People who know me, know I have.. how’d you say.. an eclectic taste in music.
I don’t know how I managed it, as up until around 2005-06 or thereabouts I wasn’t really an avid fan of music. There was very little flicking through music channels out of boredom, there wasn’t a lot of rolling around the web looking at various different YouTube videos, and I wasn’t all that keen on what local and national radio in Ireland was ever playing. I guess it was my time spent on internet forums around the start of the time when we finally got broadband internet in the house, and I was influenced by people on various different message boards and forums.
The most notable one is the now-defunct Goal-Kick.com forums for Football Manager fans (of which I was a volunteer community manager for a few months). So many of the members there were big into music and talking about music, and it just sort-of snowballed from there. I think the trigger of it was one of those old voting threads we had back then, where we all took a vote on our top 10 albums of all time, put the votes together in a points system, and made an overall Top 50 about it. I got pretty pissed off because Feeder’s Echo Park only came in at something like 46, and I had voted it pretty high up on my nominations. So I posted this huge rant about how good it is and why it was so wrong to be that far down, and needless to say that I got owned by one of the other guys there, I think it was Danny Wayte, who simply put it that there’s plenty of other bands out there that “do it better” than Feeder. One of which was Dinosaur Jr, who I hadn’t even heard of at the time. They would go on to have 2 of their albums in that same Top 50, You’re Living All Over Me and their reformation album, Beyond. So I said “Fine, you know what, I’ll give them a listen and I’ll get back to you on that opinion.” Needless to say I was owned, as I’d actually gone to a record store a day or 2 afterwards to find that they actually did have a few of their albums. So I bought Beyond, and another of theirs, Green Mind, sat down and listened to them, and actually liked them. Classic ownage right there.
So I figure anyway, right, these guys seem to be pretty all right with their judgment, let’s see what they voted for, went and shopped around listening to YouTube videos and whatever else, picked up another few new bands along the way, and somehow got roped into making a last.fm account. This was in the summer of 2007. After Christmas, and the start of 2008, after a few thousand last.fm plays, and their site reccommendations, paired with me buying Guitar Hero 3 in the turn of ’08, that’s when I realised I’d turned into a music nut too. I’d really started diversifying my taste into a lot of bands that I’d never heard of before, genres I’d never thought I’d like, and somehow changed my mind about Radiohead too. Yeah I hated Radiohead before. Problem?
So now I sit here in 2010, attending college, going to house parties and what not, sticking my iPod in other people’s docking stations to get a few tunes on, and they’re like ” (ಠ_ ಠ ) what the hell is that?” To be honest, it’s kind-of hard to talk about bands and artists I’ve never heard of up until a few months ago, to people that just aren’t that interested in finding out about them and giving them a fair shot. But who knows, maybe through subliminal passing mentions here, Twitter, Facebook and whatever else, maybe a few will get curious and check out some of the stuff I have an ear for.