Why I hate the concept of Guilty Pleasures
This whole concept of Guilty Pleasures is a joke.
Who is deciding what music is cool to like? And what music you have to be ‘guilty’ about liking…
There’s always someone telling you what you should not be listening to, as if music was some sort of measure of cool. Those eternal lists in music mags never reflect what people actually like. Instead they reflect what people feel like they should be seen to like. The same albums over and over selected from the classics list. Probably never listened to years as the earnest owner slips on Abba whilst musing about the Beach Boys and never admitting that Abba were equally good, unless with an ironic smirk.
My recent list of my favourite bass players was a good example of this. Some people on the Internet called it ‘disgusting’ because I didn’t include Tamla Motown in the list! Is there some sort of rule I missed out on? If I like a heavy bass sound then that’s what I like. Music doesn’t follow rules.
The flip side of this the guilty pleasures concept. The idea that some of the music you like is so ‘naff’ that you have to admit to liking it ironically.
Well fuck that!
If Mud’s singles still song great they sound great, if Britney Spears Toxic sounds better than Radiohead then that’s the way it is.
I’m not guilty. I don’t feel guilty. I like all types of music for all types of reasons and none of it is with any kind of guilt.