Unpopular opinions

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  1. Science_Penguin

    Science_Penguin SS.org Regular

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    And Anathema, some of Steven Wilson (his latest album in particular), a few Ayreon tunes, Pink Floyd if you've got some weed on standby, and I know of non-musicians who enjoyed 90's Dream Theater.
     
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    KnightBrolaire gearwhoricus americanus

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    ehh I don't know how popular steven wilson or dream theater generally are outside of musically inclined fans. Pink Floyd definitely fits though. everybody knows Floyd.
     
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    What? Is Styx not good enough?

     
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    Yeah, true, but my point is they're more likely to be successful among non-musicians than, say, Animals As Leaders. They both regularly display their ability to write a song as opposed to a vehicle for "impressive" playing.
     
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    depends what era styx. mid 80s styx I'd say yes. Not so much with some of their earlier stuff.
     
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    I know lots of non-musicians who dig Dream Theater, and Steven Wilson was introduced to me by a non-musician.
     
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    Jeebuz guys, some of these clips you are posting are making me want to tear my ears off with my bare hands! These acts are actually popular?!

    Regarding prog music, my mom never played an instrument until just recently, and she's the one who got me into prog. I think plenty of non-musicians used to listen to prog back in the 70's and 80's, but in the late 2010's, I'd take a guess that most non-musicians don't really give two shits about any style of music anymore, and just switch the radio on and off and surf channels, at least that's been my observation of younger folks these days.
     
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    Curt Where we're going we don't need neck pickups

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    Not a fan, really. But I am envious that she managed to make millions since the release of that song.
     
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    what happened to marcwormjim?? :(
     
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    he got banned and is running around under an alt account
     
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    Here's an empirically unpopular opinion:
    Radio singles from otherwise decent or great albums are often the most boring C-grade songs of the album.
    I know, mass appeal and all that....
    One that always gets me is Black Hole Sun. What a tedious, skippable SG tune compared to the rest of that album.
    I'll also throw in on Morning After by Ratt, vs. Round and Round? srsly.
     
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    I can count on one hand the number of times I've heard Morning After on the radio. Round and Round is so riff laden. Out of the Cellar and Invasion of your Privacy are just the epitome of riff laden 80s/hair metal to me. so many good tracks.
     
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    can't imagine what he could get banned for. i mean everything really...but he went so long without being banned.
     
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    Yeah, I was unclear. Morning After, IMO, much better than Round and Round. Two great albums indeed.
     
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    Morning after has a better solo, but I don't know if I'd say the rhythm riffs are better. As far as I'm concerned there's no bad songs on Out of the Cellar.
     
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    My opinion remains unpopular :).
     
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    Say bye bye.
     
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    Isn't that in itself a ban-able offense

    He's funny and seems to know his shit but his brand of snark seems a little too pointed for some people
     
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    I don't think many kids use radio hardly at all, it's almost 100% spotify, google music, apple music, youtube and sound cloud. Radio is for old people, and I've noticed over the years the top "40" has been shrinking to a top 15. As more people leave radio, radio keeps trying to cater to their smaller audience, and that audience wants very a very specific narrow selection of music. While you'd think that having millions of artists on a digital service would increase listening diversity, I think it's the opposite. The algorithms they use to suggest music is always based on the music you've already told them you like and won't deviate much from that. The popular music now is mostly vocal and electronic based, so you're not going to get many suggestions for music with long instrumental sections. This feeds into the first part of your statement, it's not that non-musicians don't care about music style but rather since the popular music styles don't involve instruments people see no need to learn to play them.

    Now for a related unpopular opinion (generally unpopular, I don't think this board counts as "popular"): I hate streaming music. I don't mind listening to stuff on youtube when I'm at home, but I like my mp3 players god damnit! Phones are already so expensive I don't want to wear out my battery even sooner than it already will be and I don't want to have to charge it 3 times a day. Since music streaming is now the most popular form of listening it's so hard to find a decent mp3 player. I don't want whatever music service tracking the music I listen to so they can sell my data, I don't want another company with my credit card info, I don't want them to tell me what I should listen to, I don't want to download a cancerous app that wants permission to read my text messages, I don't want advertisements in my ears or on my screen, and I want to actually keep the music I pay for! If you cancel your spotify subscription all the music is suddenly gone and you're left with nothing, screw that. I pay for it, I keep it for life; and based off reports anyone who isn't a current popstar is getting literally a hundredth of a penny in commissions anyways, so it's not as if I'm helping any bands I listen to by subscribing.
     
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    Do you know about Google Play Music? It lets you upload your own library. It's a free service like gmail or google drive. I uploaded my big ass metal library to Google Play and then I can play it wherever I go, whatever next phone I get. When I buy music from Google Play, it adds it to my library, and I can potentially download it onto any device I log in to. Whenever I'm at the airport before I get on the plane, I just tap a bunch of albums to download and then I'll have them even without internet connection.

    Yes, it also offers a paid subscription service, but you don't have to sign up for it.
     
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