Thursday, October 11, 2007

Be Honest

How many people do you know, including yourself, does this excellent graph (thanks to the ever-machinating mind of Jessica Hagy) apply to?

I ashamedly raise my paw. With the exception of Bruce Springsteen, Talking Heads, and (Lowell George original version of) Little Feat, once a group I liked/loved became a bit popular, I tended to listen to their music a lot less. I blame it on my Musical Attention Deficiency, because it sounds more clinical than music snobbery.


Yeah, that's me alright. Douglas Coupland had a term for this snobbery, but someone's walked off with my (fifth or sixth) copy of Generation X.

Funny thing, though: I never got the hang of sticking with those jazz musicians who became popular, then went on to do something completely inexplicable. e.g., Coletrane post-A Love Supreme, or Miles Davis in his "fusion" phase. A little esoteric goes quite a distance, but when the hair on the back of my neck stands up, I'm quick to change the disc.
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