"Ridicule is nothing to be scared of" - Adam Ant
I could blame Adam Ant. It was 1981, I was living in a small town in Delaware with one record store. MTV (the one that played music videos) was just on the horizon. Not my horizon, however. But somehow, somewhere, between me and the fog of Eddie Rabbit, Olivia Newton-John and Bertie Higgins singles, there was music out there that was waiting for me to hear. I found a clearing and through it, Adam and his Ants (they weren't his for long...soon they bailed on him for what they thought were greener pastures with Bow Wow Wow) were telling me that "ridicule was nothing to be scared of".
The "ridicule" they spoke of and weren't afraid of, of course, referred to the way they looked and the way they sounded. Did I realize that at the time? Of course I didn't. All I knew is that I loved what I was seeing and what I was hearing. Did I get made fun of for liking different music in a small town? Yep, but ridicule was nothing to be scared of.
It's a lesson I've learned well...I'm a 40 year old male and the biggest Duran Duran aficionado out there. I lived through the years 99.9 percent of their fans were girls, through the lean years (can you name any tracks off of the Liberty album?) and right up to today.
If you've read this far, thanks...welcome again to Musicule. I think you'll be in for a treat in the form of a musical journey. I have 10,000 songs in my iTunes library and one way or another I will write about some of the songs, the artists who recorded them and the albums on which they appeared. Some of those 10,000 songs are great and some of them, are, uh, not so great...but behind each of them is a story. I can't guarantee all of the stories are worth telling, so I'll try to save the good ones for this blog.