Thursday, February 3, 2011

The Secret Life Of My iPod.....

I had originally planned on writing today's post on a different topic, but while at work today I was discussing favorite old-school songs with two of my coworkers, which led to a discussion about songs we love but are embarrassed to admit it - or, our guilty listening pleasures.  Naturally I began to think about what my guilty pleasures are when it comes to music, but of course I didn't talk about it because....well, that would be embarrassing!  So instead, I decided to share it on my blog for the whole world to see.  Just like I always say, if you're going to walk up to the bell, you might as well ring it.

Keep in mind, these are my guilty listening pleasures that until this point I have been ashamed to admit that I'm secretly crazy about....most other things I will openly admit to liking, for example, Justin Bieber.  Without further adieu, I present my top 5 guilty pleasures:

1. "Summer Girls" by LFO.  Not only is this a catchy song, it's also educational - how can you argue a song that teaches listeners that Billy Shakespeare wrote a whole bunch of sonnets?  And to be honest with you, before I heard this song, I didn't realize that the great Larry Bird wore Jersey #33.  I actually was thisclose to seeing LFO in concert - in high school, my friend Anna Conley & I escorted her little sister & a few friends to a Britney Spears concert (so yes, I have been to a Britney concert) and LFO was supposed to be the opening act.  Anna & I were all ready, wearing our Abercrombie & Fitch and everything....and LFO didn't show up because they were sick.  To this day, that really upsets me because I would rather tell people I had seen LFO in concert and not the trainwreck that is Britney.

2. "Living On A Prayer" by Bon Jovi.  Now don't get me wrong, it's not embarrassing at all to like Bon Jovi.  They are, after all, one of the most legitimate of the 80's hair bands, and Jon Bon Jovi has had a long and illustrious solo career.  This song is a guilty pleasure because no matter where I'm at, or what I'm doing.....I have to sing along.  As Daniel and most of my friends can attest, I am no Celine Dion, and me trying to hit the "whoa-OH" in the chorus sounds like a duck being strangled.  Admit it - you can't listen to this and not sing along.
3. "Party in the USA" by Miley Cyrus.  As much as you love to hate Miley, the chorus of this song is just so dang catchy, and easy to relate to.  I mean, who hasn't hopped into a cab at LAX, with a dream and a cardigan, and then a Jay-Z song comes on, and you started waving your arms around like crazy?  I see people raising the roof in the backseat of cabs all the time.  While rocking out to this song, you just somehow have to forget that the girl singing it had a double identity as a Disney character and will probably turn out to be the next Britney, and that her dad could more or less be credited with making the mullet popular.  Just enjoy the music.

4. "She Bangs" by Ricky Martin.  I don't care who you are, if you can listen to this song and not wiggle in your chair just even a little bit, something is wrong with you.  Ricky's Latin beats appeal to even the whitest of white people.  I will openly admit that I purchased this CD and his first CD (featuring "Livin La Vida Loca") for my mother and I was not ashamed to rock out in the car with her.  If you like Ricky Martin and you are ashamed to admit it, just tell people that Zumba made you do it....everybody's all about that these days.

5. The "All That" Soundtrack.  I bought this CD on a whim back in, oh, probably 1995 and let me tell you, it was probably the best $16 I've ever spent.  Not only does it include classic artists like Coolio, Immature, and Mokenstef, but also sound clips of "All That" skits such as Goodburger & Earboy.  Talk about a blast from the past!  My personal favorite jam on this CD is "Candy Rain" by Soul For Real.  My love, do you ever dream of, candy coated rainbows?  There's even a Lori Beth Denberg skit on here - I know you remember who she is!  All I have to say is, "Welcome to Goodburger, home of the Goodburger, can I take your orrrrrrder?"

What are your guilty listening pleasures???  Feel free to comment anonymously if you have to!


  1. Oh god, I can't believe I'm going to admit this... remember "Right Thurr" by Chingy? How can you deny lyrics like "Gimme what'cha got fo' a pork chop, she threw it at me like I was a short stop".. Yeahhh. And I know every word. Oh, the shame!

  2. Rich from LFO just died! He had leukemia - probably why he couldn't make it to the Britney concert!

    I totally remember All That and Lori Beth Denberg - we used to watch that every Saturday night before getting scared out of our minds with "Are You Afraid of the Dark".

  3. I'm so glad you're blogging again! And I'm right there with you on the Livin' on a Prayer. I have it on a random CD and when I listen to it in the car I sing like a maniac. There's actual photographic evidence of my love for this song at a friend's wedding. But there might have been a little alcohol involved with that too...

  4. Thanks for the comment on my blog! :) I completely agree with your #2. There is no way to listen to that song without belting it out! My guilty listening pleasure is Spice Girls, "Wannabe". SERIOUSLY. LOVE. THIS. SONG! You just can't listen to it without smiling, dancing around and singing at the top of your lungs! :)

  5. Oh my gosh, I absolutely love Miley's song "Party in the USA!" I love anything Britney and anything Nsycnc and Backstreet Boys! I'm not ashamed! That's great taste!! ; )

  6. I just came across your blog. I saw LFO in concert once with 98 Degrees! I love this post. I have so many random songs on my ipod that I am also a little bit embarassed about. I always think if somebody stole it and they listened to it they would think I have such a weird taste in music!

    I'm going to follow!