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Guilty Pleasures!

Today we are going to talk about guilty pleasures.  Musically, that is.  Monday’s blog got a lot of great reaction and so today we are going to bare our soul and let loose our dirty little musical secrets.  Clearly, we have some love for David Cassidy and Howard Jones. 

Several people readily admitted that they did/do listen to some of the music that resides on the list of music you should not listen to.  The majority of those people also admitted that they listened to it when it was new and fresh and did not have the open disdain that might be associated with it today. 

However, we all have hidden secrets that we keep hidden deep on our iPod or tucked away on an unmarked CD.  There are also songs that we are connected to that we will roll the windows down, open the sun roof, or drop the rag top and crank up the tunes.  What are the songs that you will sit in the car, risk being late, and listen/sing until it is over?  What are the songs that you clandestinely listen to but do not or would not openly lay claim to? 

For today’s blog, we will have three; count them, 1, 2, 3 categories:

  1. Top(car, not clothing) down & loud
  2. Sit in car and be late
  3. Guilty & A Little Ashamed

Below are some of my guilty musical pleasures:

Artist Song Category Own CD
R.E.M. It’s the End of the World As We Know It (and I Feel Fine) Top Down & Loud & Sit in Car Yes
Bon Jovi Blaze of Glory Guilty & A Little Ashamed No
Elton John Little Jeanie Sit In Car Yes
Cinderella Don’t Know What You Got Tell It’s Gone Sit In Car No
Corey Hart Sunglasses at Night Guilty & A Little Ashamed No
Tom Petty Break Down Top Down & Loud Yes
Violent Femmes Blister In the Sun Top Down & Loud Yes
Van Halen Right Now Sit In Car & Guilty & A Little Ashamed Yes
Stevie Nicks & Don Henley Leather & Lace Sit In Car & Guilty & A Little Ashamed Yes
Styx Renegade Top Down & Loud Yes
Foreigner Juke Box Hero Guilty & A Little Ashamed Yes
Journey Wheel In the Sky Top Down & Loud Yes
Beck Loser Top Down & Loud Yes
Butthole Surfers Pepper Top Down & Loud Yes
The Cult She Sells Sanctuary Top Down & Loud Yes
Elton John Tiny Dancer Top Down & Loud & Sit in Car Yes
Faith No More Epic Top Down & Loud Yes
Fine Young Cannibals Good Thing Guilty & A Little Ashamed Yes
Five For Fighting Superman (It’s Not Easy) Sit In Car & Guilty & A Little Ashamed Yes
Gin Blossoms Hey Jealousy Top Down & Loud Yes
Grateful Dead Touch of Grey Top Down & Loud & Sit in Car Yes
David & David Welcome to the Boomtown Sit in Car Yes
Billy Squier The Stroke Guilty & A Little Ashamed Yes
Charlie Sexton Beat’s So Lonely Guilty & A Little Ashamed No
The Moody Blues The Voice Guilty & A Little Ashamed No
Glenn Frey Smuggler’s Blues Guilty & A Little Ashamed No
REO Speedwagon Time for Me To Fly Guilty & A Little Ashamed No
Night Ranger Sister Christian Guilty & A Little Ashamed No

Great music awaits!


50 Artists you should be listening to and own at least one album!

Ok, I thought yesterday’s blog was fun and elicited some reaction from you, the sweet , gentle reader  and a few David Cassidy fans( ITILY ladies and possibly gentlemen) and also caused a bit of a stir on facebook as well.  So, let’s go and reverse the whip.

I will attempt to continue to WOW you with my vast musical knowledge and then silently judge you if you are not impressed with my musical prowess.  Just kidding, I would never judge you or your poor musical taste. 

I do think that there are some artists that transcend genres and have universal appeal.  Others have a loyal following and then have that one album that regales the masses and they are beloved for generations.  Some of us grew up on music and we think it is greatness based solely on the nostalgia for the time and place in which we first heard it.  And then there are music purist who likes a band /artist because they respect the lineage and the impact that they had on music.

I tend to be a bit of all of the above.  There are some artists that I like because there is some form of connectivity that I really can’t explain, while others are truly a moment in time that has endeared me to an artist, and then there is the whole musical heritage piece.  I am intrigued by the evolution of music and the artists that find themselves compelled to play.  As mentioned previously in a blog, I have no musical talent.  I do not play and instrument, I do not sing close to well, and I’ve never had aspirations to do either.  I simply love to listen to music. 

As much as I have a propensity to scorn/judge, in my humble opinion, awful music, I really respect the fact that those dreadful musicians had the nerve to attempt to play, at some point get signed, and were able to release an album or at the very least a single.  When it comes down to it, I don’t judge the horrific musicians as mercilessly as I judge the faction who listens and procures the music.

So, below is a listing of artists/bands that you should be listening to and would be in any reputable music collection.  

  • Ryan Adams
  • The Band
  • The Beastie Boys
  • The Beatles
  • Beck
  • The Black Crowes
  • Jimmy Buffet (with love to Gwendolyn)
  • Johnny Cash
  • Eric Clapton
  • Credence Clearwater Revival
  • Drive-By Truckers
  • Bob Dylan
  • The Eagles
  • Steve Earle
  • Foo Fighters
  • Pat Green
  • Merle Haggard
  • Ben Harper
  • Jimi Hendrix
  • Robert Earl Keen
  • Led Zeppelin
  • Lynyrd Skynyrd
  • Dave Matthews Band
  • John Mellencamp
  • Metallica
  • Willie Nelson
  • Nirvana
  • Pearl Jam
  • Tom Petty
  • Pink Floyd
  • The Pixies
  • Joe Purdy
  • Radiohead
  • R.E.M
  • Red Hot Chili Peppers
  • The Rolling Stones
  • Rush
  • Paul Simon
  • Sonic Youth
  • Sound Garden
  • Bruce Springsteen
  • James Taylor
  • Traveling Wilburys
  • U2
  • Stevie Ray Vaughan
  • Wilco
  • Whiskeytown
  • The Who
  • Neil Young
  • ZZ Top

I just listed the artist and not the album or albums that you should be listening to and really own by said artist.  Also, I stopped at 50 and that took a considerable amount of restraint.

This is fundamentally meant to light the candle of thought and get you to think about your 50 artists.  If you only had 50 artists that you could listen to, who would they be?  Think of yourself as Tom Hanks in Cast Away and instead of Wilson the volleyball, you have an iPod with 50 artists and their entire catalog. 

So take some time, peruse the list and let me know who you would have added or deleted from the list or send me you complete list.

Great music awaits!


Music you should NOT be listening to!

Greetings music lovers and readers and possible lovers of my blog,

Over the course of the last few months I’ve taken the time to let you know what music you should be listening to.  Cleary, my vast, superior musical knowledge needed an outlet and you needed another time waste in your day to avoid doing some menial form of drudgery.

So, today, I’ve decided to tell you what music you should NOT be listening to.  The impetus for this blog can unwittingly, and will be, attributed to a friend of mine whose name I will absolutely and unabashedly use.  Drum roll please………Tommy Blake ,formerly of DeSoto TX, now living in Ohio, thank you for your face book post yesterday recalling some of the ghastly music of the 80’s.  Actually his post might have used an adjective that was more offensive than “ghastly” but I am not here to judge him or his intolerant ways.  However, I am pretty sure it started with a G.

Anyway, the gist of his post was that while there was some good music to come from the 80’s there was also some really lame music and bands that scarred all of us 80’s children.  As mentioned in previous posts, I completed my public school tour of duty in 1989 and was an ardent music fan from way back.  I am not without sin when it comes to the music of my youth and I’m not looking for absolution for my errant ways.

This got me to thinking how each decade of music seems to scorch the musical earth at some point and the early period of the next decade is where some of the great music comes from.  All decades have lame artists and bands.  Those that have some meteoric rise never seem to last more than an album or two and once we have some distance, we realize how bad the music really was.  The artists and bands that have had longevity are the ones that have persevered and not tried to ride the wave of the latest musical craze.  They have stayed true to their art and what inspires them. 

I realize that everyone has their own musical taste and that certain things are appealing to certain people.  So, if you have ever listened to the artists mentioned in this blog, I feel your pain(trying to be empathetic) because I too listened to some (very few), not all of the artists mentioned.  However, if you still listen to them, you need to never, ever read my blog again and for the love of all that is right in this world, stop reproducing. 

So, with all of that out of the way, here is a list of artists you should NOT be listening to! 

  • Autograph
  • Winger
  • Milli Vanilli
  • Debbie Gibson
  • Ray Parker Jr.
  • Glass Tiger
  • Taylor Dayne
  • Don Johnson
  • Backstreet Boys
  • Billy Ray Cyrus
  • The Heights
  • Ace of Base
  • M.C. Hammer
  • Chumbawamba
  • Mr. Big
  • Ugly Kid Joe
  • Shaun Cassidy
  • Howard Jones
  • Warrant
  • White Lion
  • Europe
  • Kenny G.
  • Bad English
  • Mr. Mister
  • Falco
  • Patrick Swayze
  • NSYNC
  • Celine Dion
  • Ricky Martin
  • Lou Bega
  • Brittany Spears
  • Extreme
  • Nelson
  • Tiffany
  • Baha Men
  • Wang Chung
  • Slaughter
  • Enuff Z Nuff
  • Cutting Crew
  • Richard Marx
  • Michael Damien
  • Mike & the Mechanics
  • Bulletboys
  • Skid Row
  • Paula Abdul
  • Hanson
  • Wilson Philips
  • Marky Mark & the Funky Bunch
  • New Kids on the Block
  • Right Said Fred
  • Saigon Kick
  • David Cassidy
  • Aldo Nova
 This is by no means a complete list!
Great music awaits!