From 1997 (when I became a fan at 14 years old) to around 2005 they were my absolute favorite. I'm not a fan of their direction since HTDAAB and I dont particularly like any of the last 3 albums. I dont hate them they are just too middle of the road compared to the band i loved in the 90's.
This theme of "I used to love them but now I don't" is pretty consistent. I guess I'm trying to understand why anyone would spend time here if you don't love them anymore. For instance, I used to love the Tragically Hip, but I haven't enjoyed any of their albums or songs since ~2000. I am not on any Hip forum. I didn't even bother to go to any concerts on their final tour last year because I don't love them anymore. So if you're not in love with the band, why would you (and the others who share this sentiment; not picking on you Rasmus) bother with the forum?
That's true, but I wonder how that compares to fanaticism in general? As we get old, I think focus obviously changes (for better or worse).
I love em, have been a fan for more than twice as long as I haven't. The band and discussing them brought me to this place but it's discussion of other things with people from around the world that has kept me here largely.
I used to get about on blur and manics forums but they're just not active enough and didn't contain the volume of appreciation threads that I so crave