Following on from a couple of weeks ago when I was talking about the very British trait of being self-effacing I’d like to know if this is a worldwide thing or another British phenomenon.
I often get asked what sort of music I’m into. I used to answer with an assured ‘anything, I like all music’ and I’ve had the same response from many people when I’ve asked the question. Thinking about it, that’s absolute nonsense. I don’t like every type of music at all and I don’t believe anyone does. If they did then we would probably be playing stadiums instead of bars. I don’t even like everything in the styles that I like.
I’ve always been a fan of Rock music. I was brought up on Deep Purple, Led Zeppelin, Sweet and T-Rex to name but a few and then as I grew up and started buying my own music I was introduced by a friend to Bon Jovi and Guns ‘n’ Roses followed by the Seattle Sound bands then the Brit-Pop movement. A lot of different types of rock music in a few short years and a lot of other stuff passed me by like the New Wave of British Heavy Metal bands like Iron Maiden and Judas Priest. The realisation hit me when I was listening to the radio the other day and a band called Bring Me The Horizon came on and I knew instantly that it wasn’t for me.
Also growing up my brother and I were at completely opposite ends of the musical spectrum. He was into Dance, rap and chart music which I just couldn’t, and still can’t stand. There in lies the beauty of music, there’s something for everyone but we surely can’t like everything I know I don’t. I just don’t know why we have a hard time saying we don’t like certain things. We seem to wear our diverse taste like a badge of honour but I would say its time to hang that up and get passionate about the smaller number of things we love.