Weekly survey: What artists did you grow out of?

We begin with a reading from the first book of Corinthians: “11 When I was a child, I spoke as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child; but when I became a man, I put away childish things.”

At some point when we’re young, we discover the glories of music and latch on to an artist or two with much ferocity. I, for, example, went through a KISS phase when I believed that they were the only rock band in the world that ever (and ever would) matter.

I had all the records (even the four solo albums that were released simultaneously and the 7-inch single for “Beth,” which, looking back, were low points), the posters, the patches, and the KISS Army membership. The back of my school notebooks were filled with KISS logo doodles.

But after a while, though, I grew out of them. The deeper I got into music, the more I realized that there was much more to explore. And it was better stuff, too.

It’s part of the natural cycle of becoming a music fan. So here’s the question for the week: Which artists did you grow out of?

And you need not just focus on your elementary or high school years. Perhaps you were REALLY into a particular artist whilst in university or college before realizing that you were headed in the wrong direction.

No judgement here. Just curious.

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 30+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

27 thoughts on “Weekly survey: What artists did you grow out of?

  • March 2, 2020 at 9:20 am
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    I was really into Limp Bizkit, Creed, and P.O.D. In high school. Now most of their music makes me cringe

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  • March 2, 2020 at 11:16 am
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    My formative years were in the numetal years and, while I’ve left probably a majority of the bands I listened to back then behind, the one that stands out is “Godsmack”. I really really loved them, their Awake album is the first CD I ever bought online and they were a top 3 band for me through most of that phase.

    Nowadays I can listen back on most of my choice numetal bands and get some enjoyment out of them (some of them I even still love and actively follow) but Godsmack is not one of them. Their production and mixing quality is low grade, lyrics and vocal melodies are ok at best. Can’t even make it through one song without wanting to change artists.

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  • March 2, 2020 at 12:40 pm
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    Green Day – First band I loved every song on the album. Dookie through AI.

    Then came 21st Century Breakdown, and their cringey, hot topic persona came out. The trilogy was bad, rev rad was just ok. And FOAM. They just got so bad. What happened to three guys on a stage. Now they have this big, terrible band.

    I had every album, single (15$ for two new songs was worth it), ep, and as many bootlegs as possible.

    What happened?!

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    • March 2, 2020 at 3:59 pm
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      Pink Floyd. The Wall. I can no longer identify with Pink and the feelings of abandonment, isolation, and drug use.

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  • March 2, 2020 at 3:36 pm
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    Oasis. Loved them back then, can’t listen to them now

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  • March 2, 2020 at 3:56 pm
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    Weezer in the biggest way. I can’t even stand the blue album or Pinkerton nowadays. I can’t even describe how obsessed I was in high school in the late 90s, and desperate for any news of a reunion. Then incredibly, the green album came out and it was … alright. But quite a letdown and pretty dull. And then it only got worse from there.

    I also grew out of a lot of the can-con I was force-fed by 102.1. Stuff like Tea Party, Econoline Crush & Moist. They’re fine, but don’t do anything for me these days.

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  • March 2, 2020 at 4:17 pm
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    None of them.

    … that doesn’t include that muppet who tried to convince Rogan that he was on the inside.

    Dude. Blink one hundred and eighty two times, and then sort your shit out.

    Name 5 people who trusted the girl at the dump show.

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  • March 2, 2020 at 4:41 pm
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    Guns and Roses was the first current band I remember loving. Appetite for destruction set the stage nicely for Nirvana to pick up where they left off.

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  • March 2, 2020 at 5:59 pm
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    Live. (I shudder). Solo-era Sting (shudder). But some I thought I’d outgrown I’ve revisited and like, like some songs from Tears for Fears.

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  • March 2, 2020 at 6:14 pm
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    I kinda grew out of AC/DC. They were my favourite band when I was 11. However, since becoming an adult I’ve gotten sick of hearing the all the same AC/DC songs on the radio all the time (Back in Black, You Shook Me, Highway to Hell, TNT, etc.) I still like the band, but they are nowhere close to being my favourite.

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  • March 2, 2020 at 6:18 pm
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    i hate to say it, but the Beatles. i had a bunch of their albums in high school but i overplayed them and got sick of them. i realise their importance and influence, but i can only listen to the George Harrison songs now.

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  • March 2, 2020 at 6:21 pm
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    I’ve also kinda grown out of The Hip. Again, a lot of it it has to do with their songs being played all the time on Canadian radio. Still like the band, but I can go the rest of my life without hearing New Orleans is Sinking, Little Bones, Wheat Kings, Ahead by a Century or Bobcaygeon again.

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  • March 2, 2020 at 6:35 pm
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    And another one…Foo Fighters. Loved the Foo in high school. But again, the same songs on the radio EVERY DAY. Everlong, My Hero, Learn to Fly, All My Life, Times Like These, Best of You, etc. Radio really kills your love for some bands. It isn’t even exciting seeing the Foo live anymore because they play those same songs every show and rarely play non-hit songs from their old 90s albums, which I love. Hopefully they’ll play some of those songs on their 25th anniversary tour.

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  • March 2, 2020 at 8:08 pm
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    I’d have to put Ted Nugent on this list. Ted wasn’t one of my idols but was probably the first guitar-slinger I came across. As I discovered more classic artists, guitar geniuses and began to listen critically, he became just a phase I quickly grew out of.

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  • March 2, 2020 at 8:39 pm
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    Hair bands… Poison, Warrant, Skid Row, Platinum Blonde, so many others. You might catch me turning up a GnR, Aerosmith, or Def Leppard tune still though. My guilty pleasures. lol.
    My brother introduced me to alt rock in the 90s. The movie “The Year That Punk Broke” changed everything for me.

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    • March 20, 2020 at 11:48 am
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      A lot of those “Hair Bands” I can listen to a song or two from but definitely not a whole album. The exception: Skid Row. The debut album still on my playlist. Along with early Leppard

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  • March 2, 2020 at 9:44 pm
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    Fishbone. I loved their ska..but then they flipped into this thrashy sound. No thanks.

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  • March 3, 2020 at 12:25 am
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    The Tea Party. The first two albums are still fantastic listens, but damn, Transmission and beyond are just to dated and cheesy for me. Too bad.

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  • March 3, 2020 at 6:15 am
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    Ned’s Atomic Dustbin strangely enough…

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    • March 3, 2020 at 9:02 am
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      Oh man … I had a phase in the 00s where I thought I’d grown out of Ned’s, but eventually came back to them in a huge way. Loving their recent acoustic album!

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  • March 3, 2020 at 10:11 am
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    Most grunge I find to be regressive navel-gazing. In retrospect, the 90s weren’t so bad. Why were we so angry?

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  • March 3, 2020 at 10:25 am
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    The Mars Volta, first two albums were great. They just kept getting weird with every album.

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  • March 20, 2020 at 11:49 am
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    Kiss…100% Loved them when I was 15. Can’t listen to most of it anymore

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