Thursday, January 17, 2008

Bad band confessional - the penultimate ARC contest

Congrats to Erica J. from MySpace for winning last week's ARC drawing, and thanks to everyone who shared their misheard lyrics. Many laughs were had.

The other night I was listening to the Go Go's Beauty and the Beat for the first time in over two decades. It was one of my favorite albums growing up, and I was thrilled to discover that I agreed with my thirteen-year-old self that it was a fantastic album (and that my thirteen-year-old self was spot on when she felt that "You Can't Walk in Your Sleep (If You Can't Sleep)" is the flattest track).

(As an aside, I was able to remember words to songs I hadn't heard in over twenty years. Yet I can't remember where I left my snow boots, and I just saw them yesterday. Somewhere. In the house. On a floor of some sort.)

Mostly, though, when I look back at the bands I liked as a pre-teen and teenager, I cringe. In some cases, I don't feel outright shame. For instance, I went through a whole progressive/art rock phase, worshiping bands like Steely Dan, Yes, Rush, Emerson Lake & Palmer (and, oh save us Lord, who can forget the Law Offices of Anderson Bruford Wakeman Howe?). From an objective quality standpoint, they're all excellent bands; but now they make me want to puke.

The same lack of embarrassment does not apply to Loverboy.

Man, I loved those tantalizing troubadours from Toronto. I played "Working for the Weekend"* first thing when I got home from middle school every Friday. I stared longingly at Mike Reno's red-leather-clad butt on the cover of Get Lucky (I assumed the lead singer was the model, which I now realize was probably not the case). And who can forget that sweatband thingie?

So for this week's comment contest (from which I will draw a winner of an Advance Review Copy of Wicked Game, deadline next Thursday at noon EST as usual):

Which band makes you want to smack your twelve-year-old (or twenty-year-old) self upside the head with the Mighty Baseball Bat of Good Taste?

I promise not to get mad if it's the Go-Go's.

*a brief perusal of YouTube didn't turn up an original video of "WftW," but here's "Turn Me Loose," which, upon reflection, is not a half-bad song, for what it was.

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At 22, I don't think I'm old enough for this contest to actually apply to me, but I could smack my twelve-year-old self for enjoying the first Britney Spears album simply on principle. I just really want an ARC. :D

Posted by: Anonymous Anonymous at 1/18/2008 2:05 PM

You know, that sounds worse than I meant it! Not to imply you're old. Simply that you are older than me and the distance between you and your bad music memories is greater than mine and therefore more than likely funnier.

Posted by: Anonymous Anonymous at 1/18/2008 4:36 PM

Air Supply. Although, if asked, I will deny it. :-)


Posted by: Anonymous Anonymous at 1/18/2008 5:57 PM

I still adore Bon Jovi. :)

Posted by: Blogger Catie at 1/19/2008 6:02 PM

I'm still an Eagles fan. As for a group I can't believe I ever liked, that would have to be the Monkees. No accounting for taste when we're kids.:-)

I got my arc of Wicked Game in today's mail. I can't wait to read it. Hopefully, it will help take my mind off this cold I have.

Posted by: Blogger Unknown at 1/19/2008 6:53 PM

I hate to admit this but I use to like Wreckx-N-Effect.

Cherie K

Posted by: Anonymous Anonymous at 1/19/2008 7:28 PM

Poison...I was addicted to I want action...what's really bad is when I saw Brett Michael's on Rock of Love....I refuse to think any further about some of the music I used to listen to:)!

Posted by: Anonymous Anonymous at 1/21/2008 3:18 PM

Backstreet Boys.
Spice Girls.

I listen to nearly everything but this modern Britney Spearsy pop.

When I was in high school, kids used to tease me about listening to Simon & Garfunkel, but I still don't understand why.

Posted by: Anonymous Anonymous at 1/22/2008 12:44 AM

You know, there aren't any bands I can think of that I liked in year 7 that I don't like now. Probably a few songs I got sick of, but I don't remember those. Seriously, my family has multiple copies of the Aqua CDs around the house that get played on the computer and in the car. I think we just don't know the meaning of 'bad taste' :)

For the record, I like both the songs you cited by Loverboy. Even though I probably wasn't born when they came out.

Posted by: Anonymous Anonymous at 1/22/2008 1:51 AM

OK....(cringe) New Kids on the Block! I have never admitted that to anyone! Even back in the day I would secretly listen to it, I was never one of the cool kids, but I did have a crush on Jordan.

Posted by: Anonymous Anonymous at 1/22/2008 11:00 AM

I guess it'd have to be Spice Girls.

Posted by: Blogger J at 1/24/2008 1:40 PM

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