I have a confession to make. The other morning, while munching on a bowl of hemp granola and slurping my first cuppa, I watched a Justin Timberlake video...and I really liked the song (Senorita). Not the vocals so much 'cause let's face it, Timberlake is doing Michael Jackson better than the GlovedOne himself can probably manage these days. No, it was the keyboard riff. Simple, yet funky & slinky. I started wobbling back & forth at the breakfast table, and started scheming to sneak a copy of Justified into the house (or maybe just the cd single, if I can find it).
But even as I imagine listening to "Senorita" again on some future drive to work or something, I can't shake the feeling that I just shouldn't be liking this stuff!
A new guilty pleasure is born.
Everybody's got 'em, so why not just let 'em fly? So here are a few more of mine. The listing is mostly chronological beginning with high school (where peer pressure started the 'closet listening' phenomenon) and going through, well...last week.
Knock On Wood - Amii Stewart
Yea, that disco-fried version from back in the leisure suite day. Right there in the middle of my 'disco sucks!' years I would sneak over to our local dance radio station in hopes of catching a listen to this gem. Who know what attracted me? The sound was classic disco, practically dripping with dance floor reverb. I bet it was just the pure 'danger' of listening to 'forbidden' music. Man, I woulda been laughed right out of my disco-hatin' circle of friends.
Hello - Lionel Richie
Ok, the chick in the video was hot...but that wasn't it. It was the guitar solo. A soulful, slightly jazzy thing that was just perfect for the song. For some reason I remember listening to "Hello" backed with The Thompson Twins' "Hold Me Now" as I sat in the daily 20-mile traffic jam heading back into southern New Hampshire.
State Of Shock - Michael Jackson, Mick Jagger
Mick has always been pretty capable of producing awful things in his non-Stones career. This song rates right up (or down) there. I like it anyway. Hmmm...now that I think about it, this just might be the very last 45rpm disc I ever bought.
Crazy For You - Modonna
Geezuz, not only was it a ballad, it was a ballad by Madonna! Even worse, it was a ballad by Madonna from a cheesy 80's movie. Oh well, it was nice. A sappy love song. Certainly not the last one that would get to me...and to this day it reminds me of a time when I had absolutely no idea of what I wanted to do with my life - but was having a blast tryin' to figure it all out.
Adult Education - Hall & Oates
Really, the entire Hall & Oates catalog was a guilty pleasure. Guys who like Black Sabbath were not supposed to like things like "Rich Girl"...but I did. "Adult Education" was tacked onto the end of the Rock & Soul collection as one of two new tracks. I first heard it though, on a live radio broadcast. Kinda hard to imagine these guys rocking out, but they did. (Bonus points if you can remember G.E. Smith and T-Bone Wolk in the "Maneater" video)
Karma Chameleon - Culture Club
Never had much use for Culture Club back in their heydey...but they were all over the place: print, radio, TV. So, a couple of years ago, I caught the VH1-Storytellers thing and enjoyed it from beginning to end. Weird. Anyway, both "Karma Chameleon" and "Church Of The Poisoned Mind" were loads of fun.
Get The Party Started - Pink
I really should not watch videos while I'm eating breakfast. Maybe I'm too mentally vulnerable at that hour. Pink was kinda cute there, acting all dorky & whatnot. The song's a blast and makes me remember the anticipation of Friday night debauchery.
Work It - Missy Elliott
No video here (though I have seen it). The tune is pure pop madness. Backward vocal tricks, skittery rhythms, silly (and sexy) lyrics, and a perfectly-placed elephant sample.
- Still The One - Shania Twain
Genie In A Bottle - Christina Aguillera
Come On Eileen - Dexy's Midnight Runners
Waterloo - Abba
Afternoon Delight - Starland Vocal Band
(First posted on Mark Is Cranky)