Re: Best band you were surprised to discover you liked
Led Zeppelin and the Smiths. I used to hate all those floyd/zeppelin-obsessed guitar guys who would take the "learn to play guitar" class at my high school and then like for they're final project would do a rendition of the Rain Song while the rest of us were trying to strum three chords in succesion. So that being my first real introduction to the band caused me to think less of them. Once I got to college though I warmed up to them after a reading of "Hammer of the Gods." I only read that book because I thought it would be entertaining but it got me interested in hearing their music and the rest is history.
The Smiths I thought were just a whiny precursor to the more whiny Cure but now I love their stuff. I had to come up with a whole douglas sirk-type theory of their angsty lyrics though before I could admit to liking anything by Morrisey. I still don't offer up the fact that I like them too often in public.
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