Similar to another unfortunate escapade this year, I guess I just pushed the wrong button with a group of fans who would be willing to fight for their favorite act to the death (or, at least, over multiple posts in a blog’s comment section). Sure, it’s fun to say mean things about a band and have people react to them, but in the end, we’re talking about something people have an emotional attachment to in some way–a connection beyond a disc and a concert t-shirt.
What musical act would I be willing to go that distance for? I was stumped for a while before it came to me.
My love for New Order, despite all the embarrassing sidesteps (and by this I mean, everything released following Technique not produced by the Chemical Brothers) borders on the totally irrational. I spent actual time defending the Retro box set, which I purchased on import a week before receiving a promo copy in the mail. I briefly considered choking a teenager in front of me at the Area:One festival who quipped “Who are these old guys Billy Corgan is playing with?” It’s not healthy, and it defies reason, but I love New Order to that extent.
So, what’s yours?