Three Stupid Things People From Other Places Think About Houston
Photo by Jim Chisholm Every night, cool bands like Asmodeus X are playing somewhere in Houston.
3. Houston's music scene sucks.
This is one of the ridiculous stereotypes about Houston, one that truly pisses me off. The idea that Houston doesn't have decent local music or that no notable bands have ever come from H-Town is laughable, but we routinely get no love in that regard.
I was in a bunch of local bands that played shows, put out music and toured the U.S., so maybe I'm just a little sensitive to the idea that Houston is some sort of musical wasteland. Even if I weren't, it's a stupid perception a lot of people living elsewhere seem to have.
It's true that there are really only a handful of cities in America that are famous for having "great" music scenes, places where there are enough music industry types and resources acting as a magnet for musicians with their hearts set on fame.
But there are great bands in lots of places not famous as "music cities," and Houston has spawned more than its share of great bands and performers. I could mention our contributions to hip-hop, or the fact that artists ranging from Lightnin' Hopkins to Kenny Rogers to D.R.I. once called Houston home. Houston even has an active electronic music scene, something not every city can claim. Every night there are great local bands playing in venues for little to no money, and rather than accept the notion that Houston doesn't have great music happening, more of us should get out and support those bands.
These are but three stupid things people seem to believe about the Bayou City, but I hear variations on the themes often, and too many share a basic perception that Houston is a huge, ugly city full of ignorant cowboys and Hank Hill types, bereft of any interesting art or music. Not only is that offensive, but it's patently untrue, and anyone who spent more than a couple of days actually exploring this town would quickly realize that fact.