Why do men cling to the music they grew up with?

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Our tastes evolve when it comes to food, fashion and books, yet we remain faithful to the record collections of our formative years, says Chris Moss.

On a recent, carefully audience-targeted BBC4 music show, I was dismayed to see a chubby fiftysomething Morrissey performing 'Please, Please, Please, Let Me Get What I Want' on the garishly lit stage of what looked like a medium-sized US stadium.

His shape, the times, his career, the context, the crowd (lots of American kids) – it all seemed out of joint. The once ironic-pathetic egotism of the song now seemed knowing and cynical, and the singer pathetic in the ordinary way. Millionaire memoirist Mozzer surely got what he wanted, didn’t he?

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