Mix: Guilty Pleasures, Vol. I
Guilty musical pleasures, we all have them.
Sometimes it’s the music that sucks you in. The beat or melody compels a jig.
Sometimes it’s the lyrics. The artist, we’ll use this term lightly, says something that speaks to you or just tells it like it is, a la Rebecca Black: “Yesterday was Thursday […] Today i-is Friday, Friday […] Tomorrow is Saturday / And Sunday comes after…wards”
Whatever the case, it’s the stuff you hate to love and love to hate (when your friends are around).
Hear The Spec’s picks and a steamy selection from LIPS‘ Stephanie Brown below…
Artist: Men Without Hats | Song: Safety Dance (UK Remix)
SSSSAAAAFFFFEEEETTTTYYYYY…. I have no excuse for this one
Artist: Go West | Song: King of Wishful Thinking
Remember when Pretty Woman was the best movie you’d ever seen?
Artist: Kris Kross | Song: Jump
Backward jeans aside, this song is still kinda fun…
Artist: Berlin | Song: No More Words
Berlin = guilty pleasure
Artist: Keith Sweat | Song: I Want Her
Artist: Cher | Song: Gypsies, Tramps and Thieves
I’ve danced around like a fairy to this song a time or ten…
Artist: Falco | Song: Putting On The Ritz
So peppy and fun, it’s “Super Duper!”
Artist: The Darkness | Song: I Believe In A Thing Called Love
Windows down, radio full blast, singing at the top of my lungs.
Artist: Color Me Badd | Song: I Wanna Sex You Up
So badd, but oh so good.
Artist: Paula Abdul | Song: Straight Up
This song and video are so totally 80s. I can’t get enough.
Artist: All-4-One | Song: So Much In Love
This track was on All-4-One‘s self-titled album released in 1994. I owned the album, probably through some 12-CDs-for-one-cent deal, and played it too often. Another notable track on the album is “(She’s Got) Skillz.”
Artist: Stevie B | Song: Spring Love
I don’t care what anybody says — I love this song. The video adds some visual brilliance.
Artist: Rihanna | Song: Pon de Replay
I’m not really a fan of Rihanna these days, but I appreciate her start.
Artist: My Chemical Romance | Song: I’m Not Okay (I Promise)
I still know all the words…
Artist: Counting Crows | Song: Mr. Jones
“We all want something beautiful.”
Artist: R. Kelly | Song: Bump N’ Grind
Lets not talk about his weird personal tastes. From that most awesome of all intros: “My mind’s telling me no… but my BODY. My BODY’s telling me yes!!!”, this song, no matter what, never fails to put a smile on my face. It bounces like nothing else. And shit, it’s kind of true, sometimes there’s nothing wrong with a little bump n grind! Oh and there’s this awesome phased out rhythm keys line which sits underneath and pops in and out that makes the song for me.