worst Imagine Dragons single

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it is ok to listen to them in this thread. I only listed three options as I assume anybody who listened to a fourth would commit harakiri

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OptionVotes
Thunder 9
Believer 5
Radioactive 5
They're all great (FP me) 3


fuck the NRA (Neanderthal), Friday, 11 January 2019 18:45 (two months ago) Permalink

Hmm. Nowhere to vote for It's Time, Demons or Top of the World.

MarkoP, Friday, 11 January 2019 18:55 (two months ago) Permalink

idk if I"ve ever heard those.

fuck the NRA (Neanderthal), Friday, 11 January 2019 18:58 (two months ago) Permalink

My wife only knew the "Thunder" one as "Fun Dip," because it sounded like they were chanting "Fun dip, fu-fu-fun dip." Anyway, isn't that one about rubbing your arena success into a naysayer's face?

"Kids were laughing in my classes
While I was scheming for the masses
Who do you think you are?
Dreaming 'bout being a big star
They say, "You're basic," they say, "You're easy"
You're always riding in the backseat
Now I'm smiling from the stage
While you were clapping in the nosebleeds"

Fuck you Imagine Dragons.

Josh in Chicago, Friday, 11 January 2019 19:00 (two months ago) Permalink

oh my god, I have heard "It's Time". It sounds like Dredg's brain damaged cousin on a coke binge

fuck the NRA (Neanderthal), Friday, 11 January 2019 19:03 (two months ago) Permalink

oh god I know "Demons" too, that was the one that the chorus sounds like "It's when my penis hot"

fuck the NRA (Neanderthal), Friday, 11 January 2019 19:04 (two months ago) Permalink

thanks I just spit out my water

frogbs, Friday, 11 January 2019 19:06 (two months ago) Permalink

none of the above, it's this one

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gOsM-DYAEhY

jolene club remix (BradNelson), Friday, 11 January 2019 19:08 (two months ago) Permalink

Radioactive because it originated from them writing for the spider-man musical

husked, tonal wails (irrational), Friday, 11 January 2019 22:13 (two months ago) Permalink

i was relieved when their second album didnt have the same sort of inescapable hits as the first as i hoped that would mean they were done for, unfortunately not

ufo, Saturday, 12 January 2019 01:02 (two months ago) Permalink

I don’t know where you’ve been but it certainly isn’t listening to Top 40 radio, where songs like “Believer” and “Thunder” have been dominating even more than the comparatively-excellent “Radioactive” did in 2013.

You can't see it but I had an epiphany (Champiness), Saturday, 12 January 2019 01:07 (two months ago) Permalink

Speaking of which I’m starting to second-guess my vote for “Thunder” after playing “Believer” more extensively in my head and realizing I can’t even bear imagining that song for too long

You can't see it but I had an epiphany (Champiness), Saturday, 12 January 2019 01:08 (two months ago) Permalink

Oh wait there was a sophomore album that had stuff like “I Bet My Life” on it. I just sort of rolled all that material into the debut in my head lol

You can't see it but I had an epiphany (Champiness), Saturday, 12 January 2019 01:15 (two months ago) Permalink

"believer" is the worst of these

"i bet my life" and "top of the world" are also absolutely horrible, astonishing that they were even allowed to release that (comparative flop) album

"it's time" is actually good

dyl, Saturday, 12 January 2019 02:27 (two months ago) Permalink

"Radioactive" is the most classic of these. No song seems to be as inspiring to 10 year olds I work with. I also kind of like the hooks in "Thunder". I never really liked "Believer" so I voted for it.

Locked in silent monologue, in silent scream (Sund4r), Saturday, 12 January 2019 02:58 (two months ago) Permalink

"First things first
Ima say all the words inside my head"

Nah im good

fuck the NRA (Neanderthal), Saturday, 12 January 2019 02:59 (two months ago) Permalink

"Radioactive" is the only one I recognize from the title alone, and it sucks, so that.

Timothée Charalambides (cryptosicko), Saturday, 12 January 2019 04:02 (two months ago) Permalink

Oh shit I was about to call Demons was the worst song of the decade but then I heard the word 'dangereez' & now I have to say Brad otm

slack thompson (Drugs A. Money), Saturday, 12 January 2019 14:33 (two months ago) Permalink

i hate these dudes

zwei dunkel jungen (crüt), Saturday, 12 January 2019 14:39 (two months ago) Permalink

I can't remember the last time there was such a sudden and vigorous backlash against a top 40 act. They had a good run but this might be the end.

rip van wanko, Saturday, 12 January 2019 14:47 (two months ago) Permalink

I imagine they’ll survive some bad-mouthing on a decade-old forum primarily populated by music critics (and the larger online backlash this is but one emanation of) to keep pulling massive streaming numbers and landing lucrative ad placements. But that said, yeah, they seem fated for a Nickleback-esque place in music history, if they even prove to be memorable in the way that Nickleback was.

You can't see it but I had an epiphany (Champiness), Saturday, 12 January 2019 17:21 (two months ago) Permalink

I just hate that Chris-Martin-while-riding-the-Gravotron vocal affectation

fuck the NRA (Neanderthal), Saturday, 12 January 2019 17:27 (two months ago) Permalink

Like people sound like that on purpose?

fuck the NRA (Neanderthal), Saturday, 12 January 2019 17:27 (two months ago) Permalink

fwiw the backlash isn't just on bb's it's been in Spin and other big mags,
/papers. And I think they're already bigger than Nickelback ever was!

rip van wanko, Saturday, 12 January 2019 17:42 (two months ago) Permalink

Wait, what backlash? Didn't they just sell out arenas on their last tour? I know that a pair of my neighbors went and came back with matching t-shirts.

Josh in Chicago, Saturday, 12 January 2019 18:05 (two months ago) Permalink

Anyway, if you want backlash against a top 40 act, look no further than Iggy Azalea and Macklemore.

Josh in Chicago, Saturday, 12 January 2019 18:06 (two months ago) Permalink

"thunder" is just so overwhelmingly stupid, i voted for it. i can't listen to "believer" or i legitimately start to feel very shitty.

macropuente (map), Saturday, 12 January 2019 18:24 (two months ago) Permalink

"radioactive" - god if that's the best our culture can produce wrt boys hitting puberty we are so fucked

macropuente (map), Saturday, 12 January 2019 18:25 (two months ago) Permalink

for a minute these guys knew exactly what buttons to push to engage the culture of high school students and adults with high school mentalities in the red state intermountain west and that's the best thing i can say about them.

macropuente (map), Saturday, 12 January 2019 18:29 (two months ago) Permalink

I can’t hate these guys. My 8yo son loves them—“Radioactive,” “Warriors,” “Thunder,” “Monster”—this stuff is made for kids who love to pretend they’re Star Wars characters or superheroes. I felt the same way when I was a kid getting into Scandal’s “Warrior” or Def Leppard, Quiet Riot or AC/DC.

It’s not for me—I’m 42 and have spent my morning listening to dub and krautrock. But it’s not like I didn’t have a gateway into music all those years ago that began with me chanting along with music that made me feel larger than life. I see it happening with my kid and I think it’s awesome.

sctttnnnt (pgwp), Saturday, 12 January 2019 19:16 (two months ago) Permalink

That said, “Whatever it Takes” is their worst single.

sctttnnnt (pgwp), Saturday, 12 January 2019 19:19 (two months ago) Permalink

There is something incredibly depressing about the entrenchment of alt-butt in the pop landscape, which is what I think ID ultimately represents

slack thompson (Drugs A. Money), Saturday, 12 January 2019 19:40 (two months ago) Permalink

Didn’t that happen a long time ago? Like, Candlebox or Stone Temple Pilots? Aren’t they the alt-butt pioneers?

sctttnnnt (pgwp), Saturday, 12 January 2019 19:52 (two months ago) Permalink

At least based on their singles, it seems notable that there is a lack of the sentiments I associate with most 'alt' (including Nickelback): afaict, Imagine Dragons are not expressing angst, alienation, self-loathing, bitterness (except in the sense of having triumphed over sceptics), or irony.

Locked in silent monologue, in silent scream (Sund4r), Saturday, 12 January 2019 20:18 (two months ago) Permalink

Pretty amazing the amount of discussion Imagine Dragons is generating here.

DT, Saturday, 12 January 2019 20:25 (two months ago) Permalink

??

they've been lingering in the billboard top 10 for years now and are the most-listened to artist in like 20 states according to some dumb chart i don't care enough to find again.

that's like saying "pretty amazing the amount of discussion donald trump is generating here"

macropuente (map), Saturday, 12 January 2019 20:29 (two months ago) Permalink

i don't know anyone who would ever cop to liking them. this is bragging btw.

Trϵϵship, Saturday, 12 January 2019 20:30 (two months ago) Permalink

like ultimately there isn't much there but since the band is everywhere it's the opposite of amazing that people would want to talk about it. but good on you for having an opposites day take xp

macropuente (map), Saturday, 12 January 2019 20:32 (two months ago) Permalink

You know me and I just copped to liking two of their songs. xp

Locked in silent monologue, in silent scream (Sund4r), Saturday, 12 January 2019 20:35 (two months ago) Permalink

lol i haven't read the thread. i'll listen to those sund4r

Trϵϵship, Saturday, 12 January 2019 20:35 (two months ago) Permalink

dude sounds really bad live

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PfFCVjkmbP4

fuck the NRA (Neanderthal), Saturday, 12 January 2019 20:38 (two months ago) Permalink

mostly cos he has that vocal flutter that pushes him off pitch every so often

fuck the NRA (Neanderthal), Saturday, 12 January 2019 20:39 (two months ago) Permalink

A Jamiroquai for the modern era

an incoherent crustacean (MatthewK), Saturday, 12 January 2019 20:54 (two months ago) Permalink

I mean, don't rush. 2xp

Locked in silent monologue, in silent scream (Sund4r), Saturday, 12 January 2019 20:54 (two months ago) Permalink

I keep coming back to the thought of how awful it must be to have to tour these songs, especially as the lead vocalist. Not that I'm feeling sorry for them, they are all worth over $10MM lol

rip van wanko, Saturday, 12 January 2019 21:02 (two months ago) Permalink

A Jamiroquai for the modern era

― an incoherent crustacean (MatthewK), Saturday, January 12, 2019 8:54 PM (thirty-four minutes ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

jamiroquai?????

macropuente (map), Saturday, 12 January 2019 21:31 (two months ago) Permalink

well just an incredibly dull feelgood band with a douche bro frontman

an incoherent crustacean (MatthewK), Saturday, 12 January 2019 21:34 (two months ago) Permalink

hold up

omar little, Saturday, 12 January 2019 21:34 (two months ago) Permalink

Heeeeeyyyyy

fuck the NRA (Neanderthal), Saturday, 12 January 2019 21:34 (two months ago) Permalink

sorry but that's ... virtual insanity

macropuente (map), Saturday, 12 January 2019 21:37 (two months ago) Permalink

How many ilx members do we need to reach cloture on any debate re: Imagine Dragons being analogous to Jamiroquai

You can't see it but I had an epiphany (Champiness), Saturday, 12 January 2019 21:37 (two months ago) Permalink

when you gonna learn

omar little, Saturday, 12 January 2019 21:38 (two months ago) Permalink

if it pleases the court I can withdraw my statement

an incoherent crustacean (MatthewK), Saturday, 12 January 2019 21:39 (two months ago) Permalink

Like, Candlebox or Stone Temple Pilots? Aren’t they the alt-butt pioneers?

That's my point: that that whole mode of radio rock--surely the blandest strain to come out of the grunge era--has remained relevant over the years and continues to evolves and is basically becoming an essential part of how pop sees itself

slack thompson (Drugs A. Money), Saturday, 12 January 2019 22:34 (two months ago) Permalink

Oh, yeah. Agreed. I think you could also look at hair metal and nu-metal / rap-rock as part of that tradition.

And as far as Imagine Dragons being the “new” anything, I think they are the new Incubus. Not as terrible as Limp Bizkit or Nickelback, maybe even a smart or decent person or two in the band, but also yes that boring strain of alt rock.

sctttnnnt (pgwp), Saturday, 12 January 2019 23:14 (two months ago) Permalink

"Thunder" is the dudebro "Drop It Like It's Hot"

fuck the NRA (Neanderthal), Saturday, 12 January 2019 23:14 (two months ago) Permalink

Automatic thread bump. This poll is closing tomorrow.

System, Thursday, 17 January 2019 00:01 (two months ago) Permalink

Automatic thread bump. This poll's results are now in.

System, Friday, 18 January 2019 00:01 (two months ago) Permalink


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