Patti Smith is overrated




I know it's not cool to say. I know that everyone who is cool lists her as a friend or influence. Normally, that carries a lot of sway with me (see my Joni Mitchell piece). Anyhow, everyone thinks she is cool. I have heard her music and she is a terrible terrible singer. Like, worse than Lou Reed. On top of that, she seems mostly famous for covers. While she might be as ugly as Joe Cocker, her skills to not compare. I saw her on Leno (or Letterman, one of those shows) doing a Stone's song and she just butchered it. It must have been Letterman's, because she was in NYC for the Rock and Roll hall of fame. She was getting inducted, or inducting someone... who cares.


Like Warhol, or Paris Hilton... she is the punk rock equivalent. She is famous for being famous. Lastly, look at that picture. I mean, I think it's great she doesn't feel obligated to buy into the patriarchal models of femininity and sexuality but dude... at least brush your fuckin' hair.

Somehow her and Lou Reed convinced every hipster that they are gospel.  Musicians that I really like and respect hold her at the top.  I don't get it.

Comments

Your Only Reader said…
I'd still throw it in.
bitchubitchi said…
Still love what she did. Loved the energy I felt when I saw her perform...Energy , you can't beat that !
Ryan502 said…
Im going to pretend I didn't just read that.
Blazers said…
Lol, This is the funniest post i read today.

"brush your hair" That's her style, not copycat like those whom you have named. Fact still remains that no other female artist is much multitude like her. She is first in what she did. Learn to respect that in place of writing these all. Enough Said.
Anonymous said…
I agree. She seems to get a lot of media attention more from the people she talks about being around (or married to) than anything.
Anonymous said…
Yes, overrated indeed. She is a farce, and people who buy into her would probably eat a deep fried turd if they were told it were cool to do so.
Anonymous said…
'Brush your hair', hahahaha
YuppieScum said…
Patti Smith is completely overrated. Could not agree more. Right place, right time, I guess. I don't know. Her popularity has always been a total mystery to me. I don't care how she looked or what her hair looked like. Roy Orbison was as ugly as they come, but he's a legend. (Couldn't think of a female equivalent off the top of my head...) Musically, Patti Smith is not just overrated - she is absolutely awful. Maybe her point of view was significant, or maybe her attitude was ground breaking. I don't know - but her music is rubbish.
Peter said…
Couldnt agree more. An untalented wannabee and total phoney hanger-on who long ago forgot that she was faking.
Anonymous said…
Own she is famous for covers and basically only has 3 good songs, including two covers. Totally overrated.
Anonymous said…
She doesn't have many accomplishments and she is only known for covers.
Anonymous said…
Didn't realise it was quite so simple to be foolish. Take someone you barely understand and, well.............suggest they brush their hair. The art of criticism is obviously to be found elsewhere. Still, it appears you are in good company.
dion draper said…
yes. she is over rated. actually she doesn`t even deserve a rating. there are musicians out there that are great that weren`t lucky enough to get on the trendy train like she did. i guess looking like mr. ed on a bad hair day with a record label to promote you and the media telling you if you don`t like her you`ll be branded uncool and stupid is what made her. it certainly wasn`t talent in any degree. sings off kilter on purpose, looks hardscrabble on purpose, lyrics aren`t anything with a wow factor. sounds like she`s just another fake hippie.
dion draper said…
she`s another tailor made hippie. all hype and no substance. sings horribly on purpose, looks like crap mostly on purpose and her lyrics have no wow factor at all. tunes are abundantly dull and forgettable. i guess the media tells people whats cool and trendy and like a fish the bite down on it with a force that will never let them release it.

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