Rachel's Blog: Plan your friends; Plan your CD collection.

Fri, 26 May 2006

With today's ease of access to Everything it's often difficult to know where to begin. Fortunately there has been a recent spate of "What to" books. As in What to Read, What to Watch, What to Listen To and even What to Visit. Once you have consumed these texts you will then be a well-rounded human being able to engage in all manner of conversations with friends and strangers alike.

Today Craig Mathieson adds a material edge to the trend with his article of 100 albums you should own to impress your friends. You don't even have to know why they're important albums, or even what they sound like.

If you were to go out of your way to own all of these CDs I think you would be regarded as a less of a rock 'n' roll hipster and more of an out 'n' out schizophrenic. Not that music lovers wouldn't own both AC/DC and Dusty Springfield or that Simon and Garfunkle never share shelf space with Nirvana, but you've gotta wonder how often.

There is a nod to reason in the last sentence.

But you've just got to enjoy music. You can't plan your CD selection.

But if you can't plan a CD collection, what's this list for? Don't you want your friends to like you for what you own? I won't pretend to understand if you get your kicks collecting Eurovision Song Contest albums, but I will say




(Four. We own four of the CDs on the list. So unhip our legs threaten to fall off. And just wait for the comment that reveals the eclectic nature of our collective unhipness.)

Comment by anthony baxter on Mon, 29 May 2006

Scary. I think I have 35-36 of them. Mind you, only about 20 of those are in the form of Actual Real CDs. The rest are purely digital.

Not sure if that means I have incredibly wide and good tastes, or I'm faking it quite well...