The Artful Dodger wrote:
shawngee03 wrote:i realize its not cool to like Linkin park...but i dont know why
is it bc they are popular...so "cool" people are suppose to hate them? is it bc we are only suppose to like underground stuff...and anything played on the radio is uncool?
I don't think people dislike Linkin Park because it's the cool thing to do, although I'm sure there are those who are just that fickle to go with the flow.
For me, I never really liked LP's sound or this subgenre of "nu metal" either, for that matter. It's sort of a watered-down version of more traditional metal (i.e. death, thrash), music that appeals to the lowest common denominator of the listening spectrum. Take away the solos (and the appreciation for them), the fancy arrangements, and the constructive lyrical criticism of society as a whole. Put in basic downtuned chords, a dab of rap/grunge/electronic influence and a more angst-ridden message (which borderlines on depression) that appeals to that 18-25 demographic, et voila... you have that nu metal sound which was tailored to suit a more mainstream demographic of listeners. Linkin Park was one of those that didn't lead the pack in the genre per se (that honor falls on bands like Korn) but they became popular enough to the point they were the most recognizable band for that subgenre. Worse yet was that subset of nu metal fans (circa 1999-2004) who thought LP - or any nu metal band for that matter - played the most "hardcore" or rebellious music out there.
Personally, I'm with Art on this one. If you like Linkin Park or Kid Rock, that won't automatically provoke a terrible opinion of you. 10 years ago, I could have been much more harsh, but I've grown up and mellowed out since then to have a live and let live attitude with anyone who likes more commercial-friendly music.
The good news is that no one should give a damn about anyone else's opinion. I like Linkin Park, I don't care what genre people want to call them or if they are leaders in nu metal. I just like listening to them. I've seen them in concert twice, once WITH Jay-Z at live-Aid in Philly and they absolutely were the highlight of that event. I like the grey album too because it was two really popular artists making unique music together. I also saw them in Quebec City, in the pouring rain we didn't even know they were going to be there because we were on vacation, and they were great.
Does it matter to me that most of the cafe are not fans? Nope.
Do I also like dream theater? Hell yeah, and they were never a radio group. But the mind likes what it likes. Unless you're a poser.