April 14, 2005

Sowing Wild Hall & Oates

We're close enough now that I think I can admit certain things to you. We can talk about the hard issues. I know you'll be honest with me and, most importantly, you won't judge me. This is hard to talk about but I'll try. You see, yesterday I found myself surfing iTunes for Hall & Oates songs. As with most things, it's all American Idol's fault. Hell, Hall and Oates were there in the audience. The music they made is addictive, like little rocks of musical crack. And there I was bending over the pipe in the dark alleyways of guilty pleasures.

It gets worse...

I continued surfing and wandered into territory made familiar to me by my childhood. I'll admit to checking out (but not buying...please keep that in mind) the Seals & Crofts greatest hits album along with Year of the Cat by Al Stewart. Worst of all? John Denver. I ran across the four CD anthology and played clip after clip. And though it frightens me to the very core of my being, I knew almost all of the words. Despite the fact that never has there been a more soul-less white man to strum a guitar in the history of the planet, I kinda liked some of the stuff.

After realizing what I'd been doing and coming to my senses, I immediately cranked Velvet Revolver in an attempt to restore some semblance of balance to the universe and thumb my nose at the old person taking up part of my brain, essentially saying: Hey, I'm young, internal old dude, and I rock! Bleeding eardrums are cool! Fucking-A, lets mosh!

Now, I know I'm not alone. What are your guiltiest musical pleasures?

Posted by Chris at April 14, 2005 07:27 AM

Wow, I'm first, the pressure lol!
I bought last year, and only listened to once mind you!!! The Partridge Family Christmas CD. There I said it whew!!!

Posted by: Nina at April 14, 2005 07:37 AM

I, too, have succumbed to the siren song of Hall & Oates on iTunes. In a quest to recapture the limited record collection of my early youth, I have also been tempted by Kenny Rogers and Barry Manilow...

Posted by: Nicole at April 14, 2005 07:44 AM

I lurve me some Hall & Oates!

Posted by: Tricia at April 14, 2005 07:51 AM

Old country music. I know all the words because my parents use to listen to it. Well maybe it's no tthat old, but from the 70's & 80's. I know all the words it seems...

Posted by: Autumn at April 14, 2005 07:54 AM

ugh....fine, if i HAVE to admit this:

even though i tend to HATE country music, i just LOVE me some dwight yoakum. yep. i admitted it. i feel like i'm in therapy now.

Posted by: jen at April 14, 2005 08:20 AM

*gasp* oh the horror!! Well, I am glad you feel that you can come to us with this sort of stuff. *grin*

Posted by: Lauren at April 14, 2005 08:22 AM

Ahhh, Chris, it speaks volumes to our relationship that you are able to be so open....so honest. You needn't worry, you'll always be my first blog crush.

Having inspired me...
*said in a whisper*, Donna Summer, The Carpenters, and more recently, *gasp*!, a boy band, Maroon 5.

Be gentle....

Posted by: lu at April 14, 2005 08:22 AM

I'll own up to The Carpenters as well as Hall & Oats. But who doesn't love Sarah Smile? And as a kid I had a big crush on John Denver but that might be because he was always hanging out with the Muppets.

Posted by: Katie B at April 14, 2005 08:32 AM

Nothing at all wrong in that, don't be ashamed, it just means you are well rounded.

My all time favorites are Brandy (Your a Fine Girl) by Looking Glass and Crimson and Clover by Tommy James and the Shondells (not Joan Jett!)

Posted by: wlfldy at April 14, 2005 08:37 AM

So I wasn't the only one humming the H&O song after American Idol?

good to know.

Posted by: Stacey at April 14, 2005 08:53 AM

I have also been subjected to country music in my younger days...what can you do when you are stuck in a pick-up truck for hours on end going cross country? Just sing along.....you can't deny your urges!

Posted by: Michelle at April 14, 2005 08:58 AM

Don't laugh ok? Barry freakin' Manilow. Especially Mandy. It actually makes me tear up, it always has. GAH! Stop laughing at me! I want to curl up under my desk and cry.

Posted by: Duckie at April 14, 2005 09:16 AM

I'm guilty of rocking out in the car to Destiny's Child "Soldier" song. I'm all about the beat though....really. Uhm, also? I like a couple songs from Sinead O'Conner's old Nothing Compares to You Album. Sick, I know. Can't believe that went in writing.

Posted by: JuJuBee at April 14, 2005 09:20 AM

boy please. that's nothing. you know what i searched for on iTunes yesterday? Milli Vanilli songs. Shockingly (!) there were none to be found. So now I have to face the sad fact that iTunes, with all its thousands of silly and nerdy songs, has better taste than me. Not that I really doubted it, but still, to get proof is something else entirely.

Did I learn my lesson though? That's the real question. Let's see, I ended up downloading some C+C Music Factory, a couple Trent D'Arbys, and Sidestepper's "3am: In Beats We Trust". I think the last one redeems me, but just by a teeny-tiny bit. :sigh:

Posted by: patricia at April 14, 2005 09:21 AM

Oh, where to begin....oh yes, Clay Aiken. I am unashamedly a fan, but at least I get that it's not quite normal...so that redeeming, right?

And b/c I can't take your withering glances from 1000 miles away....I'll stop there.

Posted by: Junkie at April 14, 2005 09:33 AM

I am totally going to win this contest for guiltiest musical pleasure. Dan Fogelberg. Yep. I'm not ashamed. Well, maybe a little. But come on - Leader of the Band always makes me cry!

In my defense, a lot of that late 70s/early 80s soft rock brings back so many memories from my childhood because that's what my parents listened to. It's amazing I turned out to be so cool.....

Posted by: donna at April 14, 2005 09:33 AM


(John Denver)

Posted by: Tonya at April 14, 2005 09:33 AM

Welcome to normal! Not really. My guiltiest music sad to say is rap. I listen to a lot of rap. In my defense, I don't really hear words so much as I hear beat. I can listen to a song for years and not really know the words. Growing up as a dancer, I have always listened to beat rather than words.

Posted by: Jazzy at April 14, 2005 09:47 AM

I have to say that Hall and Oates have always made me want to stick forks in my ears till they bleed. I am however the proud owner of several cds that would in the very least inspire serious cringing on the part of many music fans, and far more likely the more serious reaction involving forks.

Without further adieu, I give you:

Aqua (Barbie Girl, wheeeeee)
Bay City Rollers
Boney M
Celine Dion
Hanson (MMMMMMMbop!)
Savage Garden
Spice Girls

Posted by: jen at April 14, 2005 10:04 AM

Oh, I win, right? ;)

Posted by: jen at April 14, 2005 10:04 AM

I am SO showing my age now...guilty music pleasure? *Whispering* The soundtrack to Rocky Horror Picture Show...LOUD in my car as I sing along! GAH...I have a thing for Tim Curry and his voice...THE voice! (Guilty shudder) Here is a little unknown fact...he has his own albums out, thats right folks the old play them on your record player albums! Giggle

Posted by: Gypsy at April 14, 2005 10:10 AM

Oooo, the soundtrack to The Rocky Horror Picture Show rocks!

Posted by: jen at April 14, 2005 10:27 AM


but you knew that, didn't you. and hey, i like some john denver too. growing up for a time, in colorado, in the 70's - it was pretty normal to be able to sing along with him. Plus, he was such good friends with the muppets. that's just cool.

Posted by: jodi at April 14, 2005 10:30 AM

i'm a sucker for Wayne Newton. well, pretty much anything lounge - LOVE Richard Cheese (if you don't have anything by him, please check it out).

i also have a weakness for techno - love me some early Moby.

and classic rock - i grew up listening to it (the joy of having young parents) and know all the words to anything Mott the Hoople and Velvet Underground.

and classic punk/hardcore - gimme some Token Entry, The Accused and early Killing Joke and i'm a happy girl.

Posted by: monique at April 14, 2005 10:38 AM

The Monkees....eeek. I even saw them in concert about 7 years ago...eeek.

Posted by: ::c:: at April 14, 2005 10:49 AM

Chris - hate to say this, but Slash and his old G 'N R mates are now in heavy rotation on the classic rock stations here in San Diego, right alongside the Eagles, REO Speedwagon, and Triumph. And Axl recently turned 43.

Posted by: Jason at April 14, 2005 10:54 AM

Ha. Glad I am not alone with the 'old country' thing. My playlist includes the likes of Kenny Rogers ( ever hear Twenty Years Ago? Makes me cry every.time...), The Oakridge Boys, Boxcar Willie, The Gatlin Brothers, Ronnie Milsap and Don Williams...oh and lotsa John Denver.

As far as Hall and Oates. LOVE them. I don't consider it a guilty pleasure.

That is really sad, huh? lol


Posted by: jen at April 14, 2005 10:59 AM

Old country music, you know Waylon, Willie and the boys. And also, Britney. The former being the regular rotation in my iPod.

Posted by: tonya #2 at April 14, 2005 11:08 AM

too many to state... i always feel stupid, but i love musicals, and their accompanying soundtracks... strange re-makes of Abba for Mama Mia!, or Andrew Lloyd Webber's Phantom of the Opera, Jesus Christ Superstar, Cats...

and then what's worse is the bad list continues... with children songs (one of the best tapes ever was a Cabbage Kid fisher price thing i got when i was like 5... i love it... but dont worry i dont listen to it anymore.. i actually think i lost it), and then we have some Belinda Carlisle, New Kids on the Block , Jim Croce, oh.. and the "we are the world" track which i have on a record (and then copied to dvd to save it)... i'm sorry, but that old school music just can't be lost forever... it has some good aspects to it... sort of! ok.. kill em now, that was embarrasing... what's even worse is that there are so much more...!!!! aagghh!

Posted by: Dubs at April 14, 2005 11:22 AM

Constantine is my guilty pleasure....but I suppsoe you mean musically don't you?

Posted by: Amy at April 14, 2005 11:35 AM

Really any 70's AM rock. Year of the Cat would fit in that genre just fine.

Posted by: Heather at April 14, 2005 11:36 AM

Hall and Oates - that blue-eyed soul thing always worked for me!!! Sara Smile was the best! And older Eagles - I actully missed my street singing New Kid in Town the other night... :)

Posted by: Sue at April 14, 2005 11:42 AM

Old school hardcore/gangsta rap. NWA, Ice-T, Snoop (back in tha day), D.J. Quick, Easy E's solo stuff, 2 Live Crew...all on the playlist.

Posted by: Jason at April 14, 2005 11:48 AM

first off, what's wrong with a little hall & oates? i have their greatest hits.

guiltiest music pleasures? where do i begin? I adore the monkees, justin timberlake and all the *nsync boys, byonce, poison, kelly clarkson...i am bad.

and i don't think maroon 5 should be listed as a guilty pleasure.

Posted by: laura at April 14, 2005 12:17 PM

The Monkees - can't get enough of them, especially on a down day. I can't help but laugh out loud when I hear them!

Posted by: trb at April 14, 2005 12:18 PM

i am finding hall and oates right now. :(

and, even though i listen to it once every like.. 6 months, i can't seem to part with Hanson's first CD.

Posted by: Denise at April 14, 2005 12:19 PM

Even if you don't like Hall & Oats, that song stands on it's own, I love it! As for John Denver? It's happy music. Own it, it's ok. He *was* a talented song writer, no denying it.

Some of these other confessions? Well, I'm a little worried about a few people now, I'll just say that. LOL

After saying that, though, I'll share a few of my own so everyone can see that I too, need serious therapy:

Elton John
Chaka Khan
Britney Spears

One of my favs from the 70s, "Chevy Van" by Sammy Johns. Oh, just download it, you know you want to.

Posted by: Chepooka at April 14, 2005 12:24 PM

Well, as you can see, you are in good company. I consider my husband to be the biggest musical guru in the universe and he owns John Denver (AND my grandfather was John Denver's barber when JD lived in Texas and his name was John Deutschendorf - you are 3 degrees from John Denver!).

My cheesy confessions are: Hall & Oates, anything 70s and country (Ronnie Millsap, Anne Murray, Alabama, Kenny Rogers, Oakridge Boys, etc). One of my all time favorite songs is "Reminiscing" by the Little River Band. Those songs always take me back to the carefree days of my youth and I embrace it! So should you! Music that makes you feel good? Much too rare these days, I think.

Posted by: Ms. Q at April 14, 2005 12:33 PM

Since we're sharing, I will confess to a deep and profound love of Musical Theatre. There, I said it. (Wow, that feels good to get off my chest!) Know what else? Opera! (Gosh, this is great!) I suppose it may have something to do with the fact that I was vocally trained in opera for years, and have a bachelor's degree in Theatre Arts. (Try not to laugh too hard...)

Posted by: Raybelle at April 14, 2005 12:33 PM

You certainly hit a homer with this one. I love year of the cat ("If it doesn't come naturally leave it" was some of the best advise ever sung). I own some John Denver. Worthy of noting is Dan Fogleburg and Jackie Browne. But also love many of the artist listed in comments. We got where we are in life by our experiences and the same goes for our personal musical journeys. Thanks for the memories and best of luck with the addition to your lives. It will change how you look at everything, but it will be with great pride, joy and sometime sleep deprivation.

Posted by: pam at April 14, 2005 12:35 PM

I'm not going to admit that I used to love Captain and Tennille. And I'm also not going to admit that when the Biography Channel did a show about them just last summer that I watched. I refuse to admit any of these things in a public forum.

Posted by: Lori at April 14, 2005 01:03 PM

It's one song, and yet I can barely bring myself to type it--Enrique Igelias' "Escape" aka You can run you can hide but you can't escape my love.

The shame!!!

Posted by: Bond Girl at April 14, 2005 01:31 PM

Chalk me up to the following:
James Taylor, The Allman Brothers Band, The Doobie Brothers, Billy Joel, The Highwaymen, and Queen.
Bo and Constantine got me back to the legends of Skynyrd and Queen.

Posted by: Chris at April 14, 2005 01:39 PM

Guilty pleasures:
Soundtracks of Broadway musicals
Steel drum music
Ska music
(can't believe I'm admitting this)The Village People

Posted by: Krush at April 14, 2005 01:49 PM

Hey. I'm not going to fill you with guilty pleasures but I will tell you to go to itunes...look up the band Shimmer and listen to Sweet Love. They are Hall and Oatish all the way.

Posted by: Amy at April 14, 2005 01:56 PM

David Cassidy.

Especially I Think I Love You.

But here's where my obsession approaches sin:
When Constantine sang it on American Idol?

My two kids sang along.
They knew every single word...

Posted by: Betsy at April 14, 2005 02:07 PM

Damn, just shred the veneer of coolness right off me. The BeeGees. I know, I know, it's ridiculous but those boys had harmony. I don't own any albums (just can't go there) but each and every song that comes on the radio I sing along with and yes, somehow I know all the words. Sigh...

Posted by: Nic at April 14, 2005 04:18 PM

There's no shame. I loved Hall and Oates, IN fACT! They ARE STILL IN! There is a cool Hall & Oates DJ MIX for the clubbers called Private Eyes!

Posted by: mrsmogul at April 14, 2005 04:53 PM

I'm with Bond Girl, "Escape" I think, is cool. And I am not ashamed to admit that. What I am however, reluctant to divulge is that I also really like Cher's (ack!) song "Do You Believe in Life After Love" or whatever the title is. I can dance to it forever. OMG I just lost a bbq chip crumb in my keyboard. (Cher did it.)

Posted by: JuJubee's Mom at April 14, 2005 05:23 PM

1960s-1970s Barbra Streisand. I probably stand alone on this one, but I love me some Babs!

Posted by: Mirella at April 14, 2005 05:47 PM

QUESTION RE: MOVABLE TYPE - the free account thingy.. it says one author and 3 weblogs... does that mean I can only post thrice? or have up to 3 different urls with blogs on them?? I am so confuss-ed :s

Posted by: angel at April 14, 2005 05:55 PM

"Year of the Cat" was the second album I owned. The first was a Donnie Osmond.

Not that I listen to either of them anymore mind you. But I'm pretty sure I'd still remember the words.

Posted by: kalisah at April 14, 2005 06:37 PM

which one is Hall and which one is Oates?

Because the blond one looks like Skeletor. Or the Reanimator.

And the dark one, he has not aged at all.

Posted by: amy at April 14, 2005 06:47 PM

all the music i like is a guilty pleasure, lol!! i went and got me some "she's gone" due to idol also, lol!!

Posted by: lizabetty at April 14, 2005 06:47 PM

My guilty pleasure is Men at Work. Down Under.... Who Can It Be Now? .... Love them!

Posted by: Mala at April 14, 2005 08:40 PM

As you already know, I have an unconditional love for Phil Collins, and even though I hate to admit it, the John Denver song "Thank God I'm A Country Boy" makes me snap my fingers and shout "yee-haw!" Then I come back to my senses, of course.

A few days ago, I bought some Neil Diamond on itunes. Please don't tell anyone!! I'm like 60 years old here!!!

Posted by: Gweny at April 14, 2005 11:41 PM

I love most music, but some is rot to my ears (rap {Sorry} and some of the harsher metal) I partied to the likes of Tesla, White Lion, Poison, Ozzy (rock on dude) AC/DC.

but my little secret guilty music pleasure..
Man, there are too many
but just for the cringe factor (insert evil laugh here)
Night Ranger
Crystal Gayle
Doobie Brothers

Wait for it.....

Wait for it.....

Barry Manilow (shhhh dont tell anyone)

Posted by: Angelia at April 15, 2005 12:13 AM

Guilty musical pleasures? Hmm, let me check... nope, sorry dude. Not me. Nuh uh. I'm completely innocent!


Posted by: sawni at April 15, 2005 01:36 AM

I love TOTO. I could grove along to Africa like 500 times in a row before I got sick of it.

Posted by: annie at April 15, 2005 03:29 AM

I'll admit to be a Rat Pack lover :)) Oh and I'll admit to downloading all 28 episodes of American Idol .. and watching them in 2 weeks. So I actually saw Hall & Oates too :))

Posted by: Sweety at April 15, 2005 10:33 AM

Oh I have one more, Escape(The Pina Colada Song) by Rupert Holmes...!

**do you like pina coladas?**

Posted by: ::c:: at April 15, 2005 01:50 PM

Oh no, has this become a True Confessions kind of blog? Say it ain't so. But while I'm here...I must confess that I like some John Denver, too. And I'm okay with that. It's weird yes, to love Ozzy, and Godsmack, and John Denver but I've learned to deal. What I truly can't stand is that I often find myself physically getting into songs from artists I hate, like Prince, for example, or maybe even a *gasp* RAP song! I don't know what it is. I would never listen to them by choice, but something about music in general just gets me moving!

Posted by: Wildcat at April 15, 2005 02:30 PM

ABBA, Barry Manilow, Ozzy Osbourne. My youngest brother has this to say about me and my delight in Ozzy's music... "it's like catching the sweet, gentle librarian in a cornfield sprinkling chicken blood over a virgin sacrifice."

Posted by: etherian at April 15, 2005 02:36 PM

I still listen to Hanson. Shoot me!

Posted by: Chrissy at April 15, 2005 03:16 PM

I'll confess to lots of 80's pop (I have five different complilation CDs in the car, including one with just songs from 1983,) show tunes, and ABBA. My four year old sings along to "Walk the Dinosour" by Was Not Was. Does that constitute child abuse?

Posted by: MamaKaren at April 15, 2005 04:16 PM

Yes, I'm a Hall & Oates Closet junkie... I love em' and I was so excited to see them on Idol this week.

I also listen (but don't tell anyone) to Barry Manilow and Kenny Rogers..HA!

I'm actually planning on seeing Barry in Vegas this summer :)

Posted by: Lauren at April 15, 2005 10:45 PM

The Xanadu soundtrack, and Air Supply.

Posted by: Jen at April 16, 2005 11:22 AM

I confess to wearing out not 1, not 2, but 3 albums (vinyl!) of Tears for Fears back in the day. I keep the CD close by. I also sing Savage Garden when no one is around. Somehow I don't feel the catharsis I thought I would...

Posted by: bd at April 18, 2005 01:45 PM