Wednesday, July 12, 2006

We built this city on really, really cheesy songs

The responses to this post have inspired me to collect and expose to you all what I think are the most embarrassing songs in my iTunes collection (I am not including songs purchased or otherwise uploaded to my computer for the purpose of entertaining my son--although I would maintain that his musical taste is quite sophisticated.)

  1. "Lonely Boy" by Andrew Gold

  2. "Break Stuff" by Limp Bizkit (for when I'm a really angry pregnant lawyer)

  3. "Who Let the Dogs Out" by Baha Men

  4. "Tubthumping" by Chumbawumba

  5. "Superman (It's Not Easy)" by Five for Fighting

  6. "Underneath It All" by No Doubt (this song is just horrible, though the rest of the album is quite good)

  7. "Your Body Is a Wonderland" by John Mayer

  8. "Everybody's Free (To Wear Sunscreen)" by Baz Luhrmann(?)

  9. "Night Fever" by the Bee Gees

  10. "We Built This City" by Starship

In my defense, let me state that most of these songs appear on my computer because they were on compilation CDs.

This was actually a fun but difficult exercise, because while I assume there are some people who would consider other songs in my collection (e.g., Sanford & Townsend's "Smoke From a Distant Fire" or Supertramp's "Goodbye, Stranger" or Little River Band's "Reminiscing") to be quite embarrassing and shameful, I would fiercely defend those very songs and their inclusion in my music collection.

So now it's your turn: what are the most embarrassing songs you have on your iPod?


Anonymous Lisa V said...

I am a damn loser, because I could sing the lyrics to almost everyone of those songs. I owned "Lonely Boy" on a 45 in 6th or 7th grade.

My most humilating stuff has to be Billy Joel or James Taylor.

12:16 AM, July 13, 2006  
Blogger Gina said...

Ok, well based on yours, my most embarassing songs would have to be "Jive Talkin'" by the Bee Gees and "If I Can't Have You" by Yvonne Ellman, both off the same soundtrack.

1:10 AM, July 13, 2006  
Anonymous Kristen said...

I have "Livin' the Vida Loca" by Ricky Martin. And "Gambler" and "Lucille" by Kenny Rogers.

My dad used to listen to country music, and on one particularly bad day this spring, I bought a few Kenny Rogers songs to make me feel better.

Your life is never quite as bad as the protaganist in a Kenny Roger's song....

As for the Ricky Martin...when my daugher had colic one of the things that would stop the crying spells was crazy dancing to fast paced music. She was partial to Ricky Martin. (bad taste in music at only 6 weeks old!)

7:02 AM, July 13, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

hands down, the most embarrassing song on my IPod is "MmmmBop" by Hanson.

For obvious reasons, I shall remain anonymous.

8:13 AM, July 13, 2006  
Blogger Songbird said...

"Reminiscing" is embarassing?
I must admit to having a little bit of Billy Joel. Okay, a fair amount. I can't help it. I'm old.
Is that worse than show tunes?

8:34 AM, July 13, 2006  
Anonymous nsah said...

You have We Built This City? We need to update your virus protection.

I have a live version of Bow Wow Wow's Do You Wanna Hold Me?, a couple of Corrs songs, Devo's twisted take on Satisfaction, a ton of Go-Go's songs including Skidmarks on My Heart, a few Sesame Street tunes and a lot of Rush and Yes.

8:48 AM, July 13, 2006  
Anonymous KathyR said...

Old Elton John songs. I can't help it. It's a junior high flashback.

10:35 AM, July 13, 2006  
Blogger Scrivener said...

Barenaked Ladies, "Lovers in a Dangerous Time." (Don't know exactly how it got on there, maybe from a compilation CD.)
Big Mountain, "Baby I Love Your Way" from the Reality Bites soundtrack, but that's going to be taken off since the iPod is very close to full.
My wife put Blondie's "Call Me" on iTunes to use in a compilation CD. It's not loaded on my iPod, but it is still on my laptop.
I've got the VH-1 Corrs album, mainly b/c I like the cover of "When the Stars Go Blue" a lot.
Does Devo's "Whip It" count as music to be embarrassed about?
How about ELO's "Mr. Blue Sky"? I downloaded that one b/c someone posted it and a few covers of it.
I've got Jimmy Buffet's "Changes in Latitude" but only because I was assigned by my guitar instrcutor to learn the song as practice on the Bm & F#m chord, so I downloaded it to listen to.
Some people might consider the Monty Python CD to be cheesy. I am not one of those people.
I've got one track by Rush, "Time Stand Still."
Salt-n-Pepa's "Push It" is on my laptop, again because of my wife, but it's not on my iPod.

10:48 AM, July 13, 2006  
Blogger Mad Cabbie said...

I am a closet ABBA fan, sometimes I go and hide in my basement to listen.

You don't see a lot of 6' 2" 205lbs black men singing along with cheezy ABBA tunes!

11:06 AM, July 13, 2006  
Anonymous Justine said...

I kinda like "Lonely Boy" -- Boogie Nights was my first introduction to it, and now it's on one of the compilation CDs that a friend made for me (he burned me a bunch of late '70s mix CDs)

"Tubthumping" is just pure fun :)

11:14 AM, July 13, 2006  
Anonymous Justine said...

P.S. I don't have an iPod, which I guess some people would consider embarrassing. I like many of the "embarrassing" songs mentioned below by different people, including "Reminiscing," "Jive Talking," and "Mr. Blue Sky."

11:16 AM, July 13, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You're not going to get me to fall into this trap. There is no embarassing music in my house. That's my story, I'm sticking to it and don't let ELO or Leo Sayer or the Bee Gees or Neil Sedaka tell you otherwise. And you'll have to ask FunnelCake about all those Judds CDs.

1:25 PM, July 13, 2006  
Anonymous Justine said...

Hee. Re Corndog's post, I have a soft spot for Leo Sayer's 'When I Need You.'

3:27 PM, July 13, 2006  
Blogger liz said...

No ipod. But I do have a Monkees album, which I DO listen to. And Pianosaurus who are nothing to be embaressed about...they are just the coolest thing. Too bad they broke up.

8:11 PM, July 13, 2006  
Blogger susan said...

No ipod for me, but I just wanted to say that this is a great idea for a post.

And as I just saw Leo Sayer on a tape of the Muppet show, no way that he is embarassing. Anyone who hangs with the muppets has to be OK, right?

10:50 PM, July 13, 2006  
Anonymous Genevieve said...

No Ipod. But I had a Roxette CD (I think I sold it to the used CD place - or maybe they wouldn't take it . . . ) I had an Amy Grant CD, but that's definitely gone now. (Billy Joel I have and refuse to feel embarrassed about.)

I like Tubthumping. So does my 6-year-old, who the one time he heard it, had a gigglefest where he kept falling down and popping back up and bumping against my hand to get knocked down and then get up again.

11:25 PM, July 13, 2006  
Blogger queen*neurotic said...

I am a newbie reading your blog and a fellow (hopefully soon to be attorney). I will add though that the most embarassing songs on my IPOD are:

Barbie Girl by Aqua
The theme song to the Fresh Prince of Bel Air
Anything from the Spice Girls
Karma Chameleon by Boy George

12:03 AM, July 14, 2006  
Blogger ccw said...

I will not embarass myself further by admitting to some of the serious cheese in my collection. I will only say: 80's hair bands.

9:20 AM, July 14, 2006  
Blogger LawMommy said...

Ok, Superman by 5 for fighting is NOT embarassing. Nor is Billy Joel or Elton John or Chumba Wumba. My excessive amount of Abba might be a little embarassing...

but my Weird Al Yankovich songs (I have several on my computer that I listen to with some regularity)

THAT's embarassing... on a scale only Hanson could top.

9:38 AM, July 14, 2006  
Blogger Quinn said...

To quote an old Animaniacs episode, "I wanted to be the next Leo Sayer, but who could compete with Leo?"

6:35 PM, July 14, 2006  
Anonymous terrilynn said...

I will fight anyone who talks smack about "Smoke From a Distant Fire." That's a great song.

Honestly, the only songs I'm embarrased to have are the cheesy almost-metal songs that I downloaded per my son's request. And I'm not even terribly embarrassed about them, just sort of bemused.

11:43 PM, July 14, 2006  
Blogger Scrivener said...

Billy Joel and Elton John (who I still insist are really the same person ... or, well, the same media creation) are definitely to be embarrassed about.

12:57 PM, July 15, 2006  
Blogger Summer said...

I agree with LawMommy -- I have two Five for Fighting songs on my ipod (Superman and 100 Years). The songs that top my most embarassing list have to be Toto's Africa, and Pat Benatar's Shadows of the Night. Although, I just downloaded Pussycat Dolls Don'tcha and Nelly Furtado's Promiscuous, just because I thought they were funny, and because I couldn't get over Little Girl singing "Don'tcha wish your girlfriend was hot like me" after she saw a clip of the song on some TV show. Husband, on the other hand, has a Michael Bolton song on his ipod...I think that takes the cake!!

1:19 PM, July 15, 2006  
Blogger Erica Douglas said...

It has to be 'Lonely' by Akon??


1:36 PM, July 15, 2006  
Blogger Blonde Justice said...

I saw this ipod shuffle drinking game and thought of you. Check it out:

12:04 AM, July 17, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


I don't have an iPod, but I'll play anyway. If you have a problem with that, contact my attorney, Roger. He's waiting in the car.

Anyhoo, aside from its dopey lyrics, "Lonely Boy" is actually a pretty good song when you consider that most '70s hits were dopey both lyrically AND musically.

"We Built This City" isn't a bad tune. Never understood why that always shows up on those "worst songs ever" lists.

As far as "embarrassing" songs I like, off the top of my head from the '70s I'd have to go with the Jackson 5's "Dancing Machine", and from the '80s "The Safety Dance" and Cyndi Lauper's "She Bop". Love them dirty lyrics... :-)


Johnny from Chicago

1:31 PM, July 17, 2006  
Blogger BernieRA said...

I posted my list on my blog at Bernie's World.

Thanks for the idea.

10:08 PM, August 01, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

On my iPod I have a song called 'Dont It Make You Feel Good' by Stefan Dennis (an actor in Neighbours) its beyond cheesy really, but also I have Boney M!

1:42 PM, February 17, 2007  
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