Now that’s what I call. Mmm, well.

Q magazine has published a top 50 list (because the world is so short of top 50 lists) if songs that people are too ashamed to admit they like.  The Guardian reports and includes the top 10.

The top 10 is:

1 Livin’ Thing ELO

2 More Than A Feeling Boston

3 Don’t Stop Movin’ S Club 7

4 I’m Not in Love 10CC

5 Rock ‘n’ Roll Part 2 Gary Glitter

6 Cold As Ice Foreigner

7 Rebel Yell Billy Idol

8 Whatever You Want Status Quo

9 Baker Street Gerry Rafferty

10 I Will Survive Gloria Gaynor

I can honestly say that I have none of these in my record collection.  My guilty pleasure is therefore that I have no officially designated guilty pleasures.

My record collection contains a number of audio dramas, the complete Tony Hancock and Round the Horne, assorted jazz and classical CDs, and some music from popular beat combos including the Bonzo Dog people, the Doors, The Stranglers, and the Velvet Underground (such music forming about 1/20 of my collection in a vain attempt to prepare for the judiciary).    

This list then doesn’t mean much to me, I’m afraid.  I have heard of  ELO (via Doctor Who); Gary Glitter (via his recent appearances in the media); Billy Idol; Gerry Rafferty’s Baker Street (through the Bob Holness urban myth); I will survive (through osmosis); and have heard of Status Quo – who I once bumped into in Glasgow.

I went in to Borders in Glasgow one lunchtime and was thwarted in my attempt to navigate round the shop by a long queue of individuals snaking around the store – through children’s fiction, crime, law and business, science fiction, literary fiction, poetry, and drama (but not necessarily in that order).  Apparently the gentlemen from “the Quo” were having a book signing.  As I wandered around the shop, bemoaning and bewailing I barged into a chap in a black waistcoat coming in the opposite direction.  

“I wouldn’t bother if I was you” I said, seeing a staff member behind him, “Waste of bloody time.  You can’t get in to anything.”

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About loveandgarbage

I watch the telly and read when not doing law stuff and plugging my decade and a half old unwatched Edinburgh fringe show.
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5 Responses to Now that’s what I call. Mmm, well.

  1. tanngrisnir says:

    Difficult to think of now, but there was a time when Status Quo were not embarrassing. I was thinking of that the other day, when a clip of them in their heydey was on TOTP. It’s a long time ago…
    …the Bob Holness urban myth
    Bob Holness urban myth? I haven’t heard that one, do tell…

  2. Interesting, you’re clearly Not The Target Audience for Q. They’re all tracks that people of around my age (38) will have grown up with on (as they say) heavy rotation.
    Don’t like Q myself, it’s too bitty and inconsequential. I tend to read Uncut or The Word if I buy a music mag.

    • I’m 33. I was never that interested in music growing up (evidenced by the first record I bought being Rory Bremner’s Nineteen Not out and the second being an audio recording of Hancock’s Twelve Angry Men)and such songs as I remember tend to coincide with times spent working in a clothing factory as a summer job where the radio was on pretty constantly. My wife has a much better recollection of the sounds of the time.
      An old friend decided to improve my music collection at one point leading to those mentioned in the original post. She couldn’t stand the “saxophone screeches” and “the bloody nordic gloom” which dominated it at one time (and still do).

  3. surliminal says:

    I er still like at least 4 of those.
    ELO are I think having a subtle resurgence having been made post-ironically cool by Dr Who..

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