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Title: Songs you genuinely like but you get the impression you shouldn't
Post by: Tikwid on December 31, 2018, 02:22:49 AM
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)
Title: Re: Songs you genuinely like but you get the impression you shouldn't
Post by: icehaven 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.
Title: Re: Songs you genuinely like but you get the impression you shouldn't
Post by: Shameless Custard 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

I once said this to a lady on a first date, and I've seen less disgusted faces during murder trials
Title: Re: Songs you genuinely like but you get the impression you shouldn't
Post by: Vodka Margarine on December 31, 2018, 08:30:44 AM
Baby Shark is better than most new music I've heard all year.
Title: Re: Songs you genuinely like but you get the impression you shouldn't
Post by: Shameless Custard on December 31, 2018, 09:12:37 AM
Baby Shark is great, mate

ALEXA, ALEXAAAA, PLAY BABY SHERK
Title: Re: Songs you genuinely like but you get the impression you shouldn't
Post by: Jockice 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.
Title: Re: Songs you genuinely like but you get the impression you shouldn't
Post by: Howj Begg 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
Title: Re: Songs you genuinely like but you get the impression you shouldn't
Post by: Brundle-Fly on December 31, 2018, 01:28:51 PM
That one by the New Radicals.
Title: Re: Songs you genuinely like but you get the impression you shouldn't
Post by: Jockice 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.
Title: Re: Songs you genuinely like but you get the impression you shouldn't
Post by: manticore 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.
Title: Re: Songs you genuinely like but you get the impression you shouldn't
Post by: Lisa Jesusandmarychain 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.
Title: Re: Songs you genuinely like but you get the impression you shouldn't
Post by: Sebastian Cobb on December 31, 2018, 05:33:27 PM
Hannah Diamond / Anything else on PC Music.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EPFvbc4onks
Title: Re: Songs you genuinely like but you get the impression you shouldn't
Post by: Chriddof 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.
Title: Re: Songs you genuinely like but you get the impression you shouldn't
Post by: Nice Relaxing Poo 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.
Title: Re: Songs you genuinely like but you get the impression you shouldn't
Post by: Brundle-Fly 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.
Title: Re: Songs you genuinely like but you get the impression you shouldn't
Post by: Absorb the anus burn on December 31, 2018, 10:42:49 PM
Sigue Sigue Sputnik Love Missile F1 11
Title: Re: Songs you genuinely like but you get the impression you shouldn't
Post by: buzby 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).
Title: Re: Songs you genuinely like but you get the impression you shouldn't
Post by: bgmnts on December 31, 2018, 11:21:51 PM
No Limit by 2Unlimited.
Title: Re: Songs you genuinely like but you get the impression you shouldn't
Post by: chveik 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.
Title: Re: Songs you genuinely like but you get the impression you shouldn't
Post by: Maurice Yeatman 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.
Title: Re: Songs you genuinely like but you get the impression you shouldn't
Post by: billyandthecloneasaurus 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. 
Title: Re: Songs you genuinely like but you get the impression you shouldn't
Post by: Chriddof on January 01, 2019, 06:05:37 AM
Sigue Sigue Sputnik Love Missile F1 11

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)
Title: Re: Songs you genuinely like but you get the impression you shouldn't
Post by: Nowhere Man 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
Title: Re: Songs you genuinely like but you get the impression you shouldn't
Post by: Better Midlands 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).
Title: Re: Songs you genuinely like but you get the impression you shouldn't
Post by: Twed 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
Title: Re: Songs you genuinely like but you get the impression you shouldn't
Post by: thraxx 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.
Title: Re: Songs you genuinely like but you get the impression you shouldn't
Post by: Special K on January 01, 2019, 10:40:12 AM
Big Country - In a Big Country

What? This is a brilliant song!
Title: Re: Songs you genuinely like but you get the impression you shouldn't
Post by: Jockice 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...)
Title: Re: Songs you genuinely like but you get the impression you shouldn't
Post by: icehaven on January 01, 2019, 11:53:58 AM
Roxette.
Title: Re: Songs you genuinely like but you get the impression you shouldn't
Post by: Jockice 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.
Title: Re: Songs you genuinely like but you get the impression you shouldn't
Post by: pigamus on January 01, 2019, 12:03:17 PM
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.

Fun fact: it's also Germaine Greer's favourite song. And they're both right. It's brilliant.
Title: Re: Songs you genuinely like but you get the impression you shouldn't
Post by: manticore on January 01, 2019, 12:13:47 PM
I don't know whether 'I Don't Want to Talk About It' by Everything But the Girl counts but I think it does as I was much derided for melting into a soppy mess when it came on the jukebox in a pub once. I actually bought it when it came out too.

Also not sure about 'Smooth Operator' by Sade, which is glossy cosmopolitan silky soul lounge music with a pseudo-sophisticated veneer and cheesy sax forchristssake all of which makes me hate it but I bought it and luxuriated in every moment nonetheless because it's gorgeous.
Title: Re: Songs you genuinely like but you get the impression you shouldn't
Post by: pigamus on January 01, 2019, 12:31:43 PM
Sade is the bollocks. Particularly Love is Stronger Than Pride, which is beautiful.
Title: Re: Songs you genuinely like but you get the impression you shouldn't
Post by: Jockice on January 01, 2019, 12:52:25 PM
Fun fact: it's also Germaine Greer's favourite song. And they're both right. It's brilliant.

Is it fuck! It's a crime against humanity. And come the revolution his brother Robin will also be against the wall for My Resistance Is Low, a song eternally connected in my head with walking to the dentist's aged ten. In the rain.

Ha ha ha. Ah ha ha ha.
Title: Re: Songs you genuinely like but you get the impression you shouldn't
Post by: pigamus on January 01, 2019, 01:16:11 PM
Is it fuck! It's a crime against humanity.

In the words of Irene Handl - oh you poor man.
Title: Re: Songs you genuinely like but you get the impression you shouldn't
Post by: Jockice on January 01, 2019, 01:20:57 PM
In the words of Irene Handl - oh you poor man.

How did you know who my girlfriend is?
Title: Re: Songs you genuinely like but you get the impression you shouldn't
Post by: Jockice on January 01, 2019, 01:25:55 PM
Love And Pride by King and Love Removal Machine by The Cult. I have a feeling the band's involved were taking it seriously but they're both great comedy singles.
Title: Re: Songs you genuinely like but you get the impression you shouldn't
Post by: pigamus on January 01, 2019, 01:40:13 PM
How did you know who my girlfriend is?

Back streets of Naples. Two children begging in rags...
Title: Re: Songs you genuinely like but you get the impression you shouldn't
Post by: Brundle-Fly on January 01, 2019, 04:53:16 PM
All Star by Smash Mouth.
Title: Re: Songs you genuinely like but you get the impression you shouldn't
Post by: Vodka Margarine on January 01, 2019, 05:48:47 PM
I'd like to raise you Walking On The Sun but that's several rungs below on the naffness scale, probably too low for this thread in fact.
Title: Re: Songs you genuinely like but you get the impression you shouldn't
Post by: Gulftastic on January 01, 2019, 05:56:05 PM
All Star by Smash Mouth.
Ah, me too. I think it helps that it's on the 'Mystery Men' soundtrack (and they appear in the the video) and that was the first DVD I ever bought.
Title: Re: Songs you genuinely like but you get the impression you shouldn't
Post by: Brundle-Fly on January 01, 2019, 06:04:09 PM
I'd like to raise you Walking On The Sun but that's several rungs below on the naffness scale, probably too low for this thread in fact.

It had a good sixties lurching guitar line that. I saw them live at The Garage around the time that single was released and have to say they were very entertaining. Absolutey reviled by the music press for having the temerity to be a goodtime band. And I think his singing voice irked folk.
Title: Re: Songs you genuinely like but you get the impression you shouldn't
Post by: flotemysost on January 01, 2019, 07:52:17 PM
Morning After Dark by Timbaland feat. Nellly Furtado and SoShy: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=25LBTSUEU0A

When I first heard it I was in the car with a mate and we pissed ourselves laughing every time the chorus came round - that little 'woah' sound he makes, so ridiculous. And yet I went and downloaded it and now if it comes on shuffle I'm like, yes!

In fact I enjoyed most of Nelly Furtado's solo stuff from that time, Man Eater was another good'un.
Title: Re: Songs you genuinely like but you get the impression you shouldn't
Post by: non capisco on January 01, 2019, 09:58:34 PM
I'm still slightly bewildered as to why I seem to have all the time in the world for 'Do The Hucklebuck' by Coast To Coast, one of a rash of late 70s/early 80s rock 'n' roll throwbacks. It's clearly no better or worse than similar retro twaddle of its era like Darts, Rocky Sharpe and The Replays or the original incarnation of Tight Fit before it was a Tarzan man and two lasses. I think the main source of appeal is Coast To Coast's faintly bizarre singer who looks like a cross between a waxwork model of Arnold Rothstein from 'Boardwalk Empire' and a young Swiss Toni. He looks like someone living out the effects of some kind of curse, bargaining with the devil to become a pop star but then finding out he has to promote doing the hucklebuck in a never ending series of early 1981 timelines over and over again, that's why he looks pale and shellshocked, still hearing Satan's cruel laughter in every chuckling saxophone honk.

(http://i64.tinypic.com/2b8p48.jpg)
"Doing the hucklebuck is a lot like making love to a beautiful woman. Also please help me."

Wriggle like a snake, waddle like a duck, that's what you do when you are damned for all eternity.

^ Pre-emptive Buzby: That bloke isn't even the person who sings on the single version.
Title: Re: Songs you genuinely like but you get the impression you shouldn't
Post by: Jockice on January 01, 2019, 10:59:39 PM
I'm still slightly bewildered as to why I seem to have all the time in the world for 'Do The Hucklebuck' by Coast To Coast, one of a rash of late 70s/early 80s rock 'n' roll throwbacks. It's clearly no better or worse than similar retro twaddle of its era like Darts, Rocky Sharpe and The Replays or the original incarnation of Tight Fit before it was a Tarzan man and two lasses. I think the main source of appeal is Coast To Coast's faintly bizarre singer who looks like a cross between a waxwork model of Arnold Rothstein from 'Boardwalk Empire' and a young Swiss Toni. He looks like someone living out the effects of some kind of curse, bargaining with the devil to become a pop star but then finding out he has to promote doing the hucklebuck in a never ending series of early 1981 timelines over and over again, that's why he looks pale and shellshocked, still hearing Satan's cruel laughter in every chuckling saxophone honk.

(http://i64.tinypic.com/2b8p48.jpg)
"Doing the hucklebuck is a lot like making love to a beautiful woman. Also please help me."

Wriggle like a snake, waddle like a duck, that's what you do when you are damned for all eternity.

^ Pre-emptive Buzby: That bloke isn't even the person who sings on the single version.

I love Darts. Well, the first three singles anyway. It's one of the biggest regrets of my life that my mum offered to get tickets to see them after my tortoise died and I turned her down. God knows why. Maybe I just thought it wouldn't look cool to go to a gig with my mum. I was 13!

I also liked Showaddywaddy and the time Rocky Sharpe took his sunglasses off to reveal another pair beneath is one of my favourite TOTP moments ever. And before the same gag on Airplane.

Matchbox were better than Coast To Coast though. I'm a rockabilly rebel from head to toe.
Title: Re: Songs you genuinely like but you get the impression you shouldn't
Post by: MidnightShambler on January 01, 2019, 11:27:32 PM
All Star by Smash Mouth.

I heard that on the radio the other day and was really surprised that I quite liked it now, wasn’t too keen at the time.

There was a few of those tunes around at the time, Len ‘Steal My Sunshine’ being the one I absolutely still love despite it having that gruff voiced bloke/ sweet sounding woman dynamic that I usually hate. Banger.

All That She Wants by Ace of Base too, some of that Scandinavian pop was great. Stakka Bo as well, loved that.
Title: Re: Songs you genuinely like but you get the impression you shouldn't
Post by: jobotic on January 01, 2019, 11:30:24 PM
I really like My Resistance is Low. Mind you I only heard it for the first time last year. And it's better when Jane Russell sings it.

And that "Japanese Mix" of Love Missile F1-11 is fantastic.
Title: Re: Songs you genuinely like but you get the impression you shouldn't
Post by: Jockice on January 01, 2019, 11:33:27 PM
I really like My Resistance is Low. Mind you I only heard it for the first time last year. And it's better when Jane Russell sings it.

Danny Baker often plays part of the Sarstedt version as backing music. The bastard.
Title: Re: Songs you genuinely like but you get the impression you shouldn't
Post by: jobotic on January 01, 2019, 11:49:28 PM
My nomination is Shall We Take a Trip? by Northside
Title: Re: Songs you genuinely like but you get the impression you shouldn't
Post by: Jockice on January 02, 2019, 12:11:16 AM
My nomination is Shall We Take a Trip? by Northside

I quite liked Take Five. I even danced to it once. And there are very few songs I have ever danced to.
Title: Re: Songs you genuinely like but you get the impression you shouldn't
Post by: Brundle-Fly on January 02, 2019, 12:30:37 AM
We've done these so-called 'guilty pleasures"  threads at least twenty-three times over the past fifteen years.

I defend Vanilla -No Way No Way to the hilt,
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EGwB-f1xfxM

And will always champion this piece of utter crap. I'm sorry, I love it for two very specific unjustified levels.

Ben Dover's Thompson Twins?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aOMSZQ7RacQ





Title: Re: Songs you genuinely like but you get the impression you shouldn't
Post by: Bazooka on January 02, 2019, 09:42:31 AM
Life Is a Rollercoaster by Ronan Keating, its a feel good song, if I was sitting on the side of a bridge in a state of despair and a car drove past blaring this song out at max volume, I would turn right around.
Title: Re: Songs you genuinely like but you get the impression you shouldn't
Post by: samadriel on January 02, 2019, 10:25:09 AM
"How Far We've Come" by Matchbox 20 is a beauty.
Title: Re: Songs you genuinely like but you get the impression you shouldn't
Post by: Jockice on January 02, 2019, 10:29:11 AM
I have two things to say here:
1 Nightshift by The Commodores makes me cry. Every single time I hear it. When my heroes die I want to record a version for them. Lawrence*, hey how you doing now?

2 Tiger Feet by Mud has more worth than the entire works of Dylan, Cohen, various Buckleys etc. I genuinely believe that  And that A Glass Of Champagne by Sailor knocks Roxy Music's back catalogue into a cocked hat. Whatever a cocked hat is.

(*And Cathal, Stephen and Duglas. Of course.)

That is all.
Title: Re: Songs you genuinely like but you get the impression you shouldn't
Post by: TheMonk on January 02, 2019, 11:03:24 AM
It had a good sixties lurching guitar line that.
Very true as Walking On The Sun is a complete rip off of a track from Perrey And Kingsley’s great 1966 album The In Sound From Way Out!
https://youtu.be/dJQPP6AEnnw
Title: Re: Songs you genuinely like but you get the impression you shouldn't
Post by: Sherman Krank on January 02, 2019, 11:33:20 AM
What's-a matter you? Hey!
Gotta no respect?
What-a you t'ink you do, why you look-a so sad?
It's-a not so bad, it's-a nice-a place
Ah shaddap-a you face!
Title: Re: Songs you genuinely like but you get the impression you shouldn't
Post by: studpuppet on January 02, 2019, 12:45:23 PM
Fun fact: it's also Germaine Greer's favourite song. And they're both right. It's brilliant.

Fun Other Fact: the members of the St. Moritz Tobogganing Club sing 'Where do you go to my lovely?' to anyone who exits the Cresta Run on one of the corners before the finish.
Title: Re: Songs you genuinely like but you get the impression you shouldn't
Post by: samadriel on January 02, 2019, 03:55:21 PM
Oo, any of Salt N Pepa's singles.
Title: Re: Songs you genuinely like but you get the impression you shouldn't
Post by: alan nagsworth on January 02, 2019, 04:33:02 PM
Hannah Diamond / Anything else on PC Music.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EPFvbc4onks


Heh, I'm quite the opposite of this: GFOTY of PC Music fame is a friend of mine and she's round my house/playing gigs I'm at quite often. I can't stand her music but she's a lovely person so I'm always feigning support for her work when she mentions her new single or whatever.

My own submission for this thread is The 1975. I'm not a "guilty pleasures" man at all and I don't give a fuck about how people perceive me based on my tastes, but there's something about the arsehole-rimming from shit publications like Mojo and NME coupled with the abject disdain they receive from my peers that always makes me do a bit of an awkward smirk whenever I mention liking them.

Their new album is really good though.
Title: Re: Songs you genuinely like but you get the impression you shouldn't
Post by: checkoutgirl on January 02, 2019, 04:39:28 PM
Lady by Modjo

That song is a cracker and no mistake. And I'm usually the first to get the flaming torches and pitchforks out when someone admits they're an Avril Lavigne fan.
Title: Re: Songs you genuinely like but you get the impression you shouldn't
Post by: checkoutgirl on January 02, 2019, 04:40:09 PM
Starships by Nicki Minaj

I mean, it's a pile of shit isn't it?

No idea mate.
Title: Re: Songs you genuinely like but you get the impression you shouldn't
Post by: checkoutgirl on January 02, 2019, 04:40:49 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.

Ooff!!
Title: Re: Songs you genuinely like but you get the impression you shouldn't
Post by: Angrew Lloyg Wegger on January 02, 2019, 10:39:54 PM
(http://i64.tinypic.com/2b8p48.jpg)

(https://www.bfi.org.uk/sites/bfi.org.uk/files/styles/full/public/image/eraserhead-1977-001-jack-nance-big-hair-00m-m51.jpg)
Title: Re: Songs you genuinely like but you get the impression you shouldn't
Post by: Twed on January 03, 2019, 03:36:39 AM
That song [Modjo - Lady] is a cracker and no mistake. And I'm usually the first to get the flaming torches and pitchforks out when someone admits they're an Avril Lavigne fan.
If they would have shown the video for this joyful song to everybody in Britain there would have been no Brexit oh it's Quebec
Title: Re: Songs you genuinely like but you get the impression you shouldn't
Post by: FerriswheelBueller on January 03, 2019, 04:17:31 AM
More or less everything by Moby. I’ve never admitted that before.
Title: Re: Songs you genuinely like but you get the impression you shouldn't
Post by: kidsick5000 on January 03, 2019, 06:00:17 AM
Where Do You Go To My Lovely is one of her favourite songs ever and she's not even saying it ironically.

Yes she does, yes she does.
Title: Re: Songs you genuinely like but you get the impression you shouldn't
Post by: Jockice on January 04, 2019, 11:32:04 AM

There was a few of those tunes around at the time, Len ‘Steal My Sunshine’ being the one I absolutely still love despite it having that gruff voiced bloke/ sweet sounding woman dynamic that I usually hate. Banger.


I like that too. Although it's not long ago I realised that it's basically based on a bit of this. Which has just been played on Six Music. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RlJGrIyt-X8

That Len song also always reminds me of this. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OQsQZvsR_QI I thought they must have been in the charts at the same time but there's actually three years between them. It must be the combination of slight quirkiness and male/female vocals.
Title: Re: Songs you genuinely like but you get the impression you shouldn't
Post by: Better Midlands on January 04, 2019, 03:22:01 PM
I like that too. Although it's not long ago I realised that it's basically based on a bit of this. Which has just been played on Six Music. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RlJGrIyt-X8

That Len song also always reminds me of this. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OQsQZvsR_QI I thought they must have been in the charts at the same time but there's actually three years between them. It must be the combination of slight quirkiness and male/female vocals.

Andea True was a US porn star who was stranded in Jamacia and recorded More, More, More to fill the time before she could leave.

I knew that was going to be Bran Van 3000 before I clicked it. I love those quirky male sung one hit wonders from across the pond, Washed Out - Feel It All Around Me and Owl City - Fireflies for the bill too.
Title: Re: Songs you genuinely like but you get the impression you shouldn't
Post by: Nice Relaxing Poo on January 04, 2019, 04:34:11 PM
I fucking love that Bran Van 3000 tune.
Title: Re: Songs you genuinely like but you get the impression you shouldn't
Post by: Glebe on January 04, 2019, 07:35:36 PM
Escapist '80s disco-pop hit 'Give It Up' (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N2Gi4Y4JzOA), by KC and the Sunshine Band... I know it's cheesy, but it's just such a catchy, upbeat ditty. I've even attempted it on guitar (the little funky bits and everything).
Title: Re: Songs you genuinely like but you get the impression you shouldn't
Post by: Twed on January 04, 2019, 09:39:35 PM
"Do you have to play that n-n-n-n-n-n-n-n-now?"
Title: Re: Songs you genuinely like but you get the impression you shouldn't
Post by: MidnightShambler on January 04, 2019, 10:00:54 PM
I like that too. Although it's not long ago I realised that it's basically based on a bit of this. Which has just been played on Six Music. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RlJGrIyt-X8

That Len song also always reminds me of this. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OQsQZvsR_QI I thought they must have been in the charts at the same time but there's actually three years between them. It must be the combination of slight quirkiness and male/female vocals.

If you hadn’t posted that, I’d never have got on to it! It is, isn’t it? Two good songs, although I prefer the Len one. If I remember rightly they had a follow up that sampled Gordon Lightfoot that was also good but sank without trace and they disappeared after that. Shame.

And the Bran Van one was great at the time but it’s one of those who’s ubiquity turned me off. Don’t think they had another hit after that either, did they?
Title: Re: Songs you genuinely like but you get the impression you shouldn't
Post by: buzby on January 04, 2019, 10:57:45 PM
And the Bran Van one was great at the time but it’s one of those who’s ubiquity turned me off. Don’t think they had another hit after that either, did they?
Drinking In LA only became a hit in the UK on it's second attempt - it got to no. 34 in June 1998, and was re-released in August 1999 after being used on a Rolling Rock advert where it went straight in at no. 3. Their only other charting single was Astounded (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VbJgdalkuC8), a collaboration with Curtis Mayfield (which turned out to be his last recording before his death) that got to no. 40 in June 2001, and no. 3 on the Dance charts.

They enjoyed a lot more success on the Continent and in their native Canada. The two main members James Di Savio and E. P. Bergen occasionally get together to record, and Di Savio tours semi-regularly with a rotating cast of singers and musicians.

Len's (who were also Canadian) Steal My Sunshine was released for radio promo in March 1999, over 2 years after Drinking In LA had reached number 35 on the Canadian charts and 3 months after it had been used in the soundtrack of the film Playing By Heart, so I think it's probably fair to say it had a bit of  influence on the feel of Len;s track (though apparently it was written as n attempt to create a 'call and answer' track from two sides of a relationship, like Don't You Want Me).

As a side note, the video for Drinking In LA features a Moog Source (as used on Blue Monday) and an E-Mu SP12 sampling drum machine (a development of the Drumulator, which was an offshoot from the Emulator) and two Atari STs, which end up getting smashed at the end.
Title: Re: Songs you genuinely like but you get the impression you shouldn't
Post by: Jockice on January 04, 2019, 11:11:50 PM
Buzby. You're brilliant!

Although weren't the two singers of Len brother and sister? Maybe that sort of thing is allowed in Canada.
Title: Re: Songs you genuinely like but you get the impression you shouldn't
Post by: MidnightShambler on January 04, 2019, 11:13:32 PM
Was the Len one released in the Uk in March 1999 though? I always associate it with the summertime and working on a school during the holidays when I was in the 2nd year of my apprenticeship, which would make it 2000. Then again, the song might have just been a year old and still on heavy rotation on the local radio stations.

Whatever, I suddenly feel old!
Title: Re: Songs you genuinely like but you get the impression you shouldn't
Post by: MidnightShambler on January 04, 2019, 11:16:16 PM
Also, I could have sworn it was a Carling advert that Bran Van was the soundtrack too. Or maybe that was one with California Dreaming playing over it, I think they were around at a similar time. The mind plays tricks.
Title: Re: Songs you genuinely like but you get the impression you shouldn't
Post by: Cuntbeaks on January 04, 2019, 11:55:58 PM
Doop - Doop
Title: Re: Songs you genuinely like but you get the impression you shouldn't
Post by: Brundle-Fly on January 05, 2019, 12:24:25 AM
Also, I could have sworn it was a Carling advert that Bran Van was the soundtrack too. Or maybe that was one with California Dreaming playing over it, I think they were around at a similar time. The mind plays tricks.

If we're talking advert jingles around that era? I loved this but get the impression I shouldn't have. For some deodorant? 

Sgt Rock - Dada Struttin
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ngI9UUs6ut4

Title: Re: Songs you genuinely like but you get the impression you shouldn't
Post by: buzby on January 05, 2019, 12:28:19 AM
Although weren't the two singers of Len brother and sister? Maybe that sort of thing is allowed in Canada.
Yes, Marc and Sharon Costanzo. The voice briefly heard at the start is Brendan Canning, a friend of Marc's and who later formed Broken Social Scene. They went back to Canning's house after attending a rave and Canning put 'More, More, More' on his turntables, which inspired Marc to sample and loop the drums and write the song based on the rave they had just attended. When the song became a hit, Len's record company Columbia sent Canning a cheque for $2500 which he spent on pedals for him and Kevin Drew to record Broken Social Scene's debut album.

Was the Len one released in the Uk in March 1999 though? I always associate it with the summertime and working on a school during the holidays when I was in the 2nd year of my apprenticeship, which would make it 2000. Then again, the song might have just been a year old and still on heavy rotation on the local radio stations.
It was released for sale in Canada in July 1999 (March 1999 was when it was sent out as a radio promo in Canada) and reached no.3. It was released in the UK on the 18th of December 1999, peaked at no.8 on it's first week and left the chart in March 2000.

Also, I could have sworn it was a Carling advert that Bran Van was the soundtrack too. Or maybe that was one with California Dreaming playing over it, I think they were around at a similar time. The mind plays tricks.
It was definitely Rolling Rock, in a campaign by Bartle Bogle Hegarty that started in May 1999 (reference to it basically makes up the entirety of the contemporary Freaky Trigger review (http://freakytrigger.co.uk/ft/1999/11/15-bran-van-3000-drinking-in-la/) of the song). The advert was briefly referenced at the start of their TOTP performance (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k10fqUZhg_k), with the POV shot of drinking from a bottle.

The Carling Premier California Dreaming (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=esEL_Ox_7S0) campaign started in July 1997. Carling previously used the 1987 'E Reg Model' remix of Gary Numan's Cars for a Premier campaign (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6beMNlSI010) in 1996 (which was then re-released as the 'Premier Mix) that was 'heavily influenced' by the video to REM's Everybody Hurts', Sneakier Pimps' Six Underground for a Premier campaigni n July 1998 and Soulwax's Much Against Everyone's Advice for a Black Label campaign in November 2000.
Title: Re: Songs you genuinely like but you get the impression you shouldn't
Post by: MidnightShambler on January 05, 2019, 01:10:49 AM
Brilliant Buzby, thank you! I’m glad to know I was kinda in the right area with some of my memories at least. It doesn’t seem like 20 years ago (more or less).

Bran Van 3000 must have been on the radio at least once an hour every day for about 6 months, more if you clicked through stations. No wonder everybody got completely fucking sick of it. I’m remembering Robbie Williams ‘A Love Supreme’ being on near constant rotation at the time too. And Sixpence None The Richer, I think. I’ll stop now before I go full Gambaccini!
Title: Re: Songs you genuinely like but you get the impression you shouldn't
Post by: Sebastian Cobb on January 05, 2019, 01:23:23 AM
Not ashamed to like Len or Bran Van.

Another one, slightly earlier that I associate with those, but aren't really sure why, is White Town - Your Woman.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lVL-zZnD3VU
Title: Re: Songs you genuinely like but you get the impression you shouldn't
Post by: Shameless Custard on January 05, 2019, 07:05:37 AM
Wasn't Astounded by Bran Van made by using old unused outtakes of Mayfield's Move On Up? I swear I read that at the time. Had no idea he'd contributed anything new to it

It's an absolute banger anyway
Title: Re: Songs you genuinely like but you get the impression you shouldn't
Post by: Lordofthefiles on January 05, 2019, 08:43:13 AM
Some Girls - Racey

Title: Re: Songs you genuinely like but you get the impression you shouldn't
Post by: Cuntbeaks on January 05, 2019, 09:01:31 AM
(https://www.bfi.org.uk/sites/bfi.org.uk/files/styles/full/public/image/eraserhead-1977-001-jack-nance-big-hair-00m-m51.jpg)

In heaven, everything is fine.

In heaven...
Title: Re: Songs you genuinely like but you get the impression you shouldn't
Post by: buzby on January 05, 2019, 10:35:08 AM
Wasn't Astounded by Bran Van made by using old unused outtakes of Mayfield's Move On Up? I swear I read that at the time. Had no idea he'd contributed anything new to it

It's an absolute banger anyway
The music features samples of Moving On Up and The Doobie Brothers Rocking Down The Highway. By the time the collaboration happened, Mayfield was too ill to sing, so he allowed James Di Salvio to go through his archives and he found an unused vocal session from the 1980s that included a reworking of Move On Up, with extra verses which he used to assemble the vocals for Astounded.
Title: Re: Songs you genuinely like but you get the impression you shouldn't
Post by: alan nagsworth on January 05, 2019, 12:08:05 PM
buzby mate if i'm ever in the same pub as you the fuckin pints are on me. thank you for your ongoing encyclopaedic knowledge, it's always a joy to read
Title: Re: Songs you genuinely like but you get the impression you shouldn't
Post by: Shameless Custard on January 05, 2019, 10:37:11 PM
Yeah, you're a knowledge beast buzby!
Title: Re: Songs you genuinely like but you get the impression you shouldn't
Post by: Lordofthefiles on January 05, 2019, 11:41:03 PM
I genuinely like Male Stripper by Man 2 Man meets Man Parrish.
Title: Re: Songs you genuinely like but you get the impression you shouldn't
Post by: Nowhere Man on January 05, 2019, 11:46:15 PM
This is more one that shouldn't work but somehow it does,
Heartache Avenue is an absolute banger, dated synths an all.
Title: Re: Songs you genuinely like but you get the impression you shouldn't
Post by: Golden E. Pump on January 06, 2019, 01:30:43 PM
'Deeper Shade of Blue' by Steps. They were terrible, but that is an absolute banger of a single.
Title: Re: Songs you genuinely like but you get the impression you shouldn't
Post by: Jockice on January 06, 2019, 01:38:26 PM
'Deeper Shade of Blue' by Steps. They were terrible, but that is an absolute banger of a single.

I like 5678. It was downhill all the way after that.
Title: Re: Songs you genuinely like but you get the impression you shouldn't
Post by: buzby on January 06, 2019, 02:03:45 PM
This is more one that shouldn't work but somehow it does,
Heartache Avenue is an absolute banger, dated synths an all.
I'm sure i've agreed with you before over it, but it is an absolute banger. I don't think the Prophet 5 synth brass has dated badly at all, it certainly sounds better than if it had been made a few years later and had a DX7 farting all over it.
Title: Re: Songs you genuinely like but you get the impression you shouldn't
Post by: kngen on January 06, 2019, 02:19:59 PM
Mmmmmmmmmmmm* by the Crash Test Dummies.


*insert spaces as needed.

A rare baritone pop song for starters, and I like the way the piano chimes out at the end of the chorus, and the way the elongated 'beeeeeen theeeeere' hits the chord change at the end of the verse - lots of things that tickle my amygdala. It's pretty shameful, though: stupid-named song by a stupid-named band with terrible post-grunge aesthetics. I'll always remember the look a tour buddy (a musician I have an inordinate amount of respect for) shot me when scrolling through my iPod during a long van journey when he happened upon that one entry. More pitying than accusatory. The memory still burns.
Title: Re: Songs you genuinely like but you get the impression you shouldn't
Post by: non capisco on January 06, 2019, 03:11:39 PM
This is more one that shouldn't work but somehow it does,
Heartache Avenue is an absolute banger, dated synths an all.

The Maisonettes one? I absolutely love that record.
Title: Re: Songs you genuinely like but you get the impression you shouldn't
Post by: FerriswheelBueller on January 06, 2019, 03:33:46 PM
Mmmmmmmmmmmm* by the Crash Test Dummies.


*insert spaces as needed.

A rare baritone pop song for starters, and I like the way the piano chimes out at the end of the chorus, and the way the elongated 'beeeeeen theeeeere' hits the chord change at the end of the verse - lots of things that tickle my amygdala. It's pretty shameful, though: stupid-named song by a stupid-named band with terrible post-grunge aesthetics. I'll always remember the look a tour buddy (a musician I have an inordinate amount of respect for) shot me when scrolling through my iPod during a long van journey when he happened upon that one entry. More pitying than accusatory. The memory still burns.

I also really like that song, but agree it is objectively a bit daft. The lyrics also make little sense.
Title: Re: Songs you genuinely like but you get the impression you shouldn't
Post by: Jockice on January 06, 2019, 03:34:08 PM
The Maisonettes one? I absolutely love that record.

At least one of whom was in City Boy, whose 5705 was great and also did another decent single called The Day The Earth Caught Fire.
Title: Re: Songs you genuinely like but you get the impression you shouldn't
Post by: jobotic on January 06, 2019, 04:49:37 PM
Heartache Avenue is great but again one of those songs that passed me by for years and years.
Title: Re: Songs you genuinely like but you get the impression you shouldn't
Post by: Special K on January 06, 2019, 04:52:41 PM
I genuinely like Male Stripper by Man 2 Man meets Man Parrish.

That's because it's fantastic.
Title: Re: Songs you genuinely like but you get the impression you shouldn't
Post by: non capisco on January 06, 2019, 05:11:15 PM
Yeah, Male Stripper is quite obviously a banger as well. Quintessential electro keyboard riff, gay robot going bonkers, unarguably strong chorus, the line "tips in my G-string make my living". Baffled as to how anyone could deem that one "naff".
Title: Re: Songs you genuinely like but you get the impression you shouldn't
Post by: Sebastian Cobb on January 06, 2019, 05:13:11 PM
There was no middle ground with Man Parrish was there? It was either proper 'this is going on Street Sounds' B-Boy electro or gay as a window.
Title: Re: Songs you genuinely like but you get the impression you shouldn't
Post by: Vodka Margarine on January 06, 2019, 06:54:59 PM
We have Radio 1 on at work sometimes (sigh) but I noticed recently that 'Male Stripper' keyboard riff featuring heavily in something called 'Dished' by Purple Disco Machine. As with all crashingly shit modern pop 're-imaginings', it only served to remind me how immense the source material is.
Title: Re: Songs you genuinely like but you get the impression you shouldn't
Post by: Special K on January 06, 2019, 07:26:09 PM
Work from Home by Fifth Harmony - https://youtu.be/5GL9JoH4Sws

I play it most days. Cracking tune.
Title: Re: Songs you genuinely like but you get the impression you shouldn't
Post by: Maurice Yeatman on January 06, 2019, 10:40:55 PM
Work from Home by Fifth Harmony - https://youtu.be/5GL9JoH4Sws

I play it most days. Cracking tune.

Bloody hell. It's got almost 2 billion views and I'm pretty sure I've never heard it before. (http://i.imgur.com/6eE2WZp.gif)
Title: Re: Songs you genuinely like but you get the impression you shouldn't
Post by: phantom_power on January 07, 2019, 11:27:42 AM
Andea True was a US porn star who was stranded in Jamacia and recorded More, More, More to fill the time before she could leave.


Wasn't it more that she couldn't leave the country with the money she had made while out there for some reason so recorded a version of the song to spend the cash? That was then re-recorded when she was back in the US to make the hit we know now
Title: Re: Songs you genuinely like but you get the impression you shouldn't
Post by: Jockice on January 07, 2019, 11:38:01 AM
Shabba Ranks is a cunt, I'm not even a reggae fan and this is of course just the tune of Seasons In The Sun with some growly bits in. But I still love it.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wCUgLGk8Fas
Title: Re: Songs you genuinely like but you get the impression you shouldn't
Post by: Better Midlands on January 07, 2019, 01:20:05 PM
Wasn't it more that she couldn't leave the country with the money she had made while out there for some reason so recorded a version of the song to spend the cash? That was then re-recorded when she was back in the US to make the hit we know now

I think you're correct, her 2002 obituaries all seem to specify this, I was relying on 90's urban myth knowledge.
Title: Re: Songs you genuinely like but you get the impression you shouldn't
Post by: Jockice on January 07, 2019, 07:18:44 PM
China In Your Hand by T'Pau is great and I don't care what people say.
Title: Re: Songs you genuinely like but you get the impression you shouldn't
Post by: jobotic on January 07, 2019, 08:40:35 PM
China In Your Hand by T'Pau is great and I don't care what people say.

It's not, although it brings back fond memories. Take My Breath Away by Berlin is great though, although I hated it at the time.
Title: Re: Songs you genuinely like but you get the impression you shouldn't
Post by: Twed on January 07, 2019, 08:42:06 PM
China In Your Hand by T'Pau is great and I don't care what people say.
Agreed and also Heart and Soul.
Title: Re: Songs you genuinely like but you get the impression you shouldn't
Post by: SteveDave on January 08, 2019, 09:34:52 AM
"Read My Mind" by the Killers.
"Wetsuit" by the Vaccines.

Those two spring to mind immediately.
Title: Re: Songs you genuinely like but you get the impression you shouldn't
Post by: Special K on January 08, 2019, 11:30:34 AM
"Friday" by Rebecca Black
"Saturday" by Rebecca Black
Title: Re: Songs you genuinely like but you get the impression you shouldn't
Post by: gout_pony on January 08, 2019, 01:03:41 PM
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.

Crowded House are a good call for this for me, actually! Very little of the wit and musical inventiveness of Split Endz and yet they hit that REM sweet spot for me.

EDIT: Though obviously no-where near as well as REM themselves, who I love.
Title: Re: Songs you genuinely like but you get the impression you shouldn't
Post by: Chollis on January 08, 2019, 02:38:18 PM
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

Fucking hell, you've made my day with that. I remember bouncing around my bedroom around 9 years old thinking that was as good as music could possibly get. First single I ever bought I think. Completely forgot it existed - thank you!
Title: Re: Songs you genuinely like but you get the impression you shouldn't
Post by: Lordofthefiles on January 14, 2019, 01:05:24 AM
Boys, Boys, Boys - Sabrina.

I'll defend everything about it to the hilt!!
Title: Re: Songs you genuinely like but you get the impression you shouldn't
Post by: Maurice Yeatman on January 14, 2019, 01:10:21 AM
The bazonkas should be further back in the mix.
Title: Re: Songs you genuinely like but you get the impression you shouldn't
Post by: Sebastian Cobb on January 14, 2019, 01:12:52 AM
Billy Joel - Piano Man.
Title: Re: Songs you genuinely like but you get the impression you shouldn't
Post by: Clatty McCutcheon on January 14, 2019, 01:29:38 AM
A big hit from ‘89 here - I Beg Your Pardon by Kon Kan

Who can resist New Order-ish verses, a Barney Sumner soundalike, a cheesy Italo-Disco keyboard riff and a stuttering country and western sample? Sound of the summer.

https://youtu.be/_YO_24AIguU

Title: Re: Songs you genuinely like but you get the impression you shouldn't
Post by: hummingofevil on January 14, 2019, 01:31:12 AM
I genuinely like Male Stripper by Man 2 Man meets Man Parrish.

Who doesn’t? I’ve got the picture disk and it get played weekly.
Title: Re: Songs you genuinely like but you get the impression you shouldn't
Post by: Clatty McCutcheon on January 14, 2019, 01:32:34 AM
Billy Joel - Piano Man.

I prefer ‘Tell Her About It’ tbh
Title: Re: Songs you genuinely like but you get the impression you shouldn't
Post by: famethrowa on January 14, 2019, 02:00:13 AM
We Built This City. I think it's a great statement for an influential 60's band to make in the midst of 80's futurism. Sure, there are some rum lines about the mamba etc, and there wasn't much of the 60's band left, but there's a whacking great DX7 bassline and the radio announcer "city by the bay" part is quite cinematic. Everyone hates it, and the band did their best to shat all over it, but I think it's not too bad.
Title: Re: Songs you genuinely like but you get the impression you shouldn't
Post by: FerriswheelBueller on January 14, 2019, 02:15:13 AM
We Built This City. I think it's a great statement for an influential 60's band to make in the midst of 80's futurism. Sure, there are some rum lines about the mamba etc, and there wasn't much of the 60's band left, but there's a whacking great DX7 bassline and the radio announcer "city by the bay" part is quite cinematic. Everyone hates it, and the band did their best to shat all over it, but I think it's not too bad.

I think it’s great.
Title: Re: Songs you genuinely like but you get the impression you shouldn't
Post by: famethrowa on January 14, 2019, 02:22:19 AM
I think it’s great.

I only just realised the line "too many runaways, eating up the night" might be about "young peoples" bands like The Runaways clogging up the airwaves? Bit outdated by the time the song came out, but clever anyway.
Title: Re: Songs you genuinely like but you get the impression you shouldn't
Post by: buzby on January 14, 2019, 08:34:58 AM
We Built This City. I think it's a great statement for an influential 60's band to make in the midst of 80's futurism. Sure, there are some rum lines about the mamba etc, and there wasn't much of the 60's band left, but there's a whacking great DX7 bassline and the radio announcer "city by the bay" part is quite cinematic. Everyone hates it, and the band did their best to shat all over it, but I think it's not too bad.
From tha last TOTP on BBC4 thread:
Lyrics by Bernie Taupin, at a time when he was looking at working with other songwriters (though the chorus was rewritten by the producer Peter Wolf) , this was rejected by John Farnham while he was looking for songs for his first post-Little River Band solo album Whispering Jack, before being snapped up by the post-lawsuit Grace Slick-dominated remnants of Jefferson Starship for their first album post-name change (the album took its name from a line in the song, one of it's many crimes) 

The irony of a song supposedly decrying the commercialism of rock music while pulling every radio-friendly trick in the book, including the low-blow of giving the stations the opportunity to insert their ID into the middle 8 (which JAM Productions made countless versions of) that was originally voiced by MTV head of programming (and former radio DJ) Les Garland. It's an aural checklist of every stereotypical Synclavier sound and trick going (almost entirely down to Peter Wolf), and rightly deserves it's reputation as one of the worst songs of the 80s.
The Synclavier uses the same FM synthesis principles as the DX7, but it's a very diferent beast, and the whole 'Knee Deep In The Hoopla' album was made on it.
Title: Re: Songs you genuinely like but you get the impression you shouldn't
Post by: Darles Chickens on January 14, 2019, 09:43:06 AM
A big hit from ‘89 here - I Beg Your Pardon by Kon Kan

Who can resist New Order-ish verses, a Barney Sumner soundalike, a cheesy Italo-Disco keyboard riff and a stuttering country and western sample? Sound of the summer.

https://youtu.be/_YO_24AIguU

Not sure how I ever missed that one.  I spotted extracts ripped off from "Call Me" by Spagna and "Sweet Soul Music" by Arthur Conley.  Any more?
Title: Re: Songs you genuinely like but you get the impression you shouldn't
Post by: Jockice on January 14, 2019, 10:11:17 AM
I prefer ‘Tell Her About It’ tbh

That's a great song. It really is.
Title: Re: Songs you genuinely like but you get the impression you shouldn't
Post by: buzby on January 14, 2019, 10:40:32 AM
Not sure how I ever missed that one.  I spotted extracts ripped off from "Call Me" by Spagna and "Sweet Soul Music" by Arthur Conley.  Any more?
I bought the single at the time. They were inspired by the PSBs (so indircetly by New Order) and their cover of 'Always On My Mind', M/A/R/R/S' 'Pump Up The Volume' and by reading The KLF's 'The Manual' (as were Edelweiss). As it only got to No. 5 they would be entitled to their money back if they had bought the book less than 3 months before recording the track..
The samples used were:
(I Never Promised You a) Rose Garden = Lynn Anderson
Get Up and Boogie (That's Right) - Silver Convention
Disco Nights (Rock-Freak) - GQ
Go! - Tones on Tail
Call Me - Spagna
Disco Hotline sketch - National Lampoon's  "That's Not Funny, That's Sick" album
The Magnificent Seven theme (which was used on a Marlboro advert in North America)
Title: Re: Songs you genuinely like but you get the impression you shouldn't
Post by: Darles Chickens on January 14, 2019, 10:48:55 AM
Yeah I guessed they were from the Edelweiss/The Manual tradition. It just kinda sounds like a mishmash of other people's tunes, although I didn't know any of the others.  The Spagna motif isn't a sample so much as an "interpolation" (is that what they call it?); basically, one melody incorporated into the other.

Got to be honest, I don't really like it that much. Maybe it was better at the time. Didn't really like Bring Me Edelweiss either, although Pump up the Volume was undeniably great.
Title: Re: Songs you genuinely like but you get the impression you shouldn't
Post by: bgmnts on January 24, 2019, 01:16:54 AM
Everything in The Immortals Mortal Kombat album.

Some of my favourite songs of all time in that. Not even joking.

https://youtu.be/YPSBJcL3FGI

https://youtu.be/Y-zjVioAz1s

https://youtu.be/CQtJ2bT4Yo0

All utter bangers.

Don't get wrong there are some right duffers on there too but it hits my sweet spot, despite knowing it's probably objectively cack.