In the grand scheme of rock music, fans usually have the final say in an artists' worth. Whether it be through buying their records or calling out inauthentic behavior, fans have all the power when it comes to calling something good or not. Though many bands have gotten a fair amount of criticism for their music, there are many acts who don't deserve the slogging they normally receive.
As time has gone on, these bands that were initially panned by fans and critics alike have stood out as something much better than we remembered. Even some of the greatest acts in the world were able to conjure up a bit of hate because of certain questionable artistic directions. However, that doesn't mean we should count a band out entirely if they made something that we didn't like.
Being an artist is all about taking chances, but you are liable to any type of criticism once you put your musical vision out on a public stage. For as much scorn as these artists have weathered over the years, there will always be a core fanbase who will be there to help nurse their wounds. Here's just a little helping of those acts that people had a little too much fun hating on.
10. Stone Temple Pilots
In the early 90's, every other band was trying to infuse a little bit of alternative rock into their sound. Whether it was old dogs trying to compete with the young competition or wannabes trying to find a footing, everyone was looking towards the grunge capital of Seattle to make their millions. Though Stone Temple Pilots established themselves as major players in the scene, they always seemed to get bypassed by the pure grunge fans.
Coming from California rather than Seattle, these guys were instantly looked at as just another wannabe trying to feed off the coattails of Eddie Vedder, with the single "Plush" being pegged as a cheap Pearl Jam knockoff. However, the band proved they had a genuine amount of talent underneath the alternative exterior. Across albums like Purple and Tiny Music, the band did a fantastic job of distancing themselves from their grunge roots with some of the greatest rock tunes of the era like "Interstate Love Song."
Though the band are adrift a bit nowadays after the loss of vocalist Scott Weiland, they deserve a lot more than just being called an "also-ran" of the alternative scene. Sure, they may have aspired to be like their grunge big brothers, but once they found their identity, there was no else in the rock scene who could touch them.