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July 18, 2021 9:28 am  #1

Songs You Once Hated But Now Love

I'm not sure if anyone else has ever experienced this, but when I was a kid, there were certain songs on the radio that had me instantly reaching for the dial to change to another station. The one I recall best was in 1969, whenever Desmond Dekker & The Aces' "Israelites" came on.

The tune went to #1 locally and it completely baffled me. I hated the melody, couldn't understand the lyrics, and the overall way it was produced made me cringe. I literally could not get it off the radio fast enough, but since it was #1, it played endlessly during its time on the charts. 

Flash forward a few decades. The song came on an oldies station one day and for some reason, I didn't turn it off. I suddenly realized that not only did I not hate the thing, I actually liked it - a lot. In fact, it's since become one of my absolutely favorite all time classics. (Although I still don't understand the lyrics!)

I have no idea how to account for this, other than I likely never gave it a fair chance originally and tastes change. Has anyone else ever done a complete 180 on a song they either loved or loathed - and now feel the exact opposite way about? 


July 18, 2021 9:30 am  #2

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By the way, Israelites was once the subject of wonderful Memorex commercial that I've never forgotten. And, of course, it's since turned up on YouTube.  What a great ad!


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July 21, 2021 4:53 am  #3

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There was a time when I cringed at anything by Bob Dylan. I didn't mind some of the lyrics, but his voice was like the proverbial scratches on a chalkboard.  But in early 1966 Dylan came to Ottawa where I was stationed. He appeared with The "Hawks"/"Crackers"/"Band" that I'd seen many times backing Ronnie Hawkins, and I wanted to hear what they sounded like after hooking up with Dylan. The concert gave me a different perspective of Dylan-the-artist, and I thought his new electric sound was great. He's still not my favorite artist, but I no longer change stations,

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July 21, 2021 9:44 pm  #4

Re: Songs You Once Hated But Now Love

There were a few. "Rambling Rose" by Nat King Cole is one I can think of at the moment. 


August 8, 2021 2:14 pm  #5

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I just heard another one I'd long forgotten about. When "Black Pearl" by Sonny Charles & The Checkmates first came out, for some reason I hated it. I couldn't change the radio station fast enough when it came on. It was a huge hit and I spent a lot of time trying to avoid it.

A few years ago, I gave it another listen and wondered what that kid I'd once been had been thinking. The song is absolutely amazing, from performance to production, and I can see why it did so well. It's one of my all-time favorites now and I'm just sorry it took me so long to figure that out!


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