artists who plausibly appear to be good people

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meant as therapy after this thread Albums you own or used to own from artists that turned out to be awful people.

gospodin simmel, Tuesday, 14 November 2017 19:41 (five days ago) Permalink

Janet Weiss seems fucking rad

devvvine, Tuesday, 14 November 2017 19:42 (five days ago) Permalink

I guess some people hate him but having seen Elbow again last night, I think Guy Garvey is probably really as nice as he comes across. dunno. maybe he's a twat but I don't think so.

akm, Tuesday, 14 November 2017 19:42 (five days ago) Permalink

Phil Collins personally tracked down a guy who drowned another guy and orchestrated an arrest of the man at one of his own concerts.

omar little, Tuesday, 14 November 2017 19:45 (five days ago) Permalink

totally true, a real hero

akm, Tuesday, 14 November 2017 19:48 (five days ago) Permalink

Mac McCaughan

campreverb, Tuesday, 14 November 2017 19:50 (five days ago) Permalink

Animal Collective

flappy bird, Tuesday, 14 November 2017 19:51 (five days ago) Permalink

always heard that Gary Numan was a quality bloke

frogbs, Tuesday, 14 November 2017 19:51 (five days ago) Permalink

kristin hersh

(The Other) J.D. (J.D.), Tuesday, 14 November 2017 19:52 (five days ago) Permalink

david yow was so sweet when i talked to him once after a jesus lizard show years ago. i couldn't believe it was the same guy i had seen on stage.

scott seward, Tuesday, 14 November 2017 19:53 (five days ago) Permalink

david yow sexually harassed sexydancer's wife tbh.

ian, Tuesday, 14 November 2017 19:53 (five days ago) Permalink

Is the bar lowered at this point to include anyone who simply refrained from shitty behavior? Not in reference to any specific posts already above.

Evan, Tuesday, 14 November 2017 19:53 (five days ago) Permalink

also everyone in bardo pond is like the nicest person on earth. but i could say that about a lot of freakfolkterrascope people i know. they are ALL so nice.

scott seward, Tuesday, 14 November 2017 19:53 (five days ago) Permalink

Animal Collective

how does Maligate fit into this

the Hannah Montana of the Korean War (DJP), Tuesday, 14 November 2017 19:54 (five days ago) Permalink

well, with someone like david yow obviously i don't know him! he was really nice to me anyway. a fan.

scott seward, Tuesday, 14 November 2017 19:54 (five days ago) Permalink

yo la tengo are nice people.

ian, Tuesday, 14 November 2017 19:55 (five days ago) Permalink

jeff rosenstock

global tetrahedron, Tuesday, 14 November 2017 19:55 (five days ago) Permalink

I talked to Ira Kaplan once after a Yo La Tengo show, and he was very nice.

ha xp

Montgomery Burns' Jazz (Tarfumes The Escape Goat), Tuesday, 14 November 2017 19:56 (five days ago) Permalink

Gerard Way (and MCR in general AFAIK)

Simon H., Tuesday, 14 November 2017 19:57 (five days ago) Permalink

Animal Collective

how does Maligate fit into this

― the Hannah Montana of the Korean War (DJP), Tuesday, November 14, 2017 2:54 PM (one minute ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

ha good point! ok, just the other 3

flappy bird, Tuesday, 14 November 2017 19:57 (five days ago) Permalink

Van Dyke Parks

flappy bird, Tuesday, 14 November 2017 19:57 (five days ago) Permalink

Christine Goerke is a bad-ass dramatic soprano AND one of the coolest people I've ever met.

the Hannah Montana of the Korean War (DJP), Tuesday, 14 November 2017 19:58 (five days ago) Permalink

xxp someone told me at a record show on Sunday that Deakin gave all that money back and eventually released the record? idk.

sleeve, Tuesday, 14 November 2017 19:59 (five days ago) Permalink

as far as thread title, I nominate Leonard Cohen

sleeve, Tuesday, 14 November 2017 20:00 (five days ago) Permalink

(cue avalanche of terrible Cohen stories I was unfamiliar with)

sleeve, Tuesday, 14 November 2017 20:00 (five days ago) Permalink

yea yea that's right he did, he put the record out 6 years late

flappy bird, Tuesday, 14 November 2017 20:00 (five days ago) Permalink

Jens Lekman seems to be a really sweet guy. Lots of nice stories about him offering his fans advice when they reach out to him and then there's that video of him playing that wedding in Australia. He was really cool when I met him briefly earlier this year.

George Michael appeared to be a very wonderful and generous person. One guy over on the Popjustice forums said they got to know him over the years and he was totally down to earth and really funny.

I know someone that interviewed Marc Almond and said he was such a joy to talk to.

I've come across a fair few people who have met Johnny Marr. Nobody has a bad word to say about him. Basically the opposite of Morrissey.

kitchen person, Tuesday, 14 November 2017 20:01 (five days ago) Permalink

Ira and Georgia are indeed incredibly nice.

Evan, Tuesday, 14 November 2017 20:01 (five days ago) Permalink

tarfumes the escape goat is super nice. and so is ian's wife.

scott seward, Tuesday, 14 November 2017 20:03 (five days ago) Permalink

kendrick lamar, i assume?

fact checking cuz, Tuesday, 14 November 2017 20:03 (five days ago) Permalink

Danzig!

omar little, Tuesday, 14 November 2017 20:04 (five days ago) Permalink

...Ringo Starr?

flappy bird, Tuesday, 14 November 2017 20:04 (five days ago) Permalink

mike watt

fact checking cuz, Tuesday, 14 November 2017 20:05 (five days ago) Permalink

You know who belongs on any "holy shit, that musician was actually a decent guy" list? Lemmy. Yes, he collected Nazi memorabilia. But there are no quotes, either on the record or "you know what I heard?", from him speaking negatively about anyone because of their race or religion, and while he was apparently in Gene Simmons territory as far as sleeping with women on the road, there are also no stories of him assaulting or even being crude to anybody, and actually the opposite is true - he had a tremendous respect for female musicians (he collaborated with or wrote songs for Lita Ford, Doro Pesch, Wendy O. Williams, Girlschool, Skin from Skunk Anansie and Jill Janus from Huntress, and there are probably others). As insane as this may sound on at first, Lemmy was pretty much the model for how to be a total rock star without being a piece of shit or a predatory asshole.

grawlix (unperson), Tuesday, 14 November 2017 20:05 (five days ago) Permalink

aaron dilloway is a great guy. so is that one guy from matmos. and that guy from the mountain goats.

scott seward, Tuesday, 14 November 2017 20:06 (five days ago) Permalink

A lot of Leonard Cohen stories were shared on the poll thread that made him out to be a sweet, cool guy

Simon H., Tuesday, 14 November 2017 20:07 (five days ago) Permalink

Herbie Hancock seems genuinely lovely.

calzino, Tuesday, 14 November 2017 20:07 (five days ago) Permalink

gotta add in Fred Cole here (also, I vehemently disagree with scott and unperson's assessment of Dead Moon on that other thread, they are the best band to ever come from Oregon including The Kingsmen and The Wipers)

sleeve, Tuesday, 14 November 2017 20:08 (five days ago) Permalink

so is that one guy from matmos

both of them are great!

flappy bird, Tuesday, 14 November 2017 20:09 (five days ago) Permalink

Glenn Jones

Evan, Tuesday, 14 November 2017 20:10 (five days ago) Permalink

(guitarist)

Evan, Tuesday, 14 November 2017 20:10 (five days ago) Permalink

Dan Deacon

flappy bird, Tuesday, 14 November 2017 20:11 (five days ago) Permalink

Edwyn Collins has a really great reputation. He appears to be as sweet as his music.

kitchen person, Tuesday, 14 November 2017 20:11 (five days ago) Permalink

Weird Al Yankovic

MarkoP, Tuesday, 14 November 2017 20:12 (five days ago) Permalink

I know next to nothing about Dawn Richard aside from what I remember from Making the Band, I do remember her as being super funny and entertaining on that show and have built a persona in my mind of a really nice, sweet person with a spine of iron.

the Hannah Montana of the Korean War (DJP), Tuesday, 14 November 2017 20:13 (five days ago) Permalink

I have a terrible feeling that this thread won't age well.

emil.y, Tuesday, 14 November 2017 20:16 (five days ago) Permalink

Don't want to search for the video at work, but I was specifically inspired to cite MCR after seeing the onstage video of them viciously berating the (opening act?) for asking female fans to flash them

Simon H., Tuesday, 14 November 2017 20:16 (five days ago) Permalink

As a teenager I talked to Kid Koala and asked if I could send him my new CD. Not only did he provide an email, but he wrote back his thoughts on it. Truly cares about his fans

As far as other bands that are real decent to fans - the dears, stereolab and broadcast

Week of Wonders (Ross), Tuesday, 14 November 2017 20:20 (five days ago) Permalink

A friend of mine who was a big R.E.M. fan ran into Michael Stipe at a music festival and impulsively pressed some of her fiction on him. I didn't overhear their brief conversation but she was upset and teary about it and we left soon thereafter. A few hours later he phoned her at home to apologize.

Brad C., Tuesday, 14 November 2017 20:20 (five days ago) Permalink

my ex and I used to talk to bands after shows a lot; in that context, at least, I can report that Ted Leo, Will Sheff, the Blood Brothers, and McLusky were all lovely folks

Simon H., Tuesday, 14 November 2017 20:23 (five days ago) Permalink

Nominating Owen Pallett in this thread. Great musician and seems one of the kindest people to come out of the Canadian indie scene in the past decades. I’m biased because I love Canadians, I’m sure there’s many good examples of cool people coming out of that scene.

Maybe Feist too? I’ve heard only good things about her.

✖✖✖ (Moka), Friday, 17 November 2017 16:29 (two days ago) Permalink

Ah let’s not forget the Nardwuar parameter in this thread too. He’s a good way of telling if an artist is an asshole or not.

Top of my mind these were all pretty cool with him:

Grimes, Drake (see Canadians are cool!) and Pharrell.

✖✖✖ (Moka), Friday, 17 November 2017 16:36 (two days ago) Permalink

Big Krit was super cool with Nardwuar

ur-oik (rip van wanko), Friday, 17 November 2017 16:54 (two days ago) Permalink

i've heard close to first-hand reports on Robert Plant thru a friend whose friend was dating him, and she said he was very chill, low-key, and liked spending a lot of time listening to old folk and blues.

omar little, Friday, 17 November 2017 17:07 (two days ago) Permalink

I leaned recently that his son founded Beavertown brewery (no idea how famous it is outside of London).

chap, Friday, 17 November 2017 17:13 (two days ago) Permalink

Jason Isbell seems to be a pretty well grounded dude these days - idk all of what he got up to in his drinking days or what he was like way back when but now that he’s sober he seems to be in a v good place

Dolly Parton
Cyndi Lauper
Weird Al

and I’ll cast anx antipodean vote for Neil Finn

Squeaky Fromage (VegemiteGrrl), Friday, 17 November 2017 18:07 (two days ago) Permalink

Mark Hollis

ur-oik (rip van wanko), Friday, 17 November 2017 18:08 (two days ago) Permalink

Neil Finn is nice, but sort of aloof. But Nick Seymour is a sweetheart.

Josh in Chicago, Friday, 17 November 2017 18:11 (two days ago) Permalink

Neil Finn is in the subset category of "artists who have stayed married to the same person for a really long time." Finn, Johnny Marr ...

Josh in Chicago, Friday, 17 November 2017 18:21 (two days ago) Permalink

...John Lydon too

President Keyes, Friday, 17 November 2017 18:29 (two days ago) Permalink

i have never heard anyone say a bad thing about ya kid k

damian green is people (NickB), Friday, 17 November 2017 19:16 (two days ago) Permalink

0 from 0

fake pato is kind of racist, dude (darraghmac), Friday, 17 November 2017 19:57 (two days ago) Permalink

Paul Buchanan
Scott Walker

Le Bateau Ivre, Friday, 17 November 2017 19:58 (two days ago) Permalink

mad mike

brimstead, Friday, 17 November 2017 19:59 (two days ago) Permalink

i mean, i don't know, it's plausible, he seems like a generous soul

brimstead, Friday, 17 November 2017 20:00 (two days ago) Permalink

Bjork tripped me up by as we both made our way at the same time to the same unisex bathroom of a tiny thai restaurant. I'm sure it was an accident.

piscesx, Friday, 17 November 2017 20:10 (two days ago) Permalink

Tom Waits has also been married for decades now no?

That’s one that would break my heart if he was an asshole but I love him too much to care if he was.

✖✖✖ (Moka), Friday, 17 November 2017 20:44 (two days ago) Permalink

Favorite Tom Waits story. (Per the Waits myth, did I hear this from someone? read it somewhere? read it here? is it made up?) Anyway, favorite Tom Waits. Someone was shopping at Amoeba and they came across Tom Waits, also shopping at Amoeba. Huh, thought this person, Tom Waits! That's pretty cool. So the person eventually leaves and heads to some other store, like a drug store or something. And there's Tom Waits again, running errands. The person thinks, huh, what are the odds? So the person leaves, goes to some coffee shop or something ... and sees Tom Waits again! The person thinks, wow, now that's just weird. So the person hangs back at the coffee shop an extra long time, until Tom Waits leaves and then even a few minutes after, and then the person leaves themselves. They walk around the corner ... where they bump into a very angry Tom Waits, who demands: "why have you been following me!!!!"

Josh in Chicago, Friday, 17 November 2017 21:40 (two days ago) Permalink

Never heard anything bad about Gruff Rhys.

afriendlypioneer, Friday, 17 November 2017 22:30 (two days ago) Permalink

Hitler had dogs dinnee

― fake pato is kind of racist, dude (darraghmac), Friday, November 17, 2017 7:34 AM (seven hours ago)

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blondi

sarahell, Friday, 17 November 2017 22:53 (two days ago) Permalink

According to a report commissioned by Joseph Stalin and based on eyewitness accounts, Hitler's dog-handler Feldwebel Fritz Tornow took Blondi's pups and shot them in the garden of the bunker complex on 30 April, after Hitler and Eva Braun committed suicide. He also killed Eva Braun's two dogs, Frau Gerda Christian's dogs, and his own dachshund.

Right out of order was that ffs!

calzino, Friday, 17 November 2017 23:07 (two days ago) Permalink

Not good people

fake pato is kind of racist, dude (darraghmac), Friday, 17 November 2017 23:08 (two days ago) Permalink

Always supected those Nazis were bad people.

Terry Micawber (Tom D.), Friday, 17 November 2017 23:12 (two days ago) Permalink

Street angels, Bunker dogkillers. I know their type.

calzino, Friday, 17 November 2017 23:16 (two days ago) Permalink

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=in7yLZJ7A6Y

Josh in Chicago, Friday, 17 November 2017 23:28 (two days ago) Permalink

Danzig!

not sure if this is serious or not but dude tried to incite an audience at the show I was at to beat a fan's ass simply cos he was taking video of the song.

fuck you, your hat is horrible (Neanderthal), Friday, 17 November 2017 23:30 (two days ago) Permalink

he's also xenophobic af but as far as I know hasn't ever *acted* on it....

fuck you, your hat is horrible (Neanderthal), Friday, 17 November 2017 23:33 (two days ago) Permalink

and then this lemon of a quote: "Nature has its own cleansing processes -- AIDS may be one of them. Ebola, all these different things, nature controls what happens on this planet. The world always has its way of clarifying things."

fuck you, your hat is horrible (Neanderthal), Friday, 17 November 2017 23:36 (two days ago) Permalink

Lol @ the idea of Danzig as an answer to the thread question

treeship 2, Friday, 17 November 2017 23:38 (two days ago) Permalink

Nominating Owen Pallett in this thread

This is cheating btw

treeship 2, Friday, 17 November 2017 23:39 (two days ago) Permalink

George Corspegrinder

kurt schwitterz, Friday, 17 November 2017 23:41 (two days ago) Permalink

he was p dece teh few times I met him.

fuck you, your hat is horrible (Neanderthal), Friday, 17 November 2017 23:42 (two days ago) Permalink

Danzig remains the only good answer on this thread, sorry

omar little, Saturday, 18 November 2017 00:07 (yesterday) Permalink

Momus agreed with me once on ILM, he’s probably a good guy.

never have i been a blue calm sea (collardio gelatinous), Saturday, 18 November 2017 00:31 (yesterday) Permalink

I'm all for hanging terrible-person artists out to dry but I really dislike thinking about what artists are like personally otherwise and am massively uncomfortable with that whole "what's he really like?" aspect of artist / reader relations

she carries a torch. two torches, actually (Joan Crawford Loves Chachi), Saturday, 18 November 2017 01:51 (yesterday) Permalink

I had a nice chat with Momus before a show and he was super nice and generous with his time. Likewise John Vanderslice, Jason Molina and Sean Tillmann. Dean Wareham was politely tolerant, even when I stupidly said "Hope you have a good show" as a farewell. Note: I no longer stalk musicians before shows.

epistantophus, Saturday, 18 November 2017 02:13 (yesterday) Permalink

barbara manning

mookieproof, Saturday, 18 November 2017 02:45 (yesterday) Permalink

she's great. i love this interview with her https://sseennsseess.com/2015/08/01/barbara-manning/
and hope she's still as happy

ur-oik (rip van wanko), Saturday, 18 November 2017 03:47 (yesterday) Permalink

years of attending the Bridge School Benefit shows always gave me a sweet but probably inaccurate measurement of 'good people'.
All of the developmentally challenged kids from the actual Bridge School sit on stage with their parents, and the bands play in front of them.
It can be weird for performers who are new to the show and while no-one's ever uncomfortable some offer merely polite acknowledgement while others take it as being received by the loveliest greeting party.
I always gauged the good ppl as the ones who took the latter reaction. Some interacted with the kids during their performances. They'll all acknowledge the kids when they walk out, and afterwards, but only certain types of performers ever truly interact with the kids, and only a few talk to them.

Pearl Jam played a ton of Bridge concerts, they were there almost every other year for well over 15 years. Over time, Eddie Vedder sparked a long-standing 'stage friendship' with a young Bridge School student named Maricor. HEr favorite song was Last Kiss, and every time they performed, he would sing it especially for her and talk to her between songs and even spend time after the set to talk to her and her parents. It was the coolest thing.

Florence from Florence + The Machine is the most memorable example. She spent at least 70% of her set with her back to the audience singing directly to the Bridge School kids, twirling and dancing for them, and when she wasn't facing them completely she'd stand off to the side so she could watch them and see the crowd. She made it her job to delight them over us. And she was beaming the whole time, like she was SO delighted to give such a unique performance. It was really cool to watch and still makes me a bit teary thinking about it.

So Florence gets my vote. And Eddie.

Squeaky Fromage (VegemiteGrrl), Saturday, 18 November 2017 04:13 (yesterday) Permalink

awesome

mookieproof, Saturday, 18 November 2017 04:19 (yesterday) Permalink

Lol I hung out with Barbara Manning before a Yo La Tengo (I think) show when I was like 18 and she WOULD NOT STOP hugging me. It was lovely. Gets my vote, for sure. Also around the same time Thurston Moore was amazingly fine with chatting with me and my equally dumbass teenage friends, even to the extent of letting me take a couple of shots with my SLR camera of him. I do think it says something about a musician if they're that willing to go out of their way to be kind to a fan.

albvivertine, Saturday, 18 November 2017 04:53 (yesterday) Permalink

Also he seemed (or faked) being impressed we were into Sparks

albvivertine, Saturday, 18 November 2017 04:54 (yesterday) Permalink

eddie veder has reputation of being a really cool guy to his fans

✖✖✖ (Moka), Saturday, 18 November 2017 08:39 (yesterday) Permalink

How is he to noncommittals

fake pato is kind of racist, dude (darraghmac), Saturday, 18 November 2017 09:02 (yesterday) Permalink

I mean shit it's easy to be nice to your fans I'm nice to my fans

fake pato is kind of racist, dude (darraghmac), Saturday, 18 November 2017 09:02 (yesterday) Permalink

I think he ate a Ticketmaster employee once

fuck you, your hat is horrible (Neanderthal), Saturday, 18 November 2017 15:18 (yesterday) Permalink

Ian Anderson

Gholdfish Killah (Turrican), Saturday, 18 November 2017 17:08 (yesterday) Permalink

oh yeah, John Vanderslice authentically is one of the nicest people in the world.

akm, Saturday, 18 November 2017 17:14 (yesterday) Permalink

eddie veder has reputation of being a really cool guy to his fans

and an asshole to his guitar tech

https://jorgefarah.files.wordpress.com/2013/11/ed-is-an-asshole.gif

Dinsdale, Saturday, 18 November 2017 17:41 (yesterday) Permalink

Ian Anderson

Jethro Tull? Bit of a dick, is he not?

Terry Micawber (Tom D.), Saturday, 18 November 2017 17:44 (yesterday) Permalink


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