what are some music artists that you understand or appreciate, as far as their importance in music culture in general and/or their place in their respective genre, but aren't really a fan of? and for myself when I say I'm "not a fan" I specifically mean that I don't enjoy listening to their music, it's usually completely a matter of aural aesthetics. here are a few of my own examples:
Diamanda Galas - great respect for her art, but I can't listen for more than a few seconds
Aphex Twin - I released a CD under the name Ugliness Man in the early 2000s for a short-lived electronica label, and through some of my associations I learned a lot about Aphex Twin and how much he/they inspired and launched the careers of countless other electronic artists, but I find the music rather boring to listen to
Neil Young - I considered myself a fan for awhile, then I actually sat down and started trying to listen to his "classic" albums. yawn.
honorable mention: Justin Bieber. the music he makes is a brand of pop music that I can't stand, and yeah he's kind of a douche, but he's an incredible talented rapper and drummer, and given the chance I would definitely collab with him.
and the inverse of this: Joanna Newsom. I love love love her music and I think she's an awesome person that I would love to hug and have long weird conversations with, but I can totally see why some people don't like her.
by the way, the title of this post was inspired by discussions between fans and detractors of REM in their early days. this is true for a lot of artists, but REM fans specifically seem to latch onto "you don't like it because you don't get it". I'll buy that this is true for some non-fans, but it's certainly not the default position. there are absolutely NO artists that are liked by everyone who gives them a fair chance, not even the fucking Beatles (I love the Beatles myself, but I've met a few intelligent sincere non-fans and I don't tell them they're wrong).