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Everybody must have some songs which are far from their normal or habitual listening but which in spite of themselves the cannot help themselves from liking- even at the expense of public ridicule or uncoolness.

Should have a lot more but I'll admit I always like that  old song by Middle Of The Road Chirpy Chirpy Cheep Cheep ( starts Where's your mama gone....) Very early childhood memory- heard it in a cinema when very young.

Genie by  Elton John

Blue Savannah - Erasure

Loads more but need to give it some more thought.....



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Recall getting slated by ArrGee in recent past for buying Boney M. Oh well, might as well give him the ammo for a few weeks worth of abuse....

My singles collection includes:-

Two Little Boys, Ernie, couple of Pinky and Perky (Tom Dooley and Those Magnificent Men in Their Flying Machines) and Rupert Bear theme, although in my defence I was a kid when I asked for/bought them.

Classics from a little later (to me at least, in terms of acquiring) would be The Night Chicago Died (never did get Billy Don't Be a Hero...liked it tho smile), Little Arrows, Speedy Gonzales, Zorba's Dance, Excerpt from a Teenage Opera (Grocer Jack), Mouldy Old Dough, Black Pudding Bertha, Captain Beaky, and possibly the best of all "Et Les Oiseaux Chantaient". Not ashamed to admit to about 5 Showaddywaddy singles and 3 or 4 Mud, as well as the couple of Boney M.

Off the top of my head, brown paper bag jobs from my teens (and twenties no) would be Dance Yourself Dizzy, The Final Countdown, Edelweiss - Bring Me Edelweiss and London Boys - Requiem. Probably loads of others that some might consider naff (e.g. Adam and the Ants) but others wouldn't. 

Since CDs, and especially the bargain buys, I've amassed a sizeable collection of TV Themes, kid's song compilations (as in Junior Choice favourites etc) and various uncool artist compilations such as Val Doonican, but as I do discos I use that as an excuse for having to acquire novelty tracks, hence having Barbie Girl and Crazy Frog on CD single amongst others.

Guilty...and proven Guilty!



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Two Little Boys,

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 Not ashamed to admit to about 5 Showaddywaddy singles and 3 or 4 Mud, .

.... Probably loads of others that some might consider naff (e.g. Adam and the Ants) but others wouldn't. 


When I was six my uncle got married and I was a page boy and they dressed me up as a soldier with a bear skin and got me to sing Two Little Boys on stage.  So I guess I must have liked it and to be fair the song isn't so bad with Splodgenessabounds and Jarvis C0cker having done it.

Mud and Showaddywaddy also loom large in my collection.  I think they seemed good at first (Crazy/Hypnosis/Dynamite and Under The Moon of Love), but by about 1978 I was a bit embarrased by the likes of Lonely This Christmas and the Buddy Holly covers.  Still in denial over them.

And what is wrong with Adam & The Ants!  Ok went a but crap after Stand & Deliver, but up to then were a kicking band.  Deutscher Girls, Plastic Surgery, Dog Eat Dog, Antmusic, Kings of the Wild Frontier et al are real bonafide classics.

I suspect my guilty pleasure is a weakness for girl soul singers singing soppy ballards from Dionne Warwick, through Whitney Houston and onto Duffy and Adele.



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I actually got into music relatively late, but do remember loving Save Your Kisses For Me (sorry ArrGee!!) closely followed by purchase of Angelo and Figaro! But within a reasonably short space of time bought London Calling by Clash and I Don't Like Mondays, so slightly redeemed myself. Went slightly off the rails with a brief Shakin' Stevens episode, and also loved Adam and the Ants - I worked at the London Library years ago and he (Adam) was actually a member, listed under A for Ant - though didn't recall him actually borrowing any books! Was also very excited one day when a colleague informed me that Bob Geldof was in - unfortunately it was B A Robertson! But he was a very good song writer, so guess that was still quite cool in a way.

Do remember listening to Junior Choice with Tony Blackburn on a Sunday morning when I was probably too old to publicly admit it - and mainly enjoying the music

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More  songs that come to mind that I admit to liking for no rational reasons include

Does Your Mother Know - Abba

Forever In Blue Jeans -Neil Diamond

Holiday - Boney M (reminds me of school holidays, late seventies)

Memory must be fading because there should be loads more, those songs that just come into your head. Certain seventies disco classics can be appealing just for their ott nature and sense of fun.

Certain songs just bring back strange memories like the Goombay Dance Band from the early Summer of 1982 or Einstein AGo Go from 1981-generally memories of schooldays- so these songs despite being uncool can hold a place of affection in our hearts.

 



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 Einstein A Go Go from 1981


What is wrong with that?  That's a great song.  Landscape also did a song called Norman Bates which was also a great track.

One artist I did like a lot was, ahem, Gary Glitter.  You never hear his songs on the radio these days.  I wonder why?  After all, they still play Michael Jackson, The Rolling Stones and The Who.   I had a seventies complilation on in the car recently and we were all singing along to I'm The Leader of The Gang!

C'mon, c'mon, C'mon, c'mon, C'mon, c'mon, c'mon, I say!

[That truly is guilty listening or at the very least listening to the guilty]



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http://youtu.be/Oxzg_iM-T4E

 

http://youtu.be/9SiuhGv10nk

 

http://youtu.be/BTS3smoMIAc

 

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JX- Nothing I won't do is a good song- pure pop rather than kitsch or camp.

Living By Numbers by Nu Musik is again a proper song that nobody would be embarrassed in saying the like.

5 7 0 9 by Cityboy is a good call.  A bit cheesy but that's what were looking for.

Two more of my selections - the wonderful Luton Airport by Cats UK- Brilliant lyrics/tune

and Casanova ( your playing days are over) Seventies disco classic.



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Living By Numbers by Nu Musik is again a proper song that nobody would be embarrassed in saying the like.


 I really liked New Musik!  I thought they were quite profound.  I guess the main problem was the Buggles like sound, but I thought they were one of the better electro pop griups.



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ArrGee wrote:
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Living By Numbers by Nu Musik is again a proper song that nobody would be embarrassed in saying the like.


 I really liked New Musik!  I thought they were quite profound.  I guess the main problem was the Buggles like sound, but I thought they were one of the better electro pop griups.


 Sorry about the spelling it is "new". Straight Lines and Sanctuary were too good singles by New Music, very late seventies sound. Looking at them on TOPT on Youtube they may lack a bit of rock star charisma. Think the meaning of the songs are lost on the very young sheepish audience in that tv studio.



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noelindublin wrote:
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Living By Numbers by Nu Musik is again a proper song that nobody would be embarrassed in saying the like.


 I really liked New Musik!  I thought they were quite profound.  I guess the main problem was the Buggles like sound, but I thought they were one of the better electro pop griups.


 Sorry about the spelling it is "new". Straight Lines and Sanctuary were too good singles by New Music, very late seventies sound. Looking at them on TOPT on Youtube they may lack a bit of rock star charisma. Think the meaning of the songs are lost on the very young sheepish audience in that tv studio.


The first two albums were full of really good songs (World of Water, Carving Knife, Luxury, Dead Fish...).  The third album was less coherent.  The problem with listening to the albums now is that the production seems weedy, and electronic music has moved on considerably since those days.  At the time, it worked,  but it dated very quicky.  Within 3 years you had Blue Monday which sounded very different.  

Liked is probably the operative word as it's not the sort of music I would listen to now, but back at the start of the eighties it was something different.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Synthpop



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Always like the Associates and the singer Billy Mckenzie. A lot of the synth pop bands released good singles but probably wouldn't be considered album artists. Of course the sound has improved no end. Isn't that fake brass at the end of Drag Me Down by the Rats. You can always tell.

Most of the mainstream synthpop type bands produced decent enough music. That sound will always be in fashion because the music biz tends to have a revival of any particular sound every few years, as it continues to exhaust the possibility of anything really new and original.

I'd imagine you could easily surpass the synth sound of the eighties with equipment costing a fraction of the price and do things not though possible back in the day, all on a laptop.



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Always like the Associates and the singer Billy Mckenzie. A lot of the synth pop bands released good singles but probably wouldn't be considered album artists. 


 Another great act.  How come so many are getting namechecked in this thread?  Sulk is a great album to disprove your point



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I think 'Wandrin' Star' is a brilliant song, even more so after a few drinks. Also really like ELO (admittedly only got from about 76-79 stuff) but, like Adam and Ants (or even Associates), really can't see the shame in that even if others scoff.

Bat of Hell album is another deemed uncool, but simply a classic from start to finish.

Guess this thread could be split into uncool (but musically not bad) or just plain dreadful. With ArrGee on the 'deliberately purchased with that acknowledged' criterion though.

For the perceived 'dreadful' category, but again I like the tracks, I bought within last couple of years the Best of the Wombles and Best of the Spice Girls. 



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For the perceived 'dreadful' category, but again I like the tracks, I bought within last couple of years the Best of the Wombles and Best of the Spice Girls. 


 mmm, now that is shameful.   Which tracks do you like?  Pray tell.



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 uncool (but musically not bad)


 I wouldn't say the Associates nor Adam & The Ants are uncool.  I mean even the Smiths wrote songs about Billy McKensie (William It was really Nothing) and his great response (Stephen you're still really something).  Kings of the Wild Frontier is just an iconic LP, an absolute must have in any "record collection!".

 

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William,_It_Was_Really_Nothing

 

The song is popularly believed to have been written by Morrissey about his short-lived friendship with Billy Mackenzie, lead singer of Associates. The compilation Associates: Double Hipness released in Aug 2000 included the song "Stephen You're Really Something" recorded by Billy MacKenzie and Alan Rankine during the Associates reunion in 1993 as a tribute to "William, It Was Really Nothing". Morrissey himself has said of his song:

What 'William It Was Really Nothing' is about is... it occurred to me that within popular music if ever there were any records that discussed marriage they were always from the female's standpoint - female singers singing to women: whenever there were any songs saying 'do not marry, stay single, self-preservation, etc'. I thought it was about time there was a male voice speaking directly to another male saying that marriage was a waste of time... that, in fact, it was 'absolutely nothing'.


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ArrGee wrote:
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For the perceived 'dreadful' category, but again I like the tracks, I bought within last couple of years the Best of the Wombles and Best of the Spice Girls. 


 mmm, now that is shameful.   Which tracks do you like?  Pray tell.


 Always liked Minuetto Alegretto and the Madame Cholet track, and defy anyone not to like Remember You're a Womble smile.

As for the girlies, Spice Up Your Life is worth buying Greatest Hits for on its own.

 

 



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 Always liked Minuetto Alegretto and the Madame Cholet track, and defy anyone not to like Remember You're a Womble smile.

As for the girlies, Spice Up Your Life is worth buying Greatest Hits for on its own.


And I thought Boney M was your low....

 



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I thought it would be easier for me to list my guilty favourites but somehow my mind has gone a bit blank on this subject.

Two more I can list (blushing) Floral Dance by Terry Wogan always amuses me. Just watched Tel do this on TOTP and not sure who was more embarrassed, Wogan or the seventies teens. Wogan preempts Morrissey with his bunch of flowers so maybe that's where Moz got his idea!

Lost My Heart To A Starship Trooper- Sarah Brightman 1978- Crazy ott seventies disco with a video to match.

Low Rider by War - More mad blaxploitation, than cheesy. Crazy predictable video - pimps riding in big cars dressed in fur coats on a washed out screen. We want more!

 



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Two more I can list (blushing) Floral Dance by Terry Wogan ...


 The truly embarrssing stuff is coming out now.  Can't be too long before someone admits a fondness for The Birdie Song, Agadoo or Mr Blobby!

There are songs I used to like, but nowadays realise it was a big mistake.  IMHO the worse was Gertcha by Chas 'n' Dave.  At first I thought it was alright, and even the beer ad was OK.  But as the years went by and the beardy c0ck-a-knee spurm scum regalled me with winning the cup for tottyham and their snooker b0llox, I realised how sh!te they were.  

The final straw was when I went to see The Libertines in their last concert (well before the reunion) and who should be there as support?  None other than the c0ck-a-knee w@nkers themselves.    I fcuking hate them.



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Blue Savannah - Erasure

Loads more but need to give it some more thought.....


 I went to see Erasure at the weekend...



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ArrGee wrote:
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Two more I can list (blushing) Floral Dance by Terry Wogan ...


 The truly embarrssing stuff is coming out now.  Can't be too long before someone admits a fondness for The Birdie Song, Agadoo or Mr Blobby!

There are songs I used to like, but nowadays realise it was a big mistake.  IMHO the worse was Gertcha by Chas 'n' Dave.  At first I thought it was alright, and even the beer ad was OK.  But as the years went by and the beardy c0ck-a-knee spurm scum regalled me with winning the cup for tottyham and their snooker b0llox, I realised how sh!te they were.  

The final straw was when I went to see The Libertines in their last concert (well before the reunion) and who should be there as support?  None other than the c0ck-a-knee w@nkers themselves.    I fcuking hate them.



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 Drugs can do funny things to peoples judgement. Mr Doherty has finally got his comeuppance, with a six month jail sentence- meaning he will miss the start of QPR's Premiership season, and all the photo ops that would involve, posing down at loftus Road.

You'd really have a dilemma if some brilliant new band you'd just heard turned out to be diehard S***s supporters.



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You'd really have a dilemma if some brilliant new band you'd just heard turned out to be diehard S***s supporters.

I doubt anything good would come from supporting spurms.

Oddly I always thought Phil Collins was a total cnut, but I found out he is a spurms fan as well, so I was right biggrin  http://www.mehstg.com/fans_proof.htm

Arsenal, of course, have Mick Jagger, Ray Davies, Roger Daltrey and John Lydon as fans.  True rock credentials biggrin

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arsenal_F.C._supporters#List_of_notable_supporters

 

And John Lennon even had the Gunners on the cover of his LP

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:JohnLennon-albums-wallsandbridges.jpg

 

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