It’s sometimes hard to voice out your unpopular opinions, especially on high profile issues. But someone has to say it, even at the risk of getting backlash from the majority. Here are 10 controversial takes on classic rock that gathered some fiery reactions in an online forum.
1. Kiss Doesn’t Rock
Many classic rock music fans despise the fire-filled, heavy makeup-donning rockstars in the band Kiss. Many fans say the band worked for eleven-year-old fans with the song “Black Diamond,” but the iconic band faded in import as they grew up.
2. Can’t Stand the Classics
“I can’t stand hearing ‘Freebird,’ ‘Gimme Three Steps,’ and ‘Bohemian Rhapsody.’ Great songs at one time, but the ’80s and ’90s Classic Rock radio killed them for me,” one rock fan confesses. Another adds “Hotel California” to the list. Radio killed the video star and the classic rock anthems.
3. Eric Clapton Is an Overrated Guitarist
This polarizing thought led to a heavy discourse on the thread. A person who thinks Clapton is overrated writes he doesn’t even branch into the top ten guitarists. While a Clapton fan comes to his defense, stating people listening to Clapton today don’t appreciate the whole volume of his work and opt for lazy listening to his inferior work from the ’70s.
4. Bruce Springsteen
“If Bruce Springsteen is the boss, I quit,” a music devotee shares, sparking a response from a like-minded individual. “Greetings from Asbury Park is a near-perfect album, but otherwise, I very mildly respect your hot take.” A third person in the thread reports that Springsteen’s adoption of a “pseudo-country accent” irritates them to no avail.
5. Marshall Tucker Band Is Underrated
“Saw Marshall Tucker Band open for Frank Zappa. Chicago crowds were not patient with opening bands, but MTB knocked the crowd out with a short set that left the Zappaphiles screaming for an encore. Great band,” a diehard classic rock rager replies.
6. Revolver Over Abbey Road
Abbey Road may be The Beatles’ most famous album, but according to these musicians, that doesn’t mean it’s their best. Loads of Beatles fans say Revolver’s tracks consist of a higher quality, nicer production than the “catchy throwaway songs that sound half-finished” on Abbey Road.
7. Grand Funk Railroad Is the Best Rock Band
Mark Farner, Don Brewer, and Mel Schacher make up the late ’60s trio Grand Funk Railroad. Several classic rock thumpers praise the rock group’s sound for their wild lyrics, impressive bass licks, and heart-pumping drum beats.
8. Boston’s Debut Was the Album of the ’70s
Their self-titled rock LP dropped in 1976 with classics like “More Than a Feeling” and “Hitch a Ride.” “Tom Scholz was living the dream. He was an engineer with a career in building guitar effects. Boston was just his hobby. They say that if you love your job, you won’t have to work a day in your life,” a Boston backer beams.
9. Older Music Isn’t Worth the Hype
An anti-classic rock user drops this thought, “You’re only listening to 50-year-old songs because of superior marketing techniques and prioritization on music that is already established instead of taking chances on risky new music.” Jumping off this idea, someone shares the same opinion, stating that in the past, the radio had a mass audience, but today, the only way to gain mass fame today is by going viral, so you need to take those risks with newer sounds.
10. The Greats Only Have a Few Greats
“I agree 100% with this. With very few exceptions, even the most talented artists have a short window where they write inspired music then it ends. Even if they continue to write okay songs, keeping the magic going is near impossible. Late teens to early 30s seem to be the window,” a commenter concurs.
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