Friday, October 28, 2005

Guilty Pleasures?

I was talking to one of my very good friends today. He had been reading my blog and claimed that my iPod never seemed to play any guilty pleasures. Of course, my reaction was that I don’t have any guilty pleasures. I listened to music for my enjoyment, not to impress anyone.

But that might not be 100% true.

We all have guilty pleasures even if they aren’t embarrassing. They are just silly things or out of character. I watch the O.C. faithfully. I am a grown man in my thirties. But the O.C. seems to fill a gap left by Beverly Hills 90210, which I also watched faithfully. Of course, I started watching 90210 with the roommates I had at the time and then continued when I girl I was dating watched it and then, once hooked, I started watching it on my own, much to the ridicule of my other friends and my subsequent girlfriends. But, while silly or out of character, I don’t hide these kind of pleasures.

But in the spirit of full disclosure, let’s examine some of the more "guilty pleasurable" items (of the 9439 songs) on my iPod.

AC/DC – Metal? Maybe. Great. Absolutely. I have If You Want Blood, Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap, Highway to Hell, and Back In Black on my iPod. Nothing wrong with that.

Adam & the Ants – Maybe a bit corny at times, but I have been listening to Adam Ant since 1980. I bought Kings of the Wild Frontier and Fair Warning by Van Halen on the same day (on cassette) and loved both bands. I even got called a "fag" for listening to Adam & the Ants. I love them. I like Dirk Wears White Sox and Kings the best, but I also have Prince Charming and the Ant Box. So there.

The Darkness – Are they metal or simply being ironic? I have trouble telling them apart in the 21st century.

Iron Maiden – When I was in high school, punks liked Iron Maiden. Of course, my wife gives me more shit about this one band than anything else. Oh well.

LL Cool J – I downloaded three songs "I’m Bad," "Going Back To Cali," and "I Can’t Live Without My Radio." LL Cool J is one of the original superstar rappers and has produced some great music.

Motley Crue – Once upon a time, Motley Crue was kinda cool before they got sober. But I like their first two albums. I admit I am kind of bored with them at this point, but I have a few selections from the Too Fast For Love on my iPod.

Naughty By Nature – Before the porn movies and even before their second album and "Hip Hop Hooray," NbN produced a great debut album with a couple of really great songs: "O.P.P." and "Everythings Gonna Be Alright." While "O.P.P." is a silly song, it is a great pop song.

Rush – Hey, rush has some great songs. I’ve never gotten stoned to 2112 or air drummed to "Red Barchetta," but when Rush is good, they are great.

Skid Row – Once again, two songs "Eighteen and Life" and "I Remember You." Everything else sucked but Sebastian Bach was a great front man and had an incredible voice.

So, those are what I guess could be called my guilty pleasures. But then again, you might agree and like these bands too.

But, no entry would be complete without my iPod’s ten latest pleasures:

1. "Everything You Can Think" by Tom Waits
2. "Hey" by the Pixies
3. "What Jail Is Like" by the Afghan Whigs
4. "Alright" by Guided By Voices
5. "Nighttime Gals" by Ryan Adams
6. "I Remember You" by the Ramones
7. "Bring the Noise" by Public Enemy
8. "Arrow To My Drunken Eye" by the Geraldine Fibbers
9. "Search and Destroy" by Iggy & the Stooges
10. "Recycled Air" by the Postal Service.


Blogger The Music Weasel said...

OK, I'll admit it. I'm the nazi friend monitoring the recordjerk's iPod. I guess I just get jealous because I actually have embarassing guilty pleasures. However, Adam and Ants (Dirk, Kings, 1/2 of Prince Charming) were genius and the first 1 and 1/2 Motley Crue albums are actually great and I wouldn't classify them as embarrassing. Those two groups became embarassing shortly thereafter. Here's the last 10 tunes my iPod played to prove my utter lack of musical taste:
"Heal" Catherine Wheel
"Let's Spend The Night Together" David Bowie
"Son of a Preacher Man" Dusty Springfield
"Let It Go" Enuff Z' Nuff
"Lovely Soul Detonator" Beggars
"Walk in the Woods" Tomorrow's Child
"Better off Without A Wife" Tom Waits
"Fortunate Son" CCR
"8 Days A Week" Beatles
"Get Over It" OK GO

Lastly, for some reason my iPod seems racist. I have tons of Sam Cooke, Al Green, Stevie Wonder, Prince, Stax/Motown material, Public Enemy, Marley but for some reason they rarely play. No wonder they only make the iPod's in WHITE.

Keep up the great blog you jerk de record.

12:09 PM  

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