The Tiger’s Top 5 Music Cardinal Sins

Let me kick this one off by admitting that yes, I’m a music snob. I’ve been one since I was about 11 or 12 years old and the older I get the worse it becomes. I am fully aware and comfortable with that fact, it’s never going to change because I’m never going to try and change it and here’s why.

I judge people openly when it comes to music because it’s such a powerful force in my life that it’s like a fucking religion to me. Forget heaven or hell or Jesus or Krishna or Brahman or Satan or God or Santa and the Tooth Fairy. They may or may not exist and I couldn’t really care one way or the other because in music I’ve found a higher power that accepts me for who I am whether I’m wretched and seeped in sin or rolling holy and righteous without a goddamn care in the world.



To say it puzzles me when I meet people that are completely indifferent to music would be a gigantic understatement. I’ll never say it openly because I learned back when I was a kid that no one likes having someone else’s opinion rammed up their butt, but when I meet people that say or do one of the following things my estimation of them immediately plummets to the same level I reserve for people who’s biological parents are blood relatives.


THING NO.1 – We’ve just met, I ask you what music you’re into and you shrug and reply, “Oh, I dunno, anything really…”

It baffles me how many people say this, especially girls. There are a number of reasons people say this about music, namely:

  • They don’t want to say something you might think sounds stupid so they’re going to sit on the fence on this one and hope for the best. Get off the fence. Admit to your love of Norwegian Folk Metal, fly that flag brother! I’d rather hear ANYTHING than the sentence in bold underlining above.
  • They’re drawing a total blank. This happens, just breathe and try to calm down a little, I’m not going to bite your head off if you say you’re into someone I think is shit. You can listen to whatever the hell you want… except Nickleback.
  • They honestly don’t give a rat’s ass what’s playing. They will listen to commercial radio stations like 5FM every day of their lives from the minute they wake up until the minute they arrive back home after work and not even notice when the same song gets repeated 6 times in as many hours. I mean fuck’s sake! I don’t even listen to the songs I like six times a day because by day two I’d be bored to tears of it. These people cannot be saved. Their favourite movie of all time is Mr Bones. Just… give up.


THING NO.2 – People who describe music that is even slightly down-tempo or sad as “slit-your-wrists music”

I can’t tell you how much this infuriates me. People who expect music to have the same effect as Prozac are, nine times out of ten, terminally boring human beings.

A perfect example of this actually happened to me recently when I was copying some music over to a friend’s laptop who is totally clueless about music (some gems while I was copying the stuff over were “Foo Fighters? What do they sing?” and “Oh Green Day, I like them! Can you give me the first album, the one with American Idiot on it…”).

Her friend, the music expert, was sitting with us, advising her what to copy and what not to copy when we came across Ben Harper.

“Ben Harper?” she said, “Who’s he?”

“He’s a bit like Jack Johnson,” I replied, “they actually tour together quite a lot.”

“Yeah, but it’s real ‘slit-your-wrists music’”, the expert chirped in.

“It is, but unfortunately all my ‘High School Musical’ stuff is on my other drive, sorry,” I replied in my head.



Walk away son, walk away.

THING NO.3 – People who pull you aside to play you a song that sounds like utter crap and then ask you what you think about it

Bonus points if they give you their greasy earplugs to put in your ear and double bonus points if they know what you’re into and are deliberately playing you something they know you’ll hate in some misguided effort to try and reprogram your musical taste.

For these people, music is an argument that they must win at all costs. If you do not like the music they do, they will make you like it or they will die trying.

Despite what you might think, while I am a music snob, I am not one of these people. You listen to whatever the hell you want to listen to, I’m totally fine with that. Just don’t make me listen to it, respect the fact that our tastes are different and let’s both just carry on with our lives shall we?

THING NO.4 – People who only buy “Best Of” or compilation albums

Why the fucking fuck would you ever want to buy a compilation album, ever? So you can hear the same old songs that artist has had playing on the radio for the last God-knows-how-many years all over again?

Here’s a crazy question: What if you actually stepped WAY out on a limb and bought the album that one or two of those songs appeared on? And here’s another wild thought: What if you found that your favourite track wasn’t actually one of the ones that gets played on the radio all the time?

Why, that song would become “your” song in a way that the one that everyone knows and loves never could. It would have a special meaning to you and who knows? Maybe one day you’ll meet someone else who also fucking loves that song and you’ll instantly share a connection that is actually meaningful.

You know what my favourite Beatles song is? I’ll give you a clue, it’s not “Hey Jude”, it’s not “Yellow Submarine” and it’s sure as shit not “Yesterday”.

It’s “Rocky Raccoon” because it’s a story about a guy who’s lady runs off with a total jerk so he goes to kill the guy and ends up getting shot by the dude instead. Then this drunk doctor fixes him up and he just kinda carries on with his life.



Poetry I tells ya! Winking smile

THING NO.5 – Playlist Trolls

They lurk in corners at parties and wait until no one’s looking so they can hijack the playlist and make it their bitch.

They won’t relinquish power, take requests or play anything that has any merit whatsoever.

Expect Vanilla Ice. Expect Abba. Expect “Bohemian Rhapsody” at full volume. Expect Mr fucking Jones. Expect Rod Stewart. And just when you think things couldn’t possibly get any worse, expect “Barbie Girl” or fucking Whigfield being blasted at you until your skull implodes.

What’s worse is they’ll play the same kak song three times, occasionally back-to-back just so you can get an intimate insight into what their hellishly mediocre lives must be like.

If you’re a person who is guilty of any of the sins listed above, there is good news. I’m offering free lobotomies all week to help you overcome these terrible afflictions, just hit me on tellthetiger@gmail.com and Uncle Slick will make everything better or your money back! Winking smile


12 Responses to “The Tiger’s Top 5 Music Cardinal Sins”

  1. 1 KC
    May 30, 2011 at 4:48 am

    I’m with you on the first point – take a stand on the type of music you like. It may not improve my opinion of you, especially when you pop on the latest Steve Hofmeyer, but at least we know where we stand

    Went to see Leonard Cohen in Vegas last year and I just gave up getting all excited in front of anyone else because, according to the rest of the world….you guessed it – music to “slit-your-wrists to”


  2. 2 dp
    May 30, 2011 at 7:21 am

    But i’m at your side when it comes to the crux of this post. I think the worst of the bunch are Category 1’s, “the umm anything anything really” bunch.

    Bland as mayo

  3. 3 Civilian
    May 30, 2011 at 11:43 am

    I love mayo. 🙁

  4. 4 Seerower
    May 30, 2011 at 2:32 pm

    I fucking hate the playlist trolls that force everybody to listen to their music because they cannot appreciate anybody else’s. They have not learned that you can still appreciate something without liking it. Ignorance pisses me off so these people are very high up on my list of people that will meet a state sanctioned end if I ever become ruler of the Saffas.

    BTW I hope you weren’t copying any SA artists’ music.

    • June 3, 2011 at 12:08 am

      Nope, I’ll leave the copying up to the artists themselves who, with one or two exceptions, are just serving up a watered down version of what bands in Europe and the States were playing five years ago.

      Not hating on your comment though, ignorance pisses me off too, not because I think I’m better than ignorant people but because unlike them, I’m smart enough to realise I don’t know it all.


  5. 6 clinton
    May 30, 2011 at 9:31 pm

    6 music snobs
    you know the kind that calls your choice in music crap, that considers music their religion and decide they’re the high priest of that movement. Idiots

    • May 30, 2011 at 10:59 pm

      Nice one dude! I see what you did there and I think it’s very clever, come here and let me pat you on the head, then after that you can have a biscuit and we’ll go walkies.

  6. 8 dp
    May 31, 2011 at 1:59 am

    Haha, pwned…

    Civilian: Is there another word to describe the flavour of mayo? Tangy? Zesty? Fruity? I think not.

  7. 9 Ruggabugga
    June 1, 2011 at 10:42 pm

    Slick, I couldn’t agree with you more bru, oaks now days only listen to commercial kak! Unfortunately I was born with a very antithetic taste in music, so coming across songs I actually like are few and rare.

    • June 2, 2011 at 1:12 pm

      As well. There’s good stuff out there but you gotta really dig to find it. It’s the 80 / 20 rule, 80% of it is utter shite but totally worth it for that golden 20% of incredible stuff you’ll listen to for the rest of your life.


  8. 11 steve
    June 2, 2011 at 5:20 pm

    Disagree on #4 – best of albums have a place, but only when you have a decent catalogue that has 15+ singles. I’m talking to you there, Just Jinger amongst others. You have to be a legend before you can throw out a ‘best of’ and see record sales flying with almost no original releases. Pretenders who try this trick are only jumping on the effect. It’s kind of like a benefit season like they used to have for Clive Rice and the rest of the mean machine.

    Another analogy is autobiographies – they come out once you r.e.t.i.r.e I’m sure Kevin Pietersen has had about 5 out by now.

    ps. ST, don’t want to be the tjop, but we had this argument the other day round the braai (and then whipped out our smartphones to settle it)
    SA Box office revenue earners:
    2.Mr Bones 2
    3:Mr Bones

    • June 3, 2011 at 12:15 am

      So Titanic DID pip the no.1 spot?! Sheeit, I’ve had that EXACT same argument around a braai myself, I always thought Mr Bones was no.1.

      Really digging the comments on the site though, thanks for taking the time to write them, if I weren’t on the bones of my ass, I’d definitely send some free strippers and fine single malt your way 😉


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