Why do people hate the Eagles so much? Last week on Twitter I discovered that Graham Foust, Michael Robbins and Joshua Harmon avidly, vehemently hate the Eagles. Notably all these writers lived through more of the '70s than I did, so perhaps they have been forced to confront the Eagles in a more direct way than I ever have. To me, they seem so middle-of-the-road musically that they're not worth detesting; feeling strongly one way or the other feels disproportional.
But I wonder if there isn't some element of displacement, i.e. what people are really reacting to is the Eagles' fan base, rather than the music itself. Or, at least, the music wouldn't be so offensive it weren't so popular. That, I can understand; Billy Collins' poetry wouldn't be so maddening if he weren't making all the money.
Anyway, I basically don't care about the Eagles. I don't love them or hate them. I have always had a weird soft spot for Don Henley; I'll listen to "Boys of Summer" any way, any day.
Here's some stuff, musically, that I do hate, or at least find actively irritating:
Most Tom Waits. I used to just hate it all, indiscriminately, but John is a huge Tom Waits fan and went out of his way to try to find material that I might like. With exposure I have found that some of his songs are charming. He seems to have a tendency, though, to write these really textbook SONG type songs, like they just feel very standard to me. He's also inclined toward slow songs in major keys, which I irrationally dislike almost always. See:
So boring to me.
Much of Wilco. I feel like Wilco is the most overrated band of the 2000s. With a few quite likable exceptions, all their songs sound the same to me, and that sound is incredibly grating. Like this awful song I can't believe anyone would listen to on purpose:
Make it stop!
More indie-folky whatnot: Iron & Wine, Devendra Banhart, Belle & Sebastian. I mean, ugh:
I don't really care if these people have technical musical skills (I wouldn't know the difference between a pretty good and a very good guitar player). What I hate is the sensibility. This music has no edge! It's like pork chops for dinner.
Basically, I like sad songs and dance songs, that's what it comes down to.
And then there's popular stuff that I don't hate but just don't understand: Like, what is the appeal of Hall & Oates? I don't even think their songs are catchy.