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The Shaggs [Aug. 17th, 2006|11:55 am]
A community based around the liking of good music

The Shaggs album 'Philosophy of the world' is a very odd record. I have heard it described as the least pretentious music ever recorded, amazingly inventive, highly original, and not influenced by other contemporary artists. On the other hand I have heard it described as 'shit'.

The shaggs are certainly different to many other bands. Im not sure how much of this is down to their insight and creativity, as opposed to their lack of skill as musicians. Does this even matter? It is true that much of the playing (on all three instruments) seems very rudimentary, with many apparent mistakes, people getting out of time/ hitting the wrong string etc. But can this be accepted as a style of playing, which is just as valid as any other, more proficient, bands/artists? 

At first when I listened I thought something like "Wow, they are terrible", but as I listened more I actually started to enjoy it. I think I had an idea about what music should be like - which initially made me dismiss them. 

Somehow it works!

This is my opinion.

I suppose what I want to know from you is your opinion on the music of the shaggs.

If you don't know any of their music you can go here: http://profile.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=user.viewprofile&friendID=44600229 for a selection of some of the most popular ones (I like 'That little sports car' myself)

Do you think they are a joke, the only thing going for them being some sort of novelty 'so bad it's good' sort of thing? Or do you think they have anything going for them? Do they deserve credit? And do you actually like any of the songs!?

[User Picture]From: call_me_doctor_
2006-08-17 11:57 am (UTC)
I didn't listen to any of the songs long enough to hear the rhythm guitarist. Maybe he/she was playing, but I didn't notice because I was too busy laughing at the drummer. I don't think I heard the lead guitarist either, but maybe I did. I am completely confused, I don't even know who I am anymore.

Have you tried listening to the songs backwards? Are they any better that way? I feel like some evil conglomerate like Coca Cola or Walmart is responsible for this band and their are subliminal messages in the songs telling us to buy bottled water and drown our neighbor's dogs.

I like them though, if only for this: http://viewmorepics.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=viewImage&friendID=44600229&imageID=375042260&MyToken=e0a72fdd-73fb-4828-ac03-b502baa439a7

And for some reason..... I cannot stop listening to the second song. Shit. I don't think I like them, but I just don't know anymore.
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[User Picture]From: call_me_doctor_
2006-08-17 12:04 pm (UTC)
I used 'their' instead of 'there'.
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