Does Familiarity Breed Contempt?

On my way home tonight the local rock station was playing Shoot To Thrill by AC/DC and as I sang along I started to think of what I have heard people utter in the past about AC/DC’s lack of “musical progression” and “growth.” One would think that it is a given that banging out the same old shtick night after night must be boring in the extreme but is that necessarily so with all bands? Could it be possible that some bands like the fact that they play the same style of music and don’t want to change for the sake of change? AC/DC have made no bones about the fact that they are a simple, hard rock outfit, nothing more, nothing less. Anything more to them smacks of artificiality. As a fan, with some bands I want to hear something different every album (within reason to me) but I don’t go along with those people that crucify a band for a lack of “maturity.” To me, I don’t want a band like AC/DC to change. When I hear them I don’t want Radiohead or Peter Gabriel, I want Thunderstruck, or something that sounds kinda like it. Is that so wrong? Sometimes when you have to think too much about rock ‘n roll it’s magical effect is lost. Sometimes you have to be less of a critic and more of a fan. Sometimes you just have to listen and smile. It certainly is more fun.