Artists it took you a long time to 'Get'


#1

Have you ever had a band or artist that for so long you didn’t get or actively disliked and then one day a penny dropped and you started to like, even love them?

I definitely hated Vampire Weekend when they first came about. That “Ey Ey Ey Ey!” in A Punk just made me think they were the worst landfill indie imaginable. Also, I new a couple of guys who were into them around this time and I thought they were pricks so that put me off even more. Then caught them on Glastonbury’s TV coverage the year Contra came out and it’s been nothing but love ever since.


#2

Pearl Jam - I couldn’t listen to them for a long time because I couldn’t hear past the bands they inspired: Puddle of Mudd, Creed, Nickleback…

I can’t remember what did it. I think it was somehow hearing the Yield album on a really sunny day.


#3

Blonde Redhead

Used to think they were annoying but now I’d rate 23 and Misery is a Butterfly up with my all time favourites.

Used to hate QOTSA too because of associating them with dicks from school. And then I heard Rated R…


#4

young thug. didn’t get him at all until I heard constantly hating and then it suddenly all somehow clicked into place


#5

The Smiths,

For the longest time I thought this band are subpar nonsense, and then I had my heart broken.

The lyrics really spoke to me, ya know!


#6

Springsteen


#7

In the 80s when they were around I was in my early teens, and their target demographic, but just couldn’t see what the fuss was about and couldn’t get past Morrissey’s voice. Then a few years later (after they’d split annoyingly) I had a cassette of Hatful of Hollow and it just clicked, I played it constantly, marvelling at Marr’s guitar tones and Morrissey’s lyrics and fell in love with their entire back catalogue! Loved them ever since.


#8

Pavement. Love them now.

Took about 5 years of coming back to d’angelo’s Voodoo for me to get it. It’s probably in my top 3 now. That album runs seriously deep.


#9

Sparks

For years I’ve thought they are the sort of band I should like, and when I’ve listened to them I’ve heard that there is something there that’s interesting but at the same time I’ve just found them a bit grating and irritating.

For some reason though they’ve finally just clicked with me and I’m now getting close to be being obsessed with them. Every time I find a second hand record shop I search for Sparks vinyl and I get more pleasure from listening to those records than almost anything else I can think of. They are strange, challenging and utterly wonderful.


#10

Xiu Xiu


#11

the walkmen. for some reason i really hated them when i was a kid. no idea why. favourite band territory now.


#12

It’s been a while since I’ve had this properly. I remember it happening with Autechre and Squarepusher when I was first branching out from Kid A into the Warp back-catalogue (like so many of us here, I imagine). I remember Aphex and BoC being easy to get into, but Amber and Go Plastic sounded, in different ways, too ‘experimental’ for my ears. I remember Foil playing for the first time and not understanding how anyone could enjoy it. In both cases, they clicked when I came back to them after listening to Incunabula and Feed Me Weird Things both of which are a bit more conventional. In the context of those albums, the others suddenly clicked and both are now firmly in my top 6 albums of all time (yeah, top 6, it’s a thing).


#13

I still haven’t quite come round to Squarepusher. I think it’s because, more than with any other Warp artist, I struggle to separate the music from the man. Tom Jenkinson just seems so humourless and self-important, and I can’t unhear that in the music.


#14

He definitely comes across as less playful than RDJ (although they were good mates, right?). That said, there are plenty of fun moments on his earlier albums (Come on my Selector, Red Hot Car, most of Hard Normal Daddy), but then there are some self-consciously serious artistic statements (Music is Rotted One Note or Solo Electric Bass). Then there’s that cover art for Ultravisitor which plays to your point (although that album is a masterpiece).

Feed Me Weird Things and Ultravisitor would definitely be in my top 50 albums FWIW.


#15

I remember Ultravisitor starting off great, ending great, but having a LOT of terrible stuff in the middle. I definitely need to revisit it.


#16

The middle is bloated, but I kinda love that about it. And compared to the three albums of pure bloat that came afterwards it’s absolutely top-drawer. He’s not ageing as an artist as well as Autechre are…


#17

The Flaming Lips. Although arguably I got them at the same time as a lot of people around the Fight Test / Yoshimi time. Didn’t take me long to stop ‘getting’ them either.

Took me years to properly get Aphex Twin though. I really quite liked Quoth by Polygon Window and thought Digeridoo was pretty cool, but I was never a fan during the “glory years” of Windowlicker, Come To Daddy etc.

It’s probably got a lot to do with how hard it was to get hold of records back in the day - you either had to buy them or tape them off a mate, so it was a lot harder to experiment when you already had a list as long as your arm of other records you wanted to buy.


#18

Way back in the day I used to find the Ramones really boring and repetitive. After months of my mate telling me I was an idiot, and insisting I listen to a selection he’d taped for me, I finally got it. (“It” being that the Ramones are fantastic and repetitive).


#19

Not any artist in particular, but it saved my life when I put my Q Magazines down and realised:

  1. There was great pop around before the Beatles came along
  2. There was great ‘challenging’ music around before punk came along

#20

Mogwai

I thought they were right self-important dicks for doing those “Blur are shite” t shirts at Reading. (this is an age-showing post)

Then I realised I love them and I was wrong about the t shirts thing, too.