Back in February, I was entering EVERY. SINGLE. First Reads giveaway. Mostly just because I loved the emails in my inbox saying I was a winner. I mean, I think I’m a winner (sometimes), but it was nice to have outside validation, y’know? Anyway, one of the books I won was On Celestial Music: And Other Adventures in Listening by Rick Moody. I was actually pretty interested in reading it, because I saw from the blurb that there was an essay on Magnetic Fields.
Now, in case you aren’t aware – Magnetic Fields is one of my very favourite bands of all time. Their 1999 release 69 Love Songs is one of my Desert Island Albums, no joke. Moody’s essay talks about when he was invited to open for Magnetic Fields during one of their tours, but at the end, he breaks down 69 Love Songs into his 31 essential tracks.
I had a few problems with that. Mostly, if you’re trying to divide this album to fit essential tracks onto one disc, let’s divide by 3, ‘kay? Also, I disagreed with some of the songs he listed, and he had 8 MORE than I gave myself! In case you’re wondering, this is the definitive MUST HEAR list of TWENTY THREE songs (what, divide 69 by 3, dur) from what is one of my all-time favourite albums:
Tangentially, if you’re at all interested I think you should definitely check out How Fucking Romantic, where they’re attempting to illustrate each song on this album. It’s pretty fun.
The only other essay in the book that moved me to speak of it was about musical guilty pleasures. Mr Moody is a member of a record club that meets semi-regularly to play songs for each other. Srsly, that’s the kind of club I would be interested in. It was proposed at one meeting that the next meeting be devoted to songs each member considered guilty pleasures. A flurry of emails (which are in the book) were sent between everyone about what constitutes a guilty pleasure song. Eventually, a decision was reached that it must be a song that you love, but that you’re ashamed to admit that you love. None of this “zomg, it’s so bad it’s amazing” crap here.
I’ve spent a long time thinking about what I’d consider my two guilty pleasure songs. Well, like two days, but you know what I mean.
The problem here is that I’m not really ashamed of any of the music I listen to. I like what I like, and just because I may judge you for what YOU listen to, doesn’t mean you get to make me feel bad about the stuff I listen to, you know?
With that in mind, I’ve decided on two things that I think most people will be pretty surprised that I listen to on a regular basis and that I LOVE BEYOND REASON.
I have a softness for hair ballads. What can I say? Plus, this song reminds me of a really good friend of mine from junior high. We loved Steelheart. Shut up.
Okay, so – I have never played this game. I only know this song from the commercials, but this video is FANTASTIC and I can’t stop giggling when I watch it. Oh, and there’s the line “You will do the dance of sorrow,” which makes me think of this (and therefore makes it that much better):
NUMFAR, DO THE DANCE OF JOY! Hee!
Okay, so…what are your guilty pleasure songs?