Just over a year ago, a friend of mine dragged me kicking and screaming to a Barenaked Ladies concert in Philadelphia. Ok, to be truthful, I actually was willing to go, and I thoroughly enjoyed myself. They put on one of the best live shows I have ever seen. They were good, but they are not a band I would normally go to see, let alone put them on my iPod.
But, as one of my oldest friends said, they are a band that I would have listened to all the time back when I was in high school. And that comment got me thinking about how much music tastes have changed over the years. In high school, my favorite band was The Moody Blues. Beatles was a close second, but I listen to the Moody Blues all of the time. I liked rock music. Yes, I listened to classic, jazz, swing, and many other types of music, but softer rock was what I typically listened to.
When I got into college, my music tastes took a dramatic shift. Suddenly I was listening to ska and punk all of the time. I still appreciated the classic rock, but when I would play some music, it was going to be punk or ska. This is about the same time I started working at the liquor store and met my friend Joel, who was also a punk and ska fan. I blame him for introducing me to this type of music.
I still think the Moody Blues and the Beatles are great bands who played amazing music, but I would rather listen to Bad Religion or NoFX than most other bands.
And Bad Religion still put on the best concert I have ever seen, Barenaked Ladies, as good as they were, couldn’t beat them. Bad Religion, Peal Jam, Flogging Molly, Barenaked Ladies, and Dropkick Murphys. If you get the chance, go see these bands., and who knows where my music tastes will be in another 10 years.
And as much as I listen to almost all types of music, Country and Western should be banned.