• Surprises

    2 Aug 2009, 16:16 by tadmaster

    I'm not very good with recommendations. People try to tell me about their favorite bands all the time, with mixed success. Most of the time, it's just the "popular factor" working against them. If a band is popular right then, I'm usually put off until the buzz dies down. Then there are the classic rock fans; growing up, people tried to turn me on to Zeppelin, Yes, Genesis, Van Halen etc. - all for very valid reasons, but until I discovered these bands on my own, they never really caught my imagination.

    In the same vein, I've had people recommending Frank Zappa's music to me for more than 20 years. I tried, but it just never grabbed me. The Broken Hearts Are For Assholes and Why Does It Hurt When I Pee novelty would make me laugh, but the music was just too strange and difficult for me to get into.

    But a few years ago, several friends conspired to get me into Dream Theater. DT is not what you would normally think of as "my thing". …