Sometimes being around a superfan can be a great thing.
Recently, an old co-worker of mine (who lives and works in the Cayman Islands, no less) came into town and visited our house. Catching up on things, I had to ask about her fandom of Coheed and Cambria, and what she thought of their latest album, Year of the Black Rainbow. I knew she was a fan of Coheed back when we worked together (which was around In Keeping Secrets of Silent Earth: 3), but I was curious if her fandom remained.
Turns out, she is still a big fan and spoke highly of their side projects as well.
Since my friend is a sane person and knows what's good and what's bad, I have to admit that her fanaticism rubbed off on me. I had a few Coheed records already, as well as a DVD of their first four albums performed live, so I decided to round out my collection.
As I wrote in my Staff Trax write-up last week, I am still not so sure I could ever comprehend the saga told in the lyrics over their five albums. I'm glad that I don't have to know that in order to enjoy the music. Usually, bands who make crappy albums claim there's some story around everything and you're supposed to dig far deep to get the story. Sorry guys, crappy music equals very few repeat plays.
Even though superfans may get a bad rap (come on, you can run into some pathetic ones from time to time), but if they can convince you that a band they love is worth your time, then it's perfect.