I loves me some Cypress Hill. Their studio stuff is okay, it's the sort of thing I occasionally find myself in the mood for, but nothing to get excited over. But they are AMAZING live. True showmen, those boys are, and the crowd really gets into it.
I was surprised by how much I enjoyed Smashing Pumpkins. I've always found them to be a tad overrated, but enjoyable... except for Billy [expletive deleted] Corgan. The rest of the band is very talented, but whoever told Corgan he could sing should be shot. More than once, I've caught part of one of their intros, or maybe a solo, on the radio, and thought, "Holy crap, who is this? This kicks ass! I should buy their album!" and then Corgan's voice comes in and just ruins it. Some bands have that one subpar member, but you can just kind of ignore him and focus on the good bits. Not so with the Pumpkins. Corgan's obnoxious whining defies all efforts to block it out, tainting everything it touches with the stench of crap.
But live was a different story. They were given to extended instrumental interludes, nimble guitar solos, and drum-and-bass jams of the sort that are the hallmark of any good live rock band. A combination of the crowd singing along over him and what I can only imagine was a masterful job on the part of the sound mixers rendered even Corgan tolerable, if not enjoyable. I'd even consider seeing them again, if the tickets weren't too expensive or they were paired up with someone I also wanted to see.
They did get a little self-indulgent in the second half of their set; the songs got more Corgan-heavy and some of the instrumental stuff got a little repetitive. There was one intro in particular that went on WAAAAY too long. But overall, they put on a good show.