Tuesday, January 6, 2009

A Guilty First Anniversary!




Guilt and regret, eh? Let's turn to the expert for a summation; Woody, it's over to you!

"My one regret in life is that I'm not someone else"

Mr Allen, your shrink will see you now...

Guilt turns me to "guilty pleasures", an over used term and one I'm not fond of anymore, since the rise of the Guilty Pleasures compilations and club nights.

I've been thinking... let's just drop the hipster cool camouflage, and drop the "guilty" bit - EVERYONE! IT'S OKAY TO HAVE PLEASURES! ENJOY YOUR PLEASURES! DON'T HIDE THEM!

I went to the record store today, with the express purpose of buying Paul Simon's "Graceland" on vinyl for a pound. Oddly, two minutes after I entered the shop, the record store chap started playing "Graceland", I managed to hear most of the record as I dug through the £1 cheapo boxes. They had every Paul Simon and Simon and Garfunkel record ever released - but no "Graceland"! The shop was busy, and when "Call Me Al" came on, I looked around the shop, people were whistling, humming, and nodding, the like of which I've never seen before in a record store. Despite this beautiful piece of public synchronicity, I left disappointed.






"Call me Al" is a current pleasure, although it's starting to grate, I've been overdoing it a bit.

Please leave a "Pleasure" in the comments, one that you have previously been ashamed to admit to.
Throw off the shackles of guilt my friends!
Let's Party!

***edit*** This is a reprint of the first ever 'Spill post, from exactly one year ago today. My guilty pleasures since then have included "Solsbury Hill" by Peter Gabriel, and the Ladyhawke album which basically sounds like 80s pop and soft rock. A million warm thanks go to all the friends who make The 'Spill such a fun place to hang out. Had the weather not prevented me from going to work that day last January, the world would be a much less bright and shiny a place for me. 


21 comments:

steenbeck said...

January 6th (1/6) should be named International 'Spill day and should be a holiday with special rules unto itself.

Thanks for the 'Spill, Blimpy and everyone. I can't believe it's a year. *sniff* they grow so quickly...

Japanther said...

"Cheers" one and all (i'm raising a mug of breakfast tea over here), I may have joined the 'Spill party late but thanks to everyone for enriching the last 6 months with ace banter, excellent music and all-round nice-to-each-otherness.

glasshalfempty said...

It's an ill wind...and Blimpy's bad weather has given a lot of people a lot of pleasure - thanks Blimp - and the Spill crew. It seems like an age ago, not just a year. Here's to the next...

Ace vid for Broken Records by the way, Blimpy - love the out of focus idea...

ToffeeBoy said...

@ theblimpmeister - if I ever had any 'hipster cool camouflage', I lost it many years ago. I am now old enough and ugly enough to feel zero guilt about any music that I like. Say it loud and say it proud - I LIKE CHEESE!!!!!

ToffeeBoy said...

... but ... I'm a bit confused. Blimpy's first 'Spill post was on 8th January 2008, not 6th...

Blimpy said...

i'm confused too, i'm sure the last time i checked it was the sixth, but checking again, it's changed to the eighth!!

we'll have to be like the queen then.

Blimpy said...

Oh, i think i've figured it out - it's a tuesday thing. the 8th was a tuesday in 2008.

saneshane said...

as my post has gone back in time to 6/1 that probably causes the confusion too..

(any way.. I'm off to bed if I don't have to finish spill video #3 til thursday...)

toffeeboy.. don't blow your mind with the bose speakers...

and can you wobble things with the mac wheel!!!

ToffeeBoy said...

@ saneshane - it's my birthday - I'll wobble whatever I want to!

snadfrod said...

Wired For Sound - Cliff Richard
Larger Than Life - Backstreet Boys
Driven By You - Brian May (NOT Queen...)

That's three of the top of my head. Guilty as charged, I guess.

B-Mac, as from everyone else you have my eternal respect and slight stalking of your record collection as I seem to like it quite a lot. Ladyhake, you say. Hmmm... (Oh and is Animal Collective out now? I thought it was later in the month. Pitchfork is a bit effusive. Is it really THAT good?)

Now, that's made me want to listen to Driven By You again. Back in a while...

Abahachi said...

Peter Gabriel as a guilty pleasure? What a terrifying world you live in. I suppose that if I listened only to noisy avant-garde jazz then I might suggest something like Kind of Blue - if you can play it at a Castle Cary drinks party then I should be embarrassed to like it - but of course my musical taste actually lurches from Peter Broetzmann over to the ToffeeBoy end of things, skipping over rather a lot in the middle. So, probably no surprise that I love most of the Spice Girls' singles, but how about this? By a man whose other musical atrocities make me want to nuke Eire, but I just live the backing vocals: Ronan Keating, Rollercoaster...

Abahachi said...

Well, actually I love the backing vocals; I live the whole philosophy - life is a rollercoaster, just gotta ride it...

ToffeeBoy said...

@ Abahachi - Rollercoaster is a pop classic. And talking of pop classics, there's no beating this from the current crop: http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=S76h0ZpTXbg.

CaroleBristol said...

I have confessed to a few guilty pleasures before - Hall and Oates etc - and I have to admit to liking a bit of Abba once in a while but recently I have enjoyed a few Girls Aloud tunes - The Promise being especially earwormy.

ToffeeBoy said...
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ToffeeBoy said...

@ Carole - have you tried clicking the link in my previous post?

Blimpy said...

1. That rollercoaster song was written by the chap from the New Radicals - remember him?

2. I illegally dl'ed the AC album, couldn't wait any longer - i'd post something from it, but i can't be bothered with any more threats from the DMCA/Google. If you like AC, then it's amongst their best - and about a zillion times better than Strawberry Jam.

3. Girls ALoud and Sugababes are ace.

saneshane said...

the Animal Collective is indeed great and I didn't rate strawberry jam..

mines on Vinyl and they are very nicely giving you the download for free with it.. but you have to wait til the 12th when its officially released...

(there ends my Domino press statement)

Blimpy said...

Dammit!! I'D FORGOTTEN that Domino often send out the vinyl ahead of the release date. I had gone onto their site to order the LP, but got sidetracked before I could complete!!!!!

CaroleBristol said...

@ToffeeBoy - I have checked it out now! Fab stuff!

I didn't look earlier because I was listening to the radio.

alimunday said...

Mine has to be Kylie Minogue and 'Can't get you out of my head' - largely because I was pregnant when the single was released and it used to set 'the bump' off kicking everytime it came on.