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Feb. 4th, 2010

01:08 am - Rediscovering stuff you *didn't* like as a kid

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Back in the '80s, when I was a big Hall & Oates fan*, I bought an LP copy of Daryl Hall's first solo album, "Sacred Songs". I listened to it and found it... kind of boring and weird.

Now, in recent months, I became curious about it and looked it up on Wikipedia. Seems it was a partly experimental joint effort between Daryl Hall and Robert Fripp of King Crimson, and made use of Fripp's trademark weird guitar sounds. I became curious enough that I looked for a copy on Amazon. I found one used. (It's out of print!) And I listened to it again. It's certainly weird, but now I'm musically experienced enough to appreciate it, and it's now become one of my favorite albums!

What records, movies, books, TV shows, etc. did you look at/listen to as a kid and were bored by, but learned to appreciate later in life?

*I've become a Hall & Oates fan once again, having rediscovered all their stuff again on CD.

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From:wildbilltx
Date:February 4th, 2010 07:17 am (UTC)
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When I was 13 (1976) I bought the Beach Boys "Pet Sounds". I loved the songs I heard on "Endless Summer" and "Spirit Of America" which were compilations of their older surf-cars-girls hits and thought it'd be more of the same.

But the music on Pet Sounds shot right over my head and other than the big hits like "Sloop John B." and "Wouldnt It Be Nice" I didnt like most of the album. So I sold it off at a used record store to have cash to buy another album.

Then in 1983 when I was in college I found a 3.99 budget reissue copy of the album and listened to it again. After hearing it as a young adult I finally understood what Brian Wilson was writing about (he was 21 when he recorded it). It's been one of my favorite albums ever since.
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From:wildbilltx
Date:February 4th, 2010 07:19 am (UTC)
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Correction, I was 14 in the summer of '76 when I bought it.
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From:wbwolf
Date:February 4th, 2010 02:28 pm (UTC)
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Billie Holiday.

Everyone said, "Oh, she's a great singer." and I was starting to get into jazz in high school. So, I decided to check out a compilation of hers from the library. But, I found her voice a bit off putting. So I just stuck with the instrumentals.

About a decade later, though, I started picking up a song of her here and there, and got more used to her tone of voice to recognize that she really was a master singer. Certainly a voice like hers wouldn't make it today — she's a bit nasally — but I can now appreciate her profound influence she's had.
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From:nefaria
Date:February 4th, 2010 02:38 pm (UTC)
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Most of the things I disliked as a kid, I still dislike now. Either I was a very mature kid then, or I'm a very immature adult now.

What bored me most as a kid was a show on PBS called OnQ, it consisted of two people sitting at a table talking about politics for half an hour, arrrrggghh! I wanted to see Sesame Street or cartoons and that was on instead, booooo.

I still don't like politics much, but I have developed an appreciation for financial news, since I can predict the repercussions of bad news now (and I've been in a finance job for 15 years now). I also like NFL football much more than I did as a kid.

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From:vakkotaur
Date:February 4th, 2010 03:22 pm (UTC)
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I miss Louis Rukeyser and his version of Wall $treet Week. I didn't catch on until rather late just how funny he could be, and his attitude was cheerful rather than panicky as most financial coverage seem{s,ed} to be when not merely dull.
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From:deckardcanine
Date:February 4th, 2010 03:36 pm (UTC)
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Well, I was too young to get much out of The Sting the first time I saw it. Oh, and The Importance of Being Ernest -- saw it when I was unused to plays that were heavy on dialog and low on action and scene changes.
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