I came of age musically speaking in the 80s - and found that in the UK at least it was a bit of a wasteland for good music. I started listening to heavy / hard rock because of an older brother and right from the start popular / chart music didn't do it for me. This sustained me for a while but I wanted something that was mine and in around 85 I had an epiphany when a friend played me some 60s garage music and then some Husker Du. That was it for me and for the next 15 years or so hardcore / alternative and 60s Psych / Garage were where it was at. So why I am telling you this? Well I always felt musically superior to most of my contemporaries - I owned the Quicksilver Messenger Service dbl LP on Psycho, I had seen Green On Red live, I was an early fan of Sonic Youth, I toyed with Japanese noise bands, I was into Sub Pop right at the start - in short I always felt I was cool and that my records were cool. Anyone coming round to leaf through my collection wouldn't find anything embarrassing. Fast forward to now - and whilst I still own pretty much all those records I bought in the 80s (its a great feeling picking up an LP that you have owned for 30+ years and playing it ), I own a lot of other stuff now that my younger self would not have considered cool at all. All right I listen to a lot of jazz and that's always pretty cool, but if I could have looked forward through time and flicked through my collection now I would have been shocked - Fleetwood Mac? (and not the early Green LPs), Nat King Cole (I own 6 LPs and a box set how did that happen), Dire Straits - I used to despise them but I know own most of their studio albums and find myself looking forward to the forthcoming MFSL 45rpm versions. Some other examples - Cat Stevens (in the UK only teenage girls would every admit to liking him), Yes (especially The Yes Album, Fragile etc.) the 80s me would have run a mile, I have somehow managed to own 3 Linda Ronstadt albums, Harry Belafonte - you are kidding me and Henry Mancini - what was I thinking?, yet its all great - and finally I am mature enough to like what I like and not give much of one on whether it is cool or not. Having said that there are still certain artists that won't darken these doors - Queen for one and also pretty much all of the ubiquitous 80s UK pop acts that all my friends loved, but I am more open minded and better for it - I have found myself thinking about getting some of the early Elton John LPs recently and that is a long way from Jesus Lizard and the Butthole Surfers Anyone else's story would be welcome....do you still care about being seen to be cool or have you long since got over it all?