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List Week: 10 Cheesy Songs I Love

August 2, 2010

I am proud to report that aside from a little bit of design work which I *had* to do (but which I did in my pajamas while sitting in bed), I did NOTHING this weekend. I got dressed for a total of about two hours, once to go out with Terri to run a quick errand, and once to go to the nearby grocery store to get veggies for dinner. We didn’t even eat dinner on Saturday, and yesterday it was raw or blanched veggies with homemade Thousand Island dip. Other than that, it’s been a Mad Men marathon, punctuated by some reading of a Really Bad Book (review to come soon!) and a lot of sleeping. I’m starting to feel human again.

To continue to theme of non-productive silliness, here’s my first list of the week. I’m following List Week, along with Miss Tammie (she of the Irregular variety). Be warned: I’m going to be completely honest here. As a former college alt-rock radio DJ and minor music snob, this is hard for me to admit. However, I am proud of my weirdness, so here goes, in no particular order (accompanied by video links, which are the cheesy cherry on the sundae):

1. Breakthru, by Queen. This is an AWESOME video. Freddie Mercury singing on a moving train? Bizarre model dressed like Darryl Hannah in “Bladerunner”? Yes!

2. The Gambler, Kenny Rogers. Bonus: this video has Muppets. Double Cheese! Triple awesomeness: Muppets gambling, drinking, and smoking.

3. I’m Too Sexy, Right Said Fred. OK, who doesn’t love this song? My friend D’Arcy and I have a whole dance routine to this song.

4. Gimme Gimme Gimme (A Man After Midnight), by Abba (or pretty much anything else by Abba) Abba is in the same category as Queen. It doesn’t matter, day or night, they are always, always awesome.

5. Ventura Highway, by America. I had this album when I was little, and I thought this was the prettiest song evar. Having now been down the Ventura Highway a few times, I have to say it’s the perfect song to play in the evening, the light sparkling off the ocean. Ultimate California Cheese.

6. No Sleep Till Brooklyn, by The Beastie Boys. This video is hilarious. Who knew these guys were actually talented?

7. Photograph, Def Leppard. There is a whole range of horrible 80s hair-band songs that I love, but for some reason this is one of my favorites. This video was done when their drummer still had two arms.

8. Goodbye Yellow Brick Road, Elton John. I love many Elton John songs but this one is so pretty. More Muppets in this video (I have a weakness for Muppets).

9. Twilight Zone, by Golden Earring. OK, I just flat-out love this song. Especially if I have it playing on headphones when I’m walking in the dark somewhere. Very noir. Or, er, not. (side note: what is UP with this video?)

10. Annie’s Song, John Denver. Ultimate cheese. There is a whole funny story about this song involving bizarre translations in Finnish (from when I was an exchange student), but it’s too long to go into here, and maybe you had to be there. However, I do have a soft spot for John Denver.

There you have it. Cheese-o-rama.

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8 Comments leave one →
  1. August 2, 2010 11:54 am

    oh i love your list so much! (im a total music snob too.)

    elton john: i love so many of his songs, especially those from the seventies-early eighties. another fave: Mona Lisa’s and Mad Hatters.

    right said fred: you know how i feel about these boys. LOVE. i actually owned a few of their albums (cassettes) and they are so much more than Im Too Sexy. surprisingly well written pop music. their awesome lyrics make it easy for me to overlook their over the top clothing and mesh tank tops.

    America: i love this band, and this type of music in general. Similar band i love: Seals and Crofts.

  2. August 2, 2010 4:12 pm

    I’m glad there is a club of music snobs. Hence the reason I’m having to think about this one.

    Nice list.

  3. August 2, 2010 4:28 pm

    “Annie’s Song” is great! I have a soft spot for John Denver as well.

    I’m going to steal this for my blog too 🙂

  4. Lara Starr permalink
    August 2, 2010 9:12 pm

    OMG I love your list! I too am a bit of a music snob, but have a soft spot for cheese and I LOVE lists!

    1) Kentucky Rain – Elvis
    2) Landslide – Fleetwood Mac, Dixie Chicks, and Smashing Pumpkins
    3) Saved the Best for Last – Vanessa Williams
    4) Daybreak – Barry Manilow
    5) Run, Joey, Run/Harper Valley PTA/Billy Joe McCallister/The Night the Lights Went Out in Georgia – these are really one song
    6) Wedding Bell Blues – 5th Dimension (which isn’t really lame)
    7) Halo – Beyonce
    8) The Main Event – Barbra Streisand
    9) More Than A Woman – The Bee Gees
    10) Genie in a Bottle – Christina Aguillera

  5. August 3, 2010 12:59 pm

    Tammie: I have to check out more of Right Said Fred. I really only know two songs by them, but I love them both. I love America-style bands too. I really like “Southern Cross”-era Crosby, Stills, and Nash. eek.

    Dani: play along! It’s embarrassing and fun! 🙂

    Ally: ooh, I will have to check it out when you get it up there.

    Lara: I knew you would have a great list. “Kentucky Rain” is some pretty big cheese. I used to just adore Barry Manilow. I also have a serious thing for Bee Gees.

  6. August 3, 2010 5:17 pm

    Annie’s Song made my list (my list is on Tammie’s comments). And I figured I would be the only one to have that one. Shoot — I should have included Ventura Highway. That’s a great one.

    Your weekend sounds so perfect. I’ve just started the Mad Men series and I’m so hooked — loving all things from the 60s and the whole creative advertising concept (marketing and PR are my work-things, so it’s interesting to see how ideas come to fruition).

  7. August 4, 2010 7:24 am

    Love your cheesy list! I’m Too Sexy and The Gambler are excellent songs! On my list would be Take It Easy by the Eagles, Weekend in New England by Barry Manilow, Ring of Fire by Johnny Cash, and John Denver’s Rocy Mountain High. Oh, and there would have to be something by the Beach Boys too but there are too many to choose from 🙂

  8. August 4, 2010 11:47 am

    It is with no shame that I profess my love for all things John Denver. 😉 Oh, and the Carpenters.

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