I love it that all of these bands called “influential” got next to zero attention when they were actually releasing music. Groups like The Velvet Underground and The Stooges are credited with redefining rock, yet most music fans had no idea who they were back in the 60s and 70s. It’s weird — kind of like how people always get into the work of a particular artist after their death. I mean, it’s still happening today. Twenty years ago, no one had any idea who the hell Cap’n Jazz was. Their influence over the Midwest emo scene is undeniable, though.
Anyway, my father has given me another once underappreciated record for this week’s installment of Dad-Rock Tuesday. Believe it or not, once again, I am thoroughly underwhelmed.
I know I come off as ignorant with these posts where I hate on “classics,” and that’s because I am. I wasn’t around at the time, and the fact that Fun House was a game changer doesn’t make it any more interesting to me. Sure, I can bulk up on all of the history and whatnot that surrounds this band, but I’m still bored by its music.
I know that if Fun House were released today, I, along with most music listeners out there, would avoid it like the plague. To me, it just sounds tired, trite, and obnoxious. Yes, I know that this is probably really original and creative for its time, but I can’t unhear everything more creative that has happened since.