I’ve been tagged with a meme that I’ll be replacing the Friday Random Ten with—five songs in your MP3s that you feel guilty about. In proper Insufferable Music Snob fashion, I’ll try to explain these away.
1) “Cruel Summer” by Bananarama. This song has a bad reputation, unfairly in my eyes. It’s all guilt by association from the movie that it was featured in—“The Karate Kid”. It’s also a victim, like many of my guilty pleasures, of rank sexism. I can’t help but notice how many of my guilty pleasures that are considered unworthy fluff are all-female bands or just have female leads. I think this has something to do with it, though I fully expect that no one will ever admit that.
2) “We Got The Beat” by the Go Gos. There’s no way I’m not going to like this song, which straddles the line between pop music and barely competent punk rock, which is often the best kind. Belinda Carlisle is as annoying as advertised, though. But did you know Jane Wiedlin is a dominatrix now?
3) “It’s A Long Way To The Top (If Ya Wanna Rock And Roll)” by AC/DC. I love this song and don’t care what you think. The bagpipes don’t detract from it, but send it to the next level of rawk.
4) “Ursula Finally Has Tits” by The Queers. I’ve seen other music snobs give the distinctive lip wrinkle when I unabashedly love The Queers. Pop punk stopped being cool in 1982, possibly before, and no matter how much goofy fun you have listening to this band, it’s really not cool.
5) “Whip” by Fred Schneider. Someone in comments recommended Schneider’s album “Just Fred” in comments, so I checked it out and damn if he wasn’t right that it’s a pretty damn good album. But there’s exactly no way to convince 95% of people to even give it a chance, because Schneider, who I think is awesome, is considered a joke to most people.
Speaking of people who reinvent themselves, this isn’t a guilty pleasure, but is just kind of cool—Nick Cave’s side project Grinderman.