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Friday, January 25, 2008

TEN RECORDS HIDING AT THE BACK OF YOUR COLLECTION THAT NO GROWN MAN SHOULD OWN

Inherited this chain-post from Dom Zero...I think the theme was prob. meant to be ten 'guilty musical pleasures' but I'm so unashamably guilt-free about about my love of what I love, that I wasn't sure what approach to take...I don't distinguish between High-Brow, Low-Brow or Sub-Brow: cheesy doesn't come into it; I either love it or I don't. So I just randomly free-associated and picked 10 things that I like that would probably make some other people cringe, but, hey, who cares... I assumed that everyone thought The Dooleys and The Nolans were post-cool.

Oddly, I was going to include "King of Pain" by The Police, a song I love by a band I otherwise hate (wh/ seemed in the spirit of this post), but St. Anthony pipped me to that. And here's Doppelganger's choice. I confess I do really like "Hey Mickey" and "Superstar."

Okay, off the top of my head....


1) Theme tune to "Josie & The Pussycats." ("Long tails and ears for hats")

2) "Power to all our Friends" - Cliff Richard. (Cliff never sounded better!)

3) "Some Girls Do" - Racey. ("I know I got the fever, but I don't know why..." - 'nuff said.)

4) "The Bump" - Kenny. (Full-on crunching glitterstompf! Dig the baritone-bass vocal repeat of the title)

5) "Better off Alone" - Alice Deejay (Bittersweet existential Eurocheese. Ice Bird Spiral even did a cover version of this on "Swineville")

6) "Close to The Edge" - Yes. (Okay, I know it's an album, but...
One side Rocks, the other not so much. After years of hating this lot, I finally bit the bullet and took the plunge last year...)

7) "I Could be So Good For You" - Dennis Waterman. (You're nicked, sunshine!)

8) "Angie Baby" - Helen Reddy. (Produced by Kim Fowley, I think, but this is soooo wrong; the sound of Radio 2 slowly turning evil...)

9) "Funky Gibbon" - The Goodies. (What's not to like.)

10) "Get Down"- Gilbert O'Sullivan. "You're a bad dog, baby/But I still want you around."

Wot, only ten...gaaaah: I was just warming up.

I think I'm supposed to pick three or four unwitting victims now and pass this on like a case of genital herpes....Betty, Gutta and Loki have all been fingered, so to speak...Cloudboy's busy, I know, readying himself for our next live show (tho go for it, man, if you got a moment and want to join in!), so the writhing finger of Fate now also points at Farmer Glitch, The X and Dan from The End Times.

20 Comments:

At 8:38 pm, Blogger Dominic Zero said...

See, I knew you had it in you...Fucking Racey! Genius, and Kenny. I actually looked for 'Heart Of Stone' by Kenny on You Tube to no avail.
And Yes...that's the spirit, they're so shit they could give..um..ELP a run for their money.
I was gonna put a U2 song in my list, but I actually started vomiting & shitting at the same time when I tried to write it so I left it out.
Dennis W - Genius.

 
At 9:36 pm, Blogger farmer glitch said...

Bloody hell Dom - a U2 in the collection is indeed vomit-inducing ..

OK mr-shirt - I shall indeed have to reveal what utter tosh is in the faults here ...

But man - Gilbert O'Sullivan seriously rocks !!

 
At 9:43 pm, Blogger Geoff said...

It took me 27 years to admit to myself I've liked Yes all along. I still don't want to see those Yes-loving classmates or the sixth form centre ever again though.

I preferred Dennis's duet with George Cole.

 
At 11:06 pm, Blogger kek-w said...

"I preferred Dennis's duet with George Cole" - LOL! That's the spirit, man!

Yea, Farmer, G O'S rocks! - looking forwrd to yr selection already.

 
At 2:00 pm, Blogger doppelganger said...

"I don't distinguish between High-Brow, Low-Brow or Sub-Brow: cheesy doesn't come into it; I either love it or I don't".

Don't be goin' all po-mo on us now Kek... as Kev would say: "if you're so anti-fashion, so wear flares.."

Everyone knows that music is the last bastion of ideological fanaticism for us Guardian readers who grew up as NME 'them vs Us' indie kids in the eighties...

There are few greater pleasures in life greater than watching the chart rundown on TOTP and intoning: 'shit.... shit.... shit.... ok.... really shit' and so on - smug in the knowledge of one's pop-cultural superiority...

If you refused to be embarassed by it, there's no point - back to your seat Kek - revise this assignment for next lesson please!

 
At 4:23 pm, Blogger St. Anthony said...

I was the proud owner of that Goodies single.
Have to admit I possess that musical fundamentalism in spades ... don't mind if someone votes BNP, or hunts foxes, but the wrong taste in music? Hang 'em and flog 'em!

 
At 4:38 pm, Blogger kek-w said...

LOL! It's not Po-Mo or contivance...I just like what I like...it's hardwired or self-evolved or both....

"If you refused to be embarassed by it..." LOL! There's no embarrassment or squirmyness about this, because I guess I'm proud on some level of my own sense of aesthetics...it feels right...confortable...to me.

"...don't mind if someone votes BNP, or hunts foxes, but the wrong taste in music? Hang 'em and flog 'em!" LOL! Music - it seems so monstrously, disproportionally important....always has done, by can't help myself. First thing I do when I go round someones house the first time is check out their records or CDs...it's like criminally profiling someone...I can tell inside 30 seconds if they're a good bloke LOL! How's that for snobbery LOL!

 
At 4:52 pm, Blogger Molly Bloom said...

Such brilliant posts all of you! Huzzah!

I can totally relate to that 30 second judgement thing. Down on your hands and knees around the dirty cardboard box collections of vinyl.*Yay! Proustian moments. **

Some girls do
Some girls don't

Fantastico.

*This comment is not to be misconstrued in any way, shape or form.

**I bet you do that elbow 'nudge' thing in record shops too. Anthony has taught me the art of it. Stick out both elbows and don't let any bugger muscle in to the section you're flicking through.They always seem to be edging towards 'The Smiths' as your thumb is on 'Stone Roses'.I've seen fights nearly break out when someone's muscled in. There's an art to it, I think the breathing rate changes too. It's a wonder to observe. Women tend to do it differently I reckon.*

*See above!

What am I going on about. Sorry.

 
At 4:55 pm, Blogger Molly Bloom said...

I remember about 14 years ago when Anthony came around mine and was going through the vinyl and found a Mission record.

I don't think he's ever forgiven me actually.

I still believe in God, though God no longer believes in me.....(oh dear oh dear oh dear)

 
At 5:15 pm, Blogger St. Anthony said...

The Mission was bad enough, but it was the Bon Jovi (a 12", no less) that flummoxed me.

Actually, O'Sullivan's 'Get Down' was on my long list, along with Alvin Stardust's 'Jealous Mind'.
What a weird little song 'Angie Baby' is.

 
At 5:34 pm, Blogger St. Anthony said...

Actually, I'm a serial offender when it comes to getting into people's houses and making snap judgements about their characters by checking out their music and books. They could have found a cure for cancer or solved world hunger, but if they've got shite taste I'll snub 'em forever.

 
At 6:09 pm, Blogger kek-w said...

'Jealous Mind' is cool...

My wife's got a soft spot for Bon Jovi - she was into Hair metal in her mid-teens; used to go to Donnington with her sister - she was a sort of trainee Rock Chick, then she got into the soundtrack to 'Woodstock' at Art College and her Neil Young-lovin' Inner Hippy started coming out...

So we've got a soft spot New Wave of British heavy Metal bands like Saxon, etc round our house....even tho I never dug it at the time, I like some of that stuff now....I might claim to love Black Metal on the blog, but I'm really a reconstituted Whitesnake fan lol

Actually, back in the 90's I had this stupid idea of making a T-Shirt with a photo of Kylie (who I can't stand) with the Whitesnake logo beneath it (or maybe just Whitesnake written in some straight, unadorned font: actually, that might be better)...I don't know why I find that so funny lol!

Whitesnake are pretty crap, to be honest - I think I like the idea of them better than the actuality. What was the song where they all wore mac-like dustcoats in the video - that's so brilliantly ridiculous.

Coverdale was a better vocalist than Ian Gillian....but I liked Gillian better cos he looked like a builder who'd just wandered on stage. Plus he played bongos while John Lord did 12 minute organ solos lol

I remember going to lyme regis for the day in 1981 when we were out on strike and I wasn't picketing that day...and Ian Gillian was there...they were doing a radio One roadshow and the production team had met him in the bar the night before, so they roped him in to go on stage even tho he was just on holiday...but no one knew who he was LOL!

 
At 8:33 pm, Blogger Betty said...

Power To All Our Friends is a seminal tune. Pity though that now it's always linked in my mind to Richard Madeley deconstructing Cliff's performance of it on Eurovision and giving his reasons for its failure to win (all to do with the dancing Cliff did in the middle of the song, apparently).

 
At 10:09 pm, Blogger kek-w said...

LOL!

"Power To All Our Friends is a seminal tune" - right on! Yeah, I find it v. touching/uplifting/empowering/etc:

...it touches a nerve w/ me about the way that music brings people together and bonds them, etc and there's a quasi-Revolutionary feel to it that hints at some sort of quiet overthrow of the forces of oppression lol...tho most people just see it as a boom-bang-a-bang style Euro cheese-out...

 
At 10:41 pm, Blogger Gutter said...

funnily enough i was listening to kenny's 'the Bump' about 2 days ago. fabaroony!

 
At 11:59 am, Blogger St. Anthony said...

I used to have a 7" of Saxon's 'Wheels of Steel' ... came with a free iron-on patch, it did.
Which was nice.

 
At 1:40 pm, Blogger farmer glitch said...

Apparently Ian Gillian lives down in Lyme - was working down there last year - and a guy I was with pointed out his daughter - as guys are prone to do you know ....

Finding limiting my selection to 10 nearly impossible - have so much buried embarrassments - that I could list a 100 - still 10 almost dug up and ready to list !

 
At 12:50 am, Blogger kek-w said...

"Ian Gillian lives down in Lyme..."

Ahhhh....

 
At 5:59 pm, Blogger Dan said...

My walk of shame's up, if ya want to have a look...

 
At 11:30 am, Blogger farmer glitch said...

Finally narrowed it down to 10 - had to leave out some Wings, Ted Nugent and Manfred Manns Earth Band - but there ya go - can;t include all the classics can yah ... published-and-forever-damned...

 

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