On boxing yourself in when it comes to musical tastes

I’m sick (agian, yes) but decided to take a minute to post another retro post, this time from March 2007. As part of reducing my Internet footprint, I’m deleting my “other” older blog archive and integrating any of the good posts here.

Without further ado:

A few nights ago “Chelsea Girl” and I were having a conversation via myspace comments about music. “Chelsea Girls”’s new favorite band is Augustana–good choice–so I recommended that she check out Daniel Powter who has a similar sound. She responded: “yea i know him too. i dont know y but i like bands better., There should be a word for a person who prefers bands over solo artists and the opposite, dont u agree?”

I did: “I like “groupists.” I think that works nicely with “solo-ers.” They’re similar enough but not too similar that people will think they are the same thing. This will all be documented in a blog later. Watch for it.”

And now here’s that blog.

* Groupist: A groupist is a person who prefers bands. For our purposes a band is defined as a group of two or more people who perform music. They sing, as well as play instruments. If you are a groupist with similar tastes in music to me and Chelsea Girl, you might consider checking out: Augustana, the Raconteurs or the Goo Goo Dolls.

* Soloer (alternate spelling: solo-er): Solo-ers are people who prefer solo artists. For our purposes, this means any musician who perfoms on stage alone. They can sing and play instruments or only sing. If you are a solo-er with similar tastes to me (since we have established that Chelsea Girl is a groupist) you might listen to: Daniel Powter, James Blunt or Jason Mraz.

* Groloer: This is a term for people who like bands and solo artists equally. In addition, it can also be used to refer to people who like musicians that do not fit neatly into either category. Examples include: Five for Fighting (one guy but it sounds like a band), The Pussycat Dolls (a band, but none of them play instruments), and Rob Thomas who should still be with Matchbox 20. Sorry, ignore that last example. I still really miss that band.