M: Building off of Jenn's question last week... Top three bands/artists that you started out hating but grew to like and appreciate!
1. Lady Gaga: Between thinking the music video for "Just Dance" just looked like an orgy and thinking that "Poker Face" was the stupidest thing someone could be singing, I definitely started out hating Lady Gaga. But then I watched a youtube video of a girl playing "Bad Romance" on harp and decided -- musical genius. Now I begrudgingly admit that I like her songs, including "Poker Face" and "Just Dance." Sigh.
2. The Killers: So "Mr. Brightside" is one of my favorite songs and Hot Fuss is one of my favorite albums, but when "Somebody Told Me" first came on the radio, I *hated* it. I couldn't get over the fact that I had no idea what it meant: "Somebody told me / you had a boyfriend / who looked like a girlfriend / That I had in February of last year." Uh, what? So did his girlfriend look that manly, or did her boyfriend look that girly, or at the time I was trying to figure out if he was checking out a girl who likes girls... I was really confused.
3. Savage Garden: They are similar to The Killers in why I didn't like them originally. I knew them as the "chicka-cherry-cola" group. But then at some point trying to sing the lyrics of the song became a game for my best friend Amy and me. Why? Well, you try to sing it... ("I Want You" is the name of the song.)
1. Green Day: I didn't listen to much music at all until late high school so this possibly doesn't count but I remember being really down on Green Day during the 6th grade. I was on the "Science Squad" (yes this is as dorky as it sounds) and two of the guys wanted to name our goldfish "Dookie" and I was like, "Absolutely not!!" Of course now I would probably name Dookie as my favorite Green Day album...
2. Snow Patrol: I think it was the association with Grey's Anatomy that made me initially hate this band. But once I got over that, I realized they make pretty good music.
3. Bright Eyes: At first I just didn't "get" them. Their sound is kind of folky, which I wasn't into at the time and Conor Oberst has this shaky and emotionally bare voice that I didn't understand the appeal of. But after a couple of years, my musical tastes sort of evolved and now I'm a big fan.