If you listen to some people you’d be forgiven for thinking that their should be no such thing as a guilty pleasure – if you like something, you fucking like it, and there should be no shame in that. I sort of agree with that in a way, but erm, y’know, bollocks. Total bollocks.
We change who we are all the time, we develop, we grow, we learn, and just as videos of me awkwardly learning to ski would be embarrassing to watch, listening back to some of the cack I used to listen to when I was younger is also embarrassing. I don’t hate much of it, in retrospect, honestly. In fact, a lot it I still love, with a definite sense of ‘I refuse to be shamed’ defiance.
But just as every crappy, badly executed relationship, mumbled chat-up line and embarrassing sexual encounter was necessary in order to for me to end up where I am with Mrs. Toad, so every musical misstep, be it daft, excruciating or misguided has led me to where I am musically. So I don’t really regret any of this stuff (except The Streets), and even in retrospect I don’t really dislike it either, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t a slight sense of shame at a younger, less confident, more impressionable me.
Having said that, though, I think having plenty of shame in your musical background is probably a healthy thing. It seems to me to imply that you were taking risks, listening to new stuff, trying things out and having your own opinions. The results may occasionally be embarrassing in retrospect, but the approach which got you there is probably more healthy than never trying out new shit and only listening to stuff you know you’re going to like.
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01. Dire Straits – Tunnel of Love (00.56)
02. Tina Turner – Private Dancer (13.11)
03. Meat Loaf – Read ’em and Weep (26.44)
04. Bruce Springsteen – Born to Run (32.10)
05. Hootie & the Blowfish – Earth Stopped Cold at Dawn (40.00)
06. Dave Matthews Band – Crash Into Me (47.04)
07. Moby – Southside (56.12)
08. The Streets – Same Old Thing (1.00.06)
09. The Courteeners – Cavorting (1.05.09)
10. Mumford & Sons – I Will Wait (Toad Session) (1.14.32)