Hole_courtney From United States of America, joined Jun 1999, 569 posts, RR: 0 Posted (14 years 10 months 1 week 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 1696 times:
About time someone said something (i'm a little biased, as you might guess)
Noel Gallagher has bad-mouthed the American public,
claiming their "Bad taste" has hindered the sales of British bands across the Atlantic.
Speaking at a news conference in South America yesterday (21 January) Gallagher announced, "Americans have got very bad taste - hence the Backstreet Boys". The outspoken Oasis honcho, whose band later closed the four-day Caracas Pop Festival, slated the boy band by saying, "They can't sing, can't play, can't dance".
Clearly riled by the Backstreet Boys' overwhelming success in the States and undoubtedly frustrated at Oasis' continuous failure to capture the US market, Gallagher called the group's songs "rubbish" and even blamed them for damaging children's teeth by promoting soft drinks. Seemingly not content with last year's war of words with Robbie Williams, he invited further hostilities by declaring, "They should be shot".
"[He] knew everything about literature, except how to enjoy it." - Yossarian, Catch 22
Ikarus From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 3524 posts, RR: 2
Reply 1, posted (14 years 10 months 1 week 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 1653 times:
It's not the Americans who have bad taste - it is anyone who likes the Backstreet Boys
Seriously, Americans aren't that bad. If the rest of the world had so much more taste, they wouldn't buy all the American stuff, watch all the American movies, play all American PC games, listen to American music...
There is still no country that I know of that produces as many entertaining (and therefore good) movies as America. Sometimes, the UK (Life of Brian) or Germany (Run Lola Run) or the French (The Professional, Fifth Element) have a lucky hit, and a skilled director/actor/screenwriter, but no one can compete with Hollywood in terms of continuity.
Sometimes I wonder why it has become so fashionable to dislike Americans. Then I realize: It MUST be envy - of their success and power.
I am not American. But I do like them, if only for the fact that most computer technology got developed (while not invented) there (Silicon Valley)
LH423 From Canada, joined Jul 1999, 6501 posts, RR: 52
Reply 4, posted (14 years 10 months 1 week 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 1610 times:
Ummmm...Maybe if Oasis didn't make such crap music (no offence Hole_Courtney, I know you like them) they wouldn't have such a problem. They had good success for "What's the Story..." but then they let it go to their head, and "Be Here Now" was a meagre success to "What's the Story..." Also, as I recall, the Backstreet Boys were popular in Europe about 18 months before their songs even made minimum airplay here. Noel is just pissed off because he lost his wife and almost lost his band, and his fans are turning on them, as a display in Switzerland showed, when fans started throwing things at the beleagered Gallagher Bros. Kinda makes you wonder why they don't leave it all behind, and live the rest of their miserable lives somewhere so far from civilization that it isn't worth anyone's time to seek them out.
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Fly_yhm From Canada, joined Dec 2000, 1698 posts, RR: 9
Reply 5, posted (14 years 10 months 1 week 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 1603 times:
What the big deal everyone like therte music for every guys out there that makes fun of the back street boys and NSYNC and calling them gay They are just pissed off the so many women want them I think ther are great ima guy(straight guy) whos favorite group is Nsync They have tallent how many guys do you know that could sing like that? I know i wish I could also most people say that any guy that like the boy bands is gay well that have problems I like nxync for many reason I like the words and they have gotten me girl frined by telling the respective women that a certian song reminds me of them IE Nsyncs god must have spent a little more time on you next time your trying to get a girl that you really really like tell her that she mihg t appreciate it.
Where will you spend eternity? He,s more real then you think!!!!!
Greeneyes53787 From United States of America, joined Aug 2000, 844 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (14 years 10 months 1 week 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 1595 times:
I think Americans, to a moderately high degree, exhibit questionable taste. And due to this I feel especially good about myself.
While it is a common attribute of Americans to go with the crowd (creating the crowd), not all of us are this way. A small band of us continues as contrarians. Americans do drive Jags but for the main- they prefer big art-lacking 4-wheel-drive top heavy vehicles that are boxy and inefficient. They like em'.
Although many here in the US do listen to highbrow classical music, many (perhaps most) prefer the mindless drivel that this post refers to. We're not living in a country of memorizers. Few people read anymore, here. And even though there may be no accounting for taste- and beauty residing in the minds eye of the ones who behold beauty, Americans seem to have a group passion for noise and trendy products that have little need in their lives.
But for the few remaining on this spinning planet, or at least in this particular geography in question, that strive for greatness in art as well as the economy of living, our place is easy to find. We simply take the path less travelled by. And then we divide ourselves again by the direction our noses are pointing. For the up profile of the nose is still an expression of a ignorance of others. I hope I don't do that.
Hole_courtney From United States of America, joined Jun 1999, 569 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (14 years 10 months 1 week 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 1558 times:
Just to correct a few facts.
1. Be Here Now was not meagre in success to WTSMG, it sold 7 million copies in the UK (MG sold about 10 million in the UK). Not that I believe that album sales are any way to judge a band (because they're not), just to prove that the commericial success wasn't mediocre.
2. They're fans aren't turning on them. The Swiss festival was people throwing bottles because they were pissed that Noel wasn't on the tour at that point, which I would have been pissed about too. I don't think that two nights at Wembly stadium with 70,000 people in attendence. That's not exactly the fans turning against them.
3. We really shouldn't care about the bands personal life. Politicians can be ridiculed about their life because they are running a country. Musicans are exactly what they are: musicians. As interested as I am about some stars private lives, I don't think that we should be worried about how they handle their affairs.
4. I've been an Oasis fan for 5 years now, and they've never made crap music to me. It's pure rock and roll. Crap is a relative term, don't display it as fact. Now, the Backstreet boys and everyone else like them, it's a fact that they're corporate dolls that do as they're told.
"It's possibly the worst year  we've ever had. The point is we're f**king rock'n'roll band, not a poncey band who do as we're told."
Liam Gallagher (Oasis).
Merry Christmas to all, and to all a good night.
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LHMark From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 7255 posts, RR: 43
Reply 10, posted (14 years 10 months 1 week 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 1533 times:
I am offended by "bands" like Backstreet, N'sync, and anything coming out of Nashville or the R&B factories.
I'm offended because these "musicians" are nothing more than musical commercials for themselves- Artistically and intellectually vacant, demographically targeted endless repititions of the words "oooh!" and "Baby." I find it reprehensible that the recording industry would think the public would be so stupid as to fall for this trick.
Oh, wait, they have.
Someone please explain to me why looks sell sounds. When you're plugged into your CD player, what difference does it make how hot Christina Aguiwhateverthefuck is? And, yeah, she's all ;rofessionally made up and gorgeous, and everything, but so is your typical department store mannequin.
I'm in danger of going off on a serious rant here, so I'll sum up, and maybe have an actual point. These "Artists" are just a shell- a husk. A pretty vacuum cleaner through which the record industry's various companies suck the money out of your wallet.
The actual musicians are the ones standing behind N'sync, in the dark, playing instruments.
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CPDC10-30 From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2000, 4928 posts, RR: 22
Reply 12, posted (14 years 10 months 1 week 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 1516 times:
Same thing with NSYNC in Canada...they were popular here about 2 years before in the US. The rest of the world seems to like American music...not Americans not liking music from overseas. Gallagher should shut up and stop being such a whiner. Robbie Williams has it right.