It can be a treacherous and sometimes puzzling path, trying to navigate the line between trendy toons and Dad rock, with no real indicators as to what's what... Sometimes a band can switch from being cool to being uncool merely because they sell a lot of records. Look at the case of Razorlight. Popularity, you see, is Not Hip. This, however, isn't a hard and fast rule - witness Radiohead's baffling success, for example.
I don't know why it's so, I don't make the rules.
Before we continue, let me state for the record - I love music; many different types of music, both cool AND uncool. There! I feel better now that I've got that off my chest.
Purchasing terminally unhip music can be more nervewracking than buying condoms as a teenager. A couple of days ago I was browsing the racks in Zavvi when I came across 'Rhinestone Cowboy - The Best of Glen Campbell' for next to nothing. Glen Campbell, you see, is Not Cool. Normally I wouldn't have cared less but the guy at the checkout really was cool. And hot as hell. I had to spend the next twenty minutes trying to find something else to buy so that I could sandwich the offending CD between them. I ended up buying two extra DVD's and spending nigh on £20 instead of the original £3 that the CD cost.
Altogether now...'Galveston oo Galveston...'