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February 14th, 2005

Uncool to Listen To

I was browsing through recent photos on flickr, and I noticed someone uploaded a photo of Yanni. Yes, Yanni. And that’s fine – some people like Yanni, a lot. In my own world of music, Yanni is probably the least cool person to listen to. He may be talented (and probably is very talented,) but the whole aura about him is really just… kind of… lame.

I’m sure some of it is brought on by pretend music snobs like me, who like to poke fun at him. But I’ll give him a break and ask Pingers, instead, who they think are uncool to listen to. Let’s hear it.

And Yanni, I’ll try not to confuse you with Zamfir anymore.

Posted in Television, Movies, and Music

FROM: Chris [E-Mail]
DATE: Monday February 14, 2005 -- 8:25:51 am
David Hasselhoff

FROM: Joseph
DATE: Monday February 14, 2005 -- 9:22:14 am
Michael Jackson

FROM: Rafael
DATE: Monday February 14, 2005 -- 12:24:35 pm
Just to name a few:
Tori Amos
Black Box Recorder

FROM: Greg
DATE: Monday February 14, 2005 -- 12:33:15 pm
William Shatner

FROM: Rafael
DATE: Monday February 14, 2005 -- 12:52:15 pm
Not a musical artis but I just what to put it out there.
Paul Reubens aka Pee-Wee Herman

FROM: dave
DATE: Monday February 14, 2005 -- 2:25:49 pm
Michael Bolton
Kenny G

FROM: Macy Gray
DATE: Monday February 14, 2005 -- 7:45:36 pm

FROM: jk
DATE: Monday February 14, 2005 -- 9:43:43 pm
Celine Dion. I just don't get her at all!!

I do however love Michael Feinstein and will gladly admit listening to him.

FROM: Cat [E-Mail]
DATE: Tuesday February 15, 2005 -- 12:34:02 am
You know, I cringe at a lot of stuff, but the "uncool" thing bothers me a lot. I think it's important to make a distinction between uncool and bad. (I even talked about it recently: ) What makes music uncool, and is it a fair judgement? What if music is uncool because, say, older people listen to it? I can't help but think that judgement is less cool than the music.

So sure, some music sucks. But some uncool music--Enya is a good example--is created by very skilled musicians, and isn't bad in its own right. It's just not "hip".

Fuck hip.

I think I'll go put on "The Celts."

FROM: Paul
DATE: Tuesday February 15, 2005 -- 9:29:27 am
Well Cat, Yanni is a fine case-in-point. I truly do think he's a talented musician - but there is an aura of uncoolness about him. R.E.M., still a favorite of mine, hasn't been seen as cool for years.

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