Wednesday Musical Chairs: I'm Guilty
This week's Wednesday Musical Chairs theme is: Guilty Pleasure Albums.
I had to think long and hard about this one. I mean, if I'm going to purge myself of a musical sin, I may as well make it a good one, right? Just put it out here so everyone can make fun of me, ridicule me, mock me, whatever.
So I went through a mental list. And I realized something about myself. I am guilty as sin. I came up with at least 25 albums I own and listen to that I consider a guilty pleasure. A few I gave weight to and discarded for one reason or another:
Kid Rock - Devil Without a Cause
Bon Jovi - Slippery When Wet
Def Leppard - Pyromania
Any Broadway musical soundtrack
Air Supply's greatest hits
Journey - Infinity
And the list goes on. Yea, so I was listening to Skid Row the other day and liking it. And yea, I like Neil Diamond. And the Bee Gees. That's right, I listen to some disco. Emo? I've got tons of it; Dashboard Confessional, Taking Back Sunday, Hawthorne Heights, the list goes on. Pop punk? Yep, I love Blink 182 and All American Rejects. Then there's Abba and 70's bubblegum pop and ODB. One of my favorite songs ever is Sister Christian, for chrissakes! Kelly Clarkson! YES, I LISTEN TO KELLY CLARKSON. And NSYNC. My GOD, I am absolutely PURGING here, yes I listen to NSYNC, I dance to Bye Bye Bye, I absolutely adore It's Gonna Be Me and while we are here I may as well confess that I also like Backstreet Boys' Larger Than Life Guilty, guilty, guilty.
So what could I possibly listen to that would be worse than any of that, that would be leave me feeling so guilty that I feel in the very pit of my soul that I've done something so wrong, so very, very wrong that I need to recant my atheism and go back to church just to confess to this very sin and even then, bathing in a sea of Hail Marys wouldn't help me?
Linkin Park - Hybrid Theory.
The odd thing is, I have no idea why this makes me feel so guilty. Maybe because so many people think of Linkin Park as the band that made nu-metal radio friendly (a bad thing). Maybe because, when it comes down to it, they are nothing more than NSYNC with guitars and without the dance steps. Maybe because they are so reviled, so hated in so many music fandom circles or because they are known as the band kids listen to when they are curled up in a ball in their bedroom closet, wishing away the world and crying that nobody loves them and life isn't fair. Whiny, angsty, melodramatic rock. Kind of like Nirvana without teeth.
So why do I like it so much? I have no idea. I don't know what pulls me into listening to Hybrid Theory. I just like it. A lot.
Go ahead, mock me. But the rule is you are not allowed to mock me without leaving your own confession.