Tuesday, April 15, 2008

"Some wholemeal crackers with that, sir?" FP's very cheesy playlist

Great to see all the cheesy power ballads and their various supporters (you know who you are) all crawling out of the woodwork like maggots out of an over-ripe stilton (eeeyeeew). Donds to Carole for asking the splendid question and to all of you for unstinting honesty. Well the challenge was too great. I had to do a cheesy deezer jukebox. And since I eat cheese without moderation (love the stuff) I haven't set any limits - just put in every song you all mentioned. And rounded the lot off to an even 20 by adding an absolute 80s classic at the end. That's a double CD, guys! I enjoyed doing this compilation more than I would dare to admit. These songs are truly awful. Except perhaps one. They all have over-produced percussion and bass, dire lyrics ("coiled up with and hissin" rhymed with "listen". Come out REO Speedwagon...) and, for some reason, girls called Mary-Ann. And yet if you're jeest the wrong side of 40 like wot I am, these songs accompanied your first crushes, your first parties, your first Athena poster, make-up and the start of grown-up things to come. They have big 80s hair and wear pastel jackets with the sleeves rolled right up à la Miami Vice.
And for that, they deserve a listen...

free music

10 comments:

debbym said...

Ooh, Bonnie Tyler transports me straight back to 1983, when I spent the summer working au camping at Saint-Julien-des-Landes in the Vendée: it was the best (and only!) "slow" at the camp disco. Must confess to not knowing several of the other titles here though (possibly due to being jeest a little further off 40 than FP?)

Mr DNA said...

Mon Dieu, I'm still recovering from CaroleBristol’s Aerosmith video the other day. I don’t think I can handle more than one at a time … Luckily Boston’s More Than A Feeling’s up first and despite my allergy to this kind of thing, it is irresistible, isn’t it?

I wonder if Smells Like Teen Spirit would have been even better if they’d put in some of these handclaps.

Blimpy said...

Awesome playlist!

donds for what mr dna said.

TracyK said...

LOVE it! I think we'd all have a wonderful time at one of those Guilty Pleasures club evenings! Surely The Sun Ain't Gonna Shine Anymore is too cool to be on this list thoug? It's the WALKER BROTHERS for goodness' sake! They had cred...
The John Farnham and Whitesnake remind me of my mate Jane from 5th year. I gave her a hideous set of highlights (didn't realise you only had to pull hair strands through just some of the holes in the highlight cap) and she almost poisoned me by making me swig her perfume when we staggered into her house "Not drunk, honeshtly Auntie Jane" after a few too many Malibus down the working men's club. We each saved for an album one spring, so we could tape the other off each other. I picked The Beastie Boys License To Ill, she picked Terence Trent D'Arby's first. Happy days!

FP said...

Girl after my own heart, Tracy - that's the one song that's NOT truly awful. The Walker Brothers are classic, eternal and utterly utterly wonderful. I nearly didn't include it. But then I wanted to hear it too. Anyone liking the Don Henley at the end? "Got your hair combed back and sunglasses on..." Pure 80s magic. Have a great day all.

TracyK said...

I love Boys of Summer, I always mentally bracket it with Bryan Adam's Summer of 69.

DarceysDad said...

Eeeeeee! That post-key-change cry from LaWilson in Alone still raises the hairs on my forearms. Who wudda thunkit?

Don't expect to sell too many Japanese copies, fp: they don't appreciate the smell of over-ripe dairy-fattened westeners!!

TracyK said...

Having said that, the Japanese have a huge fondness for heavy rock and power ballads, you'd get all these and more in karaoke pods, where the vavailable songs list gets updates every week. there's a lot of people who just can't get over the end of Led Zep out there! Interestingly, their press isn't allowed to be critical of anything much, so reviews are always very positive, so things that are critcally panned here are just accpted over there. A friend wrote for a Tokyo newspaper as the film correspondent (got me a Spiderman programme signed by Sam Raimi!) and he was always astonished at what our press gets away with.

CaroleBristol said...

A totally LUSH compilation.

I had a shitty day at work and coming home to this is great.

I am so loving it!

Boys of Summer Faaaaaaaaaabulous song.

I am tentatively wondering if people will throw things at me if i admit to having Hall and Oates as a really Guilty Pleasure. Anyone for a spot of She's Gone, Method of Modern Love or Las Vegas Turnaround?

FP said...

So glad about that! Hall and Oates? Jacket sleeves rolled up? Check. Big hair? Check. They're in. Loving "Maneater". JG Geils Band Centrefold, anyone? Off to launch my career as a non-smelling Japanese Karaoke DJ.