I Hate it When I'm Wrong

This is the cheesiest, most pretentious song ever written. Simplicity is great; but a boring, over-produced orchestration does nothing to help a melody, lyrics, and theme that I’ve literally heard note for note and word for word about six gazillion (yep, that’s right) times. Or maybe it’s just the trailer that this song is in, that I’ve seen about seven gazillion times now (no, seriously, I’ve been counting these things) of the worst actor ever (that means Eric Bana) trying desperately to internalize the deeply relatable emotion of time travel with the oh so powerful line, ‘I can’t stay’, that makes me hate this song so. But either way, this is the saddest thing you’ve ever heard (and if you don’t believe that, just look at his face as he sings…oh yes…project that sadness):

However (and some of you who are about to bite my head off with your sarcastic comments about my lack of record sales compared to Lifehouse, and how my guitar playing on youtube doesn’t sound much better {actually, I did get a comment to that effect the other day…it was awesome}, because you adore this song so much and he’s of course singing right to you, are going right now, ‘Ya, there better be a ‘However’!), according to youtube views of the official video for this song, 2,653,768 people are telling me that I am wrong. Now, my knee-jerk response is, ‘Well, it’s just the result of our post-art, elect-him-for-office-because-he-has-eyes-I-can-trust, ooh!-something-shiny, society.’ But 2,653,768 people? I mean, each one of us thinks we’re special, and there’s definitely a place for the lone idealists who take on the masses; but at what point do you look at yourself and go, ‘Hmm. One versus 2 million. Maybe there’s a slight, just a slight possibility, that I could be the one who’s wrong.’

Now I’m not saying I am. Oh no. Admit I’m wrong? Please. I’m the worship leader! I tell people what they like and don’t like. And if their styles don’t agree with mine……well, then, I guess we just haven’t taught them enough what worship truly is. Ya. Sounds really bad when it’s written down, huh. But you’d be surprised how many times I’ve heard that. Okay. Yikes. You’d be surprised how many times I’ve said that.

But here…for the sake of argument, let’s not say that we’re wrong, because I know that’s hard. It’s hard for me, too. Let’s say that we are right (or, that ‘I’ am right…those of you whose lives have been forever turned upside down by the majesty of the emotionality in this song, I don’t want to lump you in with myself in hating this song by using the word ‘we’), and that the 2,653,768 (probably more by now) are wrong. Let’s just ignore the fact that even though cookie-cutter songs that have been recycled for 15 years are totally boring, somehow they are obviously reaching people. And I’ll go ahead and ignore too, the fact that for years now, that pseudo-country/southern rock/rockabilly/backhome America storytellin’ thing has consistently driven people to tears, and absorbed their lives. And I’ll ignore the fact that maybe my style preferences aren’t actually listed in the Bible. (Believe me, I’ve looked. No U2, no Fleet Foxes, no Mum…I did find some Peter Gabriel, but I kinda had to cut and paste a couple different parts together out of context, and believe it or not, that kind of thing is still looked down upon in some churches.) And after ignoring all these things, let’s just say that we’re right. But even then…even if we are right, and the rest of the world is wrong. Shouldn’t we be serving them? Shouldn’t we be using everything at our disposal to try to reach them? Now I’m not talking about the words of Jesus here. Yes, teach people those. Don’t change those. I’m talking about matters of preference! Styles of music! If 75% of the people at your church are listening to Lifehouse, maybe we should do a worship song in that style every once in a while.

gospel axe
(Or maybe it’s just that when we think of ‘Christian’ and ‘country’, we get images like this in our mind. I know I’ve used this picture before, but it never gets old. Because the guy in the helmet really has an axe.)

Should we change who we are? Should we dread leading worship because we hate the music? No. But maybe…just maybe…we should take a look at what is reaching people, and step outside our own selfishness for just a bit. Myself included. Play tons of Lifehouse? Nope. Not gonna happen. I still can’t stand that song. But I’m open to the possibility that I could be wrong about it, and that a style or a program or a way of doing church, might not be my personal preference. But believe it or not, there’s a difference sometimes between our preferences, and between what it right and wrong. Shocker, I know. But leading worship has never really been about us. Playing a style every once in a while that we don’t like, because the congregation can just totally (for whatever reason, hehe) connect with God because of it? Ya. I think that’s okay. I think that’s truly loving people, and love is the ultimate ideal. I can go back to being an idealist the next morning, when I turn on the radio and hear the latest Nickelback/Three Days Grace/Jeremy Camp/Foo Fighters/Seether/Lifehouse/Pearl Jam/Kutless/3 Doors Down single (there’s a crazy conspiracy out there that those are all actually in fact the same band), and I can make fun of it to my heart’s content, and pacify my feelings of jealousy that they’re on the radio and I’m not, with numbing thoughts of the culture-less lemmings of society, and how their minds are now just too dumbed down to appreciate my more ‘enlightened’ forms of art. Like Spinal Tap.

And perhaps? Taking it a step further and considering the fact that I just might be wrong, maybe like the 2,653,768-versus-1 numbers seem to imply? Eh……no. To quote Al Pacino (and just a little life tip here…any time you have the chance to quote Al Pacino, do it……it never disappoints……well, maybe the people you quote him to, but certainly not yourself), too big a leap right now. I’ll save admitting that I’m wrong for another day. A dark day. 😉

Oh, and just for the record, no…our pastor did not ask us to do this song this weekend, and I did not write this post just to try to justify having to play the cheesiest (remember, I admitted that I could be wrong! Stop throwing things!) song ever.


P.S. Apologies for the lack of practical posts lately. Lots of musings instead. hehe I’m taking a slight break from gear demos and shootouts while I re-record all the ambient pads I use, and try to make them available as mp3 downloads for you guys. Hopefully soon!

0 thoughts on “I Hate it When I'm Wrong

  1. Wow, what a beast of a post!! Kudos for many things going on in here. Actually, since I’m at work I can’t watch the video so I have no idea what some of it is in reference too (darn corporate pascifists!). However, I can guess that its a Lifehouse song, maybe even which song.

    By the way, I’m sure you know this but I couldn’t help point out, pretty sure the guy swinging the axe ain’t wearing a helmet! ugghhh, the 70’s made people do strange things!

  2. Yep, you’re wrong, the song is ok :) Bad playing in that live video but I’ve seen other live Lifehouse stuff where they sounded better. So they’re not like Blink 182 and sound fine on CD but can barely hold their instruments live.

    “Nickelback/Three Days Grace/Jeremy Camp/Foo Fighters/Seether/Lifehouse/Pearl Jam/Kutless/3 Doors Down single (there’s a crazy conspiracy out there that those are all actually in fact the same band)”

    That, my friend, maybe be true!!!

  3. umm…….
    how about a scenario where a percentage of the congregation loves hymns, grew up with them, etc.
    I do my best to include some, even though I’m a guitar player, and hymns are more piano oriented.
    And I think lifehouse is ok. Don’t own any of their stuff, though.
    Hope yer day is going well Karl!

  4. “You and me” by Lifehouse was sung and played at my wedding. Their first album, No Name Face, is one of my favorite albums so I am the the ‘majority’ of that ratio. But I agree with you. There are songs that I dislike a lot, but the church seems to connect to. Great points!

    FYI, Lifehouse started playing in churches and were formed first as a Christian band. I have heard their song, “Everything” in churches a lot here in Michigan.

  5. These could possibly be the best lines you have ever written…

    “Oh no. Admit I’m wrong? Please. I’m the worship leader! I tell people what they like and don’t like. And if their styles don’t agree with mine……well, then, I guess we just haven’t taught them enough what worship truly is.”

    And… I tried to listen to that song and couldn’t get past three measures…no kidding. Ok I am listening now and It didn’t seem to bring anything new to the table… I will never recover the time I wasted listening to that…

  6. Gee…I thought Eric Bana was ok in “Blackhawk Down” and there has got to be some sort of U2 reference in one of those mysterious “Bible codes” they’re always talking about.

  7. I liked the piano orientated EP version of Broken but every other version was kinda meh. This post was good for me because one of the new songs we are learning at church I can’t stand but, the majority of the people in the worship team (all of the singers) absolutely love it. It was really hard for me last practice to bite my tongue (anyone who knows me knows that it is an extremely hard thing for me to do) and just go along with it.

    I know I will get hate for this since Jesus Culture is in “vogue” (yes I said “vogue”) right now but I just can’t stand this particular song.

  8. Great post. I too love overplayed, play-me-on-the-radio hits that involve the same chord progressions. But seriously, I love Fleet Foxes! saw them at pitchfork it was incredible.

  9. Dude this so hits home. I was having a discussion a while back with my worship leader, how I wanted to take a couple of guys in the band, and have a rock type worship concert for the teenagers in our church. After some discussion, he asked the question “What makes you think they like rock?” My reply “All kids love rock, its what I listened to when I was young”. His Reply “Most kids are listening to TOP 40, and there is only so much rock on there, and then there are alot listening to Country”, My Reply “… …”

    So its hard to think that other people listening to our music don’t really listen to our music… uhm that came out weird. I come from a metal background and doing modern at church has been a growing experience for me, and it still makes me cringe to this day when we have to do an R&B toon, or some gospel folk type tune. But I am learning to try and appreciate that kind of music, so that I can play that stuff effectively. We are trying to help people get into worship, and it seems that if we play in the familiar its easier for them to get there.

    On a side note, using some of this new found knowledge has been really helpful for coming up with some seriously awesome metal riffs. 😉

  10. I’m going to lose my man card by saying that I think that song isn’t that bad. I did see a band play a Matchbox 20 song during offering a few weeks ago and I’m not sure I could go there. The same band played Mighty to Save without the delay part and Matchbox 20’d the chorus.

  11. I can’t get over the gospel axe thing. I’ve been laughing over and over since I read it last night. What the heck does that mean? Is that some kind of vernacular thing or just a really bizarre reference?

  12. Gospel Ax. Just realize that in 20 or 30 years people will be laughing at today’s albums, songs and hairstyles. That “helmet” is just too much even for me who had hair over the ears and big sideburns in the 70s.

    What do you mean the Youth of today don’t like the same kind of musical styles I grew up with? !! Yeah, have to keep that in mind.

    Although you’d think that if big Christian music stations are playing certain songs/styles it must be popular with quite a few folks. I have found that many in my congregation, youth included, don’t listen to Christian radio much. With one blended service, the best I can do is play a variety. e.g. this week it will be Paul Baloche’s I will boast, Brewster’s version of Love the Lord your God, an approximation of MercyMe’s I can only imagine, old hymn Great is Thy Faithfullness, In Christ Alone, and another old hymn I need Thee every hour.

  13. I think there are good points made. It is a formulaic song. And I’ll admit, I’m a fan of the band, but I think they peaked during their first two albums and haven’t been as good since then.
    Formulas are also used all over worship music. I’ve played a lot of Hillsong songs at church as I’m sure a lot of us have. Whenever our worship leader gives us a new Hillsong song to learn, I can usually spot a part of a song before it gets there even on first listen. There is usually the build up fake out. Meaning the song is about to get intense and then, instead, you quiet and audience sing along (see “You Hold Me Now” plus many others). And usually the chorus or bridge will be repeated about 2 minutes after the song should have ended or it will seem like the song will end and then it builds back up. And there are many other formulaic aspects to their music. I’m not knocking Hillsong, just pointing out they have discovered a formula that works for them and seldom move from it (at least in my listening experience, which admittedly is limited to what we play in church).
    And not to put U2 in a box (which I see them on Sunday!), but I believe they were pretty intentional in having some radio friendly songs on Leave Behind and Atomic Bomb after Pop didn’t do so great (well, by their standards at least).
    I guess I’m pointing out that formulas are everywhere and even the best subscribe to them at times.

  14. Matt K–haha Did you end up guessing right? 😉

    And ya…I figured it was actually his hair, but I just couldn’t pass it up…hehe

    Mike–lol Ya, I know so many musicians I respect who are Lifehouse fans…just not me. :) But I’ll check out some other live stuff, as maybe that’s just a bum video.

    And glad you agree that those 6 or 7 bands are one and the same. hehehe

    Don–I hear ya. Almost every church I’ve ever played at has a good portion who loves hymns. I try to incorporate them as well. It’s a bit older now, but there was a Passion hymns album a few years back that still has some of the best mixes of old hymns in modern styles, but without losing the integrity of the arrangements of the old hymns. We do those a lot. Maybe I’m just weird, but I love some of the hymns myself. Not all of them, but some of them are fantastic.

    And another Lifehouse fan. See? Maybe it is just me! haha :)

    Michael–I can see that being a great wedding song. Very cool.

    And it seems almost any church I play at does ‘Everything.’ I still dig it every time I play it, although always in a different arrangement. Not so hot on Lifehouse’s original version of that song. Man, why don’t I like this band? 😉

    Sal–hooray! Another person who doesn’t like Lifehouse! Yikes, I feel better now. :)

    Scott–okay, I gotta give ya Blackhawk Down. And I do like Jason Isaacs.

    And if you find U2 in a Bible code, let me know!! :)

    Sam–I’m in the same boat right now. Right after I wrote this post (God’s got a sense of humour, huh?), I got a set list emailed to me for a worship set I’m playing with another band. Two of the songs I absolutely can’t stand! haha Now I gotta eat my own words.

    And so absolutely, incredibly stoked to hear someone besides me not think that everything Jesus Culture touches right now turns to gold. They’re cool, but I am not a huge fan…and you’re right, that’s very ‘un-vogue’ right now, not be a fan of them. hehe

    As for Happy Day, I first heard it done by Tim Hughes, and it was alright……and then by the time I played it for the 23,487th time, I was done. 😉

    Ben W.–haha Nice.

    And you saw Fleet Foxes live? Aw, bro, I’m jealous. I love them so much.

    Brent–I’m choosing not to believe that.


    Shane–wow, great points! Ya, a few years back I did a youth event thing, and was all stoked to play all this Delirious stuff from when I was in high school. Only to find out the all the kids were listening to Killers and Bloc Party. Yep, and kids don’t hide their feelings much. lol I heard about it.

    I love what you said about different styles actually helping your current style. Same here. As much as I hate to admit it, learning some of Lincoln Brewster’s stuff (as much as I dislike it), has helped to round me out as a guitarist, and also served to help develop some techniques I can mold into my style. Great comment!

    Dan–lol Actually, I’m okay with some of Matchbox 20’s stuff. A little boring and cliche, but I like the guy’s voice. He does appear to think he is God’s gift to both women and men alike though, and I do not like that.

    And no delay on ‘Mighty to Save?’ Heresy! Did they actually do a Matchbox 20 lyric in the chorus, or just southern pop/cheesify it?

    James–lol Your guess is as good as mine. The Word of God is a sword, maybe? So, put that in the country, and that translates to, the Gospel is an axe? I have no idea.

    Randy–haha Your youth of today comment was genius! I’ve so done that, too! And I like your blended setlist. We do a lot of hymns as well, some of them spiced up, and some just traditional. And not a lot of our congregation listens to Christian radio either…I gotta say, including myself. hehe

    Jonathan M–haha I gotta say, you’re right about Hillsong’s stuff. Especially, the build up fake out thing! lol I think Hillsong has some good worship music, but it is still pretty obvious it’s worship music. There are precious few Christian bands approaching God and worship music from scratch, and leaving the church traditions out of it. Not that that’s good or bad, that’s just how it seems to be right now.

    And U2 does have some formulas as well. Doesn’t seem to be as many…what I love about them is that they just write good songs melodically and harmonically, and they let the style be secondary. It’s amazing to listen to a song like Discotheque, and then a song like Heartland. They both are amazing because of the melody, passion, and harmonic structure. But they’re also so different! But you’re right, you can still pick apart some formulas in say, ‘Boots’ and ‘Elevation’. I guess you can’t get away from it. Great points!

  15. Just went back and actually watched the video now that I’m home. The cute girls in the front row seemed to like it. LOL Guess I won’t go there. It was ok, but based on that song I wouldn’t buy the album or song — I’ll admit I hadn’t heard of them before and I’ve been buying and playing modern Christian music actively for several years now.

    I tend to view Christian music through my own lens “can I use this at my church.” If it doesn’t focus through that lens, I don’t tarry long. For pure listening pleasure it would be Clapton, Santana, John Mayer, Dire Straits or any of dozens of other secular bands.

    I like the idea of blog posts that aren’t always about gear, but the gear discussions do help take the mind off things many of us obsess over — in my case that’s usually “am I choosing the right songs for my congregation?”

  16. Recently, I had opportunity to listen to a live worship project from another church in my area. The production quality was excellent; so was the musicianship. However, I found the project ‘muscially’ boring for the following reasons:

    1. The songs all ‘sounded’ the same in that typical sychopated 1sus2 – 6m – 5 – 4sus2 progression that Hillsong and other contemporary worship song writers seem to currently favor.

    2. The key signatures didn’t vary all that much from song to song.

    3. Repetitive lyrical lines, where the chorus was the same phrase repeated 4 times, 1 time per each of the chords I noted in item #1. Most of the songs had a single ‘verse’ that really didn’t say all that much, other than to talk what I want and need [I’m not complaining, but that’s not the only kind of conversations that can occur in worship].

    4. Even the instrumentation didn’t vary; their lead guitar player rarely varied his sound from song to song.

    However… notice I said that I found it ‘musically’ boring. Being a live project, if what transpired during that service led the participants to revel in the Lord’s presence, it’s rather irrelevant how I perceived the project as a musician.

    This begs the question, what’s the purpose of the music we play?

    If you’re in a commercial band, signed to a major record label, even if it’s a Christian label, the purpose of the music you write and play is to ‘make money’. I don’t have a problem with that… However, that particular purpose affects everything about the music from arrangements, how much weight female artists are allowed to ‘pack on’, hair styles, the clothing you where, venues in which you’re allowed to play (they can’t take a chance on you doing something impromptu at a local church that goes awry because of an inadequate monitor system — that might affect CD sales.

    Again, I don’t have a problem with the music business, Christian or otherwise. Just recognize however that the purpose of the music ‘affects’ the music.

    What then is our purpose as local worship musicians?

    Although there may be varied personal agendas of respective worship team members on any given Sunday morning (depending on their level of maturity), ultimately, our purpose is to create and lead people into a context of realization that whether they’re paying attention 24×7 or not, they are always in the Lord’s presence, and when brought to that realization, it overwhelmingly illicits a response of praise/adoration/gratitude/love/…

    So… It’s possible that such a purpose might result in music that periodically seems formulaic or trite (or ‘boring’ — lol!), depending on one’s personal tastes. Given the nature of the ‘conversations’ through worship in which we’re attempting to lead our people, I don’t find it unusual that the majority of worship music is couched in popular culture music vernacular, which has a tendency to be formulaic and trite (when something works in pop music, look for more of the same from other pop music outlets until someone introduces the next ‘new thing’).

    I’m not suggesting that worship music persist as formulaic or trite. King David suggested that we should “Sing to the Lord a new song,” and yet, many of David’s Psalms lyrically sound the same to me.

    However, I suspect that what David was suggesting was that each time we open our mouths in praise, what emerges from our hearts through our mouths is authentic. It may ‘sound the same’ (similar words and ideas). It may rely on the same musical motifs. But given the genuine nature of its origin, it truly is a “new song”!

    Jesus also spoke along comparable lines in discussion with his disciples when he told them, “No one puts new wine in old wine skins… — they’re not sufficient to continue accomodating the vibrancy of the wine as it continues the fermentation process — they’ll burst!”

    In lieu of Jesus’ observation, if some aspect of your corporate worship experience has become an ‘old wineskin’, then retire it OR reinvigorate it. There are songs our team has retired. There are other songs that we retired and then courtesy of someone else’s (or our) reinvigoration, they’ve re-emerged in our worship services as a ‘new song’. We routinely breathe new life into old hymns, couching them in the current cultural music venacular. We even change up the profile of our band configuration so it’s not the same “drums, 3 electric guitars, 1 or 2 acoustic guitars, keys, vocals, etc.” every week. One week, we ran upright bass, 2 acoustic guitars, violin, mandolin, and djembe.

    We’re not trying to “be different for difference’ sake”… We simply don’t want our ‘new song’ to Lord to lose its authenticity. One way to avoid that is for us to choose to do something different.

    O.K., that’s my $0.02 on this topic (LOL!) :)

  17. Choosing the right songs is so crucial. Luckily I’m just a guitar playa and don’t have to worry about that. Yeah me. :-)

    I can see/feel the difference when the worship set is working. It’s awesome when it works and mostly confusing when it doesn’t.

    Lately we’ve started running the faster songs together when the key signatures and tempos cooperate. It seems to really build the “momentum” and congregation likes it.

    And speaking of “Mighty to Save” without (much) delay, check out the Seventh Day Slumber version. You won’t know it’s Mighty to Save until the vocals kick in. We’re playing this version much more than the original.

    Thanks to all the worship leaders here for all you do. I can’t do what you do bruthas … and that’s probably a good thing for everyone. :-)

  18. The song’s not that bad. Yes it follows the formula, but in so doing it pretty much guarantees that it will be neither terrible nor great.

  19. Randy–I’m totally with you. Most of my pleasure listening involves just music that grabs me…and that means mostly secular music. There’s a few Christian bands that do, but not many. I too, listen to most Christian music thinking about how it would play in a worship service. For instance…just played a song tonight with another worship band, and I really don’t like it. But I have this nagging feeling that my home congregation would be all over it. Blast. 😉 hehe

    And I’ll try to keep your mind off that with more gear posts soon! haha I know…it’s awkward when you don’t pick the right songs…blank stares! lol I obsess over it, too.

    Mike Oliver–wow! Great stuff! And yes, I totally agree that many times formulaic songs are exactly what the congregation may want…songs like this Lifehouse song. Hence, why I ‘hate it when I’m wrong.’ lol So many time we think it’s about us, when in reality, it is very little about us; save for the point that you made very well. That we do need to be passionate about what we’re singing. Sometimes that might mean tailoring some songs to a style that we personally can get pumped up by, and other times, like you pointed out, it means renewing our own spiritual walk. Maybe…by renewing our love for other people, and doing a song that they can worship to, even though we hate it. hehe 😉

    And I loved your point about the ‘singing a new song.’ I have heard that quoted so many times by people to justify the crap song they just wrote, or the fact that they don’t want to do a hymn, or that they’re tired of a certain song. Now, nothing wrong with doing new songs, but I believe you’re right on with saying that perhaps David is referring to making our faith new and fresh to us each day as we continue to grow in Christ; in which case, our whole life should be a new song to Him each morning, even if we’re singing the same lyrics.

    Great comment!

    TimH–oh, bro. Totally. When the set is not working…wow. The most awkward feeling in the world up on stage! haha And we do a lot of the same thing…keeping tempos together and keys together to flow songs.

    Unfortunately, I’m not a huge fan of the Seventh Day Slumber version of ‘Mighty to Save.’ (Don’t hurt me! 😉 ) But I know a good many people who are, so that’s awesome! I guess not everything has to be about me. *Sigh* I guess. hehe 😉

    Keith–ooh, good point.Ya, I suppose that is what the formulas are there for, and I guess they have there place. I just prefer a little more passion and excitement in my music, and the striving for greatness (even if I fail!)

    And ya, you’re right; if this song was the first song I’d ever heard with STP vocals, block country chords, ‘I’m holdin’ on’ lyrics, I probably wouldn’t dig it, but I definitely wouldn’t dislike it as much as I do now that I feel I’ve heard the same song done by 7 different bands over 15 years. hehe :) But as it looks from the comments here, I am definitely in the minority in hating this song! lol

  20. I probably came off a little strong in my post. I have to admit, Hillsong songs are some of the most fun to play as a guitarist in a service. And you are right about U2 and their different sounds. They are one of a few bands that can progress through their career and still be a legit and innovative band.

    I’ll give a brief update after I see them on Sunday! My first time actually seeing them live in concert. The only downside is the Black Eyed Peas are opening instead of the Muse who opened on Monday in Dallas.

  21. Sam–lol Hey, you’re right! I forgot about that. Blogs mean you can say whatever you want, and because it’s on the internet, it must be true! hehe 😉

    TimH–lol Good form.

    Jonathan M–no, I didn’t think you came off too strong at all! You made a great point about Hillsong. They are very formulaic, and I can’t really listen to them outside of a worship context. The only reason I have grown to like them is seeing how their songs continually seem to reach congregation after congregation. I think they’re great for worship music, maybe some of the best; but not so much for just listening.

    And Sunday is U2 for you?! Score! I can’t wait for the recap! Next Sunday is them for me, here in LA, and it’s also my first time seeing them live. And yes…I also get Black Eyed Peas. Is it wrong to pray that Black Eyed Peas comes down with some of of band-wide virus, and Muse has to step back in? 😉

  22. Awww. I like the new Pearl Jam single.

    I didn’t see the entire album cover at the same time, was scrolling down revealing it section by section and of course my first thought was “WHY DOES THAT GUY HAVE AN AXE oh okay I get it now.”

  23. Lol Ya, that album cover is just mind-boggling. And you’re right, Pearl Jam and STP kind of get a pass on the whole ‘these bands sound alike’ thing, because they kind of started the style. And I might have to go listen to the new Pearl Jam stuff. I kind of wrote of their new album after I saw them on Conan a few months ago. But those type shows are known for having terrible sound, so maybe I owe them another listen. :)

  24. Yeh give Pearl Jam a chance – I don’t think they deserve to be in such company. I found the new album to be reasonably good, albeit mellower than their early stuff. One of my favourite “Pearl Jam” albums is the soundtrack to Into The Wild by Eddie Vedder – good folksy stuff that really complemented the movie brilliantly. And I recommend that movie too if you haven’t seen it.


  25. They played the song in church this morning. I just had to smile and think about you hating it. :) It was like hearing Rob Thomas play his version of it.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.