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What Did You Listen To Before You Were Cool
« on: 26 Mar 2008, 20:07 »

Before you guys were the cool, hip, and listened to great music, what did you listen to?  What bands do you not listen to anymore....and why?  I find when I talk to my friends that they used to listen to "bad" music and I was wondering which bands you were all listening to before you started listening to "real" music.  I know that my favourite band used to be Disturbed.  I used to think that they were metal and my friend and I still argue about what kind of music they are.  I say they're hard rock at best, but he still defends them as metal.  Another band I used to listen to was Tool, but I can't really stand them anymore....Maynard James Keenan isn't as talented as people think he is.  So what were you listening to before you got educated in good listening?
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Re: What Did You Listen To Before You Were Cool
« Reply #1 on: 26 Mar 2008, 20:14 »

The only band I listened to that I don't think is that good anymore is like... Def Leppard.  I listened to them in '87, before I got into Jane's Addiction and the Cure and REM and stuff.

But I don't really think they're that bad for a pop-metal band.

I'm not sure I ever listened to anything I would consider honestly terrible, like Limp Bizkit terrible.

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Re: What Did You Listen To Before You Were Cool
« Reply #2 on: 26 Mar 2008, 20:16 »

Before I listened to good music (the road at which started at Weezer's Green Album, which I've also disowned a long time ago), it started at a copy of Stone Temple Pilots' last album, Shangri La-Dee-Da. Before that, I was an avowed fan of the Backstreet Boys and Rockapella.

Yeah.
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Re: What Did You Listen To Before You Were Cool
« Reply #3 on: 26 Mar 2008, 20:17 »

I used to be pretty into the Lion King soundtrack.
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Re: What Did You Listen To Before You Were Cool
« Reply #4 on: 26 Mar 2008, 20:20 »

I'm going to look for my first few posts on this forum, ever.  Get ready for lulz.
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Re: What Did You Listen To Before You Were Cool
« Reply #5 on: 26 Mar 2008, 20:21 »

Man, I am still pretty into the Lion King soundtrack.

Also, I went from country to boy bands to Linkin Park (they were pretty much my favorite for a few years, and basically all I listened to) to now. But as I still don't really think I'm cool I guess I don't belong in this topic. I'm going to go.
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Re: What Did You Listen To Before You Were Cool
« Reply #6 on: 26 Mar 2008, 20:23 »

Korn, Rob Zombie, Slipknot, System of a Down... I hit them all pretty hard.

And I still do.  Damn, I'm never going to be cool...
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Re: What Did You Listen To Before You Were Cool
« Reply #7 on: 26 Mar 2008, 20:24 »

Man, I am still pretty into the Lion King soundtrack.

Pretty sure I still know all the words to "I Just Can't Wait to Be King".

I have no regrets.
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Re: What Did You Listen To Before You Were Cool
« Reply #8 on: 26 Mar 2008, 20:27 »

I think I am failing to find issue with Rockapella and The Lion King. Keep on keepin' on guys.
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Re: What Did You Listen To Before You Were Cool
« Reply #9 on: 26 Mar 2008, 20:28 »

I used to like Creed. I can blame my dad, though, I asked for the rolling stones but he wasn't comfortable with the content of some of their songs, though he had no trouble listening to them on the radio.

They came up on my pandora recently, I think it was the Down station. WTF, I mean really, W.T.F?

I listen to Rob Zombie and SoaD sometimes still, when they come up on pandora. Same with tool and NIN, don't like them enough to thumbs-up them though. Korn and Slipknot are not happening.
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Re: What Did You Listen To Before You Were Cool
« Reply #10 on: 26 Mar 2008, 20:29 »

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Re: What Did You Listen To Before You Were Cool
« Reply #11 on: 26 Mar 2008, 20:31 »

Back in 6th grade and Middle School I listened to the radio.  This was back when pop-punk was cool.  Although in 8th grade I did listen to the Aquabats, and I still think they're pretty cool.
In High School I pretty much exclusively listened to Metal.
Now I listen to a whole lot of stuff, Metal still included.  But I will never listen to pop-punk again.
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Re: What Did You Listen To Before You Were Cool
« Reply #12 on: 26 Mar 2008, 20:34 »

I used to listen to the Chili Peppers obsessively in high school.  I still think they're pretty cool, but I haven't listened to them in years.
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Re: What Did You Listen To Before You Were Cool
« Reply #13 on: 26 Mar 2008, 20:51 »

I started off on classic rock, then got into mainstream metal (never really nu-metal) and industrial rock. I can't really think of any bands I ever was really into that I've disowned, but there's certainly a few that I listen to very, very rarely nowadays, often for reasons (or to material) I didn't appreciate originally. Actually, I wrote a blog post on this subject last year:

http://mirkgard.blogspot.com/2007/06/ive-had-this-post-in-draft-form-for.html
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Re: What Did You Listen To Before You Were Cool
« Reply #14 on: 26 Mar 2008, 20:58 »

Hello, my name is Spluff and it has been two years since I last listened to Slipknot.
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Re: What Did You Listen To Before You Were Cool
« Reply #15 on: 26 Mar 2008, 21:06 »

This is long, but bear with me, it's funny:

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Re: What Did You Listen To Before You Were Cool
« Reply #16 on: 26 Mar 2008, 21:35 »

I used to listen to Coldplay and Jet a lot. No seriously, a lot.

I've only really been listening to "indie" stuff since December '06.
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Re: What Did You Listen To Before You Were Cool
« Reply #17 on: 26 Mar 2008, 21:57 »

A while back I listened to Coldplay (the Parachutes era so to be fair it was still some occasionally decent stuff) and a whole lot of The Offspring. This was in middle school. I got into "cool" music, most notably all the ambient/"post-rock" stuff that I listen to almost exclusively these days back in 9th grade or so which means about 5 years ago. I also used to listen to Linkin Park sometimes. And I liked it.
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Re: What Did You Listen To Before You Were Cool
« Reply #18 on: 26 Mar 2008, 22:10 »

I also listened to Eminem and main-stream gangsta rap. Boy, those weren't the days.
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Re: What Did You Listen To Before You Were Cool
« Reply #19 on: 26 Mar 2008, 22:25 »

Wait...   What???  I'm supposed to be cool now?  Well, so much for that...

I still listen to Steel Eye Span, Mary Black, Woody Guthrie, Bob Dylan, Harry Belefonte, Joan Baez, Edith Piaf, Kingston Trio, Fleetwood Mac, Emmylou Harris, and so forth.  So,  still not cool.
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Re: What Did You Listen To Before You Were Cool
« Reply #20 on: 26 Mar 2008, 22:39 »

Woody Guthrie will always be cool.

The first music I can remember hearing is Ivor Cutler, Bob Dylan and Queen. So, nothing basically. There have been some ill-advised choices along the way, such as Rednex, Guttermouth and Oasis, but I never really liked Oasis I just bought their records because everybody else did and my interest in Guttermouth lasted only a few months really. There's a lot of other stuff some people probably think is bad music, such as the ropier end of '90s dance music, pop punk and emo pop, but sod it. I like Reel 2 Real featuring the Mad Stuntman, Dagobah and Farside.
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Re: What Did You Listen To Before You Were Cool
« Reply #21 on: 26 Mar 2008, 22:46 »

Yeah, what I used to listen to that I don't any more was pretty much a whole big pile of mid-90s skater punk, also the Beastie Boys, I think I liked Oasis when I was like 14?  Also a pile of grunge.

My favorite band when I was 14 was the Smashing Pumpkins, and I still listen to them pretty frequently (although not anything after Mellon Collie).  I also still occasionally listen to stuff like Depeche Mode, Nine Inch Nails, The Cure, etc etc.  I guess I started hitting my trip-hop phase pretty hardcore around 15 or 16 and I still listen to a lot of that, too.  I also still listen to Soundgarden's "Down on the Upside" album.  What?


(Also I don't really listen to indie rock much, so if that's what we're taking "cool" to be, I'm definitely not it).
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Re: What Did You Listen To Before You Were Cool
« Reply #22 on: 26 Mar 2008, 22:53 »

I was never uncool! My dad essentially raised me on spacemen 3 and REM.

I listen to a lot of "uncool" stuff though, like Dire Straits, ABBA and Duran Duran
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Re: What Did You Listen To Before You Were Cool
« Reply #23 on: 26 Mar 2008, 22:58 »

I don't want to live in a world where ABBA is uncool.
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Re: What Did You Listen To Before You Were Cool
« Reply #24 on: 26 Mar 2008, 23:21 »

Back in the day it was all about The Newsboys.

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Re: What Did You Listen To Before You Were Cool
« Reply #25 on: 26 Mar 2008, 23:34 »

I was never uncool! My dad essentially raised me on spacemen 3 and REM.

I listen to a lot of "uncool" stuff though, like Dire Straits, ABBA and Duran Duran
Who says Dire Straits isn't cool?
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Re: What Did You Listen To Before You Were Cool
« Reply #26 on: 26 Mar 2008, 23:41 »

Dire Straits are a thoroughly uncool band. Mark Knopfler even wears a headband!
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Re: What Did You Listen To Before You Were Cool
« Reply #27 on: 26 Mar 2008, 23:44 »

So? I am listening to their music, not taking pictures of them.
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Re: What Did You Listen To Before You Were Cool
« Reply #28 on: 26 Mar 2008, 23:47 »

and? i fail to see your point
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Re: What Did You Listen To Before You Were Cool
« Reply #29 on: 26 Mar 2008, 23:49 »

i used to listen to smash mouth religiously

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Re: What Did You Listen To Before You Were Cool
« Reply #30 on: 26 Mar 2008, 23:53 »

and? i fail to see your point
So I don't care what they look like, if I did I would listen to the prettyboys and prettygirls that have no musical talent whatsoever. I would say Britney Spears, but she doesn't qualify as either now.
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Re: What Did You Listen To Before You Were Cool
« Reply #31 on: 26 Mar 2008, 23:58 »

so let's see

I say i listen to the dire straits even though they are uncool
you ask why they are uncool
they wear a headband
then you say that why does it matter, if you listen to them?
i say "and?", with a tacit "that isn't relevant to the issue at hand"


basically, the dire straits are a good band even though they are uncool and i don't get where your argument fits
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Re: What Did You Listen To Before You Were Cool
« Reply #32 on: 27 Mar 2008, 00:08 »

Ah, I see. You mean cool as in appearance, I thought you meant cool as in music taste.
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Re: What Did You Listen To Before You Were Cool
« Reply #33 on: 27 Mar 2008, 00:16 »

I used to listen to ICP. Then I clued in that it was just me trying to be "different" and failing, because every "diferent" kid in my schol listened to ICP. I went back and listened to about 30 seconds of one of their songs the other day. Oh god awful.

God, it feels good to get that confession out of the way.

Mind you, I still listen to a lot of stuff that would get me ridiculed in a place like this, I'm sure. I'm a glassjaw fan, for example.
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Re: What Did You Listen To Before You Were Cool
« Reply #34 on: 27 Mar 2008, 01:27 »

Backstreet boys.
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Re: What Did You Listen To Before You Were Cool
« Reply #35 on: 27 Mar 2008, 03:50 »

hell I used to listen to stuff like limp bizkit, eminem, 50 cent, mainly a lot of shit. Man I thought i was cool back then.
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Re: What Did You Listen To Before You Were Cool
« Reply #36 on: 27 Mar 2008, 04:16 »

This was the first album I bought:



And yes, I said album, as in-- on vinyl.  At the same time I bought this on 7"

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I'm pretty sure the second album I bought was Billy Squier.   It was like.... 1982, cut me some slack.

Edited to correct image and add this:  I believe this was the year that my parents decided I should be a Hall & Oates fan, so I got four or five Hall & Oates albums for Christmas.  The next year, they though I should be a Duran Duran fan, so I got like three Duran Duran albums.  By 84ish, There was nothing but punk for a very long time.
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Re: What Did You Listen To Before You Were Cool
« Reply #37 on: 27 Mar 2008, 04:56 »

Before I was cool? That would imply that I am the heppest of cats right now!

When I was in high-school I was waay too into Korn, Marilyn Manson, Slipknot, Fear Factory and Nine Inch Nails (because no one else understood how I felt!!!). I still listen to Fear Factory and Nine Inch Nails but I'm not nearly as angsty or as wanky as I was then. Now I listen to whatever takes my fancy be it things like Emperor, Arcturus or Satyricon or something a little more whimsical like Feist or Tegan & Sara.
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Re: What Did You Listen To Before You Were Cool
« Reply #38 on: 27 Mar 2008, 05:07 »

Killswitch Engage. =/
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Re: What Did You Listen To Before You Were Cool
« Reply #39 on: 27 Mar 2008, 08:11 »

I listened to some shit back in the day. Slipknot, Sum 41, Eminem. Christ, it was bad.
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Re: What Did You Listen To Before You Were Cool
« Reply #40 on: 27 Mar 2008, 08:28 »

I think I'm doing this all back to front.

See, I liked all that credible 'indier than thou' stuff (and Bright Eyes) and still do to a great extent, but as I was scanning through imapiratearg's list, I realised that my musical taste has somehow inverted, and there's a whole load of stuff in there that I really like now that 2 years ago, I would have turned my nose up at.

I think I subconsciously started liking it to avoid those conversations whereby people namedrop other bands simply to out-cool the other, as going 'I really like Fall Out Boy lolz' tends to put a rather unpleasant stop to that sort of scene hierarchy.

Maybe I'm just peverse.
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Re: What Did You Listen To Before You Were Cool
« Reply #41 on: 27 Mar 2008, 09:04 »

Dire Straits were my first love but I see that conversations's already been played out so yeah.

Them and the doors.

I had a brief nu-metal period but that got knocked on its ass after a couple months.

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Re: What Did You Listen To Before You Were Cool
« Reply #42 on: 27 Mar 2008, 09:33 »

To a lot of people on the forums, there's not much of a distinction between what I enjoyed then and what I enjoy now. Back then it was a lot more hormonal, and far less obscure, things like Jawbreaker, At The Drive-In, The Get-Up Kids, HWM, American Football, Mineral, Cursive. I even had a Piebald album that I enjoyed (When Life Hands You Lemons). As far as I was concerned, if it didn't follow those 'shouty about girls and feelings' aesthetics that I could relate to oh so well at the time, it wasn't worth my time. The more I got to know all these bands, the more I heard about their favourite bands and influences, which I started to look into. Names kept popping up, descriptions of healthy music scenes. They kept talking about thing like chapel hill and the DC hardcore movement. Fortunately, all the bands I found through this manner weren't too far removed from what I was already listening to (Fugazi, AoL, Polvo). It basically took Sonic Youth to 'open' me up, because at the time, they were the weirdest thing I had ever heard.

The thing that I can't piece in, is Joan of Arc, who I have been listening to as long as I can remember. Musically, it didn't fit in at all, the vocals were horrible and unlike anything else I listened to, the music was glitchy and felt unstructured. I considered it 'singer/songwriter' at the time for some reason and I almost certainly had to have gotten into it through American Football or caP'n jazz. It surprised me now how I could have enjoyed a band as bizarre (terrible?) as Joan of Arc and still shrugged off 90% of other music I heard.

After I heard Sonic Youth and 'opened up' is when I went through a period of listening to a lot of really good and really bad music, I was hearing so many new things that it was overwhelming. I even span an Elbow record for a few months, and in retrospect, they're just Coldplay. I spent more money on music during this period than I ever have in my life. Most of it I'll never revisit or I think is just plain terrible. In was during this period that I discovered Questionable Content and a lot of the music that people associate with it. The forums were a part of my 'musical growth' cycle. After hearing all of that music for about a year, I sort of did 'backwards' step, I feel, when I began to consider the ethics of a lot of the independent music I was listening to. Why bands like Fugazi operated like they did. I began to realise that a bands ethics seems to have a huge influence on the music they make. Having spent a good few years sat on my ass pondering about these things, I think it's about time I take what I've learned and start my own band with some like-minded individuals in order to see what I sound like.
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Re: What Did You Listen To Before You Were Cool
« Reply #43 on: 27 Mar 2008, 10:06 »

As a young kid, I remember listening to the radio, and there were a couple of acts, like Chris Isaak and Hall & Oates, that just appealed to my young brain, and I can still listen to a few of their songs and genuinely enjoy them. The first albums I owned were Jamiroquai and Barenaked Ladies records, and I don't listen to them anymore but I don't find them offensive, per se. I likely would have gotten into nu-metal and might not have come out (I played Deftones' White Pony over and over in middle school, can't stand it now, mostly because of middle school) but I noticed that the people around me who loved it were total assholes.

Some of the things I really liked when I was younger were Prodigy's Fat of the Land and Music for the Jilted Generation, the latter of which I don't hate now. I also really like the Matrix soundtrack, and all those albums together opened me up to industrial rock and electronica, both of which I now thoroughly enjoy, even if I find my entries into the genres to be subpar now. On the upside, I've loved the Trainspotting soundtrack for as long as I remember.
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Re: What Did You Listen To Before You Were Cool
« Reply #44 on: 27 Mar 2008, 10:15 »

This thread sucks. I'm not cool now, and I hope I never will be, because regardless of music, what is cool - emo haircuts, binge drinking, unprotected sex - is fucking stupid a good 90% of the time.

However, when I was 13 I was cool by association for a little while (I was probably the first guy in my year to get a lap-dance, from the most generous-racked girl in my year group), and during that time, before that time, and for a while after that time, I was listening almost exclusively to nu-metal.
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Re: What Did You Listen To Before You Were Cool
« Reply #45 on: 27 Mar 2008, 10:20 »

I don't think the concept of this thread is totally serious.  I mean, I agree with you, music has little or nothing to do with how "cool" one is.  I think the idea behind the thread was to get all reminiscent and laugh and joke about all the stuff we used to like.

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Re: What Did You Listen To Before You Were Cool
« Reply #46 on: 27 Mar 2008, 10:23 »

My 'this thread sucks' was meant ironically as well. I do my damndest not to throw that around seriously because it's such a twattish thing to say.

But yeah. I still listen to Linkin Park occasionally. I don't really have a 'lol I listened to that' list, because for the most part I uh... still listen to it.
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Re: What Did You Listen To Before You Were Cool
« Reply #47 on: 27 Mar 2008, 10:32 »

i have always been cool. my first cd was Marcy Playground's self titled which i still listen to all the fucking time.

there was a couple of months during middle school where i listened to Korn but then i discovered Incubus (S.C.I.E.N.C.E. era) and i never looked back.
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Re: What Did You Listen To Before You Were Cool
« Reply #48 on: 27 Mar 2008, 12:49 »

i have always been cool. my first cd was Marcy Playground's self titled which i still listen to all the fucking time.

then i discovered Incubus (S.C.I.E.N.C.E. era) and i never looked back.

These two albums let you win at life. SCIENCE is awesome. I've never heard Marcy's debut, but I reviewed a reissue of MP3 and it's great.
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Re: What Did You Listen To Before You Were Cool
« Reply #49 on: 27 Mar 2008, 12:49 »

I listened to Sonic Youth when I was six. I was kind of a music snob even then.
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