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06 May 2005 11:06 AM
    How would you define a music snob?
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    06 May 2005 11:30 AM
    Me apparently, pfft.. like I care what you mere mortals think.. nah seriously, its hard to define a music snob, and we're all probably guilty of it at some point but its probably someone who over-intellectualises about what is and isn't good music rather than being open minded and just responding to it in an honest manner. It also probably includes people who dogmatically categorise music as good or bad, believing their own opinion to be superior rather than allowing for personal taste. Oh, and anyone who uses the phrase "REAL music". What, are there counterfeit notes going round the place? (apologies for the awful pun)
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    06 May 2005 11:34 AM
    My girlfriend calls me a music snob. She calls me this because I don't like the likes of Pink and Will Smith.
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    06 May 2005 11:45 AM
    I think if your a music snob, you're probably snobbish about other things. It's about being open minded I suppose. Snobbish people who know a lot about something tend to prefer to DICTATE it rather than SHARE it. Like, if you're in a conversation with someone who knows more about music than you (based on artists known and artists listened to); the music snob would say : "I can't believe you don't know this record", whereas the music fan will say "you should really listen to this record". That would be my definition anyway.
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    06 May 2005 11:47 AM
    and snobbery is relative. Like, some people think Frames fans are music snobs, while others would think their music taste is completely remedial. And the best people probably wouldn't give a f**k. Be open to it all, listen to it all, keep what you like, listen to more like it. Repeat.
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    06 May 2005 12:10 PM
    spot on Una, also agree with the over-intellectualising
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    06 May 2005 01:10 PM
    My girlfriend's into Bryan Adams so I guess that rules me out.
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    06 May 2005 01:34 PM
    yes, I once tried to blag myself into the Pink gig at the Point with a couple of mates and when we didn't get in, we waited in Spy for her to show (which she didn't). Admitting embarrassing situations makes them suddenly cool. Most music snobs are fake anyway, and probably don't even enjoy the music they are listening to. Or understand enjoyment for that matter!
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    06 May 2005 01:52 PM
    quote:
    Originally posted by Una
    Like, if you're in a conversation with someone who knows more about music than you (based on artists known and artists listened to); the music snob would say : "I can't believe you don't know this record", whereas the music fan will say "you should really listen to this record".
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    06 May 2005 01:55 PM
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    quote:
    Originally posted by Una
    Like, if you're in a conversation with someone who knows more about music than you (based on artists known and artists listened to); the music snob would say : "I can't believe you don't know this record", whereas the music fan will say "you should really listen to this record".

    B*$lox! wrong button! meant to say this: I think thats in a nutshell Una. Music snobs, to me, sound like the type of people who look down on you for not liking "their" music and as a result will never listen to anything you like due to that opinion
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    06 May 2005 04:25 PM
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    and snobbery is relative. Like, some people think Frames fans are music snobs, while others would think their music taste is completely remedial.
    Amen
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    06 May 2005 04:28 PM
    Just thought of one that probably marks me down as a bit of a snob. Some of my friends don't like dance music and I might stick on a CD in the car and one of them will go "turn that off, I hate Techno" (Techno being the generic term that many people use to refer to all electronic music), and I'll reply "It's not Techno, it's electro-house" or whatever the relevant sub-genre is. Yeah, I probably deserve a slap for that one, but confess to gettting an utterly childish kick out of being so stupidly pedantic. For extra fun, make up your own dance sub-generes, no-one will know the difference! "yeah, its actually, nu-electro-ragga-garage-bootywigglebass-house-gubbins, whatdya mean ya never heard of it? all the kids are listening to it!"
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    06 May 2005 07:48 PM
    you've just pointed out how rock music fans are snobbish about dance music. When someone says "i hate techno" they're being the snob, not you pointing out their ignorance of sub genre!
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    07 May 2005 01:27 AM
    There's a difference between snobbery and class. If you're snobbish you judge that certain people are inferior to you and you treat them accordingly. If you've got real class than you treat everyone with respect. If you've got class then you know it. You don't feel the need to belittle people just so that you can feel superior to them.
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    07 May 2005 11:10 AM
    binokular - i don't think that having dance-music-sub-genre-labeling o.c.d. () makes you a snob - for me the word snob is about how people react to the music they don't like, not how obssesive they get about the music they love. snobs consider that whatever they dislike cannot possibly have any merit. they fail to recognise that musical opinion is completely subjective, and that no single opinion is inherently more valuable than any other. i see it basically as a form of arrogance, a sign of an unhealthily inflated ego.
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    07 May 2005 12:43 PM
    "no single opinion is inherently more valuable than any other" it is if one opinion is more informed than another.
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    07 May 2005 03:21 PM
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    "no single opinion is inherently more valuable than any other" it is if one opinion is more informed than another.
    i disagree - in the context of whether music is 'good' or 'bad'. listening to music is a subjective experience, and whether you like what you hear or not is simply a matter of personal taste. and what does 'informed' mean anyway? i have a degree in music. if i think the elgar cello concerto is a piece of poo, and my brother thinks it's great, is my opinion more valid? of course not. elgar wrote that concerto to be enjoyed and appreciated, and not just by academics... the same is true in 'popular' music. take the new tom mcrae album for example ('all maps welcome'). i've read a number of reviews of this cd over the last week, some ecstatic, some caustic, all, (or most), presumably, written by 'informed' journalists. i was at a gig in the states where tom mcrae was supporting, playing to a crowd who'd never heard him before. some loved him, others were bored. my point is that nobody can judge music for anyone but themselves, regardless of how well 'informed' they may be. in fact, that's one of the reasons file-sharing is so popular among genuine cd-purchasing music fans - it gives them the opportunity to see if they like it before they spend their money, instead of relying on the opinion of a reviewer.
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    07 May 2005 03:35 PM
    i was talking about opinion relating to information rather than taste
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    07 May 2005 03:49 PM
    quote:
    Originally posted by Una
    i was talking about opinion relating to information rather than taste
    not sure i know what you mean - information is fact, opinion isn't...
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    07 May 2005 05:54 PM
    like, if I know more about a subject than you do my OPINION on it is more valid.
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