Under The Influences

October 13th, 2008

One of my pet peeves about music critics is their annoying habit of incessant name-dropping.  To me it’s often just rock snobbery at the highest level.  In fact, David Kamp and Steven Daly wrote a whole book on the subject called “The Rock Snob’s Dictionary” which is recommended reading in my opinion.

Now that’s not to say that I’m against the use of influences when describing one’s sound, because on Figment it’s one of the few ways that you can, but merely a warning that too much of any good thing can be just that…too much!  Gelf Magazine recently published a great article on the “art of name-dropping.”

So what is an acceptable amount of name dropping?  Well, I leave that to you to decide, but remember there’s better ways to describe your sound than by just dropping a name.

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