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Patti Smith: OVER RATED

OK, I give up.

I’ve tried to be nice for decades now but Patti Smith SUCKS.

Here is her career: one great song, “Piss Factory”, one greatest album of all time contender Horses, another great song “Rock N Roll Nigger”, another great song with Bruce, “Because The Night”, excellent backing vocals on R.E.M.’s last perfect moment “E-Bow The Letter” and a deeply felt left field later career classic “About A Boy”. A Poem here and there. And that’s it. 

And she has been shoving it down our throats for decades.

Fucking Sam Sheppard doesn’t make you a playwrite, having kids with Fred “Sonic” Smith doesn’t make you a a groupie and having Dylan tune your guitar doesn’t make William Burroughs.

Last night there was a terrible P.O.V. documentary on PBS “Dream Of Life” about Patti. An unwatchablly flaterring portrait of the artist as an artist. Around twenty minutes in I turned it off… Is this what we want to do with our heroes? Lie about em? Fuck this shit.


  1. Freakin’ Michelangelo on March 2, 2019 at 1:09 pm

    1st of all, regarding the picture accompanying the article – For GODS sake get dressed! Now throw out the word, “artist”. They hang that label on anyone now. TIME magazine Feb 25 2019 – “ 34 People Changing the Way we See the World”. There are millions and millions that hide under that big protective “Artist” umbrella. Patti Smith : shitty singer, shitty guitar player, and ugly as mud fence.

    • Benny J on June 17, 2019 at 5:05 am

      If being ugly is a reason for being a shit artist then you, your mother and Bob Dylan and Leonard Cohen are shit artists too.

      • LaRock on April 15, 2020 at 7:09 am

        Look at you loser using mom busts how 1980s.

      • Bigbadnurse on February 27, 2022 at 5:09 pm

        My mom is still an attractive 82 year old lady. And still a far better singer than patti smith. And probably a much nicer person

  2. H M on June 16, 2019 at 9:28 pm

    Thank you thank you THANK YA
    Please write about more over rated bullshit some boomer writer thought would make him relevant &cool. My kid was watching cbgb movie he said why do people think the ramones and patti smith were gods? I had no answer her version of Dancing Barefoot is torture i prefer U2s cover. As for the ramones they were the biggest cookie cutters like they read a book on how to be punk and they all wore the same clothes all had the same hair cut & just to add to it same last name conform much?
    There are soo many boomer hype actors musicians etc. im glad some else put it online.
    Statt with James Dean and end up with Warren Beatty. Oh legends why?

    • LaRock on April 15, 2020 at 7:13 am

      Loser, you know nothing of which you speak. You lost all credibility after the word boomer.

  3. Benny J on June 17, 2019 at 5:03 am

    You just said she had three great songs and a great album. So is she shitter than your music career?

    • LaRock on April 15, 2020 at 7:18 am

      What’s that make you?

  4. Robert Eller on June 18, 2019 at 3:03 am

    One word, two syllables for Patti Smith: Poseur.

  5. Crimsonwolf on July 5, 2019 at 8:45 pm

    Patti Smith was a social climbing, name dropping, self indulgent no talent that was declaring
    herself a major talent and world class poet while delivering boring fake “beat poetry”. She is the definitive poser. Check out her mindless phony dribble at the beginning of Scorsese’s Dylan film “Rolling Thunder Revue”. Queen of punk? PLEEEEZE! Rather an old hippie junkie who probably
    sucked her way to…. where ever she got to.
    Don’t get me started on Lou Reed. He would have disappeared if it had not been for John Cale, Sterling Morrison, Nico, David Bowie, Mick Ronson and Quine & Saunders. He coasted on the VU albums for his whole life while turning out the equivalent of musical Emperor’s new clothes. Smith and Reed were famous for being famous and for who they hung out with. For every good (or even fair) song either of them did, there were 15 outright turds that they laid.

    • Shneur Menachem Schmulewitz on March 17, 2020 at 2:59 pm

      I am watching that part of Rolling Thunder Revue as we speak, and it’s just amazingly awful. I had to google “patti smith sucks” as an outlet for my emotions. After seeing that performance I will no longer be able to pretend that she’s anything but a talentless pretentious poser. I intentionally limited my awareness of what a hack she is for a long time just to avoid the many tedious annoying arguments with girlfriends that I know would’ve been the result.

      • Brienne on July 15, 2020 at 12:09 am

        Thank you all! Tried reading ‘Just Kids’ and realized she’s actually just the worst. Her writing blows, I don’t give a fuck about anything in the book- despite most of the people mentioned being legends and heroes of mine. She’s a name dropper and a braggart and really just talentless.

    • Klglass on August 21, 2021 at 10:17 pm


    • Bigbadnurse on February 27, 2022 at 5:18 pm

      Patti smith was a strong independent woman at a time when that was cutting edge. That does not make her music listenable. She was a nobody from New Jersey who ingratiated herself on the New York art scene. Then she dropped names. She knew somebody who knew somebody who knew somebody blah blah blah. She kind of slept her way in. She reminds me of yoko ono at her worst

  6. Strang on April 16, 2020 at 5:33 pm

    She comes across as a “scene” parasite. Such a cringing moment to watch her perform and act as a Rimbaud widow in Rolling Thunder Revue.

  7. Normie on September 5, 2020 at 1:22 pm

    She is gross

  8. Steven Saied on October 19, 2020 at 5:08 pm

    Artist? Just about everyone on the planet could be called an artist but it doesn’t make them a great artist.. I don’t get Patti Smith either and I’ve been involved in music since I could barely walk.. I just don’t see the attraction. U2 sucks too by the way.., especially the Edge.. Really? how pretentious to give yourself a name like that when you really just rely on a wall of sound effects and can only play with one finger..

    Anyway, back to Patti.. Her lyrics aren’t all that thought provoking or all that great in my opinion. Her lyrics don’t feel authentic and it’s almost like she just wanted to stir the pot..get noticed because she was probably bullied as a child. An artist shouldn’t have to force thought provoking lyrics. It’s feels fake… I don’t care for her music either but I do have to say the mixes on the albums were very well done, especially considering when these were recorded. Supposedly it opened the door to new engineering methods and techniques. This has nothing to do with her music, lyrics or arrangements mind you.. It’s the sonic quality and engineering of those albums. Otherwise, she got extremely lucky making it as a music artist…

  9. Thomas on January 8, 2021 at 9:37 pm

    Just watched Rolling Thunder on Netflix. She is walking in another dimension? She is crawling in deep crap and sounds like she’s gargling it. I’ve never understood the attraction but that is totally freaking awful. I hope she’s embarrassed by it.

    • Bigbadnurse on February 27, 2022 at 5:25 pm

      She also blights the dead man walking soundtrack. That song should have been executed along with Sean Penns character

  10. Jim Price on December 8, 2021 at 12:08 am

    Calling her over rated is a compliment, zero talent, zero skill, worst artist I ever saw.

  11. Robert Massie on January 19, 2022 at 10:39 am

    Imagine Patti with a voice, talent, ability to write excellent songs, and as a sexy woman…..What do you get..P J Harvey….Patti needs to shave her armpits and realize she’s not that great.

  12. Jill B on March 4, 2022 at 6:24 pm

    The most overrated, most pretentious artist ever….I’m never moved to write any kind of review normally but having watched a documentary of “female greats” in pop/rock music this evening I was reminded of just how utterly awful and super pretentious this “artist” is….

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