Nowadays, it appears everyone strolling on the streets listening to tunes on their earphones, what music? We do not know. We assume we realize. Could the punk rocker at the rear of the bus secretly jamming to Britney Spears? Or is a tracksuit-bottomed, highlight-headed young woman watching for her friends, in fact moshing out with Black Flag? The pinstripe power suit on the coach might be a tremendous Public Enemy enthusiast or the local ASBO could be a jazz fan with a soft spot for Coltrane’s sax playing.
Those who don’t dress in any music-themed garments design can remain safely anonymous to the world at large as music patrons. Or can they? Here i will discuss two brand names and what they are saying about you:
Skullcandy are a new-ish brand (founded 2003) and intended directly in the postpunk/goth/emo/whatever crowd. The sign is in the name along with the kid-friendly Stencilled graphitti skull brand . Intended to accompany bullet belts, Atticus shirts and thin fit jeans, (the last vestiges of true subculture now comfortably distant and replaced by mere use of impression and products in one. Punk’s initial image, i.e, the flaunting of poverty has been overtaken by a age group ready to devour ready-ripped jeans and spraypaint-effect t shirts, I, uh, mean whatever, man). Skullcandy earpieces presented in a range of bright colors, as well as a stark black and white for maximum appeal. Given the gain in cost, it seems highly unlikely a customer would purchase these earphones unless it was to make an announcement by the music itself. This being (even though they’re an eighty year old woman) is much more likely to be listening to My Chemical Romance than they may be Mozart.
Sennheiser earphones, distinctive by their less significant, specialized design tend to be more the domain of the audiophile, the music nut and also the gadget freak. This person, though they may be attired in comparable method to the Skullcandy child, is much more probable to be listening to Charles Mingus, a vintage Delta Blues or folk piece, appreciating it the way in which one might a exceptional wine, along with all slight cultural nuances therein. This person is serious about songs, and his/her derision for bands of the time could be equally significant. Expect a lecture at any 2nd on the genius of Belgian techno or some incomprehensible Japanese arse-band (NOTE: arse-music isn’t an actual style…yet)
So, the peripherals we use inside the 21st century say as much about us as our disc collections might. Even if we don’t want them to? That surely seems to be the case, anyway. Next: Why are we iPod people so bloody smug?