There could be any number of reasons I dislike these particular two bands so much, maybe it was because I was bludgeoned to death by their music from the only rock station in my area, Magic 105, when I growing up. But this very same station also bludgeoned me with Led Zepplin, Lynyrd Skynyrd, and Kiss and I think these are 3 of the greatest bands ever so that theory is out the window.
Could the blame be laid at the feet of my cousin, Danny, because he introduced me to Kiss instead of Floyd or Rush at an young and impressionable age? Now this theory has some possibilities because God knows once I was introduced to Kiss everything else went out the window. I lived, ate, breathed, slept Kiss from the first time I heard the opening lines of "Detroit Rock City" until their infamous unmasking on MTV. Yes, very possible we will leave this option open.
Maybe it is my own fault because I am a teen of the 80's who fully embraced the excess of the time and the sex, drugs, and rock n' roll lifestyle. Honestly can anyone tell me that songs like "Tom Sawyer" or "Learning To Fly" made you want to grab a six pack, crank the stereo up, and make out with a hot girl in the backseat? But on the other hand "Looks That Kill", "Girls Got Rhythm", & "Boulevard of Broken Dreams" made me want to do those things and more.
It could be that I am just to simple to understand the surreal lyrics and intricate music from these two bands. I admit that songs like "Shook Me All Night Long" and "She Wants Money" don't really require an English major to tell me what the songs were about. Whereas I have no freaking clue what Geddy Lee is singing about in "Distant Early Warning". But then again it has always been my understanding that rock n' roll was about having a good time, rebellion and escaping the trials and tribulations of life. If I wanted to think and ponder I probably would have paid more attention in school than I did instead of thinking about getting a six pack and the new cute freshman after school.
Maybe it could be something as simple as their music has never moved me in ways like Skynyrd, Kiss, Motley Crue, or any number of other bands have. Now don't get me wrong both bands are extremely accomplished musicians and I wish I had a quarter of their talent. If I did maybe I would be a well known musician today.
We may never know the exact reason why I do not like Rush or Pink Floyd, which is probably better for me because if a lynch mob does ever come for me I will have plenty of excuses to go through before they try to string me up and burn my house down.
Of course, we could just always blame Danny, he will never know anyways.