Among your circle of friends or loved ones, is there a particular album by an artist they typically like as much as you that they do not like whatsoever?.
For instance, in my Elvis Costello-loving household, we agree on all the worthwhile Costello albums to be spun, with only two exceptions. The first exception is Punch the Clock. My wife bemoans the fact that she can’t play Punch the Clock in my presence (and I’ve shielded my boys from hearing it to date). However, she is willing to accept that fact that it’s a “chick album.” This kind of statement from my usually wouldn’t fly with her for good reason, but the last time the topic came up and I said, “That album should have been released with a Ladies Only sticker” she didn’t object. I suspect The Great 48 ranks it among Costello’s best works, but does any other guy play that album if a woman’s not around?
The other Costello album that we don’t agree on as a family is Trust. Any time I put that album on, whether at home or in the car, my lovely wife says, “What’s this?”
“You’ve been asking me, ‘What’s this?’ for 20 years,” I’ll reply. Now, over the last few years, as my boys have begun flexing their rock nerd muscles, they’ll chime in:
“Why don’t you play a good Costello album?” my oldest son said last week.
“What kind of song is this?” my youngest son tacked on as “Watch Your Step” got under way.
What’s wrong with my family? When are they going to dig this album, already? Let me be clear: there are artists and albums we don’t agree on, and that’s fine. My wife will forever think The dB’s sing like pussies, and she’s welcome to her opinion. She can spot Richard Thompson, even on the Fairport Convention songs he doesn’t sing lead on, from a mile away. I’m cool with not spinning that stuff until everyone’s out of the house. My boys object to some albums my wife and I love, like Crowded House’s Together Alone, and that’s cool too. We’re a family. We can work it out. When it comes to Trust, however, something’s out of whack.
Whenever I do try to slip this album under their radar I spare them the two worst songs of Costello’s great era: “Luxembourg” and “Shot With His Own Gun”. Isn’t that big of me? I can see how even diehard Costello fans might find Trust a little spotty, especially sandwiched between Get Happy!! and Imperial Bedroom, but can’t my wife and kids appreciate the excellent drum and bass sound and arrangements, as I do to get me through the lesser songs (the two outright turds excepted, which I skip at all costs)? Come on, family, Trust has as much to offer on long car trips as a lot of other albums we agree on!
Do you ever face a similar difficulty in getting your friends or loved ones to accept an album they have no business not liking by an artist they otherwise love?