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Page history last edited by PBworks 17 years, 4 months ago


A short history of my terrible taste in music

When I was a teenager, I swore that I'd never be one of those adults who was totally out of touch with the current scene. I'd never glare at my kids and tell them to turn off that noise. No, I'd keep up with popular music, and even if I didn't like it, I'd know who everyone was.


By the time I was 22, I had completely failed at this.


When I started college, I was still watching MTV (well, mostly VH1--less rap and metal there. Not to mention less non-music programming altogether) and listening to the radio. Somewhere around the Rise of Britney--who I liked, by the way--I just stopped wanting to keep up with things. Maybe it had something to do with September 11--which sounds hugely lame, but the fact is, I went into one of my hypomanic periods (see Katrina) and watched the news obsessively for two weeks after 9/11. And then, after that? I didn't watch TV for a year, maybe two. I kept the TV on Turner Classic Movies for several months, and then turned it off entirely. By the time I could stand to watch TV again, VH1 had followed in the footsteps of MTV and was mostly non-music programming. Sigh.


Growing up, though, my mother would play records while she cleaned house (or baked recreationally, for that matter), so I ended up growing up on Sheena Easton, Olivia Newton-John, and... Cats. I'm afraid this shaped my musical taste permanently, because, to this day, it's pretty awful. Mostly I listen to stupidcrackmusic. I'm not proud that I spent my formative years listening to Belinda Carlisle and Roxette, but I'm obviously not ashamed enough, because I still do. I have plenty of bands or artists I'm not embarrassed to say I listen to--Garbage, David Bowie, New Order, U2, Tori Amos, various movie soundtracks--but somehow, it's the stupidcrackmusic I turn to the most. I need some combination of melody, back-up harmony, and infectious beat (rock-awesome guitar is an acceptable substitute), generally speaking. This is why I tend not to like rap, punk (no, old-school punk. This stuff you kids call punk these days (shakes cane) is just really hoarse pop, thank you) or metal. It's got to be something I can deskdance to. This is not to say that I think that rap, real punk and metal aren't good music; they're just not genres I enjoy listening to. I don't like country for the same reason, although I do like the scourge of Nashville, pop country. Again, I blame it on the Sheena Easton records.


Music I am not ashamed to listen to (although maybe I should be)





Tori Amos

The Bangles

Natasha Bedingfield


David Bowie

Kate Bush

Neneh Cherry


Kelly Clarkson

Lloyd Cole

Shawn Colvin

Jonathan Coulton

Sheryl Crow

Depeche Mode



Melissa Etheridge

Etro Anime

Nelly Furtado

Peter Gabriel



Don Henley


Chris Isaak

The Killers


Massive Attack

[Eleanor McEvoy]

[Loreena McKennitt]

[Sarah McLachlan]

Kylie Minogue

New Order

No Doubt and/or Gwen Stefani

Heather Nova

Joan Osborne

Pearl Jam

Pet Shop Boys


The Pretenders


The Rolling Stones

Roxy Music and/or Bryan Ferry


The Servant


Siouxsie and the Banshees

Sophie B Hawkins

Sting and/or The Police

Hayley Westenra


(*hangs head*)

Paula Abdul

Bryan Adams


Bon Jovi

Belinda Carlisle


Celine Dion



Samantha Fox

Debbie Gibson


Cyndi Lauper


Richard Marx

Britney Spears

Rod Stewart

Donna Summer





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