You know how when someone has a bag of Doritos and you’re all “mmm, Doritos sound good.” You mooch a chip or two and it hits the spot. But then when you actually go to the store and buy a bag of chips for yourself, it loses its luster almost immediately. Sometimes music is that way. I thought it was just a personal quirk of mine. But frequent Line Out commenter and Same Sex Dictator/Red Liquid member Lee Cizek mentioned having this issue in passing and now I realize it’s a universal thing.
For example, I like Drive Like Jehu. But I no longer own any Drive Like Jehu records. They always sound good when someone else puts them on, but whenever I try to listen to them on my own, I get fidgety by the second song. Come to think of it, I feel the same way about pretty much all of Rick Froberg’s stuff. I don’t know what my problem is; Hot Snakes always sound so good on someone else’s stereo.
Same thing with Portishead. And Gang of Four. I now refer to these bands as Doritos music. I like it when someone else is rockin’ it, but I can’t seem to get into it on my own.
What’s your Doritos music?