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Yesterday's girl

Left to her own devices during the day, my houseguest has taken a good hard look at my CD collection. And commented: "You've got an awful lot of 80s stuff" in that tone of voice that implied I was dating myself terribly through my choice of music. Immediately on the defensive, I pointed out that I also have a few albums by The Prodigy and The Chemical Brothers, Portishead and Massive Attack...and they're 90s, aren't they? Plus I've got some 40-odd classical CDs (mostly Ars Nova and Baroque, some 18th/early 19th century) and a somewhat smaller collection of jazz (I'm still in the process of building it up) -- but this is not the point. Have I stagnated, without realising it? Have I lost touch with the times? Should I try harder to find something to like in hiphop or whatever the current craze may be?

And do I really have such a lot of 80s music? Let's see: there's The Cure, and Heaven 17. There's Spandau Ballet and ABC, New Order and Tears For Fears, Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark and Ultravox. The Style Council. Everything But The Girl, and Lloyd Cole & The Commotions. Madness. The Smiths. Siouxsie & The Banshees, Echo & The Bunnymen, Dexys Midnight Runners, The Pretenders. UB40. U2. Robert Palmer and Depeche Mode. Billy Idol and The Psychedelic Furs. The Housemartins and Kate Bush. Peter Gabriel, Phil Collins and Paul Young. The The, The Jam, The Specials and Fun Boy Three. Matt Bianco, Prefab Sprout and Fischer Z. Joe Jackson and David Sylvian. The Sundays and The Cowboy Junkies. Talking Heads. The Pogues. The Clash. The Stranglers. Ryuichi Sakamoto, and Japan. Adam & The Ants. Blondie. Frankie Goes To Hollywood, Soft Cell, Cocteau Twins and Talk Talk...The Police, Prince, Simple Minds and Simply Red, Sade, The Eurythmics...and straddling several decades, including the 80s: David Bowie, Iggy Pop, Lou Reed, J.J. Cale, Madonna, The Rolling Stones. My word! I do have a lot of 80s stuff: those are just the ones I can remember off the top of my head! I'm sure there are a few more I've forgotten to list: how about The Hothouse Flowers, Thomas Dolby, The Human League and INXS?

In a strop, I went into a megastore determined to purchase some great new stuff...and came out again with Matt Bianco's latest offering Matt's Mood, and Depeche Mode's Violator (which I previously only owned on tape)...It seems that I just can't make myself over into a 21st century girl ::headdesk::

Comments

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bogwitch
Sep. 8th, 2004 03:39 am (UTC)
I have lots of 80's stuff too, but mine is mostly hidden away on vinyl.
gamiila
Sep. 8th, 2004 05:28 am (UTC)
Like a fool, I gave my vinyls away when I switched to CDs in the early 90s. Since then, I've been trying to re-acquire the releases I had before, but on the newer medium. It's slow going -- some of the stuff I used to own was never put out on CD -God, I miss my scratchy bootleg albums sometimes!-, but I always thought that for every old album I bought, I would buy 2 or 3 new ones...Guess not, and now I'm having to come to terms with the fact that I'm the opposite of cool.
bogwitch
Sep. 8th, 2004 07:16 am (UTC)
That would be like parting with my right arm.
automatedalice_
Sep. 8th, 2004 05:21 am (UTC)
i read somewhere that people tend to be set in their ways regarding music by the time they reach their 20s. i used to find that limiting. still do, but i think it might be true. most of what i cling to is 80s/early 90s. the new stuff i buy sounds like the old stuff i already have.
gamiila
Sep. 8th, 2004 05:41 am (UTC)
the new stuff i buy sounds like the old stuff i already have.

That is exactly right! ;-)

I also find that, the older I get, the more appreciative I become of the more unobtrusive types of music, the kind that can play in the background while you're holding a conversation, and you won't need to shout.
bogwitch
Sep. 8th, 2004 07:19 am (UTC)
Thank goodness I'm not that old yet. ;)
gamiila
Sep. 8th, 2004 08:04 am (UTC)
Oi! Less of the 'old' please, you cheeky monkey!
bogwitch
Sep. 8th, 2004 09:35 am (UTC)
Seriously though, the eighties were the swansong of good chart music.
cheesygirl
Sep. 8th, 2004 07:23 am (UTC)
Yeah, I'm stuck in the 80's too, since that was my teens/early 20s and I was constantly listening to music then. I also find my taste for contemporary music harkens back to 80s-ish sounding bands.

I have a hard time finding new stuff anyway. I'm very picky about what I'll listen to so that doesn't help.
gamiila
Sep. 8th, 2004 08:08 am (UTC)
I'm very picky about what I'll listen to so that doesn't help.

I don't like radio. And I never watch MTV anymore - and when it comes to TOTP, it's TOTP2 I check out: oldies, rather than the charts.

There's no help for me. I've become an old fuddy-duddy.
cheesygirl
Sep. 8th, 2004 08:17 am (UTC)
Radio around here is horrible. It's either country, hip hop/R&B, pop, oldies, or classical. I usually keep my car radio tuned to the classical station or oldies station that plays 70s and 80s music, but they always seem to play crappy 80s music, not the good stuff. It makes me feel so old that the music I listened to as a teenager is considered "oldies"!
viciouswishes
Sep. 8th, 2004 08:50 am (UTC)
They'd probably say the same thing about my music collection.
gamiila
Sep. 10th, 2004 04:18 am (UTC)
And if they do, you look 'em in the eye and go "Yeah?"
jonesiexxx
Sep. 8th, 2004 09:59 am (UTC)
My utterly unsolicited two cents
but this is not the point. Have I stagnated, without realising it? Have I lost touch with the times? Should I try harder to find something to like in hiphop or whatever the current craze may be?

Nope, the point is that houseguest, wittingly or otherwise, undermined your self-esteem.

Wondering whether you ought to listen to a greater selection of music? Perfectly legit. Feeling like you need to be defensive? Fuck it.

You get to listen to what you like - narrow taste, wide taste, no taste. No apologies.
gamiila
Sep. 10th, 2004 04:16 am (UTC)
Re: My utterly unsolicited two cents
the point is that houseguest, wittingly or otherwise, undermined your self-esteem

Is that what she did? Hmmm -- I think you may be on to something there. Although I'd originally thought she'd opened my eyes to a deficit I hadn't been seeing/feeling myself...Couldn't understand why I was so upset, knowing this came from an avowed Celine Dion-fan ;-)!

narrow taste, wide taste, no taste. No apologies

I like this...thanks!
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