Like most music snobs, I usually chalk up not liking an artist to the fact that they're, well, not very good. But there are a few artists that enter another realm for me.
Artists that, if we were ever to meet over a romantic dinner, would force me to say "It's not you, it's me" right before I bolt for the door. Artists that, intellectually, I know are talented, creative and passionate, and artists that a large chunk of the rest of the world loves. But artists that i simply don't get.
I'm about to give you a list of musicians that are firmly in my blind spot: And before you respond with "Are you crazy -- so and so is awesome! You don't know what you're talking about!", let me stop you. You're right. It's my problem, not theirs. There's just something in my DNA that prevents me from enjoying these artists and that's all there is to it. So if you're a fan of any of these artists, I respect your choice. If I was born with another brain, I'm sure i'd be right there with you joining their fan clubs.
Frank Zappa -- I love the guy's persona, I love his ethos, can't stand his music. I get irritated and jumpy when I hear it. It's like drinking five Monster energy drinks and then having to sit still.
Captain Beefheart -- Over the years, I've been tempted to call "Trout Mask Replica" a case of Emperor's New Clothes. But far too many people who I trust and respect adore this record. So I'm guessing they're right and I'm wrong. But really, i find it hard to listen to. Fortunately for the Captain, he doesn't need me to seal his legacy.
The Beach Boys - Yeah, i know. I'm a douche. And hey, I like Good Vibrations and Little Deuce Coupe as much as the next guy. I just never got the whole "Brian Wilson as Genius" thing. But let me once again say -- I firmly and unfacetiously accept that he really is one and I've just missed it.
Eddie van Halen - I'll take rory gallagher any day o' the week over EVH. The whole tapping thing? i dunno -- it just never worked for me. I put Eddie in the ranks with Steve Vai, Joe Satriani,e t al. fantastically talented technical guitar players who simply don't move me. That said, Eruption really is fucking cool.
So who's on your "blind spot" list? Who do you like, respect, heck maybe even revere -- but just don't enjoy listening to?