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Capris
February 4th, 2011, 08:34 PM
Probably not exactly what you were expecting.

I like music. But I try not to watch music videos or research artists because, for whatever reason, if I find an artist that isn't my idea of good looking the song to me gets degraded. It's really shallow but it can really ruin it for me so I try to avoid seeing the artist.

Does this apply to you?

I didn't know if this should go in ovp since it sort of fits being a poll, or if it should go in music for obvious reasons so I just stuck it in ovp because I'm already here. Sorry if it's wrong.

Alli
February 4th, 2011, 08:45 PM
Hey, that's an interesting topic. I actually do the same in most cases. I don't like to know what the artist looks like. For a good while, I was afraid to know what Kings of Leon looked like. But I mean, I wasn't disappointed when I did find out. I think that if I love the music enough, then I should be okay to know what they look like. Sometimes if they sound weird, I like to go see what they look like. For instance, the band Hypernova made me think of big guys with burly beards and such, but when I looked at their pics on last.fm, they were nothing of the sort. Haha. Just depends for me~!

PlatinumDude
February 4th, 2011, 09:04 PM
Most of the time, I'm curious what the artist looks like in a music video, so looks matter to me. If the artist is ugly, then I won't bother watching the video.

E.C.
February 4th, 2011, 09:07 PM
it doesn't matter if the artist looks different than i thought they would look like, its still going to be the same music whether the person looks good looking or ugly as hell.

Jayster23
February 4th, 2011, 09:25 PM
I'm kinda with Elite Charizard on this one. If i really like a song then find out what the artist looks like i think "woah he/she is weird" but i still listen to them.

Binary
February 4th, 2011, 10:53 PM
Uh no. The appearance of the artist doesn't really matter to me much. I listen to music, and it's solely the music that I evaluate... but yeah, I mean.. if the artist has good looks, it does influence me a tad bit. But in general, appearances don't matter to me much.

Black Prince
February 5th, 2011, 12:19 AM
Hell yeah, this is the same for me.
I have a certain feeling when I listen to music, and when I saw some artists pic', that feeling wasn't the same anymore, though I loved it.
So I avoid watching clips or pictures. I like picturing my own idea of the artist, and etc...

Sora
February 5th, 2011, 12:23 AM
The fact that I don't know what half the people that I listen to look like, I would say that it doesn't matter to me. I mean, it's not their looks I'm judging in the first place anyways; it's their talent that I'm judging.

If the artist is good looking when I do happen to see an image of the artist, then it's simply a bonus that they're good looking.

abarai
February 5th, 2011, 04:34 AM
I'm with peaches on this. Don't know what the majority of artists i listen to actually look like, the ones i do wether they are attractive or not it doesn't change my opinion of the music.

Gold warehouse
February 5th, 2011, 04:41 AM
I don't ever care at all what an artist looks like, I'm listening to their music not deciding whether I want to offer them a career in modelling.
I know what all of my favourite musicians look like, and they just look like normal people. Not exceptionally good looking, not exceptionally revolting. I'm sure anyone that really has a passion for music would not care at all what the artist looks like. I find it funny that celebrities and anyone who holds any fame are subject to such criticism from people that are likely no more exceptional themselves, either in looks or personality.
"If you're famous, you have to be good looking!"

Image, however, can be pretty important. Fashion, live shows, behaviour, activism, etc. that can influence people a lot and I think it's quite an important aspect of the music world. Those are the things that turn a musician into an icon.

MeerFall
February 5th, 2011, 05:19 AM
I don't care about looks! the only thing that i see when i see thin people...
they must have **** lives!

Elite Overlord LeSabre™
February 5th, 2011, 08:12 AM
As long as their singing is good and I like their music and lyrics and vocals, what they actually look like is of no concern to me. Heck, I like some of the old '80's artists with the big hair xD

mystletainn
February 5th, 2011, 09:15 AM
Moving this to the Culture & Media forum. Sometimes its hard to distinguish what belongs in OVP or in a forum that caters to a specific interest. So I won't hold it against you.

And a cool looking video is pretty much fun to watch a few times and make a few GIFs from. Then I usually forget about them after a while unless I feel like reminiscing about a video one of my favorite artists made.

WriteThemWrong
February 5th, 2011, 10:33 AM
the appearance of the musicians don't really matter to me but how they perform their song does

Capris
February 5th, 2011, 01:56 PM
"If you're famous, you have to be good looking!"

It probably applies more to actors and I'm just the minority when it comes to music. It does sort of make sense though, nobody is obligated to be famous so we shouldn't be complaining when people expect them to look good.

But I honestly don't know why I am the way I am about the music, it's just a real turn off to find a song and then watch the video and it turning out to be a 40 year old guy or something. Like I said it's shallow but in my mind I imagine something completely different when I'm listening to it so I'd rather keep it that way.

Like the video on my profile, it's a really nice song but I liked it that much less when I went and watched the video. Nobody in the video is even ugly it's just not what I had pictured in my head.

Moving this to the Culture & Media forum. Sometimes its hard to distinguish what belongs in OVP or in a forum that caters to a specific interest. So I won't hold it against you.

And a cool looking video is pretty much fun to watch a few times and make a few GIFs from. Then I usually forget about them after a while unless I feel like reminiscing about a video one of my favorite artists made.

Thanks. :)

And I do watch videos when it's somebody like Lil Wayne, Lady Gaga, etcetera. Because I already know what they look like.

institutions
February 5th, 2011, 02:00 PM
I don't think it influences me much, unless it's a band with a female singer with a hot voice who turns out to be really ugly. Then it's ruined.

I was watching live concert performance of Going to Georgia by The Mountain Goats and spent a lot of time laughing because his facial expressions were hilarious. I think his face does look a little awkward, but it doesn't make me think any different of their music.

Esper
February 5th, 2011, 02:18 PM
Image, however, can be pretty important. Fashion, live shows, behaviour, activism, etc. that can influence people a lot and I think it's quite an important aspect of the music world. Those are the things that turn a musician into an icon.
I was going to say something along these lines. If there's an artist I like a lot I'll want to know what their style is because I hope that it will make me like them more for their creativity or whatnot. If they turn out not to have an interesting style then I'm a little disappointed, but it's not something that really affects my music preferences.

That's as far as I'll go though. I try not to learn anything about musicians' real lives and especially not their politics for fear that it will make me not want to listen to their music anymore. Luckily this hasn't happened for me yet.

And I never start out by looking an artist's image and seeing what their music is like. It's got to be the music first.

Barney.
February 5th, 2011, 02:22 PM
It doesn't influence me and it shouldn't influence anyone. Music isn't affected by looks, it's affected by genius and creativity.

Music is an art form, not a beauty contest.

Ayselipera
February 6th, 2011, 10:53 AM
Yes it does. Whenever I like an artist and I hear their music (this only applies for male artists) I tend to imagine them as extremely good looking. So when I then go to look them up and find out that they are far from good looking it puts a damper on the music when I try listening to it again. I won't hate their music afterwards I just won't be as into it. I tend to not know what any of my favorite artists look like because of that. I just don't bother ever looking them up.

Amore
February 6th, 2011, 11:08 AM
It depends...I have an extreme dislike of Amy Winehouse because she does drugs, and she looks incredibly weird. However, I also don't like her music...but I guess I disliked her before I ever really listened to her music.

But tbh, unless they're a mass-murderer, I don't care too much. People slag off Matt Bellamy for being a "posh rock-star" but I still listen to Muse. And people says that Jared Leto's a (insert nasty words here), but I and those same people still listen to 30 seconds to mars - after all, the music's good, so who cares?

Captain Fabio
February 6th, 2011, 11:56 AM
BAHAHAHA! I am in a weird mood. My bad for not reading. Thought I was in OVP for a second.

No, they don't really matter for me.

I like metal and they are normally strange looking so! :B

institutions
February 6th, 2011, 11:58 AM
Yes. Yes yes yes yes yes.

If you are to be in a relationship with someone, there HAS GOT TO BE some form of physical attraction, otherwise, how would you even strike a conversation with them? (Talking about offline there! XD)

But don't get me wrong, that isn't the only important aspect.

Someone didn't read the first post :P


Btw, here's the video I was talking about. Watch it all and try not to laugh.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y-xxeSRHuso

Corvus of the Black Night
February 6th, 2011, 12:13 PM
I hate watching music videos or musicians in general, so no.

SquirtleGirl
February 6th, 2011, 02:22 PM
No. I think its shallow to like the music of an artist/band less or more depending on looks. I mean Chad Kroeger isn't the most good-looking guy ever [many may disagree with me but oh well :P] but Nickelback makes good music in my opinion, so I listen to them.

Capris
February 6th, 2011, 09:53 PM
Yes it does. Whenever I like an artist and I hear their music (this only applies for male artists) I tend to imagine them as extremely good looking. So when I then go to look them up and find out that they are far from good looking it puts a damper on the music when I try listening to it again. I won't hate their music afterwards I just won't be as into it. I tend to not know what any of my favorite artists look like because of that. I just don't bother ever looking them up.

It's funny that you mention that. Now that I think of it, it us usually the sex I'm attracted to that I'm expecting to look good.

Not sure if that's the case with you though, or I mean the same reason. :P

Massacre.
February 7th, 2011, 11:09 AM
I seriously don't care wether sexy or ugly, as long as I like the music. I mean, music is sounds, not pictures. So I don't watch music videos anyway though.

GirlieNinjaRose
February 19th, 2011, 06:23 AM
I don't care what they look like as long as they're making good music, it's absolutely fine.

Saltare.
February 21st, 2011, 05:33 PM
I usually never watch music videos. Except in the morning when I put on MTV or VH1...

But like with the song "Hurricane" by 30 Seconds To Mars...I LOVE the song but the music video is um...well, it's disturbing in my opinion.

hackerofdarkness
February 21st, 2011, 06:01 PM
I really don't care how the artist look like if I like their music I like the artist looks aren't really important in music videos as long as you like the music itself you're okay.

Dartht33bagger
February 21st, 2011, 06:10 PM
Well it's not too huge of a deal for me since most of my bands look awesome. Godsmack makes great music, but Sully Erna is one ugly mofo.

Now if it was like bring me the horizon or escape the fate I'd be embarrassed to mention it since they look so stupid.

pmwilkins
February 21st, 2011, 06:41 PM
I have no idea what most of the bands that I listen to look like. Its about the music.

Zvezda
February 22nd, 2011, 08:38 PM
i couldn't care less what a musician looks like. that's incredibly shallow, and i can't believe it does matter to some of you. you're not going out with them, so why does it matter?

Capris
February 22nd, 2011, 08:50 PM
Hahaha, I love how I put forth the idea that it's shallow and all the holier than thou people are like "YEAH THATS TOTALLY SHALLOW I CANT BELIEVE YOU".

I was trying to be modest about it but really it's just a difference of opinion, it's perfectly reasonable for somebody not to like something based on looks. The whole world doesn't revolve around the sunday school handbook. You don't have to share my opinion but don't try to put yourself on a pedestal because of it.

Saryka
February 22nd, 2011, 08:58 PM
The thing is, I like to know what an artist looks like when I'm listening to their music. When I discover a new band, I do my research on them just to feed my curiosity. And, of course, one of the things I do is look up pictures of them. I don't care if they're attractive or not, though. That's not why I listen to their music; I listen to their music because I like it. If I don't consider someone "attractive," it's not going to stop me from listening or liking their music. I just like to put a face to the music I listen to.

Zvezda
February 22nd, 2011, 09:28 PM
Hahaha, I love how I put forth the idea that it's shallow and all the holier than thou people are like "YEAH THATS TOTALLY SHALLOW I CANT BELIEVE YOU".

I was trying to be modest about it but really it's just a difference of opinion, it's perfectly reasonable for somebody not to like something based on looks. The whole world doesn't revolve around the sunday school handbook. You don't have to share my opinion but don't try to put yourself on a pedestal because of it.

lol k.
enjoy being immature and narrow-minded.

Dartht33bagger
February 23rd, 2011, 04:10 PM
lol k.
enjoy being immature and narrow-minded.

It's surprising to me how people can think someone is narrow minded because of a trait they have. This person happens to not like bands that don't look good, is that a problem? That's personal opinion. That's not shallow, that's not stupid, that's just what this particular person feels.

Having a personal opinion about something is no more immature than the post you just made.

seeker
February 24th, 2011, 11:27 AM
The day looks came into the world of music so predominantly as present as you see today, was a downfall in the art of music, in my opinion. They say that music is about the money, it's a business, but it's not. The music is about creativity, and everything the lyrics and melodies stand for, but the business is all about the money.

In saying that, I appreciate the value of a lot of music videos as a lot actually represent a lot of imagery, but it seems that the more nude the artist, and the better looking, the more of a chance they'll climb the charts. I see music videos these days with so many semi-naked dancers and see how little the videos have to do with the music. Though, this has become a custom of the popular music genre primarily. I'd like to see the charts taken over by more artists such as Adele rather than just the generic sort of pop music I often hear or the one hit wonders.

Katalyst
February 24th, 2011, 02:00 PM
Depending. But most of what I listen to is Metal, and most of them look weirdish by most people's standards. Although I think they look normal, they just have a really long hair (i.e. the guys from Metallica, Megadeth or Iron Maiden). Most of them.

The day looks came into the world of music so predominantly as present as you see today, was a downfall in the art of music, in my opinion. They say that music is about the money, it's a business, but it's not. The music is about creativity, and everything the lyrics and melodies stand for, but the business is all about the money.

In saying that, I appreciate the value of a lot of music videos as a lot actually represent a lot of imagery, but it seems that the more nude the artist, and the better looking, the more of a chance they'll climb the charts. I see music videos these days with so many semi-naked dancers and see how little the videos have to do with the music. Though, this has become a custom of the popular music genre primarily. I'd like to see the charts taken over by more artists such as Adele rather than just the generic sort of pop music I often hear or the one hit wonders.

And I agree with this. Nowadays you don't need to be that of a good singer to be a pop artist, for example. If you have a high-pitched voice, do some weird-ass dance that isn't really dancing, and look good or have really weirdish looks (mainly achieved by makeup), that's what you need to be a pop artist these days. That's one of the main reasons why I HATE Pop.

And the bold part is also the reason why Dave Mustaine and the guys from Iron Maiden are my heroes.
And also about the bolded part, pop music is indeed a business, for the same reasons I stated above. The looks are more sold than the music.

Thomas
February 24th, 2011, 05:22 PM
Not at all, do don't care if an artist is fugly or not, if they can sing well, and I like it, then that is the bottom line. That is just kind weird to like a song less cause you don't like the way the singer looks. o.0;;

インフェルノの津波
February 24th, 2011, 06:02 PM
Don't blame yourself. You'been hypnotized by societies' norms. It's not your fault, it's those who made it that way.

In reality, if a movie/rock/music idol/star wants to be popular they have to look good, otherwise they will be cast aside. Why? Because, apparently talent also means pretty. Also, people want their idols to be beautiful or very good looking.

~Darkness~
February 24th, 2011, 06:23 PM
Sometimes I'll listen if the singer is hot, haha, but other than that not really.

Haza
February 24th, 2011, 08:08 PM
Only when the music is shallow already, so I'd only apply this to the Pop and Rap genres. If the rapper/singer is ugly it really kinda makes me not like them much, but Robyn is not attractive but I love her.

groteske
February 25th, 2011, 12:13 AM
I admit it's nice seeing someone attractive onstage, but outside of live performances I don't take it into consideration. Unfortunately the music I listen to has a notoriously large percentage of less than.. handsome? - musicians..

HinaBaby
February 25th, 2011, 04:42 AM
I don't care whether the artist is ugly or not as long as I'm enjoying his/her music that is fine with me. To be honest, I adore Susan Boyle.

Kuromi
February 27th, 2011, 10:11 AM
I really don't care about how a artist of a song looks like, they're normal people just like us. When I listen to a song, what I want to hear is creativity and the artist expressing themselves. Not someone who's just singing for the money.

unique sound
February 27th, 2011, 10:43 AM
if the music is good i couldn't careless what they look like :D

DustyFray
February 27th, 2011, 08:06 PM
Sometimes..

When I saw Shinedown's lead singer, I was a little disapointed, but I still listen to them.