"Uncool" music you dig. Out with it!

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I'll leave it up to you to define "uncool" yourself. I put in quotes to make it extra fun.

Here's mine. Hitech psystrance. Can't get enough of this stuff, but I doubt it'll ever be featured on Pitchfork.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P3YC69g7lZY

carpet_kaiser, Wednesday, 13 September 2017 01:03 (two months ago) Permalink

sock rock

calstars, Wednesday, 13 September 2017 01:06 (two months ago) Permalink

Let's do it, baby

carpet_kaiser, Wednesday, 13 September 2017 01:07 (two months ago) Permalink

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tF1628qACPM

brimstead, Wednesday, 13 September 2017 01:14 (two months ago) Permalink

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tF1628qACPM

brimstead, Wednesday, 13 September 2017 01:16 (two months ago) Permalink

i don't know, i guess jan hammer is cool.

brimstead, Wednesday, 13 September 2017 01:17 (two months ago) Permalink

Even as a sock thread this is a throwback.

the last famous person you were surprised to discover was actually (man alive), Wednesday, 13 September 2017 01:17 (two months ago) Permalink

yeah forget that jeff beck, anybody who says it isn't cool doesn't even exist in this universe

lets do it baby

brimstead, Wednesday, 13 September 2017 01:18 (two months ago) Permalink

it's not a sock if the poster posts exactly the same

brimstead, Wednesday, 13 September 2017 01:19 (two months ago) Permalink

70s Status Quo
the odd Phil Collins tune
Darude - "Sandstorm"

Well bissogled trotters (Michael B), Wednesday, 13 September 2017 01:26 (two months ago) Permalink

Just posting some things to dig that may not make the "cool" cut.

I like hitech psytrance because it's like a modern iteration of Hawkwind. Fast, noisy, powerful, psychedelic, and spacey. But totally under the radar.

It's not really New York Magazine material, but I think it's fun.

carpet_kaiser, Wednesday, 13 September 2017 01:27 (two months ago) Permalink

I made this as an opportunity to shed your aspirational taboos and anxieties and have some fun!

carpet_kaiser, Wednesday, 13 September 2017 01:31 (two months ago) Permalink

i see.. a real honest music thread, well damn

brimstead, Wednesday, 13 September 2017 01:34 (two months ago) Permalink

The second wave British "trad rock" stuff; namely Coldplay and Travis. Both of which I genuinely, unironically, like.

he doesn't need to be racist about it though. (Austin), Wednesday, 13 September 2017 02:25 (two months ago) Permalink

THERE HAS NEVER BEEN MUSIC DISCUSSION HERE. THIS HAS ALWAYS BEEN A FORUM FOR REPOSTING TWEETS.

the last famous person you were surprised to discover was actually (man alive), Wednesday, 13 September 2017 02:27 (two months ago) Permalink

*zombie-like mob descends on you and throws you into the lava pit*

the last famous person you were surprised to discover was actually (man alive), Wednesday, 13 September 2017 02:28 (two months ago) Permalink

nelly furtado

Week of Wonders (Ross), Wednesday, 13 September 2017 02:33 (two months ago) Permalink

but i wouldn't say she's uncool really

Week of Wonders (Ross), Wednesday, 13 September 2017 02:33 (two months ago) Permalink

i don't like cool music

ToddBonzalez (BradNelson), Wednesday, 13 September 2017 02:41 (two months ago) Permalink

can't answer.. everything i listen to becomes cool

sleepingbag, Wednesday, 13 September 2017 02:45 (two months ago) Permalink

like what you like, ultimately yeah

Week of Wonders (Ross), Wednesday, 13 September 2017 02:46 (two months ago) Permalink

xp wow u trendsetter

Beret McKesson (jaymc), Wednesday, 13 September 2017 02:46 (two months ago) Permalink

I am having a lot of fun on this thread

del griffith, Wednesday, 13 September 2017 02:48 (two months ago) Permalink

I don't listen to music I only cool it

the last famous person you were surprised to discover was actually (man alive), Wednesday, 13 September 2017 02:48 (two months ago) Permalink

the doors? tbh I have been investing a lot of time and effort into making them cool again in my social circles and it is paying off

marcos, Wednesday, 13 September 2017 03:05 (two months ago) Permalink

my friend Doors fans aren't made, they're born.

nomar, Wednesday, 13 September 2017 03:07 (two months ago) Permalink

true

marcos, Wednesday, 13 September 2017 03:10 (two months ago) Permalink

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E5s-TjbXJLo

Another one - synthwave! I love this stuff, too. I say as an American, since our country is burning to the ground, we might as well enjoy ourselves without shame. It's the least we can do for ourselves.

carpet_kaiser, Wednesday, 13 September 2017 03:12 (two months ago) Permalink

Like hey, if you felt the chains tugging too tight on you, now's the time to chop them off. We're free, baby.

carpet_kaiser, Wednesday, 13 September 2017 03:18 (two months ago) Permalink

I was trying to think what the most universally uncool music would be in the age of poptimism where we have the illusion that everything is cool now. Josh Groban?

the last famous person you were surprised to discover was actually (man alive), Wednesday, 13 September 2017 03:20 (two months ago) Permalink

groban definitely up there. stuff thats not targeted to people under 35 even remotely.

Rob Lowe fresco bar (m bison), Wednesday, 13 September 2017 03:34 (two months ago) Permalink

random american idol/talent show contestants maybe falls under this?

Rob Lowe fresco bar (m bison), Wednesday, 13 September 2017 03:34 (two months ago) Permalink

(sorry, thats two separate ideas, plenty of singing show artists are marketed to under 35 audiences)

Rob Lowe fresco bar (m bison), Wednesday, 13 September 2017 03:35 (two months ago) Permalink

there was a brief time when there was ILM love for some of the early idol contestants I think -- did I dream that?

the last famous person you were surprised to discover was actually (man alive), Wednesday, 13 September 2017 03:46 (two months ago) Permalink

John Mayer maybe. You'd probably get a few "well he really can play the guitar" takes but mostly reviled.

the last famous person you were surprised to discover was actually (man alive), Wednesday, 13 September 2017 03:46 (two months ago) Permalink

is lawrence welk still uncool? i have a couple of his cds i inherited from an ex, i think they're actually genuinely fun weird background noise.

(The Other) J.D. (J.D.), Wednesday, 13 September 2017 04:48 (two months ago) Permalink

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tSvCNBxF6dI

eatandoph (Neue Jesse Schule), Wednesday, 13 September 2017 04:50 (two months ago) Permalink

I don't know what genre it is exactly but that cutesy minimal electropop that usually comes from germany and japan. It's very uncool and completely lacking in sex appeal but I love it.

dance cum rituals (Moka), Wednesday, 13 September 2017 04:58 (two months ago) Permalink

Example:

https://youtu.be/S38sf1zi_Fk

I know it's uncool but isn't it adorable?

dance cum rituals (Moka), Wednesday, 13 September 2017 05:02 (two months ago) Permalink

I really like Charlie Puth and Selena Gomez's "We Don't Talk Anymore." Now that's uncool music even by poptimist standards.

josh az (2011nostalgia), Wednesday, 13 September 2017 05:16 (two months ago) Permalink

there's some contemporary Christian pop and rock that I like!

alpine static, Wednesday, 13 September 2017 05:42 (two months ago) Permalink

^ woop!

Week of Wonders (Ross), Wednesday, 13 September 2017 05:45 (two months ago) Permalink

moka, what makes you think that song is "uncool"?

Beret McKesson (jaymc), Wednesday, 13 September 2017 06:00 (two months ago) Permalink

@josh az: i am right there with you. that song rules.

Beret McKesson (jaymc), Wednesday, 13 September 2017 06:00 (two months ago) Permalink

hell yeah it does

josh az (2011nostalgia), Wednesday, 13 September 2017 06:23 (two months ago) Permalink

Well it's the sort of music I play mostly for myself... whenever I have anyone else in the room and something like this comes on I get silent looks of dissaproval.

dance cum rituals (Moka), Wednesday, 13 September 2017 07:19 (two months ago) Permalink

Which makes me think it's uncool music... it's kind of quirky but quirky has been uncool for a decade now.

dance cum rituals (Moka), Wednesday, 13 September 2017 07:21 (two months ago) Permalink

Dido

heaven parker (anagram), Wednesday, 13 September 2017 07:43 (two months ago) Permalink

Loads of commercial EDM and Drum & Bass.

mfktz (Camaraderie at Arms Length), Wednesday, 13 September 2017 07:49 (two months ago) Permalink

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=biTMPeQm4jE

oder doch?, Wednesday, 13 September 2017 08:01 (two months ago) Permalink

does this reappraisal extend to "I Will Remember You" and "Angel", or are cool people still only allowed to like her early stuff? every once in a while I resolve to listen to a Sarah McLachlan album, but then I flash back to all the graduation ceremonies and slideshows I suffered through as SM's music played on repeat in the background, and I immediately scurry back into my hole and stay there until the next time I hear someone raving about Fumbling Towards Ecstasy. I don't know if I'll ever reach a point where I'm able to set aside those unpleasant associations and listen to her music with unbiased ears

the old rugged crocs (unregistered), Thursday, 14 September 2017 20:16 (two months ago) Permalink

i should dig into sarah mclachlan more, i enjoyed her peak '90s stuff. what's good beyond solace/fumbling towards ecstasy?

nomar, Thursday, 14 September 2017 20:17 (two months ago) Permalink

i will remember youuuuu yeah that songs rules. having trouble seeing her as ever being uncool.

AdamVania (Adam Bruneau), Thursday, 14 September 2017 20:17 (two months ago) Permalink

fwiw i never went to any school dances so maybe i avoided the over-exposure

AdamVania (Adam Bruneau), Thursday, 14 September 2017 20:18 (two months ago) Permalink

I tried so hard to like Sarah McLachlan in the late 90s because she was so beloved.

No purposes. Sounds. (Sund4r), Thursday, 14 September 2017 20:25 (two months ago) Permalink

If there was a Lilith Fair held today, I would totally attend that Lilith Fair.

Scott Staph (Old Lunch), Thursday, 14 September 2017 21:45 (two months ago) Permalink

i would have thought Sarah McLachlan would be considered prime MOR Radio 2 approved and hence deeply uncool. What does uncool mean, therefore?

the article don, Thursday, 14 September 2017 21:48 (two months ago) Permalink

I was on the bus the other day and some gang of late teenage girls were giving some stick to a hapless young schoolboy at the back, who was blasting out some grime music on his loud bluetooth speaker. One of them said: "You're so fucking sad r you. I was listening to that bab in year 7, and it's older than your mother's blouse you sad little prick". Well, you had to be there of course!

calzino, Thursday, 14 September 2017 22:56 (two months ago) Permalink

The future generation of ILM posters

Moodles, Thursday, 14 September 2017 23:03 (two months ago) Permalink

I might start blasting out some Duke Ellington on the back of the bus, next time I feel like dying!

calzino, Thursday, 14 September 2017 23:07 (two months ago) Permalink

canada: the uncool country you dig

mookieproof, Thursday, 14 September 2017 23:09 (two months ago) Permalink

i would have thought Sarah McLachlan would be considered prime MOR Radio 2 approved and hence deeply uncool. What does uncool mean, therefore?

"Fashionably attractive or impressive" is what my dictionary says and how I've been interpreting it. Idk about now but I really felt like I was missing out by not getting, and frankly hating, her at the time. I can see Styx being mainstream school-dance cool in 1981 but not today. Lots of people like them but it's not an appreciation I see as being especially attractive or impressive to anyone: a bit old and geeky for a mainstream pop or rock listener; mainstream, safe, and a bit retrogressive for a prog snob; goofy-looking dudes.

No purposes. Sounds. (Sund4r), Thursday, 14 September 2017 23:24 (two months ago) Permalink

And I'm realizing that is the most I want to think about coolness in music for the next year.

No purposes. Sounds. (Sund4r), Thursday, 14 September 2017 23:27 (two months ago) Permalink

the sarah mclachlan reappraisal is at least two years overdue

― sick, fucking funny, and well tasty (katherine), Thursday, September 14, 2017 3:32 PM (three hours ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

this is exactly right, as proved by this screenshot of my soulseek downloads folder in january 2015 with Mirrorball on it:

hi flopson

flopson, Thursday, 14 September 2017 23:34 (two months ago) Permalink

paula cole

Week of Wonders (Ross), Friday, 15 September 2017 00:59 (two months ago) Permalink

i saw sarah mclachlan on tour for solace in 1992; she was pretty grebt

mookieproof, Friday, 15 September 2017 01:03 (two months ago) Permalink

jon secada - just another day

― plp will eat itself (NickB), Wednesday, September 13, 2017 11:31 AM (yesterday) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

this song rules, too

Beret McKesson (jaymc), Friday, 15 September 2017 02:53 (two months ago) Permalink

I listen to much more old 70s bluzy hard rock or southern rock like Foghat, Rick Derringer, Marshall Tucker Band, Nazareth and Black Oak Arkansas than is probably normal. ILM in general isn't all that 'into' white dudes playing blues rock, although it likes old thuddy stuff. There are some around here that dig old 70 fusion, so there are some fans around here, but I have listened to it a ton too. I'd say the most unkool ILM band I have heard quite a bit is probably Black Label Society. It is totally obnoxious music and definitely not liked by many.

earlnash, Friday, 15 September 2017 03:49 (two months ago) Permalink

Dude Black Oak Arkansas is the shit! This absolutely rips:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=407lz-x_MiQ

DPRK Nowitzki (lpz), Friday, 15 September 2017 05:49 (two months ago) Permalink

Uncool music I dig-out with it: Spoon, the Ace of Spades, Dig

Shat Parp (dog latin), Friday, 15 September 2017 09:11 (two months ago) Permalink

jon secada - just another day

since i wrote that i can't stop jamming it on my headphones at work. it's amazing!! but i get deeply paranoid that someone might hear what i'm listening to, i have to keep checking it's not coming out of the speakers somehow by mistake. i think i'm going to have to go for a drive somewhere remote just so i can crank it up loud in safe surroundings

plp will eat itself (NickB), Friday, 15 September 2017 09:31 (two months ago) Permalink

it is all the very worst bits of shopping mall trance beats, michael bolton-style wounded manbaby bawling and chintzy bruce hornsby piano and i really love it

plp will eat itself (NickB), Friday, 15 September 2017 09:37 (two months ago) Permalink

I think I like REO Speedwagon but I need to hear more of their oeuvre. Going to scour charity shops for secondhand copies of their albums.

The Doug Walters of Crime (Tom D.), Friday, 15 September 2017 09:45 (two months ago) Permalink

I like that Jon Secada song quite a lot. It's one of those 'coming in from the cold' songs, like 'Wonderful World', 'Don't Look Any Further' and 'Running Up That Hill'

Shat Parp (dog latin), Friday, 15 September 2017 09:47 (two months ago) Permalink

'Wonderful Life' by Black, not 'Wonderful World'

Shat Parp (dog latin), Friday, 15 September 2017 09:48 (two months ago) Permalink

Note for when the links die: that was GI Joe animated movie intro, Soul Edge intro and Psychic Force intro.

Robert Adam Gilmour, Monday, 18 September 2017 17:04 (two months ago) Permalink

I'll nerd you one better:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jnakUvv2U-Y&t=37s

When I was a kid I was obsessed with these then-untranslated tactical RPGs from the 90s. You could choose a path where you march on heaven and kill God, so man and demon could live in harmony free from servitude and oppression.

Never saw anything like that in a video game at the time.

carpet_kaiser, Monday, 18 September 2017 17:47 (two months ago) Permalink

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jnakUvv2U-Y

carpet_kaiser, Monday, 18 September 2017 17:48 (two months ago) Permalink

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K2O9ryz7Eik

In 1982 i was on a field operation in south Korea as a Marine, Me and a friend got to go out to a small village for a little R&R before anybody else on our base, wandering around we came upon a mud and straw building, but on the inside you could hear loud music we opened the door and Rosanna was playing on a system that was worth more than the building itself, there was about 8 working girls sitting around talking we stayed all afternoon drinking beer and enjoying the company of those fine lady's.

barbarian radge (NotEnough), Monday, 18 September 2017 18:09 (two months ago) Permalink

Der Langrisser doesn't have embarrassing vocals that would have people at a cool party climbing up walls.

Hokuto No Ken/Fist Of The North Star soundtrack You Wa Shock.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RxkezvGwI20

I think Christmas music is often the height of uncoolness.

Robert Adam Gilmour, Monday, 18 September 2017 18:13 (two months ago) Permalink

two weeks pass...

Nada Surf. Probably the most "uncool" band I've stuck with since their first lp. Feels like dad-rock avant là lettre, in that I'm not a dad yet, but I grew up with these guys since both they and I were teenagers. And their music is still thoroughly uncool, unnoticed, unreviewed, completely outside of the reviewers eye. I get why. Which is what makes it so uncool. But boy are they consistently great at what they do. Every new album. It's not even by choice; we'll grow old together in spite of each other.

Le Bateau Ivre, Monday, 2 October 2017 23:57 (one month ago) Permalink

I heard a busker singing "Wind of Change" earlier and it made me so happy

Choco Blavatsky (seandalai), Tuesday, 3 October 2017 00:12 (one month ago) Permalink

I can see Styx being mainstream school-dance cool in 1981 but not today.

In 1981 you'd have Styx playing out on your driveway while you had your driveway barbecue going, it was great, man, I was there. Wasn't old enough to go to school dances then, though.

Guayaquil (eephus!), Tuesday, 3 October 2017 00:47 (one month ago) Permalink

Also, where does They Might Be Giants fit in here? I still really like those records A LOT. The difference is, I like Styx records and enjoy that they're in no way cool, while They Might Be Giants records are, in my view, extremely intrinsically cool records that cool people largely never got into and which are thus not widely thought of as cool, quite the opposite in fact.

Guayaquil (eephus!), Tuesday, 3 October 2017 00:48 (one month ago) Permalink

TMBG are really awesome but they do have a bit of a nasally singing voice and have the classic nerd look down. the music is extremely good -- coolness really has nothing to do with music quality imo.

first time i heard them was "Particle Man" on Tiny Toons and that is probably as uncool as you can get lol.

AdamVania (Adam Bruneau), Tuesday, 3 October 2017 01:07 (one month ago) Permalink

three weeks pass...

I used to love the most saccharine-laced love songs released during the 80's, which I blame by growing up in that decade. Just to let you know I'm not equivocating, 80's-era Genesis ("Hold on My Heart") and Richard Marx's "Angelia", which lets be honest, is kind of a badass Def Leppard B-side, is two songs that I bet I'd still love if I fired up again.

Rod Steel (musicfanatic), Monday, 30 October 2017 00:28 (three weeks ago) Permalink

Speaking of Richard Marx - the epitome of uncool - the song "Hazard" is fucking brilliant. I mean, it essentially portrays the Tim Robbins' character in Mystic River a decade before it happens; not in every element, but the general gist.

Rod Steel (musicfanatic), Monday, 30 October 2017 00:37 (three weeks ago) Permalink

Everyone likes "Hazard" iirc.

No purposes. Sounds. (Sund4r), Monday, 30 October 2017 01:39 (three weeks ago) Permalink

Is there still such a thing as uncool music?

pomenitul, Monday, 30 October 2017 01:42 (three weeks ago) Permalink

????? explain...

brimstead, Monday, 30 October 2017 03:25 (three weeks ago) Permalink

feel like uncool music is more music you feel embarrassed about when played in the wrong company, than any music being uncool

Week of Wonders (Ross), Monday, 30 October 2017 03:28 (three weeks ago) Permalink

^ otm

flappy bird, Monday, 30 October 2017 04:04 (three weeks ago) Permalink

"uncool" is relative

flappy bird, Monday, 30 October 2017 04:04 (three weeks ago) Permalink

OBVIOUSLY

flappy bird, Monday, 30 October 2017 04:04 (three weeks ago) Permalink

i don't know about that... we've got a pretty good list goin here!!

brimstead, Monday, 30 October 2017 04:13 (three weeks ago) Permalink

exactly

flappy bird, Monday, 30 October 2017 04:20 (three weeks ago) Permalink

ah a thread about what's cool! can't wait to post

it me, Tuesday, 31 October 2017 17:19 (three weeks ago) Permalink

wheeeeeeeee!

brimstead, Tuesday, 31 October 2017 17:20 (three weeks ago) Permalink

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IjoJlM2r3qs

how's life, Tuesday, 31 October 2017 17:26 (three weeks ago) Permalink


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