Music you pretended to like

sufi

lala
...did it ever grow on you, or did you just abandon the pretence (and admit that there was only ever 1 Fall track you could remotely stomach)
???
 

WashYourHands

Cat Malogen
As a teenager The Buzzcocks, Simon and Garfunkel, Patti Smith, so much Stock/Ait/Water cack it’s hard to list. Loads of pop tat, anything to try and pull. A lass I was trying to ride loved Horses. It will always grate but you sat there, head half bobbing, looking at the sleeve mumbling about band members while thinking ‘if the ride’s on just keep listening and you won’t blow’ after 2 mins of confused manoeuvres

You don’t quite know what can really be explored fully yet so appropriation is legitimated, at this age more than any. It extended to anything to impress, literature and books, certain clothes, then by about 15-16 you get a grip and find your own groove discarding pretence
 

subvert47

I don't fight, I run away
Music you pretended to like ...did it ever grow on you, or did you just abandon the pretence (and admit that there was only ever 1 Fall track you could remotely stomach)
???

There are things I've liked and bought – and then decided I didn't like and sold – and then, occasionally, decided I did like after all and bought back. But there's nothing I've pretended to like. Who to? And what for? Most people I know think most of what I like is awful anyway.

Which Fall track btw? As for me, counting up now, I have 22 Fall LPs and I like them all. The only Fall I don't like is when Brix was in the band.
 

martin

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A 16-year old South African girl at Luton Sixth Form lent me “Let It Be” by Laibach. I returned it saying “it’s good!” (it sucked) but that was more out of politeness than fancying her (she was shagging a 30-something geography teacher anyway). Lying to women about being vegan (while scarfing down cheeseburgers on the sly) was more my style than faking interest in NIN.

A couple of ‘no audience underground’ artists sent me tape and CD-R releases that I lied about liking, just to ‘support the scene’. Sorry. Also tried to ‘will’ myself to like post ’94-Coil, as well as ‘Soldier Talk’ by Red Krayola (because I’ve always liked the bleak cover art – and I had it anyway, so why not), but neither happened.

Sometimes you’re better off pretending. I used to know this couple in Finchley, Nick and Kate, and one night I was at a party around theirs and it got to 3am, and I said to someone in the kitchen “I hate acoustic guitars, they only sound good if you run electricity through them”, and Kate (who was trolleyed) said “Listen to this,” and put on a recording of some drippy guitar music with nasally vocals. I said “See what I mean? What a load of shit,” and she said “That’s a song Nick wrote for me.” I actually think that’s out of order, how was I supposed to know it was him? He was a drum n bass freak. I wouldn’t have played her a tape of 14-year old me bashing a three-string Zenta and caterwauling about nuking Luton, and then got moody if they said “This sucks”. Anyway, I didn’t get invited around again (they split up anyway).
 

Leo

Well-known member
Animal Collective, for a minute.

You're supposed to revere Captain Beefheart, especially "Trout Mask Replica", but "Clear Spot" is the only listenable album he put out.

I kinda of pretend to like Kraftwerk more than I actually do. More an appreciation than actually listening to them.
 

version

Warehouse Operative
You're supposed to revere Captain Beefheart, especially "Trout Mask Replica", but "Clear Spot" is the only listenable album he put out.

Safe as Milk's pretty listenable. Trout Mask Replica is shit though, yeah.
 
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entertainment

Well-known member
i don't know if i've pretended to like something (i probably have, just can't recall an example) but I remember being frustated at not being able to like certain things despite repeated forced exposure
 

Corpsey

bandz ahoy
at christmas 2020 trapped with covid in an airbnb i tried to get into uk drill and pretended to myself that i liked it for about a month. i hate it though.
This is an interesting sort of pretending, perhaps what Sufi meant, the act of pretending to yourself, which can be fraudulent and futile but can also be a way into something, a way of undercutting your own defense mechanisms

Like with that Bronx drill stuff I think there was definitely an element of me trying to imagine what would this sound like if I did like it, if I thought it was the best thing in the world -- and lo! The scales fell from my ears
 
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