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Old 05.04.2010, 05:19 PM   #1
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I recently came to the realization, judging from a couple of interviews, and from one net-correspondence, that a musician I highly respected comes off like a complete asshole, in every way a person could be... bitter, cocky, etc. This deeply troubled me, as I've been a fan of his music for years. I still enjoy the music, obviously, and you know, most musicians are probably assholes when it comes down to it, but it still left a bad taste in my mouth.

So, I figured it'd be interesting to ask on here, if you've met any musicians, and their personality had a negative impact in your listening of their music?
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Old 05.04.2010, 05:26 PM   #2
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music is very personal so I can definitely see how his could be an issue.

I have never met too many of my rock legend heroes, but I woudl prefer not to to maintain the illusion!!!
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Old 05.04.2010, 05:28 PM   #3
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I recently came to the realization, judging from a couple of interviews, and from one net-correspondence, that a musician I highly respected comes off like a complete asshole, in every way a person could be... bitter, cocky, etc. This deeply troubled me, as I've been a fan of his music for years. I still enjoy the music, obviously, and you know, most musicians are probably assholes when it comes down to it, but it still left a bad taste in my mouth.

So, I figured it'd be interesting to ask on here, if you've met any musicians, and their personality had a negative impact in your listening of their music?
Why should we say if you're not telling.
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Old 05.04.2010, 05:30 PM   #4
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Heh.

Because said person probably reads this board... and I don't feel like dealing with the bullshit at the moment.
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Old 05.04.2010, 05:34 PM   #5
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Mary Timony was a rude bitch when I asked her a simple question after a show once. She was not cut out to have fans of any kind.
Her music always reminds me of THAT now... almost unlistenable.

But that is the exception. Most musicians are pretty neat.
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Old 05.04.2010, 05:38 PM   #6
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one of my friends gushed in front of lou reed a few months ago and lou just kinda stared and ignored him. i guess that would put me off VU or his solo work for a while, though i'm not sure i'd even have the balls to approach him in the first place.
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Old 05.04.2010, 05:40 PM   #7
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haha, my girlfriend was backstage at a lou reed show when she was in high school and he was like a total prick to her and her friend, but was super nice to everyone else! she said it totally ruined the velvet underground for her. i thought it was hillerious
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Old 05.04.2010, 05:40 PM   #8
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It's happened in the past. But generally I only tend to meet small-scale musicians, who have an added need to be not-cunts when they're playing to 20 people on a Tuesday night.

On the other hand, there are quite a few people whose music hasn't initially captivated me but did once I realised they were an awesome person. There's also a lot of musicians I know who I habitually have to lie through my teeth to because, although they're lovely people, their music is gash beyond belief.
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Old 05.04.2010, 06:08 PM   #9
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Never anyone I was a huge fan of. Bright Eyes was a complete dick as was Sufjan Stevens. Still, it wasn't like I expected different. Most other musicians I have met have been pretty down to earth. Ches Smith was my favorite. One of the coolest people I've ever met.
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Old 05.04.2010, 06:10 PM   #10
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On the other hand, there are quite a few people whose music hasn't initially captivated me but did once I realised they were an awesome person. There's also a lot of musicians I know who I habitually have to lie through my teeth to because, although they're lovely people, their music is gash beyond belief.

Same here. There are a number of local acts I see on a regular basis whose music never really interested me and is certainly not my style, but since learning how great they were as people, the music seems much more inviting. I think it's moreso that I understand the music better after understanding the person.
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Old 05.04.2010, 06:11 PM   #11
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Heh.

Because said person probably reads this board... and I don't feel like dealing with the bullshit at the moment.

I didn't realize Kurt Vile read the board.
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Old 05.04.2010, 06:14 PM   #12
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Personally I'd be disappointed if Lou Reed WASN'T a dick to me, I mean, come on that's his thing!

I haven't met TOO many big musicians...Jamie Stewart is really nice, as are both members of Outkast. And Lee was of course super...J. Mascis was nicer than I expected him to be...Ludacris was really dumb and into himself, kinda expected....I grew up with the pop singer Ciara but I can't remark on how she is now. She was very nice when we were kids though!
That's all I can think of at the moment...
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Old 05.04.2010, 06:23 PM   #13
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The musicians I've met have always been nice to me, but that's probably because I'm so charming
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i don't wanna say he was a dick, but jamie stewart had this certain pompous aura about him when i saw him (had his nose up in the air and all) and i didn't bother to talk to him because of that. caralee was extraordinarily nice, on the other hand.

didn't really change my xiu xiu listening habits.
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Jamie was super nice when I talked to him. The drummer at the time, Ches Smith, was the nicest musician I've ever met. His percussion set was phenomenal as well.
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Personally I'd be disappointed if Lou Reed WASN'T a dick to me, I mean, come on that's his thing!

thats what i told her. but i guess the kicker was that he was really nice to all these other people there. like there were some high school boys who were talking to him about some essay they wrote about his lyrics and he was like super amped and all they said was "hi" and he just looked at them and kept on walking. hahaha
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Mmm, I've never really reversed the polarity of my interest in a musician after finding out he was a dickhead or not. The closest I came to anything like that I guess is with Metallica.

I never liked that band to begin with, but I really don't like them now after just seeing handfuls of interviews and stuff with them. Like in that classic albums thing on VH1 about the Black Album, and Lars is talking about when Kirk came in with the riff for Enter Sandman, but it was a little different at the time, and Lars tells him he should play it this other way, which is all fine. But then they just refer to Lars' suggestion like it was the most brilliant thing ever.

Those guys are just a bunch of pussies and way too into themselves. However, I seriously applaud them for putting out that Some Kind of Monster documentary, that took balls to show themselves as such idiots. Coolest thing they ever did was put that thing out.

Otherwise no.
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Old 05.04.2010, 08:41 PM   #19
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wasn't there a growing pains episode about this? ben wants to see some rocker dude and gets a backstage pass before the show. he sees said rocker fooling around with a woman who ben knows is not his wife. he is heart broken and goes home with his dad and then rips rocker dude's poster off of his wall. he has a talk with his pops and then decides that he does want to see the show regardless of the infidelity he saw. all is well.

ive never met a musician who was a dick so far. haven't met too many. but Nels Cline is an incredibly nice human being. when he was touring with mike watt in 98 i saw them in nashville. i met nels before the show and he invited me and my friends backstage and we hung out for about 40 minutes. he even let me play his beat up 59 black jazzmaster that he always plays. thurston played that same guitar at coachella when their gear was stolen.

mike watt is a very nice gentleman as well.

don't know if it would bother me if a musician was a dick. don't think so but maybe.
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That's always been one of my favorite things about the noise scene, everyone is so cool and down to earth.
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