The Most Overrated Rock Bands

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Overrated bands suck. It’s a fact of life. Once the trendy musical press get hold of a band it’s only a matter of time before they commit suicide with douche-bullets. But what bands have suffered most at the hands of the hype machine? Let’s find out.

Just The Facts

Overrated bands start life as good, wholesome underground bands. The mainstream media will eventually take hold of them and will inject money and ghey into the band. Suddenly everyone in the world loves your favourite band, and they’re already on their 8th album.

Objectivity Vs. Instinct

Regardless of personal opinion, an objective person can admit that at one point an overrated band was merely; a rated band. This gives the band a 2-3 year / 2-3 album window where they were devastatingly awesome as ten bears. It is at this mark approximately that things go awry. Either the band notices that album sales are good, or concert attendances have sky-rocketed or their record label informs them that they definitely need more lasers at their shows – that the transformation begins. Seemingly overnight they are the biggest thing on the planet they are doomed to be considered jeb-ends until the end of time.

GREEN DAY

“Take THAT, the establishment!”

Green Day are a Californian pop-punk band from California. Their very moniker is derived from the days when they used to cut class and get baked, or some other thoroughly unimpressive teenage cliché. Their debut release ‘Dookie’ was released to great critical acclaim and was actually pretty good considering it’s named after a piece of shit. Nowadays, within a mere decade and a half, they are now the baldy middle-aged purveyors of ‘rebellious’ pop. Since their 2004 release “American Idiot,” they have become a bona-fide parent-approved punk band. That Mam and Dad will listen to in the car after they’ve dropped you off to school. They’re latest album “21st Century Breakdown” has also demonstrated a classic overrated band trait, whereby it takes them 5 years to make the next record. When all the record contains is 3-chord tricks. Know Your Enemy? Yeah, it’s everyone that bought Dookie before 2004.

OASIS

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Meet The Beatl…? No, Meet Oasis obviously…

These Mancunian Britpop plagiarizers are best known for fierce inter-band fighting and no doubt, somewhere down the line, fierce inbreeding. Again, this band had a very strong debut and sophomore record but then succumbed to sucking. Drug addictions may have contributed to lengthy periods between albums, and lengthy periods between albums may have contributed to them being basping. Or it could have been their filthy, shameless pilfering of entire songs (albums?) from The Beatles and T. Rex. One of the two. Dig Out Your Soul? No, just keep digging. And digging…

RUSH

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These Canadian Prog-Rock mouthbreathers have earned a place in the history books for humble conceptual retardation and for having the most prolific legion of apocolyptically pretentious fans under the sun. This band grew into maturity and developed a fan base after having produced a number of records. The inclination of their fan base seems to tally with the period within which they began producing some of the most disappointing concept albums of all time. And singing about dragons or whatever. This just goes to prove that pot wasn’t as unpopular in the 70’s as you were led to believe. This band also exercise the right to gargantuan respite periods, due to band break-ups and so forth; much to the chargrin of their fans. In my experience (as Anglo-Canadian Prog Metal Ambassador and correspondent), Rush fans are the jacket-and-jeans wearing, male equivalent of bagladies that are willing to kill in the name of Lee, Lifeson and Peart. Genuinely, this band started life with a great of potential.

They went from “Funny/Peculiar” to “OHMYFUCKINGGODTHESEGUYSAREFUCKINGHILARIOUS!” within a few small steps.

THE SMITHS

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U2

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“Hello! Helloo!! Oh, he’s completely ignoring me…”

U2 began life in the late 70’s as a promising post-punk that rose to fame in the 80’s. Unfortunately, since their inception, this band has been whining and activisming all over the world. I say the band, Bono. The other band are nameless, faceless drones that occasionally (like, really occasionally…) will make a record for Bono. The bands pro-active stance on many world issues, that we’re all meant to stand in too, seemed to alienate many fans; which led to the band experimenting with any and every genre that was popular in an attempt to win said fans back. So they could tell them about this thing called AID’s. Apparently it’s a real drag.

THE BEATLES

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They were good for their time, very influential, but people still act like they’re the best thing in music. That was like 50 years ago, the entire music scene has moved so far past them. I feel like a lot of people always reference them due to popular opinion.

(Dis)Honourable Mentions
Linkin Park, Avenged Sevenfold, Judas Priest, Kings of Leon, Razorlight, Coldplay, Fall Out Boy, My Chemical Romance, Nickelback, The Killers, Dragonforce, 30 Seconds To Mars, Bullet For My Valentine, Haim, Tool…

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