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.
I want to like her. I admire how she appears to play entirely by her own rules. I like she
seems to follow an inner muse most of us will never access. Maybe I expect a female pop star or similar in the public eye to be prettier. I don't want that to be why I don't like her. However, she truly does go out of her way to not follow into gender expectations. But she can't sing. Or maybe she won't.
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.