The Recommendation Project Part 8: Guilty Pleasures

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 ( 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:

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 30+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

6 thoughts on “The Recommendation Project Part 8: Guilty Pleasures

  • September 2, 2011 at 3:05 pm

    Speaking of Ballroom Blitz, we did a fairly heavy cover of that song on our debut which just came out in July. You can listen to the album (and our version of Blitz) on Grooveshark: Here. We think we really made it our own. Hope you all enjoy!

  • September 2, 2011 at 5:42 pm

    Okay, okay, I'll admit it. During my youth, I listened mostly to hair bands, then got into alt-rock (Cure, Depeche Mode) before getting swept up into the grunge wave.

    Yet, during that time, I MAY have popped a Pet Shop Boys compilation into my CD changer more than a few times. I guess with all the angst, I needed some well-produced airy synth-pop for a breather!

  • September 2, 2011 at 7:47 pm

    Another guilty pleasure of mine is April Wine. Can't explain it. Sorry.

  • September 4, 2011 at 12:25 am

    i proudly own the entire back catalogue from KMFDM, front 242, NIN, ministry, my life with the thrill kill kult, nitzer ebb … and phil collins. in fact, i've seen him in concert twice.

  • September 4, 2011 at 4:02 pm

    I Too Enjoy Phill Collins
    No Jackets Required was one of my frist Lp's
    When Shep played In The Air Toninght I was hooked but when Sussudio hit the 45 shelves it was on.
    lol! but my real guilty pleasure it Stevei B.
    Spring Love
    80's Euro In General is kinda fun eh!
    When ever I played What's On Your Mind I wasn't doing it cuz it was a Alt Crossover hit but because it remeinded me of the Great "freestyle" classics.
    Please do forgive me.


  • September 5, 2011 at 4:10 am

    I am a 35 year old hipster rock snob. And I can't keep myself from liking Milkshake by Kelis.


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