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Think Piece: Is all Music Bad?


Music? Bad?
Music? Bad?

In the past, for those avid followers of this blog, I have spoken about my love of music, how I first heard it a few months ago, and I taught you how to enjoy it. Now though, we move to the darker side of thought, and I will be discussing another important issue within music today: Is all music bad?


Well? Is it???? Let’s find out.


After listening to so much music over the months, I one day realised something really mad. I was starting to hate it all. I wondered then, if this would apply to all music. So I have trawled through the depths of hell, attempting to listen to as much music as I can, hoping to find an answer to the all important question. Let’s start where music began.


1987. Guns N Roses release Appetite For Destruction. Hailed by many as the starting point for music, it’s interesting to look back and see how bad it is. Sure, some of the tracks rock, but some suck too, and Axl Rose is horrible. It’s a shame music had to start in such a sad place, but who knows, maybe future records will be better?


Guns N Roses? Bad?
Guns N Roses? Bad?

Next we move on to the second album of all time, Trout Mask Replica (1969). Captain Beefheart's bizarre avant garde rock album is slightly awful in retrospect. Fair enough, it was influential, but it’s mostly just weird crap. Not a great start for music. Moving on.


Captain Beefheart? Bad?
Captain Beefheart? Bad?

The third album ever released was actually also the first album ever released by a woman. It was ‘Love?’ by Jennifer Lopez. Aside from the incredible album title featuring a question mark, I’ve not listened to this record. It paved the way for women, but is it good? You’d have to ask someone else.


Jennifer Lopez? Bad?
Jennifer Lopez? Bad?

Let’s skip a bit further ahead now, to the most recent album of all time; Modern Vampires of the City by Vampire Weekend. As the last album to come out, it has a lot to say about contemporary music. Ok, fair enough, this record is awesome, but does it not still stand that all music could be bad?


Vampire Weekend? Bad?
Vampire Weekend? Bad?

To truly understand this, we really need to see what most people consider to be the worst album of all time, and see how bad it really was. That album is none other than Revolver by The Beatles.


The Beatles? Bad?
The Beatles? Bad?

Honestly, I don’t know why this album is considered to be the worst of all time, I actually really liked it! There were some great songs on here, and the general public’s hatred of this album (mixed with it being a critical and commercial flop) is surprising to me. I can only imagine that people just assumed it would be too much like Trout Mask Replica and Appetite For Destruction, as they were also music.


But people need to give it a chance! I guess that’s where we’re up to then. There is some good music out there. Maybe there’s also some bad music too. It’s a mix. For that reason my final consensus is: All music is bad.

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