Here I go again on my own…

by Stephen Tall on August 3, 2006

“So bad it’s good” – how often has this clichéd expression been deployed as a skirt behind which some ponced-up pseudo-intellectual can hide when confessing to his love of cultural detritus?

Here I go, then, with my “So bad it’s good” musical list – all of which can be found on my iPod – inspired by Q magazine’s Top 10 Guilty Pleasures, and already blogged about at Love and Liberty.

Think of these songs as the musical equivalent of eating a cold, leftover pizza slice with salad cream to nurse a Tequila hangover – the taste might be shocking, but sometimes nothing else will do.

  • All Saints (Never Ever)
  • Alvin Stardust (My Coo-Ca-Choo)
  • Andreas Johnson (Glorious)
  • Avril Lavigne (Sk8er Boi)
  • Bananarama (Love in the First Degree)
  • blink-182 (All the Small Things)
  • Boney M (Rasputin)
  • Brian McFadden (Real to Me)
  • Busted (Year 3000)
  • Charlotte Church (Crazy Chick)
  • Daphne & Celeste (U.G.L.Y.)
  • Darius (Rushes)
  • Dolly Parton (Jolene)
  • Emma Bunton (Maybe)
  • Falco (Rock Me Amadeus)
  • 5ive (Everybody Get Up)
  • G4 (Creep)
  • Girls Aloud (Racey Lacey)
  • Hanson (MMMBop)
  • Julian Lennon (Saltwater)
  • Mark Owen (Four Minute Warning)
  • Nena (99 Red Balloons)
  • Rachel Stevens (Sweet Dreams My LA Ex)
  • Ricky Martin (Livin’ La Vida Loca)
  • Robbie Williams (Radio)
  • S Club 7 (Don’t Stop Movin’)
  • Shampoo (Trouble)
  • Shania Twain (That Don’t Impress Me Much)
  • The B-52s (Love Shack)
  • Wheatus (Teenage Dirtbag)
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Think of these songs as the musical equivalent of eating a cold pizza slice with salad cream to nurse a Tequila hangover

I am scandalised that you know of such things…:)

But will agree on Wheatus and Nena. Do you have the English version of 99 Luftballon? I could only find the German one when I looked. But I have fond memories of the year it was in the charts (1984 I think?). I believe Wheatus’s keyboard player (though not when “Teenage Dirtbag” was current) is an Oxford chap (played at Catweazle once).

by Jock Coats on August 3, 2006 at 6:45 pm. Reply #

All Saints (Never Ever)

Disgraceful. “Pure Shores” is far superior 😉

by phil on August 3, 2006 at 7:21 pm. Reply #

Your’ve got me guiltily looking at my ipod playlists, most I’d be prepared to admit to in polite company, but there are a couple of frankly dodgy choices as well.

Perhaps worst by some margin is Eros Ramazzottii (I was going theough my Euro power ballads phase), also B52s (Roam), Gabrielle (what was I thinking of) and Sash (whatever did happen to them?). Wang Chung – takes me back but very dated.

by Mark L on August 8, 2006 at 9:33 pm. Reply #

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