There is a kind of narrative that the journey of a music fan starts with generic chart pop and gradually develops towards Proper Music like rock and indie. There are a lot of problems with the narrative, in particular its inherent sexism – it’s no coincidence that Proper Music generally means ‘music made by and largely listened to by men’. As such, I take a little bit of pride in the fact that I took an uncharted turn on this journey and, less than a year after the Manic Street Preachers became my favourite band, they were joined at the top spot by Take That.
Oh – and apologies in advance for illegal overuse of exclamation marks in this post – but what can you do when it’s TAKE THAT!!!!!