I really like Talking Heads and "Stop Making Sense," but I remember when I was a kid it seriously bugged the shit out of me to hear people say "You should listen to Talking Heads... because David Byrne has a genius-level IQ."
I remember thinking, that's such a lame reason to like anything by anyone. In fact, knowing that his IQ was publicized at some point and was a persuasive contributor to some people's taste in music actually tainted my appreciation for later Talking Heads and David Byrne projects, including his awesome compilations of Brazilian music.
Which is of course wholly unreasonable -- now I understand that taste is as varied as are taste's motivations -- but that's just how it was. Growing up takes time and experience.
I've always had a problem with modern genius worship. As far as I'm concerned there are only seven geniuses worth consideration:
Uanna, who finished the plans for heaven and earth,
Uannedugga, who was endowed with comprehensive intelligence,
Enmedugga, who was allotted a good fate,
Enmegalamma, who was born in a house,
Enmebulugga, who grew up on pasture land,
An-Enlilda, the conjurer of the city of Eridu,
and Utuabzu, who ascended to heaven.
yea Miko I was among the cohort who was really turned off by Talking Heads because not only were they incredibly overplayed in the sorts of public hangouts Young LFR was wont to hangout in, there were a certain subset of (older, mostly) college graduate student types (proto-hipsters, I'd have to say) who were all "zomg they're SO DEEP and INCREDIBLY RELEVANT and DID YOU READ THIS ESSAY blablabla" and I was like, um, yea, fuck that, I'll just go listen to the Smiths until you come down off your high horse about it.
see also: REM.
so yea basically if I never hear either of those bands ever again I won't cry about it.