I listened to an album yesterday that I dig out every now and again to see whether I like it yet. I won’t tell you the name of it, but it’s my bother-in-law’s favourite album. I think it’s rubbish, just noise. I finally worked out what it sounds like though. You know when you play a song on iTunes on your laptop, but use the laptop’s own speakers, so it comes out all distorted. And then, a pop up er…pops up on a webpage you have opened and plays another song at the same time, so you are getting two distorted songs playing over the top of each other. It sounds like that. Definitely not telling you what it is though.
I see my dislike of it as my failing, as many people love it, but those that do mainly seem to be people who were into it when it came out, so I guess you had to be there. However, I’d bet that there are a lot of people who say they love it just to be cool, when they don’t really. This goes on all the time. Trout Mask Replica is just horrible. I love that it exists, but it’s just unlistenable. I really like other Captain Beefheart albums, especially Safe As Milk, but I just fail to see why so many say they like Trout Mask Replica. Again, I am sure that many people really do love the album, but I’m guessing there’s just as many who say they do when they don’t really.
Opera, there’s another one. Loads love it, but I bet there are just as many who have sat through it in torture, but pretend they like it just to keep up with the Joneses (the slightly posher than us Joneses), just like many will be pretending they like caviar.
And then there’s the beardy Hoxton types. I bet there are loads of them wishing for an end to the popularlty of real ale…sorry, craft beer they call it, so they can go back to lager! And I bet a lot of them can’t really tell the difference between CDs and vinyl, but just want to be cool. Personally, I’ve always been a real ale drinker, but rather than a beard I have the belly.
So come on, what else do you suspect that large numbers of people pretend to like just to be cool/posh/clever, when really they can’t stand or even understand it. You don’t necessarily have to come up with rubbish things, just things that attract a lot of fibbers. Although they can be rubbish things, like Morris dancing, that people pretend to like because they want to convince themselves that they live in an olde fashioned village.
It was Loveless by My Bloody Valentine, by the way. Maybe I’ll get it next time. After all, it took me ages to get into The Fall and Tom Waits. Or maybe I’m just saying I like those to be cool?