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14 August 2008

confessions of an iPod [More:]

Inspired by ufez's admission here, what indefensible tracks (or artists) might be found lurking on your mp3 player or in your CD collection? Tracks you continue to like despite all common sense and derision from your peers.


Coldplay - Yellow
Hanson - MMM-bop
Enya - Caribbean Blue
Green Day - Boulevard of Broken Dreams

there are probably more but these are embarrassing enough to be going on with for now.
Huh. Well ...

Toto - Toto IV
England Dan and John Ford Coley - The Very Best of

... and then there's this ...

New Jack Swing: Gold

But really, I can find a means of justifying just about anything in my iPod these days.
posted by grabbingsand 14 August | 15:03
Whitesnake - Here I Go Again
Styx - Come Sail Away
The Steve Miller Band - Fly Like An Eagle
Simon & Garfunkel - Bridge Over Troubled Water
Rick James - Superfreak
Paul McCartney & Wings - Silly Love Songs
M/A/R/R/S - Pump up the Volume
Journey - Don't Stop Believin'
Gerry Rafferty - Baker Street
Frank Sinatra - New York, New York
The Eagles - Desperado
Britney Spears - I'm A Slave For You
Boston - More Than A Feeling
Anvil - Show Me Your Tits (courtesy of Mr. jonmc)
Axe - Rock 'N' Roll Party In The Streets (courtesy of Mr. jonmc)
Bob Marley - No Woman No Cry
The Cranberries - Linger
Joe Walsh - Life's Been Good to Me So Far, A Life Of Illusion, Rocky Mountain Way
KISS - I Was Made For Loving You
Manowar - Carry On, Kings Of Metal, Ride The Dragon, warriors of the world united (some courtesy of jonmc)
Pete Townsend - Rough Boys
Sir Mix Alot - Baby Got Back
Starz - Cherry Baby
Thompson Twins - Hold Me Now
William Hung - We Are The Champions, Hey Ya (Remix)
R. Kelly - whole Chocolate Factory album
Blue Oyster Cult - (Don't Fear) The Reaper
Starland Vocal Band - Afternoon Delight
posted by Hellbient 14 August | 15:33
You never have to justify Simon and Garfunkel, Hellbient. Actually, I have most of Hellbient's list, as well as a disproportionate amount of Green Day.
posted by gaspode 14 August | 15:34
You are referring to my C Sides folder.

Blue Swede - Hooked on a Feeling
Daddy Dewdrop - Chick-a-boom
David Geddes - Run Joey Run
Mouth & Macneal - How Do You Do
posted by Ardiril 14 August | 15:35
Your embarrassment at BÍC bewilders me, Hellbient.

I dunno, Gaspode, there's one Simon & Garfunkel cut that's truly embarrassing for everyone involved: "Cloudy."
posted by Hugh Janus 14 August | 15:39
I agree with gaspode re: S&G.

damn, I have that same Cranberries track. As well as some Justin Timberlake, but I'll go ahead and blame urbanwhaleshark for that. even tho it rapidly became my trump card for "shitty music wars" with the neighbours in my old apartment building.

Hellbient I'll see your Kiss and raise you the Kiss vs. The Scar mashup I have, a disco-techno-remix of "I Was Made For Loving You".

we won't even go into the Erasure/George Michael/Madonna/et. al. collection of early 90's gay danceclub anthems I have roaming around in my hard drives.
posted by lonefrontranger 14 August | 15:52
Oh God, Erasure and George Michael have long been loves of mine. Why as a teenager did I always fall for the guys who weren't in to me? I also had a crush on the singer from Frankie Goes to Hollywood. *sigh*
I don't have anything that I am ashamed of on my ipod now. My taste is impeccable.
posted by msali 14 August | 15:59
Pretty much everything, I think. Although nobody ever complains when I play music at card games etc, everyone cringes when they see what I carry around with me, so I guess I'm everyone else's guilty pleasures.
posted by dg 14 August | 16:00
To be more specific, probably everything by Meatloaf and Alanis Morisette. I don't care what you think, in case you were wondering.
posted by dg 14 August | 16:05
Oh yeah, I meant to remove the BOC. Originally it was because of the "more cowbell" thing. Make no mistake, I love that song.

Concerning most of those I should probably be more embarrassed than I am, but I don't apologize for my taste the way I used to. I feel a bit more grown-up because of this.

BOTW is a pretty cheesy S&G song, but that last verse is a work of production genius.
posted by Hellbient 14 August | 16:17
lfr, I wouldn't apologize for JT. That first album is quite funky.
posted by Hellbient 14 August | 16:18
The soundtrack to Crossroads. [hangs head in shame]
It was a gift!
posted by rmless2 14 August | 16:24
BOTW is the one S and G song I always skip, but I love almost all of their other songs.

There's nothing wrong with the Crossroads soundtrack! That's some righteous blues, right there.

My embarassments are that I *love* George Michael's 'Too Funky', and nothing gets me boogying like Deee-lite's 'Groove is in the Heart' (dig it!).
posted by goo 14 August | 16:42
What's that song that's, like, Simon and Garfunkel's 'Revolution 9'? I like that song.
posted by box 14 August | 16:42
Also, this Britney Spears/Ralph Macchio confusion is funny. At least, I think that's what's going on.
posted by box 14 August | 16:48
Alice Cooper - Eighteen
Original Cast - Once More with Feeling
Chris Isaak - Wicked Game
Edward D. Wood, Jr. - A Pussycat is Born to be Whipped
Enya - More Than I Care to Admit
Gloria Gaynor - I Will Survive
Hasil Adkins - No More Hot Dogs
Nancy Sinatra - These Boots are Made for Walkin'
Napolean XIV - They're Coming to Take Me Away
Quonset the Hut - Juju Sparkle
Rolf Harris - My Boomerang Won't Come Back
Screamin' Jay Hawkins - Feast of the Beast of the Mau Mau
Starland Vocal Band - Afternoon Delight

posted by danf 14 August | 16:49
box - 'Silent Night/ 7 O'Clock News?

And re Crossroads, I'm also secretly a big Steve Vai fan - Sex and Religion is another kinda embarassment.
posted by goo 14 August | 16:50
And box, I think you are correct! Oops.
posted by goo 14 August | 16:52
Yes, thank you, goo!
posted by box 14 August | 16:52
I'm sure I have tons. I have Kelly Clarkson. I have Mariah Carey. I love some of her songs to work out to. I'm in heaven With my boyfriend My lovely boyfriend...
posted by LoriFLA 14 August | 16:57
'Fantasy?' I hope it's the version with Ol' Dirty Bastard, LoriFLA.
posted by box 14 August | 17:17
I have that version, too! I just listened to them both.
posted by LoriFLA 14 August | 17:19
I love Black Box's Fantasy!

Not on my mp3 player, but I love 'Hit Me Baby (One More Time)' for karaoke.
posted by goo 14 August | 17:31
Tracks you continue to like despite all common sense and derision from your peers.

Pretty much my entire collection.
posted by jonmc 14 August | 18:57
Y'all are HIGH! Here are some of my favorite albums on my iPOD:

- Herman's Hermits Greatest Hits
- The Ohio Express Greatest Hits (Yummy! Yummy! Yummy!)
- The Monkee's Greatest Hits

There's a kind of hush all over the world...tonight!
All over the world, people just like us are falling in love! Do you know what I mean?

That, kidlets, is perfect wisdom.
posted by Lipstick Thespian 14 August | 21:13
I am quite proud of every song in my A Sides folder which includes the Partridge Family, Pilot and Terry Jacks, as well as both "Shannon" and "Wildfire", but then I can defend each one too. heheh
posted by Ardiril 14 August | 21:58
I have like ten Rush albums on my iPod right now. Those count, I'm sure.
posted by syntax 15 August | 08:35
I basically know all the words to a half dozen Jesse McCartney songs. One of his songs was the #1 played tune on my iPod for a while...
posted by sexymofo 15 August | 09:56
Christina Aguilera. Shameful.
posted by Joe Invisible 15 August | 10:14
Yesterday when I was playing Mariah Carey, my kid asks very dryly, "Do we have to listen to this?" Haha.

Last night as I was walking into the grocery store my kid asks how many songs I know. I say I know hundreds. He says, "sing ten," I sing, I wanna hold your hand, I wanna hold your hand...Don't talk to strangers, baby don't you talk... I hear the secrets that you keep when you're talking in your sleep... He then says, "OK. That's enough."

Here's a song from my childhood. Put Another Log on the Fire.
posted by LoriFLA 15 August | 10:27
There's no snark here. Right?
This is a very safe and supporting environment? Really.



Here goes.

Dionne Warwick, Bee Gees:Hearbreaker
posted by jouke 15 August | 12:36
There a re so many things mentioned upthread that I don't get the shame of liking. The Styx, Steve Miller, Pete Townshend, BOC, Alice Cooper, and Nancy Sinatra cuts are all praise worthy in my book. I guess one man's badge of honor is another's cross to bear.

I've never fully bought into the guilty pleasure concept, since some of my favorite artists are unforgivable in many circles. But there a few things that I might cringe a bit of they came up on my MP3 player around the cool kids. The only thing I can think of I'm actually a little ashamed of having on the MP3 player are three songs by Britney Spears (My Perogative, I'm A Slave For You, and Baby One More Time). And t first I was a bit uncomfortable that Mrs Slack got me like songs by both Justin Timberlake and Kelly Clarkson, but I'm past that now. A good song's a good song.
posted by Slack-a-gogo 15 August | 23:58
Pony Fur / Pony Hair || Bob Newhart: "Abe Lincoln vs. Madison Ave."