I enjoyed the hell out of the original https://bbs.boingboing.net/t/share-your-unpopular-music-opinions/ thread which sadly is closed. This is a topic in fascinated in so I’m hoping to continue it here in a non-time bombed fashion.
I’ll start: Chumbawamba. Criminally underrated. Yeah, Tubthumper was coopted by the SportsBro set and played into the ground but by and large their catalog is pretty damn good. I would argue they could well be the official band of Boing Boing.
I largely wrote them off another commercial poppy sensation after Tubthumper until I heard of them collaborating with Negativland. Now, that had me intrigued. I came to learn that their music was incredibly interesting and subversive. That they were huge activists, and practiced what they preached - rather than using their profits after “selling out” to buy gold plated swimming pools filled with money, they put their money right back into activism. As an example when GM purchased the rights to use one of their songs, they gave all the money to anti-corporate organizations.
Anyway this thread is about the music. They had a very diverse catalog running the gamut from punk inspired to folk music. A lot of it is pretty great.
Here’s a perennial favorite of mine (if you don’t laugh at this, then you are probably a member of Metallica):