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GUILTY PLEASURES: LONG LIVE 80’S

Born in the 70’s, raised in the 80’s. Not everything in my life has been gold, nor rock. You must understand I attended a Catholic school until I was almost 14, thus my first musical approach, quite irrelevant, was splattered by many of this so called pop music hits.

Truth is that most of these mainstream boys bands weren’t my cup of tea, thus do not expect to find any NKOTB or Bros shit.

Despite my current passion for “good” music, I still sing these songs, among many others, and feel respect for some of the bands and solo artists listed below.

Now it’s time you can have a laugh, remember those abandoned hits you haven’t thought of in years, love me or hate me, up to you.

Let’s get into the time machine and set destination to the decade of hairspray, gaudy colours, and tacky outfits, when in Spain we only had two TV channels, and were still under the dictatorship influence. 3, 2, 1…Go!

Spandau Ballet – Gold

The British band were pure sophistication and elegance, with those terrible suits. Tony Hadley’s voice was neat, sensual and powerful, and Gold is a hit. Period!

You remember yourself recording videos for TV, with all those awful cuts, trying to be the most accurate as not to ruin the moment? I reckon this was the first video I ever recorded on VHS, playing it every single day.

Wham! – Careless Whisper

This song belongs to The Final, their last album, and this song, so romantic and desperate, was a blast.

My American Philippine neighbor, Mary, only 13-14 years older than me and just married with an American captain (huge difference, not so in age but in culture, amazing) didn’t have many friends, and somehow we got acquainted, closing boundaries with the rest of our small families. She used to spend so much time by herself I started to hang out with her quite often, and she was crazy about Wham! So we used to spend afternoons watching a compilation of videos nonstop. She was in love with George Michael, I wasn’t much into guys but preferred the other one, the ugly, Andy Ridgeley, who eventually had drug issues (as usual, I got an innate appetite for destruction 😉 ). Good ol’ times!

Tears for Fears – Shout

Another British band whose single is included in this list. I don’t reckon this band was as easy listening as the others, theirs was a more conceptual music, and composition perhaps distant from the current scene in that time, darker and more meaningful. To tell the truth I used to love singles extracted from their album The Seeds of Love, but the more I listen, the more I love. Donnie Darko’s soundtrack featured some of their songs, and since them I got the feeling I’m missing something interesting.

Patrick Hernandez – Born to Be Alive

This song is an absolute winner. Never fails,  and everybody ends up dancing or singing or acting silly regardless. One of the clearest examples of One Hit Wonders, I got to know the name of the artist (?) 5-6 years ago. Party time!

Pet Shop Boys – West End Girls

PSB are super gay, and I’m sick of their cover of Always on My Mind. However, and I don’t know why, I like this song. I don’t even know the lyrics by heart, simply dig it.

George Michael – I Want Your Sex

So many memories come to my mind related to Faith. George Michael was an alpha male to my eyes and used to fancy him a bit (LOL!). I still got in my mind countless moments playing this album on a Fisher-Price record player and dancing with my friend Diana.

I Want Your Sex was something close to Forbidden Planet. A song so explicit (bless childhood innocence), and the video was like urgh!!!

Proud to say I got Faith in vinyl and I still love it!

Madonna – Like a Virgin

Touched for the very first time… Jeeez! I was 9 and created dancing choreographies for gym class at the nun school, at the room by the chapel. Hahahah!

I could barely speak fluent English and learnt songs by heart in my own nonsense English, according to what I heard. The fact is that 15 years later, my lyrics didn’t differ that much to the actual ones, thus I can say I was good at catching the language.

Madonna’s super nasty times were the best.

Terence Trent D’Arby – Wish You Well

Seems like this guy only had one hit, Sign You Name, but he had many other great ones such as this. I’ve always loved his voice and style, and songs are pure groove.

Robert Palmer – Simply Irresistible

Such a title couldn’t be most appropriate for this guilty pleasure. Robert Palmer released a series of hits and videos hard to ignore.

INXS – Never Tear Us Apart

My love for INXS has been developing by the passing of time. I wasn’t much interested in them in the 80’s, and it’s been during this last decade I had like a late crush on them. I have most of their albums, and even read the biography of the band. But this song, aaaaah! This song moves me, and makes me feel weird emotions. And despite I’m cutting music boundaries related to my former boyfriend, for long time last year, listening to this song was a quite bitter experience.

Well, that’s all folks…for now! I’ve been having a great laugh while writing this post, watching the videos and remembering things from the past.

Who dares to reply their 80’s guilty pleasures? C’mon, don’t be shy!!!

AND NOW, GUILTY PLEASURES, PT. 1: CRAZY IN LOVE

What makes a hit become a hit? Sometimes you can develop an obsession with a song with superficial lyrics, programmed rhythms, performed by an artist or a puppet, and even though you try hard such crappy stuff to be out of your head, that song is so catchy you’re singing it constantly for some time.

A song that could easily ruin your long term reputation as a serious music expert, or die hard fan. This is what I call Guilty Pleasures. And do yourself a favor and do not lie to yourself, because everybody eventually fails to stand firm and has some of them.

Once you come to terms with yourself, this is something you don’t need to hide, and express openly.

Thus, I’m gonna be sharing my guilty pleasures from time to time, so you can have a good laugh.

Let’s get started with a song that actually got me crazy, to such level, I used to dance it in bars and clubs, even sometimes ending showing my funny underwear (yes, I got funny underwear, Snoopy, funny faces, little doggies, strawberries and even Chinese lamps).

Let’s rewind back to 2003. Beyoncé Knowles, former lead singer of  Destiny’s Child, went solo, supported by her husband Jay Z. And she started her career releasing a single bomb, Crazy in Love, which put her right on top hit lists.

I hate modern R&B, not very pleased by the address rap followed, away from the old school stuff, and labeled as funk and soul, although is quite different from the concept of those two styles I like, Beyoncé’s single made me dance and sweat like a bitch.

Don’t think of convincing you, but you got to admit it, this song is pure groooooove!