Poll: Do genres in music matter to you?
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View poll results: Do genres in music matter to you?
Yes
22 49%
No
23 51%
Voters: 45.
#1
If me and my friends are ever talking about music and I say that Daft Punk is House music or Guns N Roses are Hard rock they start having a go at me and stating that genres are not important, music is just music. Well I feel genres are important as for one if I am checking out an artist I like to see what genre they are so I can know what to expect, and I generally just like knowing that Rush are Prog Rock and not Trance or Death Metal music.

So, do genres in music matter to you?
#2
No, it's completely uninteresting. People who correct people by saying this or that is actually this genre of music not that are tossers and will probably die alone.
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#4
I don't judge a bands music by what genre they play, but I like to put my music into genres because it helps me find other artists similar to artists that I like.
#5
I'm a **** when it comes to nitpicking with genres. Well not as bad as some of my friends. Though i agree genres are guidelines for finding different music and different sounds, not something to argue over.
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I don't judge a bands music by what genre they play, but I like to put my music into genres because it helps me find other artists similar to artists that I like.

This.
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#7
I wouldn't beat myself up over sub-genres or sub-subgenres, but yeah, I think it's perfectly reasonable to say things like "Daft Punk are House" or "Guns N Roses are hard rock".

And anyone who thinks otherwise is a fool.
#8
No they do not matter to me. But the best I way is to actually listen to them. One song at least.
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#9
There are two genres of music: Good music and bad music.


That's about it. Generalizing can end up in you missing a lot of awesome songs.
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#10
Music isn't really a large presence in my group of friends any more, now we're older than 14. We all have such varied tastes that there's no real chance of argument over genres.
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#11
None but the broadest of labels. All labels made within are just for the purpose of marketing. So if you're really caught up in that, you're a victim of shitty commercialism.

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#12
its good to know what genre a band is before checking them out, and then for finding similar bands like them. but i think too many people are put off by music by what genre it comes under. also, genres are unreliable, like gracenotes on itunes is awful at getting genres right, so it can put people off bands
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#13
No, as long as it sounds good to me, I don't give a flying F*ck what it's labelled.
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#14
Genres are as important as any other form of language. Pedantry is just as pointless, but saying they should be abolished because "it's just music" is idiotic.
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#15
It mostly happens to me when I'm talking about a band, and my friend doesn't know of them and asks me to tell them what's their music like. The first thing that comes to my mind is to tell them what genre they are, as that can help you distinguish what their music is like.
#16
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Genres are as important as any other form of language. Pedantry is just as pointless, but saying they should be abolished because "it's just music" is idiotic.


Exactly.
#17
Yes and no. I like classifying music, but I listen to music because I like it, not because of its genre (which results in a long and awkward favourite artist list).
#18
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Genres are as important as any other form of language. Pedantry is just as pointless, but saying they should be abolished because "it's just music" is idiotic.

Agreed.
#19
not really. someone asked me what kind of music I was listening to yesterday, and I sort of stood there slack-jawed for a minute.
#20
Well, genres are important to find other bands you'd like. For example I like a Melodic Death/Doom band called Rapture, which then led me into the early days of Katatonia which led me into Paradise Lost. This goes on and on.
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#21
I only find them useful because they give me a vague idea of what to expect when looking into a new band or artist.

I don't bother much with extremely technical sub genres because they tend to get tedious.
#22
Of course they are, they exist to help differentiate music and find more of the stuff you'd probably like. Usually I only use broad descriptors like "House" "dubstep" "jungle" "rock" or "jazz" etc. rather than more specific subgenres, unless there genre name has been bastardized to the point of nobody knowing what it's really about anymore, for instance I'll say something's "Detroit techno" rather than just "techno" because the term itself does nothing for people anymore.
#23
I think this analogy should clear up how silly it is to argue about subgenres:



Now while we can all agree on the color red, how pedantic do you have to be to argue that it is Red Invented and not Cherry Desirable?

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I think this analogy should clear up how silly it is to argue about subgenres:



Now while we can all agree on the color red, how pedantic do you have to be to argue that it is Red Invented and not Cherry Desirable?


The one on the right is darker.


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#25
I find genres important, and subgenres for the ones that get REALLY diverse in sound, such as metal. They all get diverse, but I'd like to know what kind of metal a band is before I listen to, such as if they sound like Blind Guardian or if they sound like Mortician, which are both metal but insanely different from each other. It's when people get really into them, such as "blackened folkish death metal" is when stuff get stupid.
#26
I classify music into 2 genres. Shit I like. Shit I don't like.
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#27
Yes they're important. Just like wearing an outfit for a job interview. You don't just throw on dominatrix gear to a business interview and say, "It's just a type of clothing, quit being an elitist and classifying why my clothing is any different to a suit. There's only two types of clothing: good clothing and bad clothing. You are going to die alone for making judgements."

When I really want to listen to Chopin, I don't search through my library and blast punk rock. Do you know why? Because they are two completely different types of music. There's a reason we classify some music as this and others as that. Being nebulous is annoying, and you aren't a unique flower because you resist a labeling of sounds.
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