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Re: if The Beatles are not your favourite band...

Postby Count Machuki » 08 Aug 2018, 16:30

I used to just say Booker T. & the MGs and be done with it, but I'm not so sure any more. The Who or the '68 JBs are right up there, too.

It's just really hard to rank stuff like this for me these days. Not sure why.
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Re: if The Beatles are not your favourite band...

Postby Bent Fabric » 08 Aug 2018, 16:31

Count Machuki wrote:It's just really hard to rank stuff like this for me these days. Not sure why.


I might also say that having a favorite band or a favorite album isn't as necessary to me as it once was.

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Re: if The Beatles are not your favourite band...

Postby The Modernist » 08 Aug 2018, 17:10

I think we use favourite bands and albums as a way of defining who we are, it's an identity thing. That process becomes less important as you get older. Also I think our tastes become both more eclectic and more obscure; although this isn't true of people generally, it is true of a certain kind of music fan and it becomes harder, even unwelcome, to define your tastes in that kind of reductive way.

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Re: if The Beatles are not your favourite band...

Postby SUMPTUOUS SI » 08 Aug 2018, 17:15

Indeed.

Still - I think it's possible to single out a band or an artist who's given you more pleasure than any other. I've certainly seen lots of evidence of that here over the years. It's quite clear to even the casual BCB poster that you love Shalamar more than any other band, G. And JSJ's obsession with Bruce Hornsby and the Range is famous beyond even these pages.
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Postby Bent Fabric » 08 Aug 2018, 17:33

The Velvet Underground wrote:And JSJ's obsession with Bruce Hornsby and the Range is famous beyond even these pages.


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Re: if The Beatles are not your favourite band...

Postby Pansy Puff » 08 Aug 2018, 18:08

The Modernist wrote:I think we use favourite bands and albums as a way of defining who we are, it's an identity thing. That process becomes less important as you get older. Also I think our tastes become both more eclectic and more obscure; although this isn't true of people generally, it is true of a certain kind of music fan and it becomes harder, even unwelcome, to define your tastes in that kind of reductive way.

Yes. It's a bit like having a "best friend". Kind of important when you are 8 but fairly laughable when you are in your forties.
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Re: if The Beatles are not your favourite band...

Postby Quaco » 08 Aug 2018, 18:49

Bent Fabric wrote:
Count Machuki wrote:It's just really hard to rank stuff like this for me these days. Not sure why.


I might also say that having a favorite band or a favorite album isn't as necessary to me as it once was.

Re: Favorite album. When doing rankings of albums, one always ends up on top, but I don't remember a time where I was thinking "This is my favorite album", even when I was younger. Did you have that kind of favorite album when you were young? Thread idea? (Don't know if the concept is easily graspable though.)
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Re: if The Beatles are not your favourite band...

Postby SUMPTUOUS SI » 08 Aug 2018, 19:05

Quaco wrote:
Bent Fabric wrote:
Count Machuki wrote:It's just really hard to rank stuff like this for me these days. Not sure why.


I might also say that having a favorite band or a favorite album isn't as necessary to me as it once was.

Re: Favorite album. When doing rankings of albums, one always ends up on top, but I don't remember a time where I was thinking "This is my favorite album", even when I was younger. Did you have that kind of favorite album when you were young? Thread idea? (Don't know if the concept is easily graspable though.)


Yeah, it's only when you're called on to make a list that such a concept even enters your head!
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Re: if The Beatles are not your favourite band...

Postby SUMPTUOUS SI » 08 Aug 2018, 19:08

...periods of obsessing over particular songs - YES, absolutely
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Re: if The Beatles are not your favourite band...

Postby Quaco » 08 Aug 2018, 19:37

The Velvet Underground wrote:
Quaco wrote:
Bent Fabric wrote:I might also say that having a favorite band or a favorite album isn't as necessary to me as it once was.

Re: Favorite album. When doing rankings of albums, one always ends up on top, but I don't remember a time where I was thinking "This is my favorite album", even when I was younger. Did you have that kind of favorite album when you were young? Thread idea? (Don't know if the concept is easily graspable though.)

Yeah, it's only when you're called on to make a list that such a concept even enters your head!

Yes! That seems right.

I think there was a period when I had just discovered Wonderwall Music when I proclaimed it my favoritest album. It was still kind of obscure -- and it certainly hit squarely in my home base area musically (EMI phased pianos, backwards voices, mellotron, generic soundtracky strings) -- so it felt good to pick that one.
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Re: if The Beatles are not your favourite band...

Postby Quaco » 08 Aug 2018, 19:38

The Velvet Underground wrote:...periods of obsessing over particular songs - YES, absolutely

This definitely happens! But it doesn't last all that long, for me, I have found. Maybe a couple weeks usually?
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Re: if The Beatles are not your favourite band...

Postby SUMPTUOUS SI » 08 Aug 2018, 19:41

Yeah, probably. I meant as a kid, the devotion to particular songs starts early.
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Re: if The Beatles are not your favourite band...

Postby Quaco » 08 Aug 2018, 19:47

Speaking of Beatles and favorite songs, I remember one "memorable" day in high school when I spent a couple class periods putting all the Beatles songs in order of preference. I think I started at the beginning (from memory! couldn't do that easily nowadays), and just kept adding each successive song either above or below.
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Re: if The Beatles are not your favourite band...

Postby SUMPTUOUS SI » 08 Aug 2018, 19:59

:)

I remember staying in a caravan near the beach with my folks when I was about 14, and taking a mono cassette recorder and playing the fuck out of 'The Inner Light' for some reason (I think I'd taped it off some rarities compilation).
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Re: if The Beatles are not your favourite band...

Postby Quaco » 08 Aug 2018, 20:05

(Speaking of Wonderwall Music.) Great image. I can totally imagine that. BTW the winner on my list was "She Said She Said".
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Re: if The Beatles are not your favourite band...

Postby SUMPTUOUS SI » 08 Aug 2018, 20:09

Great choice! (it was always my fave on the album)
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Re: if The Beatles are not your favourite band...

Postby F.o.W » 11 Aug 2018, 14:47

The Clash. The Beatles weren't bad, per se, just fucking sick of them.
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Postby Phenomenal Cat » 11 Aug 2018, 15:31

Muse. They can do anything.
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Postby Darkness_Fish » 11 Aug 2018, 18:32

Phenomenal Cat wrote:Muse. They can do anything.

Hopefully including fucking right off.
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Re: if The Beatles are not your favourite band...

Postby Phenomenal Cat » 12 Aug 2018, 00:11

Darkness_Fish wrote:
Phenomenal Cat wrote:Muse. They can do anything.

Hopefully including fucking right off.


If fucking right off includes combining the best of Nirvana, Bends-era Radiohead and the bombast of vintage Queen, then I should think they're up to the task.
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