Thanks, Moose, for this recommendation. If this doesn’t make 100 responses I’ll be gutted.
I am an inveterate ‘deconstructor’ of rock snobs. In the punk years I would be pogoing at punk gigs in a dog-chewed t-shirt, flares, and centre-parted shoulder length hair then off to see Genesis (post Hackett) the next week. My main objection was peers who repeated received NME wisdom with flagrant insincerity to try and keep in with the genuinely cool kids.
I recently told someone who only listens to skronky lo-fi out-takes from bands on John peel in his last year that ‘I like marillion, but only their later stuff’.
I often use the Partridge inversion (as in ‘Gallagher and lyle- the singer-song writers Simon and garfunkel COULD have been”).
I am utterly sincere in the music I like, and genuinely like Al sorts (I probably mostly listen to 60s r’n’b and jazz theses days), and am all for pretentiousness (if one doesn’t reach higher, how can one reach in the first place?), but I hate the humourless rock list model. Isn’t it obvious that The Rezillos are better than the MC5?