Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Songs that I used to hate and have grown to like

I've been thinking about starting this list for a while. When I was a teenager, I was pretty loyal to a certain kind of music, and I was definitely a little uppity about only liking alternative music, which at the time was called New Wave. Or something. Most of what I listened to seemed electronic at the time. I say "seemed" because I didn't have a very clear idea of what produced various sounds, and I thought I was mostly listening to synthesizers. (I didn't know, okay!). Now I know better, for the most part. But anyway, here are a few songs that I've grown to appreciate as I grew up, mostly in the last few years. (Maybe the years from age 38 to 40 aren't typically considered growing up years, but it would be depressing if I didn't think I was still growing up.)

"Rock the Casbah" by the Clash. I've never been a big fan of The Clash, and I especially hated "Should I Stay or Should I Go." (He should go! Clearly!) But this cover is awesome. And this cover is pretty good. And now I even like the original, which turns out to have interesting lyrics and a terrific bass line.

"Thriller" by Michael Jackson. If I had to hear this more than once a year or so, I wouldn't like it, but it's fun to hear around Halloween.

"Thunderstruck" by AC/DC. I can't explain this. It's ridiculous, but it has that great guitar riff, and Angus Young's insane vocals make me smile and/or laugh. I probably should have liked it as a teenager, but I had my standards, and they were generally anti-guitars. (Again, I didn't know that New Order and Cocteau Twins used guitars. I was dumb!)

As a bonus, here's the video of AC/DC's "It's a Long Way to the Top If You Wanna Rock and Roll," which features bagpipes. I didn't know this song when I was young, so I can't include it in the list. But I love the bagpipes with the guitar. That is cool.

Lost in Austen (2008)

After I got over the initial shock of Wait! You're Messing with Pride and Prejudice!, I loved this British mini-series. I think Jane Austen would love it, too. Mr. Bennet, whose first name turns out to be Claude, has the funniest and best lines, for the most part, but there's a lot of good stuff here. As I mentioned, though, if you're a Pride and Prejudice fan, you must be prepared for irreverence and chaos with beloved characters, but things turn out all right in the end. It's fun and refreshing to have something new happen in the story.