Songs I Can't Stand #2 - "Hotel California"

@teamfreak16 (40518)
Colorado Springs, Colorado
February 21, 2017 8:32pm CST
The end is nigh. We are at #2 in my Songs I Can't Stand series, and that distinction belongs to The Eagles' classic "Hotel California." To say that The Eagles are a legendary band is a bit of an understatement. Forming in Los Angeles in 1971, The Eagles, despite several lineup changes, went on to become one of the biggest bands of all time. Check this out: The six time Grammy winners, with five #1 singles and six #1 albums, have sold more than 150 million records worldwide (their Greatest Hits (1971 - 1975) was the biggest selling album of the 20th Century.) They are the 5th highest selling act and the biggest selling American band in history. They are in both the Rock and Roll and Vocal Group Halls of Fame. "Hotel California" is the title track to their 1976 album, the 2nd highest selling Eagles album of all time, and the first to feature guitarist Joe Walsh. With lyrics by Don Henley and Glen Frey, and music composed by Don Felder, "Hotel California" was a smash. Still is. Reaching #1 on the Billboard Hot 100, the Grammy winning tune is a gold record, and a triple platinum digital download song. Obviously, a lot of people like "Hotel California." At one time, so did I. And then I heard it, and heard it, and heard it, and heard it....face it. As is the case with all monster hits, "Hotel California" was overplayed from day one, and it's gotten worse over time. I once had a girlfriend that loved to sing Karaoke, so I spent four years hanging out in Karaoke bars. Without fail, someone did this song every single show (by the way, it's considered bad form to pick really long songs at Karaoke.) If I can no longer stand listening to the real version, sung by the great Don Henley, just imagine having to constantly listen to people that can barely sing do it. Yuck. There is a lot to like about "Hotel California." For instance, I love the Walsh/Felder guitar dual at the end (which took them three days to perfect.) But I can no longer stomach hearing the song ever again. Not even for that. Hate me now? Just wait until tomorrow. #1 awaits. (Info verified by Wikipedia)
Eagles: Hotel California
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@TRBRocks420 (73945)
• Banks, Oregon
22 Feb 17
I love it, but it's not their best song, like a lot think it is.
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@teamfreak16 (40518)
• Colorado Springs, Colorado
22 Feb 17
That is most definitely true.
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@FourWalls (12940)
• United States
22 Feb 17
@teamfreak16 -- wasn't even the best song on the 45. (The B-side was "Pretty Maids All in a Row.")
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@TRBRocks420 (73945)
• Banks, Oregon
22 Feb 17
@FourWalls I would prefer it over that one personally, but my favorite is Desperado.
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• Preston, England
22 Feb 17
not just a song I like but possibly my favourite song of all time - certainly don't hate you for the choice though
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@teamfreak16 (40518)
• Colorado Springs, Colorado
22 Feb 17
Oh, I understand. Like I said, there actually was a time I liked it myself.
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@JohnRoberts (52327)
• Los Angeles, California
22 Feb 17
It did get tiresome after hearing it the zillionth time.
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@teamfreak16 (40518)
• Colorado Springs, Colorado
22 Feb 17
I know. I still have to hear it every time we go to the bar. It sure ain't me playing it.
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@andriaperry (46584)
• United States
22 Feb 17
See I love hotel California, its my all time #1 song. BUT I do understand what you are saying, sweet home Alabama is over played here so much I hate it.
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@teamfreak16 (40518)
• Colorado Springs, Colorado
22 Feb 17
That's another one that I never have to hear again.
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• Bournemouth, England
22 Feb 17
I'll happily listen to it because it leads to that guitar duel (even though melodically the song part is similar to a Jethro Tull song from years earlier, something that Ian Anderson is remarkably magnanimous about). I read Don Felder's book Heaven and Hell a few years ago. Even the post-legal action version was rather shocking. Having said that, I was still sad at Glenn Frey's untimely passing.
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@teamfreak16 (40518)
• Colorado Springs, Colorado
22 Feb 17
Yeah, that was sad. I definitely wasn't expecting it. I didn't even know there was anything wrong with him.
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@mysdianait (64064)
• Italy
22 Feb 17
I love it, not only because it haunted my teen years, but also because it was the song performed by the music school that my son attended at his first performance playing drums in public at the age of eleven. I teared that time and I do almost every time since whenever I hear it. Your link is unavailable
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@teamfreak16 (40518)
• Colorado Springs, Colorado
22 Feb 17
I understand. That must have been something to see.
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@mysdianait (64064)
• Italy
23 Feb 17
@teamfreak16 In my opinion it was but I am biased.
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@teamfreak16 (40518)
• Colorado Springs, Colorado
23 Feb 17
@mysdianait - I'm all for kids learning to play music. Potentially, more music for me to listen to down the road!
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@msiduri (5757)
• United States
26 Feb 17
When I saw this on your "can't stand" count down, I thought, "I might like more if I hadn't heard it every half hour for the last forty years..."
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@teamfreak16 (40518)
• Colorado Springs, Colorado
26 Feb 17
My thoughts exactly!
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@msiduri (5757)
• United States
26 Feb 17
@teamfreak16 Yeah, you know, it's like you can check out any time you like but you can never leave.
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@teamfreak16 (40518)
• Colorado Springs, Colorado
26 Feb 17
@much2say (38752)
• United States
22 Feb 17
There was a time where I didn't think much of this song - I just wasn't into the Eagles then. But in the late 90s when I was at the skating rink, they played the live version of this song and there were applauds in it . . . at that moment I could pretend people were clapping for ME . And they played that every evening I went there and I felt uplifted .
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@teamfreak16 (40518)
• Colorado Springs, Colorado
22 Feb 17
Oh, I can totally understand that.
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@much2say (38752)
• United States
26 Feb 17
@teamfreak16 But course, that could have been any live song with an applause and I would have dug it.
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@teamfreak16 (40518)
• Colorado Springs, Colorado
26 Feb 17
@much2say- True, but since it's this one, it's special.
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• United States
22 Feb 17
lol I used to love this song, too, but it got old real quick. Then an American Idol (reject) by the name of William Hung sang it on an album and it made it worse. Look it up....trust me...lol
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@teamfreak16 (40518)
• Colorado Springs, Colorado
22 Feb 17
I've actually watched that before. I've never watched American Idol, but I've seen a couple of William Hung videos!
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• United States
27 Feb 17
@teamfreak16 lol I'm ashamed to say that I have his album. I bought it as a joke.... That poor guy...lol
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@teamfreak16 (40518)
• Colorado Springs, Colorado
27 Feb 17
@missjessicadawn - Didn't he actually sell quite a few copies.
@TheSojourner (17479)
• United States
22 Feb 17
There are many songs that I used to like but they were so overplayed. This is one of them
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@teamfreak16 (40518)
• Colorado Springs, Colorado
22 Feb 17
I'm definitely in the same boat. The Eagles had a lot of great songs. Why play only this one? (Or so it seems.)
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• United States
22 Feb 17
@teamfreak16 I don't know? Why is anything overplayed.?
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@imravi (2363)
• India
24 Feb 17
It's a nice song. It's your take on the song but I love listening the song.
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@teamfreak16 (40518)
• Colorado Springs, Colorado
24 Feb 17
And I'm actually glad that you love it. I hope you never lose the joy of hearing it. It's just not for me.
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@FourWalls (12940)
• United States
22 Feb 17
Both times I saw the Eagles they opened with "Hotel California" and mercifully got it out of the way.
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@teamfreak16 (40518)
• Colorado Springs, Colorado
22 Feb 17
Thank goodness for that. They could have saved it for the finale, because it would totally work.
@LeaPea2417 (19181)
• Toccoa, Georgia
22 Feb 17
I understand what you are saying about it. The song is way overplayed.
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@teamfreak16 (40518)
• Colorado Springs, Colorado
22 Feb 17
And that's an understatement!
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