So, because I don't care about lyrics, I've got a lot of foriegn music on my iPod. I can't speak anything except English (although I can often suss out some Spanish when I read it), so most of these songs I have no idea what they are about. But if I like the sound, I don't care. I've got at least 8 languages on my iPod other than English. I also have a a ton of instrumental music ranging from classical to heavy metal (and some heavy metal played on classical instruments. Thank you Apocalyptica). I'm a big opera fan as well and as long as I know the general story line, I'm fine if there isn't supertitles to get me through the show.
Now, because I care about lyrics I tend to get techy with folks who have mush mouth. The Frey comes to mind. After looking up the lyrics on a couple of songs, I can say they have a good lyricist. However, I can't understand him (especially if I'm in the car with road noise) enough to know what the heck he's saying when he's singing. I totally dig the sounds of Red Hot Chili Peppers, too, but often am baffled by whatever they're saying (and it doesn't matter how many times I look up the lyrics to "Scar Tissue" I can never remember what the chorus is saying - "Birds that share?" "Birds in shade?" "Burma Shave?" - I hear him sing it and I'm all confused again). Another downside to this hangup is that there are several bands that I'll happily buy the records of that I won't watch in concert. If I can see someone singing on stage, but can't or can only barely hear him/her, then I'm not a happy camper. I've gotten to where I prefer to see soloists, because the back up bands know that they'll be fired if they let their "guitar/drum/bass ego" get in the way of the audience hearing the singer.
So, there is my lyric hangup. And I suppose since I mentioned them in a positive way, I should share: