The Afterword is a broad church, running the full gamut of musical tastes from A to D.
Over by the fireplace, you have your “course, it were all green fields round here in my day” types, trading stories about the Incredible String Band and the Summer of Love.
By the pool table gather the sneering 90s kids, who don’t, like, believe in genre, and still sometimes listen to music that gets reviewed in Pitchfork. They’ll never get old and closed-minded, no sir.
Propping up the bar, drinking real ale and comparing vintage tour t-shirts, are the vinyl obsessives. They like music you’ve probably never heard of.
And, of course, there’s the car park. Where deramdaze is busy shouting at pigeons and trying to work out whether or not he should like The Doors just now.
Many tribes. Many ways of consuming music, many ways of seeing the world. But is there a single song that can bring them together and bond them? A piece of music that, when played on the jukebox, will see everyone in the pub stop what they’re doing, link arms and perform a stomping karaoke singalong that threatens to tear the roof off the sucka? One tune to rule them all?
The challenge of this thread is to identify a song that everyone* here likes. Or at least, to see how close we can get to a song that no one dislikes. Here, in this den of elitism, contrarianism and loathsome smarty-pantedness, we’re going to attempt the impossible – musical consensus.
I’ll start us off. “Yes” by McAlmont and Butler. Surely there’s nobody out there despicable enough to dislike “Yes” by McAlmont and Butler?
* Two rules for this thread:
1. If you have a personal life-rule about loudly and pointedly refusing to like any music from certain decades, I’m afraid you’re going to have to sit this one out, for the sake of the premise.
2. If you pipe up to say you don’t like one of the songs that’s been suggested then you, in turn, are obliged to make a suggestion. Where we destroy, we must also create.