A poser attempts to like ‘cool’ music

I admit it.

I have appalling, atrocious taste in music.

Bubblegum pop, boybands, kitschy daft one-hit wonders. Yep, that sounds like my playlist.

Though I also have an aversion to certain popular bands and a marked inability to appreciate supposed ‘good’ bands.

Confession No.1: I fell asleep listening to OK Computer.

Confession No.2: I do not get Oasis and prefer Ryan Adams’s version of Wonderwall. But Don’t Go Away is a sentimental favourite, so sue me.

Confession No.3: Hearing Richard Ashcroft singing The Drugs Don’t Work while I was still clinically depressed made me cry. In earnest.

Confession No.4: I am unable to fathom the supposed genius of Pete Teo. Or Jerome Kugan. Or “insert critically acclaimed local singer-songwriter” here.

Yes, I am a music pariah who should never be allowed to review music. But to make up for my aural shortcomings I do attempt to locate and listen to supposedly ‘good’ music.

This week I stumbled upon Spiritualized, a space rock band whose album Ladies and Gentlemen we are floating in space is supposedly one of the most brilliant albums ever.

I am attempting to listen to it but somehow the jangly jazz/garage/spaced out drugged out junkie sound…I’m not feeling it.

But I nominate the track Broken Heart as most wrist-slashingly depressing song about a breakup I’ve ever heard. There’s J.Pierce’s half-dead faltering singing, the atmospheric strings in an arrangement that seems almost too full-blown for a breakup song, dammit and the lyrics that funnily remind me of a funeral hymn.

Do not listen to this song while consuming alcohol.


Though I have a broken heart
I’m too busy to be heartbroken
There’s a lot of things that need to be done
Lord I have a broken heart
Though I have a broken dream
I’m too busy to be dreaming of you
There’s a lot of things that I gotta do
Lord I have a broken dream
And I’m wasted all the time
Ive gotta drink you right off of my mind
I’ve been told that this will heal given time
Lord I have a broken heart
And I’m crying all the time
I have to keep it covered up with a smile
And I’ll keep on moving on for a while
Lord I have a broken heart

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