Guilty pleasures, musically

This week’s theme for Twisted Mixtape is “guilty pleasures.”

1. “Staying Alive” by the Bee Gees

By the time I reached high school, I had firmly placed myself on the rock side of the rock vs. disco schism that divided us all. I had a secret disco past, though. Although I can’t dance, my one disco claim to fame was somehow earning second place at a Sunday night juice party when the local disco allowed its mirrored ball to flash on kids from junior high. A dorky boy and I, a dorky girl, went through the choreographed routine we had learned at our disco lessons. Now, when I hear this song all these years later, I know how cheesy it is, but I still smile widely at how much I love it. I’m staying alive. Just don’t tell the Class of ’83.

2. “Brandy (You’re a Fine Girl)” by Looking Glass

I actually don’t feel guilty about this one. I love it, but my husband always groans when it comes on. Could it actually be a bad song, and I don’t know it? I don’t think so, but my husband and I are usually quite in synch. The man does like “Black Coffee in Bed,” though, so we can’t give him too much credence.

3. “In the Air Tonight” by Phil Collins

I love to hate Phil Collins. I just can’t stand him, and there were those years when he was even infecting my beloved Eric Clapton. But yeah, yeah, yeah, this is an okay song.

4. “Can’t Hold Us” by Macklemore and Ryan Lewis

I initially rejected this song when my kids played it for me by calling it “noisy.” Yes, I am oftentimes musically stuck in the 1970s. A few weeks later, I played it for my kids, saying I liked it, without remembering that I had called it noisy. Yes, they are still teasing me about that one.

5. “Stranglehold” by Ted Nugent

The man’s a gun nut, but I’ve always liked this song. Do you feel conflicted when you like an artist whose character you dislike? I’m a big Woody Allen fan, so this conflict rears its head pretty frequently in my universe.

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23 Responses to Guilty pleasures, musically

  1. Marcy!!! I love love love the Bee Gees and Disco so no need to feel guilt there! And your husband is WRONG about Brandy, it’s a classic and deserves to be played on repeat for hours on end. LOL, that’s how I learned all the words :-)
    This is a great list, and you know what? I hate to love Phil Collins too.
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  2. I like Brandy! Never heard it til I worked for a place that played the oldies station but I’m glad it opened me up to new music. I can tolerate Can’t Hold Us. It’s not too bad. Heck, my Zumba teacher plays it too.
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  3. Ok I totally get being embarrassed by the Bee Gees (and I love them too) but I have to love In the Air Tonight. There was a time..in the 80′s when I may have had sex with the 18 year old boy of my dreams in the woods, to that song… xo

  4. Sarah Almond says:

    So do you do it? You know, sit and wait to do the air drum solo on the Phil Collins song? Yep, I’m totally guilty of doing that! I almost put the Bee Gees on my list too, but decided that they just rock too much. I actually downloaded Tragedy last week and have been listening to it quite regularly. :-D I enjoyed your list!
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  5. Back when I was teaching elementary music, one of my fourth grade classes insisted I watch something that their classroom teacher had taught them. It was a routine to “Staying Alive.” They LOVED it and that song.
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  6. Grew up with the Bee Gees! Great tunes there!

  7. SAM says:

    I love Phil Collins and have no shame in saying it. There are a lot of songs I found myself playing air piano to, lol. Many of his songs have room for it.
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  8. Katie says:

    I pink puffy heart Brandy. That is all.
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  9. Dana says:

    I love Brandy – tell your husband to quit groaning. And the Bee Gees are perfect. I cannot listen to In the Air Tonight without playing the air drums – it’s awesome if I’m driving at the same time.
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  10. Yeah, Beegees are a bit embarrassing, but I’d imagine they are on a lot of playlists.
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  11. Sandy Ramsey says:

    I love the Bee Gees and Stayin’ Alive came very close to making my list. I also love Brandy. I could sing that all day and yes, I have it on my iPod. I haven’t heard that Nugent song in a loooong time, it’s pretty good. I have to make this comment a little longer because Brandy isn’t over yet so I’ll also tell you that I’m not a Macklemore fan….yet. I think it could grow on me but I have always liked most of Phil Colllins stuff. Okay….I can go now! Great list!
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    • Marcy says:

      Thanks–I catch that Nugent song from time to time on the radio, and it always takes me way back. The Bee Gees are getting a lot of love today! Brandy too.

  12. Kelly says:

    I love my ABBA, but the Bee Gees were never really on my radar. Then, after my 15-yo got hooked on Sherlock, she started listening to Stayin’ Alive…nonstop. It’s even her damn ringtone. I cannot help but dig on it, now…just a little.

    I was just indoctrined to that Macklemore/Ryan Lewis song the other day! My younger kids love it.

    Ted Nugent is a trip! I heard a rumor that he’s going to run for President. Wouldn’t that be entertaining?!

    As for Phil…? I’ve got a soft spot for Phil. He was my dad’s favorite.

    And I have to concur with the masses…Brandy rocks.
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