Music you only got into to impress someone

Discussion in 'music, bands, clubs & festies' started by Buddy Bradley, Jul 8, 2019.

  1. Buddy Bradley

    Buddy Bradley Pantheistic solipsist

    Listening to Deacon Blue this morning; I'm not really a fan, but I do like a lot of the tracks on their "Best of" compilations. The only reason I ever listened to them in the first place, though, was because a girl I really liked in college was a huge fan - so naive 18-year-old me thought that if I was also a fan she would be impressed enough to go out with me (or at least acknowledge I exist).

    Didn't work, obviously, but I still know all the words to Fergus Sings The Blues and Real Gone Kid, more than 25 years later. :) So thanks, Sam, wherever you are now.

    Anyone else accidentally get into a band or genre because you were trying to impress someone else?
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  2. Ranbay

    Ranbay The same rules apply

  3. jontz01

    jontz01 taking refuge in the loft

    Super furry animals, theatre royal Stoke. Late 90's. Same deal, chasing a girl.. One of the most memorable gigs of my life. 4 way surround sound. I became a lifelong fan after that.
  4. neonwilderness

    neonwilderness What would Badgers do?

    Was Tim Cook impressed?
  5. skyscraper101

    skyscraper101 0891 50 50 50

    Real Gone Kid is a classic. One of my favourite pop songs :cool:

    I don't think I ever purposely got into anything to impress anybody. I've tried to like stuff but can't force myself at the end of the day. I've been to a fair amount of gigs to please the OH though. Her taste in music is mostly indie rock from post 2000, wheras I'm very much more early to mid 90s. Last weekend it was The Kooks. Not totally awful, but it was pretty average. Also everyone there looked about 25.
  6. Ted Striker

    Ted Striker Foot's on the other hand

    Razorlight. Yes, a woman was involved :facepalm:

    Now I genuinely have Up All Night in my top ten favourite albums ever. I can sing along to every second, every ad lib, every crowd cheer of the The live recording at Brixton Academy (04-05ish?) and the Glastonbury live appearance (recording) in 05 and are, frankly, up there with Erick Morillo live at Leeds Love Parade, or even the DJ EZ 45 minute Boiler Room as legit perfect musical instances.
  7. Pickman's model

    Pickman's model every man and every woman is a star

    (((((Ranbay))))) :(
  8. Orang Utan

    Orang Utan knows how to use the three shells

    Duran Duran when I was ten. Julia Petty was into them and I was into her.
    Ended up loving them and all things synth.
    She never returned my adulation.
  9. Ranbay

    Ranbay The same rules apply

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  10. Pickman's model

    Pickman's model every man and every woman is a star

    went to a sultans of ping gig while chasing a girl, but never got into that band
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  11. Ranbay

    Ranbay The same rules apply

    I don't know who that is.
  12. killer b

    killer b Minimum Waste / Maximum Joy

    Women I've loved have introduced me to new music, and perhaps ways of thinking about music or a particular act that I hadn't previously considered, but I'm mostly happy with how it's worked out so I don't really think of it as only getting into stuff to impress them.

    David Guetta though, fwiw. :cool:
  13. planetgeli

    planetgeli There's no future in England's dreaming

    How very odd. I nearly started a thread based on this very thing yesterday.

    Thread within a thread? John Martyn.
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  14. isvicthere?

    isvicthere? a.k.a. floppybollocks

    For me, it's more music I pretended to hate to appear "cool."

    Abba and the Eagles (admitting to liking them would almost result in a Nuremburg trial by the punk orthodoxy of 1977, which I fully subscribed to, despite owning Eagles' Greatest Hits and Hotel California). :(
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  15. neonwilderness

    neonwilderness What would Badgers do?

  16. Buddy Bradley

    Buddy Bradley Pantheistic solipsist

    Lemonheads - never listened to them (or any indie, really) before the singer in our band introduced me to that sort of thing. Never got into Pavement or Dinosaur Jr, though.
  17. Spandex

    Spandex A crazy bulbous punchbag of sound

    Music I only got into to impress someone: Fairport Convention. Julia was cool. She played folk music. It went nowhere. I still have a hardly listened to copy of The History of Fairport Convention knocking about somewhere.

    Women I've loved who've introduced me to new music: funk and soul. When I got together with my girlfriend she was a goth. But it turned out she far more likely to be listening to James Brown's Funky People. I still love both very much 25 years later :cool:
  18. killer b

    killer b Minimum Waste / Maximum Joy

    Give them another spin - they produced some filth, but there's loads of good stuff on that comp - the first disk mostly, but 'Sloth' on the second is just wonderful.
  19. The39thStep

    The39thStep Well-Known Member

    Never listened to music to impress anyone but have patiently listened to music that the other person has liked in the hope of finding a redeeming feature. Worst ones have been Cat Stevens, Spandau Ballet, Joan Armatrading ( fell asleep snoring after a few beers at one of her concerts with a short lived relationship ) , drum and bass , any form of American chick Rock ie Heart etc, Pink. Ones that I could really do without or just about put up with for 15 minutes: UB40, Bob Marley, Bob Dylan, Garage, tacky house, most folk music .
    I did watch Wuthering Heights , read a load of articles exploring themes in it as I was convinced that this woman I liked thought she was another Cathy and then she told me that she couldn't stand her. Went home played some Sparks, Frank Sidebottom and Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band to console myself .
    At the end if the day music is like chewing gum flavours to be honest.
  20. krtek a houby

    krtek a houby Share knowledge, don't weaponize it

    I pretended to be a music snob to impress urban, but couldn't keep up the facade
  21. JuanTwoThree

    JuanTwoThree Back to the mug-shot

    Robert Palmer. Lyn Wilkinson. Went off them both.
  22. The39thStep

    The39thStep Well-Known Member

    I went out with this woman on a date from Camden in a pub and was talking to her about music and some bloke on the same table overheard and joined in . We had a really interesting if somewhat overlong conversation and on the way home my date complained it was like listening to a stocktake at A Virgin record store. That didn't go anywhere either .
  23. The39thStep

    The39thStep Well-Known Member

    Robert Palmer I can put up with , a lot of dross (his sync drum stuff sounds very dated) but there's a couple of gems.
  24. killer b

    killer b Minimum Waste / Maximum Joy

    Robert Palmer is a really interesting character - mostly sounds awful, but he casually rolled out some insanely experimental and brilliant tracks as B-sides, buried at the ends of albums etc.
  25. SpookyFrank

    SpookyFrank Self-cleaning oven, the whole bit.

    I once nearly, and I must stress here that I never went through with it, took a girl to a James Blunt concert.
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  26. 8ball

    8ball Hetero Sapiens

    Bands/artists I pretended to hate at one or other time for some reason or other:

    Dire Straits
    The Cure
    Kate Bush
  27. Spandex

    Spandex A crazy bulbous punchbag of sound

    I found it in a box at the back of a cupboard buried under the xmas decorations. Still not doing it for me.

    What I did find in the box was a Great White album. I don't remember ever owning a Great White album. Probably because of Sonia. She loved hair metal. My first kiss x
  28. hash tag

    hash tag member

    Weird Al Yankovic & The Verve - was trying to impress the sales assistant in HMV Oxford St. i failed. :D
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  29. Ming

    Ming Massive prawns

    I bought Blues for the Red Sun by Kyuss (because of the QOTS connection) at an indie record store in my mid 30’s. The judgemental fuck behind the counter was like ‘that’s a great album’ (subtext ‘for an older guy to buy’). I thought ‘Mingy, you’re still relevant’. Got it home and i hated it.
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  30. Buddy Bradley

    Buddy Bradley Pantheistic solipsist

    Oh, that reminds me - I once bought Sepultura's Chaos AD because the guy behind the counter in HNV was starring in a reality TV show at the time and I knew he was a fan.
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