Why I Love Stuff You Will Hate | Bleader

Why I Love Stuff You Will Hate


Sign up for our newsletters Subscribe


I know this sounds weird, but I have a soft spot for music that I hate. Not music that I merely don't like, but stuff that really offends me aesthetically. There's definitely a train-wreck element to the fascination, but I think it's mostly just that the music's very badness engages me—given the choice I'd rather listen to Brokencyde (who make me hate them in such a myriad of ways that it's actually sort of fascinating to contemplate them all) than the Dirty Projectors (who have yet to inspire any sort of emotional response in me deeper than mild confusion about why other people like them so much).

So it was as much of a blessing as it was a curse when I discovered the blog Stuff You Will Hate, a tribute to the one-way love-hate relationship between a self-described "old" hardcore and metal fan calling himself Sergeant D and, well, scene kids in general. Though he occasionally engages in a bit of Carles-ian faux-naive irony—like in the current entry, "Life's Big Questions: Are Hollister/Abercrombie Scene??"—he claims that anything he says he likes he actually likes, and he tends to stick up for the kids.

But man is that ever an appropriate name for a blog.

I realize that as a grown and only slightly ridiculous adult I'm not the intended demographic for crabcore and similar shit, and I do believe that pissing off adults should be a mandate for young bands—I've got to give them credit for finding a way to piss me off so well. But on the other hand, the style leans pretty hard on misogyny and cartoonish ideas about sexuality, which makes it, well, evil.

Then again, they are kinda cute, right?

Ha ha ha ha! What is that? Happy hardcore with sub-2 Live Crew dick lyrics delivered by an anime character who sounds like Steve Urkel, with occasional death-metal screams? Amazing. The sound of "fuck you, dad" is now a mixture of musical styles that would've been inconceivable a generation ago, given that the people who originated each one generally hated all the others.

Then again, bands like this are becoming monstrously huge. There is, no joke, a photo somewhere on Stuff You Will Hate of a guy with a Brokencyde tattoo on his hand.