Thursday, June 30, 2011

30 Songs in 30 Days: Day 12 – A song from a band you hate

As Dennis Miller might say, I don't want to get off on a rant here but there were times growing up where music was used to exclude rather than include.  I never understood the "fans" who accused bands of selling out once they signed to a big label or stopped being indie darlings.  I never understood the "tortured" artist who hated fame but refused to stop making albums or give back the money earned from lucrative record contracts.

I didn't read "Catcher In The Rye" until last year but I now recognize the vast amount of "phonies" I interacted with throughout high school and college who would look down at my Top 40/Oldie listening habits.  I felt like I had to apologize for liking songs that had melodies or lyrics I could understand and to which I could relate.

I also did not go through any real rebellious period in my teen years.  I had parents and family that loved me and a core group of strong friends...some of whom are still in my life today.

Nirvana hit it big as I became an adult.  College was almost over and I just could not understand the fascination with this band or its sound.

I interpreted today's assignment differently until I read The Squid's and Marc's choices for this day.  I thought I had to find a song I liked from a band I normally hated.  This is much easier.


About A Girl by Nirvana


  1. Catcher in the Rye is in my stack of books I'm planning to read soon. Have I missed anything by not having read it in all these years. Nirvana is okay, but not my favorite band. I mostly like older stuff.

    Tossing It Out

  2. First to Lee, read Catcher. Apart from helping you to understand phonies, a better character sketch does not exist in this world. I am both intimidated and amazed by that book anytime I read even part of it.

  3. I feel similarly about Nirvana. I've always felt a little guilty about NOT liking them. REM and, indeed, the Smiths fall into that category, too. A lot of my favorite people adore those bands. Oh well.

  4. I read Catcher in the Rye but it didn't speak to me the way it does other people (Mark David Chapman, for example). I was much more enamored with The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy.

    How can "spotting the phonies" compete with "blowing up the entire planet to make way for a galaxy highway"? C'mon! Keep your phonies.

  5. Meant to say I read Catcher in the Rye as an impressionable young teen, and it didn't alter my world view in any way.

    I thought To Kill a Mockingbird was a much better "coming of age" story.

  6. Smacky, I enjoyed all three books, actually. Lord of the Flies, on the other hand - I didn't care for that one.

  7. Hmmm...perhaps we should brainstorm another 30 day challenge around books.....


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