Become a Music Geek Using Four Simple Steps

Step 3: Realize this album is actually one of the best things you've ever heard. (Purchase entire catalog).

Beware of getting this hardcore too quickly.
When I sat down and listened to The Sky's Gone Out on my Walkman, I knew I was in love with the band. Bauhaus was better than Peter Murphy and Love and Rockets combined! I begged my mom to drive me to Hollywood so I could go to a store called Vinyl Fetish and buy music that wasn't available in the Valley. After I got the cassettes and CDs, I moved on to vinyl. (This is a vital step for any aspiring music geek). I searched head shops for t-shirts and stickers. Years later, I caught Bauhaus on their reunion tour. This trajectory may not be the same for all music nerds, but it is a strong possibility.

It is also important for music nerds to like bands who never became household names. (Don't be intimidated. If we mention such a name around you, it's probably because we think it's something you'll like). Trust us, the same way I trusted the Northridge Fashion Center goths back in the day.

Timothy Norris
Rejoice! You made it!

Step 4: Obtain actual knowledge. Use it in conversation. Often.

It may take a few years, but one day, you will wake up and realize that you don't have to fake it anymore. You now have a vast arsenal of music-related trivia at your disposal. You're able to carry on an hour-long conversation about obscure B-sides. You can write dissertations on how bands that never blew up inspired extremely famous groups that came later. Your friends gawk when they see that you own vinyl usually only found on record store walls.

Your poseur skin has officially molted. You are a music geek. Congratulations, and welcome to the club.

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