Alanis Morissette, Britney Spears, Christina Aguilera, Miley Cyrus, Samantha Fox, Stacey Q, twisted mixtedtape
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.
Great Mix! I love Two of Hearts
I’m kinda happy anyone else remembers that song so YAY!
I am genuinely impressed you almost met Alanis! Those are some pretty small degrees of separation! *squuuueeeeee*
And yes to Aguilera’s Dirty. (<<that sounded weird but you know what I mean) I love her voice. Beautiful is an amazing song, too.
Not a fan of the Brits. I feel bad for her, but don't really enjoy her music.
Hey, have you almost ever met Avril? (Who shares a last name with my almost-fiancé-sextape-parter, Adam) I dig her, too.
Sadly no, I’ve never gotten anywhere close to almost meet Avril.
I’ve met a lot of politicians if that makes any different in epicness (I’m guessing no?).
As for Aguilera – obviously agree, and I THINK we can still be friends despite our difference of opinions on the Brits.
“Naughty Girls” reminds me of another song, but I can’t put my finger on which one it is.
If you remember, let me know – I’m now kinda curious…
I just couldn’t place it. Maybe it just reminds me of songs from the era rather than something specific.
Eli Pacheco said:
Alanis belongs on many lists. I had no idea she even had something before “Jagged Little Pill.” Thanks for the education.
I believe the album was a “Canadian Only” release. Also – Jagged Little Pill and beyond was quite the reinvention, so this one isn’t one that gets much mention. But it’s a fun fact 🙂
Ha! This is awesome! And also, I could have babysat you if you weren’t in Canada (age reference there) totally remember Stacy Q but probably heard that song the last time in 1988 and never looked back 😉 I really love this list it brings me way back, and then kinda back. But it fits the theme perfectly!
I think you would have been an awesome babysitter, so that probably would have worked out…. as for not having thought of Stacey Q since 1988, that’s probably pretty normal. I’m honestly not sure she did anything much after that one album. It’s funny what songs stick with you, isn’t it?
Nice choices. Well maybe except Sam fox haha
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