Guilty pleasures

Since around 2002 when I had a musical epiphany – namely, “omg Justin Timberlake doesn’t suck” – I considered musical guilty pleasures to be a misnomer.

I feel no shame about anything in my musical catalogue, which takes in all sorts of potentially embarassing music.

Awful 1980s tripe, Disney songs, country, hip-hop… a lot of stuff the more discerning street gentleman may consider a guilty pleasure were they to themselves enjoy it it.

I listen to ‘Jump’ by Van Halen, entirely unironically. The piano solo in The Communards’ enormously gay anthem ‘Don’t Leave Me This Way’ is for my money, one of the greatest ever recorded.

It’s all good stuff in its own way for my money, so as far as I was concerned I was immune to this guilty instinct.

Or at least, I was until recently.

I relentlessly ridicule a friend of mine about his love of Scouting For Girls. He goes so far as to own a t-shirt with the band’s name on it.

This disgusts me.

But not half as much as I disgust me, because I actually quite like their recent number one single, ‘This Ain’t A Love Song’:

It is shameless  rom-com tripe with rubbish lyrics, but I can’t help but like it.

Well, to be fair, I don’t even like the whole song, only parts of it. I have yet to voluntarily listen to it, I just don’t immediately try and kill myself like I do when any of their other songs come on the radio or television.

This is my first guilty pleasure in eight years, as anyone with a basic understanding of maths (that is, not Cambridge Girl In Preston) will have figured out from the information in this post. I can even admit, guilt-free, that there’s a Spice Girls song I like, but not this.

I need a shower, but I’m not sure I’ll ever stop feeling dirty because of this.

1 Response to “Guilty pleasures”

  1. 1 cambridgegirlinpreston
    May 16, 2010 at 12:43 am

    Thanks for blogging to the world that I am a complete dunce when it comes to maths =p Scouting For Girls are one of those bands that most people hate because they take them too seriously. Its not meant to be ground breaking musical talent… its just a catchy rift replicated again and again with some different lyrics and bobs your uncle thats what we call pop!


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