Thursday, May 16, 2013
"Love Is Lovelier, the Second Time Around"
A recurring discussion on these pages, whether initiated by me or by readers in their comments, is the one that involves an established artist and the year or album when it all changed. Or more accurately, the year we "stopped listening."
When Graham Parker & the Rumour's reunion LP was released, I got a feeling that everyone was excited except for me. This had something to do with the fact that I gave up on GP after not liking 1989's "Human Soul" or 1991's "Struck By Lightning" very much. This, coupled with some offputting comments Parker made in an interview 20 years ago, I simply decided not to care anymore. Silly, and really, who was I spiting but myself? When I picked up where I left off with Graham, I realized how much great music I had been missing.
This is what I'm interested in, possibly for a project in the very near future-
Pick two artists/bands who you loved and tell me the year and the record where you called it quits.
What I am hoping will happen is that you choose artists I've stayed loyal to, so that I can make an argument for the albums you've been missing. Of course, I am hoping you will do the same for me, choosing artists I've abandoned so I can go back and revisit what I have been missing.