Friday, October 06, 2006

What's a guilty pleasure, exactly?

If you're a big music fan, and fancy yourself as a bit of a connoisseur, chances are that you've had various music themed conversations with friends that might have certain characteristics fairly similar to conversations in High Fidelity. Top 5s of various artists, cover versions, best/worst ever, when did X jump the shark etc.. One of the best ones that my friend Sandy Nelson came up with was that of favourite song you shouldn't like. His was Paul McCartney's 'No More Lonely Nights.' Mine was Billy Joel's 'Uptown Girl.'

But how do we decide whether or not something's good really? Is there part of some of us (and I'm sure as hell including myself in this!) that sometimes feels uncomfortable about liking certain songs. Scotland now has an 'indie/alternative' station XFM Scotland that rather like its' namesake station in London plays stuff that's nominally indie, and doesn't play boybands a la McFly, Westlife etc.. or other such rubbish. I might not be allowed by certain hipsters to like the following, but what the hell, I thought they were kinda nice songs.

Corinne Bailey Rae - 'Put Your Records On.' mp3

KT Tunstall -'Black Horse and the Cherry Tree.' mp3

The Feeling -'Sewn.' mp3

The Magic Numbers -'Forever Lost.' mp3

Buy Corinne Bailey Rae

Buy KT Tunstall

Buy The Feeling

Buy The Magic Numbers

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