Dear Triple J Fans,
I have a problem with you. Not all of you, of course, I’m sure some of you manage to be perfectly normal members of society, but a growing majority of you feel the need to be superior bastards, and I’m getting sick of it. You listen to a specific radio station. Good for you! My radio station of choice has always been Radio Disney. The difference between you and me, however, is that I don’t feel the need to shove Radio Disney everyone’s throats and scoff at them when they tell me they don’t listen to it. I don’t think I’m a better person for listening to it. I don’t look down on people who choose to have other musical interests. I know Radio Disney isn’t for everyone, it’s my personal choice, and just like I realise that, you too should realise that listening to Triple J is not something that has to be listened to if a person is to be considered cool.
Once upon a time listening to Triple J was something extremely ~alternative~, but now because of the stupid rise in the number of ~hipsters~, it’s popularity has risen to an almost mainstream level. You don’t want to admit that though, you like to think you’re so special. Unfortunately for you, your ‘indie’ music is nothing special these days and you’re not as alternative and ‘hipster’ as you would like us to think you are. Five years ago, maybe admitting to liking Triple J would have set you apart from your peers. Today, however, it just gets you shoved into the sheep pen with everyone else. I really hope you wake up and realise that you’re just as mainstream as everyone else, because really, your assumed superiority is driving me crazy. Hilariously, the music I blast and you scoff at me for it being so commercial and bubblegum pop, is actually more alternative than the stuff you listen to.
I don’t understand why you can’t just accept that there are different types of music and be done with it. Why must you feel that what you listen to is what’s best? What is so good about the songs that fill your iPod that you feel you have been given a right to move straight to the head of the music hierarchy. Why, by being a fan of one silly little radio station, do you act like you’re the gods of the musical world? We’re all entitled to our own opinions, but I know that liking the Jonas Brother’s doesn’t make me any better than my friends who like Lady Gaga, or my friends that like Keith Urban, or my friends that like Screamo. In a way, I’m starting to believe it does make me better than you, though, because at least I’m not ashamed of my ‘uncool’ interests and am able to have fun and experience the full range of the musical world.
Actually, what I’m most curious about, dear Triple J fans, is whether you’ll be so loyal to your beloved station once the hipster trend moves on. Once big glasses and vintage and triangles are no longer what makes you cool, will you move on to the next big thing, or remain true to the definition of your subculture and stick with it? Once something has replaced the Angus and Julia Stone’s and the Jezebels’, will you pretend that you never liked them and change the dial on your radio, or will you keep attending the gigs in your ~awesome~ underground venues? I think we all know the answer, whether you choose to admit it or not.
So keep listening to your beloved station, fans, I can’t stop you. But next time you give me a condescending look when I tell you I’m going to a Miley Cyrus concert, or make a snide remark about the artists in my ‘most played’ list, I may just have a few unfriendly things to say in return. I don’t like your music, in case I haven’t made that obvious, but until now I’ve kept quiet. Just know that won’t be continuing unless you all grow up and give me the same respect in return.
frangipani princess xoxo