Thursday, July 31, 2008


So I’ve just been tagged with my first meme, by my friend Kat. Keep two things in mind: 1) I am probably the most computer-challenged person you know, and 2) I could count back in mere weeks to the first time I first ever heard of a “meme” and sort of thought I knew what it was, and now…I’ve been TAGGED! So, have patience, this kind of stuff does not come easily to me. I’m not whining, really I’m not. I just don’t want you to bring too high an expectation to this. Okay, let’s go.

The rules:
1. Post the link to the person who tagged you and post the
rules on your blog.
2. Share 5 songs you are embarrassed to admit to others that
you like and tell why.
3. Tag 7 random people at the end of your post.

Right off the bat I have to make a kind of disclaimer. I am not truly embarrassed to admit to liking these songs. I’m more what you’d call defiant about them. I don’t think they are bad, but each in their own way has taken some flak over the years., and perhaps not entirely undeserved here and there. Anyway, here they are – from me, head held high, to you:

1) Muskrat Love – The Captain & Tennille. I don’t own this one (or any of their songs). I don’t listen to any radio stations that ever play it. In fact, I had to Google them to see if there was one or two “n’s in Tennille. I would probably be hard pressed to even hum a few bars. But I like this song. I like muskrats. It’s that simple.

2) We Built This City – Starship. Sometimes it seems to me like everybody in the world hates this song but me. Yes, it’s not up to their usual, and yes, the video is completely horrid, but… I still like it.

3) My Sharona – The Knack. There’s no accounting for taste, you say? Well, what’s wrong with this? It’s loud, percussive, a little raunchy. Come on, what’s not to like? Some people are so picky!

4) Anything by Cher. I’m not even going to dignify this one with a defense. It’s Cher. You’ll miss her when she’s not around.

5) MacArthur Park – I went through a phase, I think it was in the 80s, or maybe the 90s, when I didn’t like this song, but then it passed. Now I see it for what it is, a total time capsule of a whole generation. So show some respect. Today’s hot fads fashions are going to look real dumb in 40 years, too.

Well, there you are. Now, I’m supposed to tag 7 people. Hmmm, that may take a while. For now, I’ll tag Christine at Quiet Paths and see if she wants to come out to play. I’ll have to get back to you with the rest.

And if anyone else out there wants to participate, don’t worry if you don’t have your own blog, or haven’t been tagged. Just leave your song/s in a comment. How can you pass up the chance to embarrass yourself in front of friends and strangers alike?

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Poetikat said...

These were great! I have to admit that I had a tough time as well - coming up with stuff that I'm embarrassed about - generally I don't give a fig about what other people think, so that makes this task tough. I almost put Muskrat Love on there too, but then I felt it would be adhering to the "embarrassing" rule, but not work for me since I genuinely don't like the song. (I preferred their remake? hit of "Shop Around".
I love "My Sharona". It takes me back to Grade 12 and yes, it is a bit raunchy, but that beat is so, so, invigorating.
Not a Starship fan, but I can see why you like it - good hooks.
I really like the early Cher stuff - especially "Dark Lady" and "Gypsies, Tramps and Thieves", but the later stuff - especially "Believe" really grates on me.
Did you know there's a recording of "MacArthur Park" by the actor, Richard Harris? I've never heard it, but it must be very interesting!
Now, wasn't this fun?
I've got this blog in my update list now (yeah!) so, you'll be hearing from me on both fronts.


Poetikat said...

Oh, by the way, check out this address and let me know if you'd like to contribute:

(You are a Gen-xer, aren't you?)


Deborah Godin said...

Thanks Kat - click on the YouTube link to Mac Park in my post, that's Richard Harris singing; it's actually THE original version of the song. Gives new meaning to the phrase "over the top!" (I'm devoting a whole essay to this song in my next rock/roll book.) Too much fun! On my way to check out the other link you posted. I think my teeth may be too long, as you put it in your poem, to be called Gen-X, but I'll have a look.

Poetikat said...

I don't care how long your teeth are, if you have any ideas, I'm open to them and if you feel inspired, I'd be grateful for your assistance.


Sydney said...

ok..... here we go
1. Whichita Lineman. My sister and I actually admitted to each other, that we loved this song and went out together and bought the record. I paid.
Glen Campbell Yeah that's reason enough not to admit I like the song-- He probably sang it to Tanya Tucker when they were having their affair...
2. The Colour of My Love Celine Dion the smarmiest love song...
3. Breathe Again Toni Braxton ditto. Seriously. listen to the samples of these songs in the itunes store and you will be emabarrassed FOR me...
Absolutely lovesick gooey stuff Love it.
4. Stop. The Spice Girls Love it. Love Them.
5. I'm sure there are a few more: I'll think of them.. the kind of tunes you turn of quickly when someone comes into the room and catches you practicing your new dance moves to them in front of the mirror!

Deborah Godin said...

Wichita Lineman - I could have put that on my list too, I love that song! Good choices, Sydney.

mike said...

AS long as we are going to confession:
1. love letters in the sand by pat Boon
2. Everybody loves somebody sometime by Dean Martin
3.Why by Frankie Avalon
4.I can be your hero By Enrique Iglesias.
5. If I could turn back time by Cher.