Five Signs That You Might Be a Music Junkie

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If you can't quit the needle, you might be a music junkie.
A few weeks ago, I wrote that there is no such thing as background music in my world. I'm constantly aware of what's playing, for better or worse. When I posted the column on my Facebook page, I had two different people refer to the comment specifically.

Knowing both of the responders (it was my personal page), I immediately noted that both of them were verified music junkies. One from my hometown, and the other a customer-turned-friend.

Music junkies. Just like me.

You may have heard the term tossed around from time to time (our ASU store actually trademarked it for our frequent buyer program). I'm tossing it around, too, but I assure you, I don't use it lightly. I don't assign that designation to just anyone. You gotta really be hooked.

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Am I a Music Junkie, Doctor Record Store Geek?
Curious about whether you've got a music addiction? Maybe I can help you with your diagnosis.

After 25 years in the music biz, I can spot a music junkie pretty quick.

Before I elaborate, let me be clear that, in my opinion, there's a huge difference between being a music junkie and a music lover. Almost everyone is a music lover. In fact, I can't recall meeting more than a handful of music-haters in my entire life. It's like pizza-haters. There are not many.

With that said, it's sorta hard to quantify. The signs of true addiction aren't always obvious, and each patient is different, so it's hard to fit music junkies into easy-to-define categories. Like other junkies, there are lots of little quirks and oddities unique to the each individual.

Ultimately, like any addiction, it's up to you to figure it out for yourself. Once you recognize and accept it, you can properly treat your problem (be finding more and more music, etc.)

Perhaps the best I can help you search your musical psyche is to let you know some of my symptoms. Some of the things that alerted me to my addiction.

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Hi. My name's Rob.  And I'm a music junkie.  Probably since before I could read.

1. Marin County to LA on the PCH = The Beatles catalog.  Almost exactly.

2. Silence is a rarity.

3. I never listen to the same version of the song practically ever anymore, unless I'm learning it.  And if the solo is tricky, I might play it 20 times.

4. I remember an intern from almost 20 years ago that introduced me to Fugazi.

5. #1 topic of discussion.

Rich Kienzle Get-Rhythm
Rich Kienzle Get-Rhythm

I'll take it another step: I NEVER let anyone borrow an album. I'll dub it for them if they want, but no borrowing!

Ed Masley
Ed Masley

I often associate friends with the albums they borrowed and didn't give back.


Stevie at the top of his game. Thanks. he's in my itunes library along with Duke, Beethoven, Dead, so many more (and, guilty pleasure, bye, bye, bye)


Is it a sign that you're a music junkie when you get really pissed off at the local alternative weekly arts and entertainment paper for not covering one of your favorite bands with photos and a review the day after said band appeared at the Marquee Theater last Thursday night.

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