As Sarah has already exposed her very soul and told you her musical guilty pleasures I decided I would be brave and share mine too…
But where she went for genres I am going to be more (shamefully) specific. I like to pretend that I am not a music snob, but as Sarah says we all are. One of my all time top 5 films (and the inspiration for my own blog Adlibbed and half my wardrobe) is High Fidelity. That is based around 3 men running a record store (actual records, anyone under the age of 20 may possibly be unfamiliar with this concept now) and being total music geeks and snobs.
In one scene a hapless customer dares to ask Barry if Championship Vinyl have a copy of Stevie Wonders ‘I Just Called To Say I Love You’ for his daughter….
Barry’s Customer: Hi, do you have the song “I Just Called To Say I Love You?” It’s for my daughter’s birthday.
Barry: Yea we have it.
Barry’s Customer: Well, can I have it?
Barry: No, actually, you can’t.
Barry’s Customer: Why not?
Barry: God. Do you even know your daughter? There’s no way she likes that song. Oops, is she in a coma?
So suffice it to say that if I was ever to wander into Championship Vinyl I wouldn’t be asking for any of these songs. It would be The Beta Band, Belle and Sebastian and 65DaysOfStatic all the way OK?
Good picture choice right? My first choice comes from an album called Guilty Pleasures….
Building A Bridge To Your Heart
The song starts with a premature horn blow, features a horn solo – not a sax solo my friend a HORN solo which is announced by singer, Gold shouting the word….. horn. In between there are some lyrics about winning back your woman, being on your best behaviour, building bridges and er also ‘I’ll take you anyway I can tonight/ come back and satisfy my appetite’ to which my reply would be you can build yourself a bridge and get over it Mister. But I digress.
Feel So Alive
It’s not I don’t like The One And Only because I do (and I am) but the one time I actually saw Buddys Song (late night BBC1 we salute you) it was this heart twanging little number that found a place in my heart. It is so HEARTFELT and SOULFUL that you need to be made of stone not to tear up at least a little when the blonde curtain haired one pledges his undying love and life span to you. I got the soundtrack for Buddys Song for 50p (on vinyl) in a HMV closing down sale. I didn’t make eye contact with the person who sold it to me.
You’re The Voice
O it is so anthemic and ramped up and OK over blown and full of itself. Still, you try listening to it without finding yourself singing into a hairbrush and imploring the cat to rise up and make her voice heard. I tell her it is her time to stand up and be counted and she replies by using the litter tray. O well..
Ice Ice Baby
I should not like this song because I am a staunch Queen fan and Rip Van Winkle or whatever Mr Ice’s Sunday name is tried to pass off the Under Pressure riff as being something he wrote.
Our computer and his bank account said NO.
Plus this is rubbish early 90′s rap and it includes stupid lines such as :
Then I flow that a harpoon daily and nightly
Will it ever stop?
Yo, I don’t know
Turn off the lights and I’ll glow
To the extreme I rock a mic like a vandal
Light up a stage and wax a chump like a candle
I know all the words though. All of them. I have even been known to cook MC’s like a pound of bacon. O dear.
Believe it or not I left the most shameful for last…
Whatever’s Good At Christmas
The Green Balloon Club featuring Billy Oddie
Did you hear that? That was the sound of my last shred of credibility curling up and dying. If you don’t have kids you might not know who the Green Balloon club are. Basically it’s several drama school students in a variety of sizes, a club house in a balloon, a dog, a puppet and a very worthy interest in the world around us.
Each episode finishes with a song. The trouble is several of the songs are so bloody catchy that I’d go as far as to say they are good. I mean some are so stomach churningly heartfelt that just looking at the title gives me heartburn but then one is a very good Madness meets minibeast mash up.
This is their Christmas song though. And it is on my iPod. And it isn’t there because the children asked me to download it. It is there because whatever time of year it is it makes me smile to myself.