Nothing can polarize a random group of yinzers like discussing the Clarks. A lot of people love them, a lot of people hate them. There’s probably even more people that could really care less about the whole issue. The reason I’m blogging about this is, well, it blew up when I mentioned my distaste for them on Facebook. Everybody & their mother (literally in my case) has an opinion about the Clarks:
That Clarks commercial makes my butthole pucker...
Have you seen the Clarks’ Toyota commercial, or any of the Gary Busey Kia commercials? Gary Busey is bat-shit-nuts, and I’d rather buy an inferior car endorsed by him. OK, I’d really rather buy neither… but the Gary Busey commercials don’t make me want to change the channel, and they don’t make my butthole pucker.
I present to you some video evidence for your review:
Then, I posted a status linking to the first status, asking for help building my list. It turned into chaos. Don’t believe Joel below. He’s a bit mischievous. Tiffany certainly seems adamant about her love for the Clarks.
Help make a list...
So, what’s the big deal? Personally, I find their songs trite, corny, tonally bland, and their vocalist quite annoying. My general line is that his vocals are the aural equivalent to taking a cheese-grater to my eardrum. When I hear them on the radio I involuntarily sigh or roll my eyes. Yet, I know some of their songs because (thanks to local radio) I have heard them ad nauseam.
There's a penny on the floor from our last album sale residuals...
I understand that music preferences are an opinion, and that others are entitled to theirs. I’m just stating mine. There’s no need to get your panties in a bunch just because I don’t like the Clarks and you do. I’ll try hard not to consider you hopelessly tonally-challenged if you happen to like the Clarks.
I get a feeling that a lot of people like the Clarks simply because they’re from the area and mention Fayette County in their songs. Yinzers seem to like them because they’re on the radio, or because they’ve been in a bar when they played. They appear to appeal to the lowest common denominator, I don’t know how many people like the Clarks because they actually like the Clarks’ music. When I ask someone why they like the Clarks, I get answers like “I saw them at so & so’s bar” or “They’re from here” or something about allegiance to IUP. It’s never “I really like [name of song here]” or “I really like their song writing/guitar playing/etc.”. Again, this is my opinion.
Also my opinion… This car has more musical ability than the Clarks:
It’s been told to me repeatedly that people in bands around Pittsburgh simply don’t like the Clarks out of jealousy of their success. I don’t believe I’m jealous of the Clarks for myself, but I guess I am a hater on certain levels. I hate that they’re representative of Pittsburgh music. I hate that people with no grasp of the local music scene ask me if I know/like them when they find out I’m in a band. I hate that so many other bands around here that deserve wider recognition go unnoticed and go without radio play. At the same time, a lot of musicians that I know just don’t like the Clarks because they write & perform bad songs. This undoubtedly fuels the ire. Perhaps it’s “bandwagon” to hate on the Clarks? Maybe it’s the “cool” thing to do? Maybe we’re all just not tone deaf.
So, please, I’d like a discussion on the comments below, not on the Facebook post about this blog. You can comment using your name/e-mail address/url, your Facebook login, your Twitter login, or your WordPress login.
If you like the Clarks, please tell me why. If you don’t like the Clarks, please tell me why. If you don’t care about the Clarks, you can let us know that too. Let’s not resort to name-calling or devaluing anyone’s opinions. We’re (mostly) all adults here.
Perhaps I’ll make another blog post soon trying to make a list of Pittsburgh local bands that deserve more attention & a wider audience.
- If you like the Clarks, please tell me why.
- If you don’t like the Clarks, please tell me why.
- If you don’t care about the Clarks, you can let us know that too.
- Let’s not resort to name-calling or devaluing anyone’s opinions.