by Dave Segal
on Thu, Jun 28, 2012 at 8:55 AM
I’ve been reading musician interviews since, oh, 1976, and I can’t recall ever seeing a musician admit to enjoy being categorized or, as they like to say, being “put in a box.” (Hey, some boxes are spacious and comfortable. One shouldn’t reflexively knock boxes, is what I’m saying.)
However, I’ve long suspected that some musicians actually do like being classified, the more absurdly specific the better. Of course, the advent of social-media sites has led to most bands describing their own sound, and some do it in great detail, perhaps grimacing the whole time (self promo is a bitch). But corner these musicians in an interview and they’re all, “I hate being categorized; it’s so restricting, dude.” Uh-huh.
This calls for a poll among the musicians out there.