Wednesday, October 21, 2009

The Logical Limits of Contrarianism

Via Matt Yglesias I see that Slate is extending its brand beyond the bounds of physics by making the case that Creed is underrated:
If your impulse on hearing that it has reunited is to groan, stifle it long enough to locate a copy of Creed's 2004 Greatest Hits collection. It's a fantastic baker's dozen of first-rate schlock-rock, courtesy of one of the most underrated and unfairly maligned groups in pop history.
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His brand of fist-pumping, hair-tossing, pelvis-swiveling rocksmanship was hardly without precedent; it just seemed obnoxiously anachronistic. An audacious throwback to the preening hair-metal era (and, even further, to Robert Plant's roosterish sashay), Stapp audaciously reinflated rock's hot-air balloon less than a decade after Kurt Cobain was thought to have punctured it for good.

Personally I can't muster enough energy to hate Creed... all those late 90's hard rock bands kind of blend together into a big pool of mediocrity... but I don't find the case that they were a "schlock-rock" throwback to 80's hair bands to be particularly strong. I mean, I grew up in the "preening hair-metal era"... and I can't recall anything redeeming coming out of that side of the musical spectrum... O.K. Guns and Roses, I guess... but that's pretty much it, right? So how am I supposed to conclude that a band derivative of that era is somehow "underrated" 20 years late?

I will say that this does provide a good oppurtunity to embed some old skool Daily Show Creed bashing (via Yglesias's commenters):

The Daily Show With Jon StewartMon - Thurs 11p / 10c
Creed Isn't Good
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