However, in practice this just isn't so. I find myself reacting to things that people like with a sneer. If someone says to me, for example, that they like the band Scouting For Girls, my immediate reaction is "Why the fuck do you like those talentless, irritating wankers?"
But really, who am I to talk? I like Simply Red, for God's sake! I, like every single other person in the world, am really in no position to judge.
And yet I do. I can't help it.
Generally speaking I've become better at this. Not just in terms of not judging others for their terrible tastes, but also being okay with admitting my own to others.
There is one thing that never ceases to cause embarrassment though.
I love disco.
Proper, tacky, 80's disco.
You say this to people, and they laugh. They think your taking the piss or, even worse, you like it ironically. Eurgh.
Well, I do not like disco ironically. I like disco full stop. There are few genres of music that make me smile the way that disco does. It is seriously fun. When done well, disco makes it impossible to not in some way move to.
This must be part of why I love it like I do, because I absolutely love dancing.
Anyway, I'm not going to waffle on about this, because all I will do is repeat myself quite a lot. I will just leave you with one of my favourite 80's disco songs. This makes me happy. It also makes me want it to be one o'clock in a dark room with me getting my dance on to it. It is really tacky and really fun and I love it.