When I lived in Seattle, I used to go to a little dive bar in Capitol Hill called Kincora (now closed), affectionately referred to by its regulars as the "King Cobra." It was there that one unfortunate afternoon I found myself at a table of people where an incredibly boring conversation eventually--as boring conversations often do--turned to music.
A young woman who was an employee at an Anthropologie store near the UW campus rattled off a bunch of bands that she found worthy of her/our/everyone's attention. I don't remember any of the bands, partly because they were forgettable to begin with, but mostly because of what she said next:
"I only listen to music that is in the upper echelon of its genre."
This amazing utterance has stood the test of time as the single stupidest thing anyone has ever said about music to me, or that I overheard, or, maybe, on earth. Can you top it?
"It's the same answer to the question 'Why do dogs lick their balls?' " (Simon Le Bon on why rock stars marry models.)
"I appreciate your tenacity towards your ethos, but you just don't rock." (Said to Jeff Gramm of the band Aden.)
"I was into that kind of shit when I lived in San Diego!" (Sorry, inside joke.)