THE MORE B.S. CONTEST No. 2

May 26, 2014 – 4:44 pm

CAN YOU ‘BEAR’ TO HEAR THE MUSIC?

Can you hear the music? Oh, yeah
Can you hear the music ringin’ in my ear?
Can you hear the music, can you hear the music?

- Can You Hear The Music by The Rolling Stones on Goat’s Head Soup, 1973.

Perhaps the last straw was Mick Jagger in a duet with Taylor Swift on As Tears Go By in June, last year. Since then, it’s been impossible for this writer to listen to the “greatest rock ‘n’ roll band” in the world.

BigO readers, mostly middle-age and beyond, will remember this British band as part of the blues/rock movement from the early ’60s, led at the time by Brian Jones. The late Jones was heavily into the blues of Muddy Waters, Elmore James and others like Little Walter and Mississippi Fred McDowell. So were his newfound pals, Jagger and Keith Richard.

But by 1967, after the failed attempt at their very own Sgt Peppers, the Stones’ Satanic Majesties Request, the band came back on top with a great run of albums, Beggar’s Banquet, Let It Bleed, Sticky Fingers and the hugely influential Exile On Main Street. These albums established them beyond their British blues rock roots and opened the door to America, honky tonk women, wild horses and all that was countryfied.

This is not to say that these great albums took away anything from the band’s first period which produced a slew of stellar singles including (I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction, Get Off Of My Cloud, Mother’s Little Helper, Under My Thumb and Out Of Time.

When it came time to celebrate their 50th anniversary, the Rolling Stones forgot about the blues, forgot about Gram Parsons’ Americana, forgot about their blues roots and their rebel identity. What they remembered was pretty frightening.

They have embraced arena shows. Hyde Park. Mega deals. High ticket prices that the Stones defended as fair. The peak price was something like £950. “We’ve got to make something,” said guitarist Ron Wood.

They remembered Mick Taylor.

Mick Taylor was given the spotlight every night on a couple of tunes. Taylor, arguably the best technical guitarist the Stones ever had, could have, should have been given more stage time. Even the retired Bill Wyman was disgusted when invited to guest at the O2 Arena gig in November, 2012. He was also allowed only two songs on stage with his former bandmates. “They’d asked me the December before, and I had to jam with them for three days. I was under the impression I was going to get really involved, but when it came to it, they only wanted me to do two songs, which was very disappointing.” (click here)

He declined to ever play with the band again. Time will tell.

The Stones have become what their karma made them become. It’s not in anybody’s place to tell them what to do. But what they do has an impact. It tells people just who and what their music is. For that reason, it’s difficult for this writer to pick up any of their albums from whichever period to listen, knowing what they have become.

If there are just two songs I can barely stand to still hear by the Stones, it would be Out Of Time and No Expectations. Both signal an ennui, which to this writer is what the Stones have become.

So let us know, what music you used to enjoy that you can no longer bear to hear? And why?

- The Savage Hippo

Your no B.S. comments will earn you a pass to free music.

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  1. 27 Responses to “THE MORE B.S. CONTEST No. 2”

  2. As a massive prog fan I was constantly listening to bands like Yes, VDGG, King Crimson etc. Loved it to death - even the long self indulgent passages designed purely to show off virtuosity and the endless disjointed solos designed for the same.
    The last decade or so have seen the emergence of the ‘new boys’ of prog who have started where the old dinosaurs left off and cranked it up a few gears. Bands like Porcupine Tree, Transatlantic, Spock’s Beard, etc. No sad sojourns into obscurity, just bright vibrant pieces full of great musicianship that hold me gripped to the songs from start to finish. I had a nostalgia evening recently and the ‘old prog’ sounded so flat and laboured I had to turn it off. And to think, I used to love it.

    By Daij on May 28, 2014

  3. the first band that comes to mind is the b52s. i hear them now and wonder what the hell i was thinking in the late 70s early 80s. i just cant believe i enjoyed that. i too am a prog rock fan like the man above me here but i think my enthusiasm for those side long pieces was more inflated in the 70s and 80s than it is now. dont get me wrong.. i can never let go of my faves. i just listen to them less now than i ever did.
    i think i listen less now to new wave.. say the era 76-83.. than i ever did. the punk era as well. i wasnt hugely into punk at the time it happened but i made sure i experienced it because i knew it would be remembered forever as an important genre for many years. just around that same time and almost as powerful as punk was.. was new wave but kinda less in your face. ppl who were punk kinda softened up and became new wave. while i still love a lot of that stuff i just dont tend to listen to it as much as i did at that time and the next 10-20 yrs maybe.

    By darth on May 28, 2014

  4. btw.. i wont give away what the band is in the giveaway but the location its from is the 2nd or 3rd recording i have gotten from that place ever. and im amazed that the quality is as incredible as it is. wow!!!! normally id say i didnt need yet another recording of them but this one is sooo good. thank u. i wonder what the cost for tickets to that show were in usa $. how many ppl did the venue hold? i cant get over the quality. thank u very much.

    By darth on May 28, 2014

  5. To be frank the Stones are also on my “used to love them, but it’s all over now” list, just not at the top. I still like their earliest hits and the best of the Brian Jones era, but yes, some time in the 80’s the Stones started to become a bad caricature of themselves. Now they’re just ridiculous.

    The one band that I used to love the most that I don’t listen to any more would have to be Led Zeppelin. It might be because they’ve become so played out through repeat listens, but I listened to Zep no more than I listened to Floyd or the Dead or Zappa or any of a dozen others, so maybe it’s just they they don’t hold up as well to repeats.

    About the only album I still put on anymore is III.

    By Bozo the Clown on May 29, 2014

  6. After Mick Taylor left Stones…they never been the same!In my opinion…

    By rochacrimson on May 29, 2014

  7. The Stones last tour should have been called ” We are only in it for the money” but than again Frank Zappa had already used that title. It has all been down hill after “Goats Head Soup” and that was not great. I did enjoy Kieth Richards & The Expensive Wino’s Tour around 1991 because it felt a little bit like the beginning. I was lucky enough to end up on Kieth’s tour bus after a Wino’s show in Boston for a great interview .

    By Steve Yeaton on May 29, 2014

  8. Gotta agree with Bozo. I only listen to a handful of Zep tracks these days. Trying to get excited about the upcoming remasters, but it’s pretty played out after 40 years.

    By LR on May 30, 2014

  9. how much time ya got? the glimmers have been doing this for decades. sure, we could spend some hours ripping the stones, but most agree that it’s been 40+ years since their salad days anyway. i’ve been saying they should do a ‘blues’ record since ‘89. what would it cost them? but i still enjoy hearing the four essentials mentioned above. i have a bigger issue with bands that don’t even try to make ‘new’ music, while rolling out the fm retread hits for high prices, like a retro rock time machine to the good old days(eagles, fleetwood mac, etc). let’s face it, if people won’t pay, the stones(et al) won’t show. so what exactly are the folks who buy the tickets trying to recapture?

    By billy jack on Jun 1, 2014

  10. The Beatles are off my playlist now, I loved them when I were a lad, but now my musical tastes have changed and I can’t hear Lennon sing without hearing a sneer in his voice. Quite sad really, I wish I could re-boot my ears and hear them from new,

    By GMAL on Jun 1, 2014

  11. I was gonna come here and say how burned out I got by the singer/songwriter movement of the early ’70s. But really some of it has held up over the years. So after some thought I decided the music that makes me cringe is arena rock. I don’t want to hear in my car or living room how someone is going to rock me, possibly all nite. So yeah, arena rock if I’m not in an area and power ballads really suck too.

    By sking on Jun 2, 2014

  12. I grew up with an older brother who had, and continued to grow, a huge collection of vinyl. I was fortunate enough to be turned on to so much music, so many different bands at an early age. But despite the availability of such quality, I chose to join my middle school friends in listening to and going to shows by bands such as Aerosmith, Kiss, Styx (oh God it hurts just typing that one), Foghat, etc. I also enjoyed Van Halen’s first album but quickly grew to dislike early metal and any 80’s “hair bands”. Such drivel…

    But it wasn’t all bad. I can claim Pink Floyd, Dylan, Led Zep and yup, the Stones among bands I’ve enjoyed for a long time. That’s one reason that Big O rocks. They share new material, in the form of ROIOs, for bands no longer producing or touring!

    By steve22 on Jun 3, 2014

  13. When it comes to the classic rock bands, the ones I liked I still like - they might cycle in and out but I don’t drop them entirely. It’s bedrock music, much of it, and a standard by which other music can be judged or at least compared. And ROIO’s can definitely reinvigorate or deepen a connection to a band, whether it’s Led Zep or Joy Division. Thanks for all the music, Big O!

    By Jeremy Shatan on Jun 4, 2014

  14. as someone else noted, the beatles own recordings have not aged well, but then… some of the songs were damn good and have been performed brilliantly by people whose recordings are far more interesting to listen to.
    It is not the bands i lose touch with, but the styles of music. The Beegees were never a favourite; now they revolt me.
    Whereas the early stones are still worth listening to.
    The point is, who should one stop listening to Good music because the performers have grown old? Bloody hell, guys - YOU are mostly as faded, effete and unexciting now as the performers you deride. The difference is they are rich as Croesus and we are not… That’s not a good reason to hate the brilliant material they laid down 50 years ago.
    It is, merely, a reflection on how all this age, change and decay.
    Enjoy the blossom when it is fresh and young, don’t judge it for wilting as it ages.

    By tony on Jun 5, 2014

  15. Oooops….
    “It is, merely, a reflection on how all THINGS age, change and decay.”

    By tony on Jun 5, 2014

  16. The Rolling Stones like most bands that have been around a long time have become pastiches of themselves.
    I’m not sure if it’s lack of adventure on their part or fear of alienating their audience by trying something different.

    Just don’t start me up by calling Taylor Swift a country artist. That’s not a comment on her talent but on calling her music something it isn’t.

    By BarrieB on Jun 9, 2014

  17. Aftermath was and still is the best Stones album. As far as I’m concerned as long as they are a viable money making outfit they have an inalienable right to earn a living. As time goes by there will be no more Stones. How sad! Moreover, the collaborations at times produce a stellar end product and give us an opportunity to hear something different. Alas, it is a really good point that they are not the same Stones that we grew up with and for that I am sorry. Long live BigO and thanks for all the R.O.I.O.’s.

    By Peter J. Hernandez Sr. on Jun 12, 2014

  18. Aftermath was and still is the best Stones album..
    in your humble opinion. to me it was a a very awkward dysfunctional lp.
    now beggar`s banquet ,,let it bleed ,exile, or sticky fingers to me are unbeatable.probably the best 4 albums by one group ever..unbeatable and yes they have every right to make a living,I just don`t want to see them anymore.

    By sluggo on Jun 18, 2014

  19. Once I stopped smoking I also stopped enjoying the music of Carlos Santana and Jerry Garcia… I also used to listen to Bob Dylan and just can’t take it anymore.

    How could anyone think that Aftermath was the best Stones album? Every Mick Taylor Album is better than Aftermath as well as Some Girls, which is of course my personal favorite.

    By John on Jul 1, 2014

  20. any of the great bands from the 60’s or 70’s that continue to play with far from the original line ups, even without untimely deaths of its members, the BEach Boys, my first concert, live in Central Park, september of 1976, are just a money grab now, the list is endless, and it is sad, very sad, and worse is how much great music has been silenced by death and illness, most recently my favorite, Linda Ronstadt, who can no longer sing, it makes me said that i can’t take my kids to see her perform,

    By matt cavalier on Jul 2, 2014

  21. I was lucky enough to see the Stones on their 1st American tour - the New Haven Arena - Get Off My Cloud had just been released & it was great (we all stood up the whole time). Of course, they’re still play Get Off My Cloud & you couldn’t pay me to go see them. Most of us change over time - if we’re lucky. It must be hell for them to still be playing Get Off My Cloud…but I don’t really care.

    By tajackson on Jul 4, 2014

  22. What I can’t bear to hear anymore by the Stones is any song they let a guest artist massacre. This is no doubt Jagger’s ego being given free reign since he’s got the band by the balls, figuratively speaking. In my opinion, the only guests worthy of sharing a stage with the Stones have been John Lee Hooker, Buddy Guy, Taj Mahal and Eric Clapton. The rest? To be honest, what a bunch of wank. Dave Fucking Matthews on stage with the Stones? Blah. Jack White is a fabulous artist, but with the Stones he sounded totally out of place. The list is just too extensive to comment on. Point is, Jagger is so vain that it gets his ego off to drag other popular artists on stage with the Stones, regardless of whether they have a lot, very little, or no stylistic compatibility. If Jagger wants to show how versatile the Stones are, why not demonstrate this by making a new Stones album? WITHOUT ALL THE FUCKING GUESTS!

    By The Footman on Jul 5, 2014

  23. You’re thinking about this all wrong. It’s never the music’s fault, especially older music, if the musicians who made it went on to become something you don’t like. The Stones in particular are infamous for trying the patience of their hard core fans. It can be argued that they hit a peak with “Exile On Main Street,” it’s been a series of let-downs ever since, with an occasional good song still rising out of the mess. It’s been what, nine years since they last made a new studio album? It would appear they simply have nothing left to say, artistically speaking. Jagger and Richards don’t even do proper solo albums anymore. Their job these days, it seems, is to remind us of something extraordinary, rather than be something extraordinary. Same with Paul McCartney, who hasn’t written a new song that’s really moved me in ages, yet I’d still go see him same as I’d go see the Stones. Even if both the Stones and McCartney couldn’t continue to astound us after a certain point, that doesn’t decrease the value of their work during the days when they could. These days, I’m hard pressed to think of a band or solo performer who anyone considers a hero the way we considered the Beatles and Stones heroes. Springsteen comes to mind, but to be honest he’s just never been my cup of tea. The (long-winded) point is, the Beatles and Stones set a benchmark very few since have ever come near, though thankfully newer artists just keep on trying. So if they over-charge admission to their shows, no one is forcing you to go.

    By His Master's Voice on Jul 8, 2014

  24. The problem with the latest Stones tour was some of the guests. The worst was probably Gwen Stefani who did not even know the song. A close second was Taylor Swift singing “As Tears Go By”. On the other hand, Gary Clark Jr provided a spark to the band that they have not had for some time. What I really regret was listening to all those bands in the 80’s and 90’s on the radio before I stopped listening all togeher.

    By Mackster on Jul 29, 2014

  25. It has to be Sir Paul McCartney! I walked lots of miles to see and hear him at concerts in the past and bought scores of his albums and cds. But, unfortunately, age and over use has damaged his vocal chords and his voice is like nails on a chalkboard to me now. Sorry Sir….

    By GOLD MINER on Aug 12, 2014

  26. Southern rock like Lynyrd Skynyrd or the Allman Brothers, etc.

    By Phil on Aug 25, 2014

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