I have been picked on by some “people” lately about some songs I posted that may or may not be devoid of musical value.
I gotta say, I’m not terribly impressed by someone who feels the need to point out the weaknesses in someone else’s tastes. Intimidated, perhaps, but not impressed.
It’s like saying you love the movie Eraserhead. Yes, everyone knows David Lynch is a genius but that thing is the most unwatchable movie ever made. I could only sit through it twice.
So instead of lying and telling you I only ever listened to The Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan, and The Beatles in the 80′s and Weezer, Green Day, and the Pixies in the 90′s, I’m going to air my shame and tell you some of the songs that I love that are completely void of any talent or otherwise redeeming quality. I just like ‘em, dammit.
1. Buck Cherry “Crazy Bitch” (For all my sweet, innocent, mommy type readers – this is a NOT nice song. Consider yourself warned.)
2. L.L. Cool J “Jingling Baby” (Ok, actually I like the entire album. So sue me.)
3. Public Enemy “One Million Bottle Bags” (maybe I don’t need to defend this one)
4. Anything by Prince (This technically doesn’t count since he’s a musical genius.)
5. The Offspring “Self Esteem”
6. Beastie Boys “Girls” (I think I might be painting myself as a misogynist, here.)
7. That song from the end of “Breakfast Club” – you know the one. “Hey, hey hey hey.” It’s Simple Minds “Don’t You (Forget About Me)” and I guess it’s all about timing.
Now for the true embarrassments:
8. Kenny Rogers “Ruby Don’t Take Your Love to Town”
9. Hank Williams, Jr. “Family Tradition”
10. Abba “Dancing Queen”
11. Mighty Mighty Bosstones “The Impression That I Get”
12. Psychedelic Furs “Pretty In Pink”
13. Hootie and the Blowfish “I Only Wanna Be With You” (I know – this is the worst one)
14. Cyndi Lauper “Time After Time” (again, the timing)
15. The whole album by the Clash “Combat Rock” (It was the first record album I asked for and owned. Even before I got my James Taylor album. No, I’m not kidding. I told you I have problems.)
But I’m trying not to care what anyone thinks. I like these songs and I should be secure enough to shout it from the rooftops.
Now it’s your turn. Tell me the song you love that you would be embarrassed to admit is in your iTunes (that’s where I found my list).
Don’t be shy. Got some Liberacci? Some Andrea Bocelli? How about a little polka music? My grandfather’s favorite tune was the Fat Lady Polka. They played it at his 50th anniversary party.
Top it. I triple dog dare you.