It’s funny when you hear an artist talk about their own work and their opinion diverges from your own so sharply, especially when they dislike a song you particularly love. I remember listening to a track by one of my favorite artists once, a real loud, jarring, shred your face kind of rocker tune, the kind that you can’t help but jam to no matter where you are and what you’re doing. I loved the track, couldn’t get enough of it. But the artist almost never played the song live, and I kept wondering, “why not?” One day I was reading an interview with the artist and that song came up. And you know what? He really hated playing that song live. I could not, for the life of me, understand it. But it sounds so good I wanted to shout back at the magazine!
Of course, we all know that tastes differ and what sounds great to one ear can sound like nasty dreck to another. Sometimes you even hear about artists that don’t particularly enjoy or even can’t at all stand one of their biggest hits or widely acclaimed greatest songs. Here’s an article from Mentalfloss to a list of big hits that were disliked by their associated artists. And here’s five from Cracked with some overlap. Some of these are really shocking to me. Robert Plant, for example, is apparently quite estranged from “Stairway To Heaven.” You know, the song that many people have thought is the greatest rock song ever written and recorded? Yeah, that “Stairway To Heaven.” Then, there’s the always delicate and subtle Liam Gallagher politely rebuffing the Oasis megahit “Wonderwall” by affirming, “I can’t *bleeping* stand that *bleeping* song… Every time I sing it I want to gag.” And somehow, one of my very favorite bands, Radiohead, barely seems to tolerate “Creep,” the tune that launched them to international stardom. I mean, really Radiohead? You don’t like Creep? SMH.
I was once again surprised when I was reading a recent interview with Joe Bonamassa in Blues Matters magazine and he identified “Get Back My Tomorrow” as his least favorite tune on Different Shades of Blue. After acknowledging that “everyone likes that song,” Joe fires back, “I don’t know why. My least favorite… on the record is that one.”
So I started spinning the track over and over again, trying to identify the flaws. Certainly, there must be something wrong with this song. Like Sherlock with his magnifying glass, I’m on the case, looking for the bloody fingerprints. What could it be? Plodding tempo? Shoddy lyrics? A flat lining guitar solo? Certainly there must be something. But each time I play the track, I am immediately sucked in by its all-encompassing charm. “What goes around, comes back around,” I’m singing along without even noticing at first. The toe-tapping beat. The funky, driving riff. And of course, the playful, bouncing solo.
Nope. Can’t find it. Nothing wrong. In fact, more I play it, the more firmly I’m convinced that it’s a fantastic cut. So I’m intrigued: what is it that Joe doesn’t find as compelling as the other cuts here? I’d love to hear more of his thoughts about the track.
What about you? Is “Get Back My Tomorrow” your least favorite tune on the album, or are you loving its catchy and soaring vibe too? I’d love to hear your thoughts. I’m pretty sure I’m going to keep rockin’ out to this tune. I dig dig dig it.
– Brian R