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Old 12-15-2004, 03:25 PM   #16
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Everything I used to hate, I love now. I'm finding a lot of merit in music I used to despise and ridicule: disco, old country, Patsy Cline, Neil Diamond, Elton John, Sinatra, Nat King Cole, Beach Boys, big band. And everything I used to love, I still love, but I'm finding more and more artifice in it and less and less genuine musical merit: Sonic Youth, Radiohead, Pixies, the Clash. I still love those bands, but as my collection of music expands, they become less and less important.

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Old 12-15-2004, 03:30 PM   #17
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A few years back, I was strictly into Indie rock, and non-commercial bands. Now, three years on, my favourite band is U2 (this was the biggest change), and I like some hiphop, r'n'b and pop too. I'm still mainly into indie rock, but my taste has diversified completely.

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Old 12-15-2004, 04:05 PM   #18
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I didn't really start listening to music until I turned 16 or so; and at first I listened to whatever was played on the commercial radio, your basic top 40 stuff. I used to enjoy Celine Dion, Mariah Carey, Shania Twain, and all those big divas (who I cannot stand now). I also liked the 60-70s bands my Dad was into, which I still listen to.

Then with years I drifted towards more idiosyncratic, alternative stuff like Nick Cave & Bad Seeds, and lesser-known bands/artists. More recently I started to get into live jazz and what is referred to as "world music", and *gasp* country music as well. Although I still like a lot of mainstream pop like Kylie, Madonna, Robbie Williams, etc.

I could tell that my taste has changed when I recently put on the Manu Chao album I bought two years ago and couldn't stomach it back then, and absolutely loved it now,
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Old 12-15-2004, 04:57 PM   #19
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I used to listen to country. Well, I still do, but good country and not the shit they play on the radio.

Also, at some point, I didn't like the Beatles (!), and at another, I thought prog rock was pretty neat (!!).
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Old 12-15-2004, 05:23 PM   #20
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i've completely stopped caring about what's on the charts, largely because most of the stuff on the charts is complete and utter crappola.

i've diversified quite a bit. when i was a teenager back in the late 80s/early 90s, i was into punk and indie stuff (most of which was rather uncool before it became *ultra-cool*). now i listen to a lot of international stuff, acid jazz/ambient stuff. during my last years of university, i discovered the bliss of old big band and jazz crooners (great for breaking the horror of exam uber-stress). i'm less tolerant of crap, and more appreciate of uniqueness and atmosphere.

u2 has been the only constant in my musical tastes.
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Old 12-15-2004, 05:59 PM   #21
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When I was a teen in the '80s I pretty much listened to stuff that got played on Top 40 radio and that was it. I've always regretted that, because I missed out on a ton of great music that way. It's a good thing U2 hit it big because otherwise I never would have heard of them!

I didn't start listening to a whole lot of alternative/indie music until about four years ago. It was one of the smartest things I ever did. I don't even listen to commercial radio anymore. I've also gotten more into classic R&B and "real" country like Johnny Cash over the past few years. I've even started listening to some rap!
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Old 12-15-2004, 06:27 PM   #22
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the couple years between u2 albums i started listening to depeche mode and then i really got into alot of 77's punk rock ; the adicts, the weirdos, the gears, X, the skulls, the damned, the jam, the clash, the breifs, buzzcocks. and then david bowie, iggy pop, t rex, talking heads, roxy music, velvet underground. yeah but u2 has been my #1 since my passion for music began.

its all acumulative though. i really havent changed taste just im always ready for new stuff. feck i love music
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Old 12-15-2004, 07:00 PM   #23
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Originally posted by bayernfc
let's just say I bought cds at 12-13 that are not even worthy of the Garbage Can.
That sums it up for me.
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Old 12-15-2004, 07:03 PM   #24
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I've made a much bigger effort, as I got older, to discover the classics that inspired so many of today's acts. My parents were both huge fans of the music of the 60s, especially Elvis, The Beatles and Motown, but not so much of the 70s, so I didn't grow up with those songs.
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Old 12-15-2004, 09:17 PM   #25
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Originally posted by bayernfc
let's just say I bought cds at 12-13 that are not even worthy of the Garbage Can. More recently, after my U2 obsession died down a bit, I really got into harder old school punk (Ramones, Clash, NY Dolls, The get the picture).

if you continue down the punk rock road, you'll find that the clash, the ramones, the damned, and the dolls are very far from hard punk rock.

you know how they tell you marijuana is the gateway drug?

that stuff can lead to hardcore...well, it can lead to listening to hardcore.

just make sure you don't start listening to a bunch of lame metalcore bands (i'm sure you won't, i'm just being an ass).
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Old 12-16-2004, 04:14 AM   #26
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Not that much, Beatles and Queen were my first fave bands, and I recently got the rest of the Fab Four albums and bought two Queen albums. (as I only had a tape)
Next up was U2, about 10 years or so ago, and I also still like them.

I think I really like melodic kind of rock music, like these three bands. And I never listened to techno, rap or hip hop or much of pop.

In the years since ATYCLB release, I got into Bruce Springsteen, Crowded house and three "the" bands (Killers, Strokes's first album, Thrills), though my fave new band is Coldplay.
I also got some old-school bands' Best ofs, like The Who, The Kinks, The Rolling stones, Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin at the BBC.

I also always liked singers like Sinatra and Elvis and Johhny Cash and Roy Orbison, only in the last few years I got their Best ofs.

I guess my taste in music is somewhat boring for a 20-something but I can't help it, I like older music.
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Old 12-16-2004, 05:51 PM   #27
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I realised over the years that among other things, following U2 is an educational crash course in the history of popular music. This works because they always were musical orphans and had no roots to speak of. I know they've often been knocked for genre-hopping but honestly, anything is up for grabs in the creative world.

This is what makes the idea of a 'one true u2' sound such a joke.

Rattle and Hum is as valid a take on America as George Gershwin's songs of sixty years earlier.
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Old 12-16-2004, 05:53 PM   #28
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Also, yes, my musical taste has changed. For the better. My taste is now monumental, probably even better than Zoomerang96's (not saying much!).
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Originally posted by Kieran McConville
I know they've often been knocked for genre-hopping
Which doesn't make sense to me, 'cause they've certainly proven that they can handle doing different genres over the years. I'm glad they've tried different things-it makes things interesting and exciting (and after finding out what may have influenced them with a certain genre or whatever, sometimes it persuades me to check out more from that genre, and therefore get into other good music).


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