It’s been a busy few days.
I had to catch up on some coursework this weekend; then real life friends and family had the nerve to cut into my blogging life (I know! Pfft! Right?!); and we’re down a key body at work this week so things are humming there too.
So that’s why I’m a bit late posting this week for Jen’s weekly Twisted Mixed Tape Blog Hop.
But I was looking forward to this one – so I’m not skipping out.
And it’s moments like these, when one NEEDS to unwind, that a few guilty pleasures just make the blogging, wine, and belated take-out sushi dinner THAT. MUCH. BETTER.
Because that’s Jen’s theme this week: Guilty Pleasures: Songs or Bands you hate to admit you love.
We all have them.
Those songs we secretly LOVE that, well, we wouldn’t really … mention … in … certain company.
Despite knowing every word and ROCKIN’ IT in front of the mirror while singing into a hairbrush.
Check out other guilty pleasures here:
As for mine? I decided to go with some of the female artists I have forever loved, but have never yet featured on this hop.
So let’s get started, shall we?
1. Stacey Q – Two of Hearts (1986)
So this song implanted itself in my soul at the tender age of about ten. I’d been taking tap dance lessons since I was five and was ready for something … more mature. So I was signed up for jazz. For the end of year concert, those of us in the beginner class did a nice sedate shimmy to Madonna’s “True Blue“.
The senior jazz class danced to this. And, in my humble pre-teen opinion, they were awesome. And the song was EDGY (in my 10 year-old-opinion). I remembered it long after and when I hit my teens, got a job, and hit the age of disposable income, I finally figured out who sang it, went out and bought the TAPE. And sang in front of my mirror like a pop star to it. Interspersed with Depeche Mode binges. And other stuff we’ll get to … right about now.
2. Samantha Fox – Naughty Girls (1987)
So, this song also hit big when I was 10. I even remember that this album was the fourth “pop” album I ever owned. And honestly, I think I liked her because I understood she was kinda bad. Of course, I was 10, so I was a bit unclear on exactly how. But I got that the song was edgy – like the senior jazz class edgy. And well, there’s the accent. And pink hair. And the (somehow now less) funny insinuation that “moving like your 40” is something to avoid. I own her first three albums and I love them all.
3. Alanis Morissette – Too Hot (1991)
So forget Canadian content – here’s some straight up Ottawa content. Alanis went to one of the rival high schools in town so it was a BIG DEAL when she hit big. I had friends who got her to SIGN THEIR YEARBOOK. Her twin brother once coached my swim team and I once saw her perform at the Tulip Festival back even before Too Hot hit when she was singing with Dominic D’Arcy – the Singing Policeman.
Yeah. I’ll give you all a moment to bask in the aura of someone who ALMOST met someone famous.
Not done yet?
Okay I’ll wait.
So this album – her first – kind of got forgotten when Jagged Little Pill (which I love) exploded. But I found it at a garage sale in my 20s and every now and then when I’m in the mood for well, early 90s pop, it hits the spot.
4. Britney Spears – Circus (2008)
So, I’ve mentioned a few times that I have a soft spot for Ms. Spears, but I have yet to put up one of her songs. I choose this one because a) I love the concept b) it’s the only album I ever owned two of, because the same day I went out to buy it my husband also went and got it for me; and c) it is so perfectly everything I love about Britney. Total Mickey Mouse Club training all polished up in big girl shoes. She’s the full package. Total entertainment. I love the pageantry, the polish, the dance, the lions… And broadly speaking, when she has her shit together? She really does seem to be running life like a circus. Who wouldn’t want that?
5. Christina Aguilera – Dirrty (2002)
I remember having mixed feelings about this one when it hit big. I remember thinking, “Why are you doing this? You’re not Britney! You can be successful on vocal talent alone. You don’t need to go all Miley Cyrus twerk and tongue.” [Note: My love for Britney was still developing at this stage; though I maintain they are artists who appeal to me for different reasons. Britney brings the show. That’s why I love her. I think Christina’s voice is beautiful. So that’s what I’m tuning in for there].
Okay, so about the Miley bit? I didn’t use those EXACT terms in 2002, but the thought was the same. And I’m pretty sure the … artistic intent was the same. Namely to break away from associations with a younger image.
Many deeper thinkers than me have spilled a lot of ink on the subject and instead of waxing on for a few paragraphs I think I’ll just say I continue to have mixed feelings.
It is what it is.
I love it THIS Christina song.
Specifically, former 10-year-old me loves it.
Because it’s TOTALLY senior jazz class edgy.