I was hoping for a great music news day after the holiday weekend...maybe a story like Billy Ray Armstrong losing most of his riffing hand in a fireworks accident or breaking news of Michael Jackson's kids having their skin bleached.....but no.
I'm left with fumes, yawning through more of the ugly main mainstream, and ultimately deciding on coming up with another list. The idea for this list was given to me by fellow blogger Isorski from Isorski's Musings...He wanted to do a list of albums we like but probably shouldn't, that's rad enough, but I'm going to expand it to ANYTHING music related.
You could call these guilty pleasures....I like "guiltless" better.
1)Steely Dan- Most hard ass rockers think Steely Dan reek of pretention and are completely soulless perfectionists who were too "above" touring in their heyday to care. Yeah! But the songs are great! And Donald Fagan was an awesome lyricist! He wrote most of his songs about drugs, sex, using drugs to get sex, dirty work, bad business practices and shady characters. Christ! The band is named after a dildo! Babylon Sisters, Hey Nineteen, Haitian Divorce, Black Cow, Kid Charlemagne, Don't Take Me Alive, Bad Sneakers, Katy Lied.....all brilliant. Ever wonder why you never see a cover band do the Dan? Because they can't.
Steely Dan also had the best studio musicians known to man to compliment the awesome skillz of Becker/Fagan....Larry Carlton, Skunk Baxter, Steve Gadd..and so on and so forth. It was geek music before indie existed and it still holds up. Try Aja or The Royal Scam on for size.
2)Disco- The genre was reviled in the 70s. They blew up thousands of disco LPs in Comiskey Park in 1979..the outfits were the most outrageously bad examples of fashion from any century(worse than powdered wigs, worse than togas, worse than burkas). I hated it too, because I was supposed to. You cannot rock a Highway to Hell baseball jersey and claim to know all the words to "Night Fever" as well. At least you couldn't back then. I would have been strung up by my yarbles from the gym rafters... But there was a time when I loved to dance..we all danced at a place called 747 on the weekends during the high school years...and although it was the mid '80s...the true disco era hits were played and everybody shook what mama gave 'em.
Last week after MJ passed....I "found" over 250 disco songs from '76-'81.The memories came back(they had never really left, but were buried under Sabbath Bloody Sabbath for all these years)...The one thing you cannot deny about disco MORE than any other genre was that it was perfectly tailored for DANCING. You have to move somehow when you hear "I Feel Love" By Donna Summer or "Good Times" by Chic or "Jive Talkin" by the Bee Gees You can't NOT move. The disco Bass that met the disco drum beat usually fell between 115-140 Beats per Minute(BPM)...simply put...the asses left the seats.
I'm not going to break out the parachute pants and hit the Disco Saturdays at the local Lions Club anytime soon. But you may see me belting out Boogie Nights in a traffic jam now more than ever...if I can't move...I'm gonna THINK move.
3) Yacht Rock- For those not in the know...Yacht Rock is, according to WIKIPEDIA:
The popular soft rock that peaked between the years of 1976 and 1984. Significant "yacht rockers" include Michael McDonald, Kenny Loggins, Christopher Cross, and Toto. In the musical sense, yacht rock refers to the highly polished brand of soft rock that emanated from Southern California during the late 1970s and early 1980s. In part, the term relates to the stereotype of the yuppie yacht owner, enjoying champagne and smooth music while out for a sail. Additionally, since sailing was a popular leisure activity in Southern California, many "yacht rockers" made nautical references in their lyrics, videos, and album artwork, particularly the anthemic track "Sailing" by Christopher Cross. Yacht Rock music is commonly described as, "A little bit better than elevator music!"
Lets add the Doobie Brothers, Hall and Oates, Steve Miller, Ambrosia, Seals and Crofts, The Little River Band, Bread, Pablo Cruise, Ace, Player, Orleans, Looking Glass, England Dan and John Ford Coley,Styx and REO Speedwagon(give or take a few songs)
Yacht Rock is the term..there was also an online video series following the fictionalized lives and careers of American soft rock stars of the late 1970s and early 1980s....called Yacht Rock which is where journalists stole the name.
Who doesn't like "Kiss On My List", "Brandy" or "Black Water"? Who doesn't know every word to "The Pina Colada Song"? Who won a Grammy for Best New Artist and for Album of the Year in 1981?!!??? Christopher Cross, that's who! BAM!
Yacht Rock makes me want to find my own Tenille and make sweet Muskrat Love to Her.
Yacht Rock makes me want to take a walk in a windy park, take a drive down on the beach, stay at home and watch tv, you know it really doesn't matter that much to me. I just Really Want To See You Tonight.
Those are my first three Guiltless pleasures and there will be much more to come...
Why does someone who hates hip hop so much have 4 Beastie Boy Albums? Guilty of that Pleasure too.....
I hope to hear some of your takes as always.....and thank you for reading and giving a shit enough to reply.