Mmm, Prefab Sprout. What was your first song of theirs?
I don't remember the first. It might have been "Appetite."
See, I think it took "The Sound of Crying" for me to "get it". "If you" "know what" "I mean".
Your use "of" quotation marks "makes you" "really" awesome.
i still can't stand joy division. i don't know why - it's not like i don't dig the bitter, weird, dissonant and generally obscure crap - i've just never been able to get into them. hmm. maybe i will someday.
I'm still working on Joy Division too. And cilantro.
I have yet to make it through As I Lay Dying because I found the beginning so god damned tedious.
Years ago I read an interesting book entitled "Arresting Images" by Steven Dubin. It is an analysis of art that has created controversy. It made me start to think about what art works make me uncomfortable. One is a piece by Sheila Chandra entitled "Woman and Child." At first, I hated it. It is spoken word, which I never care for. It is about a woman who nurses her toddler, and it acknowledges the arousal that can sometimes occur when doing this. It made me very uncomfortable. But, the fact that it made me uncomfortable, made me have to go back to it again and again, to tease out what the piece was forcing me to learn about me. I grew to really like it.
dude I had no idea you liked the Mountain Goats
2006-10-27 12:14 am (UTC)
WHY YES I HAVE 3 AS PETS
Ha, yes. And in a weird coinkidink that is one of my more recent (this year) conversions.
Just yesterday I introduced myself to Gang of Four by picking up the remastered version of Entertainment! I am oh so very pleased -- I'm a little puzzled about how I missed them considering I watched Urgh! about 9 times over three nights when it was in the theatres.
especially considering you are a Shriekback fan; that's half of Shriekback.
I had no idea! I knew the Shriekback/XTC connection but not Gang of Four. Those English are so incestuous!
Interesting. It's not the things that I hate at first that I come to love the best, so much as the things that I just don't get at first. If I get somthing and am confused by it, or bored by it, I generally keep on with it trying to find the value (which I usually find)
WIth you on James Joyce, but I still hate the Mountain Goats and Neil Young.
My version of this list would also include Marmite, soy milk, and Elvis Costello (I know, I know).
Can't do the soy milk. Can't! Can't! Not sure about Marmite. All I tasted was salt.
Marmite is also weird and bitter.
I couldn't do soy milk until going to China, where it was sold within 30 minutes of being made and for the first time didn't have that chalky, powdery bitter taste.
For unfathomable reasons, I hated Futurama the first time I saw it.
The Mountain Goats in concert flipped the "like" switch in my brain.
I think I must have unusually rigid taste...I had a hard time thinking of anything I like now that I hated at first. Offhand I can only come up with Poe (except I was soured on him mostly due to an elementary-school project involving "The Bells," which even upon serious educated grown-up critical reflection I find annoying as hell, so maybe that doesn't count) and Iris DeMent. Weird.