Odd Statement Alert: You People Just Don’t Appreciate INXS Enough These Days
This morning, for no reason whatsoever, I found myself singing INXS’ “Don’t Change”. It can’t be explained as I hadn’t recently heard the song or anything like that, it just simply popped in there.
After listening to some Shearwater in preparation for their concert this weekend, I found myself wheeling up to INXS on the iPod. As I type, I am listening to their very underrated pop music greatness. It got me thinking, how is that I find this band’s music to hold up more today than Van Halen, which had one of the greatest guitarists ever. Is it because INXS stuff has piles and piles of catchy hooks for you to digest? I know, I know. INXS was a massively popular band on a worldwide scale, but at the time, wasn’t their music seen as easily disposable?
Who are some of your favorite underrated bands? Here’s a few of mine:
- The Replacements
Look, Paul Westerberg is a genius and you should all acknowledge it. The fact that this band recorded eight albums is a miracle as every one of them hated each others guts.
- Alice In Chains
Again, like INXS, they sold tons of records and were massively popular. But were they seen as great musicians that recorded great albums? They should. The time signature changes in their stuff alone should blow your face off but Jerry Cantrell’s guitar is what is most underrated.
- The Flying Burrito Brothers
I wish Gram Parsons was still alive so I could hug him and thank him. Without him and this band, there would be no Ryan Adams, Whiskeytown, Wilco, Uncle Tupelo…hell, maybe even The Eagles. This band invented alt-country. Recognize.
- Dinosaur Jr.
If I made a list of the greatest guitarists ever, J. Mascis may not be first but he is so in my top five. He’s my generations Neil Young. This band pretty much disintegrated for a decade and has come back with two killer albums in the past three years.
- George Harrison
Yes, he was a Beatle and that makes it tough to be underrated. I think the best way to describe Harrison is under-appreciated. For as great as Lennon-McCartney tunes are, Harrison’s solo work crushes all over solo Beatle material. Crushes. No contest.
- Drive By Truckers
Umm…because I love them and you should too.