Whatever kind of music we listened to in high school and during our formative years, that’s usually the kind of music we listen to for the rest of our lives. Even if it’s crap. I’m doing my best to avoid posting those songs, the ones I’m embarrassed to say may have left an impression on me at some point in my life. I haven’t and won’t post any songs by Jan & Dean who I thought we’re cool when I was 10 years old. No songs by Cory Hart, Def Leopard, “Every Breath You Take” by the Police, no Billy Idol, that “Turn Around Bright Eyes” song by Bonnie Tyler. (I listened to a lot of the big hits of the ’80s.) Even music by Pink Floyd is kind of embarrassing to me now because it takes itself too seriously. That last band I took seriously, and can’t do it anymore because they take themselves too seriously, was Marillion. I thought they were fantastic from the time I was 16 until sometime in my mid-twenties. Not unlike Peter Gabriel, some of their most intriguing songs were B-sides. At one point I thought this B-side song, “Tux On,” was a work of genius.
Also on the So Serious I Can’t Take Them Seriously Anymore list… Hmm. Forget about it. It’s too long a list.