Thursday, September 23, 2004

iPod's guilty little pleasures

What sort of crap do you have lurking hidden on your iPod?

That's the question a recent article (found in The Arizona Republic) asked:

"Those saccharine pop tunes and schmaltzy ballads cloaked from friends? There's no excuse anymore. No blaming it on a CD that had just one song you liked. No claiming it belonged to your wife, husband or friend.

You selected each and every tune. Like it or not, these are your greatest hits.

Now, let the melodic mocking commence."

OK, I'm guilty as charged. Not only do I have a slew of really embarrassing guilty pleasures on my pod, but they have actually found their way on to various mixes I've made. That means, no excuses.

How about you? What embarrassing ditties would your close friends be aghast about -- if they knew? Since our last interactive musical discussion -- Greatest American R&R Band -- was so much fun, let's take another swipe at it:

          What are the most horrendous, embarrassing, guilty pleasures on your iPod?

I'll start the HD spinning with my hidden collection of pathetic guilty pleasures ('tho music snob that I am, I foolishly believe my guilty pleasures are superior to most people's -- indefensible as that position might be).

These lists go from least (10) to most (1) embarrassing.

Generally embarrassing pop orotherwise awful commercial song:

0911ipod 10. Semi-Charmed Kinda of Life, Third Eye Blind
9. Undone - The Sweater Song, Weezer
8. Horndog, Overseer
7. Hey Leonardo (She Likes Me for Me), Blessid Union Of Souls
6. I Touch Myself, Divinyls
5. Closing Time, Semisonic
4. Complicated, Avril Lavigne
3. (I Hate) Everything About You, Ugly Kid Joe
2. She Hates Me, Puddle of Mudd
1. Mmmm Bop, Hanson

These are the utterly embarrassing songs on my "Gym Mix" : Ipod_01a3lf56x564i

10. I'm Just a Girl, No Doubt
9. Groove Is In The Heart, Deee-Lite
8. Take It Off, The Donnas
7. Fantastic Voyage, Coolio
6. Murder On The Dance floor, Sophie Ellis Bextor
5. Good Vibrations, Marky Mark
4. Steal My Sunshine, Len
3. That Don't Impress Me Much, Shania Twain
2. I Just Want to Make Love to You, Foghat
1. Rico Suave, Gerardo

And lastly, a mix I named "Bad radio from my Youth" -- and it is utterly ghastly:

10. Bad Time (for Being in Love), Grand Funk Railroad
9. Keep On Loving You, REO Speedwagon
8. Day After Day, Badfinger
7. Without you, Badfinger

A two way tie of simply awful for 3rd place:

6. (Shake, Shake, Shake) Your Booty, K.C. & The Sunshine Band
5. Keep It Comin' Love, K.C. & The Sunshine Band
(I've actually grown to like some other KC stuff, but these 2 -- shudder -- sheesh!)

A three way tie totally lacking any redeeming qualities for 2nd place:

4. Cover of the Rolling Stone, Dr. Hook & The Medicine Show
3. When You're in Love (with a Beautiful Woman), Dr. Hook
2. Sylvia's Mother, Dr. Hook

Last, and actually least, a song beyond bad:

1. Coconut, Harry Nilsson

There, I've outed myself and my misspent youth . . .

Update: Monday, September 20, 2004 11:12 PM
There are some interesting comments on this issue over at kottke, which is where I originally saw the pointer for this. Since then, there have been over 100 entries of guilty iPod pleasures, including what must be the playlist from Hell.

Check it out . . .

iPod guilty pleasures
Don Fernandez
Cox News, Sept. 11, 2004 12:00 AM

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Two ways to revel in bad taste:

1. Use iTunes Artwork as your screen saver.

2. Do the same on an Apple TV.

With the latter, you can have your guilty pleasures up on your 40" plasma in the living room, the moving wall of shame.

Posted by: Pete | Jul 18, 2007 10:10:03 AM

6. I Touch Myself, Divinyls
1. Mmmm Bop, Hanson
9. Groove Is In The Heart, Deee-Lite
1. Rico Suave, Gerardo
6. (Shake, Shake, Shake) Your Booty, K.C. & The Sunshine Band

Ok, ok, I get the guilty. What part of these ever had a pleasure?

My guilty pleasures would be:
The Wall (Kansas)
Raspberry Beret (Warren Zevon) (Hey!- Even I wouldn't be caught dead owning Prince)
and various Harry Chapin songs.

Posted by: Odysseus | Aug 2, 2007 9:51:59 PM

I love The Cowsills.

Posted by: The Dirty Mac | Nov 3, 2007 7:19:03 AM

Ok... MY totally embarassing songs
1)Love Hurts-Foriegner
2)Oh Sherry- Steve Perry
3)Rollout- Ludacris
4)Would'nt be nice?-Beach Boys
5)Why Not-Hilary Duff

Posted by: Melissa | Jan 17, 2008 7:50:24 PM

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