Change of heart dating
Bonnie Stiernberg, Music/TV Editor when they first put out their self-titled debut.I was one of those people droning on and on about authenticity, appropriation, hype, Paul Simon and boat shoes.
I love it for that, but it’s also a great record—easily in my Top 5 of all time.Welcome to The Playlist Project, where we’ll be posing musical questions to Paste staff, interns and writers and then compiling their responses into a handy playlist before opening it up for discussion in our comments section.The term “grower” gets tossed around a lot, usually about songs or albums we’re initially lukewarm on that we’ve come to enjoy.But somewhere along the way I gave in to its catchiness, and slowly but surely Vampire Weekend became one of my favorite albums of its decade. Modern Vampires is a grower, and if you can let go of your desire for another hooky “A-Punk” or “Oxford Comma” and give it a chance, you’ll find that it still has all the components of a great Vampire Weekendalbum: lyrics that’ll remind you of your college English class reading lists, harpsichord aplenty and melodies that worm their way into your head until you submit. Tell us the tunes you’ve had a change of heart about in the comments below.Confession #2: I did not like Modern Vampires of the City at first. Robert Ham, Contributing Writer The Beatles, “Revolution 9” During my tempestuous teen years, I obsessed over The White Album, listening to it again and again, making imaginary tribute albums in my mind, and marveling at the Beatlesas they pushed at the boundaries of rock and pop.
But I would always lift the needle on my copy right after “Cry Baby Cry” lest I have to “suffer” through “Revolution 9.” It wasn’t until years later that I found myself obsessing over Karlheinz Stockhausen, Pierre Schaeffer and the rest of the musique concrete gang that it finally dawned on me just how daring John Lennonwas being with that song.
It displaced a nervous anxiety and I passed it each Pinkerton spin. Obviously, ELO is the shit and should be placed in the ranks of classic rock goddery.
But as that year came to a close, I met a boy who drove an old Volvo covered in Iron Maiden stickers and covered the song during a band practice I sat in on. Still not my favorite, but I no longer fast-forward to “No One Other.” Sarah Lawrence, Graphic Designer Ru Paul featuring Big Freedia, “Peanut Butter” I went from being incredibly confused and bewildered by this song to making it my daily morning pump-up jam—NSFW, kind of. Jeff Lynne’s arrangements and song structures remain as gorgeous today as they did back in the ‘70s.
This stems from the fact that I was a metalhead throughout junior high and high school (and well into college, come to think of it).
Therefore, while some of my friends raved about bands like U2, the Pixies, Pavement and so on, I was drowning it out with RATT, Iron Maiden and Metallica.
It took me a good amount of time before I realized how amazing that song, that album, and that band were. After things cooled down a bit for Adele, I bought her superb album, 21, and became a huge fan.