Any other acts YOU liked...
3-5-09 Speaking of Duran Duran, any other acts YOU liked only to see become a worldwide teen fan phenomena to much head scratching?
I was never all that baffled by Duran Duran becoming very famous…I have been told numerous times that Mr. LeBon was very charismatic on stage. It was a bit more puzzling when Spandau Ballet got so popular; I remember that they sent their videos in place of coming to L.A. to play live. Seemed awfully snooty to me…I remember the N.M.E. touting Haircut 100 as “the new Gang Of Four” (or thereabouts) – then I was majorly amazed when it was fluffy pop-rock.
I could never understand the big attraction to The Monkees – after the fact. OK, it was a fun TV show, and I am a big fan of their psychedelic film “Head”. But I was astounded when Rhino Records re-issued all of their LP’s, even the ‘no hit’ ones! At present, my entire Monkees collection consists of a recent CD “Best Of”, and LP’s and a CD issue of the soundtrack of “Head”. But 2CD sets of everything?
I was a huge Yes fan when “I’ve Seen All Good People” was being flogged on the FM radio; I was chomping at the bit for “Fragile” to come out…but…seems like they were, in fact, being pitched at the U.S. – I got so snobbish that I wasn’t interested in groups whose records actually got released and distributed in the U.S.! A similar tale applies to Jethro Tull – underground for the first 3 albums, ‘over-exposed’ for everything from “Aqualung” forward. But ‘teen fan phenomena’? Not really.
As odd as it sounds to say, I remember being in New Zealand and hearing Sade a full turn of the wheel before “Diamond Life” got a U.S. release. It was great to finally get to see them on TV, when they came and played The Johnny Carson Show and Saturday Night Live. But I certainly never guessed that they would be as popular as they got – even managing a “Re-mastered” set of CD’s from Sony!
After a while, my ‘radar’ prevented me from ‘falling’ for acts destined for wide-spread popularity. It became possible to just sort of ‘second guess’ what that would be. I stayed away from the Talking Heads for this reason. The music didn’t tweak me at all, but people kept talking about it! I avoided them, they went away. I was OK with the solo album by David Byrne “Rei Momo”, but…that’s about it…
There are many different ways this phenomena can strike. Some things become popular in a cult way that is even more annoying than becoming mainstream (i.e. The Birthday Party, Nick Cave etc.)
I’ve also avoided bands / artists because I had met / dealt with particularly annoying fans, but – that would seem to be a slightly different topic (i.e. Madonna, Bruce Springsteen et al).