Some musicians are a little too smart for their own good. They're not bad or anything. Just could stand a little lightening up occasionally. A little...self-serious, perhaps. This is because they "smarted the fun out of music."
WARNING! Do not defend the band to us or you'd be seriously missing the point. We actually like many of the musicians listed. We make fun of them nonetheless. Because we can.
Thanks to contributing Silly Lists of Nothingness staff member, Ruby Lawrence. And to all of the helpful Open Salon commenters who grew this list from 5 to 15!
1. Brian Eno
2. Philip Glass
6. Patti Smith
7. Trent Reznor
8. These two. (Leonard Cohen and Suzanne Vega. Read this interview if you want to see how serious they can get.)
9. Robert Fripp (of King Crimson fame.)
10. Morrissey (Don't let the pussycat fool you.)
15B. Michael Stipe (of REM fame)
Philip Glass and some serious work:
A beautiful (and serious) piece by Moby:
Thom Yorke being tres seriouso:
NIN singing the most morose tune ever. Makes me want to eat rusty nails. Don't ever play this at a party: