Guilty pleasures.... (in Off-topic)

QBJohnnywas April 6 2006 7:41 AM EDT

Nothing rude or non-PG here!

Having seen a few people admit that they like Kelly Clarkson, Meatloaf, Pink... ok it was Barzoo....I got to thinking about these sort of guilty pleasures...

What music do you like that you wouldn't necessarily admit to?

For instance I love Meatloaf's Bat Out Of Hell album. But none of my friends or family or work mates would know. Except when we go to my favourite pub with the free jukebox. And then I blame it's inclusion on somebody else. But you can't beat a tune with motorbike sound effects on it!

So if your musical tastes are cooler than cool in public, what do you listen to in private?

QBBast [Hidden Agenda] April 6 2006 7:45 AM EDT

Can we "out" other people?

QBJohnnywas April 6 2006 7:45 AM EDT

And remember this is the stuff you wouldn't admit to in public! Now is your chance to get these things off your chests and out into the open air!

QBJohnnywas April 6 2006 7:47 AM EDT

I'm not sure if 'outing' is a good thing. After all some people's parents may disown them if they found out their child was into ABBA for instance. Mine would.

QBJohnnywas April 6 2006 7:47 AM EDT

Oh go on then! Out their musical tastes why don't you?!?!?

QBBarzooMonkey April 6 2006 9:08 AM EDT

Okay, here's some more that would earn me ridicule in a room full of my brothers:

- '60's "Girl Groups" (Crystals, Ronettes, Shangri-Las, etc.)
- Tom Jones (it's not unusual...)
- Chicago (before Peter Cetera left)
- I loved the "Josie and The Pussycats" movie soundtrack

There's more, but I'm breaking out in a cold sweat, so I'll stop for now...


[T]Vestax April 6 2006 9:31 AM EDT

Meat Loaf? A guilty pleasure?

"Bat out of Hell still sells about 200,000 copies per year and has sold an estimated 34 million copies worldwide, 16 million in the US alone, becoming one of the top five biggest selling albums of all time. It remained 474 weeks in the UK charts, a feat only surpassed by the 477 weeks of Fleetwood Mac's Rumours. In 2003, the album was ranked number 343 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 500 greatest albums of all time."

I suppose a LOT of people have some confessing to do, including myself.

NSFY April 6 2006 11:35 AM EDT

I watch Lawrence Welk sometimes.

I'd rather listen to the Bee Gees non-stop than Meatloaf - that dashboard song is such a chick thing. If I catch any of you listening to that you are banned from the he man woman haters club for life.

QBBarzooMonkey April 6 2006 11:44 AM EDT

Bee Gees? That's just wrong... ;)

Wasp April 6 2006 11:50 AM EDT

I think James Blunt has some good songs.

AdminQBGentlemanLoser [{END}] April 6 2006 12:05 PM EDT

*cough*Britney Spears*cough*


Um, er, never mind... I think it was a fad...

do find myself listening to Claires Natasha Beddingfield CD in the car quite a bit though...

QBBarzooMonkey April 6 2006 12:12 PM EDT

I just thought of another one - FeFe Dobson. I really like FeFe Dobson's first album.

HellBlender April 6 2006 12:36 PM EDT

Neil Diamond, Frank Sinatra, and classical stuff

My mom use to play Neil all the time when I was growing up and I hated it. And my grandma would always have either an oldie crooner or classical music playing all the time. I didn't hate it as much since it was at a very low volume so I'd just ignore it when I was over there.

Now, they are in my playlist at work. Funny how that works, huh? I couldn't stand them when I was younger, but now I like them. BTW, does anybody know of a way to mute my computer speakers with a keyboard command so I don't get outed up here at work :) something like ALT+Tab?

Maelstrom April 6 2006 1:50 PM EDT

HB: the windows program KeyTweak lets you remap any key to any common function.
I just remapped the right windows key to mute, and it works no matter what program is active :)

QBBarzooMonkey April 6 2006 2:09 PM EDT

When I was in High School, being a fan of Prince definitely had to be hidden as a guilty pleasure. When I got to college, being a fan of Prince got hip. Then he lost his mind for a while with that whole "unpronounceable icon" bit, and I went back to guilty pleasure. Now, I think it's getting hip again, so can I safely come out as a Prince fan? (I'll forever argue that he is one awesome guitar player, among other things).

This thread is better than therapy! (and much cheaper, too!) ;)

AdminQBGentlemanLoser [{END}] April 6 2006 2:28 PM EDT

:D I love Prince, no guilty secret here! ;) It wasn't so much he lost his mind, but that he wanted to get out of his contract, and he wasn't allowed. He didn't want to release any more stuff under his name, so he changed his name to that symbol as a statement.

OK, he was a little out of his mind! ;)

QBJohnnywas April 6 2006 2:43 PM EDT

I saw KT Tunstell (successful singer songwriter in the UK at the moment) live in a little acoustic club in London years ago. It was her first London gig. About 1998 or so. She did a jazz meets Patti Smith sounding thing that was absolutely superb, much better than the stuff she does now. And at the end of the song she started to sing Prince's tune Sexy MF. It was one of my favourite gig moments ever.

[T]Vestax April 6 2006 2:54 PM EDT

I sometimes look in the mirror and think about how sexy I am. Does that count?

BootyGod April 6 2006 2:56 PM EDT

I personally love classical Orchestra and Piano pieces. The composer doesn't particularly matter, just as long as it sounds good. In front of everyone, I like what they like lol.

QBsutekh137 April 6 2006 3:47 PM EDT

AC/DC "Back In Black", and I can karaoke nearly the whole damned thing too (limited only by the DJs selections).

Karmic Mishap [Soup Ream] April 6 2006 3:52 PM EDT

I've listened to the Insane Clown Posse. And Twiztid.

That's quite the bad music, too, so no telling why I can listen to it. ^_^;;;

BM was right, the cold sweat is hard to keep typing through. Maybe I'll post more terrible music later.

RAMPAGE April 6 2006 7:25 PM EDT

I love listening to Tchaskovsky's 1812 Overture and most music by John Williams.

AdminQBnovice [Cult of the Valaraukar] April 6 2006 7:47 PM EDT

Lagwagon and Weezer turned all the way up...

InebriatedArsonist April 6 2006 7:50 PM EDT

Mrs Beee April 6 2006 7:57 PM EDT

My taste in music is diverse, I will listen to anything although i love Greenday, Coldplay and Robbie Williams. I confess (to CB'ers only) that I loved Kylie and Jason, Take That and the Spice Girls but please don't tell anyone that I still listen to them!

Maelstrom April 6 2006 8:11 PM EDT

More than guilt, I feel a sense of self-contempt whenever I catch myself simply listening to (even if hating) current pop music. I normally tend to tune it out, drown it out with other music, or simply turn off the source of the sound. I don't know the names of the current pop bands - it seems to me that the songs stay the same from week to week, but the band names change. How can a person keep track of all these clones?

As for music that I enjoy listening to, I can't say I feel guilty about listening to any of it. Much of what I listen to is weird or eccentric, so I normally listen to alone, but I freely admit that I listen to them.

I suppose, however, that if I were in a noisy dive bar, I wouldn't admit that I enjoy listening to some very flamboyant 80's synthpop...

InebriatedArsonist April 6 2006 8:13 PM EDT

Heh, I just threw up the chocolate picture for fun. A guilty pleasure is a guilty pleasure.

As for guilty pleasures in terms of music...

Hakai [Aye Phelta Thi] April 6 2006 8:21 PM EDT

.........I like Disney movie songs........and I'm 22..........heh

(let the flaming begin! lol)

Phrede April 7 2006 12:36 AM EDT

I once found myself listening to some C&W and enjoyed it.
The song was something about a woman splitting up with her husband - but that doesnt narrow it down much does it :)
I truly like Barclay James Harvest and am the butt of jokes in the pub because of it.

Untouchable April 7 2006 12:39 AM EDT

lol. Nice title

sssimmo April 7 2006 12:41 AM EDT

Mrs Bee, don't worry. Kylie rules. She's a very, very sexy lady.

QBsutekh137 April 7 2006 1:08 AM EDT

This seems to be getting a bit silly... How is Toad The Wet Sprocket or Sarah McWhatever "guilty"? These are very decent artists with decent music. They beat the hell out of chocolate any day.

What, should I say I have a couple Beatles albums and call that a "guilty pleasure"?

Maelstrom April 7 2006 1:46 AM EDT

Sarah McLachlan! She's Canadian, and her music used to be good, but now she's going more pop... :(

[T]Vestax April 7 2006 2:19 AM EDT

I like all four Rocky films.

InebriatedArsonist April 7 2006 2:43 AM EDT

Gotcha, Sut. ;p

Really, I don't feel guilty about what I listen to.

QBBast [Hidden Agenda] April 7 2006 2:46 AM EDT

He failed to mention his rendition of Travolta's "Greased Lightening!". It's quite something.

sssimmo April 7 2006 2:50 AM EDT

<----------------- Don't knock JT Bast!

Mem April 7 2006 3:28 AM EDT

I used to be a big Backstreet Boys fan. I'm glad I grew out of that one. As far as not wanting anyone to know what kind of music I listen to, there isn't anything. I'll listen to any cheesy music and gladly proclaim that I've done so. I love Disney songs. I love Meatloaf. I love that one Kelly Clarkson song. I love the Phantom of the Opera. I love silly old Donny Osmond songs. I love Journey! I'm smitten with Louie Armstrong, and if it were possible to marry a voice then I'd marry his (that would open a whole new level of same-sex marriage controversy...). I love Erasure and all the other goofy 80s pop bands. I know every single word to the musical "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat". I love listening to smooth jazz stations. I love listening to the old crooners from the 30s, 40s, and 50s. I love listening to 'cheese' punk. I love punk covers of Elton John songs. I love Elton John songs. I love Beastie Boy covers of Elton John songs. I love Elton John covers of Elton John songs (Candle in the Wind, anyone?). I even liked that Sher song. Yeah, that one where they took her soulless voice and plugged it into a computer. I love listening to Macy Gray sing the National Anthem and stumble so gloriously over the words because she's wasted. I love all early 90s grunge. I love that Wyclef Jean song from the movie Hotel Rwanda-- "Million Voices". I also kind of like his "Gone 'Til November". I loved the Verve Pipe's "The Freshman", and I still do. I love Tenacious D. I love Simon and Garfunkel. My compliments to you, Barzoo, on the Josie and the Pussycats soundtrack. I love it too. I'm a sucker for some Five for Fighting songs. Especially that "100 Years" song. I'm absolutely ga-ga for Europe. I love Cheap Trick. And Bush. And Collective Soul. And The Righteous Brothers. Marvin Gaye, Miles Davis, and Ace of Base.

The only stuff I don't like is the garbage that people pretend to like because it's what everyone else pretends to like. There are people making what they pass off for music (i.e. Ashley Simpson), and yet they have no talent whatsoever. It's just another way to make money. If I get the feeling that the artist truely believes in what they're doing then I'm going to like it. If I get the feeling that the producer is presenting me his undoubtedly attractive minion then I won't.

By the way, I love Aaron Neville and Linda Ronstadt. And John Secada. There's something about that Latin voice...

My Kudos on your listening fodder, Mrs. Beee. Coldplay is one of my favorites. "This song's about bananas." -- Chris Martin before playing "Yellow" live in Pittsburg (yes, I was there)

Well said, Vestax. Well said.

deifeln April 7 2006 4:07 AM EDT


QBJohnnywas April 7 2006 4:36 AM EDT

Sut, you know I'm tongue firmly in cheek when I describe guilty pleasures? I'm way way too old to really worry about what people think of my tastes!

Consider this thread a place for some - ok Barzoo - to let their musical tastes out of the closet!

Maybe I should have called it 'secret pleasures'..?

YNM April 7 2006 7:36 AM EDT

I sometime look at myself in the mirror... little too long i might add.

QBBarzooMonkey April 7 2006 9:03 AM EDT

If it was really "guilt", I sure wouldn't be posting :P
I agree "secret" is probably the better word. Or maybe "Music I listen to that people who know me would be surprised to hear". :)

With that, I have another one - I'm gonna kick it for ya'll "old school":

"I'm the King of Rock, there is none higher!
Sucker MCs should call me 'Sire"!
To burn in my kingdom, you must use fire!
I won't stop rockin' 'til I retire!"

*makes inappropriately loud guitar riff sounds

QBBarzooMonkey April 7 2006 9:58 AM EDT

Oh, oh oh! I forgot, I love Sarah McLachlan! I've loved Sarah McLachlan since back when the only people who even knew who she was were the ones within range of CFNY in Toronto...

Hakai [Aye Phelta Thi] April 7 2006 12:07 PM EDT

/me Still likes Five and B*Witched hahaha....that's just sad....

[T]Vestax April 7 2006 6:27 PM EDT

I like...

YNM April 7 2006 9:17 PM EDT

I like ...

MechaGodzilla was the undisputed master of The Robot dance


QBBast [Hidden Agenda] April 7 2006 9:22 PM EDT

I confess, I just watched an entire hour of Tim McGraw on NBC and I enjoyed* it.

*Except for 90 seconds of "Family Tradition" with Hank Jr., it would have been just as enjoyable on "mute".

NSFY April 7 2006 10:31 PM EDT

Chicken Makhani. It's so good! The perfect comfort food - with basmati rice and nan. Why are Indians so mad at Pakistanis - they should just lay back and eat butter chicken. mmm...

[T]Vestax April 8 2006 12:48 AM EDT

I enjoy pickle brine. Not a whole lot at once, but a good chug ever so often.

(CB1)logan666 [Jago] April 8 2006 1:35 AM EDT

Nothing compares
Nothing compares...too you

[Redneck RV] Truc April 8 2006 1:51 AM EDT

1) You've all seen me...I am : "Middle-aged white geeky guy dancing way too funkily to Earth, Wind and Fire".

2) Deep Fried Cheese Curds

3) I also dream of the good old days of being able to watch Windows Defrag move all those little boxes around.

Xiaz on Hiatus April 8 2006 1:55 AM EDT


Zoglog[T] [big bucks] April 8 2006 5:31 AM EDT

While at Maccy D's, dipping my fries into my strawberry milkshake.
I love it but the looks some people give you :P

QBJohnnywas April 8 2006 5:56 AM EDT

Hall And Oates circa 1982. Duran Duran in the same year. Spandau Ballet doing their tune True. Most of the Wedding Singer soundtrack. The Breakfast Club soundtrack.

The days when pop music used saxaphones and they did not sound cheesy.

Although I do draw the line at the Footloose soundtrack. And the film. I was a sick teenager for about 6 weeks when that soundtrack was being played everywhere. It just makes me think of being ill!

Zoglog[T] [big bucks] April 8 2006 6:08 AM EDT

Repeatedly listening to both the South Park album and Tenacious D album.

I still have the Afroman single somewhere in my CD collection.

Mrs Beee April 8 2006 9:15 AM EDT

lol JW I remember those bandsl like it was yesterday but alas it was 23 years ago. Off to the youth club disco with my rara skirt, winkle pickers with the tasels on the front fred perry top and harrington jacket on. Ah those were the days! Remember also Soft Cell, Madness, and Human League?

Mrs Beee April 8 2006 9:17 AM EDT

I just found records in the garage from when i was 13 years old. Barry Manilow, Lionel Richie (Hello) and ABBA super trouper! How sad

Maelstrom April 8 2006 9:23 AM EDT

Soft Cell is actually a good band! Their hit song was probably their worst one...

And I don't feel guilty about saying that ;)

QBJohnnywas April 8 2006 9:33 AM EDT

I had the Harrington/Fred Perry combo going on too! And Jam shoes? Do you remember those? The suede bowling shoe things Paul Weller used to wear?

Zoglog[T] [big bucks] April 8 2006 11:24 AM EDT

Not Lionel Rich Tea?
I wouldn't wish that upon anybody.

QBBarzooMonkey April 8 2006 11:35 AM EDT

One Step Beyond!!!!!

*me does the funny big-stepping walk from the video

One Step Beyond!!!

*me is also happy that no one else is in the office today to hear me carrying on like a lunatic


Thraklight Resonance April 8 2006 1:53 PM EDT

I've seen every episode of "Melrose Place" and "Beverly Hills 90210."

Adminedyit [Superheros] April 8 2006 4:37 PM EDT

Ok my guiltiest pleasure has to be that i know almost every Jimmy Buffet song and love to sing along to them.

AdminG Beee April 11 2006 4:24 AM EDT

I've got Culture Club's Greatest Hits. I also have some Kenny Rogers tracks on my iPod.

Doesn't make me a bad person :p

QBBast [Hidden Agenda] April 11 2006 4:26 AM EDT

Your rendition of "The Gambler", however, might.

QBJohnnywas April 11 2006 8:57 AM EDT

Kenny Rogers Karaoke!


{CB1}Lukeyman April 12 2006 10:19 PM EDT

Playing CB.

Alas, I tell no one I play it, I would be titled, "A Geek" =D

Although, this game has gotten me my computer(which i'm using now :D) my Pure Flat 20" TV =D and my Xbox and Various other items, so... It's not thaaaat bad, haha

AdminQBGentlemanLoser [{END}] April 14 2006 9:47 AM EDT

Claier and I watched the Canada / Scottland curling final on euro spots (there's wasn't much else to do on holiday...) and we both loved it! I'm a changed man, curling is great! :D

AdminG Beee April 14 2006 9:59 AM EDT

For the benefit of the audience, who won? ;)

AdminQBGentlemanLoser [{END}] April 14 2006 10:05 AM EDT


But it was very close....
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