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http://music.aol.com/feature/rock-cliches-page-1
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Well, that was a boring, unfunny waste of my time.

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then why did you read it? I'm assuming you went through all four or five pages of it before discovering this.

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Did anyone else feel that the Talking Heads albums listed in item #76 (Beatles Album Cover Imitations) just didn't look all that much like the Beatles albums they were supposedly imitating? I could see similarities, but it wasn't the "homage" that the others were.

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Clarity: I kept hoping they'd have something worth reading somewhere in the countdown, but they didn't.

TwoGuyswithaHat: Totally agree.

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Frankly, I thought the first Talking Heads album they showed ("Best of ...") was far more reminiscent of the Rolling Stones' "Some Girls" than it was of "A Hard Day's Night." And I hardly think every album cover picturing a group's four members each inside a square can be considered an homage to "Let It Be."

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This made me snicker:

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Ah, but if all of that stopped, would it technically be rock 'n' roll anymore? [Big Grin]

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I did take issue with some their items where they confused tradition with cliche. The one that particularly stuck out at me as the item on cars. Singing about cars is part of what rock and roll is, teenage rebellion. It can even be argued that the first rock and roll song (Rocket 88) was about a car*

*the song was about a car, the argument is whether it is the first rock and roll song or not.

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I was a little aggrivated that they included the RHCP in groups who stripped on Rolling Stone for publicity, since at the time they did that shoot, their hook was to appear naked (with stragetically placed socks, as we well know). They were actually being true to their image, not capitalizing on "naked on Rolling Stone = BIG MONEY!".

And with the album covers, I can't remember the name of the band they claimed ripped off the Let It Be cover, but it looked more to me like they based their cover art on an Andy Warhol painting than on the Beatles.

I did, however, amuse myself for another hour and a half reading one of their links, which was to the 50 Greatest Dead Rock Stars or something like that. Although the list was from Blender (and I believe this one is, too, which explains a lot since their lists are notoriously bad), it was actually a pretty good, well-thought out article and seemed to be fitting tributes to the musicians that it listed, not out to tear them apart as Blender is wont to do (hence the name).

ETA: And was it just me, or was the article in the OP just a little hard to read, format-wise? Maybe not hard to read, but it seemed really sloppy.

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So.... effectively, rock stars are unable to do anything right. They are not allowed to do charity work, they aren't allowed to do anything that another musician has done before.

This is written by someone who obviously is sick of seeing unoriginal acts, but won't move beyond the modern pop-rock music.

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Yeah, by his words, the rock music may as well go out of business..Jesus

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I'm surprised they didn't mention the cliched rhymes of "dance", "romance", and "chance" as well as "girl" and "world".

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Ditto. I fully expected the rhyming of "arms" with "charms" to be #1, as it will be if I ever make a list like that.

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I can't believe there's no mentioning of referring to significant other as "baby", a cliche that's always grated on my nerves.

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Recorded music is so clichéd. And so is performing music in public.

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quote:
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Recorded music is so clichéd. And so is performing music in public.

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What, no "rhyming fire with desire" ?

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quote:
Originally posted by snopes:
Recorded music is so clichéd. And so is performing music in public.

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That reminds me of what another poster said on another board about the English language becoming cliche. I think I know what the person was trying to say--that it seems like everyone is speaking the English language even in countries where English isn't the primary language--but I think I was giving the poster too much benefit of the doubt.

Lists like the one in the OP is funny, but it's incredibly annoying to deal with people who take things like this too seriously. The problem is that some confuse tradition with cliche, like TwoGuyswithaHat said.

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quote:
82. Rock Dudes Throwing Up Hand Signs
It seems they don't even have a beef with any particular hand sign, just "signs" in general. Are they sick of singing, talking, and playing instruments, too? Because that's such a rock band cliché.
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64. Suing Your Manager
[snip]Amy Lee hit Evanescence's former manager with so many charges -- breach of fiduciary duty, sexual assault and battery, professional negligence, currency conversion, etc. -- he'll be dry cleaning nothing but law suits for the next 12 months.

Hear that, rock stars? It's no longer cool to stand up for yourselves when The Man takes advantage of you. At least not if you do so through legal channels.
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29. The Guitar Smash
When Townshend or Cobain destroyed their instruments, they meant it. Now, it's mostly macho posturing exhibited by guitarists who can barely play the thing to begin with.

I liked Nirvana as much as anyone, but the guitar smashing thing was old when Kurt Cobain was in diapers. And what did they "mean," anyway? That they had no respect for the instruments they had mastered? I'm still a little unclear on that.
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7. Rehab
It was so much cooler when rock stars just kept using until they died of an overdose. Now they're all a bunch of quitters.

Did anyone else read the Mad Magazine article, "The 50 Worst Things about Music," that was published a few years ago? It was like this list, only funny.
ETA: Besides, aren't these lists becoming a little cliché themselves?

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If lyrical cliches are included, then anything about a "river flowing into the sea" or the phrase "blind but now I see" or variations thereof ought to be on the list.

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quote:
Originally posted by Egg Note:
That reminds me of what another poster said on another board about the English language becoming cliche.

vetlh ghaH qatlh wIj juppu' je jIH neH jatlh [Klingon] Dochvammey jajmey!

(Did you know that the Klingon language apparently has no word for Klingon? The things one learns...)

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It was worth it for this though.

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