Do We Outgrow the Music of Our Youth? Pretty Much Pop: A Culture Podcast #99

What long-term effects do songs that we’re exposed to ear­ly have on our adult tastes? As chil­dren we (hope­ful­ly) learn to love music, but then our crit­i­cal fac­ul­ties and peer pres­sure kick in, and many ear­ly influ­ences become unac­knowl­edged or trans­formed into guilty plea­sures. Is the gen­er­a­tion gap in musi­cal taste real­ly just due to how styles change over time (and we old folks just don’t get the new sound), or are there more fun­da­men­tal rea­sons why it’s eas­i­er for younger peo­ple to absorb new music?

Today’s pan­el includes your host Mark Lin­sen­may­er plus Eri­ca Spyres, Bri­an Hirt, and The Hus­tle pod­cast host Jon Lam­ore­aux. They share their own expe­ri­ences, songs from yes­ter­year that they have com­pli­cat­ed feel­ings about now, and get into relat­ed top­ics like the activ­i­ties of for­mer pop stars and nos­tal­gia in film sound­tracks.

A few par­tic­u­lar tracks that we men­tion are Go West­’s “King of Wish­ful Think­ing,” Jo Box­ers’  “Just Got Lucky,” Jethro Tul­l’s “Songs from the Wood,” and The Cars’ “Mag­ic.” Can a pret­ty Steve Howe intro redeem this Asia cheese­fest?

A few arti­cles we con­sult­ed includ­ed:

Fol­low Jon’s pod­cast @thehustlepod. To get an idea of the for­mats of The Hus­tle as com­pared to Mark’s Naked­ly Exam­ined Music, why not take a deep dive on Grand Funk Rail­road­’s amaz­ing Mark Farn­er who appeared on both? …NEM, Hus­tle.

Hear more of this pod­cast at prettymuchpop.com. This episode includes bonus dis­cus­sion that you can access by sup­port­ing the pod­cast at patreon.com/prettymuchpop. This pod­cast is part of the Par­tial­ly Exam­ined Life pod­cast net­work.

Pret­ty Much Pop: A Cul­ture Pod­cast is the first pod­cast curat­ed by Open Cul­ture. Browse all Pret­ty Much Pop posts.


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  • Marco says:

    As for Amer­i­can music, I haven’t heard any­thing, with the excep­tion a few jazz artists, that I have enjoyed enough to down­load or buy a cd in the last 10 years or more. My tastes since the 90’s, have brought me to African, Brasil­ian, Caribbean musics. Much more vital and inven­tive.

  • Paul Beard says:

    I think there is plen­ty of new music worth dis­cov­er­ing for those over 30 but much depends on the means of expo­sure and dis­cov­ery. Com­mer­cial radio does­n’t offer a lot of options, giv­en its need to deliv­er an audi­ence to its spon­sors. Non-com­mer­cial/lis­ten­er-sup­port­ed radio can afford to take more chances and does­n’t have to wor­ry about scar­ing off lis­ten­ers (and spon­sors).

    In the stream­ing era you can find sta­tions that have a world­wide pres­ence, allow­ing expo­sure to more than the local sta­tions can offer. Try KEXP.org as an exam­ple. It offers a real­time stream and playlist as well as archives of themed shows dat­ing back two weeks, as well as pod­casts and a YouTube chan­nel. If there was no good music being made, they would have a hard time com­ing up with mate­r­i­al to share.

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