Salon looks at the most reviled, most hated rock band in detail here. This is an executive summary of Salon’s list along with some commentary from me.
Goes without saying, really. While I can understand how any band can have its detractors, I’m still baffled by the intensity of hatred that’s directed toward Nickelback. Fine, dislike them. But to hate them this much?
2. 98 Degrees
There are plenty of other boy bands that cause rage within me. This band never really registered on my hate-o-meter.
3. Smash Mouth
Really? What did this innocuous band do to anyone other than release some catchy alt-rock ditties in the late 90s? Their version of the Monkees’ “I’m a Believer” is a great cover.
4. Black Eyed Peas
Is it because they sold so many albums?
5. Insane Clown Posse
Sorry, but I like ICP. I don’t much for their music (the sublime “Miracles” aside), but I love that they and their fans don’t give a f*ck about what the world thinks. We need more of that.
6. Hootie and the Blowfish
I’m grateful to them for allowing 54-40 to earn some hard currency thanks to their cover of “I Go Blind.” Beyond that, I don’t care.
7. The Goo Goo Dolls
Yes, they’re still around. I barely give them a thought.
8. John Mayer
Next to Adam Levine, he’s the douchiest man in music. And by the way, why isn’t Adam and Maroon 5 on this list.
9. Dave Matthews Band
Boring? Maybe. But reviled?
Do I really need to explain this one. No contest.
Another band I barely think of.
Whatever. Hate them if you want. Seems like a waste of energy.
13. Limp Bizkit
The perfect ending to this list.
Anyone else that’s missing? Keep in mind that the criteria is that the mere mention of the band’s name must immediately result in hot, irrational hatred. What about Puddle of Mudd, Days of the New, Theory of a Deadman, post-St. Anger Metallica…