Over the last few weeks, my social media friends have been linking me repeatedly to articles (plural!) about the injustice of The Monkees being intentionally and specifically denied entry to the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame, thanks to an old grudge held by Rolling Stone publisher (and HOF heavyweight) Jan Wenner.  In a way, it makes me happy, as I spent far too much of my teens and twenties trying to defend my love of their entire musical catalogue (especially Mike’s compositions).  On the other hand, the wisdom of age has led me to defend my own tastes (and, by extension, to mock others’) less and less.  The upshot of it all is, while I’m happy that people are discovering what impressive work Micky, Mike, Davy and Peter were creating fifty years ago, my response these days will probably consist entirely of  “Welcome to the party, pal!”, leading us to today’s contentiously melodic query…

The MS-QOTD (pronounced, as always, “misquoted”) always kind of wanted to be a member of Gorillaz, fulfilling the twin dreams of being a rock star and being a cartoon, asking: Which favorite band (or artist or even musical style) have you spent the most time trying to support/defend? 

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Matthew Peterson

Once upon a time, there was a young nerd from the Midwest, who loved Matter-Eater Lad and the McKenzie Brothers... If pop culture were a maze, Matthew would be the Minotaur at its center. Were it a mall, he'd be the Food Court. Were it a parking lot, he’d be the distant Cart Corral where the weird kids gather to smoke, but that’s not important right now... Matthew enjoys body surfing (so long as the bodies are fresh), writing in the third person, and dark-eyed women. Amongst his weaponry are such diverse elements as: Fear! Surprise! Ruthless efficiency! An almost fanatical devotion to pop culture!

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  1. Paul
    June 8, 2015 at 11:50 am — Reply

    Depends entirely who I’m talking to!

    But…I am going to flip the question slightly and admit that I genuinely cannot grasp the appeal of dance/drum’n’bass and other sub genres.

  2. June 8, 2015 at 12:08 pm — Reply

    Probably the Beatles, since as legendary as they are, there’s always somebody in any given group of people that won’t hesitate to inform me that they’re overrated. I’m only 25, so I can’t use the “Well, they changed popular music forever. Guess you had to be there” because I wasn’t, myself.

    So, I just find myself saying “You’re entitled to your opinion, and I’ll respect that. Even if it is wrong.”

  3. June 8, 2015 at 12:39 pm — Reply

    Twisted Sister. Unfairly labeled a hair metal band, their sound was unlike the LA scene that spawned the term. Their first 3 records are all good to great metal records.

    As for the Rock n Roll Hall of fame it’s a notorious ‘stopped clock’ right twice a day. It’s a bit of a joke.

  4. Alisha
    June 8, 2015 at 1:21 pm — Reply

    The Monkees definitely top the list. Sure, they were defended long before my time by their fans, but even as someone who was introduced to The Monkees by syndicated reruns in the 80’s (which led to buying the cassettes of their old albums and the eventual new ones that came out since then, as well as spending a good 10 years trying to get my hands on a VHS copy of “Head”, which I finally achieved in 1997), I still get really irritated by people who try to say they sucked for this reason or that, usually for reasons that are trivial. Whenever someone says they didn’t write their own songs, I counter with how many of their favorite singers/groups/etc. don’t write their own songs either. I even walked out on a date who threw a temper tantrum when I pointed out some pop star she liked hadn’t written any of her own songs after she made a fuss about that.

    I also spend a lot of time defending my like/love of various foreign groups, but for different reasons. Although I can technically hear, I am legally considered deaf due to the severity of my hearing loss. When I listen to music, I’m literally listening to the music because I cannot understand most lyrics until I look them up. So it makes no difference if I’m listening to someone sing in English or Japanese or French or anything else, I can’t understand what they are saying either way and am pretty much just enjoying the music itself.

  5. June 8, 2015 at 1:21 pm — Reply

    Underground Metal, specifically mostly Nordic kind, but that was in the 90’s, they dont need defending anymore, its gone mainstream.

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