Author Topic: Songs you genuinely like but you get the impression you shouldn't  (Read 4929 times)

Not necessarily songs with problematic auras - skeevy lyrics, songwriter burned down a church or was in a cult, etc - but songs which you get the sinking impression mass media tastemakers would decry you for expressing your admiration of. You know the type - those snivelling, wretched indiecrats, the irony-poisoned merchants of what's hot and what's not that transcent generation, social strata and demographic - quite simply, those who would drag me to hell and back for daring to admit that Fairground by Simply Red is a genuinely emotional and beautiful song. (yeah that's my contribution to this thread you got a pROBLEM)

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Re: Songs you genuinely like but you get the impression you shouldn't
« Reply #1 on: December 31, 2018, 07:13:53 AM »
Back when charts and that were a thing and every year saw a few huge, ubiquitous pop/dance hits; although I mostly ignored/disliked/actively hated them every now and then there'd be one I actually thought was alright. It used to feel like 'proof' that I wasn't just reactively judging music on what it was rather than how it sounded, which for some god unknown reason was important to me at the time.
A few that made the cut were:
Offshore by Chicane
Lady by Modjo
Black and Gold by Sam Sparro

That sort of thing.

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Re: Songs you genuinely like but you get the impression you shouldn't
« Reply #2 on: December 31, 2018, 08:13:51 AM »
Starships by Nicki Minaj

I mean, it's a pile of shit isn't it? Yet I absolutely fucking love it when I hear it. I like the bit where it goes all Aldi Chemical Brothers

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Re: Songs you genuinely like but you get the impression you shouldn't
« Reply #3 on: December 31, 2018, 08:30:44 AM »
Baby Shark is better than most new music I've heard all year.

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Re: Songs you genuinely like but you get the impression you shouldn't
« Reply #4 on: December 31, 2018, 09:12:37 AM »
Baby Shark is great, mate

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Re: Songs you genuinely like but you get the impression you shouldn't
« Reply #5 on: December 31, 2018, 01:18:18 PM »
What's Up? by Four Non Blondes. I really like this one despite feeling that I should by rights hate it. And I try, oh my god do I try.

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Re: Songs you genuinely like but you get the impression you shouldn't
« Reply #6 on: December 31, 2018, 01:20:54 PM »
Joss Stone - Don't cha wanna ride

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OSBiyoPllYE

In fact I like most Joss Stone I've heard

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Re: Songs you genuinely like but you get the impression you shouldn't
« Reply #7 on: December 31, 2018, 01:28:51 PM »
That one by the New Radicals.

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Re: Songs you genuinely like but you get the impression you shouldn't
« Reply #8 on: December 31, 2018, 02:00:54 PM »
That one by the New Radicals.

Decent song. Even if it is bollocks. You definitely don't get what you give.

Re: Songs you genuinely like but you get the impression you shouldn't
« Reply #9 on: December 31, 2018, 03:23:34 PM »
What's Up? by Four Non Blondes. I really like this one despite feeling that I should by rights hate it. And I try, oh my god do I try.

Yes! I have exactly the same problem. Just about everyone on here hates What's Up? and they they give good sounding reasons and everything but I've defended it before and I'll defend it again - it's a great song with that combination of uplifting music and melancholic lyrics that works so well in popular music. Just a bit overproduced, that's my only beef.

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Re: Songs you genuinely like but you get the impression you shouldn't
« Reply #10 on: December 31, 2018, 03:55:40 PM »
Yes! I have exactly the same problem. Just about everyone on here hates What's Up? and they they give good sounding reasons and everything but I've defended it before and I'll defend it again - it's a great song with that combination of uplifting music and melancholic lyrics that works so well in popular music. Just a bit overproduced, that's my only beef.

Rips off " Don't Worry, Be Happy "  by Bobby McFerrin, too.

Re: Songs you genuinely like but you get the impression you shouldn't
« Reply #11 on: December 31, 2018, 05:33:27 PM »
Hannah Diamond / Anything else on PC Music.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EPFvbc4onks

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Re: Songs you genuinely like but you get the impression you shouldn't
« Reply #12 on: December 31, 2018, 05:38:17 PM »
I think that Four Non Blondes song is much better as a dance banger sung by Prince Adam (AKA He-Man):

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=32FB-gYr49Y

I'm being sincere in that opinion, as it happens. The bit where they interpolate it with "Don't Cry Out Loud" is particularly good, even if it was intended as a joke.

Re: Songs you genuinely like but you get the impression you shouldn't
« Reply #13 on: December 31, 2018, 07:01:06 PM »
Starships by Nicki Minaj


Yeah I like this too. Her videos are always on at the gym and remind me what a fucking ridiculous looking woman she is, it's like every aspect of femininity turned up a grotesque level.

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Re: Songs you genuinely like but you get the impression you shouldn't
« Reply #14 on: December 31, 2018, 07:21:00 PM »
Yeah I like this too. Her videos are always on at the gym and remind me what a fucking ridiculous looking woman she is, it's like every aspect of femininity turned up a grotesque level.

I think she is rather delightful.

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Re: Songs you genuinely like but you get the impression you shouldn't
« Reply #15 on: December 31, 2018, 10:42:49 PM »
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Re: Songs you genuinely like but you get the impression you shouldn't
« Reply #16 on: December 31, 2018, 11:09:59 PM »
Offshore by Chicane
Black and Gold by Sam Sparro
Nowt wrong with either of these. Black And Gold is a great song (even though the production on it owes an awful lot to Soft Cell).

For me, Clive, it would be things like Yes Sir I Can Boogie by Baccara (which a few others on here like, but is mostly derided as laughable eurodisco despite being a great tune with fantastically lush production), Sweet About Me by Gabriella Cilmi (generally written off as a sub Duffy/Amy Winehouse 60s revival bandwagon jumping, which it is, but it's a decent tune as well).

Re: Songs you genuinely like but you get the impression you shouldn't
« Reply #17 on: December 31, 2018, 11:21:51 PM »
No Limit by 2Unlimited.

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Re: Songs you genuinely like but you get the impression you shouldn't
« Reply #18 on: January 01, 2019, 01:53:30 AM »
Hannah Diamond / Anything else on PC Music.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EPFvbc4onks

pc music's definitely a guilty pleasure of mine.

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Re: Songs you genuinely like but you get the impression you shouldn't
« Reply #19 on: January 01, 2019, 02:07:00 AM »
That one by the New Radicals.

Because it's Todd Rundgren essentially. Just One Victory meets Sons of 1984.

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Re: Songs you genuinely like but you get the impression you shouldn't
« Reply #20 on: January 01, 2019, 03:16:24 AM »
Oh man, a huge percentage of my favourite songs are this.

Big Country - In a Big Country
The Shins - Australia
A-Ha - Take on Me/The Sun Always Shines on Tv
Crowded House - Don't Dream it's Over
Johnny Clegg- Scatterlings of Africa

Basically any kind of cringey, overly sentimental but pseudo-intellectual pop music I can't resist. 

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Re: Songs you genuinely like but you get the impression you shouldn't
« Reply #21 on: January 01, 2019, 06:05:37 AM »
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I spent Christmas Eve listening to three different 12 inch mixes of that, multiple times. I do not regret it. The "Japanese Remix" features the most ludicrous gated snare ever put to tape. (Actually it may be some tom drums, not sure)

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Re: Songs you genuinely like but you get the impression you shouldn't
« Reply #22 on: January 01, 2019, 06:56:26 AM »
Oh man, a huge percentage of my favourite songs are this.

Big Country - In a Big Country
The Shins - Australia
A-Ha - Take on Me/The Sun Always Shines on Tv
Crowded House - Don't Dream it's Over
Johnny Clegg- Scatterlings of Africa

Basically any kind of cringey, overly sentimental but pseudo-intellectual pop music I can't resist.

Nothing wrong with Don't Dream Its Over or Take On Me, absolute banging tunes no matter how ubiquitous they might be

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Re: Songs you genuinely like but you get the impression you shouldn't
« Reply #23 on: January 01, 2019, 07:17:39 AM »
Nowt wrong with either of these. Black And Gold is a great song (even though the production on it owes an awful lot to Soft Cell).

No love for Modjo - Lady Buzby? In the spate of ripoffs that followed Stardust - Music Sounds Better With You I always thought this was almost as good as that (which is a damn near perfect tune).

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Re: Songs you genuinely like but you get the impression you shouldn't
« Reply #24 on: January 01, 2019, 08:10:40 AM »
Dario G - Sunchyme

Arguably naff and simplistic. None of this is pioneering or even interesting in concept, but it's all done so tastefully. Just the right amount of everything. There are one or two points in the album version where they mix throw in some syncopation with the piano (which is just the right timbre) and it's really good: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L32jaCsFeb8

Re: Songs you genuinely like but you get the impression you shouldn't
« Reply #25 on: January 01, 2019, 08:49:40 AM »
Nothing wrong with Don't Dream Its Over or Take On Me, absolute banging tunes no matter how ubiquitous they might be

Yeah, Take On Me is a totally perfect record, one of the best tunes ever in fact so dont feel shy about that one. With hindsight, A-Ha were fucking brilliant.

Re: Songs you genuinely like but you get the impression you shouldn't
« Reply #26 on: January 01, 2019, 10:40:12 AM »
Big Country - In a Big Country

What? This is a brilliant song!

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Re: Songs you genuinely like but you get the impression you shouldn't
« Reply #27 on: January 01, 2019, 11:34:41 AM »
What? This is a brilliant song!

Indeed. There are several on here that I just think are quality pop music and in no way naff. Although 21st Century Boy was the superior SSS single.

I really like Joe Cocker and Jennifer Warnes' Up Where We Belong and Meat Loaf's Deadringer For Love. Are they uncool? I dunno but I sort of get the feeling they might be.

But lying next to me at this very moment is someone who genuinely seems to have no concept of 'cool' in music at all. Where Do You Go To My Lovely is one of her favourite songs ever and she's not even saying it ironically. And her favourite bands are Squeeze (fair enough. Great group) and the sodding Saw Doctors (er...)

icehaven

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Re: Songs you genuinely like but you get the impression you shouldn't
« Reply #28 on: January 01, 2019, 11:53:58 AM »
Roxette.

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Re: Songs you genuinely like but you get the impression you shouldn't
« Reply #29 on: January 01, 2019, 11:59:11 AM »
Roxette.

Joyride was great. And had the same bassline as the Jesus And Mary Chain's Sidewalking.