Thursday, January 12, 2006

The Beauty of a Guilty Pleasure

Since Sherman launched this blog, we have celebrated the grandeur that is the guilty pleasure. The importance of music is something I certainly don't have to tell you folks about, but the immense power of the guilty pleasure can really be even more significant. If you want to start a great conversation or email chain, ask people their favorites. That was the question Sherman posed on My Space and through his email today. The response was overwhelming! People may say these are "guilty pleasures", but they are more than willing to share them and some even tell you what the significance the song holds for them. That is the best part! Below is a list of songs and artists that you the public shared with Sherman today. I suggest you all ponder this question and ask your friends, family and co-workers what song they would pick. Classic stories and conversations will ensue! Might be something fun at work tomorrow. Sherman promised not to share the names of those who responded in order to protect their integrity and reputations! Hopefully, some of these will trigger some chuckles, a sing-a-long, or at the very least a smile (Sherman is not responsible if they cause a negative reaction or any type of gagging motion). NO JUDGING allowed!

From the boys who responded:

"The Flame"- Cheap Trick
"Shake it Off" - Mariah Carey
The entire Captain Kangaroo Christmas Album
"Baker Street" - Gerry Rafferty (where is he now?)
"Der Kommisar" - Falco
"Everything She Wants" - Wham!
"Wood Beez (Pray Like Aretha Franklin)" - Scritti Politti
"Electric Barberella" - Duran Duran
"Sugar Walls" - Sheena Easton
"Love In a Plain Brown Envelope" - Legendary Pink Dots
"Cherchez La Femme" - Dr. Buzzard's Original Savannah Band
"Moonlight Feels Right" - Starbuck
"Don't Stop Believin'" - Journey
The Cult's Electric Album
"Hold Me Now" - Thompson Twins
"Faith" - George Michael
Anything by Abba
"The Sign" - Ace of Base
"Poison Arrow" - ABC
"Ben" - Michael Jackson
"Top of the World" - Carpenters
"I Wanna Sex You Up" - Colour Me Bad
"Breaking Up is Hard To Do" - Neil Sedaka
"Party All The Time" - Eddie Murphy
"Wanted Dead or Alive" - Bon Jovi
"They Don't Know" - Tracy Ullman
"Longer" - Dan Fogelberg
"Let's Hear it For The Boy" - Deniece Williams

Now the female response....

"Tarzan & Jane" - Aqua
"Keep it Comin' Love - K.C. & the Sunshine Band
"I Think I Love You" - The Partridge Family
"You are the Woman" - Firefall
Anything by A*Teens
"Here You Come Again" - Dolly Parton
"All My Life" - K-C & JoJo
"Violet" - Hole
"Rio" - Duran Duran
"People" - Barbara Streisand
"Annie's Song" - John Denver
"Puff the Magic Dragon" - Peter, Paul & Mary
"Angie Baby" - Helen Reddy
"Have You Never Been Mellow" - Oliva Newtown-John
"The Warrior" - Scandal
"These Dreams" - Heart
"Let the Music Play" - Shannon
"Push It" - Salt N'Pepa
"Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree" - Brenda Lee
"Coat of Many Colors" - Dolly Parton
"Private Eyes" - Hall & Oates
"Take On Me" - A-Ha
"Young Turks" - Rod Stewart

Sherman was thinking the creation of a playlist of all of these fine selections would be nothing short of spectacular. Could you imagine? The ultimate party mix or perhaps party killer. Not sure yet. We hope this little exercise stimulates you to pull out some old vinyl or maybe you still have a cassette or two tucked away under the seat of your '85 Sentra (if only I had an 8-track player). Wherever you hide your musical treasures, pull them out and enjoy! In the words of Barry & Barbara, "we've got nothing to be guilty of...". Thanks to all who bared their souls for the sake of musical pleasure!

Hope you all saw Imogen Heap perform "Goodnight and Go" on Letterman last night. It was her network television debut. She was bumped the previous night and back last night. If not, click here. It's a quicktime file of her performance. It is obvious why her album Speak For Yourself landed on so many best of lists for 2005. Another artist releasing her own music and achieving great success! Can't wait for her to visit Seattle at the end of the month! I think Sherman has a crush! One of many!

Here's a little gift from a local Seattle friend of Sherman who has been dabbling in the DJ world (thanks jj). A little something from the OKDJ.

Sherman's battery is fading...time to call it a day. TGIAF (thank god it's almost friday)!


Blogger jeremy said...

not to split hairs, but 'der kommisar' is actually by 'after the fire' not falco. i don't think falco could muster anything as forward thinking as peter banks.

6:12 PM  
Blogger jeremy said...

i'm getting really confused. i can understand the 'a teens' being a guilty pleasure--but dolly parton? she's a great song writer and the songs listed are some of her best. if it were like, 'my blue tears' i would understand. why are these people guilty? i say they are innocent!!

6:23 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Falco did the original German version. After the Fire recorded in it English. Falco then mastered the English language and did it again.

6:40 PM  
Blogger jeremy said...

really, anonymous? i never knew! thanks 4 the info. now i'll have to delve into falco's archives to see what else he is capable of.

2:21 PM  

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