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Posted 19 October 2007 - 08:57 AM

Everyone has stuff in their music library that raises a few eyebrows. I think it goes without saying. I would never consider anything I own to be a guilty pleasure, since I think I have a pretty sound taste in music, but there is the odd thing that people come across in my collection that causes them to question my tastes. Such as:

AFI
Aiden
Alexisonfire
Angels & Airwaves
A.R.E. Weapons
Armor For Sleep
Rick Astley
Avenged Sevenfold
Big Wreck
Black Eyed Peas (to be fair, it's their earlier albums, from before "Elephunk")
Boss Hog
Box Car Racer
Boys Night Out
BT
The Cardigans
Coheed & Cambria
Cradle Of Filth
The Dandy Warhols
Dashboard Confessional
The Distillers
Duran Duran
Missy Elliot
Fields Of The Nephilim
Funeral For A Friend
The Game
Garbage
Green Day
Guns N Roses
Gym Class Heroes
HIM
Billy Idol
Incubus
Iron Maiden
Jay-Z
Jimmy Eat World
KMFDM
Le Tigre
Lil Jon
The Mars Volta
Methods Of Mayhem
Moneen
Motley Crue
The Notorious B.I.G.
Orgy
Our Lady Peace
A Perfect Circle
Phantom Planet
Pig Destroyer
Poison the Well
The Presidents Of The United States Of America
The Prize Fighter Inferno
Rainbow Butt Monkeys (aka Finger Eleven)
Satyricon
Silverstein
Slayer
Slipknot
Something Corporate
Spacehog
Stone Temple Pilots
The Stray Cats
Team Sleep
Third Eye Blind
Thursday
Tiger Army
Justin Timberlake
Tool
Uffie
Underoath
UNKLE
Vains Of Jenna
Van Halen
Armand Van Helden
The Vines
Weezer
Kanye West
White Zombie
Andrew WK

Anyone else care to share? I think it could be fun to see what skeletons people have in their musical closets. biggrin.gif
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Posted 19 October 2007 - 10:48 AM

I put together a proposal CD earlier this year. Combined with later itunes, I'm embarrassed to mention these artists reside in my playlist:

Firefall
Gary Numan
Rupert Holmes
Alan O'Day
Starbuck
Tavares
Abba
Marshall Tucker Band
Andy Gibb
ABC
Exile
Hugh Grant
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Posted 19 October 2007 - 11:02 AM

Aw, Duran Duran is fun in a silly way. And some of your stuff is fun in a "this is trying too hard to be the epitome of its genre" sort of way...

I have a bunch of silly Christian contemporary music from when I was a kid and not exposed to anything else. What's funny is I still like to listen to it from time to time because most of what I have wasn't overtly Christian, it's fun to sing to, and it's really silly-fun in a nostalgic kind of way.

Then I have some other Christian music that is actually really good; I'd call it better than most secular music of whichever genre it's from (like when I was in my hardcore phase, Christian hardcore was almost always better - it was more musical, and of course you couldn't understand a word they were saying anyway). Skillet, for instance, until they turned into something weird and depressing, was really good fusion regardless of the lyrics. But stuff like that would definitely cause someone to question my musical tastes.

And then there's the fact that I have every David Bowie cd ever. Including ones that no one really knows about. That could probably raise some eyebrows.

Then the rest of my questionable music - most of it I don't even like, but I got it back when I used to like it, or it was a gift, or someone recommended it to me so I got it and it ended up I didn't like it (but I rarely get rid of any music so I still have it.) However, some of it is that I can't help but like it even though I know it's bad (like junk food!):
the first Linkin' Park
Korn - Untouchables or whatever
Hardcore shit, period, no matter what band (I can't even remember the names at this point)
TATU (I can't help it, I have some sort of unexplainable attraction to the fun dance-y pop-ness of it!)
the first 2 BSB, the second NSYNC, the first 98degrees (give me a break, I was 11 tongue.gif)
an abnormal amount of Indie crap that I picked up for 25cents each at a used cd store (I think I found 2 cds that were any good)
an abnormal amount of jazz and classical music
REO Speedwagon
Boston
Journey
WAAAAY too much techno, ew
Bruce Springstein pinch.gif (an old boyfriend got it for me)
!!! (was curious, got it, didn't like it)
Journey Division
Iggy Pop
Billy Idol
HIM
Gym Class Heroes
Orgy (what a stupid name)
Disney soundtracks
video game sountracks
Millencolen
Phantom Planet
Slipknot
Sneaker Pimps
that "Punk Gone Pop" shit
Marilyn Manson



And I can't think of anything else at the moment.

(I have a feeling some people's toes are gonna get stepped on by people listing music they know is crap and someone else doesn't agree. tongue.gif )
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Posted 19 October 2007 - 03:26 PM

QUOTE (Despondent @ Oct 19 2007, 11:48 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Gary Numan

What!? Numan is a legend! He revolutionized the idea of electronic music, and made one of the single best new wave albums, period. "The Pleasure Principle" is right up there on my list of the best electronic records ever made. Look him up on AMG or something. The list of people he's influenced is pretty long.

As for you, Spoon... Journey Division? Are you sure you don't mean Joy Division? And if so, what's so wrong with that? Again, they're incredibly influential, and very important in terms of the amount of throw they have in the way that modern rock music has been headed.
I would also have to say that there is NOTHING wrong with ANY David Bowie material, ever. Even his worst albums have had some redeeming value.

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Posted 19 October 2007 - 06:03 PM

Gah, I meant Journey. A second time, I guess. I was going through my mp3 player to see what I missed and Joy Division is right after Journey so the words got mixed up in my head. And I guess I thought I hadn't put Journey yet?
Cuz yeah, Joy Division is good stuff.

And yay, David Bowie goodness. I agree that he's got great stuff on every album (even if there's bad stuff, too - PinUps, for example, is way not my favourite album). But still, owning every album screams of obsession.
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Posted 19 October 2007 - 10:37 PM

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Alexisonfire
Big Wreck
Coheed & Cambria
The Dandy Warhols
Duran Duran
Missy Elliot
Guns N Roses
Iron Maiden
Jay-Z
KMFDM
Lil Jon
The Notorious B.I.G.
Pig Destroyer
Slayer
Stone Temple Pilots
UNKLE
Van Halen
Weezer
Kanye West
Andrew WK


Really? Some of these are pretty generally well-accepted. Some are downright brilliant. Who would slam Andrew WK? Or Slayer? Or Biggie?
The expurgated list here features bands who released one or two indisputably great albums and then sucked out loud for the rest of their career, so unless you're totally into latter-day Halen or Weezer or whatever i think you're safe with them. feel free to clarify on your reason for including some of them because some of these inclusions confuse me.

and regarding Coheed, embrace your prog side my friend! It ain't half bad on this side of the tracks. Join us as we sit politely listening to acoustic guitars and mystical lyrics and over-played synthesizers!

I'm surprised you didn't mention Madonna. You had some of her stuff right?
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uhh, this is a weird topic to respond to. I don't really care what people think of my tastes. I have something on my cd rack for people of all walks of life should they happen to be hanging out in my pad.

BUT i would say my affinity for japanese music of most stripes is kind of weird. Club pop, uptempo anime themesongs/incidental music, stuff like that.

Also, i realized a while ago how liking the music of Nick Drake and other sensitive singer/songwriters can be a bit weird in some environments. Another example: Joanna Newsom.

I like ludicrous guitar virtuoso music like Vai and Satriani. Sometimes their music is puke-inducingly over-emotional. Satch always has some song about love and it usually reeks of cheap sentimentality. I like it better when they make sci-fi-esque music.

Frank Zappa. There's tons of annoying things about the man and his music. At it's best it's great, but he's done s*** that only a retard would deem listenable. But if you call him on it he gets all "How dare you! i'm an artist! Now go away while I write an angry letter to a reputable publication for not publishing my lame article. the nerve of them! Don't they know i have all the answers? the fact that people don't like me is proof positive that everyone has no taste and is dumb." His satire falls flat after the mid-70's. He always complained about how shittily oschestra's performed his work. He should have started with small-scale ensemble pieces and worked his way up.
I forgot my point.

Scorpions. I like them unironically. They're pretty derivative but i dig that style of metal for some reason. I'm referring to "Tokyo Tapes" so if you want to discuss Virgin Killers or any of their albums that aren't 'Tokyo Tapes' you'd best look elsewhere.

Jazz-rock/fusion. like Jean-luc Ponty. What's more reprehensible than electric jazz violin? I dunno. But i love Enigmatic Ocean. Just look at that album title and you'll get an idea of the vibe of his music. But still, great stuff! The musicianship of the band makes up for the corniness. Wouldn't play it at a party though. I am also guilty of listening to, more than once, Al di Meola. Back in the day!

Enjoying 60's West Coast (non-garage) psych bands like the Dead, Jefferson Airplane, Country Joe and the Fish, Iron Butterfly, etc probably won't win me points for coolness.
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Posted 19 October 2007 - 11:26 PM

Holy crap, someone else that listens to Steve Vai, Al DiMeola, and Jean Luc Ponty? I've never run into anyone that even knew who they were! I have no idea why you would list them as music to be ashamed of, though, except that they are more obscure to most of our generation (as they'd all rather go listen to their pop, rap, and emo and ignore other types of musical brilliance).

But yeah, Jefferson Airplane wins you negative coolness points. tongue.gif (However I'm guilty of loving "We Built This City on Rock and Roll)
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Posted 19 October 2007 - 11:44 PM

I wouldn't use the word ashamed, personally. Well, maybe in regards to Al di Meola. the guy's kind of a clown. Still listen to his jams sometimes anyway. rolleyes.gif

Also, you refer to Jefferson Starship. Totally different animal. Whether that negates your original statement is a matter for the courts.

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Posted 19 October 2007 - 11:54 PM

Meh, same band different name. But yeah, different sounds, so... Good point.
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Posted 20 October 2007 - 03:29 AM

The only bands I'm embarrased about listening to are Dragonforce and My Chemical Romance. I absolutely refuse to purchase any albums from either of them because that would mean the disease is already inside of me with no chance of being cured, so I just torrent all their shit and keep the MCR in a super secret folder on my MP3 player. My horror if anyone were to ever find it would be incomprehensible.

Also, a "kind of sort of" one for me is Wolfmother. Although I think it's a really solid band that makes great music, everyone I'm aquainted with who has any musical taste at all insists that they suck out loud and I am an idiot for liking them. I will admit that their live shows are fucking terrible, but I still say the studio tracks are fantastic.

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Posted 20 October 2007 - 03:40 AM

QUOTE (wallabyeyes @ Oct 20 2007, 12:44 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Also, you refer to Jefferson Starship. Totally different animal. Whether that negates your original statement is a matter for the courts.

No, she refers to just plain ol' Starship. Again, diffrent breed of animal.
Jefferson Airplane get a bad rap because of their loose association with that rollicking trainwreck. People lose sight of the fact that they recorded one of the best and most respectable albums of the US psychedelic era.

And yeah, I should mention Madonna and Kylie. I have the utmost respect for both and enjoy some of their more club-friendly work.
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Posted 20 October 2007 - 03:56 PM

* sighs *

Mary Manson. He's shit, I know and admit that. But still, sometimes, I'm just... I dunno, in the mood. But I don't actually like his music.

And... Well, Depeche Mode. But not a lot, I've just got a couple of songs, and I rarely listen to them, anyway...

And that's about it. It's a good thing I'm rather stubborn about what I listen to, and I'm not ashamed of what I truly like.
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Posted 20 October 2007 - 10:35 PM

What's wrong with Depeche Mode? sad.gif I didn't list them because I find nothing to be ashamed of there. Well, some songs aren't so great, but all bands have their shitty stuff.
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Posted 22 October 2007 - 04:47 AM

Aqua. And fuck the lot of you if you don't like them.

Unfortunately, I am being serious.
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Posted 22 October 2007 - 05:17 PM

QUOTE (Spoon Poetic @ Oct 20 2007, 11:35 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
What's wrong with Depeche Mode? sad.gif I didn't list them because I find nothing to be ashamed of there. Well, some songs aren't so great, but all bands have their shitty stuff.

We just went down this route with Bowie, no?
Regardless, Depeche Mode is one of the best bands of the 80s, and they released one of the best albums of the 90s.
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