“(If Loving You Is Wrong) I Don’t Want to Be Right”
The Guilty pleasure
Everyone has them: those songs you love that you know suck.
They are the songs that intellectually, lyrically or musically don’t deserve your attention much less your devotion. And yet for whatever reason, your brain somehow ignores all this and every time they come on in a bar or on the radio, you can’t help but dance and sing like a five year-old.
It’s those songs you don’t really tell your friends about. Those tracks on your iPod you’re afraid someone will find, your secret bubblegum pop playlist with the ironic title, or the last track on a distant mix CD that still pulls powerful strings on your achy breaky heart.
Now some one is going to say “there’s no such thing as a guilty pleasure with music, it’s all just wonderful if it moves you”.
That’s bullcrap and everybody knows it. If you know all the words to any Lionel Ritchie song, you know you shouldn’t. Period.
So here we go. I’ll name some if you do the same. Don’t leave me hanging…
Let’s do it like we’re ripping off a band-aid:
-“Sugar Sugar” by the Archies. Gotta be the top one. I love it and I’ll scream it from a mountain top. It’s ear candy at it’s best.
-“This Guy’s in Love With You” by Herb Alpert. Written by Bacharach and David, and the only vocal that the trumpeter Alpert ever attempted. And I think that’s what makes it so darned good. There’s a sincerity to his amateurish vocal that just….gets me. Sniff.
-“99” and “Africa” by Toto. Lyrically baffling, but they just sound good.
-“We’ve only Just begun” by The Carpenters. I don’t want to talk about it.
-“Little Willy” and “Fox on the Run” by The Sweet. Glam rock at it’s most ridiculous. I love it.
-“I Want it That Way” by The Backstreet boys. There. I said it. It’s out. It’s just a well written pop song. Now I REALLY don’t want to talk about it anymore.
-“Wichita Lineman” by Glen Campbell written by Jimmy Webb. It’s great and I don’t care what you think.
-“I’ve Gotta Get a Message to You” by The Bee Gees. Come on! It’s a song about a guy on his way to die from death row! How can that not be great!
-“Oh Sherri” by Steve Perry. Shut up.
-Almost anything from the Monkees. Yeah, they were pre-fabricated, but they had great songwriters, and even one in the band (Mike Nesmith). I in particular like his songs like “You Just may be The One” and “You Told Me”. But come on, “Last Train to Clarksville” and “Pleasant Valley Sunday”? Come on!!!! Hello???
-Almost anything from Elvis’ latter “Jump Suit” period. I can’t help it. Only Elvis could pull off being a white guy singing about the “ghetto”. I’m just caught in a trap.
-“Can’t Get You Out Of My Head” by Kylie Minogue. I don’t know. Maybe it’s not actually the song….
-“Love Grows (Where My Rosemary Goes)” by “one-hit wonder” Edison Lighthouse. It’s great, but I don’t know why.
-MMMBop” by Hanson. Did I say that out loud?
-“Poker Face” Lady Gaga. Okay, maybe I should stop now….I’d like to apologize to my family, friends and anybody else that I’ve ever come in contact with.
There. I actually feel better. It’s all out now.
And I know you have some yourself. You will feel better too.
Just be brave.