Indie: I’m over it. (A manifesto.)

I have a couple friends who are indie-philes. Music, film, books…if you’ve never heard of it, they love it. On one hand, it’s great: they’ve pointed me toward some truly stellar artists whose work I now immensely enjoy. On the other hand, it’s a bit annoying: the minute a band or movie or book starts to see some popular success, these friends of mine reject it as derivative, has-been crap. And if for some reason an artist or their work skips the indie phase altogether and shoots straight to the top of any bestseller list, my friends ignore it entirely. (“It never existed to me.”)

This nifty little quirk didn’t bug me too much until a couple weeks ago when one of my friends came over to hang out with Ash, and I happened to be watching Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. Ash was in the shower, so this friend — let’s call him Donnie — plopped down on the couch and asked me what I was watching. “Why, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire,” I replied. “Wasn’t it great?”

Donnie rolled his eyes and shifted in his seat and said, “Didn’t see it. And I haven’t read any of the books. Anything that’s THAT popular is bound to be sh*t.”

I threw a pillow at his head and yelled, “You’re a snob! And on top of that, you’re robbing yourself of joy! Get a frickin’ life, you cool-obsessed schlub!”

So call me a populist. I’m over the indie thing. Give me my Kelly Clarkson and my MI:3 and my Danielle Steel (okay, not really). If I like it, I like it. My preferences will be dictated neither by the unwashed masses nor the epicurean connessieurs.*

*Donnie, if you’re reading this…I love you, man.

11 thoughts on “Indie: I’m over it. (A manifesto.)

  1. JasonB

    whhheeew. I thought you were talking about me for a second. Glad I’m not Donnie. You should really check out the following bands before they get to big for Donnie to enjoy: Milosh, Mates of State, Gnarls Barkley, Efterklang, Rogue Wave and Who Made Who. :)

  2. aly hawkins Post author

    You’re off the hook, Jason…anyone who loves LOST as much as you do gets a pass on snobbery. (Anyway, if I got rid of ALL my friends who enjoy indie everything, I’d be pretty lonely.) I’m not anti-indie, I’m just anti-snobbery. Pop culture is no more the opiate of the masses than religion is — sometimes pop is popular because it’s good time fun!

  3. corey

    uh-oh. I think I saw Gnarls Barkley on my SBC Global Yahoo home page next to Mary J. Blige and other pieces of Bubblegum. Time to cut him/them from the list of cool obscurities.

  4. Morphea

    Oh my god. Am I one of your snobbish friends because I said reading Harry Potter was a guilty pleasure? Sh*t. I am.

    Okay [thinks furiously] – um, Ramon and I watched Wedding Crashers two nights ago and really liked it. My biggest laugh was when the bridesmaid couldn’t stop giggling and snorting into her bouquet during the “Nautical Vows”.

    Also, remember in that same chat we had about guilty pleasures when I said I can’t stop watching Shakira videos? I meant it. Her bum (and everything else, including her voice and songwriting) is absolutely mesmerizing.

    All right. [deep breath] You didn’t mean me.

  5. aly hawkins Post author

    Like I said, Morph, if I rid myself of all my indie-lovin’ friends, I’d be one lonely girl. The above conversation/incident really happened, so if you can’t remember plopping down on my couch and reviling Harry Potter, you are safe from my ridicule. (And Donnie, if you CAN remember this happening…by “ridicule” I mean “great affection and high respect.”)

  6. Joel

    Wait a sec…am I Donnie? I think I might be…

    I stand by my statement! Anything that is that popular is bound to be sh*t!

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