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Guilty Pleasures

21st April 2011

Over the past few weeks, I’ve been enjoying the beautifully designed mixes over at Designers.MX, curated by Blake Allen and Josh Sullivan. So, it was a pleasure to contribute a mix, although I opted for something a little more, erm… risky.

Guilty Pleasures cover

Now, I have excellent taste in music; the best taste in the world. We each think our taste is better than anyone else’s, right? I’m most at home with my alternative, indie, post-punk, singer-songwritery stuff. I tend towards beautiful, awkward, angular noise and always will. My iTunes library is a vast collection of the greatest music ever made, naturally.

Still, I looked at the array of mixes already up on Designers.MX and saw an opportunity to be brave, and drag some guilt out into the open for all to see. So far, I’ve not yet been castigated by my friends or peers. Phew.

The description

Pop, soft rock, incomprehensible eurodisco. Even U2—to whom I am vehemently opposed. Yep, these are some of my Guilty Pleasures; songs that I never scrobble to avoid ridicule. Well, I’m coming clean with this mix, and I urge you to put aside your prejudices, turn up the speakers, and enjoy some prime slices of epic with me. Life’s too short to be a snob, and it’s OK to like a Katy Perry song. Isn’t it? Oh.

The track list

OK, brace yourselves…

  1. Bon Jovi - Wanted Dead Or Alive
  2. Sugababes - Freak Like Me
  3. Fleetwood Mac - Dreams
  4. Blondie - Union City Blues
  5. The Waterboys - Fishermans Blues
  6. Desireless - Voyage Voyage
  7. Katy Perry - Teenage Dream
  8. U2 - Desire
  9. Madonna - Borderline
  10. Electric Light Orchestra - Mr. Blue Sky

Katy Perry. Well, that’s all to do with a drunken New York cab ride, plus it’s a great pop song; that chorus! Sugababes? SUGABABES?! C’mon, that Gary Numan stuff mixed with some pretty fucking great melodies is fantastic. Fleetwood Mac? That’s more to do with the lyrics. Blondie? That has a lot to do with her orange boiler suit and aviators. U2? well, they made approximately four decent songs. ELO? My Dad played that all the time, and I love it. Madonna? Yeah, always liked a bit of her early pop. Like A Prayer is also amazing, in my decreasingly respected opinion.

You can listen to the Guilty Pleasures mix here.

The nearly rans

Anyway, other songs I nearly included were Kylie’s pop classic Better The Devil You Know (addictively catchy), Fat Larry’s Band with the slushy Zoom, Glen Campbell’s countryfied ode Wichita Lineman, Frankie’s epic Two Tribes, Queen’s Great King Rat, a 70s track by Heart, several songs off’ve the Pet Shop Boys 7-track house-y synth-pop extravaganza Introspective ... the list goes on. And I’m not ashamed.

Guilty Pleasures

So, don’t judge me on these songs alone, and let’s all admit that we each have our own guilty pleasures. If you deny it, you are a liar. Go on, share yours below. I tell, you, it feels good.


# Simon Collison responded on 21st April 2011 with...

Wassup? you all too scared?

# Anton Peck responded on 21st April 2011 with...

I listen to a little Katy Perry once in awhile. Along with Britney Spears, Lady Gaga, and the occasional Glee soundtrack. Oh wait… have I gone too far (again)?

# Petra Gregorova responded on 21st April 2011 with...

Scared? I’m not. I already went public on air with my music likings from my teens that I don’t mind going back to from time to time. :)

I do like this mixture, as it has a little bit of everything and it’s not necessarily stuck just on one style or genre. If you’d go through my playlist, you’d find anything from rock, pop, jazz, country, or folk in English, French, Slovak, Czech, Spanish, Italian or even Turkish. I just enjoy wide variety based on what mood I am in, so I don’t have any issues with your selection ;-)

# Stepher responded on 21st April 2011 with...

Occasionally I can be found listening to various versions of Avril Lavigne’s Complicated. When does it start to feel good to have admitted that to the interweb Simon?

# Kristina Schneider responded on 21st April 2011 with...

Great mix. Blondie, Sugababes and – ha, I didn’t even know the interpret of that song until now – Desireless! Good stuff. But wait. Bon Jovi and U2. That’s a tough confession.

# Tim Print responded on 21st April 2011 with...

Elton John - Tiny Dancer and Benny & The Jets. Always get me singing.

# Glen responded on 21st April 2011 with...

An awesome idea, beautifully executed as ever.

Leo Sayer’s “The Show Must Go On”.

Right, I’m out of here.

P.S. + 1 for Fisherman’s Blues

# Candi responded on 21st April 2011 with...

Me? Scared?! yeah right!

Let’s see. Glee, Neon Trees, High School Musical 2 Sdtrk, Lady Gaga, Michael Buble, Katy Perry, Paramore, Panic at the Disco, Black Eyed Peas and Hanson.

Wow this really makes me sounds like a teeny bopper.  At least I didn’t put Justin Bieber. Yuck!

# Petra Gregorova responded on 21st April 2011 with...

Candi, we seem to have even more in common than I thought! Except you don’t seem to have Celine Dion (including all her French albums), Britney Spears and don’t forget, the one and only New Kids on the Block, Marky Mark & the Funky Bunch… I should probably just stop right here ;-)

# Candi responded on 21st April 2011 with...

Forgot about Celine.  I could do that and Barbara Streisand. Maybe go way back and do Debbie Gibson as well. Ok I’ll stop cluttering Simon’s comment section w/our conversations :P

# Simon Collison responded on 22nd April 2011 with...

No, I’m enjoying it! Ah, Debbie Gibson circa 1985 or whenever it was…

# Brad Dielman responded on 22nd April 2011 with...

Well, as long as everyone is confessing I’ll throw my guilty pleasure into the mix.

Ever since I was a kid, I’ve really enjoyed the song “Only the Lonely” by The Motels. Crap lyrics… Flash in the pan band… But still. I listen to it only with headphones on naturally.

Oh, and “Strange Magic” by ELO.

# Lee responded on 22nd April 2011 with...

Colly, where’s 9 to 5? You’ve got the moves to that down cold!

Always liked “Abracadabra” by the Steve Miller Band. I’m a sucker for “Crazy in love” by Beyonce. “Cover of the rolling stone” by Dr.Hook. “I kissed a girl” by the lovely Mrs Brand. And last but not least, the epic hit that was “Frankie, do you remember me” by sister sledge. I dare you not to dance to every single one of them.

I’m now going off to re-evaluate my life.

# Petra Gregorová responded on 22nd April 2011 with...

Well, if that’s the case… I also have MC Hammer, Samantha Fox, Sabrina, No Mercy, Wham. ...and I even found Yanni, Worlds Apart and Take That. Who knew? Ok, I am going to hide now :D

# mmz responded on 22nd April 2011 with...

Your great list of songs inspired me to make my own mix. Although I like hundreds of songs, the following ten could be in my all time favorites. I’ll not bugger you with all the great House tracks I played in all the years being a DJ ;) — heck, I just love music.

Here we go:

1. Van Morrison - Gloria
2. The Jam - Town Called Malice
3. Talk Talk - It’s My Life (12” Extended Version)
4. Michael Jackson - Off The Wall
5. Donna Summer - Could It Be Magic
6. R.E.M. - The Great Beyond (Live in Dublin)
7. The Cure - Boys Don’t Cry
8. Yazoo - Situation (US 12” Mix)
9. Counting Crows - Mr. Jones

# Robert Eerhart responded on 22nd April 2011 with...

Oh… My son just took control over the keyboard :)

10. Supergrass - Pumping On Your Stereo.

# Simon Collison responded on 22nd April 2011 with...

Lee: I still do the 9 To 5 moves at any given opportunity.

Robert: The Jam, Talk Talk, R.E.M, The Cure, and Supergrass - they are NOT guilty pleasures. They are great bands! Hell, even early Van Morrison is excellent. I love Gloria. Jackson up to 1985 also great.

# Candi responded on 22nd April 2011 with...

Out of the Blue was ‘87 and Electric Youth was ‘89.  While we’re at it, I’ll add other lovely ladies of the ‘80s: Paula Abdul - “Opposites Attract” and Gloria Estafan - “Rhythm Is Gonna Get You”.

Wait, did you say you were gonna sing one of your GP songs like you did this: Get It Together.

# Natalie responded on 25th April 2011 with...

Britney Circus
Bon Jovi Dead or Alive
Anything by Van Morrison
Cee-Lo Green F* You
Crazy Gnarls Barkley or, even better, Ray LaMontagne’s version
Let’s Get it On as sung by Jack Black in High Fidelity
However I feel no guilt because these are all awesome! :)

# Cole responded on 28th April 2011 with...

Some choice tunes there Simon!

Have lovingly compiled my top ten guilty pleasures into a Spotify playlist (with rationale).

# Alexandre Plennevaux responded on 1st May 2011 with...

OK this one is ugly, but i understand confession time has come: once every two years, i treat myself with a “You came” by Kim Wilde. Really like the music video: the camera focused for 3:20 ” on her arse.

# wanda responded on 9th May 2011 with...


# Kåre Garnes responded on 12th May 2011 with...

how anyone can feel guilty enjoying Fleetwood Mac, U2 or ELO is beyond me.

they are all brilliant! Though U2 kinda turned into a dinosaur cirka Achtung Baby.

my short list:
- Vamos a la playa - Vengaboys
- Bailando - ??
- I think we’re alone now - Tiffany

Now, that´s what I call embarrassing!

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