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I can’t get a gauge on who John Mayer’s fan base is?

He was pretty popular when I was a kid, but I couldn’t imagine anyone under 20 being a serious fan. His music isn’t super poppy but he’s got some reasonably big pop hits. Plays a pretty watered down version of traditional blues.

I don’t mind a lot of his stuff, it’s a little bland though.
 
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I can’t get a gauge on who John Mayer’s fan base is?

He was pretty popular when I was a kid, but I couldn’t imagine anyone under 20 being a serious fan. His music isn’t super poppy but he’s got some reasonable big pop hits. Plays a pretty watered down version of traditional blues.

I don’t mind a lot of his stuff, it’s a little bland though.
His singing style always reminds me of someone trying to whisper the footy score to a mate in the middle of a wedding or something
 

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Red Hot Chili Peppers and Pearl Jam both actually aged really well.

Definitely transformed into more radio-friendly rock bands, but they still sounded slick and the song quality didn’t dip too much. The Californication-Stadium Arcadium era produced a lot of great songs.

I don’t think RHCP are much of an album band in general, they’d have 25-30 great songs though.

Pearl Jam’s late 90’s stint was more understated but cool.

No Code and Vitology stand up really well, and some of their very best stuff comes from that general era. Went softer, but they always had a penchant for slow ballady tunes from the beginning. Ten had Black and Release, which are Top 10 PJ tracks.
 

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His singing style always reminds me of someone trying to whisper the footy score to a mate in the middle of a wedding or something
That is my take - no doubt he is a great guitarist. But even that get washed out in his songs.

Watch his jam with BB King - yes he can hold his own. But his own songs are vanilla emptiness.
 

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I was a pretty big fan of John Mayer circa his first two albums, especially the second one Heavier Things which had a cohesive, calming sound and at 14 was one of the earlier studio albums I actually appreciated as a front-to-back experience (I primarily listened to comps then), there wasn't a track on the thing I skipped, but a few years later when 17 Waiting on the World to Change was a turnoff for me and I never really looked back.
 

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Red Hot Chili Peppers and Pearl Jam both actually aged really well.

Definitely transformed into more radio-friendly rock bands, but they still sounded slick and the song quality didn’t dip too much. The Californication-Stadium Arcadium era produced a lot of great songs.

I don’t think RHCP are much of an album band in general, they’d have 25-30 great songs though.

Pearl Jam’s late 90’s stint was more understated but cool.

No Code and Vitology stand up really well, and some of their very best stuff comes from that general era. Went softer, but they always had a penchant for slow ballady tunes from the beginning. Ten had Black and Release, which are Top 10 PJ tracks.
Pearl Jam have.

RHCP are one of those bands that too many of their songs are similar. That dates them big time for mine.
 

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More than likely a few unpopular opinions there but the more I hear, the less I like.
I can understand RHC & Kiss, but the other three TOGETHER, I just can't. Beatles, Bowie and MJ are just magic.
 

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I was watching a movie the other day and one of the characters called Led Zepplin "my I don't get it band". So who would be your "I don't get it" band. This is not from a genre you don't like. It's a band from a genre you usually do like but just don't get the appeal of this particular band. Mine would be Pink Floyd. I love rock music but have just never got the appeal of Pink Floyd.
I was listening to a Floyd album the other day and thinking to myself, with the clarity of sudden realisation, that it was turgid sludge. So I thought I'd start a thread on 'bands you've fallen out of love with'. Only to see that my thunder has been partly stolen.

I once 'got' PF, but now I wonder how that occurred. It was no accident that the Sex Pistols created 'I hate Pink Floyd' T-shirts, recognising that PF, more than the other horrid prog-rock bands of the time, embodied the flab that inspired the energy of rock and roll in the first place.

Back to the theme of the thread, one artist I never got in the first place is Van Morrison. This guy- WTF?
 

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I was listening to a Floyd album the other day and thinking to myself, with the clarity of sudden realisation, that it was turgid sludge. So I thought I'd start a thread on 'bands you've fallen out of love with'. Only to see that my thunder has been partly stolen.

I once 'got' PF, but now I wonder how that occurred. It was no accident that the Sex Pistols created 'I hate Pink Floyd' T-shirts, recognising that PF, more than the other horrid prog-rock bands of the time, embodied the flab that inspired the energy of rock and roll in the first place.

Back to the theme of the thread, one artist I never got in the first place is Van Morrison. This guy- WTF?
Wasn't sure whether to give you a like or a dislike so gave you a wow. I like the Pink Floyd part but dislike the Van Morrison part. I love Van the Man.
 

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My "fallen out of love " band would be Oasis. Loved them back in the day. These days I rarely listen to them. I still think they are great musicians. But their music doesn't do much for me these days.
 

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I definitely understand why people don't really like John Mayer but he is an incredible guitar player. His 'Live in LA' concert is great, particularly the John Mayer Trio set which doesn't really have any of his more 'poppy' tracks but is more blues oriented. I do wish he had stuck down that path a bit more

This.

I think the closest I have to a song of his that I like is Waiting on the World To Change - I don’t think he writes good melody, his songs aren’t catchy. But his guitar work is fantastic and every time I hear him I just think ‘man you’re a wasted talent.’
 

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More than likely a few unpopular opinions there but the more I hear, the less I like.
Um, wow.

I don’t get Michael Jackson and Kiss I love but can see why some people don’t get them. But Bowie and the Beatles?

Even without the gimmickry and concept albums like Ziggy stardust, if you just listen to his songs in isolation they are works of art IMO - his knack for a melody line that sounded perfect but the chords didn’t even necessarily mesh in a ‘make sense’ kind of way - Life on Mars is a good example - was just amazing and when you couple that with his delivery and his Uber cool stage presence…. Boy oh boy what an artist.

Anyway it’s opinion I guess so can’t tell you you’re wrong but geez that surprises me
 

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