There’s another thread going on that has a clip of a funny US sketch where a teacher is berated by about 20 sets of parents for the calibre of the records in the school’s record library.
She defends herself by naming a couple of Clash songs – but they are not the *right* Clash songs and she admits to be not being aware of Neu! and Krautrock generally, to unanimous consternation. Of course the comedy in this sketch is that the music snobs are the majority – when in reality the parent that defends Mike and the Mechanics at the beginning would represent 99% of the group.
Thing is – today, if someone here mentions an obscure act who sound interesting then – thanks to the Internet – moments later I am snapping my fingers, whistling and nodding my head. Or not. In 1977 I may read about Neu! but unless I venture into That London, I am not going to see their records anywhere. A chance hearing on John Peel might happen but the best TV was on during Peel’s show and most of the time, telly will trump the scratchy, tune-free session by Anal Prolapse.
So – as I have freely admitted in the other thread – sometimes, only sometimes – I have pretended to have heard music in order to get me out of a tight spot, impress people or indeed make out that I am far more eclectic and interesting than I in fact am.
This is not something folks worry about today (Obama impression there… d’you like it?). Faced with the peer-pressure situation of someone banging on about Neu! you can quietly scuttle off and listen to several of their songs (even for a only a few seconds) and then be able to rejoin the conversation with more confidence.
Reading about Neu! in 1977 may have been interesting but unless they are on the radio or their records appear in the charts, or an older sibling with disposable income buys stuff, you will never actually hear it.
So here’s a challenge for you. Do you know of any 2017 record-producing acts are totally off-grid? There is nothing on You Tube, Spotify – and no clips you can post. I would have to research them myself, buy their records and listen to them? That really is unimaginable now.
So – it’s easy to be a snob in 2017. Note I am being snobbish about other music snobs. Yay me.