I never understood the sheer vitriol he inspired. He’s a good (and sometimes even great) songwriter and performer. Great live shows, if you’ve ever been able to see him.
Maybe it’s a class thing, because he was certainly beloved by a certain type of working class kid. Whatever – I was never one to write people off because of what critics think; I know enough about music to make my own choices.
And this is still one of my favorite songs: