GEEZ that thread is harsh.
I'm just gonna say what I'm thinking here, since, God help me, I would NEVER even set one hypothetical foot, in that snake pit.
What annoys me most, is this:
I thought, the prog genre was one that was proud of the fact that it is somewhat of an underground subculture, that is "above" radio play, and is only appreciated by a musically superior, elite few.
So I don't get why people are arguing against GH saying that they lack the record sales and fame that would really prove them great.
Would GH selling more records, and being played on the radio really mean that they are better musically?
I'm pretty sure that Britney Spears sells more records than GH does, does that mean she is a better musician?
(Obviously, if I had stated that on that other thread, some wiseguy would probably say SOMETHING).
Anyway, I'm not saying record sales are bad (in fact, stop reading this, buy more GH CD's NOW, NOW, NOW!!
I'm just wondering when that started dictating what was "good music" in the prog world.
And about the fact that GH isn't a household name? Same argument as above, plus another point, that being:
(Get ready for this shocker)
Most of my friends aren't familiar with Yes or Kansas....GASP!!!!
I know this from the repeated blank stares I get. First after they ask "What kind of band is it that you sing in?", 2nd as I say "Progressive Rock" and 3rd, after I say "You know, like 'Yes', or 'Kansas' "....blank.
So, I guess that means they aren't that good either.
I don't get why they bash folks for having a good opinion about a band.
It's like they don't understand the concept of OPINION.
A review is always just someones opinion.
What bothers me, is that the fan-bashers in that thread act like they are the end-all in music knowledge.
Newsflash: What makes an album great for someone may not be the same for someone else.
I encountered the same attitudes in college as a music major.
I couldn't take the competition, and the idea that music had to have some exact formula and all the right elements to be correct.
Yes, I appreciate all of those things.
But I'm still gonna go home and listen to Sarah McLachlan because I think her music is beautiful.
I believe in my heart that GH is EXCELLENT, intelligent AND beautiful, and I am thankful that as a musician, even when it's "only singing" I am always challenged by being part of this band.
I wish I could say this to the guy on the PE thread:
1.People like what they like
2.You don't know everything
3.Most of the world doesn't care what you think
4. BACK OFF
GH has become like family to me over the last couple of years and I really don't like it when they are messed with.