Back in the day I was a punk rock guy. My friends and I used to listen to Black Flag, Minor Threat, The Misfits…all that type. We also liked some metal like Motorhead and Black Sabbath and Led Zep, too. Loud, fast stuff, right? But we prided ourselves on “thinking outside the box” and we’d spin some Smokey Robinson or Robert Johnson every now and then, as well. Aside from all that, one of my favorite bands back in the day was Tears for Fears. I always thought “Everybody Wants to Rule the World” and “Head over Heels” were great tunes, but when I played them for my friends they’d all say, “this crap sucks” and would quickly label it “wuss rock” that needed to be rejected since it not only was lame but was also played on the radio and MTV.
Ok, fine. Those were punks and metalheads. But, as I grew older, I found that most people just had this visceral reaction to TFF. It was always, “Man, that band sucks!” I bought a DVD of one of their concerts last week and played it for Mrs. kidneyfailure. She was also of the opinion that they “suck” (where she learned that term I have no idea). I played some of their songs (among other artists) while lecturing on “music” to some of my students and it was just negative across the board: “horrible,” “awful,” “the singer sounds like a girl.”
Is it just a case of differing tastes, me personally having bad taste, or Tears for Fears really sucking? I’m leaning towards the first two.
They did sell 8 mil in the US, so obviously somebody liked them…