toomanyhatz wrote:Davey the Fat Boy wrote:Leave it to you to name three artists (out of the four- Kraftwerk's OK, but they don't float my boat, mainly because they do something that I don't have that much appreciation for or knowledge of) that I truly love when using an example of something "weaker." Couldn't you have said the Smiths or Joy Division?
In general we're on the same page here, as I hope/presume I've made clear, but before someone else says it, I will. The artists you name (well, less so the Pretty Things) are ones that are much easier to dismiss with a (for example, in Can's case) "they're prog, and I don't like prog." Even if it's not true- and some day I'll write a thread where I explain how Can has plenty to offer 70s funk fans- you're not treated like a pariah for saying it. Whereas Ray Charles and Stevie Wonder are by-and-large treated as if they're beyond criticism.
I think you are ever so slightly missing my point. I didn't pick the examples
I did because I viewed them as weak...just weaker than Ray Charles and Stevie Wonder. I hope you agree with me on that point, if not - we have drifted my brother. And while you contend that my examples are easier to dismiss, I will counter that here at BCB the opposite is true. Here the greatness of Kraftwerk is a given, but Ray and Stevie are always on trial. I simply find this to be a bit through the looking glass.