Monday, February 27, 2012

Guilty pleasures to the max

So the music challenge is on again. I blame Morgan. She inspires me. And by inspires I mean makes it really easy to pick on her music choices, so it was only fair to show my super daggy side. This time it's ten guilty pleasures. Not that I feel guilty for liking any of these (obviously I have impeccable taste), but I feel that cool* people would probably judge quite a bit.

*hipster dickheads
 Here I Go Again by Whitesnake

Here's a truth bomb for you. I have a Whitesnake shirt that I wear unironically. And while we're talking about guilty pleasures... I got the shirt from KMart.

We Built This City by Starship

Time Of My Life by Bill Medley & Jennifer Warnes

This might have more to do with Patrick Swayze rather than the actual song. I will still listen to it over and over though.

Stay (Faraway, So Close) by U2

I am a closeted U2 fan. I just threw out eight U2 shirts because I'm too ashamed to wear them in public, and one can only have so many bed shirts. I flew down to Sydney for one day just to camp out to see them about five years ago. This was after I'd already seen them in Brisbane, but I ended up too far back because I couldn't get out of work that day. Sydney was much better. I made friends with people in line and we held each other's places when we needed to eat and pee. We laughed together at the losers who turned up late thinking they'd get a good spot. We exchanged email addresses that we never used. We speed walked to the stage because there were signs that said 'no running'. Then I lost them and found new friends. These friends bought a total stranger dinner and got up and danced to Kanye with me even though they didn't like him. In the front row. Totally worth it.

Kokomo by The Beach Boys

Yes, The Beach Boys wrote some awesome songs. I've been told this isn't one of them. I refuse to listen to those haters, though. This one might be awesome because it does have good memories attached to it. It was obviously a hit because of Tom Cruise's amazing cocktail skills, and because of this it was always playing on the radio in our house when I was a kid. Because we were a top 40 non-hipster family, thank you very much.
I also had this weird ass video called Trollies where these creepy little troll dolls would sing covers of popular songs. I might have had a huge collection of troll dolls, so that video was on constant rotation.

Make Me Lose Control by Eric Carmen

I thought that was Tina Turner at the start. Never mind. "Rock" on.

Livin' On The Edge by Aerosmith

Walking in Memphis by Marc Cohn

I went walking in Memphis. I was the only idiot out on the street. People were driving past me looking at me like I was a freak. I'm pretty sure I walked past a statue of one of Forrest Gump's ancestors. I bought apples and donuts at a place called Piggly Wiggly. I pissed off about twenty people waiting behind me in a line as I tried (unsuccessfully) to get my paycheques cashed. I had dinner at 4pm because I was scared to go out alone after dark.

Nobody walks in Memphis.

Like a Prayer by Madonna

I really hate Madonna. But this is the one song I will not only allow, but sing along to when very drunk. And I encourage everyone to get all handclappy and and swaying with me in the gospel bit.

Hot Blooded by Foreigner

It was so hard for me to pick just one Foreigner song, but I think Hot Blooded is probably the most fun.
Foreigner might have saved me one particular night when I was in charge of organising a talent night skit. I had three unmotivated adult campers, but the knowledge that one of them loved Foreigner as much as me, and a best of CD in my bag. Our portion of the night pretty much consisted of me dancing and miming hardcore to Cold as Ice with with three people unenthusiastically swaying behind me. Good times. 

Also, there's the Foreigner belt:

And a bonus track that I'm totally not even slightly guilty about because it's just amazing:

Thunder Road by Bruce Springsteen


  1. Kerryn you amaze me with your choices and piss me off because you have stolen at least 2 of mine! Your time will come, as will my list, tomorrow, because it's late and I still have to cull many off my list. I'm feeling less and less shame about my choices as i write them down though, I think I truly love a good daggy song mix tape!

    1. Obviously we just both have great taste. I might even forgive the Fuel. Maybe.
      If it's any consolation, as soon as I pressed publish I realised that I'd forgotten Oh Sherrie. You can have that one for free.

  2. Kerryn, I've been lurking too long, and I have to come out in the open and tell you just how much I love your music-based blog posts.

    "I really love your music-based blog posts."

    In fact, they might be finding their way onto my i-Pod in a series of playlists named after you.

    1. Geez, Amy, about time. I thought you hated me or, even worse, my music choices.
      Rather than a playlist, think you can make some mixtapes in my honour instead? I've got some sweet textas to decorate with :D

  3. Hmmmmmm, NONE of these are embarassing. On a side note, quick question : How fucking awesome is Thunder Road? Answer : Very fucking awesome.

    1. No, nothing I like is embarrassing. Everything I like is amazing (except maybe you).
      I like that you enjoy the very fucking awesomeness of Thunder Road even though there's a lot of driving around in cars in that song.

  4. Just want you to know that my ipod is currently out of action so whilst at uni I am using your guilty pleasure playlist as my entertainment. WIN FOR KERRYN! (and me)

    1. Dude I am currently curating (yep, wanker) an amazing playlist for Saturday night. I expect onesie dancing.