[Steven Ward started an interesting thread on Facebook recently with the following inquiry, and we thought we’d bring it to the, uh, masses as well via rockcritics.com.]
OK rock critic friends. I have to ask. Why oh why do you hate The Eagles so much?
It can’t be that they are so popular/loved by the public? If so, you would hate Michael Jackson and Prince for the same reason and critics go on and on about Jackson and Prince (and rightfully so).
It can’t be that all The Eagles ever did was make music that was a more mainstream, top 40 version of what The Byrds and Flying Burrito Brothers did years before them? Otherwise, you would attack Michael Jackson for the same reason, saying he amplified what Marvin Gaye did before him?
What about now versus then? Critics hated Black Sabbath and Led Zeppelin during the ’70s but love them now. Not so with The Eagles.
It can’t be that The Eagles are prog, because they aren’t.
It can’t be that The Eagles are too technically proficient on their instruments like Rush. (Critics like them too now all of a sudden.) The Eagles played in a style almost as basic as the Sex Pistols and The Ramones. (I know about Joe Walsh, but he is an exception)
The Eagles crafted really well done songs with amazing harmonies.Why oh why do you hate them so?
1. Quit defending the Eagles! They’re simply terrible (Stephen Deusner, Salon)
2. Rush: How I learned to forgive — and even like — the most hated band of all time (Rob Sheffield, Salon)