Article by Phil Sunkel
Some people just love to hate. Its almost like they can’t help but take some sort of sick pleasure by disliking actual quality that the masses love. This is especially apparent in the jam scene, where music goers are just as elitist as any hipster yuppie pawing through vinyl at Generation Records in The Village.
In honor of all those out there who love to hate on some of the greatest bands in the scene, I give you the 10 bands most hated on by these hating haters of the greats, who have probably actually never seen any of these amazing acts.
What is it with people not giving a band a listen simply because of the group’s name? That has always boggled my mind. Having a listen to The McLovins will literally make the idea of their name, melt out of your thoughts.
These dudes, some of them still in college, have been playing some epic shows. Just a couple months ago at Wormtown, the guys had Kenn Mogel of The Mantras sit-in, as well as Oteil Burbridge of The Allman Brothers Band.
In my opinion, The McLovins are on the road to becoming one of the best and perhaps well known bands of this generation.
I personally love Moe. But some people just love to hate them. A lot of what I hear is usually “All their songs sound the same” or something along those lines. I beg to differ, so does this video above.
Moe. has honed their skills over the years to something totally unique to themselves. This is put into fruition on their latest album “No Guts, No Glory.” Songs like “Silver Sun” and “Annihilation Blues” highlight the guys progression over the years.
Aside from Rusted Root’s major hit “Send Me On My Way”, most people aren’t really that familiar with the band’s catalog. I mean the group has Seven studio albums.
Rusted Root also puts on a pretty damn good live show with some mind-melting 10-minute jams. Totally not what you would expect from the group who gave us “Send Me On My Way.”
When Perpetual Groove split and Ghost Owl was formed, many P Groove fans were curiously, angry. Instead of looking at the group’s decision as a step forward, some people took it as an end. P Groove splitting was never the end, simply the beginning in a journey for all the dudes in the group.
If you haven’t given Ghost Owl a chance because you think it will sound like P Groove or because its not P Groove, well then thats really your loss. Ghost Owl is really one of the most outstanding bands to form within the last couple years.
Songs like “Eleven”, “Sky Yellow” and “Crooked Youth” on their debut release, “Say Goodbye To Finland”, are some of the best songs I’ve heard all year.
I simply don’t understand anyone who doesn’t like Twiddle. Obviously you hate greatness.
Yo Mama’s Big Fat Booty Band
The Booty Band is definitely another band that people put aside simply because of their name. However, this simply means more fun for the people who have discovered the incredibly crazy party that is a booty band show.
The Booty Band has a sound akin to Galactic with some booty shaking hip-hop vibes. I highly recommend get your booty to a YMBFBB show asap.
Let me put this simply, Umphrey’s is just too heavy for some people. I personally came from a metal/HXC background and love the heavier sound that Umph brings to the table. For others though, its just too much.
The Disco Biscuits
Ok, even I can agree that The Disco Biscuits can get a bit repetitive from time to time but c’mob everyone they’re legends and put on a crazy good live shows thats pretty much impossible to forget.
Personally, I never quite got the whole deal about the Grateful Dead. I always considered the Allman Brothers Band to be much more influential. Others in the scene though swear that the Grateful Dead is one of the best bands of all time and most influential.
I seem to be in the other category having never really been able to connect to their music. Call me a hater if you will, I just simply never got it.
Ah Phish, how loved and hated you are. Personally, I don’t really have a stance on the guys. I do like some of their songs and they put on an incredibly unique and amazing live shows but just like the Dead, I’ve never truly been able to connect with them like I do with bands like Tycho or ABB.
No matter what I think though, Phish is probably the greatest band of this century. They’re one of, if not the most, top selling bands in the country and they’ve never had a hit single, so basically they kick ass.
Thats it for my list. Let me know what you think below.