As I wrote in a previous blog, the kind of music I listen to now is a lot different to the sort of stuff I used to like. My teenage years were dominated by generic indie bands that were aboard the ‘Britpop’ gravy train. I have already told you about the 5 bands that I used to like but no longer do (which you can find a link for here https://sittingontheswings.com/2014/01/16/bands-i-liked-but-dont-now-by-martyn-taylor/) so I feel it is time for me to produce the 5 acts that I never held a flame for in my youth, but have now, not only grown to love, but idolise.
1. Pulp. These reluctant ‘Britpop’ figures formed in 1978 and struggled for a decade or so trying to gain prominence in the U.K. By the mid-90’s they hit the big time with their Disco influenced pop infused social commentary (try saying that after a few drinks) Their 3 90’s album releases spawned many sing-along classics The reason why I didn’t like appreciate Pulp at the time was simple. I didn’t like Jarvis Cocker! His styling was totally against the grain of the time. He was never seen in a parker, and his ‘Weed in tweed’ fashion was not attractive to me. Luckily in my more recent years, I have grown to overlook his appearance, and now love Pulps 3 90’s masterpieces.
2. The Smiths. By the time The Smiths were known to me in the early 90’s, they had already split and Morrissey was already well into his more successful solo career. During the 80’s The Smiths poetic commentary from the council estates defined an era in Thatcher’s Britain. They were later known as the most influential British group of the decade. I know what you’re thinking: “how could he not like them?” My brother idolised Morrissey. He wore turned up jeans, NHS glasses and sported a quiff even Elvis himself would envy. My Bro would play all the of the Smiths’ brilliant albums over and over again on his tape deck in the bedroom we shared. He wouldn’t let me play my Jive Bunny cassettes so I took it out on The Smiths hating them Nowadays, the red mist has lifted and my admiration for Morrissey and The Smiths is still growing.
3. Radiohead. Thom Yorke and his falsetto voice haunted the airwaves of Radio 1 in the 90’s. Radiohead had an expansive sound and themes of alienation which propelled them to international fame. Their dramatic change in style at the turn of the century could have been career suicide, but it turned them from celebrated rockers, into championed experimental digital stars. Mr Yorke and his wonky eyes, quirky lyrics and massive student following made me dislike the band. I hated everything to do with the student scene. However my dislike of all things student was only a phase, and I now see that I was missing out on a revolution, and some of the all time greatest albums had passed me by. Radiohead released great rock albums, but their early rock evolved into one of my favourites of all time in O.K Computer.
4. Nirvana. The death of Kurt Cobain in 1994 was massive news worldwide at the time. I couldn’t have given a toss! I didn’t know him, his band, his music or problems. I thought I should check it out. I didn’t like it! It was noise to me. I went to my 2 Unlimited C.D and Adidas trackies. When I left school in 1998, I caught a recording of Nirvana Unplugged on MTV . Kurt’s version of Bowies ‘The Man Who Sold the World’ was pure brilliance. It led me to revisit Nirvana’s albums and renew my interest in them. Cobain’s death left many questions unanswered. The question I’d like answered is, what might have come next?
5. Take That. This choice might seem a little strange considering what I have picked already. During my Kelvin Hall days I hated all Boy Bands. I was into ‘Britpop’, and girls snubbed us because we didn’t possess Boy Band good looks. Take That had the cheeky one, the cute one, the song writer, the dancer and the other one. Their split in 1996 was celebrated among me and my friends. When I look back now, I don’t think there was a single song that they released that I didn’t like. When they reformed in 2006 as a Man Band, I was surprised by the quality of Gary Barlow’s writing and was converted as a fan. In 2010 Robbie Williams re-joined to complete the original line up, they were rejuvenated and were more entertaining than ever. Up yours Justin Bieber!!!
Martyn Taylor is a 32 year-old father of three and lives in Hull. His pastimes include watching 80s action films over and over again and and debating the all-time Premiership XI with Mr Miles. His knowledge of American sitcoms of the 90s stands second to none. He once walked into a men’s public lavatory absent-mindedly singing the theme tune from Two And A Half Men. You can find him on http://www.twitter.com/shirleysblower but he never tweets, so just follow him on here.
Glad you came around to these, especially the first 3!
Take That never really made it big in Canada (Back for good was a hit, can’t recall many others) but that’s encouraging to hear their sound has aged well.
In terms of what might have come next for Nirvana, have you heard “you know you’re right”? With lawsuits after Cobain’s death, it didn’t end up being released until the early 2000s but it at least provided a hint as to what direction they might have gone, had Cobain lived. Which made his death even more tragic as it’s a strong song.
Thanks for the comment, I love listening and learning about new (to me) music. I’m also enjoying writing music blogs now, I found it difficult at first. I really like your blog, it encourages me.
Thanks Martyn – if it’s alright with you, I’ll be borrowing your idea (artists I didn’t used to like but I do now) when i review Beck. Was not a fan (at all!) of Loser at the time, but I’ve since come around.
Yeah that’s fine. I liked ‘Odelay’ but that’s all I really know. How popular is your blog? You seem to get many comments. how many hits do you get a day???
The most hits on a given day I’ve had according to the wordpress stats is 128, but I think that was a relatively rare occurrence.
From what I gather, many bloggers will ‘follow’ thousands of blogs to build up hits/followers etc. I used to ‘follow’ more but I ended up trimming it right down to the blogs I was actually interested in reading. So that may have cost me ‘followers’ but I find the discussions with other music fans is much more interesting than building stats/clogging up my news feed with items that I probably wouldn’t have time to read anyways.
Quality over quantity as they say!
Well, I’m glad you didn’t cut us from your reader. Do you know any other good music or film blogs worth following?
You guys know my weaknesses – top 5s, countdowns, music reviews, no way I could cut it!
There are many great ones worth exploring:
are at least 5 of the ones I’d advise starting with.
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