From sweet and smooth classics, to new names, to old names with new music...the focus here, is to shine a little light on some damn fine music.

I'll find it. You can listen, review, or tell me I wouldn't know good music if it kicked me in the ass. I personally don't give a shit.

Friday, May 11, 2012

Guilty Pleasures: Things Can Only Get Better

Guilty Pleasures.

We all have them. Whether it's eating a pint of ice cream in the middle of the night or watching an old "B" movie in the middle of the day, there are some things we enjoy in spite of the fact that usually they are either A) a waste of calories or B) a waste of time.

Then there are the musical guilty pleasures, and that's where we will go today. A single song, or maybe a band which is so outside your normal range of enjoyment and love it. The song that if you're old enough to remember, you would have purchased the 45 rpm, but never the album. These days downloading makes everything a world of singles...but I digress.

So, today we start another new feature that we will visit from time to time...Guilty Pleasures. Let's start with one of mine.

For the most part, I hate techno music. I am an old school rocker who loves to get buried in the blues. I am not into the "beats" or electronics made to sound like real, what the hell is the point?  But just like on the Life blog when I posted an example of my writing when I was a kid (147 years ago), I will now embarrass myself on the Music blog by posting my Guilty Pleasure.

Howard Jones. There, I've said it.
It was the 80s and I was young(er). Having lived through the British Invasion, Hard Rock, Country Rock, Metal...etc, now we had Techno-Pop. ugh. I know nothing about Howard Jones and have no desire to even look him up on Wikipedia. Knock yourself out if you have the desire. However, there are two songs by Howard Jones which make me happy. They are my guilty pleasures.

Today's Tastes:

"No One Is To Blame"
"Things Can Only Get Better"

Ok, I've shown mine, let's see yours.  Leave a comment or send me an email...yours might be the next guilty pleasure we highlight.


  1. Well, as a kid, I was also rock crazy, Def Leppard, Kingdom Come, Giant, get the drift...hated commercial, disco or techno crap...but my guilty little pleasure was Bananarama....yes, it's out now....MTC

  2. Nice, but was it the music or the babes? LOL

  3. The music was annoyingly catch, and I did have a soft spot for Kerin. Did like the pop rock of Duran Duran and Spandau Ballet. Oh and, an all time favourite, I say this in VERY hushed tones...ABBA!Never mention this again. My rock image will be in tatters. MTC

    1. Ha, there's an ABBA tune for everyone. Mamma Mia didn't make a bizillion dollars for nothing! Promise at some point ABBA will show up on the blog...can't avoid it.

  4. I must admit i still have Howard Jones 45rpm in my collection. Along with some other 80"s classics.............................. OY !

  5. not surprising, since we had quite a few dance nights in my living room back then...can you say "hot,hot,hot"

  6. The fact that I had a punk Howard Jones-ish haircut is my dark secret - oh G-d! Hey those 80's tunes served their purpose - dance parties! I just googled 80's new wave and there are a lot of my old faves on there :)

  7. I can't think of many guilty pleasures cause you know, in my book - it's all good. It's music. I mean unless we bring up say, Bobby Sherman. Dare you not to bop along - Split Enz - I Got You:

    Of course there is the matter of Kelly Clarkson's "What Doesn't Kill You Makes You Stronger..." Julian's got me listening to all the latest pop!