Open Thread: April 27, 2010

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Who is/was your favorite music artist in high school?

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minniesota's picture

Loved so many artists

Oh,my. I loved all the pop and rock music of the time when I was in high school it is hard to say who was my favorite artist. Maybe Simon and Garfunkel. I remember playing their album, Bridge Over Troubled Water, over and over.

One of my favorite songs of all time is Sitting on the Dock of the Bay by Otis Redding.

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Not2Taem's picture

Simon, Sherman, and King the Queen

High school was all mostly dark drama with Simon and Garfunkle, especially I Am a Rock! Then there was the ever tragic Carol King, because life really was a Tapestry. The only relief from the pathos was Bobby Sherman, and honestly, he was so junior high. I floated around singing Julie, Julie, Julie do you love me? about one of my older sister's friends while imagining swimming with Bobby or Jeremy Bolt, and finding out he was really a girl. Drama! Sheer drama.

Not2Taem's picture

Holy Gleek, Bat Woman!

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Not2Taem's picture

Wet = Girly

Simon Cowl (sp?) just describe a performance as wet. When pressed to explain: You know, wet. It was a little girly.

Color me tickled.  Smile

Julia Watson's picture

My faves back then were

My faves back then were Madonna, Tori Amos and Sarah McLachlan. As far as taste in music goes, I've always been a weird mix of stereotypical lesbo and stereotypical gay boy music. I even have a playlist on iTunes that incorporates both, just called "GAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAY!"

Steph's picture

Wham!, Duran Duran, Spandau

Wham!, Duran Duran, Spandau Ballet, Madonna, Howard Jones, Tears for Fears, Frankie Goes to Hollywood....the list goes on...... bring back the 80s!!!!

soonerterp's picture

I'm all for the 1980s ...

... except for being into different stuff. I did go thru a metal phase (everyone I know has) but I was all about harder music. F'rinstance, Metallica before they became rich and nauseatingly pretentious. Their early stuff (Kill 'em All, Ride the Lightning) was, to me, all about mixing metal (more sophisticated and intricate guitar work) with hardcore (playing it at lightning speed) and I appreciated that as someone who also liked bands like Black Flag, Descendents, N.O.T.A. (an Oklahoma band) and Bad Religion and such.

Interesting to note that once a lot of DIY '80s hardcore bands figured out how to play their instruments they sort of wound up becoming sloppy metal bands, and by this time was the endless parade of prettied-up glam metal that finally got tamped down by another trend that would quickly become as reviled as it was followed: Grunge.

I still listen to a great deal of it now, or maybe that's because I'm in midlife crisis mode. A lot of the stuff in my iTunes is a mishmash of '80s punk/hardcore, a little bit of '70s/'80s Brit Ska (read: The Selecter, The Specials) and a tiny bit of the real thing (Skatalites), music by Oklahoma rock artists, and many other things that don't fit neatly into those categories (They Might Be Giants, Camper van Beethoven ... well I guess they sort of fit but not really).

It's assumed I have to like country music I guess because of where I live (yeah I can't quit saying that. It's like I need to be a living breathing billboard that there are Cool People in Oklahoma Who HATE What Is Going On Here, especially with women's reproductive rights), but really the closest I get to that stuff is Johnny Cash and Wanda Jackson (duh, another Oklahoma artist). Take the Toby Keith/Keith Urban crap and stuff it, that stuff is crap.


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Tex's picture


been too long, I don't remember!   hehehehehehe

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Robin Rigby's picture

Oh no!  I am not answering

Oh no!  I am not answering this one!  I will never talk.  Trust me, though, that it's not the same now.  Not by a long shot. 

geek4grammar's picture

now I'm curious!

your reluctance to answer has piqued my curiosity (are you sure you don't just want someone to beg...?) it's not like the rest of us don't have any embarrassing musical and/or cultural debris strewn through our early years. my high school years were dominated by the holy trinity of Tori Amos, The Indigo Girls, and Dar Williams. I was, like, the uber-stereotype of the mid-90's babydyke...the first time I saw Dar and the Indigo Girls (and Ani, incidentally, tho she doesn't make my top cut) was at the '94 Newport Folk Festival, where I was a volunteer in the recycling booth. Yup. In birkenstocks, without irony. See, we were all innocent once...

We're all born naked. The rest is drag.
--RuPaul (appropriating Judith Butler for the masses...)

Robin Rigby's picture

WAY more embarassing than

WAY more embarassing than yours. Definitely not looking to be begged for info. Smile

geek4grammar's picture

I'ma dig deeper!

ok, well, if I go back a bit further to grade school, I can share my early obsession w/ tiffany and debbie gibson...that's pretty darn embarrassing, right? I actually remember my babysitter, who I completely adored, trying to get me to listen to the red hot chili peppers; and I refused, saying I was happy with my electric youth, thanks. and I still remember the look she gave me when she said, "well, okay, but someday if you want to try something new..." actually, I think that's the same look I probably had on my face when my sister (who is 12) showed me her alvin & the chipmunks version of lady gaga's "poker face." sometimes there really aren't words...

We're all born naked. The rest is drag.
--RuPaul (appropriating Judith Butler for the masses...)

Robin Rigby's picture

Well, I am older than you so

Well, I am older than you so none of those choices made their way into my record collection. Smile