It’s okay to admit it. There’s something about some uncool song that floats your boat in some mysterious way. There’s no need to apologize. We all have those guilty pleasures.
For me, it’s The Sweet, the glam-y English band who, back in the day, was viewed as a very poor bubblegummy substitute for Bowie and Bolan. But I don’t care. I’ve always liked the band. I have all their albums on vinyl AND CD. In fact, it’s not an exaggeration to say that listened to Desolation Boulevard at least once through every essay I wrote between grade 9 and the end of university. Seriously.
(Note all Sweeties: try and find the original British vinyl edition of Desolation Boulevard. It’s almost COMPLETELY different from the more familiar later release on Capitol. Side two has a track called “The Man with the Golden Arm” and—well, you’ll know it when you hear it.)
So here’s my question: what would you like to confess? Here’s how to unburden yourself.
Here are the rules for The Recommendation Project.
1. Look me up on Rdio (www.rdio.com/people/AlanCross) and find the playlist marked The Recommendation Project Part 8: Guilty Pleasures.
2. Submit ONE (and only ONE) song to the playlist that you really, really like but makes you feel all icky for liking it.
3. Again, the song can be brand new or just new to you. There’s no statute of limitations on guilty pleasures.
4. Let your friends know about the project. Get them to contribute.
Check in often to see who has contributed what. I’ve started things off with “Ballroom Blitz” from the Sweet. And as a drummer, I still can’t figure out how to play that lick properly.
As you’re thinking about that, here’s what was collected for the last Recommendation Project playlist: