This Pitchfork piece on Dan Bejar of Destroyer and The New Pornographers is part of a series in which artists reflect on the music in their lives at five year intervals. Bejar's varied selections include David Bowie, The Jesus and Mary Chain, and Pavement (despite some '90s indie snobbery).
I always loved music, but listening to rock seemed kind of gauche. It was not something that a human actually does; it was like some other world. The idea of it seemed very exotic. So when I started to be exposed to local bands, it was like: "This is real, it's actually happening." That's when I bought an electric guitar and an amplifier.
I was 21. I remember hearing "Summer Babe" at this record store in Vancouver called Scratch Records, where Carl [Newman] and Blaine [Thurier] and a lot of my friends worked. It was one of those moments. The store was infamous for making fun of customers to their face. Just dicks. I got made fun of because, when I heard "Summer Babe", I was like, "Wow, I really want that." And they were like, [snobbishly] "Oh, this boy really wants this Pavement record." I'm not sure if they actually said it that way, but that's how I heard it. The indie world was a little bit more exclusionary back then. Just knowing what's cool is always important when you're a kid. That's currency. But the really cool people got extra cool for ignoring that. I don't really know how it all works these days.