Five albums that breed insufferable fans

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There are only a few albums in the world that transcend any scene or genre, and build a following in their own, distinct shadows. It's powerful, and it's mostly good, but sometimes the greatest albums of all time can turn good, solid people into an absolutely insufferable demographic. You know what I'm talking about. Those albums.

You're at a party, you asked someone about their favorite records, they reply with a record you both like, but their fandom runs in a dark, depressing obsession -- there's a reason Weezer fans always travel in groups. We went ahead and highlighted a few of these albums, if only to help inspire a bit of sanity back into their steadfast followers. It's never good when a human being can be adequately described with the name of an album.


Nas - llmatic

Like a number of pathetic white men, I learned about this album in high school and proceeded to be an absolute cock to everyone else about it. I only listened to real hip-hop, because there's no feeling of self-accomplishment quite like the feeling of listening to a 70-minute long Roots album without having a single second of fun. Illmatic is, of course, responsible for the artistic trajectory of the following decade in rap, but it's also the number one cause of people taking music way too seriously. I thought I hated Soulja Boy because of Illmatic, and I don't think I can ever forgive it for that.

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Neutral Milk Hotel - In the Aeroplane Over the Sea

In the Aeroplane Over the Sea is arguably the greatest teenaged indie rock album of all time. (Just as The Catcher in the Rye is for fiction.) That does not excuse In the Aeroplane Over the Sea people, mostly in their late-20s, trying desperately not to cringe at lyrical turns they once wholeheartedly believed to be genius. Deep down we all know Jeff Mangum's poetry was about the quality of an incredibly talented 17-year-old, which is why his music resonated so thoroughly with 17-year-olds savvy enough to read Pitchfork, but there's a reason he's only just now playing those songs live after a decades-long hiatus. My senior quote was "And one day we will die and our ashes will fly from the aeroplane over the sea, but for now we are young let us lay in the sun and count every beautiful thing we can see," and I'm OK with that. When you quote those words wistfully, disregarding its newfound, post-adolescent corniness, you seem like a sad person.

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The Strokes - Is This It

Julian Casablancas is a sad drunk asshole who seems to alienate everyone he works with. The dream is over. I'm sorry. He's not Elvis. He co-owns a restaurant and makes barely passable electropop in his free time. He never even fucking played guitar. Is This It is a broken promise. Still, that doesn't stop Team Julian. Team Julian will not rest until their favorite leather-bound shithead is treated like an icon. Team Julian believes that all those critics were taking money under the table from the Vines to pan Comedown Machine, Team Julian is what happens when a false prophet dies, taking all of his believers down with him.


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16 comments
Lycan
Lycan

Sweaty fat fuck.

JP Awad
JP Awad

Including Illmatic within this list is in and of itself "Insufferable."

Andy Curtis
Andy Curtis

Really City Pages Minneapolis.... You're going to put Illmatic on this list? Luke Winkie should be axed for this poor article.

tim.brackett
tim.brackett

What the fuck are you talking about?  Mangum disappeared for a little over a decade (not decades) because of mental/emotional health issues not because his lyrics were "the quality of a really talented 17 year old".

Seth Backlund
Seth Backlund

Lol what is this, it's like the article radiates negative teen angst. Sounds like you are the insufferable fan!

Drew Pérez
Drew Pérez

Ironic that one of the criticisms is that the music seems written by a teenager

WillieMartin
WillieMartin

You forgot about EVERY STEELY DAN ALBUM.

btwftw
btwftw

There is way too much talk about the people listening to the music in this article and barely a mention of the actual music of these albumns. Just because someone likes the music of a particular albumn or the artist themselves doesn't make them "insufferable". Did it ever cross your mind that they just like the music? Once again City Pages is on their judgy high horse. Richard D. James most likely never has or will ever claim to be "culturally relevant". He simply makes music that he likes himself. He'd be doing it wether or not he had "insufferable" fans.

SweetLou27
SweetLou27

Speaking of insufferable fans, you have a grammatical error within the first two words of your article. 

Nick Merchant
Nick Merchant

Yawn....click bait....who cares? Not everyone that loves illmatic is a dbag about it....

Devon Torrey Bryant
Devon Torrey Bryant

Lame. The Roots' albums are fun (presumably this dude has never heard Do You Want More?!!!??!), there are far worthier targets than rich boy Julian Casablancas or Jeff Mangum's acid-fried sincerity, is there really an irritating subset of militant Incredible String Band fans REALLY?, and Richard D James is from Cornwall, he's not Irish.

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