two years back and came to enjoy that. Then I listened to Nothing's Shocking and, not only did I enjoy it, but I was also forced to take back all the things I'd said about Dave Navarro after listening to his solo album.
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Re: Music you put off listening to and now love

Postby 6453893 » Fri May 01, 2009 12:11 am UTC

Come On Pilgrim. I didn't really put it off, I just never had the bright idea to look for it when I was anywhere I might find it. It was one of those thoughts you only get on trains or in bed, when its entirely useless. Its one of my favorite Pixies releases.

London Calling is still sitting wrapped on my desk, waiting to be heard.

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Re: Music you put off listening to and now love

Postby Smiling Hobo » Fri May 01, 2009 1:36 am UTC

Rhombulus wrote:I've been putting off Neutral Milk Hotel, the Arcade Fire, and Jack Johnson for forever.
Do I need to hurry up and listen to any of 'em?

Neutral Milk Hotel and Arcade Fire, yes. Listen to them immediatly--if you like indie rock, you'll love them. Not sure about Jack Johnson.

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Re: Music you put off listening to and now love

Postby Chobbes » Fri May 01, 2009 5:19 pm UTC

Neko Case.

I heard a couple of songs from the New Pornographers and I heard a single or two from her solo career, but I never made the move to explore her discography until a few months ago.

Furnace Room Lullaby is awesome. So sad her tickets sold out for the Toronto shows last month.

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Re: Music you put off listening to and now love

Postby liltimmy » Fri May 01, 2009 9:38 pm UTC

Deep Purple - I actually kind of assumed that it was pretty much just Smoke on the water until I got Rapture of the Deep.
Opeth - I borrowed a CD and didn't listen to it because I got put off by the length of the songs. Now I love those long songs.
Megadeth - I used to really dislike the super-fast riffage and weird vocals, but I found out that a lot of the songs are really good.

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Re: Music you put off listening to and now love

Postby mickyj300x » Sat May 02, 2009 7:12 am UTC

Chopin - I mean, I thought he was going to be all sap, but there's some brilliant pieces in his opus collection.

Animal Collective - I was a bit doubtful when my friend introduced them as "Avant-noise pop", but now I really like them.

The Locust - I used to loathe them. Now I just came back to them and I really like them now.

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Re: Music you put off listening to and now love

Postby nahvkolaj » Sat May 02, 2009 7:43 am UTC

Rammstein, Oomph, German metal in general. My friends have been telling me for years to listen to Rammstein but I just recently got around to getting some of their music about a week ago. I cannot get over Rosenrot.

other than that, I never paid much attention to Bad Religion, Strung Out, and Marilyn Manson, but I knew they were there.

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Re: Music you put off listening to and now love

Postby Lissa » Mon May 04, 2009 3:13 pm UTC

Arcade Fire
Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds
Portishead
Rockettothesky
Tori Amos

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Postby Goatboy » Thu May 07, 2009 10:46 pm UTC

Also: Flaming Lips. I knew people loved 'em, but I just didn't get it for a long time. It wasn't until I bought The Soft Bulletin that I started to understand. (I started there because of the effect it had on Steve Burns).
Björk, too. I always figured I liked Björk, but didn't actually start listening until fairly recently. Turns out I was right.
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Re: Music you put off listening to and now love

Postby P-Frank » Fri May 08, 2009 8:34 am UTC

Guided by Voices' Alien Lanes languished on my hard drive for at least a year before I listened to it. Now I consider them one of my favourite bands. Tunes like Motor Away are great hooks, however the lo-fi 40 second songs that comprise the majority of the album can be hard to get into to start with. Very much recommended!

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Re: Music you put off listening to and now love

Postby PatrickRsGhost » Fri May 08, 2009 12:23 pm UTC

For the longest time the only music I listened to was what was played on the radio. It wasn't until years later that I began dabbling in more than what's on the radio.

Back in 1999, the Beatles' movie "Yellow Submarine" was released to video for the first time. Bought it, loved it. Bought the album. That was my first exposure to the four lads. It wouldn't be another year before I began listening to other albums, including Sgt. Pepper, White Album, and Magical Mystery Tour. Seven years later, I finally bought Revolver and Abbey Road. Some of the songs on both have been played on the radio, but not as frequently as the others.

As far as music genres go, I didn't really get into classic rock until after I moved in with my grandma and I found all those old records that belonged to my parents. That, and I got tired of the radio station I listened to at the time playing nothing but Backstreet Boys, N-Sync, and Britney Spears.

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humectant wrote:Simon & Garfunkle. Good god, I can't believe it took me so long to listen to them, but they're FANTASTIC. Acoustic/folk has never been better.

I've been putting them off, as well...hmmm, maybe I'll go look up some of their stuff now. Thanks for reminding me. I like folky acoustic stuff, so this should be fun.


I think "The Boxer" and "America" are probably the best songs they ever did. Also a lot of Paul Simon's solo work is great.
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Re: Music you put off listening to and now love

Postby Phildawg9000 » Fri May 08, 2009 2:09 pm UTC

No Doubt - My friends had been telling me forever to listen to them, but I never really was interested in listening to anything with Gwen Stephani. But, I saw them live in concert and immediately realized "holy shit, I've been missing out"


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