Tuesday, January 24, 2006

Musical Embarrassment

Let me start this post out by saying this: ‘I love my iPod.’

My new iPod, which I received as a Christmas gift last month, has become another appendage, a cyber-attachment if you will.

Having said that, there is one thing missing… and that is a way to hide certain playlists from prying eyes.

What am I talking about? Well, there needs to be something within iTunes that would allow the user to place a password on certain playlists so they can’t be seen by others who may borrow or look at your iPod… like wives, brothers, sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law, etc.

Why am I brining this up?

Two words… Debbie Gibson.

I have a playlist on my iPod called ‘Guilty Pleasures’ (I know, I know, maybe I just need to change the title to something less conspicuous… and less feminine, but at the time I thought it was an ok title)

You may be asking yourself (and if you aren’t, what’s wrong with you? Get involved!) ‘Kemp, what kind of songs do you have on the Guilty Pleasures playlist… something embarrassing?’

Perhaps… but let me answer that question by first asking all of you dear, dear people who are taking the time out of your busy day to read my blog…

Don’t we all have songs on our iPod that would be cause for embarrassment should other people find them?

You know what I’m talking about. A Mariah Carey here [cringe], a Tiffany there [double cringe]… a Britney Spears here [retch], a Celine Dion there [double cringe with a retch twist]

A few weeks ago I wrote a post where I said I was going to download EVERY CD I own onto my iPod… even my Debbie Gibson CD from 1986.

I got a little… no… make that a LOT of flack for that revelation.

But it’s hardly the most embarrassing thing I have now downloaded onto my iPod.

Within this guilty pleasures playlist I have songs and artists such as…

And various other songs from such forgettable acts as Bay City Rollers, Roxette, Taco, Styx, Journey, Falco, Dexy’s Midnight Runners and, of course, the aforementioned Debbie Gibson

There isn’t anything wrong with that is there?

I think Apple needs to create a software update that would allow the user to place passwords on certain playlists. That way the user can be safe from the potential embarrassment that would occur once someone sees a song like; 'Queen of Hearts' by Juice Newton.

Now it’s YOUR turn dear readers… what songs do YOU have in your musical repertoire that you are a tad embarrassed by?


MetroDad said...

"lost in love" by Air Supply. Sshhh....don't tell anyone.

Amy said...

Oh, God...almost every one that you mentioned (Tiffany, Debbie Gibson, Celine Dion) plus all the hair bands from the '80s--Poison, GNR, Bon Jovi, Cinderella, etc., etc. I came of age in the 80s and somehow always go back there when listening to my ipod--much to the chagrin of my husband.

gabe said...

Falco, Men Without Hats, Bolt Thrower, Dimmmu Borgir, Cok Roq (those chicken guys from the Burger King adds), the Mortal Kombat soundtrack, the Pee-Wee's big Adventure Soundtrack. I could go on but I think I will stop embarrassing myself.

Sarah, Goon Squad Sarah said...

Jordy, Sea Hags, Princess Pang, tons of Ratt AND I share my music collection with Gabe (who also bought two Lawnmower Death albums) so you can add all of his to mine.

Mr Big Dubya said...

Dude - I so don't know you. Please, lose my e-mail, my blog - everything.

Debbie Gibson - I'm ok with that - it's all about the irony. But Christopher Cross? And the Golden Girls theme? What's got into you?

Anyway - here's a few (in alpha order):
10cc - The things We Do For Love
ABBA - Gold: Greatest Hits
Donna Summer - Hot Stuff
Glen Campbell - Wichita Lineman
Melanie - Brand New Key
Right Said Fred - I'm Too Sexy
Rupert Hine - Arrested By You (Better Off Dead Soundtrack)

Ok - that's enough - must go into hiding now and choose a new identity.

Sarah, Goon Squad Sarah said...

I own ABBA Gold too, but I'm not embarassed by it.

Is it because I'm a girl?

Kemp said...


You are correct; Abba is non-embarassing material for a female. For a male, not so much.

Becky said...

I don't count because I don't even own one of those pod thingies. Is that what the kids are listening to these days?

Abba Gold in the house. But only because I live with a Scandihoovian.

Becky said...

Oh yeah. And Debbie Gibson? Christopher Cross? Kemp, dear. Tsk, tsk.