H/t to @Baltimore Horses for this one.
Everyone starts somewhere.
This reinforces an old argument I had ages ago with a muso type: When you get into the avant-garde stuff and start going down various weirdo rabbit-holes and eventually you push music right off the scale, you can come back full circle and enjoy pop again. It sounds richer, and it’s no longer “the enemy”, especially if you spent most of your young years building your identity around your record collection and the subcultures surrounding it.
They also forgot “Stoned out of your tree listening to three Merzbow records at the same time”. The Spice Girls made so much more sense the next day.